The waterfront will be a whole lot quieter this summer as the Halifax Jazz Festival cancels due to COVID-19

Despite the cancellation, organizers are looking for ways to present something during these times of social distancing

The TD Halifax Jazz Festival will return in July 2021.
The TD Halifax Jazz Festival will return in July 2021.

In a media release, organizers have announced the cancellation of the 2020 TD Halifax Jazz Festival due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following consultations with government, healthcare professionals, artists and other stakeholders, organizers say they made the difficult decision, citing the health and wellbeing of the community as its priority.

“With this announcement, we are deeply aware that the upcoming months are going to be challenging on the live-music industry,” the release reads. “We encourage our festival-goers to reach out and connect with their musical community and support artists in whatever way you can – buy their merch, stream their music, follow them on social media, watch their live-streams.”

One ray of hope remains for this year as organizers look to find ways to present something under the Jazz Festival umbrella during these times of social distancing. “It’s too early to say what this will look like, but we are confident that as a collective, we can find a way to inspire, cheer and connect.”

Ticket and pass holders will have the opportunity to donate them back to the Festival for a charitable tax receipt until April 21, after which refunds will be processed automatically. Current pass holders also have the option of using them at next year’s Jazz Festival scheduled for July 13-18, 2021.