The 'Rainbow Balls' replacement isn't coming to the Montreal Gay Village this year, after all.\nThe current situation has forced organizers to halt work on the new installation.\nThe Village has also suspended other summer activities.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nWe were all saddened last year when Montreal's hanging art installation, which covered over a kilometre long stretch through the heart of the Montreal Gay Village over rue Ste-Catherine East, came to an end. But with the end of such an iconic visual representation of Montreal's welcoming attitude to people from the LGBTQ+ worldwide community, the removal of "18 Shades of Gay" also made way for the promise of something new. Unfortunately, the new exhibit has been postponed until 2021.\nDue to the current COVID-19 pandemic, la Société de développement commercial du Village (Village Montréal) has had no choice but to delay the much anticipated suspended canopy.\nIn keeping with the government directive to close all non-essential business, Village Montréal has had to halt production, making it impossible to deliver by 2020.\nAccording to Friday's press release, the current situation has also had an effect on pedestrian traffic on Ste-Catherine and the stores that line it.\nVillage Montréal is no longer preparing for the usual Montreal summer of street closures for foot traffic, terrasses, and, decorations as well as the Galerie Blanc installation.\nInstead, the group will be focused on helping merchants get back on their feet in this new climate.\nThe original ball installation ran from 2011 to 2019 and was so popular that its previous 2018 removal date was postponed after public outcry.\nView this post on Instagram This is going to be the last year for the famous Montreal Gay Village rainbow balls! ❤🧡💛💙💚💜 A post shared by Mathieu Gagné (@mgagne00) on Apr 26, 2019 at 8:17am PDT\nWhen it was finally retired, the rainbow blanket of 180,000 multi-coloured balls was put up for sale, allowing people to buy their own piece of Montreal fame string by string.\nRead Also: A First Montreal-Area Music Festival Has Cancelled Its 2020 Edition\nAs Village Montréal works with groups like le Service du Développement économique de la Ville de Montréal, l’arrondissement de Ville-Marie, and l’Association des SDC de Montréal to find solutions to support the local economy, we can only applaud them for the diligence during today's uncertain times.\nOn ne pourrait clôturer l'aventure d'une plus belle façon pour 18 Nuances de Gai | 18 Shades of Gay, créé par Claude...Posted by Le Village de Montréal on Monday, February 24, 2020\nWhile the suspension of the new art installation is perhaps not the most important loss for a city with so many current struggles, the message of inclusion will still be sorely missed.\nView this post on Instagram C'est le coeur gros mais dans un esprit de résilience et un souci d'être en phase avec les mesures de sécurité publique mises de l'avant en ce moment, que Village Montréal a décidé de reporter à 2021 l’installation d’une nouvelle canopée suspendue sur la rue Ste-Catherine Est. . . Aussi, la fermeture de rue, le montage des terrasses, les décors de rue, ainsi que l’installation de la Galerie Blanc – sont pour le moment suspendues, jusqu'à nouvel ordre. . . . #cavabienaller #lgbtq🌈 #lgbt #lgbt💛💙💙🏳️🌈🇨🇴💗 #villagemtl #gayvillage #covıd19 #lgbtcouple #lgbtcommunity #mtlmoment #loveislove🌈. A post shared by VILLAGE MONTREAL (@villagemontreal) on Mar 27, 2020 at 5:40am PDT\nThe coronavirus crisis has affected other Montreal-area activities, as well.\nOn Thursday, the organizers of the Santa Teresa festival in Sainte-Thérèse on the North Shore announced the cancellation of its 2020 edition.\nWe'll have to wait and see how the situation impacts other upcoming Montreal events.