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The Buzz

Third in a series of four releases from the band this year, Toronto’s Skydiggers have re-imagined songs from throughout their career, this time from the perspective of some of their favourite female vocalists. Announced today, She Comes Into the Room celebrates the iconic band’s 25th Anniversary and boasts performances from singers including Damhnait Doyle (The Heartbroken), Ivy MairiAlejandra Ribera, and Margo Timmins (Cowboy Junkies). You can check out the full guest and track list below.

We had the fortunate opportunity to visit the band in-studio while they were working on this album and we’re thrilled to share with you, The Making of She Comes Into The Room.

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RUSH inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Today we send congratulations to RUSH on their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You can listen to Geddy Lee himself talk about his own and the band’s special relationship with Massey Hall in this City Sonic short film. CBC has got a great review of the ascension of Rush including video of an interview with a fan, photos, and Rush “by the numbers.” Even CNN’s resident nerd (she produces Geek Out! for CNN and has been a fan of the band since 1990), Ann Hoevel, is talking about what this means to RUSH fans everywhere, especially in the context of the band’s history.

If you’re not in LA for the fete, we recommend you listen to your copy of All the World’s a Stage (recorded live at Massey Hall in 1976) to honour the occasion.

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JUST ANNOUNCED
Last week, the Government of Canada announced its 2013 Economic Action Plan and the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall is thrilled by the commitment of $8 million to begin the revitalization of our cherished Massey Hall, thanks to the offer of land by MOD Developments, which was announced in 2012. Details of the recent announcement, including a statement from the Corporation’s President & CEO, Charles S. Cutts, are here and you can listen to Charlie Cutts speak with Matt Galloway on Metro Morning from last Friday, here.

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In this video, mezzo soprano Wallis Giunta discusses and performs “Cuba a Dentro de un Piano” by Xavier Montsalvatge.

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JUST ANNOUNCED
It’s here, it’s here! Just yesterday, we announced the 2012-2013 Season and admittedly, the Buzz is very excited. Where to begin? We’ve really and truly got something for everyone. In the big Halls, you will have the chance to see legends like Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Mariza, and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Jamie Oliver is coming back to Toronto and this time pays a visit to Massey Hall in celebration of his new book Jamie’s Great Britain: Over 130 Reasons to Love Our Food (and ticket purchasers get a copy of the book on the night of the show). Gilberto Gil, The Tenors (formerly the Canadian Tenors), and Pink Martini performing with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra all make appearances this year and Classic Albums Live returns with three performances featuring albums by The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and Pink Floyd. CONTINUE READING >

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