Heart Returns to Canada in 2013!


*Tickets for Thunder Bay on sale at 9:30am

Tickets for Penticton on sale at 1:00pm



Vancouver, BC ~ Paul Mercs Concerts is honoured to present the following Canadian dates for Heart’s 2013 “Fanatic” tour:


*March 9                                 Penticton, BC                          South Okanagan Events Centre

March 10                                 Calgary, AB                             Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

March 11                                 Edmonton, AB                                    Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

March 13                                 Regina, SK                              Conexus Arts Centre

March 14                                 Saskatoon, SK                         TCU Place – Sid Buckwold Theatre

March 15                                 Brandon, MB                           Westman Place at the Keystone Centre

March 17                                 Winnipeg, MB                         Centennial Concert Hall

*March 18                               Thunder Bay, ON                    Thunder Bay Community Auditorium

March 20                                 London, ON                            The RBC Theatre at Budweiser Gardens

March 21                                 Toronto, ON                           Massey Hall (Canadian Music Fest)

March 22                                 Toronto, ON                           CMW             

March 24                                 Ottawa, ON                             National Arts Centre

*March 25                               Montreal, QC                          Bell Centre


In addition to the tour dates, Ann and Nancy Wilson will make an appearance at Canadian Music Week on March 22, 2013 for a special in-depth interview and intimate acoustic performance: “Heart, Soul and Rock & Roll: Celebrity Interview with Ann and Nancy Wilson”.


California born, Seattle bred sisters Nancy and Ann Wilson are behind some of rock’s most iconic hits from the wild call of “Barracuda” to the epic lilt of “Magic Man” to the deranged shriek of “Crazy On You.”  Nancy’s guitar and Ann’s wail are practically part of the national archive, indelible elements of American pop culture.  In their nearly fourty years as a band the Wilson sisters have been lauded as sex symbols, idealized as feminist icons, and worshiped by critics and fans alike, selling over 35 million albums worldwide and thrilling audiences with their raucous live show.


In 2010 the band returned to the Billboard Top 10 with the release of Red Velvet Car and a Top 5 DVD Night at Sky Church.  The subsequent tour, which was incredibly successful in Canada, reinvigorated the sisters’ taste for live performance and life on the road, but as they looked forward to recording another record, something seemed to be in the way: their past.

For years, friends and colleagues had been asking the sisters to do a book about Heart and it just didn’t feel right.  “They always came to us with a real lascivious tabloid-y type idea,” Ann says.  “You know - think of the ugliness and the dirtiness – but that’s so one dimensional.  We’ve had moments of failure and vulnerability and humiliation, sure, but ours is also the story of women who are being told there are rules to follow and just won’t do it.” 


In the wake of the success of Red Velvet Car it felt like it was finally time to tell the true story of Heart’s past as a means of embracing Heart’s future.  So the sisters decided to collaborate with veteran music journalist and Seattle rock scene expert Charles R. Cross, who also wrote the definitive Nirvana biography, Heavier Than Heaven as well as Roomful of Mirrors, a biography of Jimi Hendrix.  “We figured if anyone can get the true rock and roll story of it all it’s going to be him,” Ann says.  Heart’s first ever biography, Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock and Roll, is in stores now.  The Wilson sisters had fully exorcized the past and now it was time to think about the future.


October 2 will also mark the release of a brand new studio album for the sisters of rock, titled Fanatic.

“We did it every possible way,” Nancy remembers.  “We had many nights together on the tour bus.  Then, when I was in LA and Ann was in Seattle, we were each emailing each other lyrics ideas and (producer) Ben Mink groove ideas.” 


The threesome eventually congregated in the sisters’ hometown outside of Seattle and had a series of what Nancy calls songwriting “pow wows.”  When it came time to record, the band’s approach was organic, very much in keeping with their roots as a true performance-oriented rock band.  “These days things are formulated digitally or layered or looped and assembled but this is live groove,” Nancy explains.  “It was our mission to go in there and capture the energy as it magically happens without too much over-thinking or repetition, just letting it escape.”


Honouring your past while believing in the beauty and power of what’s to come has always been central to Heart’s ethos - it’s reflected in the brashness and defiant emotion of their signature sound.  No one should be surprised that at this point in their career, the desire to make emotional, rebellious music has only intensified. 


“When you’re at our experience level, you know what you want and you go for it,” Nancy says.  “You’re not going to test it out for five or ten years, you’re going to get in the car and drive.”


Tickets for the Penticton show are available online at www.valleyfirsttix.com, by phone at 1.877.763.2849, or in person at the South Okanagan Events Centre Box Office and the Wine Country Visitor Centre.


Tickets for the Calgary show are available online at www.ticketmaster.ca, by phone at 1.855.985.5000, or in person at all Ticketmaster outlets. 

Tickets for the Edmonton show are available online at www.ticketmaster.ca, by phone at 1.855.985.5000, or in person at all Ticketmaster outlets.

Tickets for the Regina show are available online at www.conexusartscentre.ca, by phone at 306.525.9999 or 1.800.667.8497, or in person at the Conexus Arts Centre Box Office. 

Tickets for the Saskatoon show are available online at www.tcutickets.ca, by phone at 975-7799 or 1.888.639.7770, or in person at the TCU Place Box Office.

Tickets for the Brandon show are available online at www.tickets.keystonecentre.com, by phone at 204.726.3555, or in person at the Box Office.

Tickets for the Winnipeg show are available online at www.ticketmaster.ca, by phone at 1.855.985.5000, or in person at all Ticketmaster outlets.

Tickets for the Thunder Bay show are available online at www.tickets.tbca.com, by phone at 1.807.684.4444, or in person at the Box Office.

Tickets for the London show are available online at www.budweisergardens.com/events, by phone at 1.866.455.2849, or in person at the Box Office or Ticket Outlets.

Tickets for the Toronto show are available online at www.masseyhall.com, by phone at 416.872.4255, or in person at the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office (60 Simcoe Street).

Tickets for the Ottawa show are available online at www.ticketmaster.ca, by phone at 1.855.985.5000, or in person at all Ticketmaster outlets and the NAC Box Office.

Tickets for the Montreal show are available online at www.evenko.ca, by phone at 514.790.2525 or 1.877.668.8269, or in person at the Bell Centre Box Office. 

For more information on Heart, please visit www.heart-music.com.