Good Pinsent Keelor (Tonight – Tuesday): We can’t wait to see – live – what this trio cooks up for us tonight on the Glenn Gould Studio stage. Travis Good of The Sadies, Greg Keelor of Blue Rodeo, and Gordon Pinsent (yes, that Gordon Pinsent), have teamed up for a really interesting and rare collaborative project seeing Gordon Pinsent’s poems inspiring a musical album Down and Out in Upalong, and this concert. It promises to be something seriously special so don’t miss it. Watch them discuss the collaboration in conversation with Jian Ghomeshi on CBC Q in the video embedded above.
Chris Botti (Thursday June 28): Chris Botti returns to Massey Hall (*next week) 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.
Chris Isaak will perform at Massey Hall in October celebrating his latest recording, Beyond the Sun. The album, recorded at the original Sun Studio, is a collection of Isaak covers from the greats like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis. And Joe Rogan, provider of colourful commentary for UFC and host of Fear Factor, returns to Massey Hall on September 21 for a concert presented by Just For Laughs promising a showcase of his “tough” stand-up comedy. The Guardian has called him “one of the most complex and exciting stand-ups working in America today.” Tickets for both shows are on sale now.