Aretha returning to Toronto (with Ott/Mtl a possibility). And a new album on the way too.

aretha-franklin-live-2013-650-430The legend, the Queen of Soul is making a return appearance to Toronto just over a year after her last concert in these parts, and at the same venue. Aretha (who will be 72 in March) will be at Roy Thomson Hall on Friday April 25th 2014 with tickets going on sale tomorrow, Saturday December 21st. Prices range from $59.50-$199.50. If you’re willing to shell out for the top-tier tickets, more power to you but be warned: at her well-received but brief 2013 Toronto show she only managed thirteen (!) songs over 80 minutes. Not exactly great value for the dollar but if you’re a fan, you probably don’t care.

According to billboard.com, make-up dates for cancelled shows in Ottawa and Montreal are also on the horizon but those dates haven’t been announced yet. And she’s got a new album of covers on the way for the 2nd quarter of 2014. Barbra Streisand’s “People” and Donna Summer’s “Last Dance” are among the tracks she’s covering, so don’t be surprised to hear those in her upcoming Toronto show.

Some classic Aretha for your Friday:

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