“Can’t You Fake It for One More Show?” A Seminar for Musicians Who Just Can’t Fake It Anymore

Just a little pin prick
There’ll be no more aaaaaaaah!
But you may feel a little sick

Can you stand up?
I do believe it’s working, good
That’ll keep you going through the show
Come on, it’s time to go.

–Pink Floyd, “Comfortably Numb”

The old tradition says that the show must go on. But what if you as a performer have reached the end of your rope?

The Canadian region of the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) is holding a two-day meeting (February 11-12) at the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto entitled “Fake It Until You Can’t Make It.” Designed for artists, music teachers, dance instructors, researchers and health care professionals, the sessions will focus on all the pressure artists feel to hide their physical injuries and mental pain until they hit some kind of wall. By encouraging them to seek treatment early, there’s hope that they will make a full recovery.

Lol Tolhurst (The Cure) and Steve Page will both speak. Might be worth your time…


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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