Jon "Bones" Jones joins UFC 152 after UFC 151 cancelled

Fans with UFC 152 tickets got an unexpected present today.
Los Vegas’ loss is Toronto’s gain as current light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones has been added to the UFC 152 card, facing off against Victor Belfort on September 22, 2012 at the Air Canada Centre. The addition of Jones is a big boost for a card that already featured the flyweight title bout between Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez, as well as a middleweight fight between Michael Bisping and Brian Stann.
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Smashing Pumpkins Canadian tour

The Smashing Pumpkins will be taking a trip to Canada to entertain six cities with their new album in mind. Oceania is the eighth studio album by group, released on June 19, 2012.

Corgan has said that Oceania is the Pumpkins’ “best effort since Mellon Collie”. He claims the album is partly about “people struggling to find a social identity in today’s fast-paced, technology-rich culture”.

Dates have announced for what is being called the band’s first major Canadian tour in more than 10 years. They will be playing its latest release in full followed by classic Pumpkin tunes. The Canadian tour begins Oct. 2 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Check out the routing below.

Oct. 2 – Winnipeg, Manitoba, MTS Centre
Oct. 4 – Calgary, Alberta, Scotiabank Saddledome
Oct. 5 – Edmonton, Alberta, Rexall Place
Oct. 7 – Vancouver, British Columbia, Rogers Arena
Oct. 25 – Toronto, Ontario, Air Canada Centre
Oct. 28 – Montreal, Quebec, TBA

The performance will feature visuals from Sean Evans using new technology in video-mapping. For those of you that don’t know, that’s all the flashing lights, video screens, props, and basically everything that makes a concert. Evans recently helped Roger Waters put together the latest staging of “The Wall” tour.

Canada’s top concert venues

By Jon

When it comes to a quality concert, you need a quality venue to match. In my experience, a band can loss appeal to it’s loyal followers if the decision is made to go to a larger venue with bad acoustics or a lesser qualified venue with questionable sound equipment. Large venues have higher pricing and restrict a fans ability to get up-close and personal with the airborne spit, sweat, guitars or occasional ‘moshing’ artist that may come flying your way. It’s part of the concert experience that makes those general admission mid-sized  venues so entertaining.

There are other benefits that come with these locations, generally based in concert halls or ballrooms they have free standing room as well as tables, easy access to a bar, good acoustics and lower pricing than any arena setup. They entertain up and coming artists that may move to the larger scale venues the next time they tour and with that, the high priced, seat restricting, mass marketed event.

So it’s obvious what style of concerts I enjoy; a cheap, un-restricting, high quality of sound venue that hosts recognized entertaining talents. Doesn’t everybody..? So here is my list of the top venues in Canada. Sorry if some are missed but each major city has it’s own that caters to what I’m describing… hockey arena or neighbourhood pubs are not what I’m talking about here people,  Twenty thousand seats is too much, a hundred person capacity doesn’t make the cut, gotta have a roof, bar is a necessary and artists that we have heard about but aren’t a house-hold name ‘yet’.

Commodore Ballroom

No question, best in Vancouver. Over the years the venue has hosted notable Grammy Award or Juno Award winning performers such as: The Tragically Hip, James Brown, U2,Coldplay, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, The Police, Pearl Jam, KISS, Tina Turner, The Beastie Boys, Nirvana, Kid Rock, Hedley, Dr. Dre, Katy Perry,Lady Gaga, and Metric among others.

The Edmonton Events Centre

People complain but lets be serious, this is a pretty damn good venue, multiple levels, bars and good entertainers. I’m not talking about a night club trying to pass as a venue on a thursday ‘live music’ nights.

London ON
Aeolian Hall

A smaller venue with no seating but you always have a good time with people that love to bands that play here just as much as you. It’s a quality little venue to make for a kick ass night!

Horseshoe Tavern

Besides the well-known fact that the Rolling Stones once graced the stage, other celebrated artists – Canadian and otherwise – owe a debt of gratitude to the ‘Shoe for being there when they needed it. (Among them are The Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, Willie Nelson and Stompin Tom, Ryan and Bryan Adams

The Opera House

One of the most popular live music venues in the city, the Opera House hosts those bands that are too popular for a smaller venue, but not quite mainstream enough for the ACC. The sound and lighting is incredible – a perfect way to catch those rising stars or old favourites without paying inflated ticket prices.

Club Soda

Club Soda has hosted 4,200 performances and entertained 1.2 million persons. Thanks to its daring programming policies oriented toward freshness and originality, Club Soda let Montrealers discover over 1,000 Quebec, Canadian and foreign artists.

Got any additions? Comment!

Barbra Streisand announces October concert dates

On Tuesday, Barbra Streisand announced a new series of concert dates this October to coincide with a previously-scheduled pair of shows in her hometown of Brooklyn, NY. Public concert appearances have been increasingly rare for Streisand, whose last major concert tour was back in 2007.

Tickets to the new tour officially go on sale early next week, but you can secure your Barbra Streisand tickets with today – we are never sold out!

Barbra Streisand’s October 2012 concert dates are as follows:
Oct. 8: Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
Oct. 11: Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
Oct. 13: Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
Oct. 17: Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Oct. 20: Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place
Oct. 23: Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Oct. 26: Chicago, IL United Center
Oct. 29: Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena