May 1 concert in Summerside part of his 2014 Canadian tour
In the music world, Gordon Lightfoot may very well be the idol of icons. When listening to a Lightfoot recording, Bob Dylan was reported saying, he “doesn't want the song to end.” Jimmy Buffet admits he always tries to write songs like him. But rather than bask in the adulation Lightfoot inspires, the musical legend continues to work harder than ever.
Canadian folk music icon Gordon Lightfoot is playing Credit Union Place May 1, 2014.
Currently marking five decades of touring and counting, Lightfoot is once again inviting fans to be a part of his legacy while he continues his 2014 Canadian tour.
Lightfoot will visit Central and Eastern Canadian cities this spring with concerts in St. John's, Halifax, Moncton, London, Kingston, Hamilton as well as number of smaller markets such as Summerside. Limited tickets are still available for his show at Credit Union Place, Summerside, on Thursday, May 1.
The cross-Canada tour will continue with fall 2014 performances in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, and - as per tradition - ending at Toronto's Grand Ol' Lady of Shuter Street, Massey Hall, for a four-night run.
Fans have even more access this year through the launch of the first-ever Gordon Lightfoot Facebook page. This online destination offers up-to-date tour details as well as regular contest opportunities.
A national treasure, Lightfoot has music fans around the world. Born in 1938 in Orillia, Ont., he studied at Los Angeles' Westlake College of Music. He returned to Canada in the early 1960s and began performing at the Riverboat in Toronto and in coffee houses throughout Canada and the United States.
In 1966, his debut album “Lightfoot!” was released. Tracks such as “For Lovin' Me,” “Early Mornin' Rain,” “Steel Rail Blues” and “Ribbon of Darkness” brought him international recognition as a songwriter. As a result, cover versions of his songs were recorded by artists such as Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Barbara Streisand, Johnny Cash, and countless others. In 1971 he earned his first Top 10 hit when “If You Could Read My Mind” became an international sensation. In 1974, his classic single, “Sundown,” went to No.1 on the American charts, followed two years later by “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” inspired by a Newsweek magazine article; it reached No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard charts.
By the 1990s he was mostly touring, giving just more than 50 concerts a year by 1998, mainly in North America, while he released two albums in the period. In 2004, he released his 20th album “Harmony,” and appeared as a featured guest on “Canadian Idol.”
Lightfoot's iconic Massey Hall residencies are celebrated with the release of his most recent album “Massey Hall Moments - All Live,” a collection of live recordings of the finest Massey Hall performances, recorded between 1998 and 2001.
He has won 15 Juno Awards and been nominated for five Grammy Awards. He was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. In May 2003 was made a Companion of the Order of Canada. In 2004 was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and, in 2012, the U.S. Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Tickets for the 8 p.m. show at Credit Union Place can be purchased online at www.ticketatlantic.com.