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SoundON Announces First Wave of Concerts and
New Fundraising Campaign to Support
BC’s Music Community

FVDED in the Park, Indian Summer Festival, Fernie Stoke Fest, New Forms, Pride, Bass Coast, Midsummer Music Festival,
and more to be announced

For Immediate Release
July 15, 2020

Vancouver, BC – As Phase 3 of BC’s restart plan is well under way, SoundON brings you a taste of the summer concerts – plus intimate, exclusive performances by BC artists. The first round of festivals and shows will begin streaming this Saturday, July 18th at SoundON.ca. This will include 11 shows curated by BC’s most beloved festivals and emerging presenters from across the province, including: FVDED in the Park, Bass Coast, and Midsummer Music Festival, as well as Afro Van Connect’s Black Space Jam and Virtual Feast, a collaborative showcase of more than 40 Indigenous artists, presented by Full Circle, 2Rivers Remix, Savage Society, and Vines Festival.

SoundON concerts will stream from diverse locations across the province and will help audiences discover the incredible array of talent in the province. From rising stars like BBNO$, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, NuZi Collective and Old Soul Rebel, to renowned BC artists like Alex Cuba, Lightning Dust, Chin Injeti, and Shred Kelly, all shows funded by SoundON will be free to watch and stream at SoundON.ca.

“Music has always been a nucleus for human beings to gather. And music has always healed and soothed us,” says Sirish Rao, Artistic Director of the Indian Summer Festival, “and SoundON gives me hope for BC’s music community, and that our creative voices will continue to have a stage.”

In partnership with Music Heals, the Unison Benevolent Fund, and Charitable Impact, SoundON also provides an opportunity to invest in the power of music during a time of crisis. SoundON presentations will give audiences the ability to contribute support to BC’s music community for counselling services, financial assistance, and health and wellness programs. To contribute, visit: SoundON.ca/donate

“The need is still dire for our industry,” says Jarrett Martineau, Music Planner for the City of Vancouver. “Live music venues, festivals, artists, and production crew want to get back to presenting music, and there is a critical need for mental health, counselling and emergency relief resources for musicians and workers impacted by COVID-19.”

Building on the initial $200,000 in support from Music BC, Creative BC, and the Province of British Columbia, SoundON’s goal is to continue to raise funding for the program by engaging audiences to support the relief, recovery, and health of our music communities.

Upcoming SoundON Shows (July-August 2020)

SoundON is pleased to present the following concerts, as part of its initial lineup:

July 18 – BBNO$, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, The Funk Hunters + more – FVDED (Vancouver)
July 18 – Chin Injeti, Lil India, Horsepowar + more: Indian Summer Festival (Vancouver)
July 23 – Makadi, Iamtheliving, & Una Mey: Let’s Hear It! Live (Vancouver)
July 24 – Lightning Dust w/ Audio Osmosis: Eventide Music Series (Victoria)
July 24 – Black Space Jam: Afro Van Connect (Vancouver)
July 24 – Lola Parks at Virtual Feast (Vancouver)
July 26 – Khotin & Michelle Helene Mackenzie: New Forms Festival (Vancouver)
July 31 – Symphonic Pride: Vancouver Pride x VSO (Vancouver)
August – Alex Cuba, Elijah Quinn + more: Midsummer Music Festival (Smithers)
August – Young Dene, Crystal Precious, Smalltown DJs + more: Bass Coast (Merritt)
August – Shred Kelly, The Parsons + more: Fernie Stoke Fest (Fernie)
August – Radio Cascadia and Kerri Coombs – Islands Celtic Festival (Vancouver)

Stay tuned to SoundON.ca as more festivals and concerts are announced in the coming months. An anticipated 100 shows will be produced to showcase the incredible diversity of British Columbia’s music community.

SoundON is delivered with initial funding from Creative BC, the Province of British Columbia, and Music BC. With continued support from public and private partnerships, and individual donations from music lovers across British Columbia, together, we can help keep the Sound ON.

For more information on the project and to livestream shows, please visit: SoundON.ca

Stay up to date with our announcements:

Facebook – @soundonbc
Instagram – @soundonbc
Twitter – @soundonbc

SoundON
SoundON is a unique platform to celebrate BC musicians and raise funds for BC’s music community. SoundON provides BC presenters and artists with direct support to get back to doing what they do best: creating unforgettable live music experiences. But it’s more than a relief campaign, it’s a whole new way to discover BC music through curated, online experiences. Streaming live music performances, concerts, DJ sets and workshops, all on one free website, SoundON will have something for everyone to enjoy. All funds raised will support BC artists, presenters, venues, crew, more SoundON shows, and charitable causes across BC. With your support, we can help bring the music back to BC!

SoundON is a cross-sector collaboration between public, private, and community partners, produced and run by a volunteer collective from BC’s music sector.

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