There’s a new live music series in Toronto, and it’s perhaps in an unlikely spot.
On Tuesday morning, Mayor John Tory was at Toronto Pearson Airport to launch YYZ Live, which takes place at the international airport all summer for Canada 150.
“YYZ Live supports and showcases Toronto artists while enhancing Toronto’s image and reputation as a music city to visitors and residents,” said Mayor Tory in a statement. “This tremendous partnership is an ideal tribute to Canada’s 150th birthday.”
Produced by the City of Toronto and Toronto Pearson International Airport, YYZ Live will present 150 free live music performances at two locations at Toronto Pearson International Airport from June 26 to September 15.
YYZ Live is also looking for Toronto-based music artists to apply for a spot to play this summer.
— Toronto Pearson (@TorontoPearson) June 27, 2017
Acclaimed indie soul artist AHI closed the announcement at the airport this afternoon with a performance. He said that this is an opportunity for live music to become more accessible to the community.
“As an independent musician, I’ve traveled over 50,000 miles sharing my music with audiences from Nashville to the Netherlands, because as many Toronto musicians know, it’s often easier to build a fan base abroad and online than it is in a city as big and as diverse as ours,” said AHI. “I appreciate that the City of Toronto is working to develop creative opportunities for live music to become an accessible part of the community.”
A full schedule of artists and locations is available on Pearson Airport’s website.