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 >
Last week we announced two very exciting additions from the Bureau of legendary Canadians to the line-up of our presentations. Leonard Cohen will be honoured at the Glenn Gould Prize Gala Concert on May 14 . Tickets are now available for this exciting event where Mr. Cohen will be present but not perform. Performances will come, however, from the likes of Basia Bulat, Cowboy Junkies, John Prine, Serena Ryder, and others. This promises to be a very special night indeed.
Also very special should be a presentation at Glenn Gould Studio of “Good, Pinsent, & Keelor” – that is Travis Good of The Sadies, Greg Keelor of Blue Rodeo, and acclaimed actor Gordon Pinsent. The trio have just released an album, Down and Out in Upalong, and are hitting the Glenn Gould Stage to show off their new stuff. You can read the 4-N album review in NOW (where Sarah Greene reports that “[t]he album is reminiscent of Billy Bragg and Wilco’s Mermaid Avenue, but with strong Canadian flavour.” You can also read about the project in the National Post. While the three will be performing as part of the aforementioned Leonard Cohen tribute, you can see their full length show at the Glenn Gould Studio on June 19.
PERFORMANCES There is a lot happening at the Halls this week, not least of which Chilly Gonzales tonight at Glenn Gould Studio, Colin James at Massey Hall on Friday, and Georgy Tchaidze at Glenn Gould Studio on Saturday. If that’s not enough, check out these other great shows:
PERFORMANCES Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (Tonight – Tuesday): Even though we highlighted tonight’s (and last night’s) Noel Gallagher Massey Hall gigs in last week’s Buzz, we’d be remiss to include it this week, especially because today is the day that his new album drops. Here’s something fun we just discovered: Noel Gallagher has a tour diary available on his website (though you do need to register to read up). In the meantime, you can also read up on Rolling Stone regarding the documentary about his new solo efforts.
Lang Lang (Wednesday , Thursday, Saturday): Lang Lang is in town for a two-week residency with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The fun starts this week with the beginnings of his exploration of all of the concerti by Beethoven (continuing next week). You can read all about the special events and activities surrounding this residency (including this Sunday’s event, 101 Pianists, featuring 100 young pianists sharing the stage with Lang Lang himself) over on the TSO’s website.
Diana Panton (Saturday): We’re delighted to welcome back the lovely Diana Panton to Glenn Gould Studio this Saturday evening in celebration of her latest recording To Brazil With Love. If you missed it last season, Ms. Panton was featured as a guest contributor on Soundboard where she discussed the special, intimate nature of Glenn Gould Studio – you can check that out here. Also, you can stream 4 songs from her latest album, here.
Oh my, my! It is going to be a very busy week my friends. Hold on to your seats!
Yesterday we made three very exciting announcements regarding upcoming events here at the Halls. For one, Jamie Oliver is returning to Roy Thomson Hall! Formerly known as the Naked Chef, Jamie Oliver hits the RTH stage for the first time since 2009 on Wednesday, November 16, 2011. Jamie will be speaking about the topics in his latest book, Jamie Oliver’s Food Escapes, and once again the event will be an interactive one, complete with a Question & Answer session at the conclusion of the night. Bonus: ticket buyer’s also receive a free copy of the new book on site on the night of the show!
Next up, we’re thrilled to report that the Canadian Tenors will be performing two shows entitled Home for the Holidays this December 22 and 23. The Canadian Tenors perform their unique blend of classical and contemporary pop music favourites at Roy Thomson Hall this holiday season. If you missed them performing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” on the Emmy Awards last month, this video is a great introduction to the group and includes much love from the likes of Bill Clinton, Dr. Phil, and Oprah Winfrey.
Finally, we’re stoked to announce that we’ve got a second date booked for Chicago! As you know, we already announced one Chicago performance on February 4 and now January 31 brings another chance to see this superband. To get yourself geared up for the shows, there’s a great video of the band talking about success and longevity on the band’s VIP site (and there seems to be even more exciting members-only content available through the VIP site for a membership fee – you can read about it here).
For FriendsFirst members, tickets are available for sale for the Canadian Tenors today (Tuesday), for Chicago on Wednesday, and for Jamie Oliver on Thursday. Tickets for all three shows go on sale to the public next Monday.
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!
If you haven’t heard yet, here’s the big news from last week: Neil Young returns! Seriously, Neil Young plays two solo shows at Massey Hall on May 10 and 11 and here’s the super-neat part – this year is the 40th anniversary of his now infamous 1971 concert at Massey Hall. That’s the concert where he debuted material from Harvest and a recording of the concert went on to become officially released in 2007. But it gets better – the two concerts in May are scheduled to be filmed by acclaimed director, Jonathan Demme, as the third and final instalment in Young’s concert film trilogy.
Speaking of returns to Massey Hall, we’re excited to announce that Fleet Foxes will be paying another visit to the Grand Ol’ Lady of Shuter Street this summer. Fleet Foxes hit the Massey stage on Thursday, July 14, 2011. We learned via Pitchfork that the band just played their first full show in quite some time including showcasing some new material from their forthcoming album Helplessness Blues (which SPIN calls one of the “23 Spring Albums that Matter Most.”) Check out this link for lots of video of said new material from the performance.
An Evening with Jackson Browne (Tonight – Tuesday): Jackson Browne performs at Massey Hall tonight in a solo acoustic show performing on both guitar and piano with promises to play from his entire catalogue. If the review of his performance in Winnipeg is any indication – we’re in for a real treat.
Angela Gheorghiu (Thursday): Soprano, Angela Gheorghiu makes her long-awaited Toronto debut as part of Roy Thomson Hall’s International Vocal Recitals series. The recital is a program of opera arias with full orchestral accompaniment from the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and Steven White, Conductor. and promises to be something very special.
Buddy Guy (Friday): Buddy Guy returns to Massey Hall this Friday for his annual trip to Toronto. By now you know that Buddy Guy is no slouch and has won more than a handful of well-deserved awards and special honours for his legacy and incredible contributions to the world of Blues music. Gifted Canadian bluesman, Matt Andersen is special guest on this night. If you’re not familiar, you can check him out here. Also, worth noting, he’s up for Entertainer of the Year at this year’s ECMAs – you can check out the contenders (like Jenn Grant and Joel Plaskett) and vote here for both that award as well as Best Video.
Gabriela Montero (Friday): Gabriela Montero takes to the Glenn Gould Studio stage on Friday for what we’re sure will be a triumphant return. Last time through Toronto, John Terauds (Toronto Star) declared “Recitals are rarely so thrilling.” High praise indeed. Part of the show will showcase Ms. Montero’s signature improvisation where the pianist takes suggestions from the audience (fair warning: if you make such a suggestion, you may be asked to sing a few bars for reference) and then off she will go into a striking variation on a theme.
‘Twas a good week in the land of show announcements. Just announced yesterday were upcoming shows from both Jackson Browne and the Pixies. The Pixies perform at Massey Hall on April 18 as part of their Doolittle Tour, performing all the songs from Doolittle as well as its “related B-sides.” Check out the event page on our website for details about how the medium of film will play a particularly key role in this concert experience.
Jackson Browne is an inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and he was nominated for Grammy Awards for his live albums Solo Acoustic Volume 1 (2005) and Solo Acoustic Volume 2 (2008). If that’s not enough, he also received two Humanitarian awards and the John Steinbeck award. You can read all about this artist’s substantial history and achievements on his website and then see the real deal on April 5 in An Evening with Jackson Browne.
For both of these concerts, tickets go on sale to FriendsFirst members on Wednesday and to the general public on Friday.
We’re excited to welcome back Matt Andersen – this time to the Massey Hall stage as the Special Guest for Buddy Guy. Matt Andersen (who performed two sold out shows at the Gould last winter) is one busy guy; he just showcased at the Maple Blues Awards last night (where he *UPDATE was also nominated forwonthe Entertainer of the Year and the Acoustic Act of the Year awards,) will be performing at the ECMAs, is taking the stage at the Glastonbury Festival, and is recording a new album at Levon Helm’s studio (fun one degree of separation: Levon Helm plays two shows at Massey Hall in March with Lucinda Williams). For more about what else this New Brunswick artist in high demand is up to, check out this article on the Daily Gleaner. Buddy Guy performs at Massey Hall – with Special Guest Matt Andersen – on April 8.
Lisa Lampanelli (Saturday): Everybody is talking about Ricky Gervais’ cutting quips on the Golden Globes awards show this weekend but the real “Queen of Mean” will be performing at Massey Hall this Saturday. Counting among her fans the untameable Howard Stern, you can read all about the loveable insult comic’s less mean side as she discusses her new puppy, Parker, with The American Dog magazine.
JUST ANNOUNCED There’s a lot to love about the multi-talented comedian Craig Ferguson, particularly, his sincere, uncensored (and hilarious) commentary on pop culture, social issues and ‘Why everything sucks.’
Toronto fans will also love that he is spending an evening at Massey Hall on April 23. Tickets for this must see event go on sale this Saturday Feb 13 at noon. If you can’t wait until Saturday to get tickets, you have two options to take advantage of – Friends First members can purchase tickets starting Feb 10 at 10 AM and American Express Cardholders can purchase tickets with their credit cards, starting Thursday Feb 11 at 10 AM
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Ta-da! Enter Matt Andersen show number two. If you can’t make it to his first show at Glenn Gould Studio on February 27, or if just one show won’t quench your thirst for exceptional soulful bluesy live music, pick up a ticket for the March 8 gig starting Thursday at 11am. CONTINUE READING >
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