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Gig Pick: City and Colour at the Canadian Tire Centre—11.25.19

By Stephane Dubord on November 25, 2019

After a weekend filled to the brim with concerts in town, including Hollerado’s two finales, New Swears, Dan Mangan, Rich Aucoin, Snotty Nose Rez Kids and The Sorority, it would be pretty easy to let the Monday blues get you down. But Ottawa fans have a perfect solution to ease back into the week with City and Colour performing at the Canadian Tire Centre Monday.

Alexisonfire’s Dallas Green launched his solo work under the name City and Colour in 2005, and has released six studio albums to date, the last four having reached the top of the Canadian charts. Polar opposite to Alexisonfire’s brash abrasive post-hardcore/screamo sound, Green’s solo work showcases his songwriting prowess through softer vocals, mostly acoustic guitar and atmospheric soundscapes that are as calming as AOF is aggressive.

His most recent release, A Pill for Loneliness, was released this past October, debuted at #1 in Canada, and has already reached the Top 10 in Australia and the American Independent Albums and Folk Album charts. Lead singles “Astronaut” and “Strangers” both display the increased depth and warmth the album provides, in part due to the production of Grammy Award winner Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Kaleo, Of Monsters and Men).

Speaking of his new album, “I wrote a lot of dark songs and wrapped them in the most beautiful sounds we could find,” Green explains. “There are personal connotations, but they’re also relatable. I’m thankful for the opportunity to create.”

Monday’s show will mark the first time City and Colour performs in Ottawa since appearing at RBC Bluesfest in 2016, though Green was in town this summer performing with Alexisonfire at Bluesfest, and also made a surprise appearance with P!nk at 2017’s Bluesfest to perform a pair of songs they recorded together as You+Me in 2015 (an extremely rare performance given the pair did not tour together when they released the album).


City and Colour perform at the Canadian Tire Centre Monday November 25. Tickets (starting at $51 plus fees and taxes) available here. Each ticket purchased online for the Canadian tour includes the choice of a digital or physical CD copy of the new full-length album. City and Colour has partnered with PLUS1 for all North American tour dates. $1 from every ticket sold in Canada will be donated to both MusiCounts & Indspire. Joining City and Colour as support is Nigerian-born British singer-songwriter Jacob Banks, and B.C. based songwriter Ben Rogers, the first signing to Green’s Still Records.