I think we can all agree that one of the biggest sacrifices we had to make this year was that of concerts and live music. While our favourite artists have continued to release music, we’ve been feeling FOMO for another life. Remember the days when they would go on tour? We’d stand in line for tickets, stand in line for overpriced beer and stand behind a guy a head taller than us, all just to hear the sweet sound of music. Ahh, the glory days. While we aren’t back to normal yet, Wavelength Music is bringing it’s 21st annual Wavelength Winter Festival to us! Except this year will be a little different. Instead of gathering together at venues around Toronto we will be gathering with our bubble in the living room. Nevertheless, Wavelength is sure to put on a spectacular show. Even better yet, they’ve teamed up with Harbourfront Centre as part of Kuumba to bring Black Canadian artist’s voices to the forefront.
What is Kuumba?
Kuumba is Toronto’s longest-running Black History Month festival. It is in the midst of it’s 26th celebration of our Black community standing in their Blackness. This year, through artistry and discourse, the Kuumba festivities will take a deeper look at what it means to be unapologetically black. They will have a look through ancestry and important figures who have paved the way for so many. Wavelength Winter Festival, in collaboration with Kuumba, aims to uplift and liberate Black artists from across Canada in this digital celebration of culture and music.
Wavelength Music has blessed us this year with four shows on February 20th, 21st, 26th and 27th. This is an all ages, FREE event! You will be able to stream it live on Wavelength’s YouTube channel, or register for individual performances through the Harbourfront Centre’s website. Wavelength is hoping to bring back that sense of community usually felt at the Festivals. This year audience members are encouraged to take part in the live chat alongside the YouTube streamed show. The lineup this year includes a variety of Black Canadian artists including Backxwash, Beverly Glenn-Copeland, and Clerel. Toronto’s own The OBGM’s and Witch Prophet will be giving special perfromances as well. Talks and panels will be included in the show, pending more details!
Have Fun with It!
Just because we can’t be rocking out together this year doesn’t mean we’ll have no fun! Get your friend’s together in a zoom call to watch the shows and dim the lights for the performance feel. Maybe even create a signature cocktail for your locked down viewing party! Or order drinks from Collective Arts Brewing and get free delivery with promo code ‘WAVELENGTHFRIENDS”. Get creative and make a night of it!