Photo Credit: Garrett Elliott.

Over the past couple of months the music industry has taken on new shapes and sizes to adapt to the current situation, but they have never gone quiet. From virtual performances to educational resources, porch concerts, and drive-ins, there are lots of ways you can catch a VIP performance from your favourite musicians. 

Past Performances 

The beauty of digital is that you can press replay and relive your favourite musical moments as many times as you want. Start off with the Canadian Opera Company and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra by exploring a collection of their past performances and behind the scenes takes.

The CBC has also put together a playlist of studio performances from musicians across the country.


Live-streamed Performances

When you are missing concert venues, live-streamed events are a great runner up. Think of them as a little backstage pass until we can get back to our regularly scheduled spaces.

Toronto’s Senator Restaurant has moved their jazz nights up and online with their live-streamed Balcony Concerts. If you aren’t able to catch them in action, you can check out some of their past performances on their Facebook page.


Niagara Performs also has a lineup of live performances on Facebook and YouTube, available until the end of August.

Summer Festivals 

Music festivals are a summer staple, and many of them have moved online. From the comfort of your own home, you can listen to some sweet tunes at the Niagara Jazz Festival (Multiple dates from August – October), the Up Here Festival  RBC pop – up sessions filmed in locations across Greater Sudbury, and Sandbanks at their virtual festival (September 19th).

Drive-In Performances

 Drive-ins are a great way to get out of the house while keeping close to your bubble. A couple of shows you might want to keep an eye on include, Metallica (August 29th), Peterborough Memorial Centre Drive-in Concert (September 18th), and Brett Kissel (September 19th).

Music Workshops

Ready to make some music? Orkidstra has released some of its bilingual KiddlyWinks tutorials to follow along with.


Feature Image:  Mariah Horner performance at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning. Photo by Garrett Elliott.