Pelee Island Abuzz for Island Unplugged


Organizers of the Island Unplugged say they couldn't have asked for better weather.

The two-day music festival on Pelee Island saw close to a thousand people turn out to take in a dozen acts including local and international performers.

Festival Vice Chair Kim Gardner says changing the event from Saturday/Sunday to Friday/Saturday proved to be a good decision as the crowd that turned out was bigger than expected.

"It improved our overall vibe. We've had nothing but positive comments from everybody. It was just amazing. The food was great. The music was, of course, fantastic, and just a nice feel."

She says set up was a little tougher, but everything worked out.

"It was more difficult logistically. That meant getting out stage people here a day early, our port-a-potties, all of the equipment and all the behind the scenes things were a little bit more difficult."

Gardner says not having entertainment on Sunday gave people an extra day to enjoy the island's amenities.

"You don't want to be here. You want to be out. You want to go for a swim, you want to go for a bike ride, you want to go to the bakery, you want to go to the winery perhaps. So you get your wristband and you come and go because it started Friday night."

This was the sixth year for the music festival on Pelee Island.

— with files from AM800's Gord Bacon