IF YOU MISSED SEEING THIS BEAUTIFUL EVENT LIVE, You Can Still Watch the ‘One World Together At Home’ Virtual Concert


Lady Gaga, to her credit, was a driving force behind this world-wide event

Featuring Stevie Wonder, Lizzo, Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish, Lady Gaga, The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, John Legend, Elton John and many, many more, this Saturday, April 18th, global concert and tribute to front-line workers, live streamed and broadcast on a number of cable channels, made for one nice shelter in the storm during these perilous times.

You Can Watch It Again on Youtube or by simply clicking on the screen below

This Post Will Also Have A Little to Say About Supporting Musicians and real brick-and-mortar Record Stores Thru this Crisis

A Brief Shout Out for this from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper 

Posted April 19th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Before you might want to click on the screen to watch the concert and tributes to front-line workers, here is a brief promo for it which I have word-doctored just a little bit from future to past tense.

“The International advocacy organization Global Citizen is pulled together a massive global broadcast special in support of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The special aired Saturday, April 18 from 8:00-10:00 PM, live on CP24. A special digital live stream also began at 2:00 PM at CP24.com and included the 2-hour concert.

From their individual homes, The Rolling Stones manage to get it together for a performance of ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’. I love the song but still don’t understand how Trump gets away with using the song at his rallies, especially when Keith Richards, who co-wrote it, reportedly can’t stand the guy.

Lady Gaga, who organized the fundraiser in partnership with the WHO (World Health Organization) and Global Citizen, announced last week that the Saturday night broadcast would be hosted by late night heavy-hitters Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert and feature a variety of performance types.”

Now if you want to do yourselves and favour get away from some of the more hard-core news accounts of what the COVID-19 pandemic is doing to our countries, our communities and our lives, here is a chance.

Click on the screen below, and if you want to go straight to the final two hour concert set (although you would be missing some great performances) you can drag the little red ball at the bottom over to the 6th hour –

Finally, Here is a Brief Call-Out for Supporting Music  during these Tough Times from Doug Draper at NAL –

How great that all of these artists joined hands virtually from home to home to perform for us in the global event.

If you want to help musicians in Ontario during this crisis, you might want to visit this group. Here is the link – https://www.mississaugaartscouncil.com/2020/04/03/call-for-musicians-musictogether-online-series/

And while we are thanking those artists for bringing us this wonderful event, let’s not forget that there are countless thousands of other musicians out there who are struggling to keep their careers alive right now.

Most of them are not well-known like Elton John or Lady Gaga, but they are accomplished just the same. They have had to cancel concerts and tours, or hold off releasing their next album because there are literally few places around right now to sell it because of all the record stores that have been forced to close until the danger of this virus subsides.

Hi-Fi Hits, a great independent record store in Williamsville, N.Y,, opened by some former Record Theatre veterans last year. This shutdown is the last thing they needed, but they are working to stay afloat online. So go visit their sites.

They have found themselves among the millions of people who are out of work now, taking  a huge hit financially, and running out of money to pay the bills and buy groceries. 

Many musicians are now trying to survive by  selling recordings of their music online, and by performing online for however much those who connect with them via their wbsites or through other social media streams are willing to donate.

Those of us who are fortunate enough to have some money on hand during times like these, can to help keep the arts alive by supporting them online. 

Then, of course, there are what are left out there of the great, independently-owned, brick-and-mortar record stores, many or most of which are now likely wondering if they are going to survive this shutdown.

Cool Beat Music and Books is another great brick-and-mortar venue outside of Buffalo, in Cheektawaga, also run by a Record Theatre veteran who knows a lot about music. You can visit the site for this store too.

This past Saturday of April 18th would have been the now annual ‘Record Store Day’ around the world where people who still love buying vinyl records and CDs would be lining up around the block to get into their favourite stores.

Niagara Records in downtown St. Catharines has a great collection of used vinyl and CDs in almost every genre. You might want to check out the online sites for that store and for Mindbomb Records in St. Catharines too.

This year’s Record Store Day was postponed for obvious reasons and is now scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 20th, but how many independently owned stores that have to pay rent and all their other bills, are going to be able to hang on for that long?

I think of stores like Niagara Records and Mindbomb Records in downtown St. Catharines, and of Sunrise Records at the Pen Centre shopping mall, all on the Niagara, Ontario side of the Niagara River. And I think about some of my old Record Theatre friends in the Buffalo, New York area who have been working to build their own independent stores – Hi-Fi Hits in Williamsville and Cool Beat Music and Books in Cheektowaga – on the American side of the river.

Sunrise Records in Canada decided to shut down all its stores, including one at the Pen Centre mall in St. Catharines, in March, before retail stores considered “non-essential” were ordered by governments to close. Sunrise moved proactively to shut its doors to protect customers and staff. You can also check out the online sites for Sunrise Records

You may have your own favourite record stores (stores like Revolver, Black Dot and Frizb’s in the Buffalo area, and I wish there were more in Niagara, Ontario) that have been forced to shut their doors for an indefinite period of time due to this health crisis.

Please consider cusing Google or whatever other search engine you have to key in the names of your favourite record stores where you can visit their websites and Facebook pages to find out how you can shop at the stores online, and help them s them survive through these times.

In a post-COVID-19 pandemic world – and if we  continue to take all the protective measures we can to flatten the curbe, there will be one – I am sure most of us will be thankful for the musicians who survived to play songs for us again, and for the brick-and-mortar  stores that survived to sell us vinyl records and CDs by our favourite artists.

Now do yourselves a favour and go listen to some good music now. It helps get the mind off the virus.

Doug Draper, Niagara At Large (p.s. – Just so everyone knows, I get no ad revenue from the stores I mentioned above. I just love record stores, that’s all.)

To view a story Niagara at Large posted on Record Store Day 2019, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2019/04/10/on-this-coming-record-store-day-here-are-some-great-ones-to-visit-in-our-region/

Here is another piece on record stores, posted on Niagara At Large in December, 2019 – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2019/12/17/for-those-of-us-who-love-buying-our-music-in-a-real-record-store-welcome-to-hi-fi-hits/

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