Sunfest organizers say ‘music will go on’ even with journey troubles at airports

Organizers of London’s top rated intercontinental tunes competition are navigating journey worries with musicians as Toronto Pearson Airport faces delays, cancellations and baggage troubles.

About 20 audio groups are arriving on intercontinental flights for Sunfest in the coming days from nations around the world these kinds of as Spain, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, South Korea, France. Most are travelling via Pearson. 

Sunfest commences on Thursday at Victoria Park and runs throughout the weekend.

“The flight troubles, baggage troubles and visa challenges, I suggest, it’s pretty nerve-racking — and it really is a logistical puzzle, jigsaw puzzle, that ideally we can make the most effective of,” stated Mercedes Caxaj, creative co-director of the 4-day competition. 

Sunfest takes care of all of the musician’s journey logistics from flight bookings, airbus shuttles to resort reservations. 

“We’re just crossing our fingers and toes hoping for the ideal,” Caxaj explained. 

A several bands nonetheless do not have their visas because of to processing delays, which includes La Mambanegra from Colombia and DakhaBrakha from Ukraine, Caxaj mentioned. 

“We have witnessed these challenges in the earlier right before,” she claimed. “We usually have hope up until pretty significantly the working day prior to.” 

Mercedes Caxaj is Sunfest’s creative co-director and started off volunteering with the pageant when she was eight. (Submitted by Sunfest)

Caxaj has been in the artistic co-director role for a 10 years and has been volunteering given that she was eight. She shares the title with her Dad, Alfredo Caxaj, who established Sunfest. 

“You can find almost nothing that could make us much more fired up to get back into this week and start accumulating Londoners and out-of-towners to rejoice daily life by way of remarkable audio from all over the earth,” she said.

The competition will bring a lot more than 40 bands from across Canada and around the world on five various phases. About 200 suppliers will have food and artisan items from all in excess of the world. It can be the very first in-particular person Sunfest in 3 years. 

‘The new music will go on’

“You will find genuinely anything for everybody,” Caxaj mentioned. “This calendar year will be a “constructive, welcoming, inclusive atmosphere for individuals to occur back and just be exterior and with each other once more.”

Brazilian act Francisco El Hombre are a “super significant energy band that will blow people today out of the h2o,” she reported. The band fuses classic Brazilian and Afro-Latin audio with psychedelic rock and electro-punk. 

NST & The Soul Sauce satisfies Kim Yulhee is a roots reggae and standard Korean band who is set to carry out at Sunfest on Friday and Saturday. (Submitted by Sunfest)

NST & The Soul Sauce meets Kim Yulhee has a seem that “folks just are not heading to count on,” she explained. The South Korean band fuses roots reggae with traditional Korean singing. 

Eagle Flight Singers, a common 1st nation team centered in London, will open up up the competition on Thursday and Friday evenings. 

“It would not be Sunfest devoid of them. Just to open up our pageant with them each and every 12 months is a little something that we cherish so substantially,” she mentioned. “At the time that drum starts hitting, men and women are going to be seriously psyched and really sense the beginning of the competition.” 

No matter of the vacation challenges that arise, organizers are self-confident it will all occur with each other. 

“I feel Londoners are all just energized to be out and celebrate and be in an outdoor surroundings, obtaining their preferred beverage, taking in their favourite foodstuff, remaining out in the sun, dancing to stay music,” Caxaj stated. 

“No subject what, the songs will go on.”

Sunfest saw 100,000 exceptional people at their final competition in 2019, claimed Mercedes Caxaj, creative co-director at Sunfest. (Submitted by Sunfest)

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