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Our 2012|13 Season is officially off and running with all tickets now on sale! For a sample of some of what our Season has to offer, check out this YouTube playlist and hopefully listen to an old favourite or discover something new. Let us know what you think.

Feist premiered her new “Anti-Pioneer” (embedded above) video as well, you can watch her and band perform in 3D here.

It was announced that one of our favourites, Whitehorse, will not only have their Massey Hall debut this March but their new album The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss will release on Aug 28. Whitehorse have posted the lead off track “Achilles’ Desire,” have a listen here.

We’re all pretty excited about Ira Glass, host of This American Life, coming to Massey Hall on Oct 27. This event, titled Reinventing Radio, should prove to be a unique and insightful look into one of the most unique programs in the fields of journalism and storytelling by one of the most engaging personalities in said fields. Sadly, the program recently lost a key contributor, Canadian-born David Rakoff. TAL paid tribute to David this past week by airing some of his most memorable contributions. Have a listen This American Life – David Rakoff (1964-2012) - particularly to the “Who’s Canadian?” segment.

Here is a great read about Bruce Sprinsgsteen in The New Yorker.

If you hadn’t already heard about this, Beck has new music coming and it’s not what you expect!

New (great!) snippet of a Bob Dylan tune from his forthcoming album The Tempest

Grizzly Bear (who perform at Massey Hall on September 26) have been sharing some new tracks from their forthcoming album. Check out “Yet Again” and “Sleeping Ute” for a flavor of the new record.

Watch Norah Jones on CBC Q (performance here) and (interview here)

Jenn Grant (who co-headlines Winter Garden Theatre with Cuff The Duke this November) and Canadian author Craig Davidson spend some time chatting for the CBC Music feature Words & Music.

Animal Collective are streaming their forthcoming album in its entirety complete with videos.

Lastly, we’ll leave you with this sneak peek of the highly anticipated new album from Chilly Gonzales (who performs at Winter Garden Theatre on November 8) Solo Piano II. Have a listen:


This week’s edition of The Buzz was compiled by Wes Doerksen and Stephen McGrath


Last week we made a very exciting announcement – the return of the National Geographic Live series to Roy Thomson Hall for the 2012|2013 Season. The second season is packed with twice as much good stuff because, due to popular demand, we’ve added another day of presentations! Subscriptions are now available for either Monday or Tuesday evenings.

Once again, the series will feature four dynamic events with exciting explorers, photographers, filmmakers, and scientists from National Geographic. The upcoming season will see us gain worldly insight from Kenny Broad, diver and environmental anthropologist, on the topic of Extreme Cave Diving – Exploring the Bahamas’ Blue Holes; Robert Ballard, underwater explorer with Adventures in Deep Sea Exploration; photojournalist Catherine Karnow on her Journey to Vietnam; and photographer Tim Laman and ornithologist Ed Scholes with their presentation Birds of Paradise Revealed. You can read all about these speakers and their work as well as purchase your subscription here.

Annie Griffiths: A Camera, Two Kids, and a Camel (Tuesday – Tonight): Annie Griffiths is one of National Geographic’s first female staff photographers and someone who learned how to balance work and family while travelling around the world on assignment – no small feat. The presentation, based on her memoir of the same name, will showcase CONTINUE READING >



It has been an exciting week in the world of new shows being announced – to learn about all of the most excellent shows coming our way, read on!

We are so thrilled to have announced yesterday that Levon Helm will be returning to Massey Hall for two shows this March with his Ramble on the Road. Joining Helm for what promise to be a pair of legendary nights is one Lucinda Williams. You may recall that Helm is no stranger to the Grand Ol’ Lady of Shuter Street – not only were we fortunate to see him perform just last June, Levon Helm and the Hawks were the backing band for Bob Dylan the time he went electric at Massey Hall, garnering both “cheers” and “jeers”. For a taste of what you’re in for on this visit, check out his website for a whole bunch of good stuff in the form of audio and video to tide you over until March.

Melissa Etheridge is one accomplished artist – with fifteen Grammy Award nominations, an Academy Award, and twenty-seven millions albums sold worldwide to her credit, there’s no stopping her! Etheridge performs at Massey Hall with Serena Ryder on Friday, March 11, 2011

Yet another legend plans to hit up the Massey Hall stage: Brian Wilson brings his latest project Brian Wilson Re-imagines Gershwin along with classics from his own catalogue and of course, that of the Beach Boys. Let’s face it, the man is a genius; from Pet Sounds to Smile, Wilson has changed the way we listen to music – here we have the opportunity to see what he can do with the Gershwin standards, live. In the meantime, you can preview the album here and read about it in Rolling Stone here.

And finally, you already knew that the Barenaked Ladies (who incidentally have a rather well-known song entitled Brian Wilson) were performing November 26 at Massey Hall but this just in – the lovely Jenn Grant will be on the bill as Special Guest. Jenn Grant performed at Glenn Gould Studio last season and we are rather excited for the opportunity to see her at Massey. Check out her beautiful video for “You’ll Go Farhere.


The Rankin Family: Acoustic Tour (Thursday): This Thursday the Rankin Family promises to get “Up Close and Personal” on their Toronto stop of their acoustic tour at Massey Hall. Join Cookie, Heather, Jimmy, and Raylene in a CONTINUE READING >

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About a decade ago I would sit in the window seat at a coffee shop called ‘Kalendar’ on College Street almost daily. Refill upon refill I’d down the spiced coffee while talking about life and music with other musician regulars. It became a sort of unspoken home away from home and a place of solitude and inspiration and represented the endless possibilities of our futures.

Much like the river in Bruce Springsteen’s accomplished work of the same name, it represents a centering point; and here, for his character (said to be originally written for his brother) a place that he could come back to throughout the many triumphs and challenges that come along in life. A place that symbolized hope and freedom and promise and passion even while staring in the face of personal and even economic hardships.

And though the character in his story realizes that “the river is dry” he is still lured to that place of his younger, optimistic self as a way of connecting with that hopeful spirit that keeps him going….

We all need that place. Even though I rarely find myself in that corner window seat any longer, I still use it as a landmark in my personal timeline, often remembering and learning from those conversations and individual moments so long ago now.

In this weeks Listening Booth, we recommend listening to the story, which unfolds in Bruce Springsteen’s The River. We are honoured to welcome the Boss and the world premiere of the documentary titled The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town with its gala screening as part of TIFF this Tuesday evening at Roy Thomson Hall.



The Buzz: Aug 31 – Sept 6


TIFF announced its full screenings and events schedule this past week which will include numerous Gala screenings at our very own Roy Thomson Hall. One of the most anticipated events (at least for this blogger) is the premiere of The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town, a documentary about the making of the legendary Bruce Springsteen album. It was also announced that the Boss will be in town to celebrate this event and while he’s here will be interviewed at the Bell Lightbox by actor Edward Norton to discuss the film as well as the relationship between his music and American filmmaking.

If the amount of Twitter-chatter the past few weeks is any indication, Toronto fans are no doubt excited about the Sufjan Stevens performance at Massey Hall on Oct 13. To add to the anticipation, he announced via his record label Asthmatic Kitty that he’ll release a new album called The Age of Adz (pronounced odds) on October 12, the day prior.