LOREENA MCKENNITT — TWO NEW DATES ADDED TO FALL TOUR
First Montréal and Québec City shows almost sold out
08 JUNE 2022 (TORONTO, ON) – With a palpable hunger for live performances after two years of COVID restrictions, concert goers are snapping up tickets to Loreena McKennitt’s The Visit Revisited tour, promping the artist to add two more dates to her October tour of Ontario and Québec, which kicks off October 1st.
The five-city tour marks her long-awaited return to the live performance circuit and will commemorate the 30th anniversary of her Juno Award-winning album, The Visit, which was a life-altering turning point in her musical career.
A pent-up demand for live shows has prompted brisk ticket sales and the first shows in Montréal and Québec City are nearly sold old. In response, an additional Montréal performance has been added for Oct. 9th and a second show in Québec City has been scheduled for Oct. 6th.
The tour launches on October 1st in Hamilton, followed by performances at major concert halls in Montréal, Toronto, Québec City and Ottawa, winding up Oct. 9th.
In September 2021, McKennitt released The Visit: The Definitive Edition, a deluxe limited-edition, hardback book format. The original album was released in Canada in 1991 and internationally in 1992. Entering into a partnership with the major international record company, Warner Music Group, The Visit propelled McKennitt onto the world stage, a place where she has been comfortable ever since.
“I am absolutely delighted by the enthusiasm with which this tour is being greeted,” says McKennitt. “I truly believe that after two years of constricted movements and so many virtual experiences, we are more than ready to connect in person again and share the music. I so look forward to that.”
Accompanying McKennitt on tour will be long-time musical companions Caroline Lavelle on cello, Brian Hughes on guitar, and Hugh Marsh on violin. Performances will include every song on The Visit, (in the order which they appear on the album), as well as other favourites from across her catalogue.
The Visit Revisted will be McKennitt’s first time back on the road since her Lost Souls Tour in 2018, which began in Stratford, followed by performances in Brazil, Argentina and Chile, later taking her to Europe that spring and summer for 49 concerts, eventually wrapping up in Canada in the fall of 2019. Her acclaimed performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall was part of the tour. Accompanied by a stellar list of special guest musicians, the concert was released on vinyl through the artist’s store on June 3rd and through other sources June 9th. It’s available in two editions, one in clear blue viny and the other in black vinyl. The recording, Live At The Royal Albert Hall, was originally released on compact disc and digital services in November 2019.
Tickets for the four new shows on The Visit Revisted tour will go on sale Friday, June 10 through the Loreena McKennitt website.
Dates and venues are as follows:
October 1 Hamilton, ON FirstOntario Concert Hall
October 2 Montréal, QC Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts
October 3 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
October 5 Québec, QC Salle Louis-Fréchette, Grand Théâtre de Québec
October 6 Québec, QC Salle Louis-Fréchette, Grand Théâtre de Québec
October 7 Ottawa, ON Southam Hall, National Arts Centre
October 9 Montréal, QC Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts
Loreena McKennitt’s eclectic Celtic blend of pop, folk and world music has sold over 14 million albums worldwide. Her recordings have achieved Gold, Platinum and multi-Platinum status in 15 countries, on four continents. She has twice been nominated for a Grammy Award and has won two Juno Awards, as well as a Billboard International Achievement Award.
Loreena has performed in some of the world’s most iconic concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, Le Grand Rex in Paris and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, to name only a few. Furthermore, she has performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II plus numerous heads of state and dignitaries.
In addition to her musical career, McKennitt has been recognized for a number of noteworthy philanthropic initiatives, including:
- The Cook-Rees Memorial Fund for Water Search and Safety
- The Falstaff Family Centre
- Honorary Colonel of the Royal Canadian Air Force
In 2004, McKennitt was awarded the Order of Canada, and in 2013 was appointed Knight of the National Order of Arts and Letters of the Republic of France.
Read Loreena McKennitt’s full biography here.