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Lighthouse: 50 Years of Sunny Days

Lighthouse: 50 Years of Sunny Days
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May 14, 2019 | 8:00 PM
  • Starting at: $35.00
  • Venue: Koerner Hall
  • Series: Season Finale Festival
  • Genre: Pop
  • Presenter: The Royal Conservatory

The iconic and groundbreaking Canadian jazz-rock band, known for songs like “Sunny Days,” “One Fine Morning,” and “Pretty Lady.” For a generation of Canadians, Lighthouse was the soundtrack of their lives. Recognized as one of the best performing acts of their time, they toured 300 days a year including sold out performances at Carnegie Hall, the Fillmore East, Fillmore West, Expo ‘70 in Japan, and the Isle of Wight Festival in England. Back home, their free concerts at Toronto’s Nathan Philips Square attracted one hundred thousand people. They were Canada’s band. Free-wheeling, high-spirited – the music of Lighthouse mirrored the times. Their story is interwoven with the history of late twentieth century Canada. Their rise to fame coincided with a new awareness of Canadian culture, encouraged by the government of Pierre Elliot Trudeau. Lighthouse originated the cross-Canada rock tour, playing every major and minor venue across the country. Devoted audiences from province to province took pride in seeing one of their own make it to the top. The Lighthouse sound was unlike anything anyone had ever heard before - a combination of driving rock rhythms, exciting jazz improvisational solos, and soaring orchestral arrangements. They won Juno Awards for Best Canadian Group of the Year in 1972, 1973 and 1974. Lighthouse has remained together since they reunited in 1992. Here at Koerner Hall to celebrate their 50th anniversary, Lighthouse rocks on!

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