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Embrace presents

An 'epoch' is defined as an extended period of time typically characterized by a distinctive development or by a memorable series of events, and Scott Hansen, leader of the band Tycho, has named their new album Epoch with that in mind. The last installment in a trilogy, Epoch is the culmination of more than a decade’s work that has seen the band evolving and maturing through two sublime releases Dive (2011) and Awake (2014), and developing from featuring Hansen as a delicate solo performer into the iconic frontman of a powerful multi-layered live band performing on the world’s largest stages.

Dive was where the whole thing crystallized,” said Hansen. “I found that crossover space between what I was doing before, which was more IDM electronic stuff, and the rock music that reflected more of what I was listening to and not necessarily what I was making. Awake was a prototype of pushing it as far into the rock realm as I was comfortable with. Epoch is basically coming full circle. All the lessons of Dive and Awake were applied and then expanded upon.”

Epoch leverages the sonic aesthetic of Dive’s down-tempo vintage-style synthesizers and beautiful melodies while drawing on the kinetic energy of Awake’s progressive composition and organic instrumentation. “I felt like I explored a lot of open-ended unbridled, optimistic spaces with the other records. I don’t know if it’s a reflection of my life, but it seemed like that’s what just came out at the time.” For the new record, the themes felt a bit darker as he explored new musical territory. “My threshold for darkness is much lower. Things that seem dark to me seem happy and light to other people. I think it’s the darker sounds themselves. The timbres are a bit more aggressive.”

Related Links:
Tycho - Official Website
Tycho on Facebook

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<![CDATA[LOUIS C.K.]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/louisck http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/louisck Massey Hall

Six-time Emmy Award winner Louis C.K. has found success in both television and film as well as the live stage. Louis can be seen starring in Horace and Pete, a drama he both writes and directs. The New York Times says, “It’s probing, engaged and moving. Horace and Pete is a riveting series!” The show debuted in January 2016 and is being directly distributed through his website louisck.net.

Louis has received over 30 Emmy nominations throughout his career, including wins for “Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series” for his work on the FX series, Louie. Additionally, he has won 2 GRAMMY Awards for Best Comedy Album.

In January 2015, he became the first comedian to sell out Madison Square Garden four times on the same tour. The third show was recorded and released as a digital audio download on his website, which went on to take home his most recent 2016 GRAMMY Award for Best Comedy Album.

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<![CDATA[Leif Vollebekk]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/LeifVollebekk-2017 http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/LeifVollebekk-2017 The Great Hall

Massey Hall presents

“By the time the last notes die away, all that’s left should be you,” Leif says. “And I’ll be somewhere else. And that’s Twin Solitude.”  Leif’s third album features 10 delicate and expansive original songs, with lyrics that pour out of this singer songwriter that’s often compared to Jeff Buckley.  Leif’s words lay on a bed of elastic instrumentation full of piano, synthesizer, guitar, rich bass and strings.
Twin Solitude features Olivier Fairfield from Timber Timbre (drums), Sarah Page from the Barr Brothers (harp) on “Rest,” Shahzad Ismaily of Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog and SecretCheifs3 (bass) on several tracks and the string duo Chargaux throughout the album as well.  It was engineered by Dave Smith and recorded at his Breakglass Studios in Canada.  Produced by Leif Vollebekk.

Acclaimed Montreal singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Leif Vollebekk has toured extensively across North America and Europe, supporting the likes of Daniel Lanois, Gregory Alan Isakov, Patrick Watson, as well as Sinéad O'Connor at Massey Hall in 2014. His two previous records, Inland (2010) and North Americana (2013) have received praise from Rolling Stone and Paste, while his forthcoming third album, Twin Solitude is due out February 24 (via Secret City Records). You can listen to the first single from Twin Solitude, “Elegy” which NPR calls “devastatingly beautiful,” here.

Related Links:
Leif Vollebekk - Official Website

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<![CDATA[Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert 2018]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/Salute18 http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/Salute18 Roy Thomson Hall

Roy Thomson Hall and Attila Glatz Concert Productions present

More celebratory than a glass of champagne, Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert is a delight for the eyes and the ears. Welcome 2017 with this elegant concert—celebrating a 24-year tradition in Toronto! This New Year’s Day a stunning new program featuring Strauss waltzes and sweeping melodies from operettas will be performed by a full orchestra, acclaimed European singers, ballet and ballroom dancers. Fall for the Blue Danube Waltz all over again!

Related Links:
Glatz Concerts - Offical Site


Artists and repertoire subject to change.

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<![CDATA[Bravissimo!]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/Bravissimo17 http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/Bravissimo17 Roy Thomson Hall

Roy Thomson Hall and Attila Glatz Concert Productions present

For ten years, Bravissimo! Opera’s Greatest Hits has dazzled new and seasoned opera lovers alike on New Year’s Eve! Come for a spectacular performance of opera highlights, and revel in a program steaming with love, jealousy, and betrayal featuring this year’s all Italian cast of couples: baritone Lucio Gallo returns this year with mezzo-soprano Diletta Rizzo, and soprano Donata D’Annuzio Lombardi joins star tenor Leonardo Caimi, backed by Opera Canada Symphony and Chorus. Hear your favourite arias, choruses and duets that withstand the test of time and are as bright and everlasting as the tradition of New Year’s Eve itself, including selections from Cosi fan tutteMadama ButterflyRigoletto, Pagliacci, and Tosca. The concert starts at 7PM and the final bows will usher you out well before 10PM to continue enjoying your New Year’s Eve celebrations!


Related Links:
Glatz Concerts - Offical Site

Artists Subject to Change Without Notice

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<![CDATA[Live at Massey Hall: Joel Plaskett & Bill PlaskettSolidarity Tour]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/LAMH-JoelPlaskett http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/LAMH-JoelPlaskett Massey Hall

Massey Hall presents

Many Canadian music fans know Joel Plaskett. The JUNO-Award winning songwriter and Polaris Music Prize Short List nominee has sold out clubs and concert halls from one side of the country to the other.

But in 2017 he’ll be sharing the spotlight with his earliest musical influence- his father, Bill PlaskettSolidarity, to be released on the Pheromone label in February is the first full-length musical collaboration between father and son and is a powerful collection of original and traditional songs, reflecting the duo’s individual journeys and personal politics. Following Solidarity’s release, the duo will embark on a cross-country tour including a special performance for Live at Massey Hall.

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joelplaskett.com

Live at Massey Hall
Offering unparalleled insight into the country’s most storied live music venue, the Live at Massey Hall concert and film series is devoted to extraordinary Canadian artists and milestone moments in their careers.

Free streaming of the 30-minute HD  Live at Massey Hall films, which also feature interviews and backstage footage, is available at liveatmasseyhall.com.

By entering Massey Hall for the Live at Massey Hall series you consent to having your image captured and displayed for promotional and/or documentary use.

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<![CDATA[Alejandra Ribera]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/AlejandraRibera http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/AlejandraRibera

Massey Hall presents

Audiences that experienced folk-pop-and-more artist Alejandra Ribera at Massey Hall in support of Ron Sexsmith in 2015, or alongside Chilly Gonzales as part of our Live at Massey Hall series (stay tuned for the 30-minute film of her set), know the power of her performances to transfix. Exploring the unexpected places we find light, the critically-acclaimed award-winning Ribera’s sophomore album, This Island sees release in early 2017 and continues her exploration of luminescence — this time leaving the depths of mythological waters and delving firmly into the experience of the human heart. She cites some unlikely influences as inspiring her approach to this recording — a speech by actress Tilda Swinton at the Rothko Chapel, a documentary about performance artist Marina Abramović and studying movement in Paris with one of Pina Bausch’s earliest devotees. “There is this infinite potential that lies in that moment between suspension and release ... I wanted to put a sonic microscope on that moment and invite the listener into that intimate space normally reserved for those who create the music.”

Trinity St. Paul’s Centre will provide a fittingly awe-inspiring ambiance for the experience of this singular performer and we can’t wait for you to join us.

Related Links:
Alejandra Ribera - Official Site

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<![CDATA[Goran Bregovic & His Wedding and Funeral Band]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/Bregovic http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/Bregovic Massey Hall

Small World Music and Massey Hall present

The trans-Balkan musical extravaganza that is Goran Bregovic and his Wedding and Funeral Band has been dubbed a "musical spectacle unlike anything else on North American stages” (San Francisco Chronicle) and "brought down the house" at their last Carnegie Hall appearance. The band features Gypsy brass players and Bulgarian vocalists all led by legendary guitarist and composer Bregovic.

Bregovic rose to fame as the founding member of Bijelo Dugme (White Button), one of the biggest rock acts to come out of the former Yugoslavia. Founded in 1974, they sold millions of albums across the region, shaking things up with their Balkan-infused hard rock that gave voice to a generation stifled by communist conformity. Bregovic established himself as a solo artist beginning in 1990, and became renowned for his soundtrack work in particular, composing for more than thirty films including Arizona Dream (1993) — which united him with Iggy Pop — and his introduction to North American audiences in Sascha Baron Cohen's controversial blockbuster Borat. He's also worked with pop idol/avant garde influencer Scott Walker, the Gypsy Kings, Turkish icon Sezen Aksu and more, and his latest album, Three Letters from Sarajevo, is forthcoming.

Related Links:
Goran Bregovic - Official Site
Watch - "Bella Ciao" live in Paris, 2013

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<![CDATA[PJ Harvey]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/PJHarvey http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/PJHarvey Massey Hall

Presented by Goldenvoice

Long absent from North American stages, one of the most influential women in rock, PJ Harvey, returns to Toronto for her Massey Hall debut. Harvey first turned heads with her 1992 album Dry, followed by the even-more-critically-acclaimed follow-up Rid of Me and, in 1995, the Top-40 charting To Bring You My Love. Over the course of the ensuing two-plus decades, she’s expanded upon her dark, heavy and brooding alt-rock roots, working across genres and with collaborators including Steve Albini and Nick Cave.

The only artist to receive the UK’s prestigious Mercury Prize twice (2001 and 2011 for Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea and Let England Shake) – in addition to receiving two other nominations – Harvey has also received eight Brit Award nominations. She received her seventh Grammy nomination (Best Alternative Music Album) for 2016’s The Hope Six Demolition Project, which Pitchfork called “her most exhilarating rock album in years.”

Of her recent New York performance, Vulture noted that “In the midst of the maelstrom, Harvey held court like alt-rock royalty… The show transfixed thanks to the skill and versatility of all the players, and the synergy that makes Hope Six... so coolly well-rounded,” while the Los Angeles Times said “If times are tough, Harvey seemed to be saying, we may as well go down swinging.”

Related Links:
PJ Harvey - Official Site
WATCH - The Hope Six Demolition Project Album Trailer
WATCH - “The Orange Monkey” from The Hope Six Demolition Project

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<![CDATA[Wilco]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/Wilco http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/Wilco Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:30pm
Massey Hall

Live Nation and Massey Hall present

Formed in 1994 out of the ashes of beloved alt-country band Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, who the Wall Street Journal called “among the greatest bands of its era — or any era,” comes through Toronto in the wake of the release of Schmilco, the band’s 10thalbum. An “intentionally loose affair,” according to the band, the record has been called “sad, quiet, risky, and great” by Vulture, and “quietly wondrous” by the A.V. Club.

From its roots in alt-country, to forays into indie-rock, power-pop and more, the band is well-known for pushing the envelope while garnering critical and audience acclaim. The band has won a Grammy Award (2004’s A Ghost is Born) and four nominations – including their 1998 collaboration with English singer-songwriter Billy Bragg that brought the unrecorded lyrics of Woody Guthrie to life for Mermaid Avenue – as well as three albums that peaked in the top five of the Billboard charts and Gold-certification for the universally-praised Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, which remains their best-selling record – and one that was almost never released. Meanwhile, Nels Cline and Glenn Kotche appeared, respectively, in Rolling Stone’s Top 100 Guitarists and Drummers of All Time lists, and the band’s biennial Solid Sound Festival is a highlight of the summer-events calendar.

Related Links:
Wilco - Official Site

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<![CDATA[Mother Mother]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/mothermother http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/mothermother Massey Hall

Live Nation presents

True to their name, the Vancouver-based band playing a smart and amiable folk-rock with an alternative edge, biting wit and jazzy sense of sophistication is a family affair, featuring core members and siblings Ryan and Molly Guldemond. Rising quickly from acoustic folk trio that self-released their debut album to alt-pop-rock quintet scoring major record deals and JUNO and MMVA nominations, they were the second-most played band on Canadian radio in 2012 and 2013 and have seen five songs in the alt-rock top ten, more than 1.5 million Spotify streams and over 1.3 million YouTube views. Their Massey Hall appearance is part of a twenty-five city Canadian tour in the wake of the February, 2017 release of their sixth album NO CULTURE.

Related Links:
Mother Mother - Official Site

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<![CDATA[Jann Arden]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/ULE-JannArden http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/ULE-JannArden Roy Thomson Hall

Let's Talk Entertainment presents

Renowned musician, best-selling author and hillarious storyteller Jann Arden will bring you to tears and minutes later have you rolling in the aisles with laughter. Never settling on a single discipline, she’s received eight Juno Awards, was honoured with a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, hosted Being Jann on CBC radio, co-hosted CTV’s The Social and is the author of four books including the widely-praised memoir Falling Backwards. With her unique brand of wisdom and wit, Arden will share deeply personal life stories of growing up in rural Canada.

Related Links:
Unique Lives & Experiences - Official Site
Jann Arden - Official Site

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<![CDATA[Lara Logan]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/ULE-LaraLogan http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/ULE-LaraLogan Roy Thomson Hall

Let's Talk Entertainment presents

In her current role at 60 MinutesLara Logan helps us understand the political and human conflicts around the world, including Syria, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, Palestine and Egypt. A journalist who heads straight into hostile places not for spectacle but for the sake of our understanding the real issues of our time, she was one of the few reporters in Baghdad when the U.S. military entered the city, reporting live in the square as the statue of Saddam fell. Logan was beaten and sexually assaulted while covering the celebrations in Tahrir Square following Hosni Mubarak’s resignation, but despite this tragedy, she remains a fearless interviewer asking tough questions of today's most powerful people.

Related Links:
Unique Lives & Experiences - Official Site

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<![CDATA[Susan Aglukark]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/ULE-SusanAglukark http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/ULE-SusanAglukark Roy Thomson Hall

Let's Talk Entertainment presents

Susan Aglukark is one of Canada’s most unique and most honoured artists. An Inuk from Arviat, Nunavut, Aglukark has been walking a tension-filled path between two worlds, which has helped define her remarkable career. A unique presence in the mainstream music world, she is an Inuk woman, a modern woman, a strong woman with something important to say and a rarity in the entertainment industry. Embodying pure, graceful honesty and strength in her music, as her songs climbed the charts her stories and candor about the struggles of the Inuit and Aboriginal communities, and her bravery as she opened up about her own anger and struggle, won her an audience beyond that of most pop artists.

Related Links:
Unique Lives & Experiences - Official Site
Susan Aglukark - Official Site

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<![CDATA[Linda Ronstadt]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/ULE-LindaRonstadt http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/ULE-LindaRonstadt Roy Thomson Hall

Let's Talk Entertainment presents

Linda Ronstandt’s voice was one of music’s great treasures, anchoring hits like “When Will I Be Loved” and “You’re No Good” and crossing genres. With more than 50 million albums sold worldwide and more than 30 Gold and Platinum records, 10 Grammy Awards and membership in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Ronstadt is a consummate American artist. Sadly, Parkinson’s Disease has silenced her singing voice, which inspired her to write the memoir Simple Dreams and embark on a mission to raise awareness of the debilitating disease. Like her memoir, the evening will be full of captivating stories from this remarkable and courageous woman who helped define the music that dominated the American 1970s.

Related Links:
Unique Lives & Experiences - Official Site

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<![CDATA[Julia Gillard]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/ULE-JuliaGillard http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/ULE-JuliaGillard Roy Thomson Hall

Let's Talk Entertainment presents

Julia Gillard is the first woman to serve as Australia’s Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister (2010-2013), and was central to the successful management of Australia’s economy, the twelfth biggest economy in the world, during the global financial crisis. A world leader with fresh insights on geopolitics and the global economy – particularly the volatile Asian markets – she is a champion for economic and education equality for women and children around the world. “I was Prime Minister for three years and three days of resilience. Three years and three days of changing a nation. Three  years and three days for you to judge.” Gillard’s memoir, My Story, received the 2015 Biography of the Year Award.

Related Links:
Unique Lives & Experiences - Official Site

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<![CDATA[Blackie and the Rodeo Kings]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/Blackie-RodeoKings http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/Blackie-RodeoKings Massey Hall

Live Nation presents

Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing and Tom Wilson all had successful solo careers in 1996, when they gathered to record a tribute to Canadian songwriter Willie P. Bennett. But it quickly became clear that the album that emerged – High or Hurtin': The Songs of Willie P. Bennett was no one-off recording, and the band name taken from a Bennett record was to become a staple of Canadian roots-rock. With twenty years, eight albums, several JUNO nominations and one JUNO Award, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings remain one of Canada’s great musical treasures.

The band’s show at Massey Hall comes in the wake of the October, 2016 Kings and Kings. Following 2011’s Kings and Queens, for which the trio sought contributions from a range of female artists (including Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Serena Ryder and Rosanne Cash), the latest album taps the talents of the band’s male counterparts including Dallas Green (City and Colour), Nick Lowe, Bruce Cockburn, Vince Gill, Keb Mo and others.


Related Links:
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings - Official Site

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<![CDATA[Norah Jones - Day Breaks World Tour]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/NorahJones2017 http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/NorahJones2017 Sat May 27, 2017 8pm
Massey Hall

Live Nation presents

Bursting onto the international jazz stage with her 2002 five-Grammy-winning debut, Come Away With Me, jazz-and-then-some chanteuse, musician and composer Norah Jones has since won another four Grammys and sold over 45 million albums worldwide as an acclaimed solo artist and won praise for her work with alt-country projects The Little Willies and Puss N Boots.

Her latest album, Day Breaks, released in the fall of 2016, returns her to her jazz roots while also cementing her role as this era’s quintessential American artist, the purveyor of an unmistakably unique sound that weaves together the threads of several bedrock styles of American music: country, folk, rock, soul, jazz. A kindred spirit to Come Away With Me, the album is unquestionably the work of a mature artist who has lived life and grown immensely in her craft. The album features jazz luminaries including saxophonist Wayne Shorter, organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, and drummer Brian Blade who played on Norah’s debut album and became the backbone (and backbeat) of the new album. Day Breaks is a set of 9 originals written or co-written by Norah with collaborators Sarah Oda and Pete Remm whose themes range from love in all its guises to the socio-political, as well as 3 covers of songs by Horace Silver (“Peace”), Duke Ellington (“Fleurette Africaine”) and, fittingly, given her upcoming Massey Hall performance, Neil Young (“Don’t Be Denied”).


Related Links:
Norah Jones - Official Site

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<![CDATA[Buddy Guy]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/BuddyGuy2017 http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/BuddyGuy2017 Massey Hall

Massey Hall presents

For the thirteenth time in as many years, living blues legend Buddy Guy returns to Massey Hall. A Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Kennedy Center Honoree, a Presidential National Medal of Arts recipient, and the living link to and pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, the eight-time Grammy Award-winner – including a 2015 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award – continues to thrill audiences demonstrating, at 80 years young, why he belongs on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list.

Related Links:
Buddy Guy - Official Site

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<![CDATA[Chris Botti]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/Botti2017 http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/Botti2017 Roy Thomson Hall

Roy Thomson Hall presents

One of the top-selling American instrumental artists working today, Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti’s signature sound transcends the worlds of pop, jazz and classical music. Over the past three decades, Botti has recorded and performed with the best in music, including Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Josh Groban, Yo-Yo Ma, Michael Bublé, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, Joshua Bell, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and even Frank Sinatra. in a career altering partnership, was featured in Sting’s band in the late ‘90s.

Beginning with his 2004 critically-acclaimed album, When I Fall In Love, he has topped the Billboard Jazz charts four times and garnered Gold and Platinum sales certification along with a reputation as one of the most innovative figures of the contemporary music world. His most recent release, Impressions (2012), won the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album, and features Andrea Bocelli, Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock, Mark Knopfler, and David Foster.

Related Links:
Chris Botti - Official Site

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<![CDATA[Rose Cousins]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/RoseCousins http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/RoseCousins The Great Hall

Massey Hall presents

Driven by a voice that evokes raw emotion, Rose Cousins’ music bravely explores the shadowy corners of the heart. Just as her songs embrace sadness, pain, and longing, these emotions are counterbalanced in performance by Rose's quick, wry wit. A native of PEI, she lives in Halifax, NS, deeply values being part of multiple music communities, and is constantly fueled by collaboration. 

Her 2012 album "We Have Made A Spark" won a JUNO Award, 3 East Coast Music Awards, a Canadian Folk Music Award, and was nominated for the Polaris Music Prize. Her music has found its way into several TV shows including Grey's Anatomy.

She will release her highly anticipated new album in February 2017 - recorded with Grammy Award-Winning producer Joe Henry. Rose’s appearance at The Great Hall will feature a full band and will be her Toronto album release concert. It promises to be a special evening you won't want to miss.

Related Links:
Rose Cousins - Official Site

“Some voices hit you hard from first blush and this is one of them.” Exclaim!
“Stark, impeccably written songs … elegantly understated …” NOW Toronto ★★★★★
“achingly candid” USA Today
“It’s no wonder Cousins is the object of audience affection…” The Boston Globe

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<![CDATA[Tom Cochrane's Mad Mad Worldwith Red Rider]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/Tom-Cochrane-Mad-Mad-World http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/Tom-Cochrane-Mad-Mad-World Massey Hall

Live Nation presents

It’s been 25 years since the release of Tom Cochrane’s landmark album, Mad Mad World, which has its deluxe edition reissue in stores and on streaming services today via Universal Music Canada. The remastered 2-CD set includes the previously-unreleased original demo recording of “Life is a Highway,” from which grew the career-defining single, as well as a 1992 concert performance from Chicago featuring key tracks from the album alongside Red Rider classics.

Mad Mad World remains among the top-selling albums in Canadian music history, achieving rare Diamond-certified status on the strengths of such hit singles as the title track, “Sinking Like A Sunset,” and, of course, “Life Is A Highway,” which reigned at #1 for six weeks in Canada, reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, and went on to become recognized the world over.

Related Links:
Tom Cochrane - Official Site

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<![CDATA[Tinariwen]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/Tinariwen http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/Tinariwen Massey Hall

Massey Hall presents

First formed in 1979 in Algerian exile by Malian Tuaregs (traditionally nomadic people spread across seven Saharan countries) and forged among the rebel camps of Muammar Qaddafi’s Libya, where they were forced into military service, Tinariwen are an iconic desert-blues band originally from northern Mali. Rooted in traditional Tuareg music but influenced by the likes of Bob Dylan and Bob Marley, their music addresses political awakening, problems of exile, repression of their people, and demands of sovereignty. Through grassroots networks, their music spread across the region and became a rallying point for the disenfranchised nation, while helping to garner global interest in desert blues, a hypnotic, danceable and intense combination of blues, traditional Tuareg music, rock and more. Outlawed in Algeria and Mali, their first two albums, released in 2001 and 2004, spread to international audiences, and they paved the way for the current wave of Tuareg desert-blues artists now making names on the international circuit, like Bombino and Tamikrest, the latter of whom appeared on the Roy Thomson Hall patio in 2015.

The band began touring internationally in the early 2000s, and begun to win over fans among rock and roll royalty: Carlos Santana invited them to perform as part of his contribution to the Montreaux Jazz Festival; Robert Plant and his guitarist Justin Adams joined Tinariwen onstage at the Festival in the Desert; Thom Yorke has said that his song “The Clock” was a direct result of hearing Plant’s recording of the band. They appeared on Herbie Hancock’s Grammy Award-winning 2010 albumThe Imagine Project, and won their own Grammy for their 2011 album, Tassili, which featured Nels Cline, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and members of TV on the Radio.

The band’s eighth album, which will be released in February 2017, was recorded in two distinct bursts: In 2014, the band set up shop in Rancho de la Luna studios in Joshua Tree, California along with guest musicians Matt Sweeny (Johnny Cash, Bonnie Prince Billy and Cat Power), Kurt Vile, Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age) and Alan Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age), and engineer Andrew Schepps (Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Johny Cash, Jay Z). Two years later, the band set up their tents on a Moroccan oasis near the Algerian border with young local musicians and a group of Berber gnawa(spiritual trance) musicians.

Special guests Dengue Fever’s music is a cross-pollination of Khmer rock, garage rock, psychedelic rock and the British Invasion. The LA-based band is fronted by Cambodian-born award-winning vocalist Chhom Nimol, and has, since their 2003 debut, hit major festivals and venues around the world and garnered serious acclaim.

Related Links:

Tinariwen - Official Site

WATCH: The animated video for “Ténéré Tàqqàl” (What has Become of the Ténéré), from the forthcoming album, directed by Axel Digoix, whose credits include Despicable Me 2 and The Little Prince.


Check out the article and accompanying Spotify playlist from The New Yorker“Rebel Music: The Tuareg Uprising in 12 Songs by Tinariwen”

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<![CDATA[Tove Lo: Lady Wood Tour]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/ToveLo http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/ToveLo Massey Hall

Embrace and Live Nation present

Tove Lo vividly recalls her first heartbreak. His name was Erik, and he was breathtaking. “I fell in love with him right away,” she says. But as we’ve come to learn from her songs such as “Habits (Stay High),” romance is complicated. Erik liked her friend instead; Tove was gutted. “I cried after that forever,” she says, laughing. Did she mention she was just eight years old?

To this day, the highs and lows of love’s labor’s lost continue to be the Stockholm native’s area of expertise. Her second album,Lady Wood (out October 28 on Island Records), deeply navigates the tributaries of sex and love, while its cheeky title debunks her unofficial moniker as The Saddest Girl in Sweden. “When people meet me, they’re like, ‘Oh, you’re actually happy.’ I’m not going to show up drunk and cry my heart out to you,” she says. Then adds, joking, “Well, not every time.”

Tove summoned a tsunami of hormones, intimacy, and regret with her platinum 2014 debut, Queen of the Clouds. And she managed to distill these emotions into poignant sincerity. Pitchfork applauded Queen of the Clouds as a fascinating study in contrasts: "brightly arranged pop songs that feel grand but not excessive.” The lushly louche “Habits (Stay High)” hit No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100, and “Talking Body,” an homage to lust and taboos, hit No. 12. “Coming from a small country, I was shocked to have that kind of success. It meant a lot to me,” she says. “There’s this idea of what a good female role model is. It’s usually not what I’m doing. But if I have an impact, if it makes people speak their minds, that’s a good thing.”

Related Links:
Tove Lo - Official Site

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<![CDATA[Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/Nick-Cave http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/Nick-Cave Thu Jun 01, 2017 8pm
Massey Hall

Goldenvoice presents

Known as rock and roll’s “Prince of Darkness,” the Australian native formed the Bad Seeds in 1983, in the wake of the breakup of influential goth-rockers Birthday Party, and they quickly achieved widespread acclaim, maintained and expanded upon over the course of 16 studio albums. The band’s latest album, Skeleton Tree, met with universal critical praise: Pitchfork gave the album a 9.0, and the Guardian called it “brilliant music on the verge of collapse.” 2016’s One More Time With Feeling, the documentary following, in both 2D and 3D, the tragic backdrop of the making of Skeleton Tree, received an A from Indiewire, who called it “at once sobering in tone and intoxicating in style.”

The band performs two Massey Hall shows as part of their 2017 17-city North American Tour. Well known for intense and inspiring live shows, the Toronto Star gave their last local concert “five stars out of four,” while the Dallas Observer wrote that  “No one on the circuit can both command and terrify a crowd quite like Nick Cave,” and ranked him “amongst the best frontmen of this or any generation.”

Related Links:

Watch: “Girl in Amber” from Skeleton Tree

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<![CDATA[Blue Rodeo]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/BlueRodeo2017 http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/BlueRodeo2017 Fri Feb 03, 2017 8pm
Massey Hall

Live Nation presents

One of Canada’s most iconic bands, Blue Rodeo will release their 14th studio album, 1000 Arms on Friday, October 28. The group will head back out on the road in 2017 performing news songs for fans with 30 concerts scheduled in 23 cities, beginning January 2017.

1000 Arms was recorded over the winter of 2015/16 at Blue Rodeo’s Woodshed Studios. The 12-track record was co-produced and engineered by Tim Vesely, a founding member of the Rheostatics. Jim and his longtime bandmate Greg Keelor credit Vesely with helping influence the sound of the new album.

In the thirty years since forming, Blue Rodeo has sold over 4 million albums, won countless Juno awards, been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, been named to the Order of Canada and have been honoured with the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award.

Fans pre-ordering 1000 Arms will automatically receive four album tracks including the first single “Superstar.” CD and heavy-weight vinyl can be ordered beginning today from www.bluerodeo.com.

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<![CDATA[Colin James]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/ColinJames2016 http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/ColinJames2016 Massey Hall

Live Nation presents

Critically acclaimed, Juno Award winning singer-songwriter Colin James has announced cross Canada tour dates in support of his new album Blue Highways (released via True North Records).

Blue Highways pays tribute to some of the singer/ guitarist’s long time blues idols including Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Freddie King, Jr. Wells & Buddy Guy, Peter Green, Robert Johnson and William Bell to name a few.  In the spring of 2015 Colin wrapped up his Hearts on Fire tour.  After a couple of months of straight touring, Colin was loving playing with the band and really happy with the sound they had created on stage.  What better time to make a record?  Especially the record Colin had been itching to make for years – a collection of some of his favourite blues tracks.  In less than a week Colin and his touring band went into The Warehouse Studios in Vancouver and in just 2 days, Blue Highways was born.

"My band and I are really excited about playing some of these great blues songs for live audiences across the country.”  Said James of the tour.

Related Links:
Colin James - Official Site

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<![CDATA[Measha Brueggergosman: Songs of Freedom]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/Measha-Brueggergosman http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/Measha-Brueggergosman Harbourfront Centre Theatre

Massey Hall presents

Award-winning Canadian soprano, Measha Brueggergosman performs a special live concert at the intimate Harbourfront Centre Theatre on February 12 at 3pm, performing selections from her forthcoming album Songs of Freedom.

Brueggergosman recently opened the inaugural AGO Creative Minds: Art and Social Justice event at Massey Hall with a special performance of selections from Songs of Freedom. The album, comprised of Brueggergosman’s take on spirituals, follows the 2015 film of the same name which documented Brueggergosman connecting with her faith and past, and honouring her Cameroonian ancestry with a visit to the country.

“These spirituals are close to my Christian faith. They are also a very important part of my family’s history. It is the music of my people” says Brueggergosman. “My ancestors were stolen from Africa and sold into slavery in the United States before finding freedom in Nova Scotia. The spirituals were born out of a time when my people were oppressed and needed to find a way not only to communicate with each other, but also to express themselves.”

Related Links:
Meahsa Brueggergosman - Official Site

Watch footage from the film as well as performances, including “Amazing Grace,” “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” and “This Little Light of Mine” at songsoffreedom.ca

Watch: Brueggergosman performs “Wade in the Water” on q

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<![CDATA[Nathaniel Dett Chorale]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/NathanielDettChorale http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/NathanielDettChorale Roy Thomson Hall

Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, conductor
Andrew Adair, organ

The Nathaniel Dett Chorale is Canada's first professional choral group dedicated to the performance of Afrocentric music of all styles including classical, spirituals, jazz, folk and blues. Founded by Blyden-Taylor in 1998 to celebrate the work of African-Canadian composer R. Nathaniel Dett, the Chorale has since toured the world, showcasing the full spectrum of Afrocentric choral music, and recently appeared on this stage in concert with American soprano Kathleen Battle.   

Related Links:
nathanieldettchorale.org/

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<![CDATA[Mendelssohn Singers]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/MendelssohnSingers http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/MendelssohnSingers Roy Thomson Hall

Noel Edison, conductor
David Briggs, organ

The 70-voice Mendelssohn Singers is formed from the ranks of the much larger (150-voice) Toronto Mendelssohn Choir whose formidable history goes back more than 100 years. The Singers made their debut in 2003 and have since made regular guest appearances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and many other acclaimed ensembles.  Noel Edison is the conductor for both the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and Mendelssohn Singers as well as the 20-voice Elora Festival Singers, who form the core of the two larger choirs.

Related Links:
tmchoir.org/

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<![CDATA[Victoria Scholars Men’s Choral Ensemble]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/Victoria-StMichaels http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/Victoria-StMichaels Roy Thomson Hall

Jerzy Cichocki, conductor
William O’Meara, organ

The Victoria Scholars, formed in 1993 by graduates of St. Michael’s Choir School, have toured Canada and internationally, released four recordings, and are past winners of Canada Council’s Healey Willan Grand Prize in CBC’s Radio National Choral Competition.

Related Links:
victoriascholars.ca/

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<![CDATA[Glenn Miller Orchestra]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/Glenn-Miller-Orchestra17 http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/Glenn-Miller-Orchestra17 Roy Thomson Hall

Didier Morissonneau presents

The world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra brings timeless classics like In the Mood, Moonlight Serenade, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Pennsylvania 6-5000, String of Pearls and Tuxedo Junction back to the stage. Even 50 years after founding his famous orchestra Glenn Miller’s music is alive and well.

Over 20 musicians and singers bring the unforgettable Glenn Miller sound and perform those songs that everyone remembers... This is a show not to miss for jazz and swing fans alike or the incurable romantics who want to step back in time. The legendary Glenn Miller was the most successful of all the dance bandleaders back in the Swing era of the 1930s and '40s.

Related Links:
Glenn Miller Orchestra - Official Site

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<![CDATA[TSO - Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto 1]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-Tchaikovsky-Piano-Concerto http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-Tchaikovsky-Piano-Concerto Roy Thomson Hall

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Stewart Goodyear, piano

Edward TopEruption (World Première/TSO Commission)*
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
Dvořák: Symphony No. 7

Superlative works by Tchaikovsky and Dvořák anchor this hearty program. Pianist Stewart Goodyear, whom the Los Angeles Times has called “a phenomenon who deserves wide attention,” masters every dimension of Tchaikovsky’s commanding concerto.The Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra joins the TSO in a performance of Dutch-Canadian composer Edward Top’s sesquicentennial commission.

* Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra performs with TSO

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<![CDATA[TSO - Carmina Burana]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-Carmina-Burana http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-Carmina-Burana Thu Jun 22, 2017 8pm
Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:30pm
Sat Jun 24, 2017 8pm
Roy Thomson Hall

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Nicola Benedetti, violin
Aline Kutan, soprano
Daniel Taylor, countertenor
Phillip Addis, baritone
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
Toronto Children’s Chorus


Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No. 2
OrffCarmina Burana

This season’s The Decades Project concerts reach an ecstatic climax with Carmina Burana, a choral spectacular that rejoices in the pleasures of life: springtime, food, wine, and love! You’ll also enjoy the virtuoso fireworks of Polish composer Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No. 2.

Jun 21 6:45pm Free pre-concert performance by The TSO Chamber Soloists

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<![CDATA[TSO - The Seven Deadly Sins]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-Seven-Deadly-Sins http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-Seven-Deadly-Sins Thu Jun 15, 2017 8pm
Roy Thomson Hall

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Walls Giunta, mezzo-soprano
Jennifer Nichols, dancer
Isaiah Bell, tenor
Owen McCausland, tenor
Geoffrey Sirrett, baritone
Stephen Hegedus, bass-baritone
Joel Ivany, stage director

Barber: Adagio for Strings
Bartók:
Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta
WeillThe Seven Deadly Sins (semi-staged)

Two great works featuring strings, by Barber and Bartók, share a program with Kurt Weill’s satirical “sung ballet”, The Seven Deadly Sins, in a new, semi staged production directed by Joel Ivany.

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<![CDATA[TSO - Belshazzar’s Feast]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-Belshazzars-Feast http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-Belshazzars-Feast Sat Jun 03, 2017 8pm
Roy Thomson Hall

Sir Andrew Davis, conductor
Jonathan Crow, violin
Alexander Dobson, baritone
Toronto Mendelssohn ChoirHuddersfield Choral Society

Hindemith: Concert Music for Brass and Strings
Berg: Violin Concerto
Walton: Belshazzar’s Feast

Sir William Walton’s spectacular biblical oratorio—tracing the liberation of the Hebrew slaves from captivity in Babylon and powered by a 200-voice mass choir—is the climax of a program conducted by TSO Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis that includes the eloquent violin concerto that Alban Berg composed in tribute to a young woman who had died at eighteen.

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<![CDATA[TSO - CA-NA-DA!]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-CA-NA-DA http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-CA-NA-DA Sun Jun 11, 2017 3pm
Roy Thomson Hall

Lucas Waldin, conductor
Heather Bambrick, singer

This heartwarming program takes you on a nostalgic journey through the best of popular music from Canadian stage and screen. Hear classic tunes such as the Log Driver’s Waltz and “The Hockey Theme” (from Hockey Night in Canada), as well as a symphonic suite from Canada’s longest-running musical based on one of the country’s most beloved books, Anne of Green Gables…and so much more!

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<![CDATA[TSO - A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-EllaFitzgerald http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-EllaFitzgerald Wed Jun 07, 2017 2pm
Wed Jun 07, 2017 8pm
Roy Thomson Hall

Steven Reineke, conductor
Capathia Jenkins, vocalist
Montego Glover, vocalist
Sy Smith, vocalist

This swinging tribute to Ella Fitzgerald — in celebration of her 100th birthday — presents some of the most glorious songs that she made her own, including Blues in the Night and They Can’t Take That Away from Me. You’ll also hear top hits by her sister jazz greats, including Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday, and Sarah Vaughan, as well as the music of inimitable Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson.

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<![CDATA[TSO - Beethoven Symphony 7]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-BeethovenSymphony7 http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-BeethovenSymphony7 Sat May 27, 2017 7:30pm
Roy Thomson Hall

Sir Andrew Davis, conductor
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano
Nora Shulman, flute

Delius: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring+
Grieg: Piano Concerto
GriffesPoem for Flute and Orchestra
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

Renowned TSO Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis leads a globe-trotting program that includes the famous of all Norwegian concertos, pauses in the USA for an Impressionist interlude spotlighting the Orchestra’s esteemed Principal Flute, and concludes in Vienna with Beethoven’s most exhilarating symphony.

+May 26 & 28 only
* May 28 at George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts

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<![CDATA[TSO - Schumann Piano Concerto]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-Schumann http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-Schumann Roy Thomson Hall

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Jan Lisiecki, piano

Jordan Pal: New Work
Schumann: Piano Concerto
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

The eighty-plus members of the TSO rise magnificently to the occasion as Hungarian genius Béla Bartók puts them through countless thrilling paces in the twentieth-century classic, Concerto for Orchestra. Remarkable Canadian pianist Jan Lisecki appears as soloist in Schumann’s impassioned and poetic concerto.

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<![CDATA[TSO - Arabian Nights]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-ArabianNights http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-ArabianNights Roy Thomson Hall

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Carla Huhtanen, soprano
Soundstreams Choir 21

Morawetz: Carnival Overture
Boulez: Le soleil des eaux
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Peter Oundjian and the TSO transport you on a journey of vibrant orchestral colours and unforgettable melodies inspired by theArabian Nights legends, in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. You’ll also enjoy a boisterous curtainraiser by the Czech-Canadian composer Oskar Morawetz, and an impressive early piece for soprano, chorus, and orchestra by Frenchman Pierre Boulez.

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<![CDATA[TSO - The Hockey Sweater]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-TheHockeySweater http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-TheHockeySweater Sat Apr 29, 2017 4pm
Roy Thomson Hall

Alain Trudel, conductor
Roch Carrier, narrator
Christopher Gongos, horn
Abigail Richardson-Schulte, host

The beloved Canadian story The Hockey Sweater is brought to life through music in the TSO co-commissioned work of the same name. Just in time for the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs, this charming winter classic, narrated by author Roch Carrier, will appeal to all budding hockey fans. Pre-concert performance in the lobby

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<![CDATA[TSO - Mozart & Mendelssohn]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-Mozart-Mendelssohn http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-Mozart-Mendelssohn Sun Apr 23, 2017 3pm
Roy Thomson Hall

Earl Lee, RBC Resident Conductor
Luca Buratto, piano

Rossini: Overture to L’ italiana in Algeri
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 25, K. 503
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 “Italian”

Mendelssohn’s joyful souvenir of a tour through Italy, and a playful operatic overture by a native Italian, Rossini, highlight this sunny program. Italian pianist Luca Buratto, the 2015 Honens Prize Laureate, brings all his “fiery imagination and finesse” (to quote Musical America) to a masterful Mozart concerto.

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<![CDATA[TSO - What Makes It Great?® An American in Paris]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-AmericaninParis http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-AmericaninParis Massey Hall

Rob Kapilow, conductor & host

GershwinAn American in Paris

Rob Kapilow gets you up close and personal with the jaunty Gershwin piece that follows an American tourist as he takes in the dazzling sights of Paris. Once Rob Kapilow and the Orchestra have shown you how Gershwin put it together, they’ll give you a complete, uninterrupted performance.

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<![CDATA[TSO - Best of Rodgers & Hammerstein]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-RogersHammerstein http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-RogersHammerstein Wed Apr 19, 2017 2pm
Wed Apr 19, 2017 8pm
Roy Thomson Hall

Steven Reineke, conductor
Chilina Kennedy, vocalist
Ryan Silverman, vocalist
Amabile Choirs of London, Canada

This fabulous concert brings you unforgettable songs from every one of the eleven Broadway musicals that this legendary team created—solid-gold classics such as The Sound of MusicSouth PacificCarouselOklahoma!, and The King and I, with appealing rarities like Cinderella and Flower Drum Song, too!

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<![CDATA[TSO - Liszt Piano Concerto 2]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-Liszt http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-Liszt Thu Apr 13, 2017 2pm
Roy Thomson Hall

Andrey Boreyko, conductor
Lucas Debargue, piano

Christos HatzisThe Isle is Full of Noises
Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2
Brahms: Symphony No. 3

French pianist Lucas Debargue, prizewinner at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition with his very first performance with orchestra, makes his TSO début in a riveting concerto by Liszt. Russian maestro Andrey Boreyko conducts Brahms’s passionate Third Symphony and Canadian composer Christos Hatzis’s compelling evocation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

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<![CDATA[TSO - Mahler Symphony 10]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-Mahler10 http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-Mahler10 Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:30pm
Roy Thomson Hall

Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
Joseph Johnson, cello

Schumann: Cello Concerto
Mahler/Cooke: Symphony No. 10

The dynamic Danish maestro Thomas Dausgaard gives you the rare opportunity to experience Mahler’s “last will and testament”, the fiery and hauntingly sublime Symphony No. 10, in the version completed by eminent music scholar Deryck Cooke. The TSO’s brilliant Principal Cello, Joseph Johnson, takes the spotlight in Schumann’s poetic concerto.

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<![CDATA[TSO - Beethoven Violin Concerto]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-BeethovenViolin http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-BeethovenViolin Roy Thomson Hall

Robert Trevino, conductor
Karen Gomyo, violin

Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (Apr 2 only)
StravinskyPetrouchka (1947)

The Olympian beauties of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto find an ideal interpreter in Karen Gomyo, who’s been praised in the Chicago Tribune as a “firstrate artist of real musical command.” Conductor Robert Trevino revels in the sparkling dances and vivid characters of Stravinsky’s Russian fairground ballet, Petrouchka, and Debussy’s Impressionist classic.

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<![CDATA[TSO - Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark with Live Orchestra]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-IndianaJones http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-IndianaJones Roy Thomson Hall

Steven Reineke, conductor

Indiana Jones’s screen début takes on a new dimension of excitement when you experience it with the TSO playing John Williams’s score live! Every march is grander and every chase makes the heart beat faster, as Indy battles Nazis to find the all-powerful Ark of the Covenant. 


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<![CDATA[TSO - How the Gimquat Found Her Song]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-Gimquat http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-Gimquat Sat Mar 25, 2017 4pm
Roy Thomson Hall

Martin MacDonald, conductor
Platypus Theatre

This enduring children’s classic, performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Canada’s renowned Platypus Theatre, tells the story of a rare and silent bird who lives in hiding. One day, her life is forever changed when she meets a magician who takes her on a musical journey through the history of western music in search of the perfect song.

Pre-concert performance in the lobby

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<![CDATA[TSO - Beethoven Symphony 6]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-Beethoven-Symphony6 http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-Beethoven-Symphony6 Thu Mar 23, 2017 8pm
Roy Thomson Hall

Hannu Lintu, conductor
Anu Komsi, soprano

Sibelius: Suite from The Tempest
Magnus LindbergAccused: Three Interrogations for Soprano and Orchestra (North American Première/TSO Co-commission)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral”

Maestro Hannu Lintu interprets Beethoven’s glorious “Pastoral” symphony, a leisurely stroll through the countryside. He also presents two absorbing works by his fellow Finns: gems from Sibelius’s incidental score for Shakespeare’s romantic fantasy, and Lindberg’s intense trio of interrogations drawn from more than 200 years of international political history.

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<![CDATA[TSO - Kronos Quartet]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-KronosQuartet http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-KronosQuartet Roy Thomson Hall

André de Ridder, conductor
Kronos Quartet, string quartet
Peter Oundjian, host

Cassandra Miller: New Work (World Première/TSO Commission) 
Daníel Bjarnason: Emergence
Nicole Lizée: Black MIDI (World Première/TSO Commission)

New music rock stars the Kronos Quartet add to their 800-plus world premières with Nicole Lizée’s Concerto, a wild and imaginative rave for this rare combination of instruments. Also on the program are daring works by Canada’s Cassandra Miller and Iceland’s Daníel Bjarnason.

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<![CDATA[TSO - James Ehnes]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-James-Ehnes http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-James-Ehnes Roy Thomson Hall
Peter Oundjian, conductor & host
André de Ridder, conductor
James Ehnes, violin
Aaron Jay Kernis: Violin Concerto (World Première/TSO Co-commission)
Mica Levi: New Work (World Première/TSO Commission)
Owen Pallett: New Work (World Première/TSO Commission)
Superstar violinist James Ehnes performs a concerto that Pulitzer Prize–winner Aaron Jay Kernis wrote especially for him. Festival curator Owen Pallett offers his latest piece, and you’ll hear a new work by Mica Levi, whose score for the film Under the Skin played a vital role in its success.

Peter Oundjian, conductor & host
André de Ridder, conductor
James Ehnes, violin

Aaron Jay Kernis: Violin Concerto (World Première/TSO Co-commission)
Mica Levi: New Work (World Première/TSO Commission)
Owen Pallett: New Work (World Première/TSO Commission)

Superstar violinist James Ehnes performs a concerto that Pulitzer Prize–winner Aaron Jay Kernis wrote especially for him. Festival curator Owen Pallett offers his latest piece, and you’ll hear a new work by Mica Levi, whose score for the film Under the Skinplayed a vital role in its success.

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<![CDATA[TSO - Tanya Tagaq]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-TanyaTagaq http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-TanyaTagaq Roy Thomson Hall
Peter Oundjian, conductor & host
André de Ridder, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano
Tanya Tagaq, vocalist
Christine Duncan, improvisation leader
Jörg Widmann: Trauermarsch for Piano and Orchestra (Canadian Première/TSO Co-commission)
Jordan Pal: New Work (World Première/TSO Commission)
Tanya Tagaq/Christine Duncan: New Work (World Première/TSO Commission)
This program ranges from an imposing work for piano and orchestra by Jörg Widmann to the world premières of works by the TSO’s RBC Affiliate Composer Jordan Pal and the astonishing throat singer and 2014 Polaris Prize winner Tanya Tagaq, written with Christine Duncan.

Peter Oundjian, conductor & host
André de Ridder, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano
Tanya Tagaq, vocalist
Christine Duncan, improvisation leader

Jörg WidmannTrauermarsch for Piano and Orchestra (Canadian Première/TSO Co-commission)
Jordan Pal: New Work (World Première/TSO Commission)
Tanya Tagaq/Christine Duncan: New Work (World Première/TSO Commission)

This program ranges from an imposing work for piano and orchestra by Jörg Widmann to the world premières of works by the TSO’s RBC Affiliate Composer Jordan Pal and the astonishing throat singer and 2014 Polaris Prize winner Tanya Tagaq, written with Christine Duncan.

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<![CDATA[TSO - National Arts Centre Orchestra]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-NACO http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-NACO Roy Thomson Hall

Alexander Shelley, conductor
Pepe Romero, guitar
National Arts Centre Orchestra, guest orchestra

Walton: Suite from Henry V
Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
Walton: Symphony No. 1

Ottawa’s celebrated National Arts Centre Orchestra makes a welcome visit. Their program offers two works by Sir William Walton: the dynamic Symphony No. 1 and the picturesque score for Sir Laurence Olivier’s film version of Shakespeare’s Henry V. Canadian composer Howard Shore displays his classical side with the brand-new Guitar Concerto.

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<![CDATA[TSO - Lights, Camera…Orchestra!]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-Lights-Camera-Orchestra http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-Lights-Camera-Orchestra Sat Feb 25, 2017 4pm
Roy Thomson Hall

Earl Lee, RBC Resident Conductor
TIFF, concert partner

Program includes:
Erica Procunier/Kjell BoersmaDAM! The Story of Kit the Beaver for Film and Orchestra (World Première/TSO Commission)

Lights, camera, orchestra! Join us for a fun film-themed concert as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra joins forces with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to explore the magic of movies and music, including a newly commissioned short film (Kjell Boersma) with accompanying live orchestra score (Erica Procunier).

Pre-concert performance in the lobby


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<![CDATA[TSO - Disney-Pixar Ratatouille in Concert]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-Ratatouille http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-Ratatouille Sat Feb 18, 2017 4pm
Roy Thomson Hall

Sarah Hicks, conductor

One of Disney and Pixar’s most enchanting animated fables tells the hilarious story of a rodent’s quest to become a top Parisian chef. Hearing Michael Giacchino’s sprightly score performed live by the TSO boosts the film’s charm to a new level. A perfect part of your Family Day weekend! 

Presentation licensed by Disney Music Publishing and Buena Vista Concerts, a division of ABC Inc.

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<![CDATA[TSO - Jan Lisiecki Plays Schumann]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-Jan-Lisiecki http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-Jan-Lisiecki Thu Feb 16, 2017 8pm
Roy Thomson Hall

Jakub Hrůša, conductor
Jan Lisiecki, piano

R. Strauss: Death and Transfiguration
Schumann: Piano Concerto
Scriabin: The Poem of Ecstasy

Canadian piano sensation Jan Lisiecki returns to draw every ounce of poetry from Robert Schumann’s gorgeous and ardent concerto. Conductor Jakub Hrůša frames it with two arresting tone poems: Richard Strauss’s uplifting journey from earthly suffering to a peaceful life beyond, and Scriabin’s blazing, sensuous powerhouse.

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<![CDATA[TSO - National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-NSO-Ukraine http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-NSO-Ukraine Roy Thomson Hall
Volodymyr Sirenko, conductor
Dima Tkachenko, violin
National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, guest orchestra
Yevhen Stankovych: Suite from the ballet The Night Before Christmas
Yevhen Stankovych: Violin Concerto No. 2
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique”
This distinguished ensemble displays its brilliance, warmth, and expressive versatility in Tchaikovsky’s stirring final masterpiece, the “Pathétique” Symphony, as well as colourful works by one of Ukraine’s finest composers, Yevhen Stankovych, including his second Violin Concerto, with the excellent violinist Dima Tkachenko as soloist.
7:15pm Free pre-concert lobby performance by the Ukrainian Art Song Project

Volodymyr Sirenko, conductor
Dima Tkachenko, violin
National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, guest orchestra

Yevhen Stankovych: Suite from the ballet The Night Before Christmas
Yevhen Stankovych: Violin Concerto No. 2
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique”

This distinguished ensemble displays its brilliance, warmth, and expressive versatility in Tchaikovsky’s stirring final masterpiece, the “Pathétique” Symphony, as well as colourful works by one of Ukraine’s finest composers, Yevhen Stankovych, including his second Violin Concerto, with the excellent violinist Dima Tkachenko as soloist.

7:15pm Free pre-concert lobby performance by the Ukrainian Art Song Project

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<![CDATA[TSO - What Makes It Great?® Haydn London Symphony]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-WMIG-Haydn-London-Symphony http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-WMIG-Haydn-London-Symphony Roy Thomson Hall

Rob Kapilow, conductor & host

Haydn: Symphony No. 104 “London”

Joseph Haydn reached the pinnacle of his career as the first great composer of symphonies, with twelve magnificent pieces that were premièred in London. Classical music expert Rob Kapilow explores the very last of them, a work that radiates equal parts joy, humour, majesty, and engaging creative imagination.

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<![CDATA[TSO - Beethoven Emperor Concerto]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-Beethoven-Emperor-Concerto http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-Beethoven-Emperor-Concerto Sat Feb 11, 2017 8pm
Roy Thomson Hall

Jiří Bělohlávek, conductor
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Joaquin Valdepeñas, clarinet

DebussyPremière rhapsodie
Martinů: Symphony No. 6 “Fantaisies symphoniques”
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor”

The legendary American pianist Garrick Ohlsson focuses all his insight and strength on Beethoven’s broadest, most regal concerto. Conductor Jiří Bělohlávek brings matchless authority to a fascinating symphony by his fellow Czech, Martinů, and TSO Principal Clarinet Joaquin Valdepeñas shines in Debussy’s fanciful rhapsody.

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<![CDATA[TSO - The Year of the Rooster: A Chinese New Year Celebration]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-Year-of-the-Rooster http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-Year-of-the-Rooster Roy Thomson Hall

Long Yu, conductor
Wu Man, pipa
Mark Rowswell (“Dashan”), host & narrator

For its fourth annual Chinese New Year concert, the TSO presents a festive program celebrating the Year of the Rooster. Long Yu, Artistic Director of the China Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, leads a fascinating program that features the world première of Canadian composer Vincent Ho’s work for pipa—a Chinese folk instrument—performed by internationally renowned pipa virtuoso, Wu Man, together with the Orchestra and narrator, “Dashan”.

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<![CDATA[TSO - Fauré Requiem]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-Faure-Requiem http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSO-Faure-Requiem Thu Feb 02, 2017 8pm
Roy Thomson Hall

Stéphane Denève, conductor
Karina Gauvin, soprano
Russell Braun, baritone
Amadeus Choir & Elmer Iseler Singers
Jean-Willy Kunz, organ

Samy Moussa: A Globe Itself Infolding
Brahms/Detlev Glanert: Four Preludes and Serious Songs
Fauré: Requiem

French composer Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem—in a chamber orchestra setting of this text—highlights this program of inspiring and uplifting music. Acclaimed Canadian baritone Russell Braun sings Brahms’s deeply moving Four Serious Songs, in a beautiful version with original preludes and orchestration by Detlev Glanert, and Montreal composer Samy Moussa’s celebratory work opens the concert.

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<![CDATA[An Evening with Skydiggers]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/Skydiggers2016 http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/Skydiggers2016 Harbourfront Centre Theatre

Massey Hall presents

Long-running JUNO Award-winning alt-country group Skydiggers, well known for having crafted a catalogue full of acclaimed original material over a quarter-century career, celebrate one of the world’s most treasured songwriters on their latest album, Here Without You – The Songs of Gene Clark. Clark co-founded legendary rock group the Byrds in 1964 and went on to write not only some of the group’s most popular songs, but some of the most progressive, trailblazing and much-loved pop music across his three-plus decade career. His music has been recorded by artists including Tom Petty, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss and Teenage Fanclub. Skydiggers found, in Clark’s songwriting, a connection to the roots of folk rock – beyond Guthrie and Dylan and across the Appalachians to the Brits and Scots who first created the folk music in which the Skydiggers’ music is rooted. The album, says the band “is our attempt to capture the essence of our roots as distilled through Gene Clark’s songs.”

This special acoustic performance features not only the music of Clark, but also a trip through the ‘diggers’ greatest hits.

Related Links:
Skidiggers - Official Site

Watch Skydiggers performing Gene Clark’s “8 Miles High”

Watch Skydiggers’ classic “A Penny More” performed as part of the Dakota Sessions

Watch A special Soundboard exclusive glimpse behind the scenes of the making of She Comes in the Room, which features female guests taking on the ‘diggers’ career

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<![CDATA[Mouse on the Keys]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/MOTK http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/MOTK Harbourfront Centre Theatre

Massey Hall presents

After packing and wowing the Rivoli in February, 2016, Tokyo-based jazz trio Mouse on the Keys returns to Toronto. A decidedly contemporary take on the jazz that has been an essential part of our DNA, the band evokes the teeming metropolis of Tokyo, their home base, with a non-traditional lineup of two keyboardists and a drummer. Their hard-charging combination of punk-rock, jazz and classical music and visuals that enhance the experience inject a new energy into the form.

Related Links:
mouseonthekeys.net

Watch Live at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art

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<![CDATA[Jenn Grant]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/JennGrant2017 http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/JennGrant2017 The Great Hall

Massey Hall presents

ECMA winner, three-time JUNO Award nominee, Polaris long-lister and “one of the gratest singers in the world right now” (Rich Terfry, CBC Radio) Jenn Grant is a Nova Scotia-based singer-songwriter whose fifth studio album, Compostela (2014), explores psychedelic folk and melodic storytelling. Currently hard at work on a new album with her husband and producer Daniel Ledwell, her catalogue ranges from dark pop ballads to full-on dance-in-your-car instant-classics.

Related Links:
Jenn Grant - Official Site

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<![CDATA[Seven Things I've Learned: An Evening with Ira Glass]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/IraGlass http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/IraGlass Massey Hall

Massey Hall presents

Ira Glass is the host and creator of the public radio program This American Life, heard weekly on more than 500 public radiostations in the United States, Australia and Canada, and via podcast. Under Glass’s editorial direction, This American Lifehas received numerous awards, including five Peabodys. Glass has worked in radio since 1978, hosting, writing, reporting, producing, editing and more, and returns to Toronto after 2012’s sold out Massey Hall appearance.

Related Links:
This American Life - Official Site

Ira Glass is the host and creator of the public radio program
This American Life, heard weekly on more than 500 public radio
stations in the United States, Australia and Canada, and via podcast.
Under Glass’s editorial direction, This American Life has received
numerous awards, including five Peabodys. Glass has worked in radio
since 1978, hosting, writing, reporting, producing, editing and more,
and returns to Toronto after 2012’s sold out Massey Hall appearance.Ira Glass is the host and creator of the public radio program This American Life, heard weekly on more than 500 public radiostations in the United States, Australia and Canada, and via podcast. Under Glass’s editorial direction, This American Lifehas received numerous awards, including five Peabodys. Glass has worked in radio since 1978, hosting, writing, reporting, producing, editing and more, and returns to Toronto after 2012’s sold out Massey Hall appearance.
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<![CDATA[Classic Albums Live: Rush2112]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/CALRush http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/CALRush Massey Hall

Massey Hall presents

In addition to being a favourite for Rush fans, the album has a particular resonance for us here at Massey Hall: The album’s 1976 tour ended with a 3-night stand at the Hall, recorded and released as the band’s next album, All the World’s A Stage.

Classic Albums Live and its roster of A-list musicians from across the country perform rock favourites exactly as you remember hearing them. Each season features four albums culled from the canon, brought to you live, note for note, cut for cut. Once again, the upcoming season features some of the most important and inspiring albums ever made.

Related Links:
Classic Albums Live - Official Site
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<![CDATA[Classic Albums Live: Elton JohnElton John's Greatest Hits]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/CALEltonJohn http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/CALEltonJohn Massey Hall

Massey Hall presents

While Greatest Hits records are not usually CAL choices, consensus dictated that Elton John’s first collection – a staple of so many record collections, as demonstrated by its nearly-20-million album sales – was the exception for which the rule was created. Because just as “Stairway to Heaven” must follow “The Battle of Evermore,” so, too, must “Rocket Man” follow “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting.”
Classic Albums Live and its roster of A-list musicians from across the country perform rock favourites exactly as you remember hearing them. Each season features four albums culled from the canon, brought to you live, note for note, cut for cut. Once again, the upcoming season features some of the most important and inspiring albums ever made.

Related Links:
Classic Albums Live - Official Site
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<![CDATA[Classic Albums Live: John Lennon - ImaginePaul McCartney and Wings - Band on the Run]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/CALlennonmccartney http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/CALlennonmccartney Roy Thomson Hall

Roy Thomson Hall presents

One of pop music’s ultimate songwriting duos get the CAL treatment separately, as the celebrations of the Beatles’ last Toronto appearance continue into 2017. Both records were early solo ventures for two of rock and roll’s biggest names, but quickly proved – and continue to prove in the more than 40 years since their release – that the Fab Four’s writing core were powerful individual songwriting forces.

Classic Albums Live and its roster of A-list musicians from across the country perform rock favourites exactly as you remember hearing them. Each season features four albums culled from the canon, brought to you live, note for note, cut for cut. Once again, the upcoming season features some of the most important and inspiring albums ever made.

Related Links:
Classic Albums Live - Official Site

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<![CDATA[Ami Vitale]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/AmiVitale http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/AmiVitale Mon May 15, 2017 8pm
Tue May 16, 2017 8pm
Roy Thomson Hall

Roy Thomson Hall and National Geographic Live present

Rhinos, Rickshaws, and Revolutions

Experience the world through the eyes of an award-winning photographer whose career has brought her face-to-face, not just with violence and conflict, but also with surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit. Ami Vitale’s work has taken her to more than 90 countries. She’s lived in mud huts and war zones, contracted malaria, and donned a panda suit—all in keeping with her philosophy of “living the story.”

Photo ©Courtesy of Ami Vitale

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<![CDATA[Lee Berger]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/LeeBerger http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/LeeBerger Mon Mar 27, 2017 8pm
Tue Mar 28, 2017 8pm
Roy Thomson Hall

Roy Thomson Hall and National Geographic Live present

The Mystery of our Human Story

A trove of bones hidden deep within a South African cave represents a new species of human ancestor—and one of the greatest fossil discoveries of the past half century.  Homo naledi appears very primitive in some respects, with a tiny brain and apelike shoulders for climbing. But in other ways it looks remarkably like modern humans. By bringing Homo naledi to light, paleoanthropologist and Nat Geo explorer-in residence Lee Berger and his team have made world-class impact on our understanding of human evolution.

Photo ©Courtesy of Robert Clark

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<![CDATA[Boston Symphony Orchestra]]> http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/BostonSymphonyOrchestra http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/BostonSymphonyOrchestra Roy Thomson Hall

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Roy Thomson Hall present

Considered one of the finest ensembles in North America, the BSO was founded in 1881. Tanglewood, its summer festival in northwestern Massachusetts, is the most prestigious of its kind on the continent, and includes a highly-respected training program. Latvian-born rising-star conductor Andris Nelsons became the artistic head of the organization at the start of the 2014-15 season and will lead the Orchestra in this rare and not-to-be-missed Toronto performance.

Programme:
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

Related Link:
Boston Symphony Orchestra — Official Site

"Something Old (World), Something New: Two powerhouse maestros lead Berlin and Boston orchestras through Roy Thomson Hall" — Soundboard Issue 2

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