Saturday, April 28, 2007
Grammy Award-winning rock band The White Stripes announced on Wednesday the Canadian leg of a tour in support of their soon-to-be-released album, Icky Thump. The tour, which would be the first cross-Canada excursion for The White Stripes, will see the band play dates in all provinces and territories.
The latest tour for The White Stripes will kick off June 1 in Nürburgring, Germany and will play several dates in Europe before starting off in Canada on June 24, in Burnaby, British Columbia. Canadian dates will include stops in northern locales such as Whitehorse, Yellowknife, and Iqaluit, on Baffin Island.
The White Stripes, made up of guitarist/singer Jack White and drummer Meg White, have developed a significant worldwide following with their blend of punk and blues, guitar-oriented rock. The band had expressed interest in playing cities they had not yet visited. “Having never done a full tour of Canada, Meg and I thought it was high time to go whole hog,” said Jack White on The White Stripes website. “We want to take this tour to the far reaches of the Canadian landscape. From the ocean to the permafrost.” The band’s website referred to Canada by its nickname, the ‘Great White North’.
The White Stripes have played to thousands in large outdoor festival settings, but will have to deal with different logistics while setting up in a northern location, such as Iqaluit.
Some 500 tickets for the Iqaluit show are to be sold, with an admission fee of approximately CA$40. Mike Bozzer, the city of Iqaluit’s economic development officer, told CBC News that talks have taken place with The White Stripes’ publicist regarding equipment, technicians, security and other such details. “It’s definitely going to have some economic impact, and they’ll come back home with positive stories of the city,” said Bozzer.
The band’s ten-year anniversary will be reached at a point during the Canadian leg of the tour, which will be commemorated. “Another special moment of this tour is the show which will occur in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia on July 14th, The White Stripes’ Tenth Anniversary,” said Jack White.
Following the Canadian dates, The White Stripes will embark on a tour in the United States, which will reach some 16 states they have not yet visited during their career, among other repeat locations.
|2007 Canadian Tour Dates||Venue||City||Province/Territory|
|June 24||Deer Lake Park||Burnaby||British Columbia|
|June 25||Yukon Arts Centre||Whitehorse||Yukon|
|June 26||Shorty Brown Multiplex Arena||Yellowknife||Northwest Territories|
|June 27||Arctic Winter Games Arena||Iqaluit||Nunavut|
|June 29||Pengrowth Saddledome||Calgary||Alberta|
|June 30||Shaw Convention Centre||Edmonton||Alberta|
|July 1||TCU Place||Saskatoon||Saskatchewan|
|July 2||MTS Centre||Winnipeg||Manitoba|
|July 3||Community Auditorium||Thunder Bay||Ontario|
|July 5||Molson Amphitheatre||Toronto||Ontario|
|July 6||Bell Centre||Montreal||Quebec|
|July 7||John Labatt Centre||London||Ontario|
|July 10||Moncton Coliseum||Moncton||New Brunswick|
|July 11||Charlottetown Civic Centre||Charlottetown||PEI|
|July 13||Cunard Centre||Halifax||Nova Scotia|
|July 14||Savoy Theatre||Glace Bay||Nova Scotia|
|July 16||Mile One Centre||St. John’s||Newfoundland|