COMING FEBRUARY 2019, NEW TRIPLE-THREAT TOUR, THE LONGEST ROAD SHOW, FEATURES TERRA LIGHTFOOT, LINDI ORTEGA & BEGONIA
TOUR DATES BEGIN FEBRUARY 5
Heat, pressure and endurance. It’s how coal becomes diamond, and how character and talent are developed and revealed. That kind of dedication is a badge of honour among touring musicians, who come to find beauty in it.
A concert event like no other, The Longest Road Show celebrates the amazing talents that arise from the endless miles of touring, and a journey of discovery for performers and audience alike. Spotlighting a killer lineup of road-tested musical artists — a bill co-headlined by Terra Lightfoot, Lindi Ortega, and Begonia — The Longest Road Show will wind its way through major markets across Ontario in February 2019. Tickets go on sale as of 10am Friday November 23. Full tour dates can be found below.
Each night on The Longest Road Show will feature these stellar artists performing in a showcase format. Every concert features the backing of the Longest Road rhythm section (bassist Anna Ruddick and drummer Michelle Josef), plus special marquee and local guests. And each show will be a medley of intermingled performances, with an intermission mid-way. Arrive for door time, get comfortable, and prepare to discover new favourite musicians as you enjoy a collaborative concert experience unique to your town.
The Longest Road Show is produced in conjunction with Sonic Unyon and LiveNation Entertainment, sponsored by Exclaim!, and benefitting Women in Music Canada, MusiCounts, YWCA Canada, and Girls Rock Camp.
THE LONGEST ROAD SHOW DATES
Feb 5 • Kitchener, ON • Centre in the Square [ TICKETS ]
Feb 6 • Ottawa, ON • Algonquin Theatre [ TICKETS ]
Feb 7 • Hamilton, ON • New Vision United Church [ TICKETS ]
Feb 8 • London, ON • London Music Hall [ TICKETS ]
Feb 9 • Toronto, ON • Phoenix Concert Theatre [ TICKETS ]
ABOUT TERRA LIGHTFOOT
Terra Lightfoot is a ferocious talent. Shot through with the guitarist-vocalist’s powerful, bluesy soul, vivid lyrics and six-string virtuosity, her latest full-length, New Mistakes, has thrilled audiences and earned critical praise from around the globe, including the likes of No Depression, Pop Matters, Guitar Player, Twangville, The Boot and CBC Music. Lightfoot released her self-titled debut album in 2011; its critically acclaimed follow-up, 2015’s Every Time My Mind Runs Wild, marked the artist’s arrival as a striking songwriter and compelling live performer. 2017 brought two new albums: the orchestral collaboration Live in Concert and her third studio album, New Mistakes – the latter nominated for Adult Alternative Album of the Year at the 2018 JUNO Awards and long-listed for the Polaris Music Prize.
ABOUT LINDI ORTEGA
Lindi Ortega gives fair warning: “Don’t come any closer to my heart /If you’re afraid of the dark.” However, that shroud is slowly lifted in Liberty. As the narrative unfolds in this concept album, a central character emerges – one who finally sheds the darkness of her past and emerges into the light. The melodies and arrangements of Liberty draw on the epic work of Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone, who became one of Ortega’s musical obsessions during the writing and recording of Liberty. During the sessions at Battle Tapes studio in East Nashville, Ortega and producer Skylar Wilson (Justin Townes Earle, Rayland Baxter) scaled back the boot-stomping, throwback country approach that she’s known for, instead polishing a set of music that reflects her Mexican-Irish lineage. It is fitting that NPR’s All Things Considered has described Ortega as “genre-defying in both her music and her personal style.”
Begonia’s Alexa Dirks has never been able to fit into the box of being a "conventional woman". “I’m loud, I’m awkward and I’ve always taken up space. I've done things my whole life that some people would tell me weren't appropriate 'for a girl'.” That narrative that once tore Dirks down is now what empowers her to take charge of her own story, in her own way. Winnipeg-based Dirks is a Juno Award winner with her former group Chic Gamine. While she thrived off of the collaboration, once the band broke up she knew she was ready to go solo. As Begonia, Dirks is bold, brazen with her florid, surprising pop that is tempered with sensitivity and wisdom. Her 2017 debut EP, Lady in Mind, was listed on NPR’s 10 Artists You Need to Know and the track “Juniper” reached #1 on the CBC Music Charts. Dirks’ intimate lyrics and audacious pop style sound allows for her audience to relate to the messiness of life with an honesty that is refreshing.
We acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters. Ce projet est financé en partie par FACTOR, le gouvernement du Canada et les radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada. We acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada through the Departmenmt of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund). This project is made possible with the support of Ontario Creates. We also acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council.