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Enter to Win: Torn from the Pages Prize Package

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On May 30th at Harbourfront Centre Theatre, Massey Hall presents Torn from the Pages: Miriam Toewshosted by writer and musician (and Rheostatic) Dave Bidini. The evening will feature new and original pieces created and performed by John K. Samson, Christine Fellows, Tom Wilson, Grand Analog, Scaachi Koul, and Mustafa the Poet, all inspired by the works of Governor General’s Award winning author Miriam Toews. Toews will also read, giving us a preview from some of her newest work, to close the evening.

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Remembering the King of the Blues, B.B. King

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.

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Enter to Win: Ron Sexsmith Prize Package

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Massey Hall is proud to present Ron Sexsmith with very special guest Alejandra Ribera on Saturday, May 2.

Enter to win 2 tickets to the show at Massey Hall, plus the collectible show poster (pictured above) and a copy of Ron Sexsmith’s new album Carousel One.

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  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 >

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Dave Bidini Explains Torn From The Pages

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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.

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