Looking for something fun to do Saturday night without increasing your risk of exposure to a deadly virus?
Support local bands and keep safe by supporting Revive Live, a new initiative to help local Ontario musicians keep playing while fans stay safe.
“Phase One of Revive Live will feature performances broadcast from various London music venues over the coming months. The program will work towards safely re-introducing patrons to live music events with the goal of boosting recovery for the industry working under the COVID-19 Framework,” the event’s organizers say.
“Prior to the pandemic, London’s live music industry was growing steadily with 4,700+ events held annually in London while employing nearly 1,000 full-time equivalent jobs (not including musicians),” says Cory Crossman, the music industry development officer for London, Ont. “The live music industry was one of the hardest hit by this pandemic and will be one of the last to recover. Revive Live will jumpstart a portion of the local economy offering support to the live music sector on the road to recovery.”
The first show is scheduled for this Saturday, February 27, featuring London’s own Texas King and Sarina Haggarty from London Music Hall.
Other performers include:
*Sum 41 and DJ Hullewud with Partners in Health from 765 Old East on March 6;
*The Rizdales and musical guests from The Richmond Tavern on March 13;
*Uptown Affair with Delta Stone Duo from Eastside Bar & Grill on March 20, and
*Heart Attack Kids and Thunder Queens from Palasad SocialBowl on March 27.
All shows are scheduled to start at 8 p.m. each Saturday at londonmusicoffice.com/ReviveLive. Best yet, all shows are free!
“Getting the full live music sector working again is a priority,” Crossman says. “Music is the heartbeat to London’s cultural community and Revive Live is a commitment to safely bring back London’s music ecology. It is important to invest in the talented people behind the scenes that make the live music possible in our city.”