I can’t believe it’s both May 1st and Friday, as it still feels like a random Tuesday in March. But TGIF regardless, and don’t forget, it’s Band Shirt Friday! Feel free to post a pic of you in your favourite band shirt and tag @indie88toronto. And if you need some new band shirts…
Today Bandcamp is waiving their fees for 24 hours! This means artists can claim 100% from each purchase, last time it ended up generating a massive $4.3 million in direct-to-artist sales. So if you’re thinking of picking up a new album or merch from your favourite indie artists, today is the day!
Check out City and Colour’s new remix
Tying in to Bandcamp day, City and Colour has announced the release of “Song of Unrest (Isolation Remix),” which is a Bandcamp exclusive and only available until midnight TONIGHT. Proceeds from the track will be shared between Food Banks Canada and Feeding America. Check out the preview above.
Mark Watson’s Watsonathon!
My 24-hour show starts on Friday, 9pm, till Saturday same time (clearly). Me, and every other act in the world I can persuade. Funds to one charity for skint performers and two non-comic ones. Tickets are by donation, pay-what-you-can. Please get involved. https://t.co/y4MQCyhcgh
— Mark Watson, banging on for absolutely ages (@watsoncomedian) April 27, 2020
My pal in the UK sent this over and referred to it as “a comedy sleepover” (Hi Emily! Thanks!) Tonight some great British comedians are part of a free/ donate what you can 24 hour comedy event to raise funds for various charities and relief efforts. If you need a good laugh any time between 4pm today and 4pm tomorrow, just know somewhere in the UK a comedian is at home performing a set for you, tune in!
Read: Why does it suddenly feel like 1999 on the internet?
— Karen Hao (@_KarenHao) April 3, 2020
Do you think things online have seemed kinder since the pandemic took over? Well, chain emails have returned, some turning into tweet threads. You may have noticed a rise in online recipe exchanges, chatting with more strangers on Instagram or maybe you’ve met some new folks on Zoom. It feels like the internet has turned into an earlier version of itself, all of a sudden it’s 1999. Sort of.
The MIT Tech Review examines our changing (and almost reversal of) online habits and wonders if they’ll stick around.
Netflix Party with Fast Romantics!
Think of an Indie88 Netflix Party as Band and a Movie… but you can chat in real time while watching at home on Netflix.
Tonight it’s Fast Romantics showcasing the cinematic excellence of *drum roll* Anaconda. Of course, I’ll be hanging out as well, as I’ve avoided watching this movie since 1997 and can’t wait to finally see the acting of JLo, Owen Wilson and Ice Cube acting out a plot about a giant snake. Hang out with us! I can’t wait to be in the chat for this one.
All you have to do is download the Netflix Chrome extension before logging in via the link to the movie before it starts at 8pm, it’s very easy. Get more info here.
That’s it for today. Have a great weekend and please enjoy the great indoors as much as you can so we can hopefully get a haircut before New Year’s Eve.
If you need some more suggestions of things to check out, here you go: