Date: Saturday, March 09, 2013 At 07:30 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MONDAY, OCTOBER 22nd, 2012
GREAT BIG SEA WITH GUESTSSATURDAY, MARCH 9TH, 2013
SAVE-ON-FOODS MEMORIAL CENTRE - VICTORIA, BC
In celebration of the band’s 20th anniversary, Great Big Sea announces the release of their first Greatest Hits and Box Set, XX on October 30th and an upcoming cross-Canada tour, kicking off in Victoria, BC on March 9. Tickets will go on sale Friday, October 26th at 10am. Tour listing below.
The XX will be made available as both a Greatest Hits 2 CD set and a full Box Set which includes bonus audio and a DVD of the band’s early career edited together by founder Sean McCann.
20 years is a long time in anyone’s life.
Few bands last more than an album or two — a few tours, a song played on the radio, and then they’re quickly forgotten. Alan Doyle, Sean McCann and Bob Hallett have somehow managed to keep the dysfunctional-family-bar-room-brawl-student-art-project-musical-pirate-crew known as Great Big Sea going for two decades. And more often than not, they have done it with more than a bit of flair.
For the hundreds of thousands of fans who sang, danced and celebrated with the band, Great Big Sea has been a constant factor in their own lives. While musical fashions have come and gone, Great Big Sea has maintained an unswerving commitment to their original ideals — a belief that a marriage of their own creativity and the joyous folk music of their home in Newfoundland would be an unbeatable combination.
Time, and their own stubbornness and persistence has proven them right. Compiled by the band members themselves, XX is a special two-disc set which captures the many highs in a recording career that has produced ten full-length CDs and two DVDs. In order to express the band’s two sides, one disc covers the biggest hits from their more pop-oriented repertoire, while the other contains some of their most loved traditional and folk songs. To balance out the discs, the band recorded six new songs — almost a new album in itself — which run the gamut of their varied stylistic approach. ‘Heart of Hearts’ is classic Great Big Sea, the sound of three men singing and playing acoustic instruments together in their own kitchens. ‘Live This Life’ is a majestic epic, hearkening back to the sonic experimentation of albums like ‘Fortune’s Favour’. ‘Le Bon Vin’ is a hearty Newfoundland version of an old French folk song, one the band has sung live for years, and finally committing it to tape for this collection. ‘Josephine the Baker’ recreates the earliest years of the band, in the rough and ready sailor pubs of St. John’s. ‘Born To Believe’ is a powerful radio anthem, while ‘Let My Love Open The Door’ is the band’s take on the Pete Townsend solo hit, re-imagined through the lens of some questionable characters from Newfoundland.
Great Big Sea Tour Listing:
March 9 – Save On Foods Memorial Centre, Victoria
March 10 – Orpheum, Vancouver
March 12 & 13 – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton
March 14 & 15 – Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary
March 16 – Brandt Centre, Regina
March 17 – MTS Centre, Winnipeg
April 10 - Hamilton Place Theatre, Hamilton
April 11 – Budweiser Gardens, London
April 12 – K-Rock Centre, Kingston
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26TH @ 10AM
Charge by Phone 250-220-7777
Tickets also available at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre Box Office and
Rogers Wireless Box Office
is a NO SERVICE FEE mobile ticketing service available exclusively to Rogers Wireless customers. Visit www.Rogers.com/WBO or text TICKETS to 4849 for full event listings and special offers.
Tickets (incl. HST) $45.50, $59.50, $85.00 (Plus FMF & Service charges)
**RESERVED SEATING / ALL AGES**
For more information contact:
Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
For Tickets call (250) 220-7777
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL TO PRESENT DRALION
EIGHT PERFORMANCES ONLY FROM JUNE 22 - 26, 2011 AT SAVE-ON-FOODS MEMORIAL CENTRE
Exclusive Discounted Tickets Available Online Now for Cirque Club Members Tickets for General Public On Sale from December 6
Victoria, November 30, 2010 - Cirque du Soleil is pleased to announce that its newest arena show, Dralion (pronounced “Drah-lee-on”), will be performing in Victoria from June 22 - 26, 2011 at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre for eight performances only.
Advance discounted tickets for Dralion are available now online exclusively to Cirque Club members through December 5. 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 for the general public will be available starting December 6 at www.cirquedusoleil.com/dralion or by calling 250-220-7777.
Thrilling more than 8 million people worldwide since the show premiered in 1999, Dralion is the fusion of ancient Chinese circus traditions and the avant-garde style of Cirque du Soleil. In Fall 2010, Dralion will embark on a new journey, performing the same captivating production, but now in arenas throughout North America, giving more people the opportunity to enjoy a Cirque du Soleil show in their own town.
The name Dralion (pronounced “Drah-lee-on”) is drawn from its two main symbols: the dragon, representing the East, and the lion, representing the West. Dralion derives much of its inspiration from Eastern philosophy with its perpetual quest for harmony between humankind and nature. The international cast features 52 world-class acrobats, gymnasts, musicians, singers and comedic characters.
Category 1 and 2:
Adults: From $45 to $85
Children (12 & under): From $36 to $69
Military, Seniors & Students: From $40.50 to $72
Through December 5 only, special discounts on tickets in Category 1 and 2 are available online to Cirque Club members. Join now at www.cirqueclub.com.
Adults: From $100 to $105
Children (12 & under): From $80 to $85
Military, Seniors & Students: $90
Show Schedule (June 22 - 26, 2011):
Wednesday, June 22 at 7:30pm
Thursday, June 23 at 7:30pm
Friday, June 24 at 3:30pm and 7:30pm
Saturday, June 25 at 4pm and 8pm
Sunday, June 26 at 1pm and 5 pm
Cirque du Soleil
From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Québec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,200 artists from close to 50 different countries.
Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in 300 cities on five continents. Cirque du Soleil International Headquarters are in Montreal, Canada. The company has received such prestigious awards as the Emmy, Drama Desk, Bambi, ACE, Gémeaux, Félix, and Rose d’Or de Montreux. For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.
Online Press Room
For more information, including downloadable images, please visit the Cirque du Soleil online press room at www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/press/default.aspx