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The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir

Favourites of the Indie-music circuit, Stephin Merritt and The Magnetic Fields return to Toronto to perform their latest album featuring 50 new songs and a suite of captivating short films.

June 22 – 23, 2018

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PART 1
June 22: Songs 1—25 

PART 2
June 23: Songs 26—50

 

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Additional tickets across all price ranges are also available on Ticketmaster for June 22 and June 23. All discount codes will be honoured by Ticketmaster. If you require assistance please contact Ticketing & Audience Experience Manager Stephen Barber at 416 368 4849

 

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Additional tickets across all price ranges are also available on Ticketmaster for June 22  and June 23 . All discount codes will be honoured by Ticketmaster. If you require assistance please contact Ticketing & Audience Experience Manager Stephen Barber at 416 368 4849

Stephin Merritt, writer, producer, and master songsmith behind The Magnetic Fields’ 69 Love Songs, has long chronicled the human condition through song. In celebration of his first half-century on the planet, the famously mysterious artist is turning the spotlight around, sharing stories spanning from his conception by hippies on a houseboat to his current position as one of America’s greatest living songwriters.

A surreal masterwork
— New York Observer

50 Song Memoir recounts Merritt’s first fifty years, with one song for each year of his life. A spectacular staging features a newly expanded Magnetic Fields septet performing on fifty instruments from Merritt’s formidable collection, surrounded by fifty years’ worth of ornaments and gadgets from Merritt’s life and featuring beautifully crafted short films to accompany many of the songs.

The album, named one of the best of 2017 by Uncut and Mojo, will be performed over two nights amid a meticulous recreation of Merritt’s childhood bedroom. This honest and humorous musical performance invites you to bear witness to the peculiar patchwork that gave birth to such a prolific musical prodigy.
 

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Produced with commissioning support from: BAM; Barbican Theatre, UK; Center for the Art of Performance, UCLA; Edinburgh International Festival; Melbourne Festival
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The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir

Favourites of the Indie-music circuit, Stephin Merritt and The Magnetic Fields return to Toronto to perform their latest album featuring 50 new songs and a suite of captivating short films.

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PART 1: Fri, Jun 22, 8 PM
8:00 PM - 9:40 PM
Elgin Theatre
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PART 2: Sat, Jun 23, 8 PM
8:00 PM - 9:40 PM
Elgin Theatre
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Reviews

“One of indie-rocks most acclaimed figures”
– LA Times
“Stephin Merritt has distinguished himself as one of contemporary pop’s most beloved and influential artists.”
– The New York Times
“A highly entertaining summary of pop culture of the past half-century... 50 Song Memoir is a treat.”
– Wall Street Journal

Creative Team

WRITTEN AND ARRANGED BY
Stephin Merritt

PERFORMED BY
The Magnetic Fields

PRODUCED BY
The Magnetic Fields in association with Nick Schwartz-Hall

DIRECTED BY
José Zayas
SET DESIGNER
Arnulfo Maldonado

ASSISTANT SCENIC DESIGNER
Anshuman Bhatia

LIGHTING DESIGNER
Mark O’Maley

LIGHTING DIRECTOR
Paul Frydrychowski

SOUND DESIGNER
Dan Bora

MONITOR ENGINEER
Mike Amacio

PROJECTIONS DESIGNER
Alex Basco Koch

ASSISTANT PROJECTION DESIGNER / OPERATOR
John Erickson

PROJECTION ILLUSTRATORS & ANIMATORS
John Erickson, Roger Miller, Jocelyn O’Shea, Alex Petrowsky

PROJECTION EDITORS
Stephanie Beattie, Ryan Powell

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
Rachel Leah Woliansky

MANAGEMENT
Claudia Gonson
THE MAGNETIC FIELDS

 
STEPHIN MERRITT
Voice, etc.
 
CHRISTOPHER EWEN
Keyboards, etc. 
 
ANTHONY KACZYNSKI
Guitars, etc. 
 
QUINCE MARCUM
Percussion, etc. 
 
SUSANNA PORTE
Cellos, etc. 
 
SHIRLEY SIMMS
Bouzouki, etc.
 
PINKY WEITZMAN
Violas, etc. 

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Note from Stephin Merritt