Four Appearances by Canada’s Folk Music Icon!
May 18-21, 2005 at 8 p.m.
Toronto, February 14, 2005 - Legendary
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