May 06, 2020

By Andy Johnson

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One annual Canadian arts event is moving on line while another is cancelled outright because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The winners of the 2020 Canadian Screen Awards will be announced virtually in a series of shows May 25th to the 28th and streamed on the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s website and social media pages.

The pre-taped online presentations which will include footage from the film, TV and music video nominees with each of the eight vignettes being narrated by well-known Canadians like broadcaster Lloyd Robertson and Will & Grace star, Eric McCormack.

Meantime, Canadian Music Week has abandoned plans entirely for a 2020 festival after initially postponing the event to September.

CMW President Neill Dixon says the tentative September date presented “too many unavoidable obstacles,” including international travel with public gatherings still likely to be limited.

As a result of the cancellation, all ticketed concerts have been refunded or are in the process of being refunded. Dixon says they hope to get back to normal next year .

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