Blue Rodeo has visited Cape Breton many times and played almost every venue: the Savoy, Centre 200, The Capri, and the late, lamented Vogue Theatre (where they blew every fuse in the building).
This summer on Sunday, August 7, the rock/roots band returns to Sydney to inaugurate Harbourside Park, the former re-mediated site of the Sydney Steel Plant.
Concert promoter Donald Ferguson explains in a media release that he hopes the new site will allow events to grow beyond the attendance level of 6000 permitted by the other major outdoor site at The Big Fiddle on Sydney’s harbourfront.
Along with Blue Rodeo, the concert will feature Carleton Stone, The Heartbroken featuring Damnhait Doyle and Stuart Cameron, and one other act (which promoters say will be equally impressive) which will be named in the near future.
Tickets go on sale Monday, June 6, and are $50.00 in advance and $60.00 at the Gate on August 7, and are available online at www.ticketpro.ca or at any Pharmasave locations in the Cape Breton Regional Muncipality. A limited number of Early Bird Tickets available Friday, June 3, at noon for $35.00 and are only available at The Medical Hall Pharmasave in Glace Bay and the Paramount Pharmasave on Charlotte Street, Sydney, as well as online with ticketpro.ca.
Since the release of their debut album, Outskirts, in March 1987, Blue Rodeo has established themselves as one of the premiere bands in the Canadian industry. Their twelfth studio album, The Things We Left Behind, was released in 2009. Over the course of their career, Blue Rodeo has released 12 studio albums, two live albums, a greatest hits collection and an award-winning DVD, selling in excess of four million copies around the world. They have also won an unprecedented 5 Juno awards as Group of the Year, been handed keys to the City of Toronto and been inducted onto Canada’s Walk of Fame.
And they love playing in Cape Breton, having formed a personal bond with island music fans from the earliest days of their career.