Juno Awards 2021 postponed as coronavirus cases surge in Toronto

Canada’s virtual music awards expo is being moved from May 16 to June 6 as Ontario reports record-high Covid infection rates.

With COVID-19 cases surging in Toronto, organizers of the 2021 Juno Awards have deferred their virtual festival.

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has moved the country’s national music grants to Sunday, June 6, from an underlying date of May 16. The postponement is “out of an abundance of caution in response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic,” organizers said in an statement while offering no extra remark to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Weeknd drives the field for 2021 Juno nominations with six nods, trailed by five nomination each for Justin Bieber, Jessie Reyez and JP Saxe.

As Hollywood and local film and TV production continues on bubble-wrapped soundstages with strict safety protocols, the province of Ontario is announcing record-high new COVID-19 cases and ICU admissions, notwithstanding a previous lockdown.