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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 largest multi-day country music festival in the Maritimes boasted a line-up of all-star names this summer, including Miranda Lambert and Dan + Shay.

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."

K-Days and Taste of Edmonton are also cancelled.

The Ottawa Bluesfest also announced that they would be cancelling their annual July music festival today, which included artists like Marshmello, Jack Johnson and Vance Joy.

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."

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.

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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RBC Bluesfest

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