With the closure of venues and cancellation of live performances around the world, artists everywhere are taking to the internet.
Locally, Halifax Presents is partnering with local music venue The Carleton for a virtual music series to give Halifax musicians an opportunity to perform and audiences a virtual show during this time of social distancing.
To be broadcast live simultaneously on the Halifax Presents and The Carleton Facebook pages, the series will kick-off on Saturday, March 21 with the following schedule of performances. All times are local. Each concert will include original music and interviews with the artists.
“In these strange and isolating times, we are so happy to partner with Halifax Presents to bring amazing local artists Live at The Carleton into your living room,” says The Carleton owner Karen Spaulding. “And now more than ever, we need the joy and escape that music provides.”
“We know it is a tough time right now for everyone,” adds Halifax Presents contributing editor Mark Robins. “We wanted to give the artists an outlet to continue performing and spread a little joy through music for those who are in quarantine, isolation or practicing social distancing.”
With everyone involved volunteering their talent, time, and expertise to help make this happen, it is not only a way to give back to the broader community, but also provide a revenue stream for the artists themselves. It is the intention to offer virtual audiences an opportunity to ‘tip’ the artists as they perform.
“This series also gives you a way to say thanks by dropping a donation into the virtual tip jar, with every dollar going directly to the artist, and will be a huge help to these talented folks who currently are unable to work,” says Spaulding.
The safety of the artist and those involved in making this happen is paramount with only the artists and those required for the broadcast in attendance. Everyone involved will also be practicing social distancing best practices while broadcasting from The Carleton.
“Listen to their stories, revel in their songs, wash your hands, and share the moment with your online community,” concludes Spaulding.