It feels like summer is cancelled as cities in Canada shut down events until end of August
Put away the sunscreen and portable barbecues, because Canada's summer is officially cancelled. With cities across the country scrapping events until the end of August, hot dog season is starting to look like a pipe dream.
The Cavendish Beach Music Festival in Prince Edward Island was set to take place this July, but organizers announced today that it will be rescheduled for July 9-11, 2021.
The Edmonton Marathon has also been cancelled this summer; the annual race would have seen over 5,000 runners hitting the streets on August 15-16, 2020.
Running Room president John Stanton said, "We feel horrible because we know so many people had started their training."
"The reality is, until there's a vaccine, until there's proper testing, it's just not practical."
2020 EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19— Servus Edm Marathon (@Edm_Marathon) April 28, 2020
The organizers of the Servus Edmonton Marathon announce that this year’s event, scheduled for August 14, 15, and 16, 2020, is cancelled due to the COVID-19 health situation.
Full release on https://t.co/hnahRwTH5x. #ServusYEGMarathon pic.twitter.com/C70EPGmI3N
Executive Director of RBC Bluesfest Mark Monahan said, "Having been at the helm of RBC Bluesfest since 1994, I can say that although we have weathered many storms, including a tornado in 2005, a stage collapse in 2011, and a family of stubborn killdeers in 2018."
"COVID-19 is one that we cannot overcome in 2020."
It is with a heavy heart that we must announce RBC Bluesfest 2020 is cancelled. Please click here for full details including refund info & plans for 2021. https://t.co/TCLzIw15RM pic.twitter.com/MnvxxCKFWA— RBC Bluesfest Ottawa (@ottawabluesfest) April 28, 2020
On Thursday, Calgary announced that the annual Stampede wouldn't be going ahead this July for the first time in history.
The annual rodeo event has run for 108 years, including during two World Wars, the Great Depression, and a devastating flood that swept through Calgary in 2013.
The Calgary Folk Music Festival is also cancelled.
The Calgary Stampede is cancelled for the first time in history and Alberta is in mourning https://t.co/zsNZGWXzP1 #Canada #CoronavirusCanada #COVIDCanada #COVIDlberta #Calgary #CalgaryStampede #Alberta #YYC— Freshdaily (@freshdaily) April 23, 2020
Canada Day will also be moving online this year, with the federal government promising to put together a "virtual program" of talented Canadian artists.
In happier news, many of the cancelled events in Canada are already rescheduled for summer 2021, so we can look forward to plenty of fireworks and pountine picnics next July.
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