How Canadian Artists Stayed Connected with Fans in 2020

2020 presented a lot of challenges for many artists across the world. No genre was exempt from the toll of the pandemic. No more songwriting rooms, no weeks spent on the road on a tour bus, and no concerts.

With these challenges came opportunity. Artists across the country got creative with how they interacted with fans and listeners, for entertainment, and for charity.

We’re here to recap some of these great moments from 2020.

Ways Canadian Country Artists Connected With Their Fans In 2020

Dean Brody’s Drive-In Concert

Dean Brody performs in Guelph for his Dirt Road Stories Tour

Dean Brody headlined Ontario’s first drive-in concert in July of 2020. Featuring opening acts, The Reklaws, and Andrew Hyatt, Ontario’s first drive-in concert was held in Markham at the fairgrounds for a Canada Day celebration.

The Reklaws Went On A Drive-In Concert Tour

The Reklaws perform at Rogers Place in Edmonton

On top of a highly-anticipated release of their second album, Sophomore Slump, the Reklaws embarked on an Ontario tour this summer. Not even the pandemic could stop them from making the most of the situation. Featuring Kris Barclay, Andrew Hyatt, and Ryan Langdon, the brother-sister duo headlined drive-in concerts in Northern Ontario, Niagara Falls, and Toronto.

Kris Barclay’s Fundraising Efforts

Kris Barclay performing at Boots & Hearts 2019

Kris Barclay connected with his community through fundraising this summer. He collected pledges and participants for “Kris Barclay’s Rucksack March for Remembrance.” Barclay paid tribute to the men and women who served and continue to serve for our country, with donations going to Wounded Warriors Canada.

Mike Robins’ Weekly Live Sessions 

Mike Robins debut single "Lightning Don't Strike Twice"

Mike Robins has had quite the year, himself. Robins dropped his first solo-single “Lightning Don’t Strike Twice” in October, and has been enjoying quarantine with his soon-to-be wife, after having to push their wedding. Robins has leveraged social media with almost weekly Instagram Live Sessions, where those tuning in can make requests, and where he also plays some of his upcoming music.

Robyn Ottolini Connected With Fans On TikTok

female country artist Robyn Ottolini

Robyn Ottolini truly had a breakout year. Taking to Tik Tok with her covers and independent releases, Ottolini grew an enormous following, connected with people all over the world, and captured the attention of the industry, earning her a record and publishing deal. Her song F-150 resonated with people all over the world, and she continues to share herself with followers through the platform.

As we look to 2021 and what this year has ahead, the Front Porch looks forward to seeing artists continue to engage with fans and listeners in creative ways.

In country music, the Front Porch has long been a place of reflection. A place where you can look at the life you have inside that front door. A place where time almost seems to stand still, where you can get away. It’s also a place where you can go to observe the world as it passes by you. To think about your place out there beyond the driveway.

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