Montrealers are finding ways to stay connected despite physical distancing measures. In the past month, residents have devised creative methods to show solidarity with their neighbours and share messages of hope. In April, a Montreal balcony concert series will keep spirits high and strengthen these community bonds all month long.

The concerts are organized by POP Montreal, the same group behind the first viral event that encouraged Leonard Cohen fans to take to their windows and outdoor spaces for a simultaneous rendition of his songs.

"We as Montrealers are proud of our ability to work together through difficult times. We did it during the ice storm and we are ready to do it again," the event description reads.

The first balcony concert will take place on March 31 at 7:00 p.m. and feature a number of songs.

"Once again, Martha Wainwright will sing 'So Long Marianne' by Leonard Cohen (key of A) and 'Old Man' by Neil Young."

She will be "followed by special guest Clerel who will sing 'Nothing Can Change This Love' by Sam Cooke as well as 'Et Si Tu N'existais Pas' by Joe Dassin. Martha will close the evening with one of her original songs."

But don't worry POP Montreal assures that "there will be no duets nor physical contact between the artists."

The lyrics for these songs are posted on the Facebook event page, so all Montrealers can follow along.

The concerts will return every week in the month of April.

Several other movements are also making some noise in this time of social distancing.

Every Sunday at noon through Easter, Catholic churches across Montreal are ringing their bells all at once "to send a message of hope to as many people as possible during the fight against this pandemic" and as a tribute to health care workers.

Montreal police are demonstrating their thanks to medical professionals by parading their cars, sirens blasting, in front of local hospitals.

Get all the details on the balcony concerts below if you want to lend your voice to the initiative.

Montreal Balcony Concert Series

When: March 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28; 7:00 p.m.

Where: Your private balcony or outdoor space

Why You Have To Participate: To have some fun with your community while social distancing

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