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A popular musician in Canada played a show to nobody and recorded it

Concerts, events and gatherings of all kinds are in a state of uncertainty across the country right now as people move into self-isolation. But one musician found a way to bring joy to audiences, even if they weren't there.

Vancouver indie rocker Dan Mangan was in full tour mode and ready to rock the stage at The Danforth Music Hall in Toronto on March 13 for the second of two shows when it was postponed over coronavirus concerns.

Mangan quickly switched gears to create what he called #Quarantunes #ShowToNobody and performed his scheduled set via livestream and posted the recording to YouTube.

"Hello, welcome," Mangan begins the video. "We were supposed to play tonight at the Danforth Music Hall here in Toronto. We played here last night."

"Obviously because of COVID-19, coronavirus, the show is postponed until June 26. So, instead we have decided we are going to play a show to nobody."

Mangan then directs the camera to show the interior of the historic 1,500-capacity concert hall to demonstrate that only a handful of people are in attendance. 

"Social distancing is being practiced here," he continues.

Mangan's decision to livestream his show makes it one of several events that have moved online over the past few days as Canadian health officials continue to issue warnings about large gatherings and urge the public to practice social distancing. 

Canadian fiddler Ashley MacIsaac also announced today that he will be performing a "quarantine ceilidh" with some pals via his livestream on April 1.

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