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Music Declares Emergency Will Host a Climate Summit in Halifax Ahead of the Juno Awards

The advocacy organization is hosting a day of conversations about climate and the music industry on Mar. 22 in Halifax, prior to the Juno Awards ceremony on Mar. 24.

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no business on a dead planet sign
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Music Declares Emergency (MDE) Canada is looking to spark conversation about the climate crisis at this year's Juno Awards. Ahead of the ceremony on Mar. 24, the advocacy organization will host a Mini Music Climate Summit at the Halifax Central Library, on Mar. 22, to promote the need for climate action in the music industry.

The summit will feature panel discussions and interactive workshops, with notable speakers including Devin Latimer of Trout Forrest Music Festival; Elsa Tokunag, sustainability coordinator for This Hour Has 22 Minutes; and agent and manager Adam Kreeft, a board member of MDE Canada. Also speaking is Kelly Drennan of non-profit Fashion Takes Action, which has prepared a guide to greening the Junos red carpet through sustainable fashion choices.


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The free, one-day event will consider topics such as sustainable transportation, carbon calculation, merch and food, and much more, providing an opportunity for industry members to share best practices and develop strategies around curbing emissions in the industry. MDE Canada previously held Canada's first Music Climate Summit in Toronto in 2022.

The climate summit accompanies MDE Canada's Climate Emergency Concert on Mar. 17 in Halifax, where artists like Talia Schlanger and Jenn Grant will pay tribute to Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, two Canadian musicians who have used their platforms to promote environmental awareness.

The music industry has a significant environmental impact, from vinyl production to streaming to, especially, live performance. Individual artists like Coldplay, Massive Attack and more are already working with environmental organizations and policy experts to reduce that impact, while organizations like MDE Canada seek to push the conversation forward at a systemic level.

The Mini Music Climate Summit takes place Mar. 22 at the Halifax Central Library. Register here to attend.

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Ahead of their Dark Matter album release on April 19, the Seattle band is bringing their new record to record stores in select locations.

Seattle rockers Pearl Jam are shedding some light on Dark Matter.

The '90s icons are releasing their 12th full-length next Friday, April 19, but Canadian fans can get an advance listen at four independent record stores around the country this Sunday. On April 14, the band is hosting listening parties in Vancouver, Toronto, Halifax and Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu. (Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu is about a half hour drive for Montreal fans).

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