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Lighthouse at CosmoFEST

Saturday June 3, 2023

Free Main Stage Performance — 5 pm

Cosmo Music | 10 Via Renzo Dr, Richmond Hill ON

Lighthouse at CosmoFEST - Saturday June 3, 2023 - Cosmo Music, Richmond Hill

Lighthouse, one of Canada’s favourite classic rock bands, is turning 50, and inviting Canadians across the country to join the celebration at CosmoFEST! Lighthouse features original founders Paul Hoffert and Ralph Cole leading an all-star line-up that includes original members Russ Little and Steve Kennedy with Chris Howells, Simon Wallis, Doug Moore, Don Paulton, Jamie Prokop, and Dan Clancy.

Lighthouse burst on the scene in 1969, with an explosive sound that defied all conventions. Between 1970 and 1973 they were awarded four Junos, four gold albums, and Canada’s first platinum album for Lighthouse Live. Hits such as "One Fine Morning", "Sunny Days", "Hats Off (To the Stranger)", "1849", and "Pretty Lady" raced to the top of Canadian and international charts. They were the first rock band asked to headline the Newport, Monterey, and Boston Globe Jazz Festivals, the first to perform with Symphony Orchestras, and the first to collaborate on a Rock Ballet. Lighthouse was also the only act invited to perform a second night at the legendary 1970 Isle of Wight Festival among acts that included The Who, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Chicago, and The Doors.

About Lighthouse

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Paul Hoffert: piano
Ralph Cole: guitar
Dan Clancy: lead vocals
Doug Moore: piano
Don Paulton: bass guitar
Jamie Prokop: drums
Russ Little: trombone
Chris Howells: trumpet
Simon Wallis: baritone saxophone
Steve Kennedy: tenor saxophone
Skip Prokop: founder emeritus

As the first fusion band, their unique blend of rock, jazz, and classical influences rocketed them to the forefront of musical trends — a young, incredibly talented band of musicians from all walks of the music industry. I mean, you’ve got session musicians, film composers and arrangers, off-Broadway musical composers, and so much more.

Drummer Skip Prokop ran into accomplished musician and scholar, Paul Hoffert while in New York. As fate would have it, the two gentlemen were seated beside each other on a plane back to Toronto the very next day. Prokop talked to Hoffert at length about his interest in starting a band that combined a jazz quartet, string quartet, and rock rhythm section. “If you’re going to do it, and you’re doing it in Toronto, call me,” said Hoffert. And the rest, as they say, is history.

In Toronto their free concerts at Nathan Phillip’s Square attracted up to one hundred thousand people. From 1970 to 1976 Lighthouse toured three hundred days a year across North America with an emphasis on Canadian concerts in the cities, towns, and small hamlets of every province. Indeed, it’s hard to find a person who lived in Canada through the 1970s who didn’t see the group live.

Reunited in 1992, Lighthouse continues to tour regularly featuring original founders Paul Hoffert and Ralph Cole leading an all-star line-up that includes original members Russ Little and Steve Kennedy with Chris Howells, Simon Wallis, Doug Moore, Don Paulton, Jamie Prokop, and dynamic lead vocalist Dan Clancy.

Lighthouse Discography:
Lighthouse - Icon Series - 2018 (Andres Lara)
The Best of Lighthouse - 20th Century Masters - 2010 (Andres Lara)
40 Years of Sunny Days - 2009 (Universal Records)
Song of the Ages - 1999 (True North Records)
Lighthouse Live! Re-Released 1998 (Location Recorders, True North Records)
The Best of Lighthouse / Sunny Days Again - Re-Released - 1998 (True North Records)
Song of the Ages - 1996 (Denon Records Canada)
Lighthouse Live! CD Release - 1991 (Carnegie Hall, Denon Records Canada)
The Best of Lighthouse / Sunny Days Again – Vinyl Release - 1989 (Denon Records Canada)
Best of Lighthouse – 1979 (Thunder Sound, GRT Canada)
Good Day - 1974 (Recorded Thunder Sound)
Can You Feel It – 1973 (The Record Plant)
Sunny Days – 1972 (Thunder Sound Recording Studios)
Lighthouse Live - 1972 (Carnegie Hall)
One Fine Light - 1971 (RCA Worldwide)
Thoughts on Movin' On - 1971 (Thunder Sound Recording Studios)
One Fine Morning - 1970 (Thunder Sound Recording Studios)
Peacing it All Together - 1969 (RCA Studio C)
Suite Feeling - 1969 (Eastern Sound Studios, RCA Worldwide)
Lighthouse – 1969 (Eastern Sound Studios, RCA Worldwide)

Lighthouse Typical Setlist:
You Girl
Silver Bird
Take It Slow
Hats Off (To the Stranger)
Lonely Places
I'd Be So Happy
Good Day / Sweet Lullaby / Little Kind Words
Sunny Days
Pretty Lady
Remember the Times
I Just Wanna Be Your Friend
1849
Fine China
Magic's in the Dancing
Love of a Woman
Can You Feel It
One Fine Morning
Drum Solo
Rockin' Chair
Show Me the Way
Broken Guitar Blues

Tower of Song

Leonard Cohen Tribute (2017)

Remember the Times

Song of the Ages (1996)

Pretty Lady

Can You Feel It (1973)

Sunny Days

Sunny Days (1972)

One Fine Morning

One Fine Morning (1971)

Hats Off (To the Stranger)

One Fine Morning (1971)