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Q&A With Donovan Woods

Singer-songwriter Donovan Woods has had a busy 2016: He released his fourth album and a companion EP, toured across the country several times, topped a few charts, made the Polaris Music Prize Long List and more. We managed to find a couple minutes to catch up with him ahead of his concert at Trinity St. Paul’s Centre on Friday, October 28.

Donovan Woods_MasseyHall Donovan Woods performing at Massey Hall as special guest for Matt Andersen. (Photo: Jag Gundu for the Massey Hall archives)

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During the month of October, Canada celebrates Women’s History Month. Massey Hall is part of the extraordinary story of women who have helped shape our country. One of the most progressive movements that Massey Hall became a community & political hub for was the suffragist movement in the early decades of the twentieth century. Massey Hall was visited by a number of feminists, such as Canadian-born Nellie McClung and the British-born Pankhurst women including Emmeline and her daughter Sylvia, all of whom paved the path for women’s equality. CONTINUE READING >

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Massey Hall at 122

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Each year, as the moments and memories pile up, we like to take a minute to recognize and thank the incredible and dedicated staff, crew, patrons, artists, and community of leaders who help make Massey Hall so magical – night after night.

Over the past year, among countless happenings, we welcomed over 200,000 people through its famous red doors including more than 1800 students from 44 different GTA schools and community groups at Share the Music workshops and CONTINUE READING >

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Kathleen Battle: Songs that Move

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On May 29, multiple Grammy-winner Kathleen Battle returns to Roy Thomson Hall for the first time since 2008. Her performance will feature the spirituals that have appeared in her repertoire for years, garnering wide acclaim, but which take on special meaning when brought together under the banner of Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey, a special afternoon of song featuring acclaimed pianist Joel A. Martin and Toronto’s own national treasure, the Nathaniel Dett Chorale.

That Battle returns to the Hall is cause for celebration. CONTINUE READING >

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Jazz Stories at Massey Hall

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Here at Soundboard, it’s difficult to drop the word ‘jazz’ without referring to a particular night in Massey Hall history: May 15, 1953, the night of what’s come to be known – and, occasionally, the name under which the recording of that night has been released – The Greatest Jazz Concert Ever.
The Quintet, as the band became known, comprised five of jazz’s top talents, gathered for the first and only time: Charlie “Bird” Parker (sax), Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet), Bud Powell (piano), Charles Mingus (bass) and Max Roach (drums). This legendary concert has, in the decades since, done much to remind us that you can’t spell “history” without “story.”
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