Happy Home Opening Series to the Toronto Blue Jays!! Good luck this season boys!
Joe Bonamassa comes to Roy Thomson Hall on Saturday November 17 in support of his forthcoming 12th studio album Driving Toward the Daylight. The blues rock guitarist was last here at Massey Hall in early 2011. Tickets are onsale Wed Apr 11, 11am to FriendsFirst members and Fri Apr 13 10am to the general public.
We’ve got some great shows coming up that we’re really excited about…
Bob Newhart (Friday): The comic legend, joins us at Roy Thomson Hall on Friday, April 13. Mr Newhart is an icon from the golden era of American comedy. The dry, stammering delivery he has cultivated over the years has worn quite well with age. I was fortunate enough to catch his last show here in 2009 and it was real treat. This is not to miss!
Speaking of legends, Buddy Guy (Friday): Once again the blues-rock guitarist is set to tear it up at Massey Hall also on Friday April 13. Buddy is a BIG favorite of ours and we continue to be amazed by his consistently high energy performances year after year. Be forewarned, he’s known for walking into the audience during performances!
There’s a lot of buzz surrounding local jazz group BADBADNOTGOOD right now. This trio brings a unique approach to jazz – releasing free mix tapes, active in social media (@badbadnotgood) and covering tracks by a wide array of artists (i.e. Odd Future, Joy Division, James Blake, etc). Their latest mix tape BBNG2 is available here. Go check it out!
Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth has a new video for “Angles” from his excellent recent solo album, Between the Times & Tides. For Sonic Youth fans there’s certainly a familiarity to the sound of this album and it’s great to see the other guitarist in the band produce a full length of material all his own. Oh and the video was directed by multimedia artist Leah Singer, who is Lee’s wife…and Canadian!
Icelandic group Sigur Rós have teased us with a beautiful video for new track “Ekki Mukk” from their forthcoming album Valtari. We’re looking forward to it and have our fingers crossed they’ll make a stop at Massey in support of the new album.
Music blog herohill recently asked 25 of their favorite artists to record a Leonard Cohen song that had personal significance. The results are available here. I’ve been on a Leonard Cohen kick lately – his great new album Old Ideas has been on repeat – and I’m looking forward to digging into this compilation.
Finally, have you seen the trailer for the most expensive movie ever filmed in Toronto?
The remake of Total Recall starring Colin Farrell was shot over the summer of 2011 around Toronto including a scene at Roy Thomson Hall (in the lobby, just outside my office!). The scene in question is at the 1:53 mark of the trailer but you wouldn’t really know to see it, being made up to look like the future and all. It’s still pretty exciting and we’ll definitely be comparing it to the Schwarzenegger original from the 90s.
Well that’s all I’ve got – have a great week!
Wes Doerksen is Assistant Ticketing Services Manager at Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall