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

This week: Rae Spoon, Shawnee, Sharon Hampson and more are bringing us music in the time of pandemic.

This week: Rae Spoon, Shawnee, Sharon Hampson and more are keeping fans entertained

Rae Spoon will play at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 4 as part of the National Arts Centre's Canada Performs series. (FOXX FOTO)

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 2, 5 p.m. ET: Rachel Therrien will perform via Facebook Live as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.
     
  • April 2, 6 p.m. AT: Rachel Sermanni will perform as part of Jenn Grant's series of Pocket Concerts via Grant's Facebook and Instagram Live
  • April 2, 6 p.m. ET: Diogo Ramos performs via Facebook Live as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.
     
  • April 2, 7 p.m. ET: Ria Mae performs via Facebook Live as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.
     
  • April 2, 7 p.m. ET: Nap Eyes (Montreal via Halifax) and Crake (Leeds, England) will perform as part of Royal Mountain Records and World Café's World Tour live stream series via Royal Mountain's Instagram.
     
  • April 2, 7 p.m. ET: Émilie Landry performs via Facebook Live as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.
     
  • April 2, 7 p.m. ET: artists Thomas, Luka Kuplowsky and Isla Craig will perform via Instagram Live in the first instalment of Holy Oak Family Variety Hour, a "low-key weekly music fest" in support of the Tranzac, a not-for-profit venue in Toronto.
     
  • April 2, 8-8:30 p.m. AT: Terra Spencer will perform her third instalment of Blanket Fort Tonight via her Facebook page.
  • April 2, 6 p.m. ET: Just John will perform as part of Manifesto's Instagram Live series.
     
  • April 2, 8 p.m. ET: Myles Castello continues his virtual tour dates, performing on Windsor, Ont., venue Phog Lounge's Instagram account
     
  • April 2, 8 p.m. ET: Tyler Shaw's third Quarantunes Fest will take place on Instagram Live, this time with guests Fefe Dobson, Neon Dreams, Nikki Yanofsky, Sam Fischer, Sara Diamond and more.
     
  • April 3, 12 p.m. PT: Saltwater Hank will perform via his Facebook page as part of Sunny Side Up: A Good Egg Records Concert Series
     
  • April 3, 2 p.m. ET: SHHH!! Ensemble has partnered with OrKidstra for a live stream SHHHuffle concert, to be  bilingually live streamed via Facebook.
     
  • April 3, 2 p.m. ET: Mo Kenney will perform via Instagram Live as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.
     
  • April 3, 2 p.m. ET: Basia Bulat is "at home and taking requests" on Instagram and Facebook Live.
  • April 3, 3 p.m. ET: Alexandria Maillot will perform via Facebook Live as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.
     
  • April 3, 6 p.m. ET: 2020 Searchlight winner Shawnee performs via Facebook Live as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.
     
  • April 3, 6 p.m. ET: Barenaked Ladies perform via Facebook Live for Ed's Happy Half Hour.
     
  • April 3, 7 p.m. ET: Tyler Shaw, Francesco Yates, Kira Isabella, Ryland James and more will perform via Instagram Live as part of Roots' Sing in Comfort concert. Hosted by Devo.
     
  • April 3, 7 p.m. ET: Islands (L.A. via Montreal) and San Mei (Gold Coast, Australia) will perform as part of Royal Mountain Records and World Café's World Tour live stream series via Royal Mountain's Instagram.
     
  • April 3, 7 p.m. ET: MonkeyJunk performs via Facebook Live as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.
     
  • April 3, 8 p.m. ET: Tynomi Banks performs via Facebook Live as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.
     
  • April 3, 8 p.m. ET: Dre Ngozi will perform as part of Manifesto's Instagram Live series.
     
  • April 3, 8 p.m. ET: Andrea Ramolo performs via Facebook Live as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.
     
  • April 3, 8 p.m. PT: Dan from Flying Machine PG will perform via the band's Facebook page as part of Sunny Side Up: A Good Egg Records Concert Series
     
  • April 3, 8 p.m. ET: Myles Castello continues his virtual tour dates, performing on Columbus, Ohio, venue the Underground's Instagram account
     
  • April 3, 8 p.m. MT: Ayla Brook and the Sound Men will live stream a performance from Edmonton's Starlite Room via Facebook Live as part of the Starlite Sessions series sponsored by Alberta's Blindman Brewing. (There will be no audience, and all participants will observe social distancing.) Donations made through starlitesessions.com will go to the venue's staff, who have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
     
  • April 3, 9 p.m. ET: Jess Rae Ayre and Scotty Hills perform via Facebook Live as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.
     
  • April 4, noon PT: Genevieve Jaide will perform via her Facebook page as part of Sunny Side Up: A Good Egg Records Concert Series
     
  • April 4, noon PT: the Wild! will perform music from its new album, Still Believe in Rock and Roll, via Facebook Live
     
  • April 2, 4 p.m. ET: Rae Spoon will perform via Facebook Live as part of the NAC's Canada Performs series.


  • April 4, 6 p.m. AT: Kim Harris will perform as part of Jenn Grant's series of Pocket Concerts via Grant's Facebook and Instagram Live
     
  • April 4, 7 p.m. PT: Amy Blanding will perform via her Facebook page as part of Sunny Side Up: A Good Egg Records Concert Series
     
  • April 4, 7 p.m. ET: Sam Roberts (Montreal) and Bartees Strange (Washington, D.C.) will perform as part of Royal Mountain Records and World Café's World Tour live stream series via Royal Mountain's Instagram.
     
  • April 4, 8 p.m. ET: Myles Castello continues his virtual tour dates, performing on Salt Lake City, Utah, venue Kilby Court's Instagram account
     
  • April 4, 7 p.m. ET: the 2020 Canadian Folk Music Awards, which were to take place April 3-4 in Charlottetown, are moving online, presenting all 20 of its awards virtually. You can tune in via Facebook or folkawards.ca.
     
  • April 5, 7 p.m. ET: Ellis (Hamilton, Ont.) and Alexandra Savior (Portland, Oreg.) will perform as part of Royal Mountain Records and World Café's World Tour live stream series via Royal Mountain's Instagram.
     
  • April 5, 8 p.m. ET on CBS: a country-music special airing when the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards were supposed to take place, ACM Presents: Our Country isn't on the internet but it will feature at-home performances from big-name artists like Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban, as well as a tribute to the late Kenny Rogers by Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker. (The ACMAs have been moved to Wednesday, Sept. 16.)

Week of April 6-12

  • April 6, 3 p.m. ET: Toronto-based Xenia Concerts, a series designed specifically for autistic audience members, will present the first in a series of live stream concerts, this time featuring accordionist Michael Bridge. According to the Xenia Concerts website, "The concerts will feature many of the same elements that are present at a typical live Xenia Concert, including stretch breaks, and a downloadable program with program checklist that you can use to follow along during the performance." Watch it via Facebook Live.

Ongoing

  • 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 2: TBA
    - April 3: Tiffany Briseno
    - April 4: Ryan Redcorn of the 1491s
    - April 5: Alex McLeod
     
  • 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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