This year's Montreal Jazz Festival, the world's largest and other popular summer jamborees in Canada's Francophone metropolis, was canceled on Friday due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the organizers said.
It was supposed to start on June 25th.
"This decision, which was made with our private partners and the government, was not an easy one, but it was necessary to protect the public, the artists, and our employees," said Jazz Festival general manager Jacques Primeau, in an explanation.
The Francos de Montreal music festival, hosted by the same group and scheduled for June 12, has also been canceled, he said.
The two summer festivals draw hundreds of thousands of visitors to Canada's second largest city each year.
The organizers of the hugely popular Just for Laughs Festival, which usually takes place in late July, announced on Friday that they would postpone the comedic performances until autumn.
And a cycling event, the Tour de l & # 39; ile, scheduled for June 7th, was canceled.
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