Music Industry

Juno Awards – Live Tonight

The Juno Awards will air tonight at 8 pm Eastern on the CBC web site, CBC Television and GEM web site, minus the audience, of course.

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Retail Slowly Adapting

As you can see by my lack of posts the industry is pretty much at a standstill, a few retailers choosing to re-open with strict measures against COVID-19.

Sunrise Records has decided to open a few of its stores, with reduced hours, payments limited to credit card/debit and limited staff, with a maximum occupancy rate of 10 people including staff. And in Quebec, Archambeault stores have also opened with reduced hours, reduced staff and is also asking people to use credit and debit for their purchases, asking their customers to handle merchandise as little as possible.

These rules, along with the use of masks and physical distancing, are likely going to be adopted by the independent chains and stores through-out Canada, adapting to municipal and provincial guidelines as we progress into the summer. But if you can order it online and/or pick it up at the store, I’d advise you to do that to save yourself some time.

Some The Source electronic store locations are open but like Best Buy Canada and The Brick, they also prefer their customers to shop online and pick up their pre-purchased items in-store or curbside. And in regards to book stores, Chapters/Indigo stores have opened but are also following the above-mentioned guidelines, offering contactless curbside purchasing to their customers.

Amazon.ca has also relaxed its essential goods shipping so more entertainment products have been made available without the associated delays. And if you’re looking for home entertainment accessories like cables or mounts Prime Cable and Newegg Canada iconare taking online orders with slight delays, the latter also offering electronics and components.

By the way, you can order disposable masks from Living.ca or have reusable, machine washable antibacterial masks delivered to you if you reside within 10 kilometres of a Kardish Health Food store, the latter also offering curbside purchasing.

Enjoy the warmer days. And stay safe.

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One World Together – Live

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Canada Day To Go Virtual

More Free Concerts

Genesis will be premiering concerts for free on their official youtube channel, at 3 PM eastern on five consecutive Saturdays starting today with Three Sides Live, a concert filmed on 28 and 29 November 1981 at the Savoy Thater and Nassau Coliseum in New York.

The “Film Festival 2020” will continue on April 25th with Genesis Live: A Mama Tour, which features live footage from several February 1984 concerts at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre. And starting on May 2nd, three additional live concert recordings will make their way to the channel, namely Genesis Live At Wembley Stadium, which was filmed from July 1st to July 4th, 1987, The Way We Walk – Live in Concert, which was filmed at Earls Court in November 1992, and When In Rome 2007, which was filmed at the Circus Maximus in Rome on July 14, 2007.

The last two aforementioned films will be added on May 9th and May 16th.

Neil Finn of Split Enz and Crowded House has also been performing live from isolation on Mixrl at 7 PM Eastern, daily from Late March. Details on his live broadcasts and archived recordings are available by clicking here. And The Killers are scheduled to perform today on Instagram Live at 3 PM Eastern (12 PM Pacific Time).

North Americans who prefer English theatre also have the opportunity to view a full stage version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera until 2 pm Eastern on Sunday on the Show Must Go On! Youtube channel.

This performance features Ramin Karimloo, Sierra Boggess and Hadley Fraser and will be replaced by other stage performances penned by Andrew Lloyd Webber shortly after 2 pm Eastern on Sunday.

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Closures & Reduced Hours

Sunshine Records has decided to close its stores and fulfilment center, so online orders have been suspended by the chain.

Indigo Book stores are also now closed but online orders are still being processed, with free shipping until March 31st, 2020.

Best Buy locations will remain open for their reserve and pick-up services. They are also still shipping from their web site.

Archambault stores are remaining open in Quebec, as are Bad Boy locations in Ontario but I suspect they will reduce their hours shortly as Long & McQuade has.

Many independent record stores have decided to close throughout Canada. Please consult their respective websites and Facebook groups for details.

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