The Juno Awards have been cancelled over concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak.
The show, which celebrates Canadian music, was to take place Sunday at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon with the live broadcast on CBC.
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences says the decision was made with input and guidance from provincial tourism and health authorities.
Some artists had already flown to the city to partake in Juno Week music events tied to the awards show.
Organizers faced a flood of calls on social media for the event to be cancelled in the 24 hours leading up to Thursday’s announcement, including some from doctors and politicians.
The Junos rotate through cities from year to year, providing an economic and tourism boost for the host region, with legions of artists and fans descending on the area.
This report was published by the Canadian Press on March 12, 2020.