Gordon Lightfoot celebrates milestone 80th birthday with concert
Published Sunday, November 18, 2018 11:53AM EST
Last Updated Sunday, November 18, 2018 1:13PM EST
Singer-songwriter and Canadian national treasure Gordon Lightfoot celebrated a milestone 80th birthday on Saturday with a sold-out benefit show in his hometown of Orillia, Ont.
Before Canada’s folk laureate began his 90-minute set, the audience serenaded him with a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday.”
The 13-time Juno Award-winning artist is best-known for songs including “I’m Not Saying,” “If You Could Read My Mind” and “Sundown,” which peaked at number 1 on the Billboard charts.
Lightfoot, who drew inspiration from the folk artist Bob Dylan, was inducted into the Canadian Recording Industry Hall of Fame in 1986.
The sold-out concert was a benefit with proceeds going to the Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital and the Orillia Opera House.