Music notes – Concerts
by Kevin Pollard
TobyMac about to embark on his first tour since the loss of his son
TobyMac releases a brand new single and video about his 21-year-old son, Truett who passed away this past October. The song, titled “21 Years,” can be found at digital services now.
He recently wrote, ““21 years” is a song I wrote about the recent passing of my firstborn son, Truett Foster McKeehan. I loved him with all my heart. Until something in life hits you this hard, you never know how you will handle it. I am thankful that I have been surrounded by love, starting with God’s and extending to community, near and far, that have walked with us and carried us everyday. Writing this song felt like an honest confession of the questions, pain, anger, doubt, mercy and promise that describes the journey I’m probably only beginning. The rest is yet to come. One thing I know is that I am not alone. God didn’t promise us a life of no pain or even tragic death, but He did promise He would never leave us or forsake us. And I’m holding dearly to that promise for my son as well as myself.”
TobyMac will bring his popular Hits Deep Tour to 32 cities, including Abbotsford, after a 9 year hiatus. Joining TobyMac on the tour will be rising stars Tauren Wells, Jordan Feliz, We Are Messengers, Ryan Stevenson, Aaron Cole, and Cochren & Co.
Abbotsford Entertainment Centre – Feb 27 Toby Mac Hits Deep Tour
for King and Country, first Canadian tour
for KING & COUNTRY has kicked off 2020 on a high as the duo’s unprecedented collaboration with Dolly Parton on the hit “God Only Knows” earned a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song, while the duo’s full-length album on which the song “lives, burn the ships”, received a nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album. The duo will embark on their first Canadian Tour this March and two months before the tour, six cities are already sold out. For those of you in Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver, you can still find tickets to see this ground-breaking ‘ENCORE’ of for KING & COUNTRY’s most theatrical and inspirational night of music and stories yet.
Ottawa, March 12; Toronto, March 13 – sold out; Montreal, March 14; Winnipeg, March 18 – sold out; Saskatoon, March 19 – sold out; Edmonton, March 20 & 21 – sold out; Calgary, March 22 – sold out; Vancouver, March 24.
Skillet Victorious Tour lands in Abbotsford
12x-platinum rock band, Skillet, closed out 2019 inside multiple Billboard decade-end and year-end charts with their latest hit record, Victorious (Atlantic), Top 10 Active Rock single “Legendary,” as well as numerous past albums and tracks. Once again they have also amassed 1 billion global streams over the past year alone.
This winter 2020, Skillet will embark on a headline trek, dubbed the “Victorious Tour,” which lands in Abbotsford, Feb 15. Joining Skillet for this tour will be From Ashes to New and Ledger, the latter of which features Skillet drummer, Jen Ledger.
Abbotsford Entertainment Centre – Feb 15.
Tim & The Glory Boys present The Buffalo Road Show
Tim & the Glory Boys are independent recording artists based out of Abbotsford, BC. Lead singer, Tim Neufeld, has toured the world for over a decade, shared the stage with countless Canadian Country, Roots and Gospel artists, and won multiple JUNOS, Dove, and Covenant awards. The Glory Boys are a Canadian Bluegrass Trio of backwoods hillbillies with world-class facial hair and infectious on-stage energy. Together, the guys have been entertaining live audiences across Canada since 2013 with their unique blend of boot-stompin’ country bluegrass, elaborate production elements and a healthy dose of blue-collar humour. This April, they embark on The Buffalo Road Show across BC.
Chilliwack, Apr 16; North Vancouver, Apr 17; Maple Ridge, Apr 18; Cloverdale, Apr 19; Comox, Apr 21; Port McNeill, Apr 22; Nanaimo, Apr 23; Port Alberni, Apr 24; Duncan, Apr 25; Saanich, Apr 26.
High Valley Canadian tour
Warner Music Nashville recording artists and Alberta-born brothers High Valley have announced a headline tour of Canada kicking off in May 2020. Brad and Curtis Rempel will be joined on the road by the multi-platinum Eli Young Band as well as special guests, Lindsay Ell and Jade Eagleson.
In addition to the tour dates, High Valley have recently released their new single, “Your Mama.” The track was inspired by the recent announcement that Curtis Rempel’s family of four will soon become five. The video for the track, which features the band enjoying a campfire with their real families is a tribute to mothers everywhere. Their distinctive brand of positive-minded, bluegrass-infused country music has made High Valley a formidable duo across the globe.
Abbotsford, May 15; Penticton, May 16; Grande Prairie, May 19; Edmonton, May 20; Lethbridge, May 25; Calgary, May 27.