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COVID-19 prompts entertainment industry cancellations

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CANCELLATIONS OF SOME VERY BIG PUBLIC EVENTS >> Cristina: THAT’S RIGHT, CYNTHIA

NOW THE MUSIC INDUSTRY IS STARTING TO BE HIT BOY COVID-19 PEARL JAM, ONE OF THE WORLD’S BIGGEST ROCK BANDS JUST ANNOUNCED THAT IT’S CANCELLING THE FIRST LEG OF ITS TOUR AND THAT INCLUDES STOPS IN BOTH TORONTO AND HAMILTON AND NOW THERE’S TALK THAT COACHELLA, ONE OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST MUSICAL FESTIVALS, COULD ACTUALLY BE POSTPONED OR EVEN CANCELLED MUSIC EXPERTS WE SPOKE WITH SAY SAY THIS COULD BE JUST THE BEGINNING >> I THINK THAT THIS IS GOING TO BE AN ABSOLUTE HORRIBLE YEAR FOR THE CONCERT AND TOURING INDUSTRY, AND I WORK IN HERE AND IT PAINS FOR ME TO SAY THAT >> Cristina: ALFER IS A MUSIC REPRESENTS SEVERAL ARTISTS

>> I’VE ACTUALLY GOT A COUPLE ARTISTS LOOKING TO POSTPONE THEIR SHOWS RIGHT NOW FOR SHOWS HAPPENING IN A COUPLE WEEKS DOWN THE ROAD ONLY BECAUSE THEIR AUDIENCES ARE HEARING AND THEY’RE BEING TOLD TO KIND OF STAY INDOORS AND THAT MAKES GOOD HEALTH SENSE I DON’T KNOW IF IT MAKES GOOD ECONOMIC SENSE COMING FROM A HUMANISTIC VIEWPOINT, I THINK THAT PEOPLE HAVE TO START DECIDING ON, YOU KNOW, WHAT THEY’RE GOING TO GO DO AND WHERE THEY’RE GOING TO SPEND THEIR MONEY AND THEIR FREE TIME >> Cristina: THE BIG ISSUE IS CROWDS

WHILE COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION HAS BEEN MINIMAL IN CANADA, THERE ARE FEARS THAT GATHERINGS OF BIG GROUPS OF PEOPLE COULD LEAD TO FURTHER TRANSMISSION BUT OTHER LIVE EVENTS, LIKE THE JUNOS, SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEKEND IN SASKATCHEWAN, ARE STILL HAPPENING, AND RYAN GULLEN OF SHEEP DOGS FAME, ISN’T LETTING THE VIRUS STOP HIS TRIP TO SASKATOON OR HIS BAND’S PERFORMANCES >> IT FEELS LIKE EVERYTHING’S REALLY UNDER — BEING HANDLED WELL AND UNDER WRAPS IN CANADA AND CANADA’S DOING A REALLY GOOD JOB TAKING CARE OF THAT YOU KNOW, AS FAR AS THINGS IN SASKATCHEWAN, I THINK THAT THERE ISN’T A LOT OF CONCERN AS LONG AS PEOPLE ARE BEING CAREFUL AND WASHING THEIR HANDS AND THINGS LIKE THAT WE’RE ALL EXCITED FOR THINGS HAPPENING AND CELEBRATE IT

>> Cristina: HAS THERE BEEN ANY IMPACT ON ANY YOUR CONCERT DATES MOVING FORWARD WITH THIS VIRUS? >> DEFINITELY SOMETHING WE’RE BEING MINDFUL AT THIS POINT NO I KNOW WE’RE GOING TO EUROPE AT THE END OF MAY AND THERE’S BEEN SOME CONVERSATION THERE ABOUT THINGS MAYBE BEING CANCELLED BUT AS FAR AS I KNOW RIGHT NOW, I MEAN NOT AT ALL I THINK WE’RE JUST MOVING AHEAD AND JUST TRYING TO BE SAFE

>> Cristina: AND MUSIC FANS WE SPOKE WITH SAY THEY AREN’T BEING DETERRED FROM SEEING THEIR FAVOURITE ACTS >> I STILL GO TO CONCERT I’VE GOT A COUPLE PLANNED ALREADY FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS SO IT’S NOT GOING TO AFFECT ME >> Cristina: SEVERAL PROGRAMS ARE ACTUALLY LIMITING THEIR AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION AND LIVE STUDIO AUDIENCES

FOR EXAMPLE EFFECTIVE WEDNESDAY, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN RECENT HISTORY, St LOUIS WILL NOT ACTUALLY HAVE ANY LIVE AUDIENCE — CITYLINE WILL NOT HAVE LIVE AUDIENCE MEMBERS IN THOSE CHAIRS THEY WILL REMAIN EMPTY IN A STATEMENT ISSUED TO "CityNews" BY ROGERS COMMUNICATION, THEY SAY THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF OUR CITYLINE TEAM AND FANS ARE A PRIORITY AND WE’RE TAKING THE NECESSARY STEPS TO ENSURE THEIR SAFETY AS A RESULT, WE ARE TEMPORARILY TAKING CITYLINE WITHOUT A LIVE AUDIENCE IN OUR STUDIOS

WE WILL CONTINUE TO CLOSELY MONITOR AND ASSESS THE SITUATION NOW, CITYLINE IS NOT THE ONLY PROGRAM DOING THIS WE KNOW THAT BOTH "JEOPARDY" AND WHEEL OF FORTUNE SAID THAT THEY ARE NO LONGER GOING TO BE HAVING LIVE STUDIO AUDIENCES AT LEAST TEMPORARILY WE KNOW SOME MOVIE PREMIERES HAVE BEEN DELAYED

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