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Showcasing Local Musicians

By Dan Misturada | February 16, 2022

In the early days of the pandemic, we reached out to local musicians to showcase their talents on our Facebook page. We weren’t able to host anyone from our theatre stage during the initial lockdowns, so we arranged for musicians to record themselves in their home “studios” and share the video to us, which we shared on our Facebook page! We are really proud of the talent we have right here in North Bay!  As the pandemic evolved and we were able to stream from our stage, we continued to work within safety protocols to host local musicians for streamed concerts from our stage to Facebook. It was a welcome evolution for all of us and it felt like we were kind of coming back at that point! For some of our guest artists, this was the first time they performed on the Capitol Centre’s main stage. They were pretty excited for the opportunity, though they expressed how weird it felt to be on a big stage with absolutely no one in the seats because these were live-streamed concerts.  At that point, we called these performances the North Bay Live concert series.

Being able to showcase local talent that reflects our community is extremely important and we could not be more excited about the artists taking the stage as we continue our North Bay Live Concert Series. Coming up February 26th, join us in the Betty Speers Theatre for a double-billed North Bay Live event featuring Medussah at 7:30pm followed by Mackenzie Drive. You can join us in-person in the Betty Speers Theatre or watch from home with live-stream tickets!

Medussah is an electronic, experimental project from Ecuador based in North Bay. Medussah shows a range of sounds that belong to electronic, pop, and dance music, creating a unique space ambiance and musical experience. Samanta Jarrin has been in the music scene for ten years; in the United States, she received ­first place in the vocal contest of Indianapolis, Indiana, in the year 2002. Sebastian Gabela is a composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist who has been active in the cultural and music scene since 2000.

Mackenzie Drive is a nonbinary singer-songwriter from northern Ontario releasing their first single, titled One In A Million, in 2018 following a separation. Mackenzie went on to release their self titled album in mid 2019. Despite Covid-19 they opened a concert for Bif Naked in Sept of 2020 for the North Bay Pride’s Live Virtual Concert Event. The new single from Mackenzie Drive “Owner of my own Heart” is available on all online platforms December 1, 2021.

The second double-billed North Bay Live concert this winter is scheduled for March 16th featuring Peter Cliché and Those Lights! And for our final North Bay Live of the season, we are thrilled to bring you Pet Rat along with Papi and the Capis on May 14th. We’ll talk more about these fabulous music acts when we’re closer to their performance dates!

Tickets to our first two North Bay Live concerts, on February 26th and March 16th are available right now at capitolcentre.org . Join us!