If you knew you had 60 days before losing your favorite place on Earth, what would you do?
The 'Live In Lockdown' album series from Kerrville Newfolk-Winner Taylor Abrahamse is a real-life answer to that question - a joyous, raw & relentless celebration of creativity & friendship in the face of profound loss. Despite months of work resulting in finding the investors necessary to present multiple competitive offers in order to save their one of a kind, 7-room, 24-track professional recording studio (Silverthorn Studios), Taylor and long-time friend and studio co-founder Bryn Scott-Grimes were shocked to be suddenly tasked with destroying it, and returning to their childhood homes with their finances, friend circle & clientele devastated. Two years of building, seven years of operation - gone in an instant.
In those manic final weeks, Taylor recorded versions of over 120 mostly original songs for 'Live In Lockdown' and other upcoming projects, including songs about the unconscionable recent events. However, there is hope as well - in that time, Taylor also made an agreement with legendary Toronto venue Hugh's Room Live. Still ongoing, if Hugh's Room can secure the necessary funds to buy an East-End Toronto Church, they have agreed to work with Taylor & Bryn to build Silverthorn Studios back even better as part of a non-profit arts & performance community center - an affordable & inclusive creative hub for the next generation of Canadian talent & beyond.
'Lockdown' Volume 1 was released April 21st 2023 with a special release show.
In addition to generous support from the Ontario Arts Council, Vol 1's financing was assisted through small business sponsors,
a revolutionary idea implemented by Taylor for independent artists & small businesses to lift each other up against the dubious big businesses that threaten them.
More volumes will be released as funding for their effective release & completion becomes available.
To support their funding, album sponsorship opportunities for future volumes are now available.
To support Hugh's Room, there is also a raffle - currently paused, but to be made available again in the future.
Each raffle action you take supports Hugh's Room Live, and the more actions. the more chances you have to win.
Prizes include a $250 gift card brought to you by Long & McQuade, and more.