In Canada, shit got pretty real when musicians learned about new foreign labour laws that would effectively cripple venue owners and promoter’s ability to book international artists. The new rules, which came into effect over the summer, put a massive increase on fees paid by venues to book not only foreign musicians ($275 per person) but their tour managers, sound persons, guitar techs, anybody…
At the time, several concerts in Ottawa were suddenly forced into cancellation. However, an Ottawa-based advertising agency, Jackpine, stepped up in hero-fashion to save a concert at Babylon Nightclub by New York City’s Old Monk. The band being unable to perform in person, Jackpine arranged for a live audio and video stream of Old Monk’s concert from their Brooklyn studio.
As though a high-quality live stream weren’t already a technical feat, Dialoog will be coming at Babylon from separate continents and time zones. Yuri Bakker will be on keys, at 6AM CET while his bandmate Michael Powell is joining the show at 11PM local time from New Orleans, Louisiana.
Saturday, November 30
Babylon (317 Bank St)