Fred Eaglesmith is heading back on to the road with his travelling show this spring to celebrate the launch of his latest album (number twenty, for those counting), the AM (and FM) radio friendly “Tambourine”.
“When I put the songs together for Tambourine, I was thinking about the days when there were five push buttons on an automobile radio,” Eaglesmith explains. “Everyone was listening to AM stations and, at any given time, one of those five buttons was playing a song worth listening to.”
This latest tour has been dubbed the Small Town Ontario Spring Tour because, rather than playing theatres and other larger venues in urban centres, Fred and his band will be playing a whole host of small community halls and Royal Canadian Legions throughout rural Ontario.
As in previous years, Fred will be raising money for charity while out on the road. Each show will boast a Charity Pie Auction hosted by Eaglesmith, himself, in his old inimitable style.
Last summer the band raised $17,000 for Alberta flood relief. But most often, the money is donated to Operation Smile, a charity that helps treat facial deformities such as cleft palates in third world countries. In 2013, the band donated over $26,000 to Operation Smile.
The Fred Eaglesmith Show, featuring a full night of original music, jokes and a pie auction, plays the following venues. Find your tickets online at www.fredeaglesmith.com or at the door.
The Small Town Ontario Spring Tour
(more dates are being added, check out www.fredeaglesmith.com)
Sunday March 16 Legion Branch 338, Harrow
Thurday March 20 OJO’s, Ancaster
Saturday March 29 Hugh’s Room, Toronto
Thursday April 3 Polish Legion Branch 412, Kitchener
Friday April 4 Valens Community Centre, Freelton
Saturday April 5 Legion Branch 120, Georgetown
Sunday April 6 Legion Branch 153, Tillsonburg
Friday April 11 Legion Branch 329, Tottenham
Saturday April 12 Legion Branch 229, Elora
Thursday April 17 Legion Branch 379, Port Rowan
Friday April 18 Legion Branch 159, Cayuga
Saturday April 19 Legion Branch 463, Oakland
Friday April 25 Drumbo Agricultural Hall, Drumbo
Saturday April 26 Theatre 311, Listowel
Sunday April 27 Embro Town Hall, Embro
Saturday May 3 Ye Old Towne Hall, Ailsa Craig
Saturday May 31 Legion Branch 80, Midland