That’s right, you no longer need to wonder what you’re doing the evenings of Wednesday, August 3 and Thursday, August 4 because it’s clear which events deserve your hard-earned dollars.
First, on August 3 at the Great Hall (1087 Queen St W) is the first-ever Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize Concert. Created to celebrate the best Canadian albums of the past five decades, as chosen in part by a public vote, this special night will honour: Blue by Joni Mitchell (‘60s and ‘70s); The Trinity Session by the Cowboy Junkies (‘80s); Twice Removed by Sloan (‘90s) and The Teaches of Peaches by Peaches (2000-2005).
Hosted by two-time Polaris nominee Rich Terfry, the night will see the innovative Massey Hall Big Band back an assorted Polaris-nominated guests who will put their own spin on tracks from the winning albums. Vocalists include Amelia Curran, The Weather Station, Tanika Charles and Michelle McAdorey. Also performing are Peaches and Chris Murphy and Jay Ferguson of Sloan. (Will they be performing their own songs or pieces by others? You’ll have to be there to find out.)
Tickets are only $25 and yes, limited, unassigned seating will be available. With such a unique lineup, it’s sure to be a memorable night
And just as memorable, though likely in a different way, will be the latest edition of the Live at Massey Hall series. On August 4, this series will see an opening set by self-described “gay church folk music” group The Hidden Cameras and then a second set by Peaches. Yes, the woman who has a song called “Vaginoplasty” and who’s known to wear a multi-boob costume on stage will soon be gracing Toronto’s Grand Old Lady of Shuter Street with her presence. I don’t think it’s at all an exaggeration to say that Peaches’ performance will be unlike any other that’s ever take place at Massey.
Since this night is part of the Live at Massey Hall series, both performances will be filmed and turned into 30-minute videos that will be free for viewing. But while the films will be great, you’re really going to want to see the full-length, in-the-flesh show. Tickets are either $18.94 or $29.50 and can be easily purchased here.