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Part 1 of 2: Rethinking Presenting and Touring in the age of COVID-19 and beyond

72 live arts presenters, artists and others that are part of the performing arts eco-system joined to talk and think together, in all seriousness, about how artists and presenters are dealing with the sudden need to be digital in order to continue performing for audiences.

This is the first in a series of four conversations this week building toward developing an action plan by Friday, April 3.

Panelists generously shared their experiences and rapid learnings gleaned in the past two weeks:

  1. Sarah MacDougall, touring musician talked about their first Facebook Live show in terms of the experience and the technology they used
  2. Ivan Coyote, writer and storyteller – Watch the Facebook Live show
  3. Matthew Lien, musician, Whispering Willows Records to discuss Not Close But Personal Concert series as well as his work in binaural sound recording (Maclean’s article)
  4. Mike Gravitis, Manager, Northwestel Community TV to discuss simul-casting / broadcasting Not Close But Personal Concert series launching in April in the Yukon
  5. Inga Petri, Strategic Moves, introduced the new project to develop a Digital Showcasing B2B platform
  6. Vanessa LeBourdais, Executive Producer, Co-Founder, Creative Director, DreamRider Productions (Theatre)
Tech check before CanadaPerforms Live stream by Ivan Coyote and Sarah MacDougall - screen capture taken on March 30, 2020
Sarah MacDougall and Ivan Coyote tech-checking before their March 29 Facebook Live #CanadaPerforms show

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View or download the presentation for the webinar on Rethinking Presenting and Touring in the Age of COVID-19 March31, 2020

To help you get to the pieces you are most interested in, here is a table of contents for the webinar recording:

  • 0:00 Welcome, Acknowledgements
  • 5:00 Overview of today’s webinar
  • 13:15 Digital projects in the performing arts
  • 17:00 Proposed vision for a digital platform for the performing arts owned by the arts sector
  • 21:00 Reflecting on the current situation created by COVID-19 response
  • 27:30 Life is Digital – Examples of websites, platforms, options for live streaming performances
  • 34:30 Sarah MacDougall and Ivan Coyote talk about their #CanadaPerforms Facebook Live experience and technology set up
  • 49:50 How can artists monetize their digital performance and a look at other platforms: Twitch.TV, weshowup.iorestream.io
  • 55:55 Matthew Lien and Mike Gravitis discuss Close But Not Personal Concert series, their learning about online live streaming and simul-casting / broadcasting on traditional broadcast media, partnership building, emergency response or business model, and binaural sound recording
  • 1:21:50 Introduction to a new project to develop a Digital Showcasing B-2-B Platform by Inga Petri, project manager
  • 1:28:40 Vanessa LeBourdais talks about moving theatrical works into a daily live digital show for children at home
  • 1:44:45 Next steps and outline of next 3 webinars this week.

Next webinars to continue looking at implications of digitizing the performing arts: