The Juno Awards have officially been cancelled due to coronavirus.
The Junos, the province of Saskatchewan, the city of Saskatoon, and Tourism Saskatoon have released a joint statement regarding the cancellation of the 49th Annual JUNO Awards and JUNO Week 2020.
“We are devastated to cancel this national celebration of music, 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,” the statement reads. “We know this is the right decision based on the information we currently have and are continuing to receive. The situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve rapidly and we urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials.
Read the statement in full below.
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— Alex MacPherson (@macphersona) March 12, 2020
A variety of indie artists like City and Colour, Mac DeMarco, PUP, The Dirty Nil, Billie Eilish, Foxwarren, Orville Peck, Tim Baker, Valley, and The Glorious Sons had been nominated for JUNO Awards. Additionally, several artists like Daniel Caesar, Alessia Cara, The Glorious Sons, Lennon Stella, Tory Lanez, and Jann Arden were set to perform at the award ceremony, which would have taken place on Sunday, March 15th.
CARAS is trying to find alternative ways to honour this year’s JUNO Award winners and Special Award Recipients.