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Paul Shaffer & the WSO


Paul Shaffer & the WSO

Concert to be rescheduled in 2021/22 season

Enjoy an evening with the legendary Paul Shaffer as he takes you on a symphonic journey through his musical life, from his earliest beginnings in Thunder Bay, studying piano classically, tempering this training with his discovery and love of rock ‘n’ roll, his fascination with the theme from Exodus, and his momentary detour into surf music. The evening also celebrates the soul music of his youth and The Beatles, and tracks his five-decade career, illuminating it with stories of both the songs and the people he’s encountered along the way.

Special guest star Valerie Simpson, the Motown legend responsible for “I’m Every Woman,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and many more iconic hits, joins him on his musical romp, including on a performance of Paul’s own outrageous hit “It’s Raining Men.” You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll have the musical time of your life.


Paul Shaffer

Valerie Simpson


Daniel Raiskin


Get more acquainted

  • Paul Shaffer got his first big break in 1972 when composer Stephen Schwartz hired him as musical director for the Toronto production of Godspell. The cast included the then-unknown Martin Short, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Victor Garber and the late great Gilda Radner.
  • Shaffer wrote (with Paul Jabara) the 1980s number-one dance hit “It’s Raining Men,” performed by the Weather Girls and later by Geri Halliwell for the Bridget Jones’s Diary soundtrack, topping the British pop charts in 2001.
  • Valerie Simpson is one half of the beloved and legendary song-writing and performing duo Ashford & Simpson. The husband and wife team are responsible for writing iconic hits like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” and Chaka Khan’s “I’m Every Woman,” to name just a few.

Centennial Concert Hall, MB, Canada

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