Virtual Panel – Black music and its influence on North American Music

Dan Hill, Jully Black, Molly Johnson and Ron Westray Join Rudy Blair 

 Virtual Panel – Black music and its influence on North American Music 

To honour Black History Month, the Empire Club of Canada and Hugh’s Room Live have come together to host a panel discussion on black music history and how it helped shape the North American music scene. The virtual event will take place on Thursday, February 25, 2021, at 12:00 EST. Registration is free and can be accessed here. Moderator Rudy Blair, CEO, Founder & Interviewer, Rudy Blair Entertainment Media, will chair a panel of leading Canadian musicians to discuss how black music has shaped and impacted North American songs and compositions as well as their own work. 

The virtual event, sponsored by Meridian Credit Union, will feature leading Canadian musicians who will talk about their music and inspirations. American Jazz Trombonist Ron Westray will join Rudy along with Juno-award-winning vocalist Molly Johnson, Grammy Award winner, Dan Hill and Canadian Queen of R&B, Jully Black. Each musician will bring a different perspective to the table and share their vast knowledge of black music traditions and its inspiration on their careers. 

While the panelists acknowledge their debt to history, they will also address the role racism has played in their climb to the top. Each in their own way want to talk about the future and the way forward for Black artists.  Attend this great panel discussion to gain understanding and help empower the black music community and their rich contribution to the cultural fabric of Canada and North America. 

Black artists and their power in the North American musical landscape cannot be underestimated. If you enjoy music, you cannot overlook the predominant contribution of Black artists in the contemporary canon. In fact, it is not possible to discuss the history of North American music without examining the origins and impact of Black music, and that is precisely the kind of discussion needed today.  Please be sure to to tune in for the panel discussion on February 25th.  

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