It’s that time of year again – as backpacks and pencil crayons take up store shelves, so too do we get super excited for our big Season Announcement. This year we’ll be announcing over sixty performances over a variety of genres in a number of different venues. The announcement takes place next Monday, August 13 – so stay tuned!
Yesterday, we announced that Melissa Etheridge will be hitting the Massey Hall stage on November 7 in support of her forthcoming album 4th Street Feeling. According to Ms. Etheridge’s website, a pre-sale for the new album started yesterday and the first single “Falling Up” is now available for sale – you can see a video of a live session and chat with the star embedded above. Tickets go on sale for FriendsFirst members today and to the general public on Friday.
This is some pretty special stuff – Polaris Music Prize this past week introduced the Scion Split 7” Series. “Purchase any one of the ten 2012 Polaris Music Prize Short List artists’ albums (cd or vinyl) at any of the participating retailers… and you will be given a surprise split 7”. The instantly collectible unmarked limited edition 7” will feature one Short List artist on each side.” But wait, there’s more! Willy Wonka styles, there are 5 “golden tickets” to the September 24 Polaris Gala “randomly distributed inside the split 7” packages.” All the details (and the obligatory fine print) are over on the Polaris Music Prize site. Good luck!
And with each Polaris season comes the fun of the Shadow Polaris over at nxew.ca. Voting for the band that should be bestowed with this honour is open to the general public over at nxew.ca now – voting for the Long List stage closes August 31.
In this recent video, Fran Lebowitz (who we present In Conversation at Massey Hall on November 2) discusses city building in her beloved New York City and her very opinionated thoughts on NYU, Bloomberg, and neighbourhoods.
Feist and Mastodon have reunited forces again with this interactive video (following up from their Record Store Day collaborative release). Choose your own Feistodon adventure here.
Drake, who took Toronto by storm this weekend at his own OVO fest, recently put this track online: “Enough Said” by Aaliyah, featuring Drake – billing which provides an interesting, if subtle, commentary on sampling, homage, and crediting.
Jason Collett’s new tune, “I Wanna Rob a Bank,” makes its way to this video – and free download of the track is available here.
NPR has a live recording of Sigur Ros’ recent performance in Brooklyn – you can listen to the nearly two hour audio-stream and check out pics from the concert here.
Grizzly Bear, who perform at Massey Hall in September, have just released a new track, “Yet Again.” Spinner has the details (and the song) here.
Tom Waits premiered a new (and surreal) video for his track “Hell Broke Luce” yesterday and you can watch it here.
Just because I’m a superfan of Rumours and totally dug the Rave on Buddy Holly compilation from last year, I had to bring this one to your attention: Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac. NPR First Listen has the full 17 tracks from the likes of Best Coast, The New Pornographers, Marianne Faithfull, Lykke Li, and MGMT (among others) here.
Stefania Paterak is Programming Associate at Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall