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As they’ve been doing since the begin­ning of the Covid-19 Pan­dem­ic, Band­camp is once again for­go­ing their cut of sales on Band­camp Fri­day (the first Fri­day of each month — from Mid­night to Mid­night Pacif­ic Time) and Decem­ber 4, 2020 is the last one before the end of the year and right in the midst of peak gift-giv­ing sea­son. It’s a great oppor­tu­ni­ty to put mon­ey in the hands of the artists and labels direct­ly dur­ing a peri­od when many would be per­form­ing sea­son­al con­certs and earn­ing income from oppor­tu­ni­ties that are near­ly impos­si­ble dur­ing Code Red conditions.

We strong­ly encour­age you to head over to Band­camp tomor­row to make a pur­chase (dig­i­tal / phys­i­cal / merch) from an artist you’re a fan of; whether they’re a local act or a per­former from around the world you’ve dis­cov­ered thanks to hear­ing their work on UMFM. The entire live music ecosys­tem is in per­il because of Covid so it’s a bor­der-less prob­lem that finds artists every­where need­ing some help.

For a cou­ple-UMFM relat­ed sug­ges­tions, Julien’s Daugh­ter will be releas­ing their new cas­sette The Sta­t­ic That Car­ries Over in Jan­u­ary 2021 and you can pre-order it now. The band is front­ed by Emma Mur­phy, host of Fri­day after­noons’ Sun­lit Youth. Vagi­na Witch­craft’s self-titled album has been work­ing it’s way up our charts, and was record­ed by our Pro­duc­tion Coor­di­na­tor, David Dobbs (who also hosts HLL!YH! WPG! on Mondays).

And while it’s not through Band­camp (where you can find their Polaris-nom­i­nat­ed Stud­ies in Grey), Super Duty Tough Work have new merch for sale via Insta­gram. It’s not just artists who could use your sup­port as venues are shut­tered so we rec­om­mend The Park The­atre’s new t‑shirts and hood­ies and the Times Change(d) High & Lone­some Club are offer­ing curb­side pick-up and deliv­ery of their merch as well as We Still Got­ta Lot­ta Livin’ To Do, a new 2CD col­lec­tion of tunes from many of the great acts that have graced their stage. 

Speak­ing of grac­ing stages, our friends at Man­i­to­ba Music have includ­ed vir­tu­al hol­i­day con­certs on their Live Music List­ings page and in addi­tion to putting togeth­er a playlist of Christ­mas tunes by Man­i­to­ba acts, have also pro­vid­ed a healthy list of links to sup­port the artists directly.