Independent record label 59X Records is doing its part address mental health concerns nationwide.
The label is addressing the concerns with its annual 59X Festival. Now in its second year, the festival is scheduled to take place Feb. 27. Tickets are available here, and 100 percent of sales for the livestream festival will go to benefit the nonprofit 320 Changes Direction. The program is geared toward addressing mental illness and related factors, such as homelessness, military service, and the economy.
Neon Dreams will headline the upcoming concert. The band was awarded the title of Breakthrough Group of the Year at the 2020 Juno Awards.
Also scheduled to perform at the virtual festival are: The Carolyn, Viper Club, Heathersett, Shoegazers, Hoity-Toity, Rough Dreams, Taylor Sackson, Misty Eyed, The Killakee House, Black Suit Youth, and Snailmate.
59 X Records founder Peter Catalano addressed the festival in a prepared statement.
“We’re thrilled to bring back 59 X Fest in 2021 as a virtual livestream,” said Catalano. “Our fest in 2020 was canceled due to the pandemic so we began plans to host something virtual in early 2021. The bands and artists jumped right to help us make this fest special and different. Due to everyone being spread out across the US and Canada, we wanted the world to see our artists and friends behind the scenes in their own creative spaces, even if that meant just filming with an iPhone. It speaks to the culture here at 59 X Records that we are really proud of.”
Ami Rogers, Festival Organizer and Vice President of Operations and Artist Development at 59X Records expanded on Catalano’s comments as she addressed the partnership with 320 Changes Direction.
“Seeing musicians, fans, and the rest of the world continue to struggle with mental health throughout this global pandemic has been difficult for everyone,” said Rogers. “In the absence of live shows, we were compelled to use whatever platform we could to raise awareness and funds for 320 Changes Direction.”
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