Author: Jeff Jones

Rosanne Cash returns to the Rose

It is difficult to fully comprehend both the amount and diversity of success that Rosanne Cash has achieved in her career. If you’re keeping track; Ms. Cash is a chart topping recording artist, an artist with 15 full albums over four decades, a multiple Grammy and Billboard award winner, a member of The Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, a best-selling author of four books, an artist-in-residence at Carnegie Hall and a glass-ceiling shattering pioneer. In 1997, the Memphis College of Art gave Cash an honorary doctorate too. At this point, perhaps we should be referring to her as ‘Doctor...

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Success leads Blue Rodeo to the Rose

Success in the music business is a funny thing. When Blue Rodeo was performing in the mid-1980s, the band felt as though they had achieved success because they managed to fill the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. Of course they had but, in the three decades since, the definition of success has been a constantly changing thing; and this has helped make them into the iconic band they are today. “The early days of the Horseshoe, when we were filling the room were so exciting,” laughs band co-founder and singer, Jim Cuddy. “Then I would go to my job at...

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Zeppelin IV roars back to life at the Rose

The iconic band Led Zeppelin – Jimmy Page, now 73; Robert Plant, 68; John Paul Jones, 71; and John Bonham, who died in 1980 – last played together on July 7, 1980, at a concert in Berlin. Their music and legacy have since become the stuff of legends. Everything about the group; onstage and off, in the studio or partying on the road, has been dissected, analysed, exaggerated and retold countless times over. It is all too easy, decades later, to lose touch with the music that propelled Zeppelin into the stratosphere. Led Zeppelin IV, actually their fourth self-titled...

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Nikki Yanofsky knows the stage best

“Every show is different.  We catch a vibe from the crowd and we run with it,” says Canadian songstress, Nikki Yanofsky. It might seem surprising, at first, for a modern pop singer to have such a laid back attitude about her performances; and if Yanofsky were merely a pop singer, it would be. But she learned music first from The Beatles and Motown in her basement singing along with her father’s band. She quickly graduated to Aretha Franklin and Ella Fitzgerald. Before she knew it Yanofsky was, at 10 years old, scatting onstage at the Montreal Jazz Festival in...

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Kim Mitchell is just doing his duty at The Rose

Kim Mitchell sings his personal mission statement in the song Rock N Roll Duty. That’s what it’s all about. Not the money, the fame or the trophy case; it’s his uniquely Canadian duty to serve his audience. “It’s what gives me life, it’s as simple as that,” says Mitchell flatly. “We’re all here to do something for humankind. I get onstage and play music.” For more than four decades, he’s done just that. Mitchell led the enigmatic prog-rock outfit, Max Webster, in the 1970s but went on to have an iconic solo career in the 80s and beyond. His...

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Calendar of Events

  1. Black Enslavement in Upper Canada

    November 10, 2017 - April 15, 2018
  2. The Black Community in Peel in the Late 19th Century

    November 10, 2017 - April 15, 2018
  3. A Thread and a Story

    November 10, 2017 - February 25, 2018
  4. What’s for Dinner?

    November 25, 2017 - November 25, 2018
  5. Skate on the Square

    December 5, 2017 @ 10:00 am - March 16, 2018 @ 10:30 pm