AEG Live

City and Colour

Metric, Jimmy Eat World, Serena Ryder and Yukon Blonde

June 29, 2013 | 2:30PM

The Commons @ Butler's Barracks Map It

Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

Tickets

Advance: 49.50 - 99.50

Day of Show: 74.00

On Sale: Friday, Mar 1, 10:00AM

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Event Details

All Ages

Doors Open At: 2:30PM

Event Description

Rain or Shine.  All ages.  Children 10 and under do not require at ticket to enter.

Driving from Toronto:

Take QEW to Glendale Avenue South exit

Merge onto Glendale Avenue/Regional Road 89...

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Rain or Shine.  All ages.  Children 10 and under do not require at ticket to enter.

Driving from Toronto:

Take QEW to Glendale Avenue South exit

Merge onto Glendale Avenue/Regional Road 89

Turn right onto Taylor Rd/Regional Road 70

Continue onto Niagara Stone Road (signs for Niagara On The Lake)

Continue onto Mississauga Street

Turn right onto East West Line (signs for East & West Line/Regional Road 85)

Turn left onto Niagara Parkway

Continue onto Queens Parade

Parking for Concert is on Queens Parade (signs for concert parking)

 

PARKING

All festival parking will be located 1 block north of the site on Queens Parade Blvd

Accessible Parking located on Mary Street east of King st.

 

Gates open at 2:30PM

Performances begin at 3:15PM

 

VENUE DOS AND DON'TS

OK Backpacks (medium)

OK All Ages Welcome

OK Hats

OK Sun Block

OK Lighters

OK Cell Phones

OK Sunglasses

OK Dancing Shoes

OK Cigarettes

OK Small Beach Towel

OK Ages 10 & Under Free

OK Fanny Packs

OK Digital Cameras (Non-Pro)

OK Film Cameras (Non-Pro)

OK Personal Umbrellas

OK Ponchos

 

NO Knives / Weapons Etc.

NO Chains / Chain Wallets

NO Fireworks / Explosives

NO Blankets

NO Outside Food & Beverages

NO Tents

NO Flags

NO Tailgating in Parking Lots

NO Chairs

NO Video Cameras

NO Audio Recording Devices

NO Professional Cameras

NO Stuffed Animals

NO Sharpies / Markers

NO Pets

NO Drugs & Drug Paraphernalia

 

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Bio

“I just wanted to make an honest record.”  So says Dallas Green, otherwise known as City and Colour. He’s not really talking about confessionals (though that might happen,...

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“I just wanted to make an honest record.”  So says Dallas Green, otherwise known as City and Colour. He’s not really talking about confessionals (though that might happen, too) but truthfully incarnated music: organic songwriting, natural process and sincere moments captured in the studio. Captured—not manipulated. For his fourth LP, The Hurry and The Harm, Green not only wanted to present an honest album, but an honest version of himself. To do so, he had to leave some things behind, confront others and let the rest simmer.

Green wasn’t quite prepared to make another album so soon. On tour to support his last album, Little Hell (2011), he couldn’t quite shake the feeling that something was unbalanced, uneasy. “I was being pulled in two different directions,” Green recalls. He was mentally near the end of the road with his former band, Alexisonfire, but couldn’t yet share the news with his fans. “I wanted to be in one place, but I didn’t want to let my friends down.” He started reading poetry—specifically the Kentucky-born author Wendell Berry, and his work “The Peace of Wild Things.” “I come into the peace of wild things, who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water,” it goes. Those lines made Green “excited about words again,” and comforted him in a time when things didn’t seem too peaceful. The songs came—quickly, even.

It’s no surprise, really. City and Colour’s music is exactly that: peace, in wild things. There’s a calm, dulcet tone to the songs, the melodies crafted to provide restlessness amidst a sonically complex journey that both soothes and rustles. The record’s first leaked track, “Of Space and Time,” showcases Green’s voice as it dangles in his own special kind of falsetto, set to a chugging drumbeat and subtle strum. “I’m roaming through the hills all alone,” he sings. “I’m trying to find my direction home.” Maybe he didn’t know it at the time, but home is City and Colour—it’s not simply a “solo” project from an otherwise accounted-for band member, but is Green, his primary entity, and his honesty.

The Hurry and The Harm is the first City and Colour album recorded outside ofCanada—Green took his process this time toNashville,Tennessee’s Blackbird Studios. “I’ve never gone anywhere else to make a record,” Green recalls. “I think it worked out, and it was a wonderful experience.” He recruited an excellent team of players to round out the songs, including Jack Lawrence on bass (The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather),Bo Koster on keys (My Morning Jacket), Spencer Cullum (Caitlin Rose) on pedal steel and both Matt Chamberlain (Pearl Jam, Fiona Apple) and James Gadson (Bill Withers, BB King) on drums. Green once again found great kinship in producer Alex Newport, who has worked with such varied and dynamic artists as At The Drive-In, Death Cab for Cutie, Bloc Party and The Mars Votla (and more notably with Green on Little Hell).

The resulting album is a journey through a state of mind, exploring everything from Green’s struggles to leave his previous band (“Of Space and Time”) to his distaste for gossip media (“Commentators”). Musically, the artful evolution can be felt in the crushing, sweeping rush of the first single, “Thirst,” with its aggressive vamp and both acid instrumentals and tongue: “after I’m gone / once I finally leave / you will be left alone to the wolves and the thieves.” There is a longing in the words but a certain direction in the songs, such as on “Two Coins” which balances a quiet folkiness with an unexpected guitar solo, searching through the play in his voice and the introspection of the ironically upbeat strums of “Harder Than Stone.” “Lyrically, now that I look back at the record as a whole, there are a lot of songs that deal with me searching for something,” he says. “And I know now that I wrote those songs near the end of Alexisonfire.”

“I don’t have a lot of faith in myself, so it is hard for me to have a lot of faith in something I have created,” Green says. “But I’ve never been happier or prouder about something that I have done.”Green began recording as City and Colour in 2005, with Sometimes, followed by 2008’s Bring Me Your Loveand 2011’s Little Hell and has experienced huge success both on the charts and the road. All three previous studio albums have achieved platinum status inCanada, while Little Hell is also now Gold inAustralia. Additionally, Little Hell debuted at #1 onCanada’s Top 200 Chart, #28 in theU.S., #2 inAustraliaand top 40 in theU.K.Moreover, almost every show in 2011 and 2012 sold out (including the famed Royal Albert Hall, a two night stay at the Roundhouse inLondonandNew York’s Terminal 5). In support of The Hurry and The Harm, City and Colour will once again embark on a wide-ranging set of dates across North American and the world. The tour will feature a brand new touring band including Jack Lawrence (The Raconteurs, Dead Weather) on bass, Dante Schwebel (Hacienda, Dan Auerbach) on guitar, Doug MacGregor (Constantines) on drums and Matt Kelly on pedal steel guitar and keys.

Playing guitar since age eight and crafting songs since his teenage years, Green has always known he wanted to write music and sing: mostly for himself, to find peace and clarity amongst the chaos. He thinks it’s kismet that others happen to like to listen. “At the end of the day, when I write a song, it has to make me happy,” he says. “I have to want to sing it again. And then the hope after that is that somebody else will like it.”  And they do, because it’s the peace of wild things.

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