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The Future of Live Music in Toronto

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

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The Empire Club of Canada Presents:
The Future of Live Music in Toronto

The live music industry in Toronto has been decimated by the forced shutdown of public gatherings in the city. Many venues where musicians perform were already under pressure due to rising real estate costs. Many were forced to close and some will never re-open. But even for those that will, who knows when performers will be able to share their work in front of a large audience again? Live performance has been key in the career development of so many artists. Who knows what the live music scene will look like as we begin to emerge from shutdown.

Our panel spoke to the future of venues that feature our artists and several artists will talk about how important live performance has been in their careers.

Garvia Bailey, Arts Journalist, Producer, Broadcaster and Co-Founder of

Aida Aydinyan, General Manager, Performing Arts, Royal Conservatory of Music

Andrew Burashko, Founder and Creative Force, Art of Time Ensemble

Brian Iler, Chair, Hugh’s Room Live

Molly Johnson, Award-Winning Jazz Vocalist, Mother, Singer-Songwriter, Artist and Philanthropist

Mike Tanner, Music Sector Development Officer, City of Toronto

*The content presented is free of charge but please note that the Empire Club of Canada retains copyright. Neither the speeches themselves nor any part of their content may be used for any purpose other than personal interest or research without the explicit permission of the Empire Club of Canada.*

*Views and Opinions Expressed Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the speakers or panelists are those of the speakers or panelists and do not necessarily reflect or represent the official views and opinions, policy or position held by The Empire Club of Canada.*