Shawn Mendes has publicly announced that he will be starting a special live tour, known as the “Wonder Residency Tour”. He will be performing at various theaters and small venues as well as through shows, while doing so safely and reminding people to stay healthy and safe during the Covid-19 pandemic. At the same time, his efforts are doing a substantial service to the live music industry and independent venues, as he is touring performing in various clubs and small theatres in order to help them earn revenue and stay open despite the pandemic. Covid-19 has caused numerous venues to shut down and has severely damaged the live music industry, and the impending second wave is not helping. To further this cause, all proceeds from this good-natured tour are going to NIVA, the National Independent Venue Association, which is fighting tirelessly to keep as many smaller independent venues alive and financially supported as possible amidst the lack of in person shows. One of their key current goals is pleading for financial assistance from the government by pushing for the passing of the Save Our Stages Act.
The first destination of the tour starts on Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show. The performance will be recorded live on the TV show, in which Shawn Mendes will be filmed singing TONIGHT at 10:35 PM Central Time or 11:35 PM Eastern Time at the Palace Theater. This is the only location and concert that has been publicly released thus far, but we are waiting to hear more! In the meantime, people are spreading awareness of this charitable tour through Instagram and Twitter and using the hashtag #FallonTonight to remind people of his performance being on The Tonight Show, and there are posters being sold online that are limited edition, for which proceeds from purchases are also adding to the financial assistance of venues and NIVA. It is admirable to see an artist of this caliber and popularity to see an opportunity to do good for his industry and use his platform to spread positive influence and advocate for such a necessary cause.