First Ever 'Canadian Music Climate Summit' Happening in Toronto on Oct. 21

October 14, 2022

On Friday, Oct. 21st, Music Declares Emergency Canada will be co-presenting with the Canadian Live Music Association (with support from Ontario Creates) the first-ever Canadian Music Climate Summit. The one-day conference in Toronto will feature keynote speakers (including David Suzuki), panels, and workshops that will explore what climate change means for the music industry and how record labels, the live music community, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and artists can play a part in greening the music industry and use the power of the sector to encourage action from fans.

Music Declares Emergency (MDE) is a group of artists, music industry professionals, and organizations who are calling on all those within the music industry to join us in declaring a climate emergency and to work towards making the cultural and operational changes necessary to contribute towards a carbon neutral/post carbon future.

One of Music Declares Emergency Canada’s co-founders, 19-year-old Brighid Fry (Housewife, FKA Moscow Apartment) recently penned an open letter to the Canadian Music Industry asking for more action on climate and connecting the issue to the mental health of young people. Open letter here.

Fry will join a number of other Canadian musicians including Tamara Lindeman (The Weather Station), Leah and Peter from July Talk, Donna Grantis, Ruby Singh, Shakura S’Aida, Logan Staats, Veronica Johnny, Tragedy Ann, George Sawa, and an all star house band (led by Tania Gill) as well as industry leaders for the summit and evening concert. The Summit is being sponsored by Live Nation Canada, Music Canada, the Canadian Independent Music Association, MusicOntario, Six Shooter Records, Troubadour Music, Orchestras Canada, Creative Green Tools Canada, the Centre for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, SCALE and the Climate Emergency Unit.

Launched in the U.K. in July 2019, over 6,000 bands and musicians have now signed up to Music Declares Emergency’s pledge to revitalize how the music industry tackles climate disaster, from The 1975 and Radiohead to Robyn, Billie Eilish, Tegan and Sara, and more. Music Declares groups have been launched in Canada, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Portugal, The Netherlands and Chile, the U.S, and Spain. There will be more chapters launching this coming year.

Tegan & Sara, Bruce Cockburn, Dan Mangan, Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene), Melissa McClelland (Whitehorse), The Weather Station, Amy Millan (Stars), Sarah Harmer, Amy Cole (Rural Alberta Advantage), Good Lovelies, Charles Spearin (Do Make Say Think & Broken Social Scene), Katie Munshaw (Dizzy), Scott Helman, Caribou, Hannah Georgas, Ron Hawkins (Lowest of the Low), Luna Li and Housewife (FKA Moscow Apartment) are some of the more than 300 Canadians who have already signed on.

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