The impact of the pandemic on Christian music tours in Canada


Paul Kelly had a passion for bringing Christian music to cities and churches across Canada, and it’s been the driving force behind Unite Productions bands touring coast to coast every year since 2002.

Over the years Unite has seen thousands of people come together in the name of Jesus to worship and experience God’s love, but in 2020 everything was turned upside down when the COVID-19 pandemic brought everything to a halt.

“We went a year without getting paid,” says Kelly. “With a show, the box office in the venue holds the money until we deliver the show.”

And for Paul and his team, with all the public health restrictions in place, they haven’t been able to book any shows, at least until 2022.

“Right now For King and Country are coming in June. Pat Barrett, we’ve moved it around a bit because we love Pat Barrett. His songs are getting deeper in the church. It sounds like May. We just don’t know again,” Kelly says.

One thing he knows is that once all public health restrictions are lifted and people are allowed to gather for a concert or an evening of worship, he says it will be like nothing. else before.

“We think what we bring is going to explode. People are going to want to come together and make their voices heard,” says Kelly.

Today on Connections, Paul shares the inspiration behind Unite Productions and how the pandemic has impacted Christian music touring in Canada.


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