- While the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Montreal continues to grow, so does the community's outreach and response.
- People are going out of their way to help and encourage each other during this stressful time.
- That now includes a balcony concert planned for this Friday in Montreal.
Another Friday night draws near and with much of the world in some kind of lockdown, quarantine, or self-isolation, it's hard to get excited about the weekend the way we did just a few short weeks ago. This is our new normal... and it's weird. But over and over, in Montreal and abroad, we can see humans coming together even when they must be apart. While COVID-19 in Montreal continues to grow, so does the community's response.
But perhaps one of the most uplifting things I've seen on the internet through all of this is video footage of Italians singing and playing music to each other from their balconies.
There is something about music that can truly uplift even the most downtrodden spirit. Even better when it's coming from your neighbour, like a serenade that says, "I haven't forgotten about you, I'm still here."
And this Friday, that's exactly what we're going to do in Montreal.
An event shared on Facebook, titled "Drone de balcon Montreal," is inviting Montrealers to take to their balconies or windows and play any instrument they have to the city.
The event explains, "the drone is one thing that links much of the traditional musics we share. Let's all gather (in our shelters) and produce a drone (in C) from our balconies and windows that can be heard across the city — unifying us all in isolation and reverberating love and compassion."
The plan is to take to the skies from 9:00 to 9:15 p.m., whether you're on your balcony or at a window, and play the key of C.
This way, we'll be connected and unified, even if we can't be together again just yet.
The event explains that you can "grab any music maker you may have on hand (there are online synths if you don't) and drone." Try looking up "Drone in C Major" on YouTube if you don't have an instrument.
Drone music is described as a "minimalist genre that emphasizes the use of sustained sounds, notes or tone clusters — called drones."
As the event organizer mentions on the Facebook page, "drone music can be found in many parts of the world, including bagpipe traditions [...], didgeridoo music in Australia, South Indian Carnatic music, and Hindustani classical music."
But whether you drone or simply play along in the key of C, I'm sure your contribution will be heard and felt by anyone close enough to hear it.
And, of course, be sure to take some videos if you find yourself in an area with some particularly impressive balcony sounds.
Drone de Balcon Montreal
What: A chance to connect with those around us, from a distance
When: Friday, March 20 from 9 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.
Where: Wherever you are self-isolating, near a window or on a balcony
Mark yourself as "Going" or invite a friend at the Facebook event page here.