xpauydby · 2021-09-28

Wakestock to ride into Collingwood this August

Wakestock has found a new home in Collingwood.

"We hope to be here as long as Elvis," said operations manager Todd Elsley.

By a unanimous vote, Collingwood Council approved the application of Wakestock on Monday. The event will take place from 6-9 at Millennium Park on Heritage Drive.

Council discussed the event with Collingwood OPP Insp. John Trude.

Counc. Tim McNabb had concerns over parking and traffic.

Trude said he wasn’t aware of the final parking plan, but he spoke to the security adviser from the company and felt comfortable with the events overall security.

Elsley said they have several potential parking sites including across from Blue Mountain Chrysler, the former Backyard Products site, and on Poplar Sideroad.

Trude said the issues that Wasaga Beach had likely won’t impact the Collingwood event.

Trude said the Spit is a controlled site, with only one way to access it. He said this would give Collingwood an advantage over Wasaga Beach.

"It really wouldn’t behoove them to have a bad showing the first year. It’s a completely different site," he said. "I support what the proponents are doing and it will probably be a reasonably decent event."

Peter Dunbar, director of leisure services, said staff still reserve the right to shut down the event if organizers don’t follow their application.

"We have a lot of control over the event, once it starts," said Dunbar.

Elsley said the area is known for its "action sports," including snowboarding and skiing and is one of the major reasons why Collingwood was chosen as the event site. There will be more than 60 professional wakeboarders and 250 amateurs competing at the event. The event is one of five in the world series of wakeboarding.

"This is a great chance to showcase wakeboarding," Elsley said.

The event will also feature live bands and a skateboard event. Elsley said they have been in discussions with some bands, but will be announcing the lineup in the coming weeks.

In the past, the festival has attracted groups such as the Deftones, members of the Wu Tang Clan, Metric and De La Soul.

This will be the third major event that Collingwood is hosting in 2009, with the Ride for Sight taking place in June and the Collingwood Elvis Festival taking place in July.