Performances are one way to help musicians affected by the pandemic.
What: Music from the far reaches of Canada
Or: Tidemark Theater, 1220 Shoppers Row, Campbell River
When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $ 33.60 ($ 22 for live streaming) from tickets.tidemarktheatre.com
A concert series featuring in-person and online performances brings music from across Canada to venues and homes across the country, in an effort to support struggling arts and culture sectors.
Music from the Edges of Canada, which is co-produced by Margot Holmes of Nanaimo, is closing the gap caused by COVID-19, which made touring virtually impossible for almost 18 months. Vancouver Island artists David Gogo, Blue Moon Marquee, Rick Scott, Joelle Rabu and Nico Rhodes will perform live for an in-person audience at the Tidemark Theater in Campbell River in the coming weeks, content to air in direct via www.musicfromtheedges.ca.
Similar themed concerts are held in theaters in New Brunswick, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. These out-of-province events will also be webcast on musicfromtheedges.ca, giving viewers across the country the opportunity to sample music unique to each participating region, and attendees in person the chance to see music. live music in their own backyard.
Holmes and her Yukon-based project partner Debbie Peters rushed to create the series out of necessity and sympathy for the artists, places and staff directly affected by the pandemic.
“We’ve been representing artists on tour, between us, for over 50 years, so we could see it wasn’t coming back as quickly as people expected,” Holmes said. “How do you still give work to artists and how do you present their art? It was the idea, something a little more unique.
The producers approached the directors of four theaters in the aforementioned provinces, each of them jumped at the chance. Music From the Edges of Canada premiered on October 28 at the Tidemark Theater with performances by Vancouver artists Krystle Dos Santos and Locarno. Rick Scott (of Pied Pumkin fame) and Nico Rhodes will be next at the Tidemark Theater on Saturday, with the support of Tiller’s Folly – one of 11 multi-group concerts in the series through March 2022.
“It gives artists the chance to perform in their own community, and not to travel long distances, and allows their art to spread around the world,” said Holmes.
The series is expected to provide work for more than 140 people in all four regions, from artist agents and marketing professionals to stage technicians and room staff. Multi-Juno nominee Scott, who founded folk favorite Pied Pumkin with Shari Ulrich and Joe Mock in 1974, praised Holmes and his team for having artists’ best interests in mind.
“You can’t praise Margot enough because this is all uncharted territory,” Scott said. “It’s a whole new ball game in the music world. Every aspect of this is brand new. Musicians are not very quick when it comes to changing their lives.
In his 50 years as an artist, the Protection Island resident said he had never seen anything like the decimation caused by the pandemic. He gave a show at the Rogue Folk Club in Vancouver last week, his first in-person performance to a full audience in nearly two years. ” I am pleased to [the series]. It’s so nice to get back in the saddle. It allows me to do what I live the most, which is to go on stage.