Canadian music fans probably know these two separately but few will know of their work as Whitehorse. Luke Doucet has played guitar and sung with the band Veal and played guitar for such acts as Chantal Kreviazuk and Sarah Mclachlan. He has been dubbed the best young guitarist in Canada. While his wife Melissa McLelland has carved out a solo career while providing vocals for the likes of Sarah Mclachlan and Blue Rodeo. The two have been married since 2006 and decided to put their solo careers on hold in 2011 to get together musically to form the folk band Whitehorse.
This six song EP is their tribute to the iconic Massey Hall in Toronto. Massey Hall has been around for more than one hundred years and once an artist, especially a Canadian one, plays there it is a benchmark in their careers. As a result the building has seen its fair share of epic shows. They have recorded six classic songs from artists who have played there. On it they demonstrate their ample talent as well as their willingness to take risks musically. As daunting a task as it is to record songs by Blue Rodeo, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Ron Sexsmith and Gordon Lightfoot they have undertaken the task with a fearlessness that is to be applauded. The songs and artists obviously have been carefully chosen and it shows in the fact that the two inject plenty of emotion into the tracks. They capture the intent of the songs in their own way and convey each of the stories whether they are about young unrequited love or a Canadian longing for a home. A rare musical gem filled with timeless tracks.