It's my very last blog before we break for the festive season so I just wanted to say firstly a huge thank you to everyone from Blues & Roots Radio HQ in Port Credit, Ontario, I hope you have a wonderful time with family and friends, or if you are on your own at this time of the year please take my warmest regards of the season and know that our thoughts at Blues & Roots Radio are with you wherever you are in the world. There are many festive shows on the station over the course of the next week or two, so tune in and let the music and the many fantastic hosts keep you company.
That brings me nicely to a very special announcement which I have the honour of relating to you for the brand new series of shows from the McMichael Canadian Art Collection called ' Acoustic Conversations ' that will be aired exclusively on Blues and Roots Radio in the New Year.
ACOUSTIC CONVERSATIONS ON BLUES & ROOTS RADIO
The Group of Seven Guitar Project exhibition is on at the
McMichael Canadian Art Collection until March 18, 2018
For more information, visit mcmichael.com
A group of seven world-renowned Canadian guitar makers inspired by the Group of Seven, the famous painters who changed the way Canadians saw their country, built extraordinary instruments that demonstrate the depth of artistry that exists in Canada. Each luthier created a guitar inspired by one of the original members of the
Group of Seven.
When they first met in an industrial Toronto studio in the early ‘70’s, these guitar makers had no idea that their work would develop the craft of guitar building into an art form itself. But, much like the original painters, they have gone on to impact not just their own field but popular culture as well.
To complement and enhance the exhibition, there were very special Acoustic Conversations featuring each luthier and a musician, including a live performance with the guitar. The series, which was a sell out, was recorded LIVE and will air exclusively on Blues & Roots Radio's Essential Channel with a listen again archive on the specially created website page if you missed the original broadcast.
The luthiers and their respective artists are as follows:
Linda Manzer...................Lawren Harris
Sergei de Jonge.............J.E.H. MacDonald
Tony Duggan-Smith.......Arthur Lismer
David Wren..........Franklin Carmichael
George Gray..............Frank Johnston
Grit Laskin........................F.H. Varley
Jean Larrivée................A.Y. Jackson
THE FIRST SHOW
We are delighted to announce the airing date for the first show will be January 1st 2018 at 10pm EST, the show will be repeated twice on Saturday January 6th at 9am EST and 9.30pm EST to cover different time zones.
It is an incredible start to the series with luthier Grit Laskin who created the guitar inspired by the work of F.H. Varley. Grit will be in discussion with celebrated guitarist Jesse Cook in a moderated conversation as well as a live performance, with Jesse playing this very special guitar.
SEVEN SHOWS IN THE SERIES
A further 6 shows will be broadcast over the following weeks with the amazing luthiers who created each guitars with performances by some of Canada's amazing guitarists including Don Ross playing a George Gray guitar inspired by artist Frank Johnston
The project was the initial idea of luthier Linda Manzer and the McMichael took a huge leap of faith in getting behind her vision, they commissioned each guitar for the exhibition and have put together an incredible amount of ideas that are running alongside the main exhibition. The Blues and Roots Radio shows are just one part of that and we are extremely thankful to be given the opportunity to air the conversations and performances to our listeners from Canada and around the world.
RADIO SHOW AIRING DATES AND TIMES
For a full list of show airing times with detailed links to the luthiers, artists and musicians involved please visit our new website page created for the McMichael Art Collection Group Of Seven Guitar Project.
FILM SCREENING DATES
The Group of Seven Guitar Project film will be screening at Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema at Bloor and Bathurst in Toronto. Here are the screening dates:
FRI FEB 2 - 4pm & 6:30pm
SAT FEB 3 - 4pm & 8:45pm
SUN FEB 4 - 1pm & 6:30pm
MON FEB 5 - 8:45pm
TUE FEB 6 - 9:15pm
WED FEB 7 - 4:15pm
THU FEB 8 - 1pm & 9:15pm
I would like to say a huge thank you to the McMichael Gallery and in particular to Anna Stanisz and Nick Foglia for having faith in us at Blues & Roots Radio in presenting these shows. Another person who deserves special mention is Stephen Fearing, as without his initial conversation this would never have happened,
Stephen will finish the series in February where he will be in conversation about the special baritone guitar he played which was built by all the luthiers combined, ending what is a truly fascinating insight which brings together art, workmanship, music and the deep love of all involved in their passions.
Show two in the series will air on January 8th 2018 10pm EST featuring
Sergei De Jong
Group Of Seven Artist
I will keep you posted about all the shows coming up and events which are related to it, meanwhile visit our website page for details on each radio show visit
For more information about the exhibition, visit mcmichael.com
Have a happy holiday