Kansas – Point of Know Return 40th Anniversary Tour
Kansas – Point of Know Return 40th Anniversary Tour will be touring select cities this fall and spring celebrating the 40th Anniversary of their massive hit album
Point of Know Return. To celebrate, for the first time in history, the band will be performing the album in its entirety. The tour will showcase more than two hours of classic KANSAS music including hit songs, deep cuts, and fan favorites.
Kansas – Point of Know Return 40th Anniversary Tour April 24 | Orpheum Theatre Vancouver 601 Smithe St, Vancouver, BC V6B 3L4
In 1977, KANSAS followed up the success of Leftoverture by releasing the album Point of Know Return. Containing the smash hit and million-selling single “Dust in the Wind,” along with fan favorites such as “Portrait (He Knew),” “Closet Chronicles,” and “Paradox,” Point of Know Return became the band’s greatest selling album. The album peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Album charts, reached sextuple-platinum status with more than six million copies sold, and had three Billboard Hot 100 singles.
“After the success of the album Leftoverture, it was hard to imagine when we released Point of Know Return that this album would be even bigger, but it was,” comments KANSAS guitarist, and original member, Richard Williams. “From the album artwork to the song ‘Dust in the Wind,’ the album Point of Know Return is really ingrained in Rock N Roll history and even in popular culture. The past two years we have done around 80 select shows performing the album Leftoverture in its entirety. We have been blown away by the positive fan response. Our hope is that fans will enjoy this Point of Know Return Tour just as much, and hopefully even more! “
Throughout the tour, live shows will not only culminate with the album Point of Know Return performed in its entirety, but KANSAS will also perform classic hits, deep cuts, and fan favorites. The band has not publicly performed some songs in the more than two-hour KANSAS musical event in decades, if ever.
KANSAS lead vocalist Ronnie Platt adds, “I often joke that I cannot be in charge of putting together a set list, because there are too many songs that I really want to perform. These shows, though, will be about as close as it gets. Of course, there will be hits like ‘Carry On Wayward Son,’ but to know we will be performing songs that KANSAS has not performed live for twenty or thirty years, or even ever, that is just really exciting. It is going to be a lot of fun.”
Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE, is one of the most highly acclaimed and successful solo artists of all time. With his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, Elton has written some of the greatest songs of our time including ‘Rocket Man’, ‘Your Song’, ‘Daniel’ and ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’. He has achieved 38 gold and 31 platinum albums, has sold more than 300-million records worldwide, and holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time.
Elton is the third most successful artist in the history of the American charts, behind Elvis Presley and The Beatles. He has had 56 top forty singles in the United States, a total second only to Elvis Presley. He achieved seven number one albums in a three-and-a-half-year period from 1972 to 1975, a period of concentrated success surpassed only by The Beatles. Over the five decades since his career began in 1969, Elton has over 4,000 performances in more than 80 countries to his credit. He continues to record and to tour the world, performing both solo and band concerts, and usually plays around 100 concerts each year. Currently he is on the ‘quest for 100 countries’ – aiming to play concerts in as many countries as possible.
Following the critical and commercial success of Wonderful Crazy Night in 2016, this year marks the 50th anniversary of Elton’s phenomenal songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin. Elton’s enduring legacy and relevance across the worlds of music, fashion and entertainment continues to burn as brightly as ever and 2017 also saw Gucci unveil their Spring Summer 2018 collection designed by Alessandro Michele and inspired by Elton’s inimitable style, referencing original items taken from the style icon’s archives.
Elton also appears as himself in global box office Number One sensation Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
Farewell Yellow Brick Road Vancouver and other Canadian 2019 tour dates: Ticketmaster
Sept. 21 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena Sept. 22 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena Sept. 27 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place Sept. 28 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place Oct. 1 – Saskatoon, SK @ Sasktel Centre Oct. 2 – Saskatoon, SK @ Sasktel Centre Oct. 4 – Winnipeg, MB @ Bell MTS Place Oct. 5- Winnipeg, MB @ Bell MTS Place Oct. 22- Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena Oct. 23 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
Renowned singer and guitarist Colin James has announced his 2019 Canadian tour, in support of his 19th album release Miles To Go. Kicking off in Victoria, BC, on March 17th, Colin and his band will travel across the country, stopping in all major cities and concluding in Halifax, on April 19th.
Reflecting James’ recent work on Miles To Go, and it’s chart-topping predecessor, 2016’s Blue Highways, the tour will showcase his take on his best-loved blues numbers, as well as songs from his illustrious catalogue.
With Colin’s previous shows garnering outstanding acclaim, fans can look forward to equally terrific performances next Spring.
“… James hits it out of the park showing how you can bring home the gold consistently in a genre that most people marginalize. Killer stuff from a modern master.” Chris Spector – Midwest Record Entertainment
Tickets for the Miles To Go tour are on sale this coming Friday, September 28 at 9am.
“Be the reference.” That’s the mantra Yukon Blonde tacked up on the studio wall during the sessions for their fourth album, Critical Hit, and it emboldened them to rip up the indie rock playbook and embrace a synth-dazzled new sound that’s easy to love but difficult to pigeonhole. Now a decade into their career, Yukon Blonde are following no one except themselves.
Critical Hit began at a literal crossroads: after a tour, singer-guitarist Jeffrey Innes flew to Madrid to be with the woman he had met on tour in Spain, while his bandmates James Younger (bass), Brandon Scott (guitar), Rebecca Gray (keyboards) and Graham Jones (drums) headed back home to Vancouver.
This kicked off an artistic free-for-all, as Jeffrey spent the better part of the next year and a half wandering Madrid, penning lyrics in art galleries and chronicling the rise and fall of his relationship. “Everybody in Madrid was so inspirational,” Jeffrey remembers. “There are folk singers on the street and everybody believes they’re an artist. Being there, the pressure was off for writing music. I didn’t feel like I was writing for anything — I was just happy and inspired to make music.”
James also visited Spain — he initially stayed in a haunted 15th-century farmhouse across from Gibraltar, and then he joined Jeffrey in Madrid. Together, they worked on songs that were unabashedly pop, but without clear sonic reference points. Disco beats mingled with achingly nostalgic keyboard tones, while bittersweet breakup lyrics were sung in euphoric harmony.
“We would be at a cafe in Madrid, smoking and drinking beers, listening to demos and deciding what songs were going to go on the record,” James reflects. “Nothing was different except the location was completely absurd and amazing.”
The band reconvened on Canada’s West Coast, in a house on Galiano Island where they laid down the initial demo tracks, many of which ended up on the final record. They then took these tracks to Toronto with producer Thomas D’Arcy (Hannah Georgas, July Talk, The Sheepdogs) and captured two songs in Vancouver with Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat, Mounties). The tracks were mixed by super-producer Tony Hoffer (Beck, M83, Phoenix).
The resulting 13 tracks push the envelope of 2015’s On Blonde even further, doubling down on that album’s electro-pop influences while still retaining the five-piece’s live spontaneity. Pop anthems like “Crazy” and “Summer in July” channel romantic longing via sublimely twinkling synths, while James takes the spotlight for the soulful falsetto vocals of “Cry,” and Brandon’s mournful “Dear Nancy” is laden with organic strings. “The Bluffs” and “Feeling Digital” are full-blown dance bangers that are guaranteed to explode during sweat-drenched shows. Although the band had written several straightforward radio singles during the sessions, these were left on the cutting room floor in favour of richer and melodically denser material. For the first time, Jeffrey shares frontman duties, with James and Brandon each singing two songs.
Anyone who caught on to the slow-burn success of 2012’s desolately hook-laden Ancient Mars could sense that something in The Zolas was threatening to bubble over, and after a year of recording, 2015’s Swooner (Light Organ Records) shows an alternative pop collaboration at the top of their creative game. Original members Tom Dobrzanski and Zach Gray have been joined by another longtime duo Cody Hiles and DJ Abell and this is the first album they’ve completely self-produced at Dobrzanski’s Monarch Studios in Vancouver.
Swooner marks a major departure from both the cabaret rock of 2009’s Tic Toc Tic and the atmospheric minimalism of Ancient Mars. This time around the band dove headlong into vibrant, experimental pop, stirring modern production into the influences that surrounded them as kids growing up in the ‘90s.
“This is the most ‘us’ of anything we’ve done,” Zach observes. “It’s fun to be in an era of music where people are ready to appreciate messed-up combinations of influences, and we had a good time pushing that.” Even just in the rhythm section you can hear these mispaired influences crop up in unexpected places. Drums that revolve from Queens of the Stone Age to Dr. Dre, bass textures evoking The Pixies or Kraftwerk. Instrumentally the album features flashes of grungy hard-panned guitars, Prince-like synth flourishes, eurodance vocal samples, watery electric pianos and arpeggiators, all of which feel shockingly comfortable in their new homes.
Swooner moves on from Ancient Mars’ lost love and nostalgia into a cross-section of conversations between a generation of friends about life in 2015; the balancing act we all reckon with between fun and dread. “This album is about how fucked up it feels to step out for a cigarette and a quiet moment at a party, read about disease and climate catastrophe on your phone, finish your cigarette and go back in to dance,” says Zach. “Songs about pre-drinking in your apartment, party drugs in Europe, political arson, jerking off to internet porn, pure love in a group of friends, being single and how great it is, being single and how much it sucks, finally realizing what you want to fight for and then getting distracted. It’s the realest, most fun album we’ve ever made by far.”
The Wailers with special guests Phonosoncis play Distrikt Nightclub this Saturday (Sept. 22) : Victoria BC Ska & Reggae Society is proud to present THE WAILERS in Victoria with guests Phonosonics and MadSelector!
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22 Early show: 6:30 Curfew 10PM Tickets at Lyle’s Place, The Strathcona Hotel and Vinyl Envy
“The legendary Wailers band returns to bring its revolutionary sound to fans around the world. Steered by famed bassist and founder Aston “Familyman” Barrett, and joined in solidarity with original Wailers’ guitarists Julian Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey, The Wailers continue to create musical history.” (thewailers.net)
Phonosonics notably are one of Canada’s most talented rocksteady groups. This band hailing from Victoria BC has a new album set to release called “Reggae Don’t Pay the Rent.” The band has also played on Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival twice and have been featured on David Rodigan radio program on the BBC which is one of the most known reggae shows in the world.
MadSelector aka Madeliene Fisher will be warming up the crowd and playing sweet roots, dancehall and world before and after The Wailers and Phonosonics’ performances.
The Wailers – Keeping the Music Alive
The legendary Wailers band returns to bring its revolutionary sound to fans around the world. Steered by famed bassist and founder Aston “Familyman” Barrett, and joined in solidarity with original Wailers’ guitarists Julian Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey, The Wailers continue to create musical history.
From 1973 to 1980, Bob Marley & The Wailers recorded, toured and performed before millions of fans worldwide. Since 1981, Familyman and Junior Marvin have carried on the mission to “keep The Wailers together,” just as Bob requested, affirming: “By doing that, you keep me alive through the music.”
In tribute to the late co-founder and drummer Carlton “Carly” Barrett, The Wailers present Aston Barrett, Jr. on drums. It’s startling how this young powerhouse delivers with his uncle’s unique and inspiring landmark style. Lead singer Joshua David Barrett is a Rastaman by lifestyle and culture. Josh impeccably delivers Bob’s powerful message of Jah love and unity through his engaging performance and interaction with the audience.
Adding to the exciting stage show are singers Shema McGregor, daughter of I Three Judy Mowatt, and Hassanah, a multi-cultural powerhouse vocalist and dancer. Veteran Owen “Dreadie” Reid on guitar & bass is a past student of Familyman, while super-charged performer Javaughn Bond rocks on three keyboards. Live audio engineer Dennis Thompson, the man responsible for The Wailers sound in stadiums, clubs, and studios throughout the ‘70s will make special appearances as schedules permit.
Tickets: $48.00/$39.00 (plus box office service charge) Tickets on sale Friday, September 14
Available: The Royal & McPherson Box Office (250-386-6121 or online at www.rmts.bc.ca)
Internationally acclaimed musician Michael Kaeshammer has toured the world showcasing his talents as a singer, songwriter, pianist & producer. His passion for creating exceptional music is abundantly clear, as he combines flavours of jazz, boogie-woogie and blues with meticulous detail.
Kaeshammer is a two-time JUNO Award winner and eight-time nominee for “Vocal Jazz Album of the Year,” having been most recently nominated in 2018 in this category for the album No Filter. His newest album, SOMETHING NEW, came out this past April. Produced by Michael himself, it features 10 original songs about love, life, travel and politics. Recorded at the historic Esplanade Studios in the heart of New Orleans’ Treme district, Kaeshammer along with Big Easy legends Cyril Neville (The Neville Brothers), George Porter Jr (The Meters), Johnny Vidacovich (Professor Longhair), the New Orleans Nightcrawlers Brass Band and Canadian bassist David Piltch (k.d. lang) create an eclectic sonic ride.
Michael Kaeshammer will be joined in Victoria on the SOMETHING NEW TOUR by New Orleans’ musicians Johnny Vidacovich drums and David Piltchbass, amongst others in the sextet. This will be Kaeshammer’s first theatre performance in Victoria since 2016.
BEAT THE BOX OFFICE!
MICHAEL KAESHAMMER tickets available Only for VJS members through the Royal & McPherson Theatres Society from:
10am on Wednesday, Sept 12 until 11:59pmon Thursday, Sept 13
The best part about beer is that it can be enjoyed at any time of the year. It should be celebrated in the same manner.
Most beer festivals are held throughout the summer months to take advantage of the beautiful relationship between warm weather and cold glass of suds. There are few things that go together so well, but having to wait through fall, winter and spring to get together again and see what is occurring in the industry by celebrating the delectable flavours seems very short sighted.
To bridge the gap, we have decided to have everyone raise a mug of holiday cheer and join us for our 3rd annual Christmas Craft Beer Show at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.
In our estimation, this is a great concept that will allow the multitude of fantastic local micro-breweries to gather together to display their seasonal products as well as their brewery favorites to both beer lovers and food and beverage professionals ahead of the holiday season. This is an out of the box event for the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, but one we believe is needed in Victoria and will allow for all involved to garner exposure ahead of the most significant holiday season of the year and a chance for us all to enjoy a happy and prosperous New Year!
Tickets: $40.00 for a one-day pass, $70.00 for a two-day pass.
Live Music: SuperSauce are playing for the second time at the Christmas Craft Beer Show. Their recipe? A litre of rock, a tablespoon of roll and a heaping helping of good times. Check them out on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Nashville, TN – (August 8, 2018) – Seven-time Grammy winner and Pollstar’s three-time top female country touring artist, Carrie Underwood, will launch a new arena tour, The Cry Pretty Tour 360, in Spring 2019. Sponsored by CALIA, the new tour will kick off on May 1 in Greensboro, NC, and will play 55 arenas across the U.S. and Canada and be promoted by AEG Presents. She will be joined on tour by special guests Maddie & Tae and Runaway June. Underwood made the announcement this morning in a personal video to her fans:
Tickets for the concerts go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, August 17th at 10am local time but please check local listings. For more information including the Cry Pretty album/ticket bundle, go to http://www.carrieunderwoodofficial.com. Also beginning Monday, August 13th, a limited number of exclusive VIP Packages will be available which include an amazing selection of tickets, Meet & Greets, autographed memorabilia, custom merchandise and much more.
Citi® is the official presale credit card for Carrie Underwood’s “The Cry Pretty Tour 360” for 2019. As such, Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning on Monday, August 13 at 12pm until Thursday, August 16 at 10pm through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete presale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com.
Underwood will release her eagerly-anticipated new album, Cry Pretty, on September 14. Cry Pretty will be her first studio album on Capitol Records Nashville and marks the first time she has co-produced her own album. The lead single and title track, “Cry Pretty” debuted as the #1 song in the U.S. all-genres. The song also topped download charts in 38 countries around the world and amassed over 3.5 billion social impressions across 66 countries during its week of launch in April, which was culminated with a show-stopping performance on the “2018 ACM Awards” telecast. Carrie co-wrote the powerful single with Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, and Liz Rose (aka The Love Junkies) and co-produced Cry Pretty with fellow writer/producer David Garcia.
Following her successful “The Storyteller Tour – Stories in the Round,” the new production will feature a brand-new stage in the middle of the arena floor, creating a unique 360-degree setting to allow fans on all sides of the arena an intimate view of the concert. Barry Lather (Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson) is the tour’s Creative Director, and Nick Whitehouse/Fireplay (Justin Timberlake, Beyonce) is Production Designer.
“I love performing in the round,” says Underwood. “It’s so much fun for me and the band to play in every direction and creates a much more intimate and immersive experience for the audience, even in a larger arena setting. It’s been exciting to introduce audiences to Cry Pretty and I can’t wait to bring the new album to life on this tour, along with all of the songs we love to play live. I’m thrilled to be going out with an amazing line-up – Maddie & Tae and Runaway June are incredible artists that are going to bring even more electricity to our shows.”
“Our customers love getting early access to the best in entertainment, so we are thrilled to be partnering with Carrie Underwood as the official presale credit card of her 2019 tour,” said Jennifer Breithaupt, Global Consumer Chief Marketing Officer, Citi.
Underwood has arranged for a donation of $1 from each ticket sold for The Cry Pretty Tour 360 to be contributed to Danita’s Children, which provides a safe haven for abandoned and vulnerable children in Haiti, while encouraging families to stay together through their education and malnutrition programs.
Prior to embarking on the tour next Spring, Underwood will appear at the upcoming iHeart Music Festival in Las Vegas, as well as such international festivals as The Long Road Festival and Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park in the UK, Tuckerville in The Netherlands, and Deni Ute Muster in Australia.
A Forest Of Arms. The sixth album from Tony Dekker’s Great Lake Swimmers and the follow up to 2012’s New Wild Everywhere. With a surging rhythm section, razor sharp violin, and flourishing banjo and guitars, Dekker and band mates have pushed their sound significantly, creating some of their most dynamic songs ever recorded.
Those familiar with the decade-long output of Great Lake Swimmers will recognize the thematic threads of beauty in the natural world, environmental issues and explorations of close personal ties that hold us together. The familiar versus the strange theme is also running through this record, both in the instrumentation and in the songwriting (“Zero In The City”, “I Was A Wayward Pastel Bay”).
As with past Great Lake Swimmers albums, A Forest Of Arms was recorded in several locations over the span of several months, covering extensive new territory while remaining true to the group’s refined sound. One of the unique and unusual locations was Tyendinaga Cavern and Caves in Tyendinaga, Ontario, where a number of the vocal and acoustic guitar tracks, including the main parts for “Don’t Leave Me Hanging,” “The Great Bear” and “With Every Departure,” were recorded amid haunting acoustics, stalactites, and circling bats.
The violins were recorded at the Heliconian Club of Toronto, while the bass and drum tracks were largely recorded at the Chalet Studio just outside of Toronto, a unique chalet-style recording space located on 40 acres of rolling hills and trails, in proximity to the shores of Lake Ontario. The pastoral and elemental nature of these spaces surfaces throughout the album.
The title, A Forest Of Arms, is taken from album track “The Great Bear,” a song inspired by a trip Dekker took to the northern rainforests of British Columbia in September 2013 with the World Wildlife Fund. It’s a pristine wilderness area that is under threat of being compromised by the construction of a pipeline, and Dekker and the group have been very vocal in their opposition to it. In a broader sense, the title is also a reference to the sense of community surrounding the Toronto-based band, as well as the band’s own growing families, exhibited in the songs “Something Like A Storm” and “Expecting You.”
Jesse Roper is bringing his electrifying live performance in support of his latest album, Access to Infinity. Kicking off the Canadian tour on October 12 in Victoria at the McPherson Playhouse.
“If I could be on the road 364 days a year I would. No joke. I feel alive when I’m on tour,” said Jesse Roper. “It’s my dream to see the four corners of this crazy planet and have music as my vehicle. I love the road and the road loves me back.”
Produced by Ian Davenport (July Talk, Band of Skulls, Supergrass) Roper’s third album Access To Infinity encompasses the raw riffing on which Roper has built his reputation, combined with a modern take on the psychedelic explorations of Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd. Since the album’s release early this year, Roper has reached 2.8 million streams on Spotify and has hit the stage with numerous other top acts including, Big Wreck, Johnny Reid, Tash Sultana and Burton Cummings.
Access To Infinity follows Roper’s celebrated 2015 album Red Bird, which captured much of the fire of his dynamic live show. He’s also played festival sets at some of the best western Canada has to offer, including talked-about appearances at Rifflandia, Rock the Shores, the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival and BreakOut West, among others.