NAC LAUNCHES $100K RELIEF FUND FOR ARTISTS STREAMING CONCERTS FROM HOME

Jim Cuddy, Serena Ryder among initial batch of artists participating

Jim Cuddy is the first artist lined up for the #CanadaPerforms series, part of a partnership between the National Arts Centre and Facebook Canada to support performers trying to keep their shows going amid the coronavirus outbreak. (Getty Images)

Jim Cuddy is kicking off a new concert series called #CanadaPerforms Thursday afternoon, as part of a partnership between the National Arts Centre and Facebook Canada to support performers trying to keep their shows going amid the coronavirus outbreak.

With concert and performance venues across the country shut down in an attempt to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, the NAC and Facebook have launched a $100,000 fund as short-term relief to support artists who are livestreaming their performances online.

Cuddy will deliver the first #CanadaPerforms show from a studio on Thursday at 2 p.m. ET, alongside Blue Rodeo bandmate Colin Cripps, as well as his sons Devin Cuddy and Sam Polley. It will be streamed from the NAC’s Facebook page.

Others slated to perform in the coming days include Serena Ryder, William Prince, Irish Mythen, Erin Costelo and Whitehorse.

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