Thursday, February 25

Toronto Extends Cancellation of Cultural Events Until July 1 | The Canadian News

Rodrigo Diaz M.

The Toronto City Council has extended the cancellation of a series of spring and summer multi-cultural cultural events until July 1.

Among the outdoor events that will be canceled are the Canada Day parades and festivities in Scarborough and North York, while others such as Canadian Music Week, the Juno Award and the Pride Parade have indicated they will become virtual events.

Events like Luminato and the Toronto Jazz festival are still studying the possibility of going online.

The City Council states that the decision to cancel these events has now been made due to the long timeframes required for planning, both by municipal staff and businesses, and to allow time for event organizers to develop alternative approaches that conform to public health guidelines.

“I want to thank all of these organizations for understanding the need to avoid large in-person gatherings in the coming months and thank those who have worked to offer virtual events to maintain the spirit of these celebrations and, in some cases, the efforts fundraising during these difficult times, ”said Toronto Mayor John Tory.

“I strongly encourage the business community and as many Toronto residents as possible to support these events and the causes they in turn support. We must persevere to stop the spread of COVID-19. “

The City Council published a list of the main events affected by the decision:

• Toronto Marathon, half Marathon, 5k, 10k and relays (it will go virtual).

• Sporting Life 10k (will go virtual).

• Canadian Music Week (will go virtual).

• Doors Open Toronto (canceled).

• Juno Awards (will go virtual).

• Ride for Heart (it will go virtual).

• NXNE Music Festival (will go virtual).

• Luminato (still to be decided if it will go virtual).

• The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer (will go virtual).

• TD Toronto Jazz Festival (to decide if it will go virtual).

• Indigenous Arts Festival (it will go virtual).

• Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival (will go virtual).

• Trans March, Dyke March & Pride Parade (will go virtual).

• Scarborough Canada Day Parade & Celebration (canceled).

• Canada Day Celebrations at Mel Lastman Square (canceled).

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