The current year's Montreal Jazz Festival, the world's biggest, and other mainstream summer celebrations in Canada's francophone city were dropped Friday because of the COVID-19 pandemic, coordinators declared.
It had been booked to begin on June 25.
"This choice, which was made with our private accomplices and the legislature, was not a simple one, yet it had gotten essential so as to ensure people in general, the craftsmen and our representatives," the Jazz Festival's senior supervisor Jacques Primeau said in an announcement.
The Francos de Montreal performance, which is put on by a similar gathering and was booked for June 12, was likewise dropped, he said.
The pair of summer celebrations pull in a huge number of guests every year to Canada's second-biggest city.
Coordinators of the tremendously famous Just for Laughs Festival, normally held in late July, likewise reported Friday that they were deferring the comedic exhibitions until the fall.
What's more, a cycling occasion, the Tour de l'ile, booked for June 7, was dropped.