The John Bassett Theatre in Toronto’s Metro Convention Centre has become best known as the home of Canadian Idol, but the concert hall will be filled with many of the people who inspire the Idol hopefuls next month. The Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame will be inducting a selection of great Canadian songs and their writers on February 8 and the list of performers who will celebrate the songs is just as impressive.
A Canadian all-star band featuring Tom Cochrane, Three Days Grace, Ian Thornley, Jeff Healey and Margo Timmins of The Cowboy Junkies will gather to perform The Guess Who ‘s hits “American Woman” and “No Time,” while Jacksoul will perform “These Eyes.” The Guess Who’s Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings will also be around to accept their award (from fellow songwriting great Gordon Lightfoot) and perform a couple songs.
A kaleidoscope of other Canadian performers will take the stage to perform their own songs and honour other songwriters of the past. The list of performers includes the likes of Colin James, Matt Dusk, Buffy Saint-Marie, Shaye, Joe Sealy and Ian Tyson.
The gala will be broadcast live across Canada on CBC Radio One at 8 p.m. and then re-broadcast again on CBC Radio Two on Sunday, February 13 at 2 p.m.
A limited number of tickets to the concert will be available through Ticketmaster for $50 each.