The World Electronic Music Festival (WEMF), the annual EDM festival that resided at Algonquin Park, Ontario every August, has been officially cancelled this year.
From Destiny Events Facebook page:
"It is with a heavy heart that after 17 years of great memories and hard work, WEMF will officially be put back on hiatus from this point forward.
To say that the decision was difficult to make is an understatement. WEMF was the first multi-day outdoor EDM festival in Canada and it was the longest running event of its kind in North America. Many people poured their heart and soul into it for many years but unfortunately the economics no longer make sense and we have no choice but to focus our energy on other projects.
So now what you may ask?
Well, 2013 happens to be the Destiny 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY so we obviously need to throw a party! We are extremely happy to announce that we will be celebrating this milestone with our favourite DJ who in turn will be doing something very special for the important day. Of course, we are talking about The world's Number 1 Drum & Bass DJ, the one they call The Executioner… the one and only ANDY C! To ensure it is truly a special night, Andy will be performing a full 4 HOUR SET for the first time in North America for everyone on Saturday August 17 at the Kool Haus in Toronto. Beyond the special birthday celebration, Destiny and our friends at Embrace will continue to be the leaders of bass music in Canada for many years to come.
All tickets will be fully refunded at point of purchase, including service charges. If you purchased through Ticketmaster, The Rogers Wireless Box Office (RWBO) or Wantickets.com, your credit card will be refunded automatically and likely already has. You should see the refund appear on your statements no later than this Monday April 22, 2013.
As a thank-you for your on-going support, we would like to offer anyone that bought a ticket a discount to The Digital Dreams Music Festival happening in Toronto on Canada Day weekend. You will be able to purchase up to two (2) General Admission tickets @ $99 +SC each or two (2) VIP tickets at @ $199 +SC each at www.Ticketmaster.ca. Both offers provide a significant saving over current ticket prices. These special prices will be available for 1 week from today. We will also offer a special pre-sale for the Andy C event that will only be able to be accessed with the PIN code.
There will be more details on this offer soon.
Thanks again for supporting us over the past 20 years. We hope to still see you on the dance floor this summer and beyond!
Destiny, Embrace & Electronic Nation"
This is another sad news day. I was excited to see what this year's lineup would bring because I was planning on experiencing WEMF for the first time. Now that opportunity is probably gone forever.
Most shocking news: wemf 2013 is officially unofficially cancelled. Cannot believe this. So many disipointed ravers.— WEMFCity (@WEMFCity) April 16, 2013
@WEMFCity, a fan run unofficial WEMF Twitter account, engaged Destiny Events on Twitter today on what might be the underlying reason why WEMF has been put on hiatus:
It would seem in an ever changing electronic dance music scene, WEMF is a victim of the new economic realities that face the industry.