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Young & Crazy Horse to ride across Canada

- June 4th, 2012

Neil Young and Crazy Horse are spreading their Americana across Canada.

The legendary rock outfit will take to the road this fall for the first time in eight years — and their trek includes a slew of dates in Young’s home and native land.

Young, bassist Billy Talbot, drummer Ralph Molina and guitarist Poncho Sampedro will kick off their first North American tour since 2004 with three Ontario shows in October before heading south to the U.S. They’ll return to Canada in November for a string of gigs, beginning in Vancouver Nov. 11 and ending in Ottawa Nov. 24. See below for a full list of Canadian shows and locations.

Tickets for many of the performances go on sale Friday June 15 at Ticketmaster, and will cost between $60 and $205, depending on the city, seating and venue. Floor access to the concerts will be general admission, with reserved seating on the sides. $1 from every ticket will go to Young’s Bridge School charity. East L.A. rockers Los Lobos will open all the shows except for the final pair of eastern dates, when they will be replaced by New York punk poetess Patti Smith.

Young and Crazy Horse’s Americana album comes out Tuesday June 5 and finds the group reworking classic folk compositions such as Oh Susannah, Clementine and This Land is Your Land in their trademark garage-rock style.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse Canadian tour dates:
Oct. 3 | Windsor | WFCU Centre *
Oct. 5 | Kingston | K Rock Centre *
Oct. 6 | London | John Labatt Centre *
Nov. 11 | Vancouver | Rogers Arena *
Nov. 13 | Calgary | Saddledome*
Nov. 14 | Saskatoon | Credit Union Centre *
Nov. 16 | Winnipeg | MTS Centre *
Nov. 19 | Toronto | Air Canada Centre *
Nov. 23 | Montreal | Bell Centre ^
Nov. 24 | Ottawa | Scotiabank Place ^

* = Los Lobos opening
^ = Patti Smith opening

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Colin James hitting the road

- June 4th, 2012

Colin James is taking his voodoo thing out on the road again this fall.

The veteran Canadian blues-rocker will skip around the country in October and November to bang the drum for his latest album Fifteen, promoters have announced.

The 47-year-old singer-guitarist kicks off his trek in Quebec City in mid-October, then heads west, wrapping up in Edmonton on Nov. 15. See below for a full list of dates and locations. Tickets for most of the gigs go on sale Friday at Ticketmaster and will set you back between $35 and $75, depending on the city, venue and seating. James is also booked into Ontario’s Casino Rama on June 16, with tickets for that show already on sale.

The aptly titled Fifteen, due for release June 12, is the Saskatchewan native’s 15th album. It includes collaborations with Ron Sexsmith, Big Sugar’s Gordie Johnson and Blackie and the Rodeo Kings’ Tom Wilson, along with covers of songs by John Lennon, Allen Toussaint and Peter Green.

Colin James’ fall tour dates:
Oct. 10 | Quebec City | Palais Montcalm
Oct. 11 | Victoriaville | Chemin du MontArthabaska
Oct. 13 | Montreal | Métropolis
Oct. 15 | Ottawa | National Arts Centre
Oct. 17 | Parry Sound | Stockey Centre
Oct. 18 | St. Catharines | Brook Centre
Oct. 19 | Burlington | PAC
Oct. 20 | Kingston | Grand Theatre
Oct. 21 | Peterborough | Showplace Theatre
Oct. 24 | Brampton | Rose Theatre
Oct. 25 | Brockville | Arts Centre
Oct. 26 | Brantford | Sanderson Centre
Oct. 30 | Winnipeg | Burton Cummings Theatre
Nov. 1 | Regina | Casino
Nov. 2 | Calgary | Jubilee Auditorium
Nov. 3 | Medicine Hat | Esplenade Arts & Heritage Centre
Nov. 6 | Nanaimo | Port Theatre
Nov. 7 | Victoria | Royal Theatre
Nov. 12 | Kelowna | Community Theatre
Nov. 15 | Edmonton | Jubilee Auditorium

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