Alicia Keys 2010 Tour

In a little less than a decade, Alicia Keys, has already released six influential albums, received eleven Grammy awards, and gained recognition as one of the most prominent singer-songwriters of modern R&B and Soul music.
Keys’ first album, Songs in A Minor, sold over twelve million copies. The combination of her signature sound, which features R&B and Jazz-infused piano melodies, with the her powerful voice has propelled her to fame.
Keys will go on tour to promote her newest album, The Element of Freedom, beginning February 26th at Scotiabank Place in Kanata, Ontario. She will tour in six Canadian cities over the next two months.
For a full list of Canada dates, check the listings below. Alicia Keys tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com and ShowTimeTickets.com, where we are never sold out. And remember to continue checking back for more information on ticket sales for other upcoming shows.

Canada Tour Dates:
Kanata Alicia Keys Tickets: Feb. 26 – Scotiabank Place, Kanata, ON
Montreal Alicia Keys Tickets: Feb. 28 – Bell Centre, Montreal, QC
Ottawa Alicia Keys Tickets: Mar. 1 – Scotiabank Place, Ottawa, ON
London Alicia Keys Tickets: Mar. 8 – The John Labatt Centre, London, ON
Toronto Alicia Keys Tickets: Mar. 10 – Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
Quebec City Alicia Keys Tickets: Mar. 11 – Quebec Colisee Pepsi, Quebec, QU

U.S. Tour Dates:
Mar. 3 – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL
Mar. 5 – Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI
Mar. 13 – MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods, Ledyard, CT
Mar. 17 – Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Mar. 19 – Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
Mar. 22 – Agganis Arena at Boston University, Boston, MA
Mar. 24 – 1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore, MD
Apr. 6 – Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA

U.K. Tour Dates:
May 19 – National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, U.K.
May 23 – S.E.C.C., Glasgow, U.K.
May 25 – O2 Arena, London, U.K.
May 26 – O2 Arena, London, U.K.
May 29 – Manchester Evening News Arena, Manchester, U.K.

A Look at Figure Skating

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Figure skating is one of the most popular sporting events held during the Winter Games. Interestingly, the eye catching sport was first introduced in an indoor arena during the Summer Games of 1908. Over the decades, fans have seen changes in the game as programs have increased in difficulty and intricacies. This season’s competition is sure to please the large fan-base.
Reigning world champion, Kim Yu-na, is heavily favored to win gold in the 2010 Winter Games. She is among the most watched in the sport. An icon in Korea, she has been called a “perfect skater” by those in the industry. Yu-na holds the world record for highest score ever achieved under the current judging system.
Not far behind is the Japanese singles skater, Mao Asada. For most of her career, she and Yu-na have rivaled neck and neck. Asada is currently ranked third in the world.
The Canadian favorite is six-time Canadian national champion, Joannie Rochette. The 2009 world silver medalist, Rochette has established herself as one of the major competitors in the world.
There is no shortage of showstoppers in the men’s figure skating category, with upcoming performances by Evan Lysacek and Patrick Chan.
American medal hopeful, Evan Lysacek is the 2009 world champion. He is considered the U.S. one to watch.
Canada looks to Patrick Chan as its top medal hopeful. In 2008, he became the youngest man to win a Canadian title at age seventeen. He is currently ranked sixth in the world.
Numerous other great skaters from around the world are making their way to Vancouver to take part in the Winter Games. Don’t miss your opportunity to see your country compete on the ice.
For Figure Skating tickets, visit ShowTimeTickets.com.

The 2010 Vancouver Olympic Opening Ceremony

The 2010 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony is a once in a lifetime event. This is Canada’s oppo2010 winter gamesrtunity to inspire worldwide onlookers, and display all that it has to offer.
Because Olympic planners work diligently to keep the ceremony’s design strictly confidential, it is impossible to know exactly what they have in store. There is some indication of the care that has gone into these events as the planning process has lasted three years.
According to their official website, VANOC enlisted the contributions of more than one hundred Canadians in order to create memorable ceremonies representative of Canada’s cultural diversity. In addition, no expense was spared. With the support of the government, the planning committee doubled the budget for Olympic ceremonies, bringing the overall allotted funds to forty million dollars for opening and closing ceremonies.
In the past, ceremonies have been stunning displays of the awe-inspiring peaceful coming together of the world. This season’s planners are confident that Vancouver’s ceremonies will be just as remarkable.
Don’t miss your chance to make lasting memories, and be a part of one of the most sought after Olympic events. For Opening Ceremony tickets, visit ShowTimeTickets.com.

Canada Speed Skating in Pursuit of Gold

Canada speed skating has come a long way since its first medal win in 1932. In fact, the last decade has been the most successful for Canadianshort track skaters.
After the 1997-1998 season, Long Track Skaters went home with five Olympic medals, eighteen world championship medals, and forty-two world cup medals.
Of the twenty-four Canadian medals won in the 2006 Winter Games, eight of those were speed skating victories.
Expectations are high this season with the Canadian Olympic Speed Skating Team looking to win big.
The women’s team, lead by Christine Nesbitt and Kristina Groves, are hoping for a podium sweep. Defending world champion, Nesbitt, and 2006 Olympic silver medalist, Groves, are the heavy favourites in the sport. They will be joined in their pursuit toward gold by Olympic veterans, Clara Hughes and Cindy Klassen.
Hughes is a tremendous athelete, and will be competing in her fifth Olympics. After establishing herself as one of the best cyclists in the world, Hughes went on to win medals in the sport of speed skating. She is the only Olympic athelete ever to win multiple medals in both Summer and Winter Games.
Another driving force behind the women’s team is Cindy Klassen. She was the first Canadian to win five medals at a single Winter Games in 2006. Klassen will be competing in her third Olympic games.
The men are lead by Denny Morrison, Canada’s top skater for four consecutive years. Also on the men’s team is veteran skater Jermey Wotherspoon. A celebrated athelete, he will be competing in his fourth Olympic games.
This fast-paced sport is sure to keep us all on the edge of our seats. Don’t miss your chance to see who comes out on top. For Speed Skating Tickets, visit ShowTimeTickets.com.

Following the Canucks

The Vancouver Canucks take on the St. Louis Blues tonight at GM Place. Canucks are on a winnicanucksng streak, with five consecutive victories. They are currently tied for first place in the Northwest Division with the Colorado Avalanche.
The Blues have been a tough competitor for the Canucks this season, winning two of the three games they’ve played.
With the winning momentum and home turf advantage, the Canucks are favored this time around. Tonight’s game should be intense.
Tomorrow, Canucks leave for an eighteen day stint, heading first to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs.  Canucks initially struggled on the road, but have improved their playing status. They will play fourteen games away, before returning to GM Place on March 13 to compete against the Senators.
Tickets are still available for tonight’s game. For Canucks tickets, vist ShowTimeTickets.com.

Canada's Olympic Alpine Team Announced

osborne-paradisNineteen men and women were named as Canada’s Olympic Alpine Ski Team today, and will compete in Vancouver for the 2010 winter games.
Highlighting the men’s team is Manuel Osborne-Paradis, who has been competing on the world cup circuit since 2004. Manny, as he is known to friends and followers, developed an appetite for speed at an early age. In fact, he has been skiing since he was three.
Manny is a fun-loving, adrenalin junkie, but don’t be fooled. With two world cup wins and six world cup podiums under his belt, he has proven himself to be a serious and fierce competitor. On his website, Manny claims his ultimate goal is “to become the fastest downhill skier in the world.”
This season, Manny is predicted as one of Canada’s best medal hopefuls.
Olympic forecasters have their eye on the women’s competitors as well. This season’s Canadian participants are headed up by Emily Brydon. Emily is a two-time Olympian, seven-time world cup medalist, and winner of one world cup. She is the leading Canadian medal hopeful.
For Alpine Skiing Tickets, visit ShowTimeTickets.com.

Cultural Olympiad: Meet Raphael Saadiq

The Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad, January 22 to March 21, comprises of 122 ticketed events showcasing rich talent from Canadian and international performing arts and culture. The events come in the form of music, dance, film and theatre to name a few, and promise to deliver something for everyone. Soak up as much as you can!

Day Eight: Introducing the Performers
Meet Raphael Saadiq

You might remember Raphael Saadiq as the frontman for Tony! Toni! Tone!. In 2002, he stepped back onto the scene with a self-titled solo project, mixing old school soul with contemporary R&B. Since then, Saadiq has released five albums. His newest, The Way I see it, was nominated for three Grammys. Reminiscent of the Motown era, this music has a retro groove that makes you want to get up and dance. It sounds as though it could have been produced in the sixties.
Saadiq began, as a child, playing music with local soul groups. Also an early fan of the great Motown musicians, you can hear the influences of Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, and Sam Cooke in his music. It seems the Motown sound has become an inescapable part of his artistry.
In an interview with B&S Magazine, Saadiq explains the direction of his most recent album. “The title ‘The Way I See It’ basically represents me saying ‘This has always been me. This is what I really love, and everything you’ve heard from me before has been based on the roots of this music’.”
You will not want to miss Raphael Saadiq performing at The Orpheum at 8:00pm on March 20th. For Raphael Saadiq tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com or ShowTimeTickets.com.
Raphael Saadiq will be performing with Grammy award winning, soul artist, India Arie.

Find out about other great performers in town for the Olympics below.
January 14th Blogpost: Meet Phoenix
January 15th Blogpost: Meet Steve Earle
January 18th Blogpost: Meet City and Colour
January 19th Blogpost: Meet Feist
January 20th Blogpost: Meet Stars
January 22nd Blogpost: Meet K’naan
January 25th Blogpost: Meet Gomez

Guns N’ Roses Tour Canada

The American rockers, Guns N’ Roses are back! The band released their highly anticipated sixth album, Chinese Democracy, in late 2008. Fans of the band waited over a year for GN’R to take the album on tour.
Frontman, Axl Rose, did not disappoint. The opening North American show took place at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg to a crowd of 7,500. GN’R played an impressive three hour set, which included songs off the new album and some necessary classics, such as “Welcome to the Jungle,” “November Rain,” and my personal favorite, “Patience.”
With seven cities scheduled, Guns N’ Roses will continue to play in Canada through February. The final show will take place at Halifax Metro Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia on February 4th.

For a full list of Canada dates, check the listings below. Guns N’ Roses tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com and ShowTimeTickets.com, where we are never sold out. And remember to continue checking back for more information on ticket sales for other upcoming shows.

Canada Tour Dates:
Montreal Guns N’ Roses Tickets: Jan. 27 – Bell Centre, Montreal, QC
Toronto Guns N’ Roses Tickets: Jan. 28 – Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
Kanata Guns N’ Roses Tickets: Jan. 31 – Scotiabank Place, Kanata, ON
Quebec Guns N’ Roses Tickets: Feb.1 – Colisee Pepsi, Quebec, QC
Moncton Guns N’ Roses Tickets: Feb. 3 – Moncton Coliseum, Moncton, NB
Halifax Guns N’ Roses Tickets: Feb. 4 – Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, NS

Cultural Olympiad: Meet Gomez

The Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad, January 22 to March 21, comprises of 122 ticketed events showcasing rich talent from Canadian and international performing arts and culture. The events come in the form of music, dance, film and theatre to name a few, and promise to deliver something for everyone. Soak up as much as you can!

Day Seven: Introducing the Performers
Meet Gomez

British rock group, Gomez, burst on the scene in 1998 with their debut album Bring it On.  Praised for the unconventional mixture of blues, folk, and rock, Bring it On won the group Britain’s coveted Mercury Prize.
Contrary to the standard band formula, Gomez does not really have a front man. Instead the band has five members, with three who write, play, and sing.  According to the group, this has allowed them to explore multiple directions, and achieve a fresh sound.
Gomez has released eight albums over their ten year career. The newest, A New Tide, came out in March of 2009.
Check out, “Air Stream Driver,” from A New Tide here.
And don’t miss Gomez performing at The Orpheum at 8:00pm on March 12th. For Gomez tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com or ShowTimeTickets.com.
The show will open with Canadian singer/songwriter, Luke Doucet.

Find out about other great performers in town for the Olympics below.
January 14th Blogpost: Meet Phoenix
January 15th Blogpost: Steve Earle
January 18th Blogpost: Meet City and Colour
January 19th Blogpost: Meet Feist
January 20th Blogpost: Meet Stars
January 22nd Blogpost: Meet K’naan
January 26th Blogpost: Meet Raphael Saadiq

John Mayer on Tour in 2010

Grammy award winning singer/songwriter, John Mayer, will be touring North America in 2010. Mayer jumped on to the music scene with his second album, Room For Squares, in 2001. He has since released four albums, and has spent the decade at the top of the charts. In 2009, Mayer won the Grammy for “Best Male Pop Vocal”, and released his newest album, Battle Studies.
Mayer goes on tour to promote Battle Studies beginning next month. He has eight stops scheduled in Canada. The tour will get its start in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida at the Bank Atlantic Center February 4th. It will continue through the month of June, with the final show taking place at Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam on June 2nd.
For a full list of dates, check the listings below. John Mayer tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com and ShowTimeTickets.com, where we are never sold out. And remember to continue checking back for more information on ticket sales for other upcoming shows.

Canada Tour Dates:
Toronto John Mayer Tickets: Feb. 14 – Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
Kanata John Mayer Tickets: Feb. 16 – Scotiabank Place, Kanata, ON
Montreal John Mayer Tickets: Feb. 17 – Bell Centre, Montreal, QC
Vancouver John Mayer Tickets: Apr. 1 – GM Place, Vancouver, BC
Calgary John Mayer Tickets: Apr. 3 – Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary, AB
Edmonton John Mayer Tickets: Apr. 4 – Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB
Saskatoon John Mayer Tickets: Apr. 6 – Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon, SK
Winnipeg John Mayer Tickets: Apr. 7 – MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB

U.S. Tour Dates:
Feb. 4 – Bank Atlantic Center, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Feb. 5 – St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, FL
Feb. 6 – Jacksonville Arena, Jacksonville, FL
Feb. 8 – North Charleston Performing Arts Center, North Charleston, SC
Feb. 9 – BJCC Arena, Birmingham, AL
Feb. 10 – Sommet Center, Nashville, TN
Feb. 12 – Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI
Feb. 19 – Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT
Feb. 20 – Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
Feb. 21 – Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA
Feb. 24 – Fenway Park, Boston, MA
Feb. 25 – Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Feb. 26 – Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Feb. 28 – Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
Mar. 1 – Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
Mar. 2 – Ecel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN
Mar. 4 – Qwest Center Omaha, Omaha, NE
Mar. 5 – The Ford Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Mar. 6 – Toyota Center, Houston, TX
Mar. 8 – Erwin Center, Austin, TX
Mar. 9 – American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
Mar. 10 – New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, LA
Mar. 12 – Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
Mar. 13 – Kentucky State Fair, Louisville, KY
Mar. 15 – Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC
Mar. 16 – John Paul Arena, Charlottesville, VA
Mar. 17 – Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
Mar. 19 – Fedex Forum, Memphis, TN
Mar. 20 – Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO
Mar. 22 – Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
Mar. 23 – Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
Mar. 25 – Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Mar. 26 – HP Pavillion, San Jose, CA
Mar. 27 – Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, NV
Mar. 30 – Rose Garden Arena, Portland, OR
Mar. 31 – Key Arena, Seattle, WA
Apr. 8 – Fargodome, Fargo, ND
Apr. 10 – United Center, Chicago, IL

Other Dates:
Feb. 13 – John Labatt Centre, Podgorica, Montenegro
May 27 – Wembley Arena, London, UK
May 31 – Forum, Copenhagen, Denmark
Jun. 2 – Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, Netherlands