Squamish Valley Music Festival a “major financial success”

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

This weekend’s Squamish Valley Music Festival featuring performances by Bruno Mars and Eminem just wrapped up, but organizers are already planning next summer’s three-day party.

Executive Producer Paul Runnals says the local economy received a major boost thanks to the population more than doubling since Friday.

“We did an economic impact study last year which found 18.9-million dollars into the province and about ten of that in the Sea-to-Sky region. Obviously, mostly in the Squamish area. If we more than doubled the attendance, we’ve added an extra day, that number should be more than doubled. The festival itself spent over two million dollars in contracts with local businesses, so it’s a pretty significant amount of money.”

Runnals says daily attendance topped 30-thousand with no security issues, major medical incidents or traffic headaches.

He adds plans for next summer’s festival –headlined by Bruno Mars, Arcade Fire and Eminem this year– are already in the works.

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