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An up-to-date list of Canadian live streams to watch during COVID-19

This week: Neil Young, Jessie Reyez, Serena Ryder and more are keeping fans entertained in the time of pandemic.

This week: Neil Young, Jessie Reyez, Serena Ryder and more are keeping fans entertained

Neil Young, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and more will perform on April 11 at 8 p.m. ET as part of Home with Farm Aid. (Getty Images)

This time of social distancing is necessary but difficult, putting a big strain on people whose livelihoods depend on bringing people together. And while musicians have been cancelling tours and plans daily, they still want to bring their art to the masses — and hopefully drum up some revenue in the process, from fans who are able to contribute during this tough financial time.

As the coronavirus pandemic progresses, CBC Music will be keeping an eye out for Canadian musicians' live streams and efforts to keep creating while most people are self-isolating. We'll keep updating this list as often as possible, but if something's missing please let us know via Twitter: @CBCMusic.

This week

  • April 9, 11 a.m. ET: Sonshine and Broccoli perform via Facebook as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.

  • April 9, 3 p.m. ET: Clinton St. John performs via Facebook as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.

  • April 9, 5 p.m. ET: Belle Grand Fille performs via Facebook as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.

  • April 9, 5 p.m. ET: Alan Doyle performs via Facebook as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.

  • April 9, 5:30 p.m. ET: Rosie Valland performs via Facebook as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.

  • April 9, 6 p.m. ET: Serena Ryder performs via Facebook and Instagram as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.

  • April 9, 6 p.m. ET: Marco Calliari performs via Facebook as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.

  • April 9, 7 p.m. ET: Ellen Doty performs via Facebook as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.

  • April 9, 7 p.m. ET: Luke Lalonde from Born Ruffians and Robin Hatch will perform on Instagram as part of Royal Mountain Records and NPR World Cafe's World Tour. 

  • April 9, 8 p.m. CT: the Manitoba Country Music Association hosts its Stay Home concert series, with performances by Derek Peters, Jerry Sereda and J.C. Campbell. Watch it via Facebook Live.
  • April 9, 8 p.m. ET: Storry performs via Facebook as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.

  • April 9, 8 p.m. ET: Scott Helman and Tyler Shaw will perform together via Instagram for Shaw's Quarantunes Fest.

  • April 9, 8 p.m. ET: Music PEI presents the Tiny Island Concert Series. Tonight, Catherine MacLellan and Kari Lyn Blacquiere, via Facebook.

  • April 9, 9 p.m. ET: D-Track performs via Facebook as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.

  • April 9, 9 p.m. ET: Jeffery Straker performs via Facebook as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.

  • April 9, 9 p.m. ET: FemFolk UK will host a live stream concert via Facebook featuring Elise Boulanger. 
  • April 9, 10 p.m. ET: C.R. Avery performs via Facebook as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.
  • April 10, 1 p.m. ET: Tanveer Alam performs via Facebook as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.
     
  • April 10, 2 p.m. ET: Jacobus performs via Facebook as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.
     
  • April 10, 7 p.m. ET: Julian Taylor performs via Facebook as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.
     
  • April 10, 7:30 p.m. ET: Mclean performs via Facebook as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.
     
  • April 10, 8 p.m. ET: Myles Castello continues his virtual tour dates, performing on Nashville venue Exit/In's Instagram account.
  • April 10, 9 p.m. ET: Adam Baldwin performs on Youtube as part of the Cross-Canada Chin Up.
  • April 11, 11 a.m. ET: Razzmatazz for Kids will perform via Facebook as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.
     
  • April 11, 3 p.m. ET: Gabrielle Papillon will play with Sean MacGillivray via Facebook as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.
     
  • April 11, 3 p.m. ET: Choir! Choir! Choir! is partnering with the Canadian Cancer Society for a virtual sing-a-thon in support of the Canadian Cancer Society Daffodil Campaign. Via Facebook and YouTube, RSVP here
     
  • April 11, 4 p.m. ET: Corb Lund will perform via Facebook Live, "taking your requests from an undisclosed location." 
     
  • April 11, 4 p.m. ET: Stick&Bow will perform via Facebook as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.
     
  • April 11, 5 p.m. ET: Laurent Bourque will perform via Facebook as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.
     
  • April 11, 6 p.m. ET: Alysha Brilla will perform via Facebook as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.
     
  • April 11, 7 p.m. ET: Lu Kala will perform via Facebook as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.
     
  • April 11, 8 p.m. ET: Twin Flames will perform via Facebook as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.
  • April 11, 8 p.m. ET: Tess Roby performs Live from Home via Instagram.
  • April 11, 8 p.m. ET: At Home with Farm Aid will feature a number of artists, including Neil Young, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews performing from their homes. Watch at FarmAid.org.
  • April 12, 3 p.m. ET: Rihab Chaieb and Jennifer Szeto will perform via Facebook as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series. 
     
  • April 12, 4 p.m. ET: Sylvie Paquette will perform via Facebook as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.
     
  • April 12, 5 p.m. CT: Leonard Sumner will perform via Facebook Live as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.
     
  • April 12, 5 p.m. ET: Benoît Paradis will perform via Facebook as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.
  • April 12, 7 p.m. ET: Jeremy Dutcher and Sloan's Chris Murphy will perform on Instagram as part of Royal Mountain Records and NPR World Cafe's World Tour. 

Week of April 13 to 19

  • April 13, 4 p.m. ET: Ben Caplan performs via Facebook as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series. 
  • April 13, 6 p.m. ET: Rapper Shift From Tha 902 performs via Facebook as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.
  • April 13, 6 p.m. ET: Corb Lund will perform via Facebook Live, "taking your requests from an undisclosed location." 
  • April 13, 7 p.m. ET: Haviah Mighty will perform on Instagram as part of Royal Mountain Records and NPR World Cafe's World Tour. 
  • April 13, 8 p.m. ET: Dennis Ellsworth performs via Facebook as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.
  • April 14, 1 p.m. ET: Raine Hamilton performs with ASL interpretation via Facebook as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series. 
  • April 14, 2 p.m. ET: Matt Ep performs via Facebook as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series. 
  • April 14, 3 p.m. ET: Kayla Diamond performs via Facebook as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series. 
  • April 14, 4 p.m. ET: Okan performs via Facebook as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series. 
  • April 14, 5 p.m. ET: Ellen Froese performs via Facebook as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series. 
  • April 14, 6 p.m. ET: Braden Lam performs via Facebook as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series. 
  • April 14, 6:30 p.m. ET: The Town Heroes perform via Facebook as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.
  • April 15, 1 p.m. CT: Leaf Rapids will perform via Facebook Live as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.
  • April 15, 2 p.m. ET: the Blue Jay Virtual Sessions presents Noel Johnson of Johnson Crook, Amy Hef, Theresa Sokyrka and Olivia Rose via Facebook.
  • April 17, 6 p.m. ET: Stewart Legere will perform via Facebook as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.
     
  • April 18, 8 p.m. ET: Alanis Morissette, Billie Eilish, Eddie Vedder, Kacey Musgraves, Lizzo, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and more will perform for One World: Together at Home, an event put on by NBC, CBS and ABC involving Global Citizen and the World Health Organization, and hosted by Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon. Funds raised from the show will go to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. To watch, check your local listings via GlobalCitizen.org/TogetherAtHome.

Week of April 20 to 26

Ongoing

  • Every Sunday from April 5 to June 21: Tom Jackson hosts Almighty Voices, a digital, hour-long variety series in support of the Unison Benevolent Fund. The show will feature Susan Aglukark, Beverley Mahood, Sarah Slean, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Chantal Kreviazuk, Measha Brueggergosman and more. Watch it via YouTube and AlmightyVoices.ca.
  • Daily at 1 p.m  ET: Arkells frontman Max Kerman offers up a music class on the band's Instagram page, complete with fan call-ins and special guests. 
     
  • Daily: Toronto live music venue the Rivoli has been hosting multiple daily concerts as part of their Rivoli Home Sessions. Schedules are announced daily. Check their Instagram account for lineups.  
     
  • Starting April 7 and running every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET for two months: l'Orchestre classique de Montréal will host a 45-minute session with one of the solo performers from their 2020-21 season. All performances will stream on their Facebook page. 
     
  • On March 15, the Facebook group Ottawa Live Music Streams! was created "to serve as a virtual venue to showcase our region's musical talent," and urged fans to get in contact with live-streaming musicians to tip them for their efforts. The page is constantly updated with both live streams and recorded performances.
     
  • Daily, 5:30 p.m. PT: Grammy-winning musician and composer David Foster and his wife, Katharine McPhee, are hosting the "Kat and Dave" show via Foster's Instagram account.  
  • Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8 p.m. ET: l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal will stream a concert from its archive. "While we hit the pause button on our live shows, we will be more present than ever on our digital platforms," reads an email statement. "The OSM invites you to experience great musical moments from the comfort of your living room." 
     
  • Daily, 7 p.m. ET: Watch Juno-nominated artist iskwē's Instagram live series, Live From My Living Room, beginning on March 18 with special guest Ria Mae ("over split screen to make sure we follow social distance protocol," iskwē assured). 

    The following guests will join iskwē (virtually) in March and April, streamed on Instagram Live:

    - April 6: Jann Arden
     
  • Daily: Rufus Wainwright will perform daily via Instagram in a series he's calling Musical Everydays. Yesterday's performance was of the singer's 2004 song "The Art Teacher."
  • Every Wednesday, 2 p.m. MT: The Blue Jay Sessions, which normally involve Canadian musicians playing in songwriters' rounds every two months at a Calgary venue, have gone virtual — and weekly. The next session, on April 8, will feature Jake Mathews, Michela Sheedy, Ty Baynton and Megan Dawson. (The Sessions collect donations/tips via a PayPal link and distribute evenly among the performers each week.) You can check out the inaugural session from March 18 below.
  • Every Saturday, 12 p.m. PT: Dan Mangan will host a weekly Side Door-related show called #Quarantunes. Tickets will be $6, and the March 21 proceeds will go to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.
  • Daily, noon ET: For five to 10 minutes each day, a member of the National Arts Centre Orchestra will take to YouTube for a lunch break, which could be "anything," as NAC Orchestra music director Alexander Shelley said via the announcement video, including chatting or playing music. Check out the first one, from March 23, below, featuring violinist Jeremy Mastrangelo as he performs "Gavotte en Rondeau" from Bach's 3rd partita for solo violin in E-major.
  • Every Wednesday, 7 p.m. PT: As of April 1, Chor Leoni Men's Choir will host a weekly live stream titled Chor Leoni Inside. According to the press release, the choir will incorporate "high-quality concert videos from the past seven years of Chor Leoni concerts, plus new video content from the choir's albums." Each live stream will also feature a musician, with conductor Ethan Sperry featured on April 1. Watch it on Facebook or YouTube.
     
  • Daily, 6 p.m. PT: Vancouver producer Felix Cartal hosts an Instagram show called Six Feet Away. His schedule so far includes the following guests:

    - April 2: surprise guest.
    - April 3: Felix DJ set.
     
  • Weekly, starting March 31 at 7 p.m. ET: After leading a successful "So Long, Marianne" sing-along from her Montreal balcony on March 22, Martha Wainwright is again teaming up with POP Montreal to host the event every week with a range of other musical guests. Check out the Facebook event closer to the start time for streaming details.


 

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