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Ruth B. Performance Brought in $160K For MusiCares

Canadian pop singer Ruth B.'s recent livestream concert performance has helped generate $201,634 to support musicians and music industry personnel impacted by the global pandemic.

Ruth B. Performance Brought in $160K For MusiCares

By Aaron Brophy

Canadian pop singer Ruth B.'s recent livestream concert performance has helped generate $201,634 to support musicians and music industry personnel impacted by the global pandemic.


The Edmonton-born singer's livestream performance on Dec. 3 was a fundraiser for the MusiCares Foundation's Covid-19 Relief Fund and featured her perform the global hit Lost Boy in addition to more recent singles Dirty Nikes and Slow Fade in a 21-minute set. The singer also performed a grooving cover of the song Fever, which was made famous by Peggy Lee and since been tackled by the likes of Elvis Presley, Madonna, Beyonce and Michael Buble.

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MusiCares is the music industry charity started by the Recording Academy, the same people behind the Grammy Awards. The charity acts as a safety net for musicians and music-related workers in times of need, offering preventative, recovery and emergency programs to address financial, medical and personal health issues. - Aaron Brophy's full coverage can be viewed on the Samaritanmag website.

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Allison Russell at an interview with iHeartRadio for Billboard Canada Women in Music on June 19, 2024
Marc Thususka Photography

Allison Russell at an interview with iHeartRadio for Billboard Canada Women in Music on June 19, 2024

Awards

Allison Russell, Charlotte Cardin, DijahSB Shortlisted for 2024 Polaris Music Prize

The Beaches, rapper TOBi, indie experimentalist Cindy Lee, and previous winner Jeremy Dutcher are also amongst the ten artists in contention for the $50,000 prize, which recognizes the best Canadian album of the year based solely on artistic merit. See the whole list here.

Some of Canadian music's biggest breakthroughs of the last year are facing off for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize.

Charlotte Cardin for 99 Nights, The Beaches for Blame My Ex, Allison Russell for The Returner and Cindy Lee for Diamond Jubilee are among the ten artists shortlisted for the 2024 award, which recognizes the best Canadian album of the year.

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