Canadian Music Week postponed. It had to be done.

Canadian Music Week, the massive annual music conference and festival that happens in Toronto every May, has been postponed until September. Bloody COVID-19.

Here’s the official statement:

Due to the continuing and increasing spread of the novel COVID-19 virus we believe it is our social responsibility to postpone the upcoming Canadian Music Week 2020 Conference and Expo.  The Ontario Provincial Chief Medical Officer called for “ immediate suspension of all large events and public gatherings of over 250 people”

Accordingly, we will be announcing our new dates officially in a press release this Monday, but as a valued partner and participant, we wanted to give you a heads up, as this all came together over the weekend. 

In light of the recently growing number of event cancellations, Public Health Canada statements, and various provincial gathering bans, we concluded this was the right decision.

The health and safety of our speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, visitors, and staff is our number one priority.

We have managed to find an alternative date at a later time period at the same venue (Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel).

We feel this is a great solution and we thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Our logistics and Festival team will be in touch this week to revise schedules.

The new dates for Canadian Music Week will be September 8–13.

Same venue (Sheraton) and same schedule:

Tuesday, Sept 8th – Load-in and travel day

CMW Schedule-at-a-Glance

Monday Sept 7 – Labour Day Holiday

Tuesday Sept 8 – exhibitor load-in and travel day – Festival opens

Wednesday Sept 9 – Music Conference, Radio Conference + Radio and Audio Awards Luncheon – Various Festival venues

Thursday Sept 10 – Music Conference, Radio Conference and Music and Broadcast Industry Awards Gala – Various Festival venues

Friday Sept 11 – Music Conference, Live Music Awards -– Various Festival venues

Saturday Sept 12 – Various Festival venues

All badges and wristbands will be honoured on the new dates, and we look forward to returning in the fall of 2020.

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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