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Remembering David Bowie

Like many kids growing up in a small town, I was subject to my parent’s record collection which was more harmony rock (Loggins and Messina) than glam rock. My first real moment with Bowie was as a thirteen year old. At that time, I was obsessed with all things Jim Henson and dreamed of being a puppeteer. Labyrinth had just been released and from the moment that Jareth the Goblin King appeared on screen and started walking up and down walls, I was sold.

I awoke this morning to an outpouring of tributes on social media. The sadness of loss was soon replaced with an admiration for a well lived life, carefully conceived until the end. And I thank him for leaving us with one final gift.

Chris Lorway is Director of Programming and Marketing at Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall CONTINUE READING >

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Oh Susanna

 

For more than a decade, Oh Susanna – Suzie Ungerleider – has made critically-acclaimed albums full of contemplative, thoughtful, folk-inspired songs that transport listeners into an imaginary emotional landscape.

Her latest album, 2014’s Namedropper, expands on her already long list of artistic partnerships: The record is a compilation of songs written for her by some of Canada’s best songwriters: Ron Sexsmith, Royal Wood, Jim Cuddy, Joel Plaskett, Luke Doucet, Jay Harris, Rueben deGroot, Melissa McClelland, Amelia Curran, Old Man Luedecke, Keri Latimer of Nathan and The Good Lovelies. Watch this video for highlights from the album launch and a look behind the scenes of that evening. CONTINUE READING >

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Enter to Win: Torn from the Pages Prize Package

Torn from the Pages - NINO

On Thursday, November 12 at Harbourfront Centre Theatre, Massey Hall presents Torn from the Pages: Nino Ricci, hosted by writer and musician (and Rheostatic) Dave Bidini. The evening will feature new and original pieces created and performed by Nobu Adilman (Choir! Choir! Choir), Tony Dekker (Great Lake Swimmers), Oh Susanna,  Corin Raymond, Lucas Silveira and Michael Winter, all inspired by the latest novel by multiple Governor General Literary Award winner Nino Ricci, Sleep. Ricci will also be in attendance and will read from some of his own work as well.

Enter to Win a pair of tickets to Torn from the Pages: Nino Ricci and a copy of Ricci’s’ latest novel, SleepThe winner will be contacted via email on Wednesday, November 12 and must attend the event in order to collect their prize.

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Massey Hall presents Torn From the Pages: Nino Ricci at The Harboufront Centre Theatre on Thursday, November 12.

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Torn from the Pages - NINO

Torn From the Pages is the brainchild of musician and author Dave Bidini, combining the worlds of books and music, where writers, musicians, poets and others create new works based on the writing of one author. On Thursday, November 12, six artists (Nobu Adilman, Tony Dekker, Oh Susanna, Corin Raymond, Lucas Silveira and Michael Winter) will gather to unveil new pieces inspired by award-winning Nino Ricci’s latest novel, Sleep in the latest instalment of the ongoing Torn From the Pages series.  CONTINUE READING >

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HALLer with The Indigo Girls

HALLerHere at Soundboard, we’re all about bringing people together around music. We love gathering to experience music, but we also love gathering to talk about music, because music is as much about what happens on record and in the venue as it is about the conversations it inspires. That’s why we’re excited about HALLer, a new initiative that brings you behind the work of your favourite performers. We bring artists off of the stage and into intimate conversations – with fellow musicians, music writers, personalities and music lovers.  We broadcast this intimate conversation live online, giving you the opportunity to follow along and watch the dialogue unfold.  CONTINUE READING >

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