Published Jan 05, 2011The last time Canadian music fans saw Patrick Watson he was touring in support of his 2009 album Wooden Arms. We still don't know if he has any new material in the pipeline, but the Montreal orchestral pop master will be heading out on a tour of his home province this spring.
There are five shows in total, all in Quebec. Surprisingly, there are no shows in Montreal itself, although most of the performances will take place in the suburbs and around the greater Montreal region.
The tour is sure to appeal to anyone who follows the Polaris Music Prize. Not only did Watson win the 2007 instalment of the award, but he recruited previous long-list nominee Timber Timbre to open three of the shows. Montreal's the Barr Brothers have signed on to open the other two.
See the schedule below.
UPDATE: It turns out that we have some new Watson material after all. He recently penned a tribute song to late Montreal songwriter Lhasa de Sela, who succumbed to cancer last year. The song is called "Snow Day for Lhasa," and it was made with Esmerine. Take a listen here.
3/24 Longueuil, QC - Salle Pratt et Whitney *
3/25 Saint Jean sur Richelleu, QC - Theatre du Vieux Saint Jean *
3/26 Saint-Therese, QC - Theatre Lionel-Groulx *
4/1 Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC - Salle Albert-Dumouchel ^
4/2 L'Assomption, QC - Théatre Hector Charland ^
* with Timber Timbre
^ with the Barr Brothers