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Murray McLauchlan
Thu, Oct 25


Time:7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $52.20

Murray McLauchlan began writing songs and performing them in his late teens. After playing at major music festivals, such as The Philadelphia Folk Festival, where he appeared alongside Jim Croce and John Prine, and Mariposa where he gave up half of his concert time so Joni Mitchell could play, he began to attract wider attention on the club circuit, playing such well-known rooms as The Riverboat in Toronto, The Bitter End in New York, The Main Point in Philadelphia, and the famous Earl of Old Town in Chicago.

Before Murray had actually recorded an album of his own, his "Child's Song" was already well-known after being recorded by American folk star Tom Rush. Live versions of his song "Honky Red" were performed by Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, and Bobby Neuwirth. He received early song cuts by country music star George Hamilton IV.

Now, forty-odd years later, Murray has nineteen albums to his credit on both True North Records and Capitol Records. His songs have been covered by many other artists as well as being featured in high school text books. He has played, both solo, and with bands in ever major hall in Canada, from Massey Hall in Toronto, to the Orpheum in Vancouver and all the Jubilees in between. His band, "The Silver Tractors" is still remembered fondly from the TV special "On the Boulevard" for CBC and playing Maple Leaf Gardens with Gordon Lightfoot's Olympic Team benefit in 1976. It was a very loud band.

Over the years, Murray has won eleven JUNO awards, as well as RPM "Big Country" awards and Toronto music awards.

McLauchlan has always been unabashedly passionate about Canada and that great love collided with his love of aviation when he made a circumnavigation of the entire country, from Atlantic to Pacific to Arctic, in a Cessna 185 floatplane, followed by a film crew. The result was the special "Floating over Canada" starring Murray, Gordon Lightfoot, Buffy Ste. Marie, Levon Helm, Edith Butler, and a host of unsuspecting Canadians who became involved.

This show became a regular mainstay of Canada Day broadcasts for a number of years until it eventually found its way onto PBS in the United States.

Murray has also been passionate about song-writing as an art form and starting in the mid 80's, he found an outlet as the host of the CBC weekly radio programme "Swinging on a Star", a showcase for and a celebration of the songwriter's art in a live-performance venue. It was the top-rated music show in the country with over 750,000 listeners every Saturday for five years.

In 1993, to his great amazement, Murray was appointed to the Order of Canada and still firmly believes that many others deserve it more. His only regret was that his mom and dad didn't live to see the ceremony.

1998 saw the release of Murray's book, a memoir titled "Getting Out of Here Alive" on Penguin/Viking. It had taken a year and a half to write it and it provided a very well-lit snapshot of the early days of the Toronto music scene as well as some hard looks at its inhabitants.

At the dawn of the millenium, Murray began work on a stage musical called "Eddie". It's the story of a Sinatra-like singer who has as much trouble with his demons as his women. The songs are all written with respect, in the style of the greats — Porter, Arlen, Cahn etc. The musical was staged for the first time in Quebec in 2004 and recently, Capitol/EMI has released a record of the songs recorded and sung by Murray with a stellar jazz band and strings. The Disc is called "The Songbook, New Arrivals" and it certainly surprised some people who thought they had a handle on what Murray could do.

Murray has made major trips to explore his other great love — painting. Since being re-united with his teacher from art school days, Doris McCarthy, one of Canada's great landscape painters, Murray has been more active publicly with his paintings. They are now hanging on the walls of EMI and Pamela Wallin and recently one of Murray's donated works was auctioned off to raise money for the Nature Conservancy.

Murray certainly hasn't been idle in recent years. His songs continue to appear in the collections of other artists. Notably, his "No Change in Me" was a featured song in the musical "Needfire", as well as being recorded by John McDermott, and The Ennis sisters. Murray's co-write with Tom Wilson, "Burned Out Car", became a duet on the Junkhouse album, featuring Sarah McLachlan and Tom, and won the best video JUNO. Murray co-wrote "You Should be Havin' Fun" with Barney Bentall, and "Bad Girl" with Lorraine Segato of Parachute Club. Bentall, incidentally, produced McLauchlan's 1996 album "Gullivers Taxi", which featured The Odds from Vancouver, Billy Cowsill, Tom Wilson from Junkhouse and a whole lot of collaborations with some great songwriters. Murray's song, "Honky Red" is currently in heavy live rotation and newly recorded by American band Widespread Panic.

Now of course, Murray has also hooked up with the mega-songwriter band Lunch at Allen's which have four successful CDs to their credit on EMI and True North Records. They are selling out theatres across Canada.

In the fall of 2012, Murray released what many think is his best album "Human Writes". It was extensively played in the UK and Europe as well as Australia and appeared in the top 10 of the Cashbox Roots charts in the US. Coming hard on the heels of the very successful "Songs From The Street" double CD on True North, it was a great time for Murray's fans. Murray is also very active on the business side and was for a number of years a board member at SOCAN, the Canadian songwriters/publishers collective, championing the cause of author's rights and copyright reform. He currently sits on the board of the SOCAN Foundation. He is happily married to Denise Donlon and they have a son, so Murray continues with what he thinks is his most important job: being a dad.

1973   RPM GOLD LEAF - Composer of the Year
1973   RPM GOLD LEAF - Country Single
1973   RPM GOLD LEAF - Folk Singer of the Year
1975   JUNO - Country Male Vocalist
1976   JUNO - Country Male Vocalist
1978   JUNO - Folk Singer of the Year
1979   JUNO - Country Male Vocalist
1983/4   JUNO - Country Male Vocalist
1984/85   JUNO - Country Male Vocalist
1985   RPM BIG COUNTRY - Male Vocalist
1985/6   JUNO - Country Male Vocalist
1986   RPM BIG COUNTRY - Male Vocalist
1988   JUNO - Country Male Vocalist

True North Records/CBS/SONY:

Song from the Street
Murray McLauchlan
Sweeping the Spotlight Away
Day to Day Dust
On the Boulevard
Only the Silence Remains
Hard Rock Town
Whispering Rain
Greatest Hits
Into a Mystery
Storm Warning
Gulliver's Taxi
Songs from the Street (double CD)
Human Writes

Capitol Records:
Swinging on a Star
The Modern Age

Guest Artist (disc):
Kumbayah - AIDS Hospice Benefit Show - SONY, 1994
Bare Naked Ladies, 1996
John McDermott, 1995, 1996
CBC Red River Rally CD, 1997

   Lorne Michaels, Hart Pomerantz Hour
1970s   Nashville North (Ian and Sylvia); numerous appearances
1970s/80s   Tommy Hunter Show; numerous appearances
Played the first ever CHUM City simulcast from the El Mocambo in Toronto
Ralph Emery Show   TNN; several appearances

1989   Ian and Sylvia Reunion - CBC
1989   Country Gold - CBC
1991   Mariposa Special - CTV (hosted)
1994   Blame It on the Blues - Brian Orser Special - CBC
1994   Rita and Friends - CBC

Camera and Song - BBC TV
Murray MCcLauchlan/ On the Boulevard - CBC 1976
Floating Over Canada - CBC 1986

Partners (cameo) - Director: Don Owen
Street Legal (supporting part) - CBC TV
Neon Rider (feature role) - CTV "Running Man" Virtur/Rickert

Sesame Street
The Elephant Show

Partners - Directed by Don Owen, Starring Denholm Elliot and Hollis McLaren
Alligator Shoes - Directed by Clay Borris
Melanie - Starring Don Johnson

•  Born in Pailsley, Scotland in 1948
•  Has won 11 JUNO Awards
•  Is a member of the Order of Canada
•  Is a Fellow of the Royal Conservatory of Music
•  Is a Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa)
•  Is a board member of the SOCAN Foundation
•  Enjoys karate, golf, tennis, bicycling, skating, swimming, painting and pretty much anything that's fun



Yates Theatre-Sterndale Bennett Theatre
1002 - 4 Avenue South.
T1J 0P6
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The Yates Theatre is located downtown next to Lethbidge City Hall. It is a great room which hosts a variety of shows including music and comedy from Ian Tyson to Ron James.

 The Genevieve E. Yates Memorial Centre consists of two performance spaces, the Yates Theatre, a 486 seat proscenium theatre, and the Sterndale Bennett Theatre, a black box theatre with a maximum audience capacity of 180. Several facilities are shared between the two theatres. These include a costume construction/sewing room; a set construction workshop; set, costume, and property storage areas; offices; box office and concessions. In addition to serving as a performance venue, the Yates Memorial Centre also houses an art gallery in the upper mezzanine area. Works from new and established visual artists are displayed on a rotating basis for the enjoyment of both theatre patrons and the general public. 

Ticket Centre - (403) 329-7328

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