Published Mar 13, 2020While the first cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) began surfacing only as recently as November 2019 in Wuhan, China, the wave of reactions to its spread has increased exponentially in recent weeks. As of March, the World Health Organization officially declared the outbreak a global pandemic, and as the situation progresses across the world — most notably in Iran, China, Italy, South Korea and now North America — the Canadian entertainment industry has definitely taken note.
Seemingly every hour, there is a new tour cancellation, event postponement or suspended release in keeping with physical distancing recommendations. It can be dizzying to keep track of it all. While we wish that these beloved concerts, albums, festivals, films, awards ceremonies and other industry events weren't affected, the truth is we're all better off avoiding large gatherings where the virus is most likely to spread.
To help keep track of everything cancelled and postponed, here's our ongoing list of all of the entertainment industry events and releases affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to update the list as needed.
An Ongoing List of Everything in Music and Film Affected by Coronavirus:
● Roger Waters has postponed his "This Is Not a Drill" tour until 2021.
● Margo Price has postponed her album That's How Rumors Get Started until sometime this summer.
● Netflix is lowering its video quality in Canada due to COVID-19.
● The Juno Awards has postponed its 2020 winners announcement indefinitely.
● Braids have postponed the release of their new album Shadow Offering, which will now arrive on June 19.
● The Lemon Twigs have postponed their new album Songs for the General Public until August, as well as delayed all their upcoming tour dates.
● YouTube is cutting its streaming quality worldwide.
● Toronto's Inside Out festival has been postponed until October.
● The A24 horror film Saint Maud will no longer arrive in theatres on April 10. A new date has yet to be announced.
● The Pretenders' new album Hate for Sale has been pushed from May 1 to July 17.
● Wonder Woman 1984 has been delayed from June 5 release to August 14.
● Big Brother Canada has been cancelled mid-season due to the outbreak.
● Lady Gaga is no longer releasing her Chromatica album on April 10. So far there is no new release date.
● Despite being called Inner Song, Kelly Lee Owens is delaying her album until August 28.
● Jarvis Cocker's new band JARV IS… are delaying the release of their album Beyond the Pale until September 4.
● Grey Daze — the pre-Linkin Park band of late vocalist Chester Bennington — will now release their album Amends on June 26 instead of in April.
● HAIM have announced the band are delaying their new album, Women in Music Pt. III, due to the ongoing pandemic.
● The Oshawa Music Awards are moving their April event online.
● Joel Plaskett's massive Canadian spring tour has been pushed to October.
● Lawnya Vawnya has postponed its 2020 edition that was set to take place in May.
● The release of the new Minions movie has been called off.
● The second season of Netlfix's Cheer will not be moving forward.
● The Friends reunion has been delayed.
● Tool have postponed the first leg of their North American tour.
● Sleaford Mods have cancelled their spring North American tour.
● The release of the Beastie Boys documentary by Spike Jonze has been delayed.
● Silverstein have rescheduled North American dates on their 20th Anniversary tour.
● The Rolling Stones have postponed their "No Filter" North American tour.
● Black Widow has had its theatrical release cancelled.
● The 2020 East Coast Music Awards that were set to take in St. John's, NL, have been cancelled.
● The Avatar sequels have halted production.
● Cineplex has closed entertainment venues across Canada from the evening of March 16 through April 2.
● Elton John has postponed all North American "Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour" dates up to May 2, including two shows in Toronto and two shows in Montreal. They will be rescheduled for 2021.
● Billie Eilish postponed the North American leg of her "WHERE DO WE GO WORLD TOUR," including a performance in Vancouver in April.
● Canada's Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam recommended that all residents avoid attending gatherings more than 50 people.
● Deafheaven have postponed their 10th anniversary North American tour with Inter Arma, but will release a live album in its place.
● The Calgary Underground Film Festival has been postponed.
● Caesars Windsor announced its temporary closure, affecting a number of concerts in Ontario.
● Canadian Music Week was rescheduled.
● Toronto's Royal Cinema has cancelled or postponed all events from March 16 through April 1.
● James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt have postponed their Canadian spring tour.
● Waxahatchee has delayed North American dates through May, including a May 14 date at Vancouver's Christ Church Cathedral.
● Caribou has cancelled his North American and European tours.
● Guelph's Kazoo! Fest has delayed its 2020 edition until the fall.
● SOCAN has cancelled the 2020 SOCAN Awards.
● Hot Docs has postponed its 2020 edition, along with all screenings and events at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema.
● Netflix has halted production of Stranger Things Season 4.
● Canadian Film Fest has postponed its 2020 edition.
● Vancouver's Vogue Theatre has suspended all events, while Toronto's Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall have also postponed all events.
● Multiple movie theatres around the country have started capping capacity at 50 percent to encourage social distancing.
● Sarah Harmer has postponed her Canada-heavy North American tour in support of her new record, Are You Gone.
● Matthew Good has postponed his Canada-heavy "Moving Walls Tour."
● Record Store Day has been moved to June.
● The Canadian Folk Music Awards' April ceremony has been cancelled and moved online.
● Rage Against the Machine have called off their massive North American reunion tour, which included stops in eight Canadian cities.
● The release of Disney's Mulan live-action remake has been delayed.
● The Glorious Sons are postponing their 12-date Canadian "A War on Everything" tour.
● FACTOR — the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings — has announced a plan that addresses cancellations of events and activities in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic.
● Wilco have postponed their North American tour, including stops in Calgary and Vancouver.
● The Canadian Screen Awards have been cancelled.
● Quebec concert promoter Evenko suspended all of its events for a period of 30 days.
● Live Nation suspended all events for the month of March.
● The theatrical release of John Krasinski's A Quiet Place Part II has been delayed.
● The Juno Awards' 49th edition was cancelled.
● Riverdale has halted production in Vancouver after a crew member made contact with a COVID-19 patient.
● Bikini Kill have postponed their West Coast performances, including a night in Victoria, BC.
● Ottawa's RBC Bluesfest is closely monitoring the pandemic while festival organizers decide whether or not to cancel or postpone the July event.
● Pearl Jam announced the postponement of their North American tour, including four concerts in Canada.
● The release of Cary Fukunaga's James Bond film, No Time to Die starring Daniel Craig, has been postponed until November.
Head over to the Government of Canada's website for tips on how to prepare for the ongoing pandemic.