BARBRA STREISAND THE MUSIC... THE MEM'RIES... THE MAGIC... TOUR
TORONTO, August 23, 2016 Barbra Streisand played the Air Canada Centre tonight – the ninth and final stop on her BARBRA: THE MUSIC…THE MEM’RIES…THE MAGIC! tour. The only recording artist to achieve #1 albums in each of six decades, Streisand began her show performing one of her hits from each of the six decades in its first half.
With the longest span of number one albums in history, Streisand has recorded 52 gold, 31 platinum and 13 multi-platinum albums in her career. ?She is the only woman to make the All-Time Top 10 Best Selling Artists list, an honor that includes fellow duet partners?Elvis Presley?and Billy Joel.
With her live performances being so rare and special, the excitement surrounding a Streisand tour is unequaled. Following a 27-year hiatus from live concerts, Streisand’s 1994 world tour garnered a record-setting 5 million phone requests to Ticketmaster and sold out within the first hour. Her shows in fall 2006 broke house records in 14 of the 16 venues in which she played (in the other two arenas, Streisand already held the buildings’ records).
Streisand’s last tour in 2012, BACK TO BROOKLYN, highlighted an emotional return to performing in concert in her home borough for the first time since she was in grade school. Of the first of her Brooklyn shows, which helped inaugurate the brand new Barclays Center, The New York Times praised Streisand’s “spellbinding voice” and noted, “Like few singers of any age, she has the gift of conveying a primal human longing in a beautiful sound.” The Los Angeles Times said she “put the audience immediately under the spell of her folksy grandiosity. Streisand ... isn’t just a star — she’s a world view, a style of being, an entire cosmology, with the highest possible thread-count sheets. You don’t just come for the music; you come for the whole church service. The sermon, broken up into bits, is inseparable from the songs.”
Following a North American run, the tour broke records throughout Europe, and culminated in two spine-tingling performances in Israel, thrilling crowds who “loved her even before a perfectly-pitched note came out of her mouth,” as described by Haaretz, “and every note was, indeed perfect.”
Widely recognized as an icon in multiple entertainment fields, Streisand has attained unprecedented achievements as a recording artist, actor, concert performer, producer, director, author and songwriter. Streisand has been awarded two Oscars, five Emmys, ten Golden Globes, eight Grammys plus two special Grammys, a special Tony award in 1970, and two CableACE Awards – the only artist to receive honors in all of those fields of endeavor. Streisand received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama this past November. Her many other honors include the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Endowment for the Arts Medal, three Peabody Awards and the French Légion d'Honneur. She is also the first female film director to receive the Kennedy Center Honors.
Streisand is a devoted philanthropist who works tirelessly to fight for what she believes in. A woman of action, Streisand founded The Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai, helping to raise awareness and push research into women’s heart disease, the leading cause of death among women.
FANS ACROSS CANADA AND WORLDWIDE UNITE TO CELEBRATE CANADIAN ICONS THE TRAGICALLY HIP
ONE-THIRD OF ALL CANADIANS - 11.7 MILLION - TUNE INTO
THE TRAGICALLY HIP: A NATIONAL CELEBRATION
ACROSS ALL CBC PLATFORMS
August 21, 2016 – Last night, millions in Canada and around the world gathered around screens and radios and at hundreds of public viewing events worldwide to celebrate Canada’s unofficial poet laureates, The Tragically Hip, as they brought down the house in an emotional and historic performance. According to Numeris*, the live, commercial-free broadcast of The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration reached 11.7 million (2+) Canadians across all CBC television, radio and digital platforms as Gord Downie, Paul Langlois, Rob Baker, Gord Sinclair and Johnny Fay played the final date of their Man Machine Poem tour at Kingston’s K-Rock Centre. The concert special was also streamed 900,000 times in Canada and around the world. The nearly three-hour Saturday evening broadcast attracted an average minute audience of 4.04 million.
It was an honour and a privilege for CBC to bring this unprecedented event to audiences across the country and around the world. This is public broadcasting at its very best,” said Heather Conway, executive vice-president, English Services, CBC. “For nearly three hours on a summer Saturday night, an entire nation paused to celebrate and pay tribute together. Thank you to Gord, Paul, Rob, Gord and Johnny for an intimate and unforgettable shared experience.”
The broadcast event was the result of a partnership between CBC, The Tragically Hip and Insight Productions to celebrate the band’s hometown stop on their 15-date sold-out cross-Canada Man Machine Poem tour, making it available to all Canadians and audiences around the world in a live, commercial-free, all-platform broadcast.
Formed in Kingston in the mid-80s, The Tragically Hip have sold millions of records worldwide, managing to enjoy both mass popularity and critical acclaim. The group released their first album in 1987, and have since released 14 studio albums, earning two diamond certifications and 20 #1 hits. The Hip has won 14 Juno Awards and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2005. They have also received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award, as well as honorary degrees from the Royal Conservatory of Music and most recently Queen's University.
The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration was produced by Insight Productions in association with CBC and Man Machine Poem Touring Inc.
CANADA COMES TOGETHER FOR THE TRAGICALLY HIP: A NATIONAL CELEBRATION, AUGUST 20 ON CBC
Fans in Canada and around the world will be able to watch historic Kingston concert live and commercial free across all CBC platforms at 8:30 pm ET
420 community viewing events confirmed across Canada and internationally
The countdown is on as audiences in Canada and around the world prepare to come together to celebrate The Tragically Hip with CBC on Saturday, August 20, when the legendary Canadian rockers return to their hometown for the Kingston, Ontario stop of their Man Machine Poem tour. The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration will broadcast nationally and stream globally live and commercial free at 8:30 p.m. ET across CBC, CBC Radio One, CBC Radio One on SiriusXM Channel 169, CBC Radio 2, CBCMusic.ca/thehip, ICIMusique.ca, CBC Music’s YouTube channel and Facebook page, and the CBC Music app on iPhone, iPad and Android devices as well as the new CBC Music app on Apple TV.
Best Post-Production - Majid Jordan - Every Step Every Way
Best EDM/Dance Video - Grandtheft ft. Lowell - Quit This City
Best Director - Drake - Hotline Bling
Best Pop Video - Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello - I Know Waht You Did Last Summer
Best Rock/Alternative Video - The Strumbellas - Spirits
Best Hip Hop Video - Drake - Hotline Bling
Best MUCHFACT Video - Majid Jordan ft Drake - My Love
iHeartRadio International Artist of the Year - Nick Jonas
Most Buzzworthy International Artist or Group - Fifth Harmony
Buzzworthy Canadian - Drake
iHeartRadio International Duo or Group of the Year - Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Best New Canadian Artist - Alessia Cara
iHeartRadio Canadian Single of the Year - The Weeknd - Can't Feel My Face
The 2016 Weeknd Awards, uhm, I mean Billboard Awards where held this past Sunday. Canada was well represented with Justin Bieber taking home two awards for Top Social Media Artist and Top Male Artist. Drake took home one award for Top Rap Artist and The Weeknd captured no less than 8 Billboard Awards! The Weeknd won Top R&B Song, Top 100 Artist, Top Song Sales Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top Streaming Songs Artist, Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Album for "Beauty Behind the Madness", and Top Streaming Song Audio.
Adele took home 5 Billboard awards for Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Female Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Seeling Song for "Hello".
My first exposure to Steven Wilson was via one of his creations, Porcupine Tree. I saw them live at the Sound Academy. I became an instant fan. I wonder, can one go solo and be as good, when it comes to Steven Wilson the answer is a resounding, YES! Hand, Cannot, Erase is a master piece and the concert absolutely brilliant! The evening featured the album in its entirety followed by a set of older and Porcupine Tree songs, what more can you ask for?
Congratulations to The Weeknd for taking home two Grammys, for Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best R&B Performance. Congratulations also to Justin Bieber for Best Dance Recording and Joni Mitchell took home her nineth Grammy for Best Album Notes.