Ontario Spring Tour
Canada’s Most Celebrated Singer-Songwriter
Announces Ontario Concert Dates For Spring 2008!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Toronto, ON, JANUARY 21, 2008 – A modern day troubadour, Gordon Lightfoot’s time-defying style and legendary hits have made him one of Canada’s most anticipated live performers. His concerts the world-over continually fill to capacity with legions of fans eager to experience Lightfoot’s melodic, soulful voice and unmistakable sound. Ontario fans will get a chance to see Lightfoot live this Spring during a special four-city concert tour that includes a two-night stop at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on April 19th and 20th; followed with appearances at Hamilton Place on May 2nd and Centre in the Square in Kitchener on May 3rd. Lightfoot will conclude the tour with a return visit to Toronto’s Massey Hall from May 7th through 10th.
The Hamilton performance date is notably Lightfoot’s first appearance in the city since the 2004 benefit concert where the singer delivered two emotional performances full of tributes to his friends and family and those responsible for his care at Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University Medical Centre following a near-fatal illness in 2002. Lightfoot’s ties to this community run-deep with his last two recordings, Harmony and Painter Passing Through, having been produced at Hamilton’s famed Grand Avenue Studio.
“Canadian fans have always held a special place in my heart,” explains Lightfoot. “Our shared cultural experiences have coloured my songs over the years, and performing this music for them live is always such a thrill for me. My memory of my last appearance in Hamilton is particularly special and I look forward to every chance I have to give back to that amazing city.”
Born November 17, 1938 in Orillia, Ontario Gordon Lightfoot studied at Los Angeles’ Westlake College of Music. He returned to Canada in the early 1960s and began performing at the “Riverboat” during Toronto's fabled folk scene. In 1966, his debut album Lightfoot! was released. Tracks such as For Lovin' Me, Early Mornin' Rain, Steel Rail Blues and Ribbon of Darkness brought him international recognition as a songwriter. Cover versions of his songs were recorded by artists such as Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley, until 1971 when his own version of If You Could Read My Mind became a Top Ten hit. In 1974, his classic single, Sundown, went to No.1 on the American charts, followed two years later by Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, inspired by a Newsweek magazine article; it reached No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard charts. By the 1990s he was mostly touring, giving just fifty concerts a year by 1998, mainly in North America, while he released two albums in the period. In 2004, he released his 20th album Harmony, appeared on Canadian Idol, and toured in 2005.
Mr. Lightfoot has won 15 Juno Awards and been nominated for 5 Grammy Awards. He was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame in 2001. In May 2003 was made a Companion of the Order of Canada and is also a member of the Order of Ontario, and in 2004 was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.
ONTARIO TOUR SCHEDULE
April 19 & 20, 2008 National Arts Centre
53 Elgin Street
Ticket Prices: $61, $67, $77
Priority Pre-Sale*: January 28th, 10am
TICKETS ON SALE: February 4, 10am
Visit the NAC Box office or call Ticketmaster at (613) 755-1111;
Ticket-master may also be accessed through the NAC’s web-site at www.nac-cna.ca. Surcharges will apply to all Ticketmaster purchases.
*Priority Pre-Sale available to all NAC Subscribers, Donors and Partners.
May 2, 2008 Hamilton Place
50 Main S. W., Hamilton, ON L8P 1H6
Ticket Prices: $59.50, $74.50, $89.50
Pre-Sale to Ticketmaster Patrons: Tues. Jan 22, 11am
TICKETS ON SALE: Fri. Jan 25, 11am
Tickets available at The Copps Coliseum Box Office, Ticketmaster.ca or Call 905 527-7666
May 3, 2008 Centre in the Square
101 Queen Street North
Kitchener, ON N2H 6P7
Ticket Prices: $49.00, $69.00, $79.00
Centre Star Members Pre-Sale: Wed. Jan 23, 10am
TICKETS ON SALE: Sat. Jan. 26, 10am
Call 1-800-265-8977 or visit Centre in the Square Box Office
May 7, 8, 9 & 10 Massey Hall
178 Victoria Street
Toronto, ON M5B 1T7
Ticket Prices: $45.00, $65.00, $75.00
Friends Pre-Sale: Wed. Jan. 23, 10am
TICKETS ON SALE: Fri. Jan 25, 11am
Call 416-872-4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office www.masseyhall.com
Tickets available at unless otherwise noted.
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