The beat goes on in Hamilton.
Even with music venues shuttered (for now), local artists are still finding ways to connect with fans looking for a live music fix.
These popular Hamilton musicians and organizations have turned on their phones and webcams to share their talent and love of the city with audiences at home in Hamilton, across the country and around the world.
JUNO Performance and Videos - Iskwe
This Hamilton-based, JUNO-nominated Indigenous artist combines various genres and performance styles to inspire listeners with emotionally impactful work tied to her traditional Cree and Metis Indigenous roots. She's one of the headlining performers at this year's online 2020 JUNO Awards.
Flatten the Curve Weekly Music Classes
After launching daily online music class in the early days of the pandemic, Arkells frontman Max Kerman switched gears (after 58 consecutive days!) to make these sought after-live streams weekly. Tune into the band's Instagram page every Tuesday for their #FTCMusicClass to sing along and listen to inspiring interviews.
LT the Monk Appearances
Originally from the UK, this hip-hop artist now calls Hamilton home. Since the COVID pandemic struck, LT the Monk has been connecting with fans through regular live streams on his Facebook and Instagram pages, in-person deliveries of merch and delicious patties from Hamilton's Jamaican Patty Shack, footwork dance challenges, and the release a mini documentary London Made, East Coast Trained that tells the story of his musical journey to Hamilton.
Classic All-Request Wednesdays
Hamilton songwriter and performer Terra Lightfoot has gained a large following for her unique and powerful vocals. In addition to ongoing online concerts and virtual events, Lightfoot is connecting with fans weekly with her Classic All-Request Wednesday livestream performances which include covers on a theme and promote local Hamilton businesses.
HPO at Home
Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
Classical music lovers can now tune in to Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra's at-home content, including moving live performances and meet-the artist videos. Even though they can't perform together on stage right now, members of one of Canada's major professional orchestras are connecting with audiences through weekly at home performances and intimate interviews.
Brott Music Live
Brott Music Festival
Tune in for to hear members of Canada's largest not-for-profit orchestral and opera music festival perform live from their living rooms for these regular Saturday evening concerts. Videos include performances and interviews led by artistic director Boris Brott.
Saturday Morning Livestream Concerts
Jeremy Fisher Junior
Almost as good as Saturday morning cartoons, this one's for the younger music lovers at home. Learn about new instruments, rhythm, dance and how emotions inspire song writing from this JUNO-nominated songwriter and performer. Tap into the joy of music every Saturday morning on Facebook Live.
Kojo ‘Easy’ Damptey
You can tune in to hear this Hamilton based afro-soul singer and songwriter's stirring music on the airwaves including CBC's Big City, Small World, which recently aired a track from Damptey's latest record: Giants: Stories of Existence, Resilience & Resistance. The album celebrates the resilience of Black Lives Matter and Standing Rock movements among others and combines different genres to create a cohesive Afro-Soul sound. Hamilton-based contributors include Hamilton Youth Slam Poets, Canadian Hip Hop group Canadian Winter, and rapper Mother Tareka.
The Trews Virtually
After shooting and releasing a video for their newest single "God Speed Rebel" from safety of their own homes (starring family members and pets), the Hamilton based band The Trews continue to find ways to connect with fans virtually, including live virtual concerts on different platforms and regular "Jam with J.A.M" episodes on Instagram Live featuring interviews with guitarist John-Angus MacDonald and his growing playlist.
HPL Noon Hour Concerts
Hamilton Public Library
TGIF thanks to Hamilton Public Library's virtual lunchtime concerts. Tune in weekly at noon to watch and hear are recorded performances by Hamilton local artists. After the noon concert streamed here, watch them all again on the Noon Concerts YouTube page.
Hamilton rockers Monster Truck are connecting with fans online while touring is paused with occasional Quarantine Hangs episodes on YouTube, featuring interviews with special guests, as well as on Instagram with posts and some pretty unbelievable guitar riffs.
Evangeline Gentle Live Stream
Tune in to hear this Hamilton singer and songwriter bring her powerhouse vocals to a new regular live stream on Facebook and Instagram every other Thursday at 3 p.m. While waiting for her live sets, check out her new two-track single "You and I" out now for a preview of her powerfully moving voice.