Lights Announces Live Stream Acoustic Concert, Calls For Requests

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Joining the long list of displaced musicians amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada’s technicolour pop star Lights has announced that she will be performing acoustic songs live on Instagram on Wednesday, March 18 at 6 p.m. PST.

In an effort to encourage social distancing following the trending hashtag #CanadaStayHome, Lights is one of many artists who is doing her part to engage with her fans in these uncertain times.

Lights released the album Skin & Earth (Acoustic)  in July 2019, marking the third time she has acoustically revisited an album two years later, a process which she says has become “imperative” to fully drawing out all the depths of her songwriting. 

“I feel like I got more intimacy out of a new version of the same song,” she told BeatRoute. “You can extend the life of something by showing this other side. It’s just turned into this really wicked extension of who I am and what my career’s capable of.” 

Other musicians who have taken to social media to exercise their creativity while under self-quarantine include English acoustic punk Frank Turner and Scott Helman (2020 Juno nominee for Single of the Year, “Hang Ups”) who organized a live stream from his Toronto house with performances and special guests dropping in (from their own homes of course). Helman invited special guests including country artist Hunter Hayes, members of the Reklaws and Walk off the Earth, Johnny Orlando, and more.

Folk troubadour Dan Mangan also recently posted a unique concert experience, which he dubbed #Quarantunes #ShowToNobody after his show in Toronto at the Danforth Music Hall was cancelled. You can read more about it and watch the concert online here.