Earlier this year, Leonard Cohen released a brand new studio album called Old Ideas. It did not take long before achieving platinum certification. His Canadian brother Ian Tyson who, under the duo Ian & Sylvia, launched one of the most beloved Canadian classics of all time—”Four Strong Winds”—is releasing a brand new studio album called Raven Singer on May 29. Ian has been living near High River, Alberta for the past while, diggin’ the rural life of ranchin’ cowboyism. He has released a string of critically-acclaimed country music records. The title of the new album comes from Ian’s attending a sweat lodge ceremony at the Nakoda First Nation during which he was bestowed the name Ka-ree-a-hiatha (Raven that Sings). In March, Tyson was named the 100th Calgary Stampede Parade Marshall. Ian Tyson still performs on average 40 concerts per year and with a brand new album, this year should not be an exception. More info can be found at Ian Tyson’s Official Website.
Speaking of tours, guess who has announced a major North American tour in the fall? Leonard Cohen blasts off in the southern U.S. on Halloween night finishing off in New York on December 20. Below are the Canadian dates.
November 12 / Vancouver, BC / Rogers Arena
November 16 / Calgary, AB / Scotiabank Saddledome
November 18 / Edmonton, AB / Rexall Place
November 20 / Saskatoon, SK / Credit Union Centre
November 28 / Montreal, QC / Bell Centre
December 2 / Quebec City, QC / Colisee Pepsi
December 4 / Toronto, ON / Air Canada Centre
December 7 / Ottawa, ON / Scotiabank Place
December 11 / London, ON / John Labatt Centre
December 13 / Kingston, ON / K-Rock Centre
More info on Leonard Cohen’s tour can be found HERE.