Billy Bragg to Bring The Protest Back to Canada This Fall

Billy Bragg to Bring The Protest Back to Canada This Fall
Pump up those bike tires and sew a fresh patch on that jacket because Billy Bragg is coming back to Canada for a string of November shows.

With guitar in tow, the long-running English protest singer will play a handful of August shows in the U.S., four shows in Spain in October and then will come to the Great White North for a batch of live engagements.

The politically outspoken folk singer has been doling out socially aware and/or romantic songs for the past three decades and, as we recently reported, has been especially critical of social networking sites and the role they play in promoting bands.

Bragg's most recent album, 2008's Mr. Love and Justice, got four stars from his countrymen at Uncut, and his previous live shows have also proven inspirational, so we're guessing these upcoming gigs are going to be pretty sweet.

Here are the tour dates:

8/1 Newport, RI - Folk Festival 50
8/2 Albany, NY - Swyer Theatre 'The Egg'
8/3 Boston, MA - Berklee Performance Centre
8/29 Santa Monica, CA - Beethoven Bragg
10/3 San Francisco, CA - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
10/5 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
10/14 Madrid, Spain - Galileo Galilei
10/15 Barcelona, Spain - Bikini
10/16 San Sebastian, Spain - Kursaal Sala de Camara
10/18 Bilbao, Spain - Palacio Euskalduna
11/14 St. John's, NL -€“ Holy Heart of Mary Auditorium

11/15 Halifax, NS -€“ Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

11/17 Toronto, ON -€“ Phoenix

11/18 Hamilton, ON -€“ The Studio at Hamilton Place

11/19 Ottawa, ON -€“ Bronson Centre

11/21 Vancouver, BC -€“ Commodore Ballroom

11/23 Victoria, BC -€“ Alix Goolden Performance Hall

11/24 Edmonton, AB -€“ Winspear Centre

11/25 Calgary, AB -€“ Jack Singer Hall

11/28 Winnipeg, WB -€“ Burton Cummings Theatre