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This Week in Music: Hawksley Workman's one-man play, B.B. King at Massey Hall, Billy Talent

Posted by Bryan Smith / October 7, 2013

B.B. KingThis Week in Music rounds up the latest news, releases and concerts coming to Toronto.

IN THE NEWS

Hawksley Workman bringing one-man cabaret show to Toronto

It may not be happening until next June, but this is pretty big new for fans of Hawksley Workman and musical theatre. The multi-talented singer-songwriter is taking his play The God That Comes on the road this fall, making several stops across Canada. But next June, he'll be starting a residency in Toronto at the Tarragon Theatre. The show is โ€จa theatrical tribute to Bacchus, the Greco-Roman god of wine and ecstasy," and sees Workman perform all the roles and songs — this is a one-man show in every sense of the word (though it was co-written with Christian Barry). The play has received wide-spread acclaim, and its previous showing in Toronto in August of 2012 was met with a rave review from the Toronto Star. It's safe to say that, come next June, you might want to give this one a look. Head on over to the show's official site for more info.

THIS WEEK'S HOT TICKETS

THURSDAY OCTOBER 10 / B.B. KING / MASSEY HALL / 178 VICTORIA / $59.50 - $129.50 / ALL AGES

It's not often that you get to see a true living legend take the stage, and that's exactly what will be happening at Massey Hall on Thursday night. B.B. King, arguably the greatest blues musician of all time, is still touring at the age of 88 (!!), and this is your opportunity to see one of the true masters of the guitar in action. Tickets for this one are nearly sold-out — when I tried to get two seats side-by-side, I had no luck. So if you want to check this one out, grab your ticket fast.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 12 / BILLY TALENT / SOUND ACADEMY / 11 POLSON / $58 - $86.25 / ALL AGES

While I'm not much of a fan of Streetsville's favourite sons, Billy Talent, I certainly respect all that they've accomplished in their career. For a time they were considered by some to be one of the biggest bands in Canada, if not the world. They even played the ACC earlier this year, something that's usually reserved for only the biggest bands.

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WHAT WE GOT UP TO LAST WEEK

Photo of B.B. King courtesy of Fernando Garcia on Flickr.

Discussion

3 Comments

Steven / October 7, 2013 at 12:04 pm
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Welcome to Toronto B.B. King.

Give us the blues!
John / October 11, 2013 at 04:06 pm
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Really dissappointing BB King show last night. Unfortunately, it's time for BB to retire. He had difficuly remembering cords, words and was off key. His band kept leaning in to either ask how he was doing to trying to refresh hsi memory. He spent more time talking than playing. Tough way to finish a great legacy.
THE BLUES MAN / October 15, 2013 at 05:04 pm
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Negative reviews will never take the thrill away, from the greatest blues man in the world , ya it may of been different, but some like me, and many others will cherish every moment we have, with this beautiful fine man and his wonderful band, there my be ups and downs in his performances, but it is exspectable at his young age and condition, and at this point if I fell I missed anything that I wished he felt better to do at any of his concerts, l just run one of many older videos, ,, and boom,,,,, boom,,,,, boom,,,,,,, he and his band is back in my room,, but I do sympathise with many fans that don't see it many of others way, but don't fret,, we smile every day and pray that Mr BB KING and band is blessed with health and happiness everyday they grace this earth, as really everyone does in there own special way.

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