Poets launching their new collections this Spring can now apply for inclusion and financial support on the National Arts Centre #CanadaPerforms platform:
The National Arts Centre (NAC) is adding writers to their #CanadaPerforms initiative. Canadian authors who have had book tours and launch events cancelled in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic can apply to participate. #CanadaPerforms is designed to support artists during the COVID-19 pandemic. Artists, including actors, dancers, musicians and children’s entertainers, share their work online through livestreams on social media and are supported financially through a relief fund. The #CanadaPerforms series has already supported more than 100 artists, and their performances have generated more than 1.7 million views. “Since we launched #CanadaPerforms two weeks ago, we’ve received many proposals from authors, poets and writers who have seen their book events cancelled, and are looking at ways to connect with their readers,” said Heather Gibson, the executive producer of popular music and variety at NAC, in a statement. The addition of authors to #CanadaPerforms is possible thanks to a $100,000 donation by Facebook Canada. The expansion will kick off with Margaret Atwood in conversation with Adrienne Clarkson. —2nd April 2020, CBC
Upcoming livestream events are being announced at the National Arts Centre #CanadaPerforms site here.