May 27 2016 promises to be yet another memorable night at Toronto’s fabled Massey Hall. We have a contest to get you in there so read on faithful fans of #RealRock
The memory of Toronto’s guitar wizard – Jeff Healey continues with what would have been his 50th birthday with a tribute show at Massey Hall with a roster of remarkable guitar virtuosos including Albert Lee, Philip Sayce, Sonny Landreth, The Trews, Walter Trout, and the Jeff Healey Alumni Band (and the inevitable “surprise guests”).
All proceeds from this event are being donated to World Eye Cancer Hope. World Eye Cancer Hope is a charity designated by the Jeff Healey Estate that does amazing work with childhood retinoblastoma – the same cancer that took Jeff’s sight.
Get your tickets here and after you do that enter our contest for 2 tickets to the show. If you win the contest, bring a couple of friends! Remember, it’s all for charity. To enter the contest, simply send an email to contests (at) tmakworld (dot) com with HEAL on the subject line and include your name in the email body or click here Enter Contest. Tickets will be in the form of guest list the night of the show.
Contest ends May 26th at noon and the winner will be notified that day.
Bonus entry to anyone who likes T-Mak World on Facebook!
We got a chance to ask Toronto’s Philip Sayce (who played in the Jeff Healey band is a world class guitarist of his own) a few questions about the show. Check out the video below of Sayce and Healey tearing it up first to get an idea of what to expect at Massey Hall.
T-Mak World: Philip, your new album is called “Influence”. Upon listening to it, one can conjure up images of who the influences for the album are, and Jeff Healey is one of them for me. Would that be a correct guess?
Sayce: Yes, Jeff Healey is one of my biggest influences in music. Before I picked up a guitar for first time I was in love with his music. The first time I heard Jeff’s music I was still a little kid, his command, power, virtuosity, and his God-given gifts resonated with me at an extremely deep level, as they do today. If you can hear a bit of Jeff’s inspiration in my music, wow, I can’t think of a more incredible compliment. Thank you!
T-Mak World: You probably already know this, but on Wikipedia under your entry associated acts are Jeff Healey and Melissa Etheridge – presumably because you played with both of their bands. Tell us what it was like being on stage with Jeff?
Sayce: Performing with Jeff on a nightly basis for about four years is something that changed my life, and inspired me at my core. Jeff was a true improviser, so he never played the same thing twice. It all just seemed to come through him. He was connected to the universe in a magical way, and the music that flowed through him was extremely powerful. There were no limitations for Jeff, he just seemed to keep reaching new plateaus every time he stepped on stage. He left everyone in a state of joy & pure inspiration.
Q: What’s up with Toronto and kick ass guitarists?
Sayce: Ha! Toronto is home to so many world-class musicians. Everyone talks about Nashville, Austin, where there are many deliciously talented artists. However, I would put Toronto right alongside in terms of “badasses” per capita. Toronto has hosted some of the best musicians in the world dating back 50 years or more. Maybe it’s something in the water. Maybe it’s the long winters and everybody stays inside and woodsheds… All I know is that I’m extremely grateful to have been raised in Toronto. I had the opportunity to go and see so many world-class performers up close on a regular basis at venues like Grossmans, The Silver Dollar, The Horseshoe, Massey Hall, Chicago’s, Blues on Bellair, and many more venues.
Thanks for that Philip, you are truly a killer guitarist and we cant wait to catch you at the show.
We continued on to Sonny Landreth who will also be playing at the show.
T-Mak World: Sonny, we saw and reviewed your show a few years back in Toronto (review referenced here). What brings you back to our town once again?
Landreth: I’ll be coming in to play for the Jeff Healey celebration. As the event marks what would’ve been Jeff’s 50th birthday, some of the musicians who had ties to him were invited to participate in the tribute. I was honoured to get the call.
T-Mak World: Healey was a phenomenal guitarist, and as we celebrate his legacy at this show, why do you think people will gather at the show and pay tribute?
Landreth: Jeff’s music still resonates with people the world over who were touched by him. It says a lot about the man himself, he meant so much to so many. He will always be remembered, revered and missed.
T-Mak World: Do you think Healey could be as good or even a better guitarist if he was not blind?
Landreth: I think it probably pushed him to focus in a different, more profound way and maybe that’s what set him on his path to develop such a unique approach. He sure sounded like a super hero with heightened senses and a deep soul. Though he was amazing technically, he also possessed a timeless quality with both grace and power. In the world of the guitar playing community, Jeff is still our champion from the Great North.
The Jeff Healey Estate, in conjunction with Convexe Entertainment/Universal Music, released Heal My Soul in March 2016. Heal My Soul includes never heard before tracks recorded by Healey. The music on Heal My Soul captures Healey in full flight, displaying the virtuosity that made the Toronto native one of the most revered musicians in the world.
Jeff Healey is remembered as one of the most outstanding guitarists and all-around musicians of the past 30 years. Jeff lost his sight during early childhood due to retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer. Playing guitar since the age of 3, he developed the distinctive lap-style guitar technique that helped bring him international attention by his late teens. A Grammy nominee and JUNO Award winner, Jeff’s five album releases with The Jeff Healey Band totaled millions of sales worldwide. Over the course of Jeff Healey’s career, he also shared stages and earned the admiration of countless other musicians including; B.B. King, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Allman Brothers Band. Jeff Healey died on March 2, 2008 at 41 years old after a three-year battle with sarcoma cancer.