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The Protest Song, Reimagined



Lazaridis Hall, Tom Patterson Theatre
Monday, July 22, 2024
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Monday Night Music

Join us for this series of concerts featuring musicians from the Stratford Festival.

The Protest Song, Reimagined

The SPECIAL INTEREST group brings a new rhythm to songs of hope & struggle. Listen as the group infuses songs from the civil rights, labour and protest movements with elements of folk, blues, rock, R&B, jazz, reggae & ska.

Revisit protest songs of old, and encounter a new generation of politically conscious music, all reimagined in the hands of a top-notch group of Toronto musicians. Brand new versions of classics and little-known gems, generating a dialogue of songs with a unique series of medleys and mashups, as captured on the band’s popular release, The Spark.

• The Buffalo Springfield hit For What it’s Worth dances to the ska groove of the Gaylads’ Peace, Love and Understanding
• International Women’s Day anthem Bread and Roses becomes a newly inspiring ode to feminist struggles
• Patti Smith’s People Have the Power turns into a stirring and poetic soliloquy
• The insight of David Byrne’s Listening Wind meets the passion of Bruce Cockburn’s If I Had a Rocket Launcher
• Canadian troubadour Ian Tamblyn’s (Once Was a) Village becomes a breathtaking lament about urban ‘development’ with the help of Pat Metheny’s (Across the) Heartland

Support for Monday Night Music is generously provided by Sandra Rotman in honour of Louis Applebaum through The Louis Applebaum Visiting Artists Program.

Support for The Meighen Forum is generously provided by Kelly & Michael Meighen and the T.R. Meighen Family Foundation.

Event Schedule

Take advantage of various special deals to save on tickets!