I’m really looking forward to this concert that I have put together to celebrate the songs and poems of Leonard Cohen. I will be accompanied by Kevin Fox, cello and guitar; and Roger Travassos, drums and percussion and we will journey through select works of song and poetry by Cohen to illuminate the complicated character of one of Canada’s most celebrated musical artists.
As I’m sure you all know, Leonard Cohen has been an iconic figure on the Canadian landscape for over a half-century. A wordsmith, songwriter, brooding balladeer, ladies man and one time monk, he captured the angst and imagination of his generation and the enthusiastic individualism of the times. Lara Loves Leonard is a cabaret that aims to tackle three pervasive themes in Cohen’s work. Man and His God, Man and His Muse, and finally Man and His World.
As part of the SpringWorks: indie theatre & arts festival in Stratford.
Tickets online: www.SpringWorksFestival.ca
Phone: 1-800-518-2819 ext. 3
$20 single ticket/$15 each for three or more
This is going to be so much fun! An intimate show with two other songwriters from Stratford. Lea Keeley and Barry James Payne. For more information and Tickets go to: http://www.springworksfestival.ca/
I am so pleased to be a part of the Savour Stratford Culinary Festival’s entertainment line up this year. The festival dates have changed and it is now happening in July (18th to the 20th) – I’m starting the Saturday (July 19th) festivities off on the Main Stage/Bandshell at 10am. This foodie festival is a real gem. Check out all that is on offer here: http://www.visitstratford.ca/culinaryfestival/entertainment.php
hope to see you all there!!
Just received word that my cabaret show Lara Loves Leonard has been accepted to the Stratford Springworks Festival which runs May 8 – 18 at various venues throughout the city. The cabaret goes up at Factory 163 on Wednesday, May 14th at 10pm. I will also be organizing and presenting another event/show for the festival – The Stratford Sampler Acoustic Cafe will feature Stratford Songwriters and takes place at The Falstaff Family Centre on Thursday May 15th at 8pm. Tickets will be available starting March 17 – I’ll post more information as it comes. It is going to be a terrific festival this year and a perfect time to come to Stratford to enjoy this beautiful city!
Just last night a review came in from John Book, south of the border, who authors an online magazine blog. He’s got a lot of nice things to say about the new record, my songwriting and my voice. Thanks John!!
I’m looking forward to the short residency I have coming up at The Cameron House in February. The Three Sundays (the 9th, 16th and 23rd) are right around the corner and I’ll have two young guns, Doug Moore on bass and Tom Grosset on drums, backing me up. Playing songs from the new record and throwing in a few from Miss Mercury as well as a couple of brand new songs just to keep things interesting.
If you can find your way down one of these Sundays I promise we’ll warm you up with music, stories and laughter. Why not invite some friends along too?!
Here’s the facebook event page to share … hope see you there
Here is Errol Nazareth’s review of the album from the December 14, 2013 air date of CBC Radio One’s Big City Small World:
“It doesn’t happen very often but I love when I can relate to nearly every song on a record. And what makes the listening experience even more special is that I find myself empathizing with the artist on the tracks that don’t strike a deep chord within.
This was the case when I heard Lara MacMillan’s self-titled second album. Her songs boast drama, sharp observations, joy and pain. And she’s a gifted vignettist who transports you to cafes, beaches, city streets and bars that inspire this collection of originals. Lonely Alayna, for example, is dedicated to a waitress working a bar in Parkdale and Victory Café seats us at a table in the Mirvish Village Restaurant where a break-up is going down.
Dean Drouillard, a Toronto based Juno nominated producer who worked on the album says, “There is classic songwriting here, sometimes reminiscent of Carole King, Burt Bacharach and James Taylor but modern references like Fiona Apple and Aimee Mann also come to mind.”
In an interview Lara described the album as an homage to the time she spent in Toronto and some of the challenges faced by a person living on their own in the big city.
Another selling point is how Lara uses her voice as an instrument. This versatility is evident on tunes like All Your Black Colours and GunsR4ever where you can hear the spite; or in ballads like Lonely Alayna and Goodbye Tennessee where her tenderness shines. There are cellos, trumpets, violins, french horns and strings on this record making it hard to categorize but hey, that’s fine with me the music and stories speak volumes.”
Errol Nazareth, Big City Small World, CBC Radio.
Going back to Windsor again to play MacKenzie Hall was such a great experience. I brought the full band Roger Travassos, drums; Mark McIntyre, bass and Dean Drouillard, guitars. Dean grew up in Windsor as well and he provided the opening set for the show playing a selection of his original music.
Mark, me, Dean, and Roger
It was fantastic to see faces I hadn’t seen, in some cases for more than 20 years. And good to meet those who were coming out for the first time to hear me play and sing. Thanks to Ted Shaw who wrote this great piece for The Windsor Star on the new album and the show.
Well, I’m a little behind in posting this but the Stratford show on November 8th was great fun! Dean Drouillard, my producer and guitarist. joined me on stage for a duo concert where we played intimate versions of the songs from the record. The Falstaff Centre Community Room was the perfect venue and the folks who came to the show were in great humour and receptive to my lyrics and their trademark self-exposure. I just loved that there was laughter during “Pushin’ Me” as the story unfolded.
Here is a link to the article that The Stratford Beacon Herald’s Mike Beitz wrote just ahead of the show. It was a terrific interview – we were yakking about the record, music and living in Stratford for almost 45 minutes. Thanks again, Mike!
Only a few days now to the “official release” at Hugh’s Room in Toronto. Looking forward to seeing old friends from my fourteen years in Toronto and hoping the songs, which are laced with so much from that time, and the city, will entertain.
Special Guest Luke Nicholson will be taking the stage at 8:30 and I’ll be on with the band at 9:15. Hugh’s does the dinner thing (yummy) – you may want to plan to have a relaxing dinner and then enjoy the show. That’s my favourite way to see shows there.
Advance tickets are still available at $16 and, if you want to see how you feel/decide on the day, tickets at the door will be $20.