The music festival launched by Jack Hayward, of Jake Bunny Music, may not be on the same scale as a certain shindig on Max Yasgur’s farm, but this year marks a milestone for both.
This is the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, the concert often described as defining a generation.
And 2019 also marks the 30th anniversary of Jakestock, a rock festival in Innisfil's Gilford community that was launched to bring friends, music and community together.
But while Woodstock is history, Jakestock continues.
The 30th annual Jakestock will be taking place on Sunday, Sept. 1, this Labour Day weekend at the Gilford Community Hall.
Doors open at noon for an afternoon that includes a kids’ fun zone with inflatables, a silent auction, vendor market from 12-8 p.m., food provided by Mirene’s Food Truck, and live music that begins at 3 p.m. and continues until midnight.
Among the bands donating their time and talent for the show are The Fitzees, Cassidy Jane and the War Horse, Screaming Charlie, Cousin Jack, The Noolands, and Full Throttle.
While Jakestock once raised funds for a variety of charities and causes, since moving to the Gilford Hall it has been a fundraiser for the upkeep of the community facility.
The Gilford Community Hall, located at 257 Bell’s Lane, is one of the last community-owned halls in Ontario – owned and operated not by the town, but by a volunteer board of directors and members. All of the momey raised at Jakestock go towards paying the taxes, insurance costs, hydro, and other expenses.
Admission to Jakestock is $10 per person, which includes membership to the Gilford Community Hall. The event is free for accompanied kids 10 and under.