The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra announced a $1.3 million deficit last season, largely due to decreased attendance. WSO Executive Director Angela Birdsell said the concerts are bringing in only 70 per cent of its pre-pandemic audience, with many high paying subscribers and donors not returning.

“Given the financial challenges facing the symphony, it is simply not feasible to continue with our previously planned performances,” the Winnipeg management announced.

The news comes on the heels of another Canadian orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony announcing it filed for bankruptcy after 78 years of performances and cancelled upcoming shows for the 2023-24 season.

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