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Massey Hall


Four Appearances by Canada’s Folk Music Icon!


May 18-21, 2005 at 8 p.m.
Massey Hall

Toronto, February 14, 2005 - Legendary Canadian folk singer, composer and lyricist Gordon Lightfoot continues his legacy at Massey Hall in 2005 when he brings his soulful, melodic voice and timeless style back for four performances, Wednesday through Saturday, May 18-21, 2005 at 8 p.m. Gordon Lightfoot began his series of annual concerts at Massey Hall in March 1967 with two sold-out concerts, and has the honour of making the most solo appearances at the Hall of any performer. His unofficial Massey Hall debut occurred in his youth when, at age 12, he entered the Kiwanis Music Festival held at Massey Hall and won first place in his category.

Born November 17, 1938, in Orillia, ON, Gordon Lightfoot started out singing in barbershop quartets and as a member of a duo before striking out on his own. He first gained song writing recognition in the 1960s when Peter, Paul & Mary made hits of his compositions For Lovin’ Me and Early Morning Rain, and Marty Robbins topped the country charts with Ribbon of Darkness. Lightfoot’s understated style and tasteful folk arrangements began appearing on his own albums in 1966, with his debut Lightfoot but it was not until 1970s that he achieved success as a performer, with the hit If You Could Read My Mind. Lightfoot hit a peak in 1974 when his single Sundown hit No. 1 on the American charts. Most recently, Lightfoot released Harmony, his 20th album, in May 2004.

His peerless catalogue of original songs includes The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, as well as Rainy Day People, Beautiful, and the Canadian Railroad Trilogy, which was commissioned by the CBC for Canada’s centennial. His songs have been recorded by a veritable Who’s Who of Music, from Bob Dylan to Barbara Streisand and Elvis Presley.

During his career, he has received 15 Juno Awards and been nominated for five Grammy Awards. He was the first inductee of Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, established in 2003, and has also been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame (1986) and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame (2001). In May 2003, he was named a Companion of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest honour.

Tickets purchased for Gordon Lightfoot’postponed Massey Hall appearance in 2002 will be honoured at the May 2005 performance. For information visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office, 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2H5 or call Tel: 416-872-4255.

Tickets: $30.00 to $55.00
Call 416-872-4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office


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