MB Showcase 2020 CANCELLED due to COVID-19 concerns
After much deliberation, we have made the difficult decision to cancel MB Showcase 2020 scheduled for October 22-25th in Gimli, MB.
The Board discussed and approved the cancellation after the Province of Manitoba released its Restoring Safe Services- Roadmap to Recovery plan. It is not currently identified in the plan (even in the future phases) when large gatherings and performing arts venues will resume. Too much is unknown, and the board expects that in the fall we will probably still have social distancing, caps on gathering numbers, and restricted interprovincial travel. We know everyone looks forward to meeting in October and networking, however it is of the utmost importance to keep our members and artists safe and slow the spread of COVID-19.
We will be exploring ways to proceed with the RBC Emerging Artist Program and the Indigenous Artist Development Program, which may include conducting online mentorship online, culminating into live streamed pitches for our presenters.
We are exploring offering alternative programming which may include:
- One on one coaching
- Online Webinars – to support members, encourage digital innovation in lieu of live programming and well-being.
- Artist/agent pitches through live streaming – if we find members will have gaps in future programming to fill.
- Connect presenters with artists and agents to promote collaboration and discussion
Stay tuned for updates as we continue to adapt to this ever-evolving situation.
For now, we can all look forward to seeing each other at MB Showcase 2021, taking place October 21-24 in Gimli, MB.