While the Montreal audiofest had been planning to proceed as planned at the end of March, the organizers have now announced that the show will be postponed following the Government of Quebec's decision to limit or ban public gatherings of more than 250 people.
"Although we approve this wise decision, it is with sadness that we welcome the decision of the Government of Quebec to limit or ban public gatherings of over 250 people in Quebec until further notice.
"We all invested time and money in this project," writes show organizers Sarah Tremblay and Michel Plante, "and just like you and the visitors, we were really excited as we approached the Audiofest."
Tremblay and Plante say they are still working with the Bonaventure Hotel, where the event was to take place, to see if there remains a possibility to hold the event later this year or cancel it altogether, resuming in 2021. There is a possibility that the show may take place over a weekend in May 2020, around the same time Munich High End was scheduled to take place. But nothing has yet been set in stone as it all depends on how things progress. "This new show date," says Plante, "is predicated on the hope that things have returned to relative normalcy, that the COVID-19 is under control and no longer poses a threat to the general population, and that the government has deemed the situation safe to the point of lifting the ban on gatherings of more than 250 people."
A final decision will be announced by the end of the month, at which point reimbursement will be discussed if necessary, should the 2020 edition of the event not take place at all.
Montreal audiofest joins many other events that have cancelled over the last month due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus and COVID-19. Other tech events that have been cancelled into Mobile World Congress, Axpona, Munich High End, Facebook F8, Google I/O, South by Southwest, and E3 Expo, as well as CEDIA's Tech Summit in Vancouver, and the BB Distribution VIP Expo and Installer IQ.
Collision Conference, a global event held in Toronto, confirmed it would take its conference virtual for 2020 with a new event called Collision From Home, and E3 said it would be investigating opportunities to deliver news and announcements that were set to be revealed at the June event online instead.
Sarah Tremblay and Michel Plante pose at the Toronto audiofest, which took place in the city last October