Published Nov 11, 2009Blue Rodeo marked the release of their 12th studio album Tuesday (November 10) with a free rooftop concert that closed down a busy downtown Toronto block for over an hour. The several hundred fans at street level, along with others who observed from nearby buildings, were treated to a dozen of the 16 tracks that comprise the band's double record, The Things We Left Behind, released this week via Warner.
The performance stayed true to the sound of the new album, as the CanRock institution - now featuring Michael Boguski of the Beauties on keyboards - were augmented by Wayne Petti (Cuff the Duke) and Julie Fader on backing vocals. Fader also reprised her flute parts from the album, blending with the modest string section on hand for the entire set.
As Blue Rodeo co-founder Jim Cuddy told Exclaim! during an extensive interview for our upcoming December Timeline, "We made a decision years ago to build a network of people in Toronto we could call upon if we needed to. The fact is that it's often a real pleasure to play with somebody else. You get a whole different perspective on what they do when you hear them do it right in front of you."
Fans across the country will get a chance to catch the new-look Blue Rodeo this month when the band kick off a short string of live dates before hitting the road in earnest in the New Year.
Here are Blue Rodeo's tour dates:
11/10 Halifax, NB - The Carleton
11/15 Philadelphia, PA -World Café Live
11/19 North Tonawanda (Buffalo), NY - Riviera Theatre
11/20 Chicago, IL - Martyr's
11/24 Victoria, BC - Save-On-Foods Memorial Center
11/26-27 Vancouver, BC - The Center in Vancouver For Performing Arts
12/4-5 Stratford, ON - Festival Theatre
1/5-6 Calgary, AB - Southern Jubilee
1/7-8 Edmonton, AB - Northern Jubilee
1/9 Kamloops, BC - Interior Savings Centre
1/11 Banff, AB - Eric Harvie Theatre
1/12 Red Deer, AB - Enmax Centrium
1/14 Lethbridge, AB- Enmax Centre
1/15 Saskatoon, SK - TCU Place
1/16 Regina, SK - Conexus Arts Centre
1/17 Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
1/18 Thunder Bay, ON - Community Auditorium
1/20 Kirkland Lake, ON - Northern College Aud.
1/23 Saint John, NB- Harbour Station
1/24 Moncton, NB - Moncton Coliseum
1/25 Charlottetown, PEI - Confederation Centre
1/27 Glace Bay, NS- Savoy Theatre
1/28 Halifax, NS - Metro Centre
1/30 St. John's, NL- Mile One Stadium
2/5 Barrie, ON - Molson Centre
2/14 Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place
3/5 Oshawa, ON - GM Centre
3/6 Kingston, ON - K-Rock Centre
3/7-8 Belleville, ON- Empire Theatre
4/10-11 Peterborough, ON- Showplace Perf. Centre
3/12 Hamilton, ON - Hamilton Place Theatre
3/24 Kitchener, ON - Centre in the Square
3/25 London, ON - John Labatt Centre
3/26 Cornwall, ON - Aultsville Theatre
3/27 Montreal, QC - Place des Arts
4/9 Sudbury, ON - Sudbury Arena
4/10 Sault Ste.Marie, ON - Essar Centre
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