From MuskokaUnlimited.com: Gordon Lightfoot tribute features 11 artists presenting 20 of the iconic Canadian’s songs
"I think this is a passion project for everyone involved."
That is all anyone needs to know about the upcoming Gordon Lightfoot Tribute show titled Carefree Highway at the Rene M. Caisse Theatre in Bracebridge.
It was Michele Emson, manager and technical director for the Rene M. Caisse, who said it, but surely the sentiment is shared by all those involved.
"Gordon Lightfoot is the backing track to our lives, especially here in Canada," says Michelle. "It just seemed like a great opportunity to bring together a lot of the musical talent we have her in Muskoka and put it up on the main stage."
The day after Lightfoot passed, Michele had the idea to honour the iconic singer, songwriter, musician. She reached out to musician and friend Neil Hutchinson and singer, songwriter, musical director Sean Cotton. Together the three went to work organizing the events.
"I figured between the three of us we could pull something together," says Michelle. "We were able to pull this together in 24 hours."
Neil and Sean oversaw getting as many Muskoka artists on board as possible.
"Sean sent out an email to 15 people and we go immediate response," says Neil.
Eleven artists, some doing solo shows with the The Carefree House Band providing back-up tunes, and others doing duets, will perform 20 total Gordon Lightfoot songs. The majority of the songs will be familiar to anyone attending, however a couple of the lesser-known tunes will be included.
Read the rest of the story and listen to the audio at: https://muskokaunlimited.com/2023/05/19/honouring-a-legend/