The Early Edition explores the impact of the pandemic on B.C. musicians

Local musicians share the challenges they've faced during the pandemic – and the triumphs. 

“Off Stage” returns Thursdays on CBC Radio One

Pianist, conductor and mentor Les Dala. (Michelle Koebke)

Summer concerts. Just the thought can transport you to memories of warm days, wide-brimmed hats and beverage (and bathroom) line-ups while the bass reverberates through the venue. 

While concerts are still on hold in B.C. for the most part, the music certainly hasn't stopped! That's why we're bringing back Off Stage: a special series on CBC Radio One that explores how the pandemic has impacted local musicians. 

Every Thursday throughout June and into July, tune in to The Early Edition at 8:15 a.m. and hear local musicians share the challenges they've faced during the pandemic – and the triumphs. 

June 3: Jugpreet Bajwa is a blind, classically trained singer from Vancouver who excels in songs performed in Hindi, Punjabi and English. Earlier this year Jugpreet realized a dream of singing the national anthem at a Vancouver Canucks game. LISTEN HERE

June 10: Hayley Sales is a singer-songwriter and Leo Award nominated actress. This year, the Vancouver Island artist released a song she co-wrote with Hollywood mega star, Sharon Stone. LISTEN HERE

June 17: Marcel Gagnon is an award-winning singer-songwriter from the Lheidli T'enneh First Nation who writes songs about some of the darkest themes of institutional racism. This year, Marcel was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from UNBC. LISTEN HERE

June 24: Les Dala is a gifted pianist, conductor and mentor. Throughout the pandemic, he has conducted hundreds of musicians through Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and recorded intimate solo piano works by American minimalist composer, Phillip Glass.

(Friday) July 2: Jessicka is a recording artist on local record label Light Organ Records who learned video production and directing skills during the pandemic. She is also about to release her latest, dance inspired single. 

The Early Edition with Stephen Quinn airs weekdays from 5:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m. on CBC Radio One and across the province at CBC Listen.

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