Starring Leisa Way and The Wayward Wind Band
(Fred Smith, Bobby Prochaska, Bruce Ley, Don Reid & Brant Garratt)
Leisa Way's critically acclaimed concert Early Morning Rain celebrates the remarkable life and career of legendary Canadian, Gordon Lightfoot. An all-star Canadian cast of award-winning musicians, under the direction of Bruce Ley (Composer of Academy Award nominated film 'The Painted Door'), capture the magic of Lightfoot's live performances in this two-hour celebration of this iconic Canadian songwriter and singer.
2023 marks Gordon Lightfoot's 85th Birthday and this show is the perfect celebration for all ages. This full stage show has a 5 piece band and an all-star lineup including Canada's Songbird Leisa Way (Toronto's Musician of the Year, recently on the cover of the magazine International Musician), Fred Smith on guitars & vocals (Chuck Berry, The Mamas & The Papas), Bobby Prochaska on bass & vocals (star of "Buddy" on Broadway), Don Reid on drums & vocals (Pauly & the Goodfellas, Orchestra London), and of course, Bruce Ley on piano & vocals (Tommy Hunter Show/Dolly Parton/Chet Baker/Brenda Lee etc, etc.) This is a group of seasoned veteran performers who raise the roof on every stage they grace.
This two-hour inspired performance includes hits like “Early Morning Rain,” “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Carefree Highway,” “Sundown,” “For Lovin’ Me,” “Canadian Railroad Trilogy,” “Ribbon of Darkness,” and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”, just to name a few.
Lightfoot has recorded 20 albums, has 5 Grammy nominations, 17 Juno Awards, and earned sixteen number ones, eighteen top 10s and twenty-one top 40 hits. Other great artists who have recorded his songs include Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Eric Clapton, Hank Williams, Jr., Judy Collins, Barbra Streisand, Peter Paul & Mary, Glen Campbell and Toby Keith.
In 2012, Lightfoot’s legacy was further enhanced when he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and decorated with the Governor’s General Award and the Companion to the Order of Canada Honor of Merit.
Gordon Lightfoot is a national treasure and a legend in his own lifetime.
“What makes this performance special is the connection these musicians have to the music, and to their audience,” says Way. “They love the music and perform these tunes from the heart. Audiences naturally respond with standing ovations and the best part is hearing the audience sing along to every song."
Take a trip down memory lane, and join Leisa Way and The Wayward Wind Band for this magnificent night of greatest hits from Canada’s favourite troubadour.