Music fans in the Toronto area have long wished for a proper site to hold a music festival. Molson Park was great, but it didn’t allow for camping or overnight stays. Downsview Park has all kinds of potential but it’s been forever muddied in the politics of three levels of government. Mosport? Too busy with motor sports. Christie Lake Conservation area? Too small.
Then there’s Burl’s Creek, an expanse of land north of Barrie that (a) has already broken its festival cherry with the Boots and Hearts Festival; (b) had landed a new Bonarroo-linked festival for 2015; and (c) has just purchased Barrie Speedway.
Burl’s Creek Event Grounds already bills itself as “Canada’s largest outdoor venue” (capacity of 80,000 people and 45,000 campers over 700 acres) and is set to get bigger with today’s announcement that they’ve bought the speedway. It’ll be closed permanently and incorporated as “supportive space” for upcoming events at the event grounds. The acquisition of the speedway exponentially increases the size of the company’s holdings.
This just got even more interesting.