#CanadaPerforms was initially launched on March 19 by the National Arts Centre and its founding partner, Facebook Canada. The short-term relief fund helped ease the financial strain for 700 professional Canadian artists and published authors impacted by the closure of performance venues and literary events across Canada related to the pandemic.
Livestreamed performances were viewed by over 4.75 million people from coast-to-coast-to-coast from the comfort of home, lifting the spirits of Canadians during the crisis. Your generous support of #CanadaPerforms has helped champion Canadian artists and the performing arts throughout the pandemic.
In May, a two-year extension of #CanadaPerforms was announced, focusing on the evolution of the program. To date, outcomes of this continued partnership include:
- The #RoadToCanadaDay series presented and livestreamed over 25 festivals, including the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Dawson City Music Festival, Folks on the Rock and the Halifax Jazz Festival from June 11 to June 30.
- #CanadaPerforms at RBC Bluesfest Drive-In, a summer weekend series of live concerts at the Place des Festivals Zibi site, by the Kitchissippi River (Ottawa River). The #CanadaPerforms at RBC Bluesfest Drive-In live concerts bridged on-site and livestream experiences in an effort to help the live performance and music industry gradually come back and recover from months of disruption and cancellations in helping fight the pandemic.
Read more about the program and see livestream performances here.
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