CANADA: Updates on the Canadian International Auto Show, Aid for Toronto Venues, and More

NATIONAL: The Canadian International Auto Show will take place Feb. 12-21, 2021, in Toronto. Organizers are still determining whether the event will be live or virtual, depending on the COVID-19 pandemic. 

CALGARY: The Love Is Love Mile—a virtual race created through a partnership between Calgary Pride and Run Calgary—will take place Aug. 27 to Sept. 6. Participants can register online and complete a one-mile run or walk any time during Calgary's Pride Week. The run will separate runners by ability level rather than by gender.

A "Pik Nik" event took place in Calgary on Aug. 20. Guests purchased tickets for $99, which gave them a picnic-inspired four-course meal for two from a local chef; they were instructed to wear all white, pick up their picnics, and head to a local park to livestream a private virtual concert from local musicians. Proceeds from the event went to restaurant charity program MealShare.

MONTREAL: The Expoplast trade show, originally scheduled for Oct. 7-8, has been canceled; it will be replaced by a weeklong virtual event in late November and early December. The next in-person event has been slated for Nov. 9-10, 2022, at the Palais des Congrès de Montreal.

TORONTO: Toronto Mayor John Tory has announced that 45 live music venues will receive a combined $1.7 million in property tax relief. The program will remain in place beyond 2020, in an effort to support the city's live music industry. 

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