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Legendary Musician, Poet & Artist Patti Smith To Play Two Shows In Toronto And Join Us In The Red Ch
January 15, 2013
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If you're a long time fan of the show, you might already know this - George is a big fan of Patti Smith, a legendary musician, poet and artist.

A pioneer of punk rock, Smith will be on the show later this season. If you want tickets to see her in the red chair, make note of the date - March 5, she'll be in our studio.

Smith was one of the key artists in the early New York City punk rock scene, with her 1975 debut album "Horses", which became hugely influential. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

While she's in Toronto, Smith will play two live shows at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto on March 7, at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm.

'An Evening of Words and Song' will feature Smith performing both music and poetry.

She'll also be doing a book signing earlier during the day for her acclaimed 2010 memoir 'Just Kids'.

legendary-musician-poet-and-artist-patti-smith-to-play-two-shows-in-toronto-and-join-us-in-the-red-chair-feature3.jpg All of this is in conjunction with an upcoming exhibition at the AGO of Smith's photography entitled 'Patti Smith: Camera Solo'.

It's the first Canadian exhibit of Smith's visual art, featuring more than 75 works of photography and film. It runs from February 9 to May 19.

The exhibition will also feature listening posts with a playlist of Smith's greatest hits as voted on by the public.

There will also be an audio tour narrated by Smith, a film screening and a book signing.

Tickets for the two standing room only shows go on sale on February 8 at 10 am at ago.net and in person at the Gallery.

"We're delighted that Patti will be spending some time with our members and visitors," the gallery's director and CEO Matthew Teitelbaum said in a statement.

"Camera Solo is a uniquely intimate collection of works, and Patti is a true original."

Recently, Smith also released her first-ever concert video, Live at Montreux 2005. It features Smith and her band at the famed Swiss Jazz festival during a European tour.

They perform a 12-song set that includes 'Ain't It Strange', 'Because the Night', 'Dancing Barefoot', 'People Have the Power', and 'Redondo Beach'.

Here's one track. To see the entire show, click here.

They also do a cover of Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone."

Her longtime guitarist Lenny Kaye told ABC News Radio "I really think that this (DVD) captures all that we are as a band [and] all who Patti is as a very many-faceted artist and performer."

"When I looked at it, in the hindsight of seven years, I thought, 'Yeah, I'm really glad that this is part of history," he said.

Last month, Smith told Billboard magazine she's working on a sequel to her memoir, which was a New York Times Bestseller and won a National Book Award for Nonfiction in the U.S.

legendary-musician-poet-and-artist-patti-smith-to-play-two-shows-in-toronto-and-join-us-in-the-red-chair-feature2.jpg "I don't have a big rock'n'roll lifestyle, a sex, drugs and rock'n'roll story to tell," Smith said.

"I think I have maybe a better story. Through rock'n'roll I travelled the world, worked with my late brother and, best of all, that's how I met Fred (her late husband from the MC5). It changed my life in many unexpected ways, so I have my story to tell."

She released her 11th album - called Banga - last summer. Smith closed out the year with a series of shows opening for Neil Young & Crazy Horse.

She and her band are back on the road next week, when they kick off a short tour of Japan. In February, Smith is playing the 23rd annual Tibet House Benefit Concert at New York City's Carnegie Hall.

Smith has taken part in most Tibet House benefits since the mid 1990s, raising money for Tibet House US, a non-profit organization that works to preserve and present Tibetan culture.

"I just reached social security age," she told Billboard. "But I'm far from retiring,"

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