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Coronavirus: Music to resonate once again from TCU Place

The financial impacts of COVID-19 have prompted the Canadian Independent Venue Coalition to launch the Support Canadian Venues campaign, calling on the federal government to support independent music venues.
The financial impacts of COVID-19 have prompted the Canadian Independent Venue Coalition to launch the Support Canadian Venues campaign, calling on the federal government to support independent music venues. File / Global News

TCU Place won’t be silent for much longer as it announced live musical performances for the first time since it was temporarily closed by COVID-19 in March.

The downtown Saskatoon venue announced the “Social Distancing Concert Series” on Monday.

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Two one-hour concerts featuring Saskatchewan musicians will welcome guests back to the Sid Buckwold Theatre after a prolonged closure due to the virus.

On Aug. 6, music-lovers will have the opportunity to listen to Prince Albert’s Donny Parenteau who nominated in 2019 for Indigenous artist of the year with the Saskatchewan Music Awards.

The second concert on Aug. 8 will feature Ponteix who took home the 2017 Western Canadian Music award for Francophone artist of the year.

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Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Tuesday by calling at 306-975-7799 or at the TCU Place box office.

Drive-in concerts with Brett Kissel
Drive-in concerts with Brett Kissel

Officials said admission for each of the shows will be limited to comply with the Phase 4.2 of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan set out by the provincial government.

As of July 16, live performances in Saskatchewan are under the following guidelines from the plan:

  • Singing and shouting can spread droplets further than regular conversation, so they present an increased risk;
  • Music should be played at a moderate volume to prevent shouting;
  • Live music, including singing, woodwind and brass instruments, should be separated from patrons and other performers by a distance of four metres and/or a physical barrier;
  • Other musicians (e.g. guitar or percussion players) and performers are permitted with two metres of separation;
  • Performers must use their own microphones; and
  • Performers from the same extended household are not required to be physically distant from each other, but must be separated from patrons and performers from outside of their extended household.

Built in 1968, the three-tier theatre at TCU place has just over 2,070 seats.

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