Last week we made a very exciting announcement – the return of the National Geographic Live series to Roy Thomson Hall for the 2012|2013 Season. The second season is packed with twice as much good stuff because, due to popular demand, we’ve added another day of presentations! Subscriptions are now available for either Monday or Tuesday evenings.
Once again, the series will feature four dynamic events with exciting explorers, photographers, filmmakers, and scientists from National Geographic. The upcoming season will see us gain worldly insight from Kenny Broad, diver and environmental anthropologist, on the topic of Extreme Cave Diving – Exploring the Bahamas’ Blue Holes; Robert Ballard, underwater explorer with Adventures in Deep Sea Exploration; photojournalist Catherine Karnow on her Journey to Vietnam; and photographer Tim Laman and ornithologist Ed Scholes with their presentation Birds of Paradise Revealed. You can read all about these speakers and their work as well as purchase your subscription here.
Annie Griffiths: A Camera, Two Kids, and a Camel (Tuesday – Tonight): Annie Griffiths is one of National Geographic’s first female staff photographers and someone who learned how to balance work and family while travelling around the world on assignment – no small feat. The presentation, based on her memoir of the same name, will showcase three decades of her work and her stories and is sure to be a fantastic close to this year’s inaugural National Geographic Live series at Roy Thomson Hall.
Michael Schade & Luca Pisaroni (Friday): This duo recital will feature Mr. Schade in a hometown performance and Mr. Pisaroni in his Canadian debut. Originally scheduled to see Schade perform with Thomas Quasthoff, who has now retired from performance, Schade has declared that Pisaroni is a performer who has “made a huge impression on [him]” and that he “brings superb artistry mixed with his impressive stage presence to provide audiences with the opportunity to hear one of the world’s upcoming leading baritones.” We’re excited to see the two of them in performance this Friday night here at Roy Thomson Hall accompanied by Justus Zeyen, on piano.
The JUNO Awards are upon us with the televised portion of the awards taking place on Sunday evening in Ottawa, this year hosted by William Shatner. Tune in and see if all your faves take home the hardware. In the meantime, read this interview with Chilly Gonzales where he asks why the JUNO Awards didn’t rehire him for this year’s show (recall: he performed – in white tails no less – with last year’s host Drake). For full JUNO coverage from the CBC including live updates from the Saturday night gala awards presentation, check out this link.
Speaking of William Shatner and music, NPR’s All Songs Considered is taking the temperature of the internet world on the concept of ‘speak-singing’ (think William Shatner, Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed, and the like). It’s a full on battle between lyrics and melody – you can check out the conversation here.
Record Store Day is fast approaching – April 21 will bring us all sorts of goodies and exclusives for purchase from your fave local record shop. Exclaim! has an update on the latest list of exclusives here.
Think records are old school? Are you all about the wonderful world of online videos? Missing Links has something for you too! The Globe and Mail has a comprehensive review of the internet’s revival of the music video.
If you haven’t yet seen it, you can watch Bruce Springsteen’s keynote address from SXSW here. Hungry for a video featuring another legendary musician? CBC is releasing a variety of videos from the Daniel Lanois concert this weekend at the Great Hall in celebration of his recent inauguration to the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame.
This week’s accolades section is an extra special one as we get to toot our own horn! We’re honoured to have received the CMW Award for Performing Arts Centre of the Year (over 1,500 capacity)! Thanks to everyone for continuing to make Massey Hall such a special place!
Stefania Paterak is Programming Coordinator at Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall