Roy Thomson Hall presented Lakefield’s own Royal Wood and friends with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Thunderous applause ramped as Canada’s most accomplished, internationally acclaimed, 2-time Juno nominated, iTunes award-winning and contemporary alt-pop singer, prolific songwriter, producer, and arranger, John Royal Wood Nicholson, better known as Royal Wood, mounted the stage and strolled confidently over to the piano. You could have heard a pin drop once this stunning talent began. Royal projected richly textured complexity and tranquility, a true introspective delight, his most compelling expressions yet. Such a sentimental and charismatic soul, Royal writes as he performs, wearing his heart on his sleeve as he shared, “So many words, I am already feeling it, it is such an honor to be on stage with the TSO conducted by Lucas Waldin, truly a childhood dream” Royal Wood set the tone for the exceptional evening ahead, with the Hardest Thing of All, (from his newest album Ever After the Farewell). Whether on piano, guitar or ukulele, this multi-instrumentalist shared his genius on each and every masterpiece with his passion and honest emotions, deeply infusing enigmatic narratives, truly clicking with his 2,300 fans in this sold-out concert hall. Never idle for nearly 2 decades, always writing, recording, producing, touring allowing his crooner style ballads to morph into dynamic powerhouse pieces showcasing the fluidity of his impressive octave ranges. This showcase followed Royal’s triumphant Massey Hall appearance as he returned to downtown Toronto for this epic evening at Roy Thomson Hall, backed by the illustrious Grammy and Juno nominated Toronto Symphony Orchestra and joined on stage by his immeasurably talented friends. This 2.5 hour-2 set performance surely was a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of music. Royal covered a variety of his classics, introducing new tunes, all reflecting from 80% of his 11 album quiver. Masterpieces included Don’t Fall Apart (from The Lost and found EP) and Something About You (NEW from his 2018 Ever After the Farewell). I’m So Glad (from his A Good Enough Day) leading into his Top 40 hit Forever and Ever from his 2014 The Burning Bright, fans danced in their seats and isles what an addictive beat. Multi-award-winning artist Jill Barber was a delight as she sang her hit Never Quit Loving You.
Royal shared, “The driving force in me is the guttural feeling of being in the flow and creating something new,” and that he did! Royal mentions, “It’s Christmas time, is everyone ready? I got one gift early, my wife told me we are having a baby, my 1st baby and its a boy! So I wrote her a song to show her my love at Christmas and this is my first time performing Waiting For Someone Like You live and 1st time for my wife.”
Continuing with Morning Light from his Ghost Light leading into the spectacular Elise LeGrow’s sultry version of Chuck Berry’s –You Never Can Tell. 2-time Billboard and 7-time Juno awarded Ed Robertson from Barenaked Ladies and Royal perfected a stupendous version of If I Had Million Dollars, and the audience joined in loud and proud. Juno awarded The Good Lovelies, delivered an acapella Beatles cover Because followed by their original I See Gold (from their 2018 SHAPESHIFTERS). Leading right into Royal’s exuberant, Make Your Mind Up (from his 2018 Love Will Linger EP). Next, Royal unleashed King & Queen (Ghost Light) leading into huge hit Brother, with JUNO-and Canadian Screen Award-nominated singer-songwriter, NOW Magazine and CBC awarded co-writer Peter Katz, followed by another brilliant moment as Royal dove in Juliet (from his Good Enough Day). Legendary Lifetime Achievement, 14-time Juno, Canada’s Walk of Fame, National Achievement and Order of Canada recipient, singer and songwriter Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo) lit up an epic rendition of Bad Timing. RW showed his emotions as he perfected Photograph which is based on losing his father to Alzheimer’s and the significance the photographs of him have meant to Royal’s family and not only mourning his loss but in celebrating his life. Growing up a musical family, it must have warmed your heart to have your family present, because it sure warmed mine! To see that after 2 decades, your brothers and family still come out in support of all your musical gifts, PRICELESS! Simply beautiful running into and having both your brother’s Luke (left) singer-songwriter http://www.lukenicholson.ca and Matt (closest to camera) who remembered The Wire Megazine and
“Death comes to us all and the lives lost should be remembered, I’m grateful that I still have the days gone past with my father alive as well in his photographs. I hope this song and video helps bring memories of your loved ones back to life,” stated Royal, from his Love Will Linger EP 2018. Next, RW delivered Not Giving Up and Acting Crazy (It’s A Breakdown) with best friend, songwriter, producer Dean Drouillard on bass. Encore occurred as Royal picked up his Ukelele, giving his legions of fans his solo cover of Beatles-Yesterday.
TOURING IN SUPPORT of his 2018
Love Will Linger EP which he had so many songs written that he wished to share them all with his fans; therefore, he released both EP and full-length album entitled
Ever After The Farewell, for your listening pleasures. Wood had been on tour in North America and Europe, writing and recording material with Linda Perry and mixing the Royal Wood – Live at Massey Hall album to be released in 2020. It’s a documentary called Royal Wood – The Road to Massey Hall which will be released in conjunction with the live album. Ticket buyers will also receive an exclusive advance digital copy of his forthcoming release Royal Wood: Live At Massey Hall recorded at his 2018 concert.
Folks this just in, “Calling London Ontario! These will be the last Canadian shows for a while before taking time off to be a new DAD” states Royal Wood -found as his post on Facebook regarding his 2 nearly sold-out shows on March 6 and 7th at the historic Aeolian Hall in London Ontario so hurry don’t delay get your tickets today http://www.aeolianhall.ca Stay in tuned at http://www.royalwood.ca