image by Dakota McFadzean

by BK Munn

Well, this is sort of like good news: the Wright Awards are going ahead in a “virtual reality” format this year as a work-around to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to organizer Conan Tobias, the Canadian cartooning prizes were gearing up for a big year before the virus hit, noting in a Facebook post that “we had quite the ceremony planned for May, in an exciting new venue.”

All this has changed, but the show must go on, even if they have to get inventive. According to the official site:

While we’re disappointed by this development, we’re also very excited about having the chance to do something a little different—namely, a live-streamed virtual ceremony.

We’re still working on the specifics, but, rest assured, we’ll come up with a fun and entertaining way to make sure this year’s nominees and winners get their due. Watch for more info in the coming weeks.

We want to thank everyone who supported and/or planned to support our original ceremony. We’ll be back live on the public stage in 2021. 

The nominations for this year’s awards are due to be announced April 7th.