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NXNE postponed until August due to COVID-19 crisis

Toronto’s annual North By Northeast music festival has been officially postponed, organizers confirmed on Monday. The festival, which was initially set for June 12 – 21, has been moved to August.

Please see an official NXNE statement below.

We must all do our part during the current health emergency and stay home until better days. In that spirit, NXNE is moving our dates from June 12- 21, 2020 to August 11 -16, 2020.

Like most of you, our thoughts are currently focused on helping each other stay safe and we at NXNE salute all of those on the front lines, from emergency wards to grocery store checkouts, who work so hard for all of us. Please be safe and accept our sincerest thanks for all that you do.

The City of Toronto has decided to not permit large gatherings the size of NXNE, even if social distancing is reduced, until at least the end of June. We salute the City’s decision and all efforts to exercise extreme caution as we all fight to limit the damage of this virus.

“The City will need to eventually come together again, to celebrate live music and our community spaces enjoy each other and our communities along with the live music that unites and excites us all,” says NXNE president, Michael Hollett. “When that time comes and we can all safely come together again, NXNE will join the arts and live music culture community in helping bring live music songs back to the city.”

“Our thoughts go out to all of our friends in the music and hospitality industries who are all being so deeply affected by this. We will all be there for each other when it’s time to re-start and re-build.

“Until then, our thoughts are with all the people on the front lines who are working, at great risk to themselves, to make us safe. We thank them and send them and all of you best wishes with the promise of better days. Please be safe and we’ll see you on the other side.”

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