Heart To Tour Canada In 2011

Heart To Tour Canada In 2011

The American rock band Heart launches a coast-to-coast tour of Canada on Jan. 28 in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The band is set to play 20 dates in the Great White North with the final show taking place on Feb. 26 in Vancouver, British Columbia—the city where Heart first hit it big.

Highlights of Ann and Nancy Wilson’s itinerary include a Feb. 5 show in Montreal, a Feb. 11 concert in Toronto, and a gig in Sudbury, Ontario on Valentine’s Day. After all, nothing says “love” like giving your sweetie a pair of tickets to see Heart live in concert.

A lot of bands tour both the United States and Canada, and a lot of bands tour only the U.S., but there’s hardly any bands of Heart’s stature that just tour Canada—especially a month long, 20-date trek. In fact, Heart hasn’t done a full-fledged tour of Canada in nearly 30 years.

“Heart had its musical genesis in Vancouver and as artists Canada has always been our spiritual home. Canadians love to rock and we are happy to be bringing Heart as it is now back to Canada. It’s like Heart is coming home,” said the Wilson sisters via a statement.

Of course, Heart and Canada have a rather strange beginning.

Roger Fisher was Heart’s lead guitarist for most of the 1970’s. In the early part of the decade, when the band was based in the Seattle-area, Roger’s brother, Mike Fisher, skipped out of the draft. As the Army knocked on his front door to see why he hadn’t enlisted, Mike fled out the back and then into Canada.

A short while later, in 1971, Mike furtively crossed the border and returned to America. During his visit, he went to see his brother’s band perform (that band being Heart) and while there he met Ann Wilson. The two quickly fell in love.

Ann followed Mike back to Canada, and slowly but surely, so did the rest of band (Nancy Wilson finally joined Heart in 1974). The band released their debut album, Dreamboat Annie, in 1976. The classic rock album was recorded at Can-Base Studios in Vancouver, B.C.

The following year President Jimmy Carter pardoned all draft dodgers. This meant that Mike Fisher would not be going to jail and Heart could tour anywhere in the world they wanted to, including the United States.

While Mike’s draft dodging was responsible for relocating Heart to Vancouver, B.C., it was still a very serious crime. Nancy tells a story of Ann—on her way back into America after seeing Mike in Canada—being interrogated and cavity-searched by border guards. The way Nancy explains it, the ordeal was quite traumatic for her older sister.

If my actions were causing that kind of trauma to the people I cared about, I would probably do something to stop it, but that’s just me.

Ann and Mike Fisher’s relationship didn’t last long, and Roger Fisher, who had a romance with Nancy, left the band in late 1979. By the time Heart released Bebe le Strange in 1980, the Fisher brothers were completely out of the Wilson sister’s lives.

And that is how Heart became associated with Canada.

Heart’s Itinerary
>>January 28 – St. John’s, NL @ Mile One Centre
>>January 29 – Corner Brook, NL @ Pepsi Centre
>>February 1 – Charlottetown, PE @ Charlottetown Civic Centre
>>February 2 – Moncton, NB @ Moncton Coliseum Complex
>>February 3 – Halifax, NS @ Halifax Metro Centre
>>February 5 – Montreal, QC @ Place des Arts
>>February 7 – Ottawa, ON @ Civic Centre Theatre
>>February 8 – Kitchener, ON @ The Centre in the Square
>>February 9 – Hamilton, ON @ Hamilton Place
>>February 11 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
>>February 12 – Kingston, ON @ K-Rock Centre
>> February 14 – Sudbury, ON @ Sudbury Arena
>>February 17 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
>> February 18 – Saskatoon, SK @ TCU Place
>>February 19 – Edmonton, AB @ Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
>>February 21 – Grande Prairie AB @ Crystal Centre
>>February 22 – Calgary, AB @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
>>February 24 – Prince George, BC @ CN Centre
>>February 25 – Kamloops, BC @ Interior Savings Centre
>>February 26 – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Centre

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