The pandemic interrupted the 2020 show and has now halted next year’s too
Due to COVID-19, the exhibition has been cancelled for two consecutive years.
In early March, the 40th annual Calgary International Auto and Truck Show had just shifted into gear when COVID-19 slammed on the brakes.
After hosting its Vehicles and Violins gala the evening of March 10 and officially opening doors to Stampede Park’s BMO Centre on Wednesday at noon, by early Thursday evening the show was shuttered.
Although extra precautions had been taken, such as installing hand-sanitizing stations and thorough cleaning of high-touch points, when Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced public gatherings of more than 250 people should be cancelled, it was all ignition systems off.
Hopes were high the Calgary International Auto and Truck Show, hosted by the Calgary Motor Dealers Association (CMDA), would return for 2021.
That won’t be the case. At a recent CMDA board meeting, the decision was made to keep the brakes on for 2021. There will be no International Auto and Truck Show in Calgary. Also canceled is the Vehicles and Violins fundraising gala.
“It’s tough news,” says CMDA’s executive manager Jim Gillespie in an email to Driving. “But we feel it’s the prudent thing to do, keeping in mind that safety for all is paramount.”
“It is an unprecedented time for everyone from both a business and personal perspective,” Gillespie added in a news release. “Like everyone else, we are unsure what the landscape will look like a few months from now, so the only responsible decision we could make was to cancel the show and the gala for 2021.”
Gillespie is optimistic that in 2022, Calgary will see the 41st edition of the Calgary International Auto and Truck show.