With the closure of venues and cancellation of live performances around the world, artists everywhere are taking to the internet.
Locally, Halifax Presents has partnered with local music venue The Carleton for an online music series to give Halifax musicians an opportunity to perform and audiences a virtual show during this time of physical distancing.
“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.”
Simulcast on the Halifax Presents and The Carleton Facebook pages, the series kicked off in March, with a roster of artists detailed below scheduled through June. Each concert includes original music and interviews with the artists.
Upcoming Performances (subject to change):
Wednesday, June 3 @ 7:00 pm (Atlantic Time) – Garry Williams
Saturday, June 6 – @ 7:00 pm (Atlantic Time) – Maureen Batt
Wednesday, June 10 @ 7:00 pm (Atlantic Time) – Adam Wood
Saturday, June 13 @ 7:00pm (Atlantic Time) – Matt Steele
Wednesday, June 17 @ 7:00pm (Atlantic Time) – Terra Spencer
Saturday, June 20 @ 7:00pm (Atlantic Time) – Charlie A’Court
Wednesday, June 24 @ 7:00pm (Atlantic Time) – Tyler Messick
Saturday, June 27 @ 7:00pm (Atlantic Time) – TBA
Saturday, March 21 (click link for a replay) – Gabriel Minnikin
Tuesday, March 24 (click link for a replay) – Skin & Jones
Thursday, March 26 (click link for a replay) – Chad McCoy
Saturday, April 4 (click link for a replay) – Jon Cornwall
Wednesday, April 15 (click link for a replay) – Rudy Pacé
Saturday, April 18 (click link for a replay) – Aroniste
Saturday, April 25 (click link for a replay) – Braden Lam
Wednesday, April 29 (click link for a replay) – Cameron Hawes
Saturday, May 2 (click link for a replay) – Tevon Tynes
Wednesday, May 6 (click link for a replay) – Sasha Brideau
Saturday, May 9 (click link for a replay) – Dusty Keleher
Wednesday, May 13 (click link for a replay) – Allen Snow
Saturday, May 16 (click link for a replay) – Roxy Mercier & Jacob Strang
Wednesday, May 20 (click link for a replay) – A Birthday Celebration with Arsoniste
Saturday, May 23 (click link for a replay) – Kristen Martell
Wednesday, May 27 (click link for a replay) – Laura Caswell
Saturday, May 30 (click link for a replay) – Becca Guilderson & Jordan Ginn
“We know it is a tough time right now for everyone,” says 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.