Hi again Canadian fans, well let's hope 3rd time's the charm with this God blessed Strombo Tonight show. Michael is now scheduled to be on October 22, keep your eyes crossed... XP Take care and hugs to all, sincerely, Sylvie QC Canada
Hi again all, Petra Christine was kind enough to find and share with us the direct link to the George S “Tonight” episode, so here it is, enjoy
Take care and hugs to all, sincerely, Sylvie QC Canada :D
Hi everyone, I just found the YouTube links to George's show
Michael on the George Stroumboulopoulos “Tonight” show on October 22 2013
Opening vocal warm up by Michael:
Just so it's easier for everyone. Take care and hugs to all, sincerely, Sylvie QC Canada :D
Hi Canadian fans, well Musimax is doing it again: putting on the Royal Albert Hall show again tomorrow night, December 30th at 10:00 p.m., according to our on-screen guide. Nice way to finish up the year, isn't it? :D Don't know if there will be further repeats this week, but I'll be watching! :D Take care and hugs to all, sincerely, Sylvie QC Canada :D
Hi all, don't know if it's only in Canada, but I'm "watching" the Rose Parade, because it's sponsored by Honda and my husband saw on the on-screen guide, that the Oprah "Where are they now" episode with Michael will be on today at 1:00 p.m. on OWN. Check your local listings! Take care and hugs to all,, sincerely, Sylvie QC Canada :D
Hi Canadian fans, just to let you all know, Gail posted 2 new concert dates in Canada!
June 3 -
Living Arts Centre
Tickets on sale 2/18/14
Centre in the Square
Tickets on sale 2/19/14
I’ll let everyone know if more dates show up, as i’m keeping everything crossed for the Qc and especially Montreal date to be rescheduled. Take care and hugs to all, sincerely, Sylvie QC Canada :D
Hi Patience, no I’m sorry sweetie, unfortunately I won’t. I can only afford a local show, because of the lodging and because I’m not the one driving. :D I was crushed when I heard of the postponement and have everything crossed for a prompt rescheduling. Will this be your first concert? I’m actually surprised Michael is going to Kitchener and Mississauga, he usually goes to Orillia, at Casino Rama, since he filmed his DVD in 2004 there. I wish you a fantastic time and I do hope you’ll come back to the forum and share with us in the tour thread about your experience. :D I think Sylvia gave you the link to the tour thread, but if you need help or directions, let us know. I’ll send you a friend request. Take care Patience. Hugs, sincerely, Sylvie QC Canada :D
Hi everyone, sorry I'm a bit late for this article was found and posted by my friend Joy last week May 27, but better late than never. It's a nice article, enjoy!
Q&A: Blue-eyed soul singer Michael Bolton belts it out at LAC
Mississauga News May 27, 2014 | Vote
By Jason Spencer
Grammy-winning musician Michael Bolton performs June 3 at the Living Arts Centre.Grammy-winning musician Michael Bolton performs June 3 at the Living Arts Centre.
-MISSISSAUGA — Whether you know him as a chart-topping vocalist who dazzles audiences across the globe, a philanthropist who stands up for victims of domestic violence or the guy with the mountain-top voice in the viralSaturday Night Livemusic video "Jack Sparrow," Michael Bolton is a household brand. At 61, the Grammy-winning artist is still going as strong as ever, performing hits such asHow Am I Supposed to Live Without You andTime and Love and Tendernessat nearly 100 shows a year from here to Asia. In 2012, Bolton published his autobiographyThe Soul of It All: My Music, My Lifewhere he shares his umble beginnings in the industry to selling millions of albums and working big names like Bob Dylan. In the days leading up to his June 3 show at the Living Arts Centre, Bolton took the time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions forThe Mississauga Newsvia e-mail.
Q: You've sold millions of records and won several awards. What is considered a success in your musical career these days?
A: To me, the greatest gift, or perk of success, is having creative freedom. That only comes with a lot of sacrifice and an extreme work ethic and usually abiding by other people's terms at first. But once you've had success, you then get to create on your own terms and that is ultimately the most rewarding.
Q: The demographics of our world have changed dramatically, especially in Canada's big cities. Has your audience changed over the years as well?
A: I'm blessed and grateful to have a very loyal fan base that has stayed with me since the beginning. But I've also recently noticed a new generation of fans: lots of daughters who grew up hearing my music in their homes on the radio and lots of guys who are fans of the "Jack Sparrow" skit and other comedy I've been doing. It's awesome to look into the audience and see such a diverse crowd.
Q: Do you prefer performing in a more intimate setting?
A: I enjoy different settings for different reasons. If I'm performing in Asia, at a stadium filled with 40,000 people, it's exhilarating to watch and hear them all in unison singing in English to my songs. Still, I also love performing in beautiful historic theatres and opera houses, where the acoustics are much easier to control and the atmosphere is intimate and magical. The same with performing arts centres that have invested in state-of-art equipment and have made the acoustics great for everyone wherever they are seated.
Q: According to your website, you're performing quite frequently over the next couple of months. How do you stay in good health for shows?
A: The tour is almost five months long (and runs) from the States to Central America, back to the U.S. to Germany and now the U.K. I will finish in mid-June in the States. I may perform between 75-100 shows every year, all across the globe from here to China and pretty much everywhere else in between. It can be really strenuous keeping up that kind of travel schedule with changing time zones, boarding flights every other day and switching hotels several times a week. I try to religiously get at least eight hours of sleep, especially on show nights (which I call school nights), rest my voice as much as possible and work out in a gym near the hotel or venue five days a week. And if I can sneak in some golf, I prefer to walk the course rather than use a cart.
Q: Where do you find the inspiration for songwriting? How do you keep it fresh? Are you listening to any younger artists that might surprise some of your fans?
A: I'm fortunate to be able to travel the world and experience so many different people and cultures, which brings me a lot of inspiration. It also confirms how alike we are in what's important to the "human" experience regardless of cultural differences. I have always been a reflective person and my observations of the world and human relationships make their way into my song ideas and lyrics. I always love discovering young artists I have recorded duets and performed with a lot of them like Kelly Rowland, Melanie Fiona, Leona Lewis, Delta Goodrem, Helene Fischer, Orianthi and Sam Bailey. For my album, One World One Love, I worked with Lady Gaga and NeYo, which was awesome. I'm always excited to collaborate with young songwriters and producers on new material, either for myself or for other artists, which is how my whole career really started.
Q: You're considered a blue-eyed soul singer, much in the mould of Bill Medley or Bobby Hatfield, etc. Who have been some of your musical heroes and mentors over the years? Was there a singer or a song that turned you on to music as a child?
A: First of all, yes, I have been a huge fan of the Righteous Brothers since I can remember. One of my first biggest thrills as a writer was to have Bill Medley record one of my songs and my publisher put me on the phone with him and he was very gracious and encouraged my to "keep singing and writing." When I hung up the phone, my heart was pounding. (It was) very surreal to have one of your childhood heroes thank you for a musical contribution. The roots of my early musical influences grew from rhythm and blues. That goes back to my early-teens when my brother introduced me to everyone from Paul Butterfield and B.B. King to Buddy Guy, Junior Wells and Muddy Waters. Of course, everyone was aware of the music coming our of Detroit, and especially out of Motown. My most recent album,Ain't No Mountain High Enough is a tribute to Hittsville USA, where Motown was born. That music takes me back to my childhood and some of my very early influences, especially Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. But all the songs coming out of that little studio in Detroit in the '60s, crafted by collaborators like Holland, Dozier and Holland, Smokey Robinson, Ashford and Simpson, Strong and Whitfield, made a huge impact on me as a singer and as a songwriter. Those songs have impacted the world.
Q: A lot of people may not be aware that you've written songs and/or collaborated with a number of notable artists (Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga). They seem to run the gamut. Can you list a few and what it was like working with them?
A: Writing with Bob Dylan for my album Time, Love and Tenderness, was an out-of-body experience. When I first heard that he wanted to work with me, I thought someone was playing a practical joke. Even as I drove into the driveway of his famed Malibu home, I couldn't believe it was happening: Bob Dylan, who I admired and studied as a kid just learning to play guitar and write lyrics. He was everything I imagined him to be…artistically eccentric and absolutely genius. We drank coffee and played around with a chord progression I had put together in my hotel room. I wanted to have options for him and he liked the first one I played. I started singing melodies and then hearing Dylan sing out, "Steel bars wrapped all around me" was too much. I kept pinching myself, but it was in fact a dream come true. That album topped the Billboard charts and went on to sell over 16 million copies. More recently, working with Lady Gaga was inspiring and refreshing. We wrote and recorded together a few months before The Fame was released. I had decided to work with a variety of young, fresh writers and producers for my album One World One Love, which was recorded in L.A. As soon as I heard Gaga's CD, including Just Dance, before it was released, I thought she was great and going to be a massive star. I was told that she was a fan of mine and wanted to write so we spent two consecutive days in the studio. Well, actually nights, since we were both night owls and started around 8 p.m. and worked until 6 a.m. We hit it off immediately and my instincts about her having a great career were being confirmed while getting to know her, observing her level of energy and focus on her art and the kind of work ethic it takes to keep success going if you have it. She was singing great riffs and melodies and had every intention to writer and complete something great. Before we started writing, I told her we had to come up with a song that would absolutely slay people and she responded, "You murder my heart" and that became the song title.
Q: Do you have any Canadian connections or stories from Canada that you'd like to share? Is there a different vibe about Canadian audiences?
A: I happen to love Canada because of the people I've met and worked with through the years, and I mean almost 40 years. I have an amazing base of great fans and I enjoy my time there. I love my home, but I wish the States were half as peaceful. When I finally started having success, Toronto was my most common first stop because it was the media centre for national promotion I was doing for each record. Eventually Sony, my record label for 20 years, would have events celebrating the platinum and multi-platinum discs we were receiving because Canada had become my third most successful country in the world, after the U.S. and Great Britain. Through the years, I have been across Canada regularly touring and promoting a new project from Montreal to Vancouver. I find the people sincere and unpretentious, and the audiences appreciative, animated and I can have fun with them.
Q: Can you tell me a little bit about Michael Bolton Charities?
A: During my 18-year climb as a struggling and starving artist, times got really tough. Especially when I had a wife and three daughters I was trying to support. We were constantly on the verge of homelessness and barely scraping together enough dollars to keep frozen peas in the fridge. I vowed to myself that if I ever had success, I would find ways to support families in need. So once my career finally took off, and I was in a position to give back, I started addressing homeless shelters to see how I can help. What I realized was most of the shelters were filled with women and children, and not necessarily due to poverty, but because of domestic violence at home. I learned how widespread the epidemic was and how hidden. I decided to take a stance as a man speaking out for women and children at risk and working to support the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and make sure the bill continues to get reauthorized in Congress. For 21 years now, the Michael Bolton Charities has distributed funds to organizations around the country to provide services and support for women and children at risk and we are currently working to establish a Family Justice Centre in my home state of Connecticut.
Q: Lastly, what's the story behind the "Jack Sparrow" song? Did you know that it was going to be an online sensation? Has the popularity given way to a new generation of fans?
A: None of us know what would happen with the "Jack Sparrow" skit, certainly not that it would achieve an Emmy nomination and 120 million YouTube views and counting. After the script was tweaked for about eight months, then spending a whole night in the recording studio creating the record somewhere in Atlanta, Georgia, amidst my crazy tour schedule, we got together in New York City to film the video in two days. From the dallies, we were getting early feedback that the Saturday Night Live producers were loving it, but then The Lonely Island guys only had about 24 hours to edit the entire thing before it aired on SNL. They pulled all-nighters and worked right up until the last minute. I was pretty nervous standing backstage during the live broadcast, waiting to see how the audience would react. Everyone laughed! A lot! At the after-party that night, I was talking to John Mayer who predicated it would become viral and become a huge hit. When I woke up the next morning and came downstairs, my eldest daughter was in the kitchen monitoring the Internet. "You are not going to believe what is going on," she said. It was already up to one million YouTube views and people are raving about it. Mostly new fans. Even Justin Bieber was tweeting about the video. The "Jack Sparrow" video has led to a lot more opportunities to play in the comedy space from Two and a Half Men to the Honda and Starburst commercials, all of which were amazing, creative, inspiring, fun and very, very funny experiences – filled with such talented and supportive crew and performers. I'm thrilled that people all over the world and from all walks of life seem to be enjoying my comedic vein because there's a lot more where that came from.
Michael Bolton plays June 3 at 8 p.m. in Hammerson Hall. Tickets to the all-ages show range from $80-$120. To order, visit livingartscentre.ca or call 905-306-6000.
Take care and hugs to all, sincerely, Sylvie QC Canada :D
Hi all, while searching for Canadian MB news, I found this bit of info:
Michael Bolton - Thu June 05, 2014 - Kitchener Waterloo (KW) Ontario Events Calendar on KW Now!June 05, 2014 @ 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Centre In The Square presents an unforgettable evening with legendary and multi-Grammy Award-winning Michael Bolton on Thursday, June 5 at 8 PM. For his Centre debut, Bolton performs favourite hits including “When a Man Loves a Woman”, “Time, Love and Tenderness”, “How Can We be Lovers”, “Georgia on my Mind”, and a selection of songs from his recent release “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: A tribute to Hitsville USA” with his band and the Jeans ‘n Classics Rock Symphony conducted by Jeff Christmas.
Tickets to Michael Bolton go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, February 19 starting at 12 PM and range from $55 to $105 (plus applicable fees). Tickets may be purchased online at www.centreinthesquare.com, by calling 519-578-1570 or 1-800-265-8977, or in person at the Centre In The Square Box Office (101 Queen Street North).
I don't know if this means it might be somewhat of a symphonic show, but if anyone is attending, we'd love to hear about it! Take care and hugs to all, sincerely, Sylvie QC Canada :D
Michael, when will you come back in Montreal do to the concert you had to canceled in last february ?