CANADA: Race for Hope, DreamHack, Virtual Holiday Party Services, and More

NATIONAL: The International Skating Union (ISU) has canceled the first World Cup speedskating events of the 2020-21 season, as well as the first two World Cup short-track events of the season due to COVID-19. Additionally, events in Poland, Norway, and the U.S. have been taken off the organization's schedule. 

CALGARY: The postponed Rope for Hope in-person fundraiser for Make-a-Wish Southern Alberta will be held at the Sheraton Suites Eau Claire Market on Sept. 17. Mikah Dupuis, Rope for Hope's top fundraiser, will be rappelling down the city's landmark. 

MONTREAL: DreamHack, which calls itself the "World's Largest Digital Festival" and planned for Sept. 6-8, has been canceled due to COVID-19. Those that bought tickets will be refunded for the event. Organizers are looking into future dates for the event when safety permits. 

RICHMOND, B.C: Old Abbey Ales, an Abbotsford brewery with its head office in Richmond, will host a virtual beer tasting event on Sept. 18. The event will enlighten attendees on the brewery's most popular draft beers and teach them how to use beer to make cocktails. The event costs $20 per person and includes eight beers that are to be picked prior to the virtual happy hour. 

TORONTO: Toronto-based event management company BIG HQ is offering a new customizable virtual corporate holiday party service available to companies across Canada. “There's No Place Like Home For The Holidays” enables clients to pick from a range of pre-produced and interactive holiday-theme activations, such as dance parties, celebrity cameos, sing-a-longs, appearances, and visits from Santa Claus to engage the whole family. The program is in partnership with Ross Petty Productions, known for its electric holiday family musicals at Toronto's Elgin Theatre, and proceeds will support Kids Help Phone.

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