New Concert Series #CanadaPerforms Means Free Concerts Online!

A relief fund has been set up to support artists

Get ready for a concert series supported by the National Arts Centre (NAC) in Ottawa and Facebook Canada. It’s called #CanadaPerforms and it will feature some wonderful Canadian acts performing live on the social platform. And, they’ll be getting paid for it. Facebook Canada and the NAC have launched this $100000 fund to support Canadian artists.

From the NAC:

Great news! We’ve teamed up with Facebook Canada to launch a short-term $100,000 relief fund #CanadaPerforms that will pay Canadian artists for their live online performances. We’re now accepting applications. More info:

This means, we can enjoy some live music even as physical concerts and festivals have been canceled while artists can get monetary support.

The first band to perform will be The Jim Cuddy Band! Jim Cuddy is also the lead singer of Blue Rodeo.

From the band:

Join Jim Cuddy for a Facebook Live concert on Thursday March 19 at 2:00pm. Joining Jim will be his sons – Devin Cuddy & Sam Polley – as well as musician Colin Cripps.

Artists in any discipline can apply for a $1,000 grant to support a 45-60 minute livestream performance planned between March 19 and 31. The funding will come from Facebook Canada. The NAC will receive and administer applications.

To apply for the grant, performing artists should submit their name, a description of their performance, the date and the streaming platform (which doesn’t have to be Facebook). The email address is

Follow #CanadaPerforms on social media to stay informed on upcoming performances. Thank you for your support of Canadian artists!


CLICK HERE for the official press release from the NAC.

Follow the NAC for more details on this concert series!


Image: The Jim Cuddy Band/ Facebook