Alberta Mirror

Theatre and concert platforms in Edmonton delay shows as Omicron spikes


Key takeaways: 

  • Edmonton Opera and Shadow Theatre are producing shows this month and following.
  • Cast and team rehearse for Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème at the Northern Jubilee Auditorium. 

Shows delays as Omicron spikes in Edmonton: 

Numerous Alberta theatres and concert venue operators create hard conclusions to delay or revoke shows due to COVID-19. 

But for a few, the concert will drive on — for now.

The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra declared this week that it’s delaying two January shows till March because of the powerful spread of the Omicron variant.

“The health and welfare of everyone must take importance as well as doing our part to ease the load on our health-care workers with this recent wave,” stated Annemarie Petrov, Winspear Centre president, and CEO, in an email. Source –

The Arden Theatre in St. Albert is rescheduling some shows. Some plans for January or February have been moved to April or June.

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Omicron surges in Edmonton as a result shows and concerts have been cancelled

The Northern Light Theatre revoked its two-person play, The Hunchback Variations, which was planned to be completed at the ATB Financial Arts Barns Jan. 13-29.

Large platforms like Rogers Place in downtown Edmonton also delay shows and events. 

Erratic constraints across Canada make an insecure environment for artists on tour, particularly those from the United States stated Stuart Ballantyne, president and chief operating officer of Rogers Place and Ice District.

“It’s tough to make a tour where someone is going to come to Canada and go across the nation,” Ballantyne stated. “It makes a lot of tension with the artists, with the promoters, and even with the fans.”  Source –

Celine Dion revoked her whole tour this year, while bands Rage Against the Machine and the Arkells delayed.

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