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With Guest Barney Bentall and Marty O'Reilly
Friday, March 22, 2019
With his 19th album, Miles to Go (out Sept. 21, on Stony Plain Records in the USA and True North Records ROW), Colin James is getting back to the blues. And he’s also getting back to the road, announcing a 24-date, 23-city Canadian tour. See below for the complete schedule.
Miles to Go, Colin James’ ambitious sequel to the critically acclaimed Blue Highways, continues James’ story with a collection of carefully curated songs handpicked from some of the greatest blues artists.
In the months leading up to the recording, as James was reflecting on songs for the album he decided to reacquaint himself with a beautiful red Gibson ES-335. It was just like the guitar he played as a teenager but regretfully had to sell for rent money.
While James reconnected with this guitar, Miles to Go seemed to just flow onto the studio floor.
This album blends songs old and new, some of them completely reimagined and some almost perfect homages. But all are unified by a theme of undying love for the blues and the highest respect for the creators that led the way.
Known as one of Canada’s best blues musicians, it wasn’t until 2016’s Blue Highways that James found himself on a blues chart: the album spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Roots Music Report’s Blues Chart. It also landed him one of his biggest hits: “Riding in the Moonlight”. A Willie Dixon song that James once covered when busking in the streets and subways of Toronto and Montreal that landed on a Spotify playlist garnering millions of streams.
When James set out to make Blue Highways, an album of blues covers recorded with his touring band, he always intended it to be the first of two installments. Now we have Miles to Go, in which James records nine new covers of his favourite artists (Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Little Willie John, Robert Johnson, etc.) and adds two originals, “I Will Remain” and “40 Light Years.” “Blues has always been a pass-it-forward kind of thing,” says James. “It’s also surprisingly hard to write. You have to be careful how modern you get in your phrasing. Certain writers can write a song that sounds like it was done 40 years ago, but it’s deceptively hard.”
To be a blues musician is to always have a dialogue with the past. As with much blues music, it’s the performances on the original versions rather than the actual song that drew James to them. That said, what could he possibly bring to them in 2018? “You bring what you can,” he says. “If I feel like I’ve brought enough, then I put it out. I knocked a bunch of songs off this record when I realized that I can’t bring anything to them that isn’t there already. All my life I’ve tried to bring vitality to older songs. Hopefully my dedication to it is what floats it over the mark. That’s a subjective thing; some people will always prefer the original. However, there’s always a group of people coming up to see me after a show who might say, “Oh, I never would have heard ‘One More Mile’ by James Cotton—nothing in my life would have pointed me there.”
So much of Colin James’s career has pointed him to this moment: joyfully tangled up in the blues, which, as he notes, “is the only genre where you can maintain a young profile at the age of 53.”
Colin James “Miles To Go 2019 Tour”
- March 17 - Victoria, BC - Royal Theatre
- March 18 - Nanaimo, BC - Port Theatre
- March 19 - Nanaimo, BC - Port Theatre
- March 21 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum Theatre
- March 22 - Kamloops, BC - Sandman Centre
- March 23 - Prince George, BC - CN Centre
- March 25 - Kelowna, BC - Community Theatre
- March 27 - Calgary, AB - Southern Jubilee
- March 28 - Edmonton, AB - Northern Jubilee
- March 29 - Regina, SK - Casino Regina
- March 30 - Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings Theatre
- April 2 - Thunder Bay, ON - Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
- April 4 - North Bay, ON - Capital Theatre
- April 5 - Hamilton, ON - FirstOntario Concert Hall
- April 6 - Toronto, ON - Sony Centre
- April 8 - London, ON - RBC Theatre
- April 9 - Peterborough, ON - Showplace Theatre
- April 10 - Kingston, ON - Grand Theatre
- April 12 - Quebec City, QC - Palais Montcalm
- April 14 - Fredericton, NB - The Playhouse
- April 15 - Saint John, NB - Imperial Theatre
- April 16 - Moncton, NB - Capitol Theatre
- April 18 - Charlottetown, PEI - Confederation COA
- April 19 - Halifax, NS - Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
Tickets starting at $49.50 (plus applicable service charges). Tickets on sale Friday, September 28, 2018, at 10:00 am, available at ticketmaster.ca, 1-855-985-5000, or all Ticketmaster outlets.
April 27 & 28, 2019
Jelly Events is thrilled to announce that BLUE MAN GROUP, the wildly popular theatrical phenomenon, will be visiting Kamloops for the first time as part of a World Tour on April 27 & 28. The award-winning stage show, known for its trio of bald and blue performers, will be coming to the Sandman Centre in 2019.
At BLUE MAN GROUP, audiences will rock, laugh and party as three bald and blue characters explore the world and discover music, comedy and surprises at every turn.
The BLUE MAN GROUP World Tour showcases classic Blue Man favorites along with brand new content featuring new music, fresh stories, custom instruments and sensory stimulating graphics.
Co-founder Chris Wink says, ‘When we first began creating performances centered on this innocent, curious character called Blue Man, we never dreamt where he would lead us. We are so honored to be able to share our show with the people of Kamloops and beyond.’
“We are so excited to announce Kamloops as the next stop on BLUE MAN GROUP’S 2019 World Tour,” said Benoit Mathieu, Executive Managing Director. “Since the recent acquisition by Cirque du Soleil, BLUE MAN GROUP has expanded its creative power and global distribution opportunities, enabling us to deliver the show to new audiences around the world. With no language barrier to overcome, as the Blue Men don’t speak, fans of all ages, cultures and nationalities can enjoy the experience.”
Blue Man Group is a global entertainment phenomenon, known for its award-winning theatrical productions, iconic characters and multiple creative explorations. Blue Man Group is owned and operated by Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group.
Blue Man Group performances are euphoric celebrations of human connection through art, music, comedy and non-verbal communication. Since debuting at New York’s Astor Place Theatre in 1991, the live show has expanded to additional domestic residencies in Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas and Orlando, an international residency in Berlin, and multiple North American and World tours, reaching more than 35 million people worldwide. Blue Man Group is universally appealing to a broad range of age groups and cultural backgrounds.
A part of the pop culture zeitgeist, Blue Man Group has appeared countless times on hit shows including Dancing with the Stars, The Tonight Show, Arrested Development, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Schlag den Raab (Germany), WOWOW (Japan) and Caldeirão do Huck (Brazil). Additionally, Blue Man Group has served as the face of branding campaigns for Intel and TIM/Brasil.
Continuously identifying and developing new ways to impact the entertainment industry, Blue Man Group has contributed to various film and TV scores, and released multiple albums including the Grammy-Nominated Audio. The rock concert parody, “Megastar World Tour” played arenas across the globe. The book, Blue Man World, is a visually stunning anthropological exploration of the curious bald and blue character.
Find Blue Man Group on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, online at www.BlueMan.com, and in original content series on YouTube.
Tickets on sale Monday, March 11, 2019, at 10:00 am, available at ticketmaster.ca, 1-855-985-5000, or all Ticketmaster outlets.
Friends Don't Let Friends Tour Alone Tour
Special Appearance by Chad Brownlee
Introducing Mackenzie Porter
Thursday, October 24, 2019
This fall will bring together two iconic country artists, Dean Brody and Dallas Smith, for the larger-than-life, Friends Don’t Let Friends Tour Alone Tour...an epic co-headlined evening, along with special guests Chad Brownlee, and MacKenzie Porter who will join Brody and Smith on Thursday, October 24, 2019.
Tickets will be available as of March 8 at 10am local time, at www.ticketmaster.ca. VIP tickets for this impressive show will include intimate performances and meet and greets with Brody and Smith, along with early access to merchandize, and a gift bag.
With multiple JUNO Awards and a plethora of CCMA Awards to each of their credits, Dean Brody and Dallas Smith remain two of the most celebrated artists in Canadian Country Music. New music is on the immediate horizon from both artists heading into the summer festival season and tour, with Smith’s EP “The Fall” out on March 15, which includes his latest chart topping single, “Rhinestone World”, and Brody dropping a brand new single March 8, titled “Whiskey in a Teacup”, followed by a brand new EP in April.
Smith’s knack for chart topping singles has him credited as the first and only Canadian Country Artist in the Nielson BDS era to have four consecutive #1 singles from the same album, and six in total, surpassing Shania Twain on both fronts. Brody’s compelling songwriting abilities have also led to record-breaking stats, such as the title and award for number-one-selling digital Canadian country single of all-time, while showcasing his unparalleled ability to bring storytelling to the forefront of country music. Fans across the country are sure to be blown away by the pairing of these two award-winning artists, through the course of an immersive, co-headlined show.
Also joining this acclaimed duo on tour as special guests are; country star Chad Brownlee, who is actively preparing for his first major label album debut, with a new single recently released, titled, “Forever’s Gotta Start Somewhere” and rising star, MacKenzie Porter, who recently released two new tracks, “Drive Thru” and “About You” that showcase the Nashville-based, Canadian born singer-songwriter’s incredible abilities.
Tickets starting at $49.50 (plus applicable service charges). Tickets on sale Friday, March 8, 2019, at 10:00 am, available at ticketmaster.ca, 1-855-985-5000, or all Ticketmaster outlets.
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