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Rooney-Pinette-soundboardIn this industry, we often cross paths with individuals either off or onstage that have a lasting impact on how we view our role as presenters. Many times, it’s those passing interactions that solidify this feeling of pride for hosting an evening that we know will be remembered by the public, perhaps for a lifetime. It’s with this sentiment that I wanted to take a moment to reflect and celebrate two such crossed paths for me. The entertainment community lost two stalwarts this week who have spent their entire careers quite simply, making us smile. CONTINUE READING >

Amanda Martinez on MEXICO | CANADA 70

In honour of Mexico and Canada’s 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations, I am really excited to be performing a special show at the beautiful Winter Garden Theatre. The two beautiful countries are such a big part of my music and my heritage. My father and his brother were the first Mexicans to ride their bicycles from Mexico to Canada in 1956. You can check out the trailer to the documentary CICLO made about their bicycle journey here. I wanted to pay tribute to their legendary journey and to the countries that have inspired a lot of the music from my new album Mañana, which is about the hope that a new day brings and my father and uncle’s story.

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Introducing Live at Massey Hall, a new live concert and concert filming event series devoted to Canadian artists. The series kicks off on May 23 with its inaugural performers: Timber Timbre with special guest Cold Specks, followed by a concert on May 31 by Cœur de pirate with special guest Bry Webb. Each performance will be recorded, filmed, and edited into a series of 30-minute episodes made up of concert night footage, to be later broadcast online.

Watch a trailer for the series directed by Mitch Fillion, that includes an instrumental version of “Hot Dreams” by Timber Timbre.

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Earlier this year, pre the winter snow fall, we caught up with Royal Wood and asked if he’d play a song that we could share with you all, in advance of his Toronto concert this season. Little did we know this song would not only be the soundtrack to our 2013|14 season launch but the first Top 40 commercial radio hit of his career! We’re confident this is the first in what will be a long and fulfilling journey and we are thrilled to be supporting his success all along the way.

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Remembering Paco de Lucia

We are saddened by the loss of Paco de Lucia who died yesterday in Cancun, Mexico. We had the great fortune of hosting the legendary guitarist many times over the years at Roy Thomson Hall and in most cases on our stage at Massey Hall where he appeared last in 2007.

Mr. de Lucia is a man whom we’ve long considered a great friend of the Halls and one that brought not only the energy, excitement, and passion of Flamenco and Jazz music but the beauty, art, and voice of guitar. He will be remembered as a master. We thank him for creating many memorable moments with us.

On behalf of the Corporation, we extend our condolences to the family, friends, and fans
of Paco de Lucia.

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