Canadian Music Week is still very much on this May. Take THAT, COVID-19!

The music industry has been hammered by cancellations and postponements. SXSW. Coachella, Madonna’s Madame X tour. Pearl Jam’s Gigaton tour. Green Day’s Asian Tour. No Japan for Slipknot. ULTRA Miami. The Winter Music Conference. Heck, I was supposed to speak at music event in Poland in May until an email arrived this morning saying that things will be rescheduled for September.

And that’s just a partial list. The entire planet has been affected by COVID-19.

However, Canadian Music Week schedule for Toronto from May 19-23, is still on. Organizers issued this statement:

“We are paying close attention to direction from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Toronto Public Health Department, Region of Peel Public Health and the World Health Organization. Peel Public Health has assessed the public health risk associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19) and has determined the risk is low for the region including Toronto- Pearson International Airport.

The Sheraton Centre Hotel Toronto is open and upcoming events are taking place as planned.”

“We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will advise you of any updated plans.”

The Junos are also going ahead as scheduled in Saskatoon next week.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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