Travellers at Canada’s busiest airport will get to enjoy live music this summer as part of the country’s 150th birthday celebrations.
The YYZ Live performance series at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport features 150 free live shows by 75 artists on two stages.
The series, produced by the airport and the City of Toronto, began Monday and runs daily until Sept. 15, with amplified sets beginning at 7 p.m. in the international arrivals area of Terminal 1 and acoustic sets beginning at 8 p.m. on the platform of the airport’s Terminal Link train.
The first week of performances will include soul, jazz, folk, bluegrass, indie rock and international music.
Bands are paid an honorarium of $600 for two performances and the city says Toronto-based artists of all genres are encouraged to apply through the city’s website to perform later in the summer.
Toronto Mayor John Tory says it’s an ideal tribute to Canada’s 150th birthday.
“YYZ Live supports and showcases Toronto artists while enhancing Toronto’s image and reputation as a music city to visitors and residents,” he said.
Greater Toronto Airports Authority President Howard Eng said the performances will enhance the airport experience for many travellers.
“For many people, their first experience of Canada is here at the airport, so it is fitting that we’ll be presenting performances from so many Canadian artists in celebration of this great country,” said Eng.