The Juno Awards are cancelled
The 2020 Juno Awards are the latest major music event to be cancelled due to public health concerns about the spread of COVID-19.
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) posted a statement on the Juno website this morning saying that the decision was made after consulting its partners in the event, including the Province of Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Health Authority and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health.
This year’s Juno events were scheduled to unfold this weekend in Saskatoon. All events are cancelled, including tomorrow’s Juno Cup game and Saturday’s Juno gala, at which awards are presented in categories such as roots, blues and world music.
“We are devastated to cancel this national celebration of music,” CARAS said in the statement, “but at this time of global uncertainty, the health, safety and well-being of all Canadians must stand at the forefront of any decisions that impact our communities.”
CARAS is now looking for an alternative means to honour this year’s Juno winners and special award recipients, it said.
We will keep you updated here at Roots Music Canada.