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From Living Room Shows to Drive-Ins: Navigating the Live Music Ecosystem

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Ballroom A
Moderator: Laura Simpson

Applause and appreciative shouts used to be the barometer for an artist’s live performance. These days, it can be car horns, or a scroll of comments. The determination to perform has proven powerful, inspiring musicians to play at drive-ins, to sell tickets to virtual shows from their own living rooms, or to perform with bandmates in collaborative isolation via Zoom. Some venues died. Others tried to work within protocols (Toronto’s storied El Mocambo briefly re-opened to socially distanced audiences of 50). We’ll look at the downs and some surprising ups of the pandemic performance experience.