Little Current to host Northern Ontario’s first live drive-in concert this weekend

On Sept. 18, concert-goers in Little current will get the chance to see Juno-nominated country music duo The Reklaws and Sudbury's own country music singer Andrew Hyatt, presented in partnership with Country 103 and Pure Country Sudbury. Postmedia Network Derek Ruttan

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Northern Ontario’s first live drive-in concert is coming to Manitoulin Island this weekend.

Cabin Media Entertainment Group, in partnership with local sponsors and radio stations, is hosting two COVID-safe concerts at the Manitoulin Country Fest grounds in Little Current on Friday and Saturday.

“We wanted to make sure that there is something for everyone. Friday will be our big country night, and Saturday is for rock lovers,” said Cabin Media President Jeff Sebben.

“All of the acts we invited are Canadian-based, and they are all bands we’ve worked with on a regular basis over the past few years. When we approached them with the idea for this concert, everyone jumped on board right away.”

On Sept. 18, concert-goers will get the chance to see Juno-nominated country music duo The Reklaws and Sudbury’s own country music singer Andrew Hyatt, presented in partnership with Country 103 and Pure Country Sudbury.

On Sept. 19, 92.7 ROCK and Cabin Media will welcome Canadian-American rock band Big Wreck and special guests Fortunate Losers.

Cabin Media is a Sudbury-based concert promotional company that organizes roughly 200 shows annually in a typical year. They do everything from small comedy acts to big arena shows in Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay, and Sudbury.

This summer, the company brought Ontario its first live drive-in concert on Canada Day in Markham, and it recently wrapped up another live drive-in show in Ottawa.

“We have kind of taken the concept of our last few shows as well as taking other experiences from around the world, and now we’re making that happen in Northern Ontario,” said Sebben.

“Cabin Media has been organizing concerts in the North for the last nine years, and with no concerts happening this summer because of COVID-19, we wanted to bring some sort of experience to the region. We also know that Little Current and Manitoulin Island rely on bringing in tourists during the summer, and this year, they weren’t able to do that. So, it’s nice to do something for these areas that need the tourists to stay alive.”

The live drive-in concert will operate much like a drive-in movie theatre.

Concert goers can purchase vehicle passes on Cabin Media’s website, and up to five people are allowed in a vehicle at a time.

Throughout the concert, people will be encouraged to remain in their vehicles as much as possible. Food and merchandise purchases will be delivered directly to each vehicle by runners during the show.

Anyone who leaves their vehicle to use the washroom facilities is encouraged to wear a non-medical face mask or covering.

“We have all the protocols in place to make sure that our patrons and our artists all remain safe. We’ve been in contact with health units across Ontario for the past three months, so we are very familiar with all the protocols and everything has been approved so that we can go forward,” said Sebben.

Vehicle passes are available for purchase at www.cabinmedia.ca. Concert goers are encouraged to show up early to reserve their spot.

 

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