Something about “Dwayne Gretzky at Massey Hall” sounds completely surreal. But, here we are :) :)
We’ve been extremely fortunate as a band, and every milestone has meant something to us, from the first time a line formed outside the Dakota Tavern over 10 years ago, to being invited to perform at Toronto’s many classic clubs and venues since then. Not to mention festivals, weddings, and countless other stages that we’ve been invited onto over the years. But when it comes to stages to be invited to play music on, this one just…. sits differently.
Massey Hall has its own place in our hearts. As passionate music fans ourselves, stepping into the same space as our heroes will be an incredible feeling. Many songs from our catalogue have a history in that very building, which is not lost on us.
We’re thrilled to be able to invite our friends and fans to participate in this apex moment for us as a band who never imagined could get to this point.
It’s a true honour to be invited onto this stage and we plan to make the most of it. We hope you’ll plan to join us at Massey Hall on October 14, 2022.
It’s Dwayne’s most ambitious show ever, and it’s free and live on the internet
May 23rd beginning at 4pm EST
Just because cable packages are going extinct doesn’t mean the Telethon has to.
Announcing Dwayne Gretzky’s 99 Songs Telethon happening this Victoria Day Weekend. We’ll be broadcasting live and free on internet TV starting at 4pm EST on Sunday, May 23 and going non-stop until 99 full songs are delivered to you…or until all our fingers begin to fall off.
It’s the most ambitious Dwayne show ever, and it’s gonna be a sonic journey. Expect special themed sets, special guests, live song voting presented by White Claw® Hard Seltzer, and a whole lot more.
Like our New Year’s Eve show, the event is free and/or by donation, with 50% of event proceeds going to support Community Food Centres Canada who build health, belonging and social justice in low-income communities across Canada through the power of food.
Tune in wherever you may be throughout the mega 8+ hour broadcast to catch a grab bag of the best songs ever written performed as best as we can muster. You can also expect all kinds of other Telethon-y shenanigans as perpetrated by our special guest Telethon host Rodrigo Fernandez-Stoll.
Dwayne and team take health and safety very seriously. The production and broadcast will operate in accordance with Ontario’s latest COVID-19 industry rules and regulations for Film & Television industry. Please see our updated Health & Safety Policy on our website and note that the status of the event is subject to change based on any updated guidelines.
Tonight Will Be a Night to Remember, Literally and Virtually
At long last we can all say goodbye to 2020. We’re eager to tip our hat to what’s been a weird one, and we acknowledge that it has been (and continues to be) a struggle for many.
For the moment at least, Dwayne Gretzky is feeling grateful. Not only are we thankful to be able to play music together again after such a long time, but we’ve been excited to get creative and think about our band and the experience we help create in a whole new context.
That’s why we’re elated about tonight. It’s going to be a Dwayne Gretzky show like none other. The idea of pushing ourselves has always motivated us. Whether it’s to learn new songs, or in this case, a whole new medium. A live Dwayne broadcast!
Aside from it being virtual with viewers from across the country and beyond, it’ll also be the longest show we’ve ever played – and we’ve done some doozies. It’ll be roughly 55 songs from start to finish, from midnight in Newfoundland all the way until midnight in BC.
So all that to say, we hope you don’t miss it.
Below is a guide to some extra info and details so you can get the most out of it.
Tune in starting at 10:15pm EST Tonight above!
Some Tips for the Best At-Home Dwayne Gretzky Show
Follow these steps and it will be just like the real thing.
Since this year is a little different, we put together a short list of suggestions to get the most out of your at-home Dwayne Gretzky audio-visual experience. We’re excited to let you into our space, and perform for you in yours.
If you have the means, we recommend the following for optimal experience:
Put us on the Big Screen: It’s on YouTube so it’s accessible on a big any smart TV fairly easily. Or use an HDMI cable, Chromecast, Apple TV, or the like.
Put us on the Speakers: Connect the audio to your best home audio system or other quality speakers for optimal listening experience. We’ve made sure it’s worth the effort.
50% of all proceeds support Unison Benevolent Fund
We’re passing around the tip jar virtually in support of Canadian musicians. If you enjoy the show and you have the means to do so, we encourage you to visit the donation link.
50% of all proceeds will be going to support the Unison Benevolent Fund; a non-profit, registered charity that provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community.
COVID Health & Safety Statement
We’re in a challenging time locally, and beyond. Our preparation for an event such as this one is reflective and respectful of this.
For those interested, we wanted to share our COVID Health and Safety protocol as it pertains to tonight’s shoot and the preparations leading up. We have held ourselves to a high standard to ensure we are moving forward in a manner that is both respectful of the government’s requirements and recommendations, as safe as possible for all those involved, and respectful of our communities at large.
Announcing: Dwayne Gretzky New Years Eve live stream presented by Smirnoff. This year, our annual New Years Eve party will be in your living room. The free live stream will be accessible to anyone with a device and a wifi connection all the way – across Canada – and beyond! Set a Youtube reminder via the link in our bio so you don’t miss it. Because you can’t spell Dwayne without NYE.
Tune in from wherever you are across Canada, and let Dwayne count down your fresh new year no matter what time zone you’re in. Starting with New Years Eve in Newfoundland, and going all the way until we count in 2021 on the west coast.
As we all know, social distancing is the most important thing we can do to help beat the virus. Everyone in the band has been doing their part by staying home and avoiding social gatherings. Although this has been challenging, it has also given us the opportunity to connect which each other in a different way.
This version of Tom Petty’s You Don’t Know How It Feels was shot entirely in self isolation using our smart phones. What a joy to play music together again! Big thanks to our good friend Dan Tahmizian for editing the video and our very own Ian Docherty for mixing the song. Enjoy! And stay safe!
You Oughta Know! Big Shiny Dwayne returns this May with a VERY special edition – this time, we’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of Alanis Morissette’s best-selling record Jagged Little Pill,plus a whole second set of all the other giant 90s tunes.
25 years ago, Alanis Morissette released her third studio album, a stylistic departure from previous dance-pop work that quickly became a staple in the alt-rock/post-grunge world. Jagged Little Pill was HUGE, topping the charts and making Alanis Morissette the youngest artist in history to win Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards.
On Saturday, May 23 we celebrate Jagged Little Pill cover-to-cover, followed by a set of classic Big Shiny Dwayne 90s tunes.
The fan club presale starts March 11 – sign up HERE.
Calling all campers: Camp Dwayne is back Labour Day 2020 at Camp Timberlane – early bird tickets on sale now!
A 3-day cabin camping weekend in beautiful Haliburton, ON with all your pals, Camp Dwayne is the special end-of-summer hang you’ve been after, packed full of campfire singalongs, nature’s magic, classic camp activities, and musical performances from Dwayne Gretzky & special guests (to be announced).
This event is family-friendly and open to the public, so pack the van and bring your kids, your mom, and that brother-in-law you’ve always gotten along with. Early bird tickets are on sale now until May 1.