XS Concerts: GORDON LIGHTFOOT

 

A CANADIAN ICON LIVE IN CONCERT!

WFCU CENTRE – WINDSOR – MAY 19th
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Coming off a successful 26 city North American tour in 2009, Gordon Lightfoot is going to do it all again with another run of dates this spring! He will kick off his tour of Ontario in Windsor and then move on to Cornwall, Brockville, Napanee and Toronto.  Tickets go on sale Saturday September 18th at 10am for his show at the WFCU Centre on May 19th, 2011.  To purchase tickets online, go to www.wfcu-centre.com, call 1-866-969-WFCU (9328) or purchase in person at the TekSavvy.com Box Office located at Gate 2 inside the WFCU Centre.

Born November 17, 1938 in Orillia, Ontario Gordon Lightfoot studied at Los Angeles’ Westlake College of Music. He returned to Canada in the early 1960s and began performing at the “Riverboat” during Toronto’s fabled folk scene. In 1966, his debut album Lightfoot! was released. Tracks such as  For Lovin’ Me, Early Mornin’ Rain, Steel Rail Blues and Ribbon of Darkness brought him international recognition as a songwriter. Cover versions of his songs were recorded by artists such as Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley, until 1971 when his own version of If You Could Read My Mind became a Top Ten hit. In 1974, his classic single, Sundown, went to No.1 on the American charts, followed two years later by The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, inspired by a Newsweek magazine article; it reached No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard charts. By the 1990s he was mostly touring, giving just fifty concerts a year by 1998, mainly in North America, while he released two albums in the period. In 2004, he released his 20th album Harmony, and appeared as a featured guest on Canadian Idol.

Lightfoot’s live performances never disappoint the legions of devoted fans who consistently pack concert halls for a chance to hear the beloved troubadour deliver the time-defying songs that have earned him an international reputation as one of the most anticipated live performers.  During his illustrious career he has won 15 Juno Awards and been nominated for 5 Grammy Awards. He was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame in 2001. In May 2003 was made a Companion of the Order of Canada and is also a member of the Order of Ontario and in 2004 was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Gordon Lightfoot made a rare television appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman on October 8, 2010.