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Review: A mixed bag at Daniel Lanois tribute concert Special

Toronto - Celebrities gathered in Toronto on Tuesday night to pay tribute to the music and career of Daniel Lanois. While there were beautiful sounds, there were also two clearly competing visions of musicality at work.

Two producers, one concert, many surprises Special

Toronto - Hal Willner is known for his creative music explorations, both on albums and live onstage. Having produced concerts honoring Neil Young, Harry Smith, and Leonard Cohen, Willner now turns his sights to award-winning musician/producer Daniel Lanois.

Gavin Friday: Artist, Irishman, catholic Special

Dublin - There was a twinkle in Bono's eyes when he sang “The Last Song I’ll Ever Sing” from the stage of Carnegie Hall in October 2009. The song belongs to his friend Gavin Friday, and encapsulates his style: mischief-maker, sexy chanteur, culture vulture.
 

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Willner s talent for recognizing artistically interesting combinations is one originating in his you...
Willner's talent for recognizing artistically interesting combinations is one originating in his youth. “I grew up at the tail-end of where that was very normal,” the 57 year-old producer says, “you know, let’s call it music-as-vaudeville, when records became an art form in the same way literature, and art, and movies were, and the variety shows on TV: you had Dr. John next to Miles Davis next to Buffalo Springfield.”
Lou Reed
Luminato paid tribute to the music and legacy of producer/musician Daniel Lanois in Toronto June 10t...
Luminato paid tribute to the music and legacy of producer/musician Daniel Lanois in Toronto June 10th.
Racheal McCaig via BroadwayWorld.com
Roots band The Handsome Family were among the many performers paying tribute to Daniel Lanois in Tor...
Roots band The Handsome Family were among the many performers paying tribute to Daniel Lanois in Toronto June 10th.
Racheal McCaig via BroadwayWorld.com
In putting the Lanois show together  Willner says “this is a challenge  the producer honouring ano...
In putting the Lanois show together, Willner says “this is a challenge, the producer honouring another producer. But how cool is that? Let’s have a go… there’s a chance it’ll be the greatest show you’ve ever seen, and there’s the chance it won’t work at all. There’s the danger aspect Safe, I’m always bored by.”
Adam Vollick

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