On the 25th anniversary of her platinum selling Ingénue album and the huge hit “Constant Craving,” which launched her into stardom around the world, k.d. lang is about to hit the road solo across Canada. Fans in 17 cities coast to coast, from Victoria, B.C. to St. John’s, NL, will have the pleasure of experiencing lang live as she brings her singular singing style to classics from her 30 year repertoire. These memorable evenings take place over 23 shows from August 12 to September 19, 2017, in a tour presented by AEG Live.
After exploring different creative platforms in recent years, this unique and multi-talented performer is returning to the stage in celebration of her first love, promising to take her music to new heights on this brand new cross-Canada tour. Fans of the chanteuse won’t want to miss this opportunity to catch lang live, in a rare treat that seldom comes along.
Tickets go on sale Friday, March 3 at 10am local time. Fan club members can purchase tickets during the presale beginning Thursday, March 2 at 10 am local time. Tickets are available at AEGLive.com. NAC subscribers and donors can purchase tickets to the NAC Gala during the NAC presale starting today (Thursday, February 23) at 3pm EST.
2017 is a landmark year for lang, as it represents the 25th anniversary of the release of her groundbreaking Ingénue album and the 150th anniversary of Canada. The convergence of these two anniversaries is momentous for the singer. Lang is an important part of the fabric of music in Canada, thanks to her original music, the music that’s inspired her and the other artists that she has covered in her own unique renditions. As a result of her deep connection to Canadian music, she’s been invited to be one of Canada’s 150th Ambassadors.
Fans excited for the tour know she is renowned for her live shows, prompting the New York Times’ Stephen Holden to observe: “Few singers command such perfection of pitch. Her voice, at once beautiful and unadorned and softened with a veil of smoke, invariably hits the middle of a note and remains there.”
As part of this new tour lang will perform songs from Ingénue along with hits from her 2004 album Hymns of the 49th Parallel, which featured lang singing the songs that define her country by fellow Canadians, including: Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Jane Siberry, Ron Sexsmith, and Bruce Cockburn.
After first appearing on stage as the cowgirl with the golden voice, she went on to become the crooner who sang “Constant Craving” and also achieved much success interpreting other artists’ songs. Pervading all her interpretations is a sense of melancholy that lang manages to render with nuance and grace. Some of her most memorable recordings are the (now-iconic) rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” Roy Orbison’s “Crying,” and her collaboration with Tony Bennett on their 2002 Wonderful World duets album. She later joined Bennett for a successful co-headlining concert tour. He says of lang: “She’s the best singer of her generation.”
Branching out into uncharted territory isn’t foreign to lang. In 2014, she guest-starred in the hit TV show Portlandia, playing an exaggerated version of herself. In 2015, the Alberta Ballet staged an original performance piece called Balletlujah!, based on the life and music of lang. The creative process and dance numbers were also turned into a film of the same name, featuring lang’s participation, which aired on the CBC.
lang has recently been working with new collaborators: indie icon Neko Case and respected singer/songwriter Laura Veirs. The three joined forces to write and record the album case/lang/veirs, which was released in June, 2016.
Here are the 2017 tour dates:
Saturday August 12 – Victoria, BC, Royal Theatre
Sunday, August 13 – Victoria, BC, Royal Theatre
Wednesday August 16 – Vancouver, BC, Orpheum Theatre
Thursday August 17 – Vancouver, BC, Orpheum Theatre
Saturday August 19 – Edmonton, AB, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Sunday August 20 – Edmonton, AB, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Tuesday August 22 – Saskatoon, SK, TCU Place
Wednesday August 23 – Calgary, AB, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Thursday August 24 – Calgary, AB, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Saturday August 26 – Regina, SK, Conexus Arts Centre
Sunday August 27 – Winnipeg, MB, Burton Cummings Theatre
Wednesday August 30 – Toronto, ON, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
Thursday August 31 – Toronto, ON, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
Saturday September 2 – Montreal, QC, Place des Arts – Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
Sunday September 3 – Quebec, QC, Grand Théâtre de Québec
Thursday September 7 – Moncton, NB, Casino New Brunswick
Friday September 8 – Charlottetown, PEI, Eastlink Centre Charlottetown
Saturday September 9 – Halifax, NS, Scotiabank Centre
Monday September 11 – Sydney, NS, Centre 200
Thursday September 14 – St. John’s, NL, Mile One Centre
Saturday September 16 – Ottawa, ON, National Arts Centre Fundraising Gala **
Sunday September 17 – Ottawa, ON, National Arts Centre
Tuesday September 19 – Hamilton, ON, FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place)
** The National Arts Centre Gala includes a performance by the NAC orchestra, as well as a concert by k.d. lang. This is the only tour date to include the addition of an orchestra performance to the program.
Tickets on sale at each venue and at all usual outlets. Fan Club pre-sale begins Thursday, March 2 at 10 am.