TikTok pays dividends for Canadian artists, Gordon Lightfoot will reopen Massey Hall, and the TSO announces a new season. Also in the headlines are the Junos, Broadway, Justin Bieber, Michael Laderoute, Sony Music, Celogen, music discovery, video games, Rick James, Kim Salmon, The Go-Go’s, a-ha, and Sinead O’Connor.
Lightfoot returns for three nights, November 25-27, closing in on his 170th appearance on the main stage (now named after his longstanding friend, Allan Slaight).
The late Canadian music luminary is to have his name honoured with the "Deane Cameron Recording Studio" that is to be a part of the $180K Massey Hall revitalization project.
Allied Properties' contribution to the Massey Hall Revitalization expands the scope of the project. New features include an additional performance venue and dedicated spaces for artist development and community education initiatives.
The Slaight family is a beacon of hope and generosity in a world tightly held in the grip of anxieties. Today, the Slaight Family Foundation has bequeathed $5-million to a fund established to refurbish and modernise Massey Hall. That's $5M on top of a previous donation of $5M made in 2017. That's amore, and music to all our ears.
Buffy Sainte-Marie (pictured) delivers a powerful poem during the Stronger Together benefit, Facebook plans to let creators charge for live streaming, and more pandemic-forced cancellations. Also in the headlines are Massey Hall, Tami Neilson, Somm, Toni Watson, Spotify, The Pack A.D., Live Nation, Merck Mercuriadis, Simbals, XTC, and Halsey.
Feist (pictured) was a hit on Sesame Street, Massey Hall regains former glory, and Neil Young advocates for immigrant children. Others in the headlines include Dan Boeckner, Fred Fortin, Lisa Bell, Northern Haze, George Canyon, Orville Peck, Martha Argerich, Eminem, Motown, Miles Davis, Aretha, Art Pepper, Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, and K-pop.
Today has been proclaimed Massey Hall Day (pictured), Bruce Cockburn announces a new album, and Festival Village at NXNE gets underway. Also in the news are CMW, Kelly Jay, The Key of X, HUFF, Cabana Room tribute, Indie Week, Pride Hamilton, Carole Pope, Greg Keelor, and Music NB. Videos added for your enjoyment.
The CFC/Slaight Music Residency Showcase (pictured) is approaching, the 2019 SOCAN Songwriting Prize finalists are announced, and a new book on Massey Hall seeks your input. Also in the news are the Allan Slaight Juno Master Class, Paul McCartney, Emma Stevens, Taylor Knox, Laurie Brown, The Trews, CFMAs, Adam Levine, and Audrey Ochoa. Videos added for your enjoyment.
The hardcore troubadour has released a tribute to fellow Texan songwriting great Guy Clark but in this free-wheeling interview, he'd just as soon discuss politics, coal mining, the Yankees, and his deep love of Massey Hall. Photo: Bill King.
He developed and shaped the very essence of jazz and the role of the drummer, and was onstage at Massey Hall for a star-studded concert termed the greatest ever. From the archives, here is an illuminating interview with Max Roach.