Country music fans will have to wait a little longer for Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards to return to London, Ont.
On Tuesday, Tourism London confirmed that Country Music Week and the awards ceremony it concludes will now take place November 27-30, instead of September 9-12.
“At one of the first major events our city is hosting on the road to recovery, moving the dates will allow us to create a safer, more inclusive event,” said Natalie Wakabayashi, director of culture and entertainment, in a press release. Reference to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.
The government has announced that any Canadian who wants a coronavirus vaccine by September will have access to one.
However, in late January, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland stopped telling Canadians that they could plan a return to normal by the end of the year.
The organizers say a full calendar of events and ticketing information will be made available in the coming months. However, they already confirm that the CCMA Fan Village, the CCMA Songwriters’ Series, the CCMA Legends Show, the CCMA Gala Dinner and Awards, and The CCMA Seminar Series “will be part of the 2021 Country Music Week schedule.”
“The host’s organizing committee is working hard with the CCMA team to plan a series of exciting events for our community, right through to Country Music Week and the awards ceremony,” said Wakabayashi.
The CCMA Awards will take place on November 30th.
London previously hosted the CCMA Awards in 2016 and hosted the CMAOntario Awards in 2017, 2018 and 2020, although this event has been reinterpreted as a drive-in awards ceremony due to the pandemic.
– with files from Rachel Gilmore from News Gob.
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