PERFORMANCES Belle Starr (Wednesday): We’ve called Belle Starr a trifecta of talent, and we weren’t kidding – Stephanie Cadman, Kendel Carson, and Miranda Mulholland are bound to knock your socks off this week at our third night of music from our Canadian Songbook at the Rivoli series. If you haven’t seen it yet, you simply must check out the video for their cover of the haunting “Jolene” (embedded above).
Toronto Children’s Chorus (Saturday, 2pm): The Toronto Children’s Chorus returns to the stage of Roy Thomson Hall with their performance of A Chorus Christmas: Dancing Days. The afternoon, a true marker of our immersion in the holiday season, includes a performance featuring Judy Loman on harp and the accompaniment of special guest quintet, True North Brass. Andy Morris (percussion) and Chris Dawes (organ) also join the Chorus while they celebrate their 35th Anniversary season.
The Barra MacNeils: An East Coast Christmas (Saturday, 8pm): This performance promises to be both seriously festive and triumphantly special and includes special guests Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea, Canadian Country Music Award winner Jimmy Rankin, David Myles (who we’re thrilled to see return to one of our stages after his lovely concert at Glenn Gould Studio last season), and JUNO Award winner Meaghan Smith. The show may just well become your favourite Christmas recipe – a delicious mixture of the Barras signature take on Celtic music alongside the East Coast sounds of their friends from the Atlantic Provinces.
Just this week we announced two concerts for the New Year and 2013 is looking bright! Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience is a rock concert that will make its way to Massey Hall on January 31. The show, which features Zeppelin songs, video and light effects, and of course the living heir to the Bonham (drum) throne, Jason Bonham (son of John Bonham, legendary drummer for Led Zeppelin). Then, on April 11, An Evening withYES will take to the Massey Hall stage with an ambitious program, performing three albums in their entirety in this one concert: The Yes Album, Close To The Edge, and Going For The One. Tickets for both concerts go on sale to FriendsFirst members tomorrow and to the general public on Friday.
UPCOMING While it’s still more than two weeks away, we’re super excited about our new Canadian Songbook at the Rivoliseries that begins on October 10 with a feature performance from singer-songwriter, and incredible storyteller, Del Barber. The series of monthly performances at the Rivoli will give us the chance to introduce you to some musicians whom we think you should take note of now. Discovering new and emerging talent is such a special feeling, not to mention an opportunity to be able to tell your friends that you “saw them when…”
And, loyal Buzz readers, I’m pleased to tell you that we’ve got something special cooking on this series, which also features – announced so far – Jeremy Fisher, Belle Starr, Mo Kenney, and Tanika Charles, so stay tuned and let us know if you have a special musical discovery story – or someone else you think we should discover!
Welcome to this Wednesday edition of the Buzz – hope you had a lovely long weekend. Here’s the scoop for this week:
JUST ANNOUNCED Yesterday was a big day in the department of awesome show announcements. For starters, come October 12, the Doobie Brothers will be hitting the Massey Hall stage for a performance of their hits in celebration of their 40th anniversary.
But wait, there’s more! The very opinionated, hilarious, and insightful Fran Lebowitz will also be visiting Toronto for a performance at Massey Hall on Friday, November 2. This very special engagement will see Ms. Lebowitz in conversation with the audience and with host Jian Ghomeshi.
Still not satisfied? Well surely this will make your day – Loretta Lynn will be performing at Massey Hall this September 15 marking her 50th anniversary with her 1960 debut single, “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl.” That’s not the only announcement this legendary songstress has made recently; earlier this month Ms. Lynn announced that she has chosen Zooey Deschanel to play her on stage in a musical adaptation, set for Broadway, of Coal Miner’s Daughter.
And if that’s not enough, be sure to check out the return of The Lost Fingers to Glenn Gould Studio on Friday, November 23. Back by popular demand, The Lost Fingers bring their unique take on Django Reinhardt style jazz reinterpretations of music of the 80s. For a taste on their virtuosity and sheer cleverness, check out the embedded video above of their take on “Pump up the Jam.”
LOVE OVER AND OVER The songs of Kate McGarrigle is an evening presented by Luminato at Massey Hall on June 15, when they bring together singer-songwriter legend Kate McGarrigle’s family and friends to celebrate her inspiring life and work. The show will feature Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Emmylou Harris, Bruce Cockburn, Peggy Seeger, and more than a dozen others. Tickets go on sale to FriendsFirst on Monday, April 9 and to the general public on Saturday, April 14 at noon.
We are just thrilled to relay news if you missed it last week, that An acoustic evening withNorah Jones has been announced at Massey Hall on July 6, 2012. The multi Grammy Award winner will perform songs celebrating her forthcoming album Little Broken Hearts. Tickets are on sale now.
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
A sincere congratulations go to Toronto’s own Blue Rodeo, who in addition to The City of Ottawa proclaiming March 30, 2012 “Blue Rodeo Day”, were inducted into the JUNO Hall of Fame this past weekend. CONTINUE READING >
We’ve got some great spring/summer shows to tell you about.
Bonnie Raitt returns to Massey Hall on Saturday May 26 hot on the heels of releasing her upcoming album Slipstream. In her words the album has her “in the slipstream of those who came before me…holding up the traditions of the music that I love”.
Amelia Curran, JUNO Award winner in 2010 for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year, will play the Glenn Gould Studio on Tuesday, May 15. Amelia’s also appearing as special guest at the upcoming Whitehorse show we’re presenting at the Winter Garden on February 24.
And the Good Lovelies, also JUNO Award winners (and newly nominated for a 2012 JUNO), perform at the Glenn Gould Studio on Saturday, June 16. Expect witty banter, instrument swapping and beautiful three part harmonies from this Folk/Roots trio.
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