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Saturday Love To Give A Shout Out To Canada's Urban DJs

After speaking with other dance DJs across the nation, it quickly became evident that the current lockdown is having a ruinous impact on their lives.

Saturday Love To Give A Shout Out To Canada's Urban  DJs

By FYI Staff

After speaking with other dance DJs across the nation, it quickly became evident that the current lockdown is having a ruinous impact on their lives.


 “The more influential and experienced DJs, such as myself, may have a minor disruption in finances, whereas the newer DJs, or those that don’t have regular gigs, are feeling it much more,” says popular DJ CharlieB (born Ajay Saxena)

 “For some individuals, bringing nightlife entertainment to life may have been their primary source of income,” he continues. “Whether that was DJing, bartending or other roles in the industry, this pandemic has brought their income to a complete halt.”

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The mandated disruption has been felt across the entertainment industry and it will likely continue beyond the quarantine period, impacting much more than just finances as mental health issues often stem from monetary challenges. “In different ways, many people lent a helping hand to lift me up when I was a young DJ and I feel obligated to pay it forward,” B explains as the prelude to launching an online DJ-led dance party this evening that he hopes can bring in donations that can be given to his most needing cast.

Inspired by a successful fundraiser by DJ Envy in the US, music scene, DJ CharlieB has rounded up his celeb friends and Canada’s music community for Saturday Love in support of 50 up-and-coming DJs across the country who are temporarily without a source of income due to the impacts of the lockdown.

Starting at 2 pm this Saturday (May 2nd), CharlieB will kick off Saturday Love on Instagram Live by chatting with celebrity friends like Kardinal Offishall, Director X, Darnell Nurse, Roy Woods, DJ Envy, DJ Drama, Andre De Grasse and Jozy Altidore. Then, at 3 pm, the event sponsored by D’USSÉ, will see 14 of Canada’s top DJs including 4Korners (Toronto Raptors’ official DJ), Cale Granton (Toronto Maple Leafs’ official DJ) and Nightowl Sound (OVO DJs), join the IG Live for 30- minute sets each. Viewers will be directed to the Saturday Love GoFundMe page where DJ CharlieB hopes to raise at least $20,000 to help 50 DJs from across Canada.

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Noteworthy is that the intended goal of $20K has already been reached; however, the need remains so don't hesitate in joining in and making a donation yourself.

Before the sets start, host DJ CharlieB will kick off the fundraiser by asking his celeb guests one question — What Does Music Mean to You?  2-10 pm.

The event features sponsorship from various companies including Slaight Music. 

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Live Nation Antitrust Lawsuit Expected to Be Filed by DOJ on Thursday

The lawsuit is expected to charge that the concert giant has a monopoly on event ticketing through Ticketmaster.

A Department of Justice lawsuit against Live Nation for violating U.S. antitrust laws is imminent and could be filed as soon as Thursday (May 23), a source with knowledge of the DOJ’s plans tells Billboard.

The lawsuit is rumored to charge that Live Nation has a monopoly on event ticketing through Ticketmaster and that it illegally uses its monopoly power to grow its business and stifle competition. The DOJ has been investigating Live Nation for more than two years. With that investigation now wrapped, company president Joe Berchtold recently said he was hopeful his company would avoid a legal showdown with the DOJ’s top antitrust lawyer, Jonathan Kanter.

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