The Thrill is Gone, indeed. Mr. King was an inspiring figure that has always put a smile on our faces despite the Blues he’d bring along with him. On behalf of all of us at Massey Hall, our thoughts are with the family, friends, and many fans of B.B. King.
I was 14 in 1975. When the album came out, I had to take two buses to buy it. It was just something I did. I always had a job. Back then it was lining baseball fields. You made pennies so saving up for an album was a big deal. I’d been burned by other albums (Pablo Cruise, Caribou) but I knew that Pink Floyd would not let me down. I made it down to Sams only to find that the album was $4.99. Not $3.99. I’d wasted a bus fare for nothing. I stood in the store holding the album up to the light. It was wrapped in a blue, see through plastic. A lot of people don’t remember this. Underneath, of course, was the iconic shot of the two businessmen shaking hands. CONTINUE READING >
Dear music lovers, book lovers, reading lovers, summer lovers, lover lovers: Dave Bidini here. You may remember me from my earlier, funnier works, or perhaps as the person who carried Cheryl Ladd along a gangplank in the 80s sci-fi movie “Millennium” (long story). Still, I’m probably best known as a Rheostatic, author of 12 books, and weekend columnist in the National Post, although there are some who think of me as the occasional host of a literary/music event that happened every year at Hugh’s Room called ‘Torn From the Pages.’ For each show, we take a single book and a bunch of us– in the past, it’s been Jim Bryson, Cathal Kelly, Angie Abdou, Kevin Hearn, Claudia Dey and others– write new stories and songs based around that work. It’s a great event: everyone’s voice growing hoarse after performing through the night, relieved that our original works survived the day.
For many artists, the opportunity to play Massey Hall is a significant milestone. Season 1 of Live at Massey Hall gave eight Canadian artists – many of who were appearing on our stage for the first time – an opportunity to create their own Massey Hall moment. As Taylor Kirk of Timber Timbre said at the top of their show, “welcome to the most exciting night of my entire life.”
For all who were in the audience, it was a wonderful opportunity to see your favourite artist in an intimate and iconic space. For those who couldn’t be there, we are excited to announce that all eight of these concert films are now available for free at liveatmasseyhall.com. Each double bill concert evening was captured on film in high definition by director Mitch Fillion giving you the opportunity to relive the show you attended or to become acquainted with artists we think you’ll love.
Please share these films with your friends and spread the word on social media by using #LiveatMH on Facebook and Twitter. Below, you can Enter to Win two tickets to a Live at Massey Hall Season 2 concert of your choice, and the accompanying mounted show poster.
The winner will be announced here on Monday, March 16, 2015 and will be contacted via email.