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Get Your Live Music Fix With These Upcoming Virtual Performances

The Canadian artists performing at these livestreamed events include The Beaches, TOBi and Lu Kala.

Music festivals around the world were cancelled this year due to Covid, but artists and venues are still finding a way to get their music to us. Case in point: these upcoming events delivering music performances by Canadian artists that we can livestream right from our living rooms, cocktail in hand.

SCENE and Universal Music Canada have teamed up to launch SCENE Music, showcasing top artists and emerging performers through interactive programming, socially distanced fan experiences and live events. On August 26 at 8pm EST, SCENE Music’s inaugural event will be livestreamed from The Rec Room Toronto, headlining by Juno-winning rock band The Beaches. Juno-nominated alternative pop group Valley and Montreal-based singer/songwriter Soran are also scheduled to perform. The event will be in support of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, the country’s largest child- and youth-serving charitable organization. RSVP here.

Manifesto 14
Manifesto Canada, a multi-disciplinary festival celebrating diverse communities through arts, culture and media, is celebrating its 14th anniversary this year by partnering up with Manifesto Jamaica for a historic 12-hour livestreamed festival. The one-day festival on August 29 is headlined by Grammy-winning musician Koffee (the youngest artist and first woman to be awarded in the Best Reggae Album category), who will be streaming her full concert set live from Kingston, Jamaica. The special event will also feature a slate of Toronto-based musicians including LU KALA, Dijah SB and Osé, as well as a series of music and comedy performances streamed live from Toronto’s Great Hall. On the lineup: Nigerian-Canadian soul singer and rapper TOBi, Indigiqueer Tsimshian musician Joby Okabe and comedian Anasimone George. Manifesto 14 will run from 12pm to 12am EST and be hosted by body-positive influencer Sashagai Ruddock. RSVP for access to the livestream here.

East York Days: Behind the Music

East York Days, an annual concert series presented by Toronto’s East End Arts organization, is going online this year with a virtual series titled Behind the Music. Hosted by a music journalist, CBC Radio’s Errol Nazareth, the three-part series on Facebook Live will feature in-depth conversations and music from the following Canadian artists: Andrea Ramolo and Louis Simao (on September 16), Jenna Marie Pinard & Jay Yoo and Denielle Bassels (on September 23) and Joanne Morra and Amélie Lefebvre (on September 30). Get the stories behind their music each Wednesday at 7pm EST on East End Arts’ Facebook page.

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