Villages Drop 'Dark Island,' Map Out East Coast and Ontario Tour Dates

They've mapped out shows in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and PEI

Photo: Matt Horseman

BY Allie GregoryPublished Feb 17, 2023

Cape Breton folk rockers Villages' new album Dark Island is out today via Sonic Records, and they've mapped out an extensive tour of the East Coast and Ontario in support of the effort.

The quartet formed by Matt Ellis, Travis Ellis, Jon Pearo and Archie Rankin teamed up with producer Joshua Van Tassel at Joel Plaskett's Fang Recording to record Dark Island live off the floor over the course of eight days. The resulting Celtic-inspired effort finds the band paying homage to their natural surroundings, reaching back toward their roots and leaning into their Atlantic folk influences.
A tour in support of the record commences at Miramichi, NB's New Maritime Beer Company on March 2, after which the band will travel through the Maritime provinces, making stops in Moncton, Fredericton, Halifax and Berwick early in the month.

From there, they'll head west to Ontario, plotting shows at London's Rosewood Room, Hamilton's Mills Hardware, Toronto's Horseshoe Tavern and Ottawa's Rainbow Bistro from the 22nd to the 25th. The final stop on tour will take place nearly a month later (April 22) at Charlottetown's Trailside Music Hall.

Tickets for all dates are on sale now via the band's website

Watch the band's recent Jeff Miller-shot music video for "Play the Fiddle All Night" below, where you can also listen to the album in full and see their complete tour schedule. 



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Villages 2023 Tour Dates:

03/02 Miramichi, NB - New Maritime Beer Company
03/03 Moncton, NB - Tide & Boar Gastropub
03/04 Fredericton, NB - The Cap
03/10 Halifax, NS - The Marquee Ballroom
03/11 Berwick, NS - Union Street Cafe
03/22 London, ON - Rosewood Room
03/23 Hamilton, ON - Mills Hardware
03/24 Toronto, ON - The Horseshoe Tavern
03/25 Ottawa, ON - The Rainbow Bistro
04/22 Charlottetown, PEI - Trailside Music Hall

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