COVID-19: Award-winning singer-songwriter Taylor Holden to play London Arts Live Online show

It’s a world Taylor Holden hasn’t yet conquered.

But the award-winning London singer-songwriter is ready for the challenge of performing for the London Arts Council’s London Arts Live Online in partnership with The London Free Press in response to the closing of performance venues due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m a little bit nervous, because it’ll take a while to figure out how to get this up on the Internet, but I’m looking forward to it,” said Holden, who performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday on the London Arts Council’s Facebook page.

Other artists performing online Wednesday include dance artist Jim Han at 1 p.m., singer-songwriter Leanne Mayer at 2 p.m. and fine artist Shane Wilcox at 7 p.m.

Artists are paid for their online live performances by the London Arts Council, which hopes the public will donate on its website,, to a relief fund for artists.

Holden won the contemporary songwriting category at the Forest City London Music Awards in 2017. She also fronts London rock band, Averages, nominated in the rock category last year.

The 24-year-old Sir Wilfrid Laurier secondary school graduate, a presence on the London music scene for about six years, has recorded one album, Home. She is working on a new album she hopes to release next year.

“I’ll be playing all my new music, some of it for the first time ever to an audience,” said Holden.

“It’ll definitely feel a little strange (playing to an online audience), but I’ll probably work in a bit of talking, explaining a little bit about my songs and process I go through writing, which I was supposed to do over the March break for London Girls Rock Camp,” she added.

“I think it’s fun for people to hear about the different processes. There’s a huge misconception that a songwriter sits down and writes a song in one sitting. I’ll explain how songs evolve from an idea.”



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