JUST ANNOUNCED 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. CONTINUE READING >
Greetings and happy back to school everyone! There is nothing quite like a crisp new spiral notebook against the scent of autumn’s pending arrival, except for maybe a new Buzz column. Is there anything this Tuesday can’t do?
As you may know one Herbie Hancock is returning to Toronto for an unamplified performance in our own Massey Hall with the Massey Hall Orchestra under conductor Alain Trudel. In addition to including “Rhapsody in Blue” for Piano and Orchestra and solo selections for piano, the program for the evening also features Gershwin’s “Catfish Row” Symphonic Suite from Porgy and Bess. Recently, NPR Music mused on the 1935 opera in the wake of a new incarnation of the show being mounted by the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In addition to summarizing the history of the opera, the good folks at NPR include five different “classic jazz takes” on Porgy and Bess including the lovely Nina Simone’s 1957 “I Loves You, Porgy” (on which she both sings and plays the piano). In the spirit of the proverbial back to school season, we recommend this article as your homework in advance of what promises to be a stellar addition to the Jazz @ Massey Hall canon this October.
Need more music homework? We’ve got you covered. As you probably know, everyone and their uncle are talking about legal (!) music streaming services online. Do you want in on all the musical bounty out there but not know where to start? We hear you. And so does The Grid – they’ve considerately put together a delightful summary of all the good stuff that is out there, the cost, and the pros and cons. So read up!
In the lower level of Massey Hall you’ll find ‘Centuries,’ a fully-stocked bar you can visit pre-show and at intermission of most performances. The room is filled with artefacts illustrating the admirable history of Massey Hall, perhaps most notably the “Decade Panels” that line the entrance corridor to ‘Centuries.’ Starting with 1894-1904, a panel is present for each decade since Massey Hall opened. The panels feature news articles, photographs, programmes and other paraphernalia that aim to give a slice of life at Massey Hall from that period in history. In this column, we look at each decade and highlight some of the items included in these panels. Of course, for a more in-depth look, next time you’re at Massey for a show, head on over to ‘Centuries’ and check them out. This week, we take a look at 1984 – 1993, the tenth in a series of eleven tributes to Massey Hall’s glorious history.
Massey Hall 1984 – 1993
The late 80s and early 90s remain a special place in many of our hearts – a time filled with hair-crimping irons, leg warmers, and Cyndi Lauper. While we don’t see a presence from Ms. Lauper on this decade panel, the delightful neon colours of yesteryear do show themselves, particularly in the form of a backstage pass for The Beach Boys as well as in a flyer for The Peking Acrobats. On the heels of their massive hit single Take On Me, a-ha performed at Massey Hall on October 16, 1986 (the band returns to Toronto for the first time since then on May 10 2010. CONTINUE READING >
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