Victoria’s Jesse Roper is among the artists whose songs are included on a Spotify playlist entitled Quarantunes, compiled by Canoe Brewpub, whose live music nights and restaurant have been shut down due to COVID-19. Photo by Christopher Edmonstone Photography

Victoria Quarantunes playlist encourages support for struggling artists

Victoria brewpub creates local playlist after restaurant closes in response to COVID-19

Victoria Quarantunes is the name of the Spotify playlist that Canoe Brewpub has made in reaction to their live music nights and restaurant being shut down in response to COVID-19 fears. (Spotify)

A Victoria brewpub has substituted its live music nights with performances that live on through a unique playlist.

Victoria Quarantunes is the name of the hand-compiled Spotify playlist by employees at Canoe Brewpub, now closed in response to the provincial health officer’s advisory to shut down restaurants and pubs amid COVID-19 fears.

“[It’s] a playlist featuring local musicians based in Victoria, BC so that we can support them financially during the COVID-19 pandemic,” states the description of the playlist. “Consider donating to the musicians and buying their merch as all live shows and gigs have been cancelled.”

Some Victoria artists in the playlist include Jesse Roper and Carmanah, featured artists set to play the newly announced ‘Crown of Sound’ music festival at Westhills Stadium in June. Officials have yet to cancel the event, even though groupings of 50 or more people are currently banned.

The playlist had amassed 104 songs from artists around Greater Victoria as of March 25.

aaron.guillen@goldstreamgazette.com



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