Concession Street music moving to social media

News Jun 11, 2020 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

If you can’t bring the public to the music, bring the music to the public.

That’s what the Concession Street Business Improvement Area decided to do last month.

With physical distancing requirements in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, the BIA is making Sidewalk Sounds an online event starting June 20.

“We moved it online to Concession Street BIA Facebook Live and it will stream at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the third Saturday of every month,” said BIA executive director Cristina Geissler.

Each show will run 45 minutes.

See concession.ca to access the music and for a list of performers and dates.

The musicians will be performing live on the stage in The Zoetic Theatre minus an audience.

Geissler said the online offering enables the BIA to support local musicians who had been booked in January and to show the public that many of the businesses are still operating, even if it is in a limited way.

The resumption of Sidewalk Sounds is welcome news to performers like Loralee McGuirl, who has been working the event since it began in 2016.

She will be performing at 1 p.m. on June 20.

“Doing the virtual show is really important to me because I love the city and for the past 12 years, I’ve been part of the neighbourhood,” she said. “I am so grateful for this opportunity.”

She noted The Zoetic stage will be set up with her back to what would normally be the audience.

The viewer will see empty seats behind the performer for added affect.

“I would say that playing live with empty seats behind me is quite gripping, extraordinary, captivating and almost mysterious,” McGuirl said.

She has used the pandemic as an opportunity to write songs and teach piano, guitar and voice (she is a trained opera singer) three days a week online.

“Musicians have to be creative to survive,” McGuirl said. “It will be wonderful to get out and play virtually.”

Bruno Bombardier, who purchased The Zoetic last year, said he welcomes the opportunity to provide the venue Sidewalk Sounds.

“We want to do our part for Hamilton, our neighbours, and artists of all types,” he said.

The pandemic forced the BIA to cancel the popular Concession Streetfest slated for June 13 and the May edition of Sidewalk Sounds.

There were also plans to cancel the June music event until it was shifted online.

While the move to a virtual show isn’t likely to bring visitors to Concession Street, Geissler noted anyone who makes a comment on Facebook Live during Sidewalk Sounds will be put in a draw and the prize is $50 in Concession Street Bucks that can be used at any business on the street at a later date.

Sidewalk Sounds runs to Sept. 19.


STORY BEHIND THE STORY

 In our search for summer activities for families, Hamilton Community News learned Concession Sidewalk Sounds is returning as an online offering on June 20.

Hamilton Mountain Concession Street music moving to social media

Sidewalk Sounds shifts to Facebook Live starting June 20

News Jun 11, 2020 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

If you can’t bring the public to the music, bring the music to the public.

That’s what the Concession Street Business Improvement Area decided to do last month.

With physical distancing requirements in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, the BIA is making Sidewalk Sounds an online event starting June 20.

“We moved it online to Concession Street BIA Facebook Live and it will stream at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the third Saturday of every month,” said BIA executive director Cristina Geissler.

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Each show will run 45 minutes.

See concession.ca to access the music and for a list of performers and dates.

The musicians will be performing live on the stage in The Zoetic Theatre minus an audience.

Geissler said the online offering enables the BIA to support local musicians who had been booked in January and to show the public that many of the businesses are still operating, even if it is in a limited way.

The resumption of Sidewalk Sounds is welcome news to performers like Loralee McGuirl, who has been working the event since it began in 2016.

She will be performing at 1 p.m. on June 20.

“Doing the virtual show is really important to me because I love the city and for the past 12 years, I’ve been part of the neighbourhood,” she said. “I am so grateful for this opportunity.”

She noted The Zoetic stage will be set up with her back to what would normally be the audience.

The viewer will see empty seats behind the performer for added affect.

“I would say that playing live with empty seats behind me is quite gripping, extraordinary, captivating and almost mysterious,” McGuirl said.

She has used the pandemic as an opportunity to write songs and teach piano, guitar and voice (she is a trained opera singer) three days a week online.

“Musicians have to be creative to survive,” McGuirl said. “It will be wonderful to get out and play virtually.”

Bruno Bombardier, who purchased The Zoetic last year, said he welcomes the opportunity to provide the venue Sidewalk Sounds.

“We want to do our part for Hamilton, our neighbours, and artists of all types,” he said.

The pandemic forced the BIA to cancel the popular Concession Streetfest slated for June 13 and the May edition of Sidewalk Sounds.

There were also plans to cancel the June music event until it was shifted online.

While the move to a virtual show isn’t likely to bring visitors to Concession Street, Geissler noted anyone who makes a comment on Facebook Live during Sidewalk Sounds will be put in a draw and the prize is $50 in Concession Street Bucks that can be used at any business on the street at a later date.

Sidewalk Sounds runs to Sept. 19.


STORY BEHIND THE STORY

 In our search for summer activities for families, Hamilton Community News learned Concession Sidewalk Sounds is returning as an online offering on June 20.

Hamilton Mountain Concession Street music moving to social media

Sidewalk Sounds shifts to Facebook Live starting June 20

News Jun 11, 2020 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

If you can’t bring the public to the music, bring the music to the public.

That’s what the Concession Street Business Improvement Area decided to do last month.

With physical distancing requirements in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, the BIA is making Sidewalk Sounds an online event starting June 20.

“We moved it online to Concession Street BIA Facebook Live and it will stream at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the third Saturday of every month,” said BIA executive director Cristina Geissler.

Related Content

Each show will run 45 minutes.

See concession.ca to access the music and for a list of performers and dates.

The musicians will be performing live on the stage in The Zoetic Theatre minus an audience.

Geissler said the online offering enables the BIA to support local musicians who had been booked in January and to show the public that many of the businesses are still operating, even if it is in a limited way.

The resumption of Sidewalk Sounds is welcome news to performers like Loralee McGuirl, who has been working the event since it began in 2016.

She will be performing at 1 p.m. on June 20.

“Doing the virtual show is really important to me because I love the city and for the past 12 years, I’ve been part of the neighbourhood,” she said. “I am so grateful for this opportunity.”

She noted The Zoetic stage will be set up with her back to what would normally be the audience.

The viewer will see empty seats behind the performer for added affect.

“I would say that playing live with empty seats behind me is quite gripping, extraordinary, captivating and almost mysterious,” McGuirl said.

She has used the pandemic as an opportunity to write songs and teach piano, guitar and voice (she is a trained opera singer) three days a week online.

“Musicians have to be creative to survive,” McGuirl said. “It will be wonderful to get out and play virtually.”

Bruno Bombardier, who purchased The Zoetic last year, said he welcomes the opportunity to provide the venue Sidewalk Sounds.

“We want to do our part for Hamilton, our neighbours, and artists of all types,” he said.

The pandemic forced the BIA to cancel the popular Concession Streetfest slated for June 13 and the May edition of Sidewalk Sounds.

There were also plans to cancel the June music event until it was shifted online.

While the move to a virtual show isn’t likely to bring visitors to Concession Street, Geissler noted anyone who makes a comment on Facebook Live during Sidewalk Sounds will be put in a draw and the prize is $50 in Concession Street Bucks that can be used at any business on the street at a later date.

Sidewalk Sounds runs to Sept. 19.


STORY BEHIND THE STORY

 In our search for summer activities for families, Hamilton Community News learned Concession Sidewalk Sounds is returning as an online offering on June 20.