Music is the soundtrack to our lives—from the ballad you slow-danced to at senior prom to the ballad you slowly walked home alone to. Remember the good times with this GrouponLive deal to see Loretta Lynn at Massey Hall. For $40, you get one ticket for seating in the left- or right-centre balcony, left-or right-centre floor, or left-side floor on Saturday, September 15, at 8 p.m. (up to an $81.89 value, including fees).
Born to an impoverished Kentucky family during the Great Depression, married by age 15, and a mother of four by the time she was 21, Loretta Lynn decided she still hadn't done enough. She then spent the next 50 years becoming one of the most popular and influential voices in country music. Though firmly enmeshed in the Nashville country scene, her iconoclastic attitude led to an output of culturally charged songs that gave a voice to working-class women. Her best-known tunes include "The Pill," which details the liberating effects of birth control, and "Rated X," a lament for society’s callous attitude toward women who got divorced in the 1970s. Winner of three Grammys and writer of the award-winning memoir Coal Miner's Daughter, Lynn made history again in 2004 when she collaborated with Jack White on her triumphant comeback album Van Lear Rose, which Pitchfork praised as "a homecoming for a small-town musician gifted with poise, humour and compassion."
Lynn's husky voice remains steeped in twang, continuing to tickle ears like a cornbread pillow as she pushes into her fifth decade of making music. Her fan-pleasing concerts delve into her best-known classics that run the gamut from heartbreakers about wrecked relationships to barnburners about booze-fuelled love and perfectly sober decisions to commit arson on neighbours’ barns.
Completed in 1894, Massey Hall is one of Canada's most venerable performance spaces. Classic touches include an unused fireplace in the rear of the main floor and a lion-and-unicorn crest over the auditorium entrance, reminding theater-goers of Canada's erstwhile royal-dominion status.