Calgary Expo 2020 officially cancelled due to coronavirus

Organizers had originally postponed the Calgary Expo from April to July, but now the show is shelved for this year.

Cosplayers participate in Calgary comic and entertainment expo's Parade of Wonders in downtown Calgary on Friday, April 26, 2019. (Photo by Azin Ghaffari/ LiveWire Calgary)

The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo will put on hold its 15th anniversary after cancelling this year’s show due to ongoing coronavirus concerns.

Organizers had postponed their original April 2020 event to July, just after the Calgary Stampede. Now, it’s been postponed until 2021.

“We’ve been looking forward to celebrating Calgary Expo’s 15th Anniversary with you this year and have been busy planning an epic show,” read a statement from organizers.

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“Based on the developments globally and in Alberta that COVID 19 continues to present we have made the incredibly difficult decision to cancel Calgary Expo 2020.”

The Calgary Expo is the largest event of its kind in western Canada, drawing nearly 100,000 fans annually for the sci-fi, gaming, anime, horror and fantasy convention.

The event takes place at Stampede Park.

“When we postponed the April show to July, we believed that would be enough time for things to settle down. We have been in touch with community partners, and despite all of our efforts and collaboration, it has become clear that July is not viable option,” the organizers’ statement read.

Fans will receive full refunds for tickets purchased. Those will be received via a fan’s financial institution in the coming days.

Anniversary event to be held in April 2021

Organizers expect to host their 15th anniversary event next year, currently planned for April 22 to 25, 2021.

“We’re a resilient, creative, and connected community, and right now all of our energy is needed to fight COVID-19 and support the people keeping us safe,” said Fan Expo HQ president, Aman Gupta.

“I speak for my whole team when I say that when the time is right, we’re going to bring Calgary an unforgettable 15th anniversary celebration. We can’t wait.”

For more information on upcoming programming and details, fans can visit the Calgary Comic and Entertainment website at calgaryexpo.com

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