TORONTO – Organizers of the country-fuelled Boots and Hearts music festival are pulling the plug on this year’s summertime event.

Republic Live says ongoing COVID-19 restrictions in Ontario made it impossible to move forward with the concerts.

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Boots and Hearts is one of the province’s biggest music festivals and was set to be held over the Aug. 5 weekend at the Burl’s Creek Event Grounds in Oro-Medonte, Ont., about 30 kilometres north of Barrie.

Country music stars that had been booked to appear include Dan + Shay, Sam Hunt and Eric Church.

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Organizers of summer music festivals have been in a tough spot this year as COVID-19 cases surge across the country, making it uncertain whether any crowds will be able to gather by July and August.

Festival organizers say they’ve booked the next four-day Boots and Hearts festival for Aug. 4, 2022.