At the early onset of social distancing and closures of events and venues, Tom Jackson and some industry pals had the idea to do a live-stream concert from a vacated space. Invites to fellow altruistic musical colleagues began just as Tom had done when organizing emergency benefits as far back as 9/11, Red River flooding, Slave Lake fires, Alberta floods and The Huron Carole, raising over $230 million in cash and in-kind services to date. However the door to making that happening was changing hourly. Implementing social distancing while pulling a team of professionals together raised numerous questions and reluctance. Musicians were loading videos on their personal social media sites.
Is the idea here, and now gone?
This experience is unique, effective and collaborative and 12 days later, Almighty Voices emerged. Artists need to recover from lost wages, so in order to support their own, and be compensated themselves, these videos feature Canadian music and spirit at its finest. Art is transformative, interactive, powerful and enables us to learn from each other ultimately putting health at the forefront.