How Roxodus nearly became Canada’s own Fyre Festival

By Claire Brassard

In today’s Big Story podcast, it was going to be the biggest classic rock festival this country had ever seen. It was supposed to happen this weekend. And it died just 10 days before opening night. Now the OPP is involved and fans and vendors alike are left in the dark. This is the story of what happened to Roxodus.

The lineup featured everyone from Aerosmith to Blondie to Kid Rock and Nickelback and Lynyrd Skynyrd. It was to take place at the Edenvale Airport, in a tiny Ontario community north of Toronto. The organizers initially claimed rainfall was to blame for the cancellation, but that story quickly fell apart. So what was going on in the weeks leading up to the sudden cancellation? What happened to the money? What will the OPP investigation discover? And given what we know now about organization and logistics—are would-be concertgoers lucky that this festival never actually happened?

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