Happy Canada Day in advance loyal Buzz readers! The Buzz returns next week on Wednesday after celebrating the birth of our nation.
PERFORMANCES Chris Botti (Thursday): Chris Botti returns to Massey Hall with his signature sound blending pop, jazz, and classical music that’s sure to please. In advance of the show, you can check out some of the videos on his site including a series of interviews with Roy Firestone and an EPK for his latest recording, Impressions, featuring serious praise from the likes of David Foster, Mark Knopfler, Vince Gill, Andrea Bocelli, and Herbie Hancock.
MISSING LINKS Deceptive Cadence – at NPR Classical – currently has a great series called “The Young Person’s Guide To Making Music.” You can check out the whole series here featuring articles on everything from finding the right instrument and music teacher to “tantrum-free practice” and the excitement and anxiety that comes from the audition.
Can’t say we can recall the last time we pointed out an advertisement (*our own shows not included, wink, wink) here on Soundboard but this musical commercial for Old Navy had us thinking Don Draper would approve.
Hook Theory took what must have been a painstaking amount of time to study the chord progressions of over 1300 popular songs and dissect them for patterns and compatibility- read the results of their findings here. CONTINUE READING >
While not quite our “Just Announced” section, consider this your head’s up that next Monday (August 8), we’ll be announcing all of the performances in our 2011-2012 Season and I must say that it is going to be a pretty exciting year here at the Halls. Do check out our website on Monday but we’ll also, of course, give you the scoop here on the Buzz next Tuesday.
UPDATE! - THIS JUST IN…
FEIST IS COMING BACK TO MASSEY HALL. It’s true! Lady Feist returns to Massey Hall on December 1, 2011. Feist, who as we reported last week, is releasing content associated with her upcoming album, Metals, a little bit at a time via her website. Chartattack has also just reported that there is now also available a Paint-By-Numbers version of the album cover available for your colouring pleasure. Tickets for this show are on sale to the public starting this Friday at 10AM.
EVEN MORE UPDATES! – ACCOLADES
A huge congratulations go out to The Sheepdogs, who if you remember, we mentioned was a finalist in Rolling Stone Magazine’s Do You Want to be a Rock n’ Roll Star Contest. It was unveiled just yesterday that after 1.5 million votes of support, The Sheepdogs are the first unsigned band ever to be featured on the front cover of the magazine. You can check out the front cover image here and listen to a podcast dedicated to the band at Explore Music, here.
Last year we talked about the perfect road-trip soundtrack (and methodology for creating such a thing). This year, the National Post has started a conversation on the perfect songs of summer. They note that “[t]he song of summer can be bombastic – maybe with a predictable chord progression or cheesily-bad synth but who cares as long as its got a hook (there’s no cynicism allowed in liking these feel-good, ubiquitous summer songs). Or it can [be] sun-dappled and understated, simply as happy as a streak of sunshine that illuminates dust in the air.” Check out their suggestions here or join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #NPBlogDays.
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