Along with cold winds and drifts of snow, the opening months of the year bring something else along with them in Canada. That's right, it's once again that time of year for the singer/songwriters of Bluebird North to make their way across the land. A showcase put together by the Songwriters Association of Canada, Bluebird North features some of the country's best songwriters from all ends of Canada.
There are thirteen shows scheduled on the Bluebird North tour, which are being hosted by veteran musician Blair Packhan and Juno Award winner Shari Ulrich. Twenty-five different singer/songwriters have signed up for the tour, and 4-5 will play at each of the gigs. This year has a very promising line-up, which also happens to be very eclectic as well.
Ron Sexsmith, who has been praised by the likes of Elton John, Paul McCartney, and Elvis Costello, has signed up for a few shows, as has indie rock darling Julie Doiron. Halifax's Joel Plaskett and Toronto's Andy Stochansky are set to play, and so is neo-soul singer Glenn Lewis. Not one but two former Canadian Idol contestants are partaking as well: Billy Klippert and Gary Beals.
For a full list of performers for the later dates (as plans are firmed up) go to the SAC's web site at: www.songwriters.ca/bluebirdnorth/.
Times, places, and performers of the Bluebird North 2005 tour:
January 23 Victoria, BC - Central Bar & Grill (Moka Only, Alan Frew, Jorane Gordie Sampson)
January 24 Vancouver, BC - Green Room (Moka Only, Alan Frew, Jorane, Gordie Sampson)
January 26 Edmonton, AB - Side Track Caf» (Andy Stochasnky, Emm Gryner, Billy Klippert, Amy Kim)
January 27 Calgary, AB - Ironwood Stage and Grill (Andy Stochanksy, Emm Gryner, Billy Klippert, Amy Kim)
January 28 Saskatoon, SK - Amigos (Andy Stochansky, Emm Gryner, Billy Klippert, Amy Kim, Alan Frew)
January 29 Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Centre
February 5 Moncton, NB - Capitol Theatre
February 4 or 6 Halifax, NS - TBA
February 11 Hamilton, ON - Studio Theatre
February 12 Toronto, ON - Hugh's Room
February 13 Toronto, ON - Hugh's Room
February 14 Ottawa, ON - 4th Stage, National Arts Centre
February 15 Montreal, QC - La Tulipe
Writer: Jaclyn Arndt