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Grant Lawrence Tours Ontario and Quebec

Grant Lawrence Tours Ontario and Quebec

November 2013

In addition to being a CBC host, an eminent indie-rock alumnus, and the award-winning author of the bestselling book, Adventures in Solitude, Grant Lawrence has another claim to fame: as a baby, he spent part of a plane ride from Toronto to Montréal on Bobby Orr’s lap. Grant, his parents, Bobby Orr and the rest of the Canadian hockey team were on their way to Game 3 of the famous Summit Series between the Soviet Union and Canada in 1972, during the height of the Cold War. It was at this tender age that Grant’s lifelong entanglement with hockey began.

Grant Lawrence’s new book, The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie, is an ingenious combination of hockey lore, Canadian music history and personal anecdotes. It is a side-splitting account of how hockey has played into various periods of Lawrence's life: first when he was a knee-brace-wearing bully-magnet who was tormented by the hockey-obsessed jocks at his school; then when he was rock star touring the country with his band, The Smugglers; and finally, when he became a CBC broadcaster and journalist who found striking connections between the worlds of hockey and music. Complete with Lawrence's signature storytelling ability, The Lonely End of the Rink is the quintessential Canadian story about our cultural lives, told through the grill of a goalie mask. Not only does it contain colourful tales about the history of the NHL, it is also chock full of stories about many Canadian celebrities—including comedians, musicians and actors—whose lives have been affected by the game.

Grant Lawrence is spending the fall touring the country, reading from his book and talking about his conflicted—yet ultimately positive—relationship with hockey. Lawrence is known for being a stellar performer, and his readings are full of humour and insight. They are often enhanced by performances by some of Canada's most talented musicians. The details of his upcoming events in Ontario and Quebec are as follows:

  • Montréal: Launch party on Saturday, November 23 at 7pm at Drawn and Quarterly (211 Bernard Ouest).
  • Kingston: Reading, slideshow and Q&A on Sunday, November 24 at 2pm at the Kingston Brew Pub (34 Clarence St.), with a musical performance by Matthew Barber.
  • Windsor: Reading, slideshow and Q&A on Monday, November 25 at 7pm at the Phog Lounge (157 University Ave. W), with a musical performance by Crissi Cochrane.
  • London: Reading, slide show and Q&A on Tuesday, November 26 at 7pm at the Landon Library (not a misprint - 167 Wortley Rd), with a musical performance by Marty Kolls.
  • Toronto Launch Party presented by This Is Not A Reading Series at the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom between 8pm and 10pm. In addition to some entertaining stories told by Lawrence, there will be a musical appearance by Matthew Barber and an interview with CBC broadcaster, author and illustrator Kevin Sylvester.
  • Ottawa: Launch party on Friday, November 29 at 7pm at Pressed (750 Gladstone Ave.), with special musical guests.

For more information about Grant Lawrence, his book, and his tour (including these events as well as events in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan), go to www.grantlawrence.ca.

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