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Colin wins at 2017 Independent Blues Awards

Colin has been awarded Best Independent Blues Rock CD in the 2017 Independent Blues Awards. Thanks to everyone who voted! Find out more at http://www.makingascene.org/independent-blues-awards-2017-winners/

Shows coming up this summer: Lethbridge Jazz Festival, Summertime Blues, and more!

Get ready for the most beautiful blue summer you’ve ever had, and catch Colin at an upcoming festival across Canada and the USA! Check out the links below for tickets and more information.

June 17: Lethbridge Jazz Festival (Lethbridge, AB)
June 23: Summertime Blues (Owen Sound, ON)
July 1: Rochester Jazz Festival (Rochester, NY)
July 7: Havelock Revival (Havelock, ON)
July 30: Wine Country Blues Festival (Woodinville, WA)
August 21: Huntsville Festival of the Arts (Huntsville, ON)
August 26: The Fair at the PNE (Vancouver, BC)
September 16: Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival (Fredericton, NB)

Catch Colin James on Stingray PausePlay

Canadian Blues icon Colin James, joins Stingray PausePlay to chat about picking up his first guitar, performing with his music heroes, and of course his new album, Blue Highways, an incredible tribute to some of Blues’ greatest players.

Win Tickets to See Colin James!

You could win tickets to see Colin in your city, courtesy of Long & McQuade and Live Nation! Head into a Long & McQuade at one of the locations listed below and fill out a ballot to win a pair of tickets and be entered into the grand prize draw to win a 1956 Epiphone Les Paul Standard Gold Top. Details at https://www.long-mcquade.com/news/2776.

February 7 @ National Arts Centre Southam Hall – Ottawa, ON (Enter at Kanata or Ottawa location)

February 18 @ Massey Hall – Toronto, ON (Enter at any GTA location)

February 20 @ Centre in the Square – Kitchener, ON (Enter at Waterloo, Cambridge, Stratford or Guelph location)

February 21 @ Hamilton Place Theatre – Hamilton, ON (Enter at Hamilton or Burlington location)

February 22 @ Centennial Hall – London, ON (Enter at London locations or Woodstock location)

February 25 @ Burton Cummings Theatre – Winnipeg, MB (Enter at Winnipeg locations)

February 26 @ TCU Place – Saskatoon, SK (Enter at Saskatoon locations)

February 27 @ Conexus Arts Centre – Regina, SK (Enter at Regina location)

March 2 @ Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – Edmonton, AB (Enter at any Edmonton location)

March 3 @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – Calgary, AB (Enter at any Calgary location)

March 6/9 @ Port Theatre – Nanaimo, BC (Enter at Nanaimo location)

March 7 @ Royal Theatre – Victoria, BC (Enter at Victoria location)

March 8 @ Orpheum Theatre – Vancouver, BC (Enter at any Lower Mainland location)

*Contest closes Jan.29/17 for Ontario concert dates, and Feb.12/17 for Western Canada dates. Grand prize guitar draw will take place the week of Feb.20/17. Tickets will be at Will Call at the venue under the winner’s name. One pair of tickets per location listed above. Transportation to and from the venue is the winner’s responsibility. No cash value. 

Great reviews of Blue Highways

“What a belting album! Simply terrific. Colin James has around 15 albums under his belt but this is one of the freshest and most dynamic things I’ve heard in ages…He has the chops and he definitely has the experience but it is clear that he also has a love for the Blues and this is definitely one of the best around at the moment. ” – Music-News

“The fact that this is such a cohesive disc and the playing is a heartfelt celebration of the love for this music and its variety is something that explodes off the disc.  A great disc to celebrate all that the blues has to offer. ” – No Depression

“I like to offer a favourite song at this stage; but you really can cover your eyes and pick anything and be impressed…” – The Rocking Magpie 

All Aboard the CP Holiday Train with Colin James

CP’s annual Holiday Train program is a rolling fundraising event that travels across Canada and the United States raising money, food and awareness for food banks and hunger issues, hosting free holiday concerts along the way. Since 1999 the program has raised more than $12 million and 3.9 million pounds of food.

The Holiday Train is proudly sporting an all-Canadian musical line up with multiple Canadian Country Music Award and Juno Award winners. The Canadian train will feature musical guests Dallas Smith and Odds. On board the U.S. train, Kelly Prescott will partner with Doc Walker between Montreal and Windsor, Ont., with Colin James covering the Midwest and Great Plains shows. Jonathan Roy will also perform at all Quebec locations.

For schedule and full details, visit http://www.cpr.ca/holiday-train/united-states.

Colin James Announces Spring Canada Tour Dates

 Tickets On Sale October 14th, 2016 

October 11, 2016 – Critically acclaimed, Juno Award winning singer-songwriter Colin James has announced cross-Canada tour dates in support of his new album Blue Highways (released via True North Records).

Blue Highways pays tribute to some of the singer/guitarist’s long time blues idols including Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Freddie KingJr. Wells & Buddy Guy, Peter GreenRobert Johnson and William Bell to name a few.  In the spring of 2015 Colin wrapped up his Hearts on Fire tour.  After a couple of months of straight touring, Colin was loving playing with the band and really happy with the sound they had created on stage.  What better time to make a record?  Especially the record Colin had been itching to make for years – a collection of some of his favourite blues tracks.  In less than a week Colin and his touring band went into The Warehouse Studios in Vancouver and in just 2 days, Blue Highways was born.

“My band and I are really excited about playing some of these great blues songs for live audiences across the country,” said James of the tour.

Colin James Tour Dates:

02/06             Belleville, ON / Empire Theatre

02/07              Ottawa, ON / National Arts Centre

02/10              Moncton, NB / Casino New Brunswick

02/11              Halifax, NS / Casino Nova Scotia

02/15              Brockville, ON / Brockville Arts Centre

02/16              Montreal, QC / Theatre Maisonneuve

02/17              Peterborough, ON / Showplace Theatre

02/18              Toronto, ON / Massey Hall

02/20              Kitchener, ON / Centre in the Square

02/21              Hamilton, ON / Hamilton Place

02/22              London, ON / Centennial Hall

02/25              Winnipeg, MB / Burton Cummings Theatre

02/26              Saskatoon, SK / TCU Place

02/27              Regina, SK / Conexus Arts Centre

03/01              Medicine Hat, AB / The Esplanade

03/02              Edmonton, AB / Northern Jubilee

03/03              Calgary, AB / Southern Jubilee

03/04              Kelowna, BC / Kelowna Community Theatre

03/06              Nanaimo, BC / The Port Theatre

03/07              Victoria, BC / The Royal Theatre

03/08              Vancouver, BC / The Orpheum

 

For publicity inquiries, product request or interview opportunities please contact:

Eric Alper (eric@truenorthrecords.com / (905) 690-9397 ext 234)