Nanaimo musicians Rick Scott, Nico Rhodes, Joëlle Rabu and David Gogo (clockwise from top-left) are performing as part of the Music From the Edges of Canada concert series. (Photos courtesy Rick Scott/Dirk Heydemann/Angie Oh/Andrew Dodd)

Nanaimo musicians Rick Scott, Nico Rhodes, Joëlle Rabu and David Gogo (clockwise from top-left) are performing as part of the Music From the Edges of Canada concert series. (Photos courtesy Rick Scott/Dirk Heydemann/Angie Oh/Andrew Dodd)

Nanaimo musicians featured in virtual coast-to-coast-to-coast concert series

David Gogo, Joƫlle Rabu, Nico Rhodes and Rick Scott participating in virtual showcase

A Nanaimo artist manager has teamed up with a colleague from the Yukon to present a coast-to-coast-to-coast online concert series.

From Oct. 28 to March 27, artists from B.C., Atlantic Canada and the North will be performing from venues in their regions as part of the Music From the Edges of Canada series. Representing Nanaimo are musicians David Gogo, Joëlle Rabu, Nico Rhodes and Rick Scott.

The concert series was conceived by Nanaimo’s Margot Holmes of Caline Artists International and Debbie Peters of Whitehorse-based Magnum Opus Management. Holmes said she and Peters first started discussing the project back in March, as the COVID-19 pandemic was preventing their artists from touring.

“We could see that this was going to remain a problem for the coming year,” Holmes said. “And so we started to talk about, ‘Well, what could we do for our artists that would give them exposure across the country and for people to discover them?’”

The concerts will be streamed from Campbell River’s Tidemark Theatre, the Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse, the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre in Yellowknife and the Imperial Theatre in St. John, N.B.

“Part of this, too, is discovering place,” Holmes said. “So because it’s ‘The Edges of Canada’ many people might not have been to these locations … so during the streaming concerts we will be showcasing Vancouver Island, New Brunswick, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories.”

For tickets and a full list of artists, click here.



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