public performance of the decade/year is at Hugh's Room in Toronto
at the now annual "The Way We Feel" tribute evening. He played
I'll Tag Along, Restless and Let It Ride and joined in on The
Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald.
-In February, Lightfoot
is the featured artist during a Canadian Songwriting Hall
Of Fame evening of song in Toronto appropriately titled "If You
Could Read My Mind". (Read More...)
- In February, Canwest news
reports that Lightfoot has died. The rumours are quickly
put to rest as Lightfoot goes on radio in Toronto to tell a
relieved public that he is fine. (Read More...)
- Also in February, Lightfoot
makes an appearance at the Good Brothers' CD launch at
Hugh's Room in Toronto.
- In March, Lightfoot kicks
off his touring year in Winston-Salem, NC
- Also in March, in light
of Edmund Fitzgerald research which proves that the hatchways
were not at fault, Lightfoot changes line from "At 7 PM, a main
hatchway caved in" to "At 7 PM, it grew dark, it was then" for
future performances. (Read More...)
- In July, it is announced
that Lightfoot will perform on Late Night With David Letterman
on October 8th. The appearance was later postponed.
- In August, tickets go on
sale for Massey Hall Ontario tour for spring of 2011.
- In September, Lightfoot attends
a screening of the documentary, Forces Of Nature, about
the life and work of David Suzuki, at a "Green Carpet" event
-Lightfoot's first public
performance of the year is at Hugh's Room in Toronto at
the now annual "The Way We Feel" tribute evening. He played
Knotty Pine, All The Lovely Ladies and East Of Midnight.
- Lightfoot attends and performs
at a benefit in Toronto for ORNGE, the medical transportation
service that helicoptered him to hospital in Hamilton, ON in 2002
when he fell ill.
- Terry Clements, Lightfoot's
unsurpassed lead guitarist for 40 years, passed away
in February. His contributions to the Lightfoot sound, on
recordings and on stage is immeasurable. (Read More...)
- Lightfoot announces in February
his Canadian fall tour schedule. (Read More...)
- Lightfoot kicks off the
2011 touring year in South Carolina in March.
- In May, Lightfoot is honoured
with the Heart And Vision award from the United Church
- Yet another triumphant four
night run at Massey Hall is completed in May, with Lightfoot's
concert total topping 175 for his career at the historic
- In June, Lightfoot is again
at Massey Hall, this time attending a Ron Sexsmith tribute.
- In November, Lightfoot receives
his nomination for the Songwriter's Hall Of Fame in
New York. (Read More...)
- David Rea, who played lead
guitar on Lightfoot's 1966 debut album, passes away in
- In November, Lightfoot visits
the Occupy Toronto protest site.
- Also In November, Lightfoot
performs at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation
Hospital Foundation Fundraiser in Toronto.
- In December, Lightfoot wraps
up another busy touring year at the Stratford Theatre
in Stratford, Ontario.
- Lightfoot by the Sheraton
Center in December to sign a T-shirt for auction to help
the Toronto food drive.
- In mid-January,
Lightfoot kicks off another touring year at Symphony
Hall in Atlanta, GA.
- In February, Lightfoot
receives the Diamond Jubilee Medal as part of the Queen's
Commonwealth 60th anniversary celebrations.
- In February, it
is officially announced that Lightfoot will be inducted
into the US Songwriters Hall Of Fame in June. (Read More...)
- In February, Warner
Bros/Rhino Records announce the forthcoming Massey Hall
Live album due April 17. (Read More...)
- In April, in conjuction
with the release of All Live, Lightfoot holds a CD launch
and signing at Indigo bookstore in Toronto.
- In June, Lightfoot
receives his Songwriters Hall Of Fame induction in New
York. He performs If You Could Read My Mind. (Read More...)
- Lightfoot kicks
off a brief Ontario tour in June, with a side trip to
- Also in June,
Lightfoot is honoured, and performs at the Diamond
Jubilee Gala recognizing exceptional Canadians at Roy Thomson
Hall in Toronto.
- In July, Lightfoot
surprised the crowd at Mariposa in Orillia, where he
was in attendance and he performed Restless and Ring Them Bells.
- In August, Lightfoot
attends a tribute to him by the Famous People Players,
a puppet group, at their Dine And Dream Theatre in Toronto.
- In August, Lightfoot
bassist from 1965-1969, John Stockfish passes away.
He also recorded at times with Lightfoot in the 70's, including
on the Sundown track. (Read More...)
- In October, Bob
Dylan covers "Shadows" at concert in Alberta.
- In October, Lightfoot
announces his "50 Years On The Carefree Highway Tour"
upcoming in 2013.
- Also in October,
Lightfoot enters the Twitter world @lightfoot365.
November, Lightfoot returns to his hometown in Orillia
to perform two benefit concerts. (Read More...)
another successful 4 night run at Massey Hall in November.
- Also in November,
Lightfoot attends the SOCAN awards in Toronto.
- Completing a busy
month of November, Lightfoot performs a truncated Canadian
Railroad Trilogy at the halftime show of the 100th Grey Cup
- In December, Lightfoot
performs at a benefit fundraiser for Renascent Foundation at Glenn Gould in
Toronto. (Read More...)
In February, Lightfoot attends a Q&A session at
St. Paul's United church in Orillia, ON. A reception to meet
- In March, the 50 Years On
The Carefree Highway tour kicks off in California.
- In March, Lightfoot appears
on the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Show in New York.
- In April, on record day,
Sit Down Young Stranger is released on vinyl in its original
format with no name or title on the cover.
- In June, Lightfoot's recent
album All Live is released on vinyl.
- In August, Lightfoot replaces
Neil Young at Greenbelt Harvest Picnic in Dundas, ON
and at the Ottawa Folk Festival in September. (Read More...)
- In September
Gordon M Lightfoot official Facebook page debuts.
- Filming begins on a Lightfoot
documentary in and artound Orillia, ON between tour
legs in September. Doc to debut at Toronto International
Film Fest 2014.
- In October, Lightfoot announces
an extensive coast to coast Canadsian tour for 2014.
- In November, the 50 Years
On The Carefree Highway tour wraps up in Pittsfield,
- In November,
Lightfoot attends the National Business For The Arts
awards gala in Toronto.
- In December, Lightfoot segment
airs on CBS Sunday Morning.
- In January,
Lightfoot has a cover story featured in SOCAN trade Magazine, Words &
- In January, Lightfoot is
inducted into the Goldmine Magazine Hall Of Fame.
- In January, Lightfoot announces
western Canadian fall tour for 2014. (Read
- In March, Neil Young covers "If
You Could Read My Mind" at his concert in Los Angeles.
In April, Neil Young releases covers
of "If You Could Read My Mind" and "Early Morning Rain"
on his newest album A Letter Home.
- In April, Lightfoot kicks
off the Canadian leg of this year's tour in St. John's,
- In May, Lightfoot receives
an honorary degree in Doctor of Humane Letters from Victoria
University, University Of Toronto.
- In May, Lightfoot is presented
with the Impact Award by the Ontario Country Music Association.
- In June, Lightfoot receives
the Lifetime Achievement Award from SOCAN.
- In June, the 40th anniversary
of Sundown becoming the #1 Album and Single is celebrated
by a series of performers in Toronto. Lightfoot attends
- In July, Lightfoot makes
an impromptu appearance at Mariposa, performing a 4 song
solo set. Earlier he listened to daughter Meredith Moon perform.
- In July, on an off day in
New York, Lightfoot tapes an interview with Fox News,
then goes next door and is interviewed by Steve Earle for
Outlaw Country on SiriusXM.
- In August, Lightfoot attends
a Ronnie Hawkins concert in Ancaster, ON.
- In August, Lightfoot performs
at the Voices For Habitat concert with Daniel Lanois
in Hamilton, ON.
- In September, Lightfoot
is forced to cancel his concert in Santa Cruz, CA due
to chest cold. Is back on stage the next night in San Diego.
- In the lead up to Lightfoot's
Massey Hall concert series in November, Lightfoot is
interviewed by Peter Mansbridge for The National.
- In November, Lightfoot attends
Bob Dylan concert in Toronto.
- In November, Lightfoot presented with first
Massey Hall roll of honour prior to second set opening
night at Massey.
- In December, Lightfoot marries
Kim Hasse in Toronto.
- In February, Lightfoot kicks off his
touring year in Clearwater, FL.
- Lightfoot postpones eight March
concerts due to an acute illness which requires two weeks
- Lightfoot is announced
as co-president of the Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame
along with Robert Charlebois.
- In June, Lightfoot receives
honorary doctorate degree from Lakehead University.
- In May, Lightfoot
attends Ronnie Hawkins' 80th birthday bash at 740 AM
Toronto and performs I'll Tag Along.
- In May, tickets go on
sale for Lightfoot's 2016 tour of the UK, his first there
since 1981. (Read
In July, Lightfoot attends Mariposa Folk Festival in Orillia
and performs Couchiching and If You Could Read My Mind.
- In September, Lightfoot
attends David Foster's Foundation Miracle Gala in Toronto. Also
on hand Stevie Wonder and others.
- In October, a sculpture is unveiled
on the grounds of Mariposa in Orillia honouring Lightfoot.
- In November, Lightfoot wraps up another busy
touring year that saw him play 68 concerts.
- Coinciding with his 77th birtrhday
in November, Lightfoot announces Massey Hall dates for November
- In December, Ronnie Hawkins
releases the Xmas single Christmas Must Be Tonight which
was co-produced by Lightfoot.
- In January, Lightfoot play a few songs at
a private show in King, ON. Also on the bill, Leon Russell and the Good Brothers.
- In February, Lightfoot attends
and performs I'll Tag Along at a celebration of Stompin' Tom
Conners' 80th birthday in Toronto.
- In February, a co-written Lightfoot song
released by tribute group Lightfeet "Up In Buffalo". (Read More...)
- In March, Lightfoot kicks off
yet another ambitious touring year in California
- On an off day on the road in March, Lightfoot
and his band visit Graceland.
- In May, Lightfoot with Kris Kristofferson
and Ronnie Hawkins record Me And Bobby McGee at Hawkins' studio
near Peterborough, ON.
- In May, Lightfoot speaks at a plaque
unveiling honouring the history of Toronto's Yorkville music
- Lightfoot returns to tour the UK and Ireland
in May and June for the first time in 35 years playing 11 sold
- Lightfoot makes his annual July cameo appearance
at Mariposa in Orillia, including a walk on with the Good Brothers
doing Alberta Bound and If You Could Read My Mind solo.
- In July, another Lightfoot carving is unveiled
on the Lightfoot trail in Orillia, this one commemorating Black
Day In July.
- In August, Lightfoot participates in the Bobby
Curtola tribute in Toronto.
- In September, Lightfoot along with Ronnie Hawkins
attend the unveiling of a mural depicting the rich musical legacy
of Yonge St. in Toronto.
- In October, Lightfoot announces his upcoming single
"Plans Of My Own" to be released November 24th. (Read More...)
- In November, Lightfoot releases statement following
the death of Leonard Cohen, "I am deeply saddened by the passing
of my contemporary, colleague, fellow Canadian and my dear friend
Leonard Cohen. He loved music and his music affected millions of people
around the world. He will begreatly missed. I offer my deepest
condolences to his family as they grieve this tremendous loss."
- In December, Lightfoot is added to the Barbershop Harmony
Society's Wall of Fame in Nashville.
- In January, Lightfoot attends Kris Kristofferson
concert in Orillia, ON and duets on Me And Bobby McGee.
- Lightfoot and his band kick off the 2017
touring year in Texas in March.
- In March, Lightfoot attends Good Brothers CD
release in Toronto and joins in on Alberta Bound.
- In May, the Alberta Ballet performs a show based
on Gordon Lightfoot songs.
- On July 1st in Ottawa, Lightfoot performs If You Could Read
My Mind at Canada's 150th celebration.
- In July, Lightfoot makes a cameo at Mariposa performimg Diamond
Joe and Drink Yer Glasses Empty.
- In July, the morning after health bill fails in US Senate,
the House Republicans begin their meeting by playing The Wreck Of The
- In October, Lightfoot is awarded the Gold medal from the Royal
Canadian Geographic Society at the CBC theatre in Toronto. Lightfoot
performs Restless and If You Could Read My Mind.
- In October, Lightfoot issues an official statement on the death
of Gord Downie. "I'm truly saddened by the news of Gord Downie's passing.
Canada has lost one of its bright stars. He will be missed but not forgotten.
I am thinking of his family today and send them my deepest condolences."
- In October, Lightfoot attends the book launch of Nicholas
Jennings' biography "Lightfoot" at the Pilot in Yorkville in Toronto.
- Lightfoot kicks off a western Canadian tour in Vancouver in
- In December, Lightfoot donates 3 canoes to the Canadian Canoe
Museum in Peterborough, ON, including the yellow canoe of "Canary Yellow
- In February, Lightfoot kicks off another
busy touring year in Florida.
Photo courtesy Kim Lightfoot
- In March,
Lightfoot travels to New York to receive the Canadian Association of
New York Foundation's (CANY) Arts And Letters award.
- In July, Lightfoot wraps up another standout run at Massey Hall.
The Hall closes now for a 2 year renovation.
- Lightfoot attends Mariposa where he performs a guest set and inducts
Bonnie Dobson and her song Morning Dew into the Canadian Songwriter's Hall
- In November, Lightfoot celebrates his 80th birthday with a benefit
concert in his hometown of Orillia, ON.
- In December, Lightfoot attends a John Prine "House Of Strombo" concert
- In January, Lightfoot attends Stompin'
Tom 83rd birthday celebration at Zoomer studio in Toronto.
- In February, Billboard article announces new Lightfoot album
in the works. (Read
- In March, Lightfoot is back on the road to begin the new touring
year, starting in California.
- In April, Lightfoot documentary debuts at Hot Docs Festival in Toronto
with Lightfoot in attendence.
Photo at Mariposa - John Swartz
- In July, Lightfoot makes an impromptu appearance at Mariposa Folk Festival
and performs If You Could Read My Mind.
- In July, Lightfoot suffers a leg injury which forces him to postpone 11
concerts, to be rescheduled at a later date. (Read More...)
- In August, Lightfoot is announced as an inductee to the inaugural
Canadian Entertainment Hall Of Fame class. (Read More...)