The COVID-19 pandemic has forced artists to miss out on countless opportunities this year. The music world has adapted though, and the ability to live-stream shows has come to the rescue.
Crowd-funded online venue URGNT Live has made it possible for numerous shows in Ontario to go on. Changing the live-stream game by filming from multiple cameras and making artists more personable by giving exclusive tours of their own homes, this new development brings intimate live music to your screen and much more.
The lineup of artists includes JUNO Award-winning jazz artist, Laila Biali, Latin Grammy winner, Alex Cuba, acclaimed DJ Skratch Bastid, producers Paul Chin and SoCalled, JUNO Award-winning Caribbean music group, Kobo Town, and more.
JUNO-winning Indigenous two-piece, Digging Roots, will take the stage from their home in Barrie Friday night to kick off the string of online concerts URGNT has set in motion.
Friday, April 17 – Tonight! Live Happenings presents Clamp – 7 pm ET
Friday, April 17 – International Indigenous Music Summit and Global Toronto present Digging Roots – 7 pm ET
Friday, April 24 – Unity Charity presents Paul Chin – 7 pm ET
Friday, April 24 – Ashkenaz Festival and TO Live present SoCalled – 7 pm ET
Friday, May 1 – Clear Mortifee – 7 pm ET
Friday, May 1 – Kultrún World Music Festival presents Alex Cuba – 7 pm ET
Friday, May 8 in association with Music Together – 7 pm ET:
Northern Lights Festival Boreal presents G.R. Gritt
TD Sunfest presents OKAN
Folk Camp Canada presents Ori Shalva
The Royal Conservatory of Music presents Stewart Goodyear
Unity Charity presents Britta B
Ottawa Chamber Fest presents Gryphon Trio
TD Sunfest presents Laila Biali
Hillside Festival presents Scott Merritt
Small World Music presents Meesha Shafi
Visit and support URGNT on GoFundMe.
Hey! I’m Allen Steinberg and I’m currently based in Belleville, Ontario. I’m a Journalism & Communications student doing my four-week placement with Canadian Beats because I love writing and I love music. Outlets like Canadian Beats are important because they care about showing off smaller / newer artists who may otherwise not get much exposure. I think it really keeps them going. I also sing and play guitar in my band Arm’s Length. Happy to be here!