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.
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.
Earlier this year, we asked our friend Matt Andersen to play a song that we could share with you all, in advance of his upcoming Massey Hall headlining debut. The results are a glorious, high-energy, inspired example of what we can look forward to on March 1. Watch here (and embedded below), as Matt performs the tune “Make You Stay” from his album Coal Mining Blues, alone on the historic Massey Hall stage.
Classic Albums Live returns to Roy Thomson Hall later this month to celebrate The Beatles and their classic album, Abbey Road. We asked Craig Martin – musician, producer and founder of the Toronto-based collective – to reflect on the fab four, the classic crosswalk, and the influence The Beatles have had on his life. In classic Craig form, it’s formatted to resemble the lyric sheets that we’ve all followed along with as we’ve listened to our favourite Lps. The following is another guest post in all its lower case glory.
The Four Seasons of The Beatles
when i look at the cover of abbey road
i feel like a kid again
today i’ll be paul
i was george yesterday
we were little boys when the album came out
the beatles were already a steady part of our life
initially kids are drawn to ringo
the name and the drums
and the easy image of rings
happy and toe tapping
it was the easiest of moves for ringo to narrate for ‘thomas the tank engine’
full circle – i watched it with my son when he was a baby
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