Donovan Woods

Mon May 9, 2022 - 8:00 PM
Donovan Woods

Donovan Woods

Toronto-Nashville based Woods seventh studio album, 2020’s Without People, solidifies the Juno-award-winning artist’s ability to effortlessly straddle folk, country and indie sounds in tales marked by his intimate and understated writing style that allows his characters and audience to inhabit the same space. The end of a relationship, and the heartache and retrospection that accompanies that transition, is a central focus. The album’s title and method through which it was created — recordings sent back and forth across the country between various musicians unable to work together in person — invite the record to be read as a reflection of the pain, loss and regrets that also mark life in quarantine. Woods has evolved his soul-baring alt-folk over the years to experiment with new sonic textures: electric guitar, soaring strings, haunting harmonies, central one-line hooks, and creative percussion and synths.  

Woods crafts songs that embrace the very essence of human connection. Equally at home in folk and country music, Woods mines small moments to find greater truths on his latest album.

His latest single “Here in Chicago,” co-written with Australian pop musician Hayley Warner, touches on Woods’ favourite subject. It’s about learning that someone you still have feelings for is suddenly in the same town as you for the night, and the inevitable thoughts and chain of events that might set into motion.

The Jack Singer Concert Hall in Arts Commons is described as one of the most beautiful and acoustically acclaimed venues in North America. Home of Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, BD&P World Stage, and TD Jazz, audiences are treated to some of the world's finest musical events. The hall also welcomes a spectrum of events each season from TED Talks to National Geographic Live speakers, wedding dinners on the stage to rock stars on tour.

Ideal for: Weddings, performances, meetings, graduation ceremonies, and corporate events
Capacity: 1797 – Theatre-style seating 150 – Formal dinner seating 200 – Cocktail reception 
Lighting & A/V: Fully customizable lighting and A/V options
Stage: Stage measures 86' wide by 38' deep. 
Accessibility: Theatre seating includes wheelchair accessible Seats

Named after Mr. Jack Singer ($1.5M contribution from his sons, Alan and Stephen Singer), the concert hall is also the home of the Carthy Organ donated by the Carthy Foundation in the amount of $750,000 in memory of Mrs. Margaret Mannix. Suspended high above the stage is a laminated, 185,000-pound (90-ton) spruce-wood acoustical canopy that can be raised or lowered to tune the hall according to the specific needs of each performer.

Over its 32 year life, Jack Singer Concert Hall has undergone many upgrades to ensure that it remains a state-of-the-art performance hall, including a new million dollar sound system with state-of-the-art hearing assistance in 2004, a complete replacement of all its analog sound boards in 2014, and the full replacement of all of its seats, in 2017.