Megadeth and Slayer headline Canadian Carnage tour

To all the metal-heads: Megadeth and Slayer are embarking on a short Canadian tour, beginning on June 24th at GM place in Vancouver! The Canadian Carnage Tour is an exclusive four-show trip that will play in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, and Winnipeg; the entire schedule lasting less than a week! Not only are these two major metal bands headlining, but they are also accompanied by Machine Head and Suicide Silence! Both the Megadeth Fanclub and Ticketmaster presales have already begun, so your chances of scoring tickets officially begin on May 2nd at 10AM.

Megadeth have been rocking the world since lead singer and guitarist Dave Mustaine formed the band in 1983, and since then have acheived unimaginable success, selling close to twenty million albums worldwide, and headlining countless cross-country and world tours, garnering them the status of true metal legends by music aficionados. The opportunity to see Megadeth alongside Slayer, another big name in the metal world, will be an incredible experience, improved upon only by the abilites of Machine Head (who have been in the rock world since 1992) and the younger upstarts, Suicide Silence, who released their first full length album in 2007).

Canadian Carnage Tour dates

Megadeth tickets in Vancouver: June 24 @ GM Place
Megadeth tickets in Edmonton: June 26 @ Rexall Place
Megadeth tickets in Calgary: June 27 @ Saddledome
Megadeth tickets in Winnipeg: June 29 @ MTC Centre

Canucks tickets selling fast

Round 2 schedule announced, Canucks tickets selling fast
With the defeat of the New York Rangers, the Calgary Flames, and the San Jose Sharks over the last two nights of the first round of the playoffs, the schedule for round 2 has finally been revealed, including game dates and times. The wait for this announcement was long overdue for teams who were able to sweep their series, such as Boston, Detroit, and Vancouver; the long break plays a large role in the upcoming round because of its ability to throw momentum, rest players, and downright transform the strategies devised by the coaching staff who may not have gotten the matchup they were planning for. As far as the matchups are concerned, the Eastern and Western teams look like  this: Boston vs. Carolina; Washington vs. Pittsburgh; Detroit vs. Anaheim; Vancouver vs. Chicago.
Aside from on-ice changes caused by the break, the difficulty of scheduling and planning ticket sales was also increased due to the wait. While Vancouver Canucks tickets did go on sale, any details surrounding the date, time, and opponent were all still unknown, and were only released to the public last night upon Carolina’s win over New Jersey when the NHL released the final schedule. Despite the lack of information, tickets for all four Vancouver home games went on sale and seemed to move even faster than the first round tickets, even with the increase in price from round to round. However, like the opening games of the first round, the market is being flooded by sellers looking to make a quick buck, and not enough buyers are willing to consider the inflated prices. This current trend of slow sales is resulting in the readjustment of the market, meaning tickets are becoming more affordable while demand for them remains high.
To ensure you get a seat to one of the second round games, you better act fast. The Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Black Hawks series begins tomorrow at 6PM PST, with the other three beginning in the following two days. To see the schedule in it’s entirety, check out NHL.com’s Round 2 schedule.

ShowTimeTickets.com gets new Marketing Assistant/Copywriter

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Canucks’ round 2 opponent still up in the air

Having been the first team to complete a sweep of their series in the first round of the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs, accompanied by Boston and Detroit, the Vancouver Canucks have been rewarded with a lengthy break between rounds, as well as a mystery round 2 opponent. Having ended the series with the St. Louis Blues in just four games — a feat the Canucks have never accomplished as a franchise before — the Canucks are placed in a position that could be debated as working for or against them: does the break between rounds allow the Canucks to rest up and prepare for round 2, or does it destroy their momentum and remove them from the rhythm of the game?

However, the bigger question on most people’s minds is which team the Canucks are even preparing for. The answer to that question lies in the results of two series that are still underway: the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks, and the Chicago Black Hawks and Calgary Flames. Because of the makeup of the playoff tree, points from the regular season still count towards the second round of the playoffs. This means that since Detroit, the second seed in the West, has won its series, it will face either Vancouver or Anaheim because of their respective places in the Western Conference.

Because Anaheim is currently leading the series with top seeded San Jose, Vancouver fans are hoping for them to continue their success, leaving them to play Detroit at the start of round 2, and allowing Vancouver to face the winner of the Calgary/Chicago series. Although the placing of teams in the standings does not always reflect the would-be success of either team (one need only look at San Jose’s performance against the eigth placed Anaheim Ducks), theorhetically it would be more favorable to the Canucks to be playing either the Flames or Black Hawks. However, at this point all the Canucks can do is prepare for their next round and wait for the outcome of these last few round 1 games.

Canucks' round 2 opponent still up in the air

Having been the first team to complete a sweep of their series in the first round of the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs, accompanied by Boston and Detroit, the Vancouver Canucks have been rewarded with a lengthy break between rounds, as well as a mystery round 2 opponent. Having ended the series with the St. Louis Blues in just four games — a feat the Canucks have never accomplished as a franchise before — the Canucks are placed in a position that could be debated as working for or against them: does the break between rounds allow the Canucks to rest up and prepare for round 2, or does it destroy their momentum and remove them from the rhythm of the game?
However, the bigger question on most people’s minds is which team the Canucks are even preparing for. The answer to that question lies in the results of two series that are still underway: the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks, and the Chicago Black Hawks and Calgary Flames. Because of the makeup of the playoff tree, points from the regular season still count towards the second round of the playoffs. This means that since Detroit, the second seed in the West, has won its series, it will face either Vancouver or Anaheim because of their respective places in the Western Conference.
Because Anaheim is currently leading the series with top seeded San Jose, Vancouver fans are hoping for them to continue their success, leaving them to play Detroit at the start of round 2, and allowing Vancouver to face the winner of the Calgary/Chicago series. Although the placing of teams in the standings does not always reflect the would-be success of either team (one need only look at San Jose’s performance against the eigth placed Anaheim Ducks), theorhetically it would be more favorable to the Canucks to be playing either the Flames or Black Hawks. However, at this point all the Canucks can do is prepare for their next round and wait for the outcome of these last few round 1 games.

Snow Patrol coming to North America, opening for Coldplay

It was just recently announced that Snow Patrol would be making their way to North America, taking a break from their European tour, to open for Coldplay throughout most of their June leg of the summer tour, beginning in Indianapolis on June 5th. This comes as big news to Snow Patrol fans who have been wanting a chance to see the band live — Snow Patrol has been touring across Europe as of late and would not have returned to North America until September 12th, where they currently have seven shows lined up for the fall.

Many fans have expressed a lot of excitement in the wake of this news, even going so far as to say they are looking forward to the opening act more than they are to Coldplay. If that is the case, fans better act fast as Coldplay tickets have been on sale for over a month, and a band of that magnitude will surely sell out, if they haven’t already. Coldplay finishes their first leg of the North American tour in Vancouver, with two shows in GM Place on June 20th and 21st, which also happen to be the closing dates for Snow Patrol as the opening act.

Coldplay North American tour dates with Snow Patrol

Coldplay Tickets in Indianapolis – 05/06/09 – Verizon Wireless Music, Center Indianapolis, IN
Coldplay Tickets in Nashville – 06/06/09 – Sommet Center, Nashville, TN
Coldplay Tickets in New Orleans – 09/06/09 – New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, LA
Coldplay Tickets in San Antonio – 10/06/09 – AT& T Center, San Antonio, TX
Coldplay Tickets in Des Moines – 12/06/09 – Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, IA
Coldplay Tickets in Omaha – 13/06/09 – Qwest Center, Omaha, NE
Coldplay Tickets in Winnipeg – 15/06/09 – MTS Centre, Winnipeg
Coldplay Tickets in Calgary – 17/06/09 – Pengrowth Saddledom, Calgary
Coldplay Tickets in Edmonton – 18/06/09 – Retall Place, Edmonton
Coldplay Tickets in Vancouver – 20/06/09 – General Motors Place, Vancouver
Coldplay Tickets in Vancouver – 21/06/09- General Motors Place, Vancouver

Kings of Leon World Tour underway!

Following their amazing sold-out performance at the Madison Square Garden in New York, Kings of Leon are currently touring the United States to promote their newest album Only By The Night from which their lead single “Sex On Fire” has lit up the Billboard “Modern Rock” chart for nine weeks and counting. Once finished with their current North American leg of the tour, they will head over to Europe and play in a number of shows in the UK, Germany, Scotland and others, before returning back to North America.

Response has been huge in Vancouver when the Kings of Leon tickets officially went on sale today; they will be playing on August 15th at GM Place to a soon-to-be sold out crowd.

Plenty of their shows are sold out, although most of the dates still have tickets available. However, with a band as popular as these guys have gotten, that won’t last for long; after winning the 2009 Grammy for best rock performance by a group, their continued success has yet to show signs of slowing.
The tour — which has 45 stops left — will continue until September 14th when they play their last show in Uniondale, New York.

ShowTimeTickets.com attends the Tourism Vancouver Showcase

Entering it’s twenty-fourth year in the business ShowTimeTickets.com, one of the top ticket re-sellers in Canada, attended the Tourism Vancouver Showcase this past Wednesday to promote it’s Concierge and Affiliate plans, as well as to connect with other locally owned businesses. Amidst the frenzy of attendees surrounding their booth was ShowTimeTickets’ representative at the show, Colin Hanes, and Founder and CEO, Mario Livich. Over the course of the four-hour event, locally owned businesses and concierges from hotels approached the booth and were introduced to the opportunites available to them through partnership with the Vancouver-based company. Many of the guests had had previous experience buying and selling through ShowTimeTickets and seemed very interested in the possibility of new entreupenurial ventures.

There were nearly 100 individual booths showcasing the many attractions and services the city has to offer to both tourists and locals alike, ranging from tours, to shows, to natural attractions. The show took place at the newly completed Vancouver Convention Centre on the waterfront in downtown Vancouver, offering a beautiful view of Vancouver as it prepares itself for the upcoming surge in Tourist activity as the 2010 Olympic games fast approach. Overall the convention was a great success as friendships were formed and business contacts were made, suggesting a bright future for local businesses and tourism in the coming years.

Flames re-ignite their playoff hopes

The Calgary Flames opened their 2009 first-round playoff series with the Chicago Blackhawks rather poorly, failing to impress in the first two games, leading to a 2-0 series deficit. Their lack of aggressive play and the inability to harness their veteran supremacy over the young Chicago team quickly dampened the Flames’ fire, a situation they hoped would reverse when they returned to home-ice in games three and four.
The Flames did just that, pleasing their fans in the Pengrowth Saddledome with a 4-2 win over the Blackhawks, cutting their series lead to 2-1, and reinvigorating the downtrodden Calgary team. All it took was the “C” of Red’s display of support, and the understanding that the team has to play more physical in order to win the puck, and eventually the game. Their drive for the puck is reflected in the physicality of their game, having made 30 hits in game 4 (two times as many as Chicago) and giving up only four penalties, the Flames proved to be a hard-hitting and disciplined veteran team.
Although they gave up three unanswered goals in the second period after going ahead 4-1, the Flames rallied their efforts and took back the lead halfway through the third off a goal from Eric Nystrom, and an empty-netter by Jarome Iginla with 11 seconds left in the game. This win brings with it a lot of momentum for the Flames as they head back to the “Windy City” for game 5 in the hopes to steal the series lead.
Game 5 will be played on Saturday at 7:00 PM PST.

Cinderella story swept off it’s feet as Blues exit playoffs

It was on the minds of just about every St.Louis Blues fan and sports analyst leading into the series: the Blues could be this year’s Cinderella story. Having come out of the Christmas break in January in last place in the West, and after losing lead goaltender Manny Legace, back-up goaltender Chris Mason rallied the Blues in the second half of the season, going 25-9-7 in their last 41 games of the season and finishing sixth place in the West. Blues fans had high hopes for their reinvigorated team after jumping nine places in the standings to make the playoffs, but the team lost its luster in the post season, dropping four straight games to the superior Vancouver Canucks.

Last night saw the end of the Blues’ playoff run, as well as the Canucks’ first four game series sweep in franchise history — it was also the first time since the 1994 playoffs that St.Louis suffered a four game sweep. Despite the result, St.Louis played their best game of the series facing elimination, driving the puck to the net and following it through, something failed to do in the first three games. Their aggressive play led to their tying of the game at two in the second period with back-to-back goals less than four minutes apart. It also led to an astounding 49 shots on Luongo — compared to the Canucks’ 36 on Mason– throughout three periods of regulation and one frame of overtime.

However, Luongo’s disciplined composure kept his head in the game after the Blues kept crashing the net, single-handedly keeping the Canucks from facing a loss on numerous occasions, especially during the 4 minute penalty caused by Ryan Kessler’s high-stick in overtime. The man-advantage was definitely where the Blues went wrong this series, squandering their chances through all four games (they went 1 for 24). At the end of the night, it was the Canucks who truly impressed, with Burrows scoring the winning goal with 19 seconds to go in overtime, giving the Canucks the win and the 4-0 clean series sweep.

Vancouver Canucks tickets for the second round will go on sale soon once their opponent is decided.