Montreal

Montreal, the city of festivals, goes quiet until at least July 2

Montreal may be known as a party town with a thriving music scene and an endless string of festivals, especially when the weather is fine. But none of that will be happening until at least July 3, as officials have nixed every celebration on the calendar between now and then.

With COVID-19 sweeping the city, celebrations for everything from Fête Nationale to Canada Day are nixed

Montreal's Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day parade and other celebrations draw thousands to the streets. But not this year, as the city hunkers down to wait out the COVID-19 pandemic. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)

Montreal, the city of festivals, has cancelled all of them, along with sporting events and other public gatherings until July 2 inclusively, the city administration announced Tuesday.

The Plante administration said this decision was made in accordance with the orders imposed by the government of Quebec due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The city said it will work with event organizers throughout the health crisis, offering support. 

The cancelled events include Fête Nationale and Canada Day celebrations.

Earlier today, organizers of the Montreal Grand Prix, set for June, announced the race would be postponed.

Last week, three of Montreal's annual summer mainstays, the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Francos de Montréal and Just for Laughs, were also cancelled, as was the unofficial kickoff to the cycling season in June, the Tour de l'Île.

It will be the first time in more than 40 years that the Jazz Festival will not go on. Spectra, the event organizer, said in a news release last week that it decided to cancel this year's edition after talks with the province's health authorities.

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