One of the neat things about the performance arts is that both the artist and the spectators benefit from it in such a diverse way. When it comes to music, an audience member will have a completely different experience than the artist performing yet they are attending the same event. As an ardent music enthusiast, I can’t help but experience this feeling of admiration when I see an artist practicing their craft. These artists, regardless of the genre, are able to put themselves out there and be vulnerable with their audience as they share something deeply personal: their talents.
One of the challenges that many Canadians face when it comes to live music is: Accessibility. How often have you heard about an upcoming performance by an artist or composer that you’d love to attend only to find out that it’s happening on the other side of the country? Radio plays a major role in helping Canadians gain access to many concerts and live performances that would have otherwise been inaccessible. Fransaskoise artist, Alexis Normand, believes that it’s essential to have access to a variety of genres of music because “These genres of music are the soundscape of Canada’s diversity. They are an invitation to feel and consider. They help define who we are as individuals.”
In today’s digital environment, the internet has made it even easier for Canadians to access a wide range of music and live recordings. Services like Bande à Part, Espace.mu and CBC Music make it easy for you to expand your musical repertoire and discover new artists. For Canadian artists, these services play a critical role in helping Canadians discover their music and also helping the artists develop. Singer/Songwriter, Jeanette Stewart, describes some of her earlier experiences being recorded by CBC Radio, “It was a really validating experience. I was scared to listen to the concert for a few months after it came out… But it got a lot of attention from people, and when I finally listened to it what struck me most was the quality of the engineering. The work of the producers and the mixing team was outstanding. The recording sounded fantastic. It was certainly a confidence booster.”
Regardless of your taste in music, I invite you to give some of these services a try. Browse through the artists and genres and try listening to something new. You never know – you may stumble onto some real gems. And when you do, make sure to tell us about them…
-Sarah Lue, Blog host