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PAB planning virtual Christmas concert

PORT AUX BASQUES – Pandemic fatigue is not only very real but increasingly worrisome as it serves to undermine established protocols to protect against the virus. With an increasing number of COVID-19 related cases being reported across the country and within the Atlantic bubble, the challenge grows for government to balance the conflicting need for socialization and economic recovery.

On a municipal level, Economic Development officer Shauna Strickland is trying to get creative to help people stay connected but safe, especially as the holiday season rapidly approaches. To do that, she is trying to bring together local musicians for an online concert.

“It has been a rough year and so many events and projects had to be cancelled. With the Christmas season upon us I thought it would be some much needed cheer to get our local musicians together and entertain the community,” wrote Strickland via e-mail.

The concert is intended to last through 10 nights, tentatively scheduled for Nov. 23 to 27, and from Nov. 30 to Dec. 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The concerts will be livestreamed free via the Bruce Arena Facebook page.

Musicians from around the region are being asked to participate, and each musician will be granted a small stipend of $100 for two hours of concert time, capped at $500 per band.

“I brought the idea forward to the historical society board and it was supported through our grant for Astrolabe Days through the Canadian Heritage,” stated Strickland.

The bands are not restricted when it comes to musical offerings either. Strickland notes that each will bring their own style of music and they won’t be asked to change that. She does hope, however, that some will offer up a few Christmas songs to spread some cheer.

“It’s been a different year and not being able to bring the community together to celebrate events such as Astrolabe Days, Canada Day, Municipal Awareness day and other annual events has made me realize just how important those activities are in keeping the community together and community spirit high,” wrote Strickland. “I hope this project brings some joy to the homes of our residents.”

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