The HockeyFest begins on June 25th in London, Ontario. Rock the Park has been postponed to 2022


HockeyFest will kick off this summer with a nine-city tour starting in London, Ontario. However, the city’s Rock the Park festival will have to wait another year for it to return.

Jones Entertainment Group (JEG) announced Monday morning that HockeyFest would open with a weekend in London on June 25th before traveling to several other cities including Detroit, Edmonton, Ottawa and Winnipeg.

“We thought there was no better place to start than in our hometown of London,” said JEG President Brad Jones, adding that the opening of the festival depends on the state of COVID-19 in Ontario during this time.

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Regarding Rock the Park, Jones said the concert series in London’s Harris Park will be postponed again due to COVID-19 restrictions and will now take place July 13-16, 2022.

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He added that a number of artists slated for Rock the Park 2021 are expected to perform in the following year.

“Blink-182, TLC and Nelly – we’re working with your management right now to re-approve them for Thursday and Friday. We canceled it on Wednesday and Saturday last year, ”said Jones.

“We have an offer for probably the biggest act we’ve ever had on Rock the Park, but we probably won’t know until September.”

Jones confirmed that refunds are available for those with tickets to the 2021 festival.

Meanwhile, music fans in London can check out the Road to Rock the Park dinner series this summer, which kicks off on July 2nd with a limited capacity performance by Tim Hicks. Tickets are available now at Centennial Hall.

Some news from @JonesEntGroup:
– @HockeyFestGO starts on June 25th in #LdnOnt (9 cities in total)
– @RockTheParkLDN postponed to 2022
– Both events contain SafeEntryStations from @Predictmedix which uses AI to detect symptoms. w / # COVID19. Demonstration below ??

– Andrew Graham (@andrewjwgraham) May 17, 2021

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Monday’s announcement also revealed new technology that will show up at future JEG events like HockeyFest and Rock the Park.

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JEG will deploy Safe Entry Stations, a collaboration between Predictmedix, Inc. of Toronto and Juiceworks of Mississauga that uses AI to detect several symptoms associated with COVID-19.

Dr. COulwush COO of Predictmedix Dr. Rahul Kushwah says these symptoms include headache, exhaustion, sweating, changes in breathing rate, cough, and high temperature.

“The Safe Entry Stations have multispectral cameras and a proprietary configuration of sensors,” said Kushwah.

“As people get through, they are screened by these multispectral cameras and sensors and many parameters are selected. These parameters are then processed by our proprietary AI algorithm to convert them into symptoms.”

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Jones added that a participant who tests positive for a symptom will be placed in a rapid COVID-19 testing area. If they test positive for the virus, the attendee, along with anyone they have met, will be asked to leave the event.

Following Monday’s announcement, Middlesex-London Health Unit’s medical health officer, Dr. Chris Mackie that the MLHU had not been consulted about the use of Safe Entry Stations in London.

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“I haven’t checked the technology. It’s great to hear things like this becoming available, but we don’t have any further details, ”said Mackie.

A full list of scheduled HockeyFest dates can be found below:

  • London, Ont. (June 25-27),
  • Summerside, PEI (July 1-3),
  • Edmonton, Alta. (July 9-11),
  • Abbotsford, BC (July 16-18),
  • Regina, Sask. (July 23rd – 25th),
  • Ottawa, Ont. (July 30th – August 1st),
  • Detroit, Michigan (August – dates to be announced),
  • Blaine, minn. (August 13th – 15th),
  • Winnipeg, man. (August 27-29).

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What the Ontario timeline looks like for this summer’s opening

What the Ontario timeline looks like for this summer’s opening

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