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October 24-28, 2018
This unique production, directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, first premiered in Montreal under the Big Top in April 2005. Since then, the show has been a great success and has amazed 8 million people in 64 cities in 19 countries on four continents.
Corteo, which means cortege in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. The show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth.
The clown pictures his own funeral taking place in a carnival atmosphere, watched over by quietly caring angels. Juxtaposing the large with the small, the ridiculous with the tragic and the magic of perfection with the charm of imperfection, the show highlights the strength and fragility of the clown, as well as his wisdom and kindness, to illustrate the portion of humanity that is within each of us. The music turns lyrical and playful carrying Corteo through a timeless celebration in which illusion teases reality.
The concept and disposition of the stage bring the audience in a theatrical atmosphere like never seen before in Cirque du Soleil arena shows. The set curtains, inspired by the Eiffel Tower, and the central curtains, which were hand painted, give a grandiose feel to the stage. This sets the tone for the poetry of Corteo.
The cast of Corteo includes 51 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors from all around the world.
Cirque du Soleil gratefully acknowledges the presenting partner of the Corteo Canada tour: Sun Life Global Investment.
Advance tickets for Corteo are available now online to Cirque Club members. Cirque Club membership is free and benefits includes access to advance tickets, special offers and exclusive behind the scenes information. To join, go to www.cirqueclub.com.
Tickets will be available to the public as of Friday, May 11, 2018 at 10:00 am at Ticketmaster.ca, 1-855-985-5000, or all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets starting at $40.00 (plus applicable service charges).
November 6, 2018
Following two hugely-successful U.S. concert tours, JOHN MELLENCAMP will set out once again this fall for 20+ stops across Canada for his SAD CLOWNS & HILLBILLIES TOUR. Hailed by critics and fans alike as one of Mellencamp’s most authentic and crowd pleasing concerts of his career, the tour will begin September 26th in Moncton, NB and span two months. The tour visits the Sandman Centre on Tuesday, November 6th.
Tickets for the tour will be available to the general public beginning Friday, June 1st at 10:00am via ticketmaster.ca. Mellencamp.com and VIP pre-sale tickets will be available beginning Wednesday, May 30th at 10:00am local time until Thursday, May 31st at 10:00pm local time. For more information and all ticketing information please visit Mellencamp.com.
Mellencamp’s live shows have garnered huge critical acclaim with the Hollywood Reporter calling it a “triumphant, career-spanning show” and a “superb performance…still full of fiery defiance” by the Boston Globe. His extensive touring and live shows have solidified the Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer’s place at the forefront of American music for the past 40 years.
Tickets on-sale Friday, June 1, 2018, at 10:00 am, available at Ticketmaster.ca, 1-855-985-5000 or all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets starting at $40.00 (plus applicable service charges).
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.
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