Founded in 2003 by Craig Martin, Classic Albums Live takes the greatest albums and recreates them live on stage – note for note, cut for cut, using the best musicians. “Think of it as a recital,” says Martin, “these albums are historic and stand the test of time.” Forgoing costumes and impersonations, Classic Albums Live has found success in concentrating solely on the music. “We don’t dress up or wear any sort of costume. All of our energy is put into the music. We want the performance to sound exactly like the album,” says Martin.
Craig Martin decided to cover “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd as it has sentimental meaning to him. He was 14 when the album came out in 1975, and he recalls having to take two buses to buy it. Back then he was liming baseball fields where he made pennies, so saving up for an album was a big deal. Craig made it down to Sams, only to find that the album was $4.99, not $3.99. He didn’t want the bus fare to be for nothing, so he stood there, admiring the album, knowing one day it would be his. Holding it up to the light, Craig remembers the blue see-through plastic the album was wrapped in, where underneath was the iconic shot of the two businessmen shaking hands. Craig returned to work, and over the next two weeks he managed to get an eye infection from the lime. After saving up enough, he got back on the two bus trip, and bought the album.
As the years passed, the album came to mean a great deal to Craig. He finds that there’s something connecting about it, that we all star in our own movie as “Wish You Were Here” plays. Pink Floyd wrote the album as a tribute to their founding member, Syd Barrett, who had left the band seven years earlier due to his deteriorating mental health. As Classic Albums Live performs this album for you with clarity and cool, we will all be thinking of people in our lives we wish were here with us.
Originally built in 1901 as the Town Hall and a community gathering place, the Opera House is a historical landmark. The beautiful wood architecture, original theatre seats, stunning chandeliers from France, stained glass windows and rich history all play part in making the Opera House a cornerstone of Gravenhurst’s arts, culture and heritage.
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