Dear music lovers, book lovers, reading lovers, summer lovers, lover lovers: Dave Bidini here. You may remember me from my earlier, funnier works, or perhaps as the person who carried Cheryl Ladd along a gangplank in the 80s sci-fi movie “Millennium” (long story). Still, I’m probably best known as a Rheostatic, author of 12 books, and weekend columnist in the National Post, although there are some who think of me as the occasional host of a literary/music event that happened every year at Hugh’s Room called ‘Torn From the Pages.’ For each show, we take a single book and a bunch of us– in the past, it’s been Jim Bryson, Cathal Kelly, Angie Abdou, Kevin Hearn, Claudia Dey and others– write new stories and songs based around that work. It’s a great event: everyone’s voice growing hoarse after performing through the night, relieved that our original works survived the day.
For many artists, the opportunity to play Massey Hall is a significant milestone. Season 1 of Live at Massey Hallgave eight Canadian artists – many of who were appearing on our stage for the first time – an opportunity to create their own Massey Hall moment. As Taylor Kirk of Timber Timbre said at the top of their show, “welcome to the most exciting night of my entire life.”
For all who were in the audience, it was a wonderful opportunity to see your favourite artist in an intimate and iconic space. For those who couldn’t be there, we are excited to announce that all eight of these concert films are now available for free at liveatmasseyhall.com. Each double bill concert evening was captured on film in high definition by director Mitch Fillion giving you the opportunity to relive the show you attended or to become acquainted with artists we think you’ll love.
Please share these films with your friends and spread the word on social media by using #LiveatMH on Facebook and Twitter. Below, you can Enter to Win two tickets to a Live at Massey Hall Season 2 concert of your choice, and the accompanying mounted show poster.
The winner will be announced here on Monday, March 16, 2015 and will be contacted via email.
A singer songwriter that we’ve loved for a while now is Toronto-based Matthew Barber. Watch the latest video for the song “Hold Me” from his latest album Big Romance. The video, directed by Ilia Horsburgh, was filmed in beautiful Banff Alberta. The song and video is slow and moving, much like the landscape.
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Photo by Frank Stewart.
“The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is not just a band on tour, but a religious congregation, spreading the word of jazz.” - DownBeat Magazine
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra makes a welcome return to Massey Hall on Wednesday, February 11. Led by first-class trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is a showcase for some of the most stellar jazz soloists and ensemble players in the world featuring an extensive repertoire of contemporary compositions and masterworks.
Fair warning- this new episode of the Massey Hall podcast is not laced with jokes and funny clips or punchlines. In this podcast we explore the art of Stand-up Comedy. Each New Year’s Eve at Toronto’s Massey Hall, Yuk-Yuk’s founder Mark Breslin curates the Comedy Extravaganza show and here, he discusses what he looks for in a comic and what makes stand-up comedy so powerful. Plus he talks about each performer on the 2014 event. Enjoy! soundcloud.com/soundboardto/ep-13-stand-up-comedy
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