“From the moment the pandemic forced the closure of performance venues, festivals and major live events across Canada, we knew that the National Arts Centre needed to play a leadership role in supporting artists and the arts sector. Working with Facebook Canada, we announced #CanadaPerforms, a platform that provided critical relief for artists who had lost their shows.” NAC President and CEO Christopher Deacon
#CanadaPerforms is a two-year partnership with Facebook Canada that will explore the future of digital engagement and livestreaming in the performing arts. The partnership is made possible through an initial $500,000 investment from Facebook Canada that will benefit artists through livestreamed performances, music events and festivals.
As a first step in this extended partnership, #CanadaPerforms will embark on a journey on the “Road to Canada Day” throughout the month of June, becoming a national platform celebrating and profiling performing arts festivals from across Canada that were forced to shutter due to the pandemic.
#CanadaPerforms is made possible through an initial $500,000 investment from Facebook Canada, which will benefit artists through livestreamed performances, music events and festivals.
#CanadaPerforms was initially launched by Facebook Canada and the National Arts Centre as a short-term relief fund to help ease the financial strain for professional Canadian artists impacted by the closure of performance venues across Canada related to COVID-19, and to lift the spirits of Canadians during the crisis.
The $700,000+ Facebook-National Arts Centre Fund for Performing Artists was made possible through the generous contribution from #CanadaPerforms’ founding partner, Facebook Canada ($200,000), and also the financial support from Slaight Music ($100,000), RBC Foundation ($200,000) and SiriusXM Canada ($200,000), as well as the Bennett Family Foundation.
Follow #CanadaPerforms and our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) to find out out about exciting, live online performances.
Canadians can experience more digital content and recommendations coming from the NAC’s Artistic Leadership and the NAC Orchestra musicians. There is daily content shared on social media through our amazing NAC podcasts, suggested online theatre, dance and music performances, and NAC Orchestra archival recordings and videos. NAC Orchestra musicians will also offer individual performances and more.