Didn’t get tickets to the sold out performance by Dala on Friday (or saw them and need to see them again)? Don’t you fret – we have just the thing for you! Just last week we announced that the lovely Dala will be returning to our stages with a performance at the Winter Garden Theatre. All the details are here and tickets are on sale now.
We also announced a performance from Grizzly Bear at Massey Hall this September on the heels of their forthcoming release (their first in three years). Paste magazine has all the details on the album and the tour, and tickets for this show are also on sale now.
Kristin Chenoweth (Tuesday): Kristin Chenoweth hits the Massey Hall stage tonight with a set list that promises songs from her latest album, her Broadway career, and her previous recurring guest role on Glee. The National Post boasts that the show is one of the five things to do this week. If you’re biding your time until this evening, get ready by checking out some clips featuring Chenoweth as the feisty Carlene on her new show GCB.
Love Over and Over – The Songs of Kate McGarrigle (Friday): Presented by Luminato, this special concert at Massey Hall will celebrate the life of Kate McGarrigle featuring her friends, family, and admirers. The concert will feature appearances by the likes of fans Emmylou Harris, Bruce Cockburn, her sisters Anna and Jane, and children Rufus and Martha Wainwright. For more on both Kate & Anna McGarrigle, you can check out their site here.
The Good Lovelies (Saturday): The Good Lovelies arrive at Glenn Gould Studio this weekend with a performance that is sure to please. You can check out a substantial playlist on CBC Music featuring songs from a variety of their records including from latest Let the Rain Fall to their holiday album Under the Mistletoe. You can also review a number of delightful videos on their site. Embedded above, check out The Good Lovelies version of the K-OS hit “Crabbuckit”.
If you haven’t seen the truly charming remixed Mr. Rogers YouTube sensation from PBS Digital Studios yet, you simply must. The Garden of Your Mind is here for your viewing pleasure and Huffington Post has the scoop on how this came to be. And while we’re on the topic of Mr. Rogers, here is an inspiring clip of him defending PBS funding to the US Supreme Court in 1969.
And once again, from the Bureau of all things Neil Young (honestly, I’m starting to think we need a whole section in the Buzz for this!), NPR’s Fresh Air has an interview with the man himself. If that’s not enough, here is an article from the Wheels section of the New York Times blog…“Mr. Young says he believes that listening to music in the car is the best way to judge its quality.” We couldn’t agree more. (evidence: recall our two posts On Making the Perfect Summer Road Trip Mix-tape, located here and here).
The Canadian Comedy Awards have announced the nominees for the awards which will be bestowed in Toronto this August. Congrats go out to a few folks you might recognize from last year’s New Year’s Eve Comedy Extravaganza at Massey Hall. Ryan Belleville was nominated for the Best Performance in a Television Show for Almost Heroes, and the show also is nominated for Best TV Show. Darrin Rose is nominated for two awards: Best Taped Live Performance for Comedy Now! and Best Performance by a Male on Television for his show Mr. D. Finally, Steve Patterson, consummate host of The Debaters is nominated for Canadian Comedy Person of the Year (alongside the likes of Martin Short!) and The Debaters has a slew of nominations including Best TV Show, Best Taped Live Performance, and two nominations for Best Radio Program or Clip. Congrats to all!
A Massey Hall favourite, Gordon Lightfoot, will (deservedly) be inducted into the American Songwriters Hall of Fame on Thursday night in New York City. According to the Ottawa Citizen, he’ll perform one of his biggest hits, “If You Could Read My Mind” at the star-studded ceremony. In addition, troubadour Lyle Lovett (who performs at Roy Thomson Hall next month) will honour Mr. Lightfoot by performing a rendition of the classic “Sundown” – great tune.
And what’s more, Matt Andersen has been nominated for the Overseas Artist of the Year by the British Blues Awards. You can support him by voting here!
Stefania Paterak is Programming Associate at Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall