COVID-19 concerns leading to cancellations of concerts at the Vancouver club level

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      Already wreaking havoc on international music festivals and tours, the COVID-19 crisis has now begun impacting smaller-scale shows on the Vancouver music scene.

      The Vogue announced today announced that it will stop hosting events for the foreseeable future, with concerts being postponed including Sarah Harmer, LIL MOSEY, and Snoh Aalegra. In announcing the news, the venue-which is run by MRG Concerts-stated it will take time to figure out the logistics of rescheduling shows, and asked for patience from ticketholders. 

      The Imperial, which is also owned by MRG, announced that it will close until health officials are satisfied that COVID-19 is under control. Cancelled events include the Wood Brothers, the Carnifax & 3Teeth, and the 2020 Decibel Tour.

      Shows postponed at the Commodore include a Davie Bowie celebration that was to take place tonight, as well as a March 18 appearance by Toronto's genre-mashing urban artist grandson. 

      The Blue Stones and VÉRITÉ are among the artists who have pulled out of their upcoming concerts at the Biltmore.

      At the WISE Hall, the Pogues tribute band Shane's Teeth cancelled its annual St. Patrick's concert. With other WISE shows like BRASS CAMEL's Bad Luck Bash featuring Bad Magic & The Fallaways still going ahead as planned tonight, the venue has indicated it will assess events on an individual basis.

      In a Facebook post, general manager Norm Elmore wrote: "The WISE is currently communicating with promoters and artists and using the “Risk-informed decision-making for mass gatherings during COVID-19 global outbreak” document released by the Canadian Government to review all upcoming events on a case by case basis. Based on current information, the lounge and hall are considered low risk however we will continue to monitor for developments very closely. Please visit our website or Facebook for notifications of event cancelations."

      The Rickshaw meanwhile has noted that this Saturday's show featuring Vancouver's Sunday Morning will by the last one scheduled for a 12-day period. When shows at the venue resume on March 26 (Devon Lamarr Trio), March 27 (War Baby) attendance will be capped at 250. 

      In a statement the Rickshaw added: "However we will continue to monitor and follow health officials directives and we will stay closed if that is what needs to happen while we come to grips with the COVID-19 pandemic."

      High-profile concerts that have been postponed in coming days include Wilco at the Orpheum on March 21, and two shows by reformed riot grrrl legends Bikini Kill scheduled for Victoria on March 19 and 20.