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Metric Gets Set For Biggest Canadian Tour Yet

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Photo: Brantley Gutierrez
Photo: Brantley Gutierrez

Canadian modern rock favourites Metric are preparing for their biggest Canadian tour ever. They’re pairing up with US alt-rock stars Death Cab For Cutie for the Lights On The Horizon tour, a 10-city cross-Canada trek that begins at Montreal’s Bell Centre on March 19, concluding at Vancouver’s Thunderbird Sports Complex on April 1.

In an interview with FYI, the band’s agent, Jack Ross of UTA (United Talent Agency), says that “Advance ticket sales are very strong across the country and the tour will be a major success.”

Metric will certainly be firing on all cylinders, as they’re currently in the middle of a 24-city headline tour of the US. Ross reports that “the band is experiencing great success in the US. I was at their sold-out show on Feb 26 at The Hollywood Palladium and they will be sold out in NYC this week.”

That latter show will be at The Hammerstein Ballroom, a 3,500 capacity venue in Manhattan. With tickets listed as ranging from $46-$76 (US), a significant payday is in store. Tickets in some of the smaller cities Metric are playing are going for less.

Jack Ross gives his former colleague Colin Lewis plenty of credit in setting up the Lights On The Horizon tour, explaining that “Colin worked extremely hard in the summer putting together the package with Death Cab for Cutie for this tour. He was Metric’s long time agent and he recently left UTA to accept an executive position with Live Nation Touring in LA. I have been involved with Metric since they started and since Colin’s departure I’ve taken day to day agent responsibilities for the band.” UTA represents Metric in all territories.

The reviews for Metric’s US shows have been enthusiastically positive, none more so than the one of their Hollywood Palladium concert that ran in Billboard.

The review began like this: “Metric’s sold-out show at the Hollywood Palladium Friday night may have been to promote new album Pagans in Vegas -- an energetic, New Wave-inspired release -- but the Canadian band chose to thrill longtime fans by performing songs from every single one of its last five records, beginning the night with “IOU” from debut release Old World Underground, Where Are You Now. The audience erupted into cheers upon hearing the single, now more than 10 years old.”

It concluded by noting that “as the band gathered together to wave goodbye, fans were commenting on how incredible the concert was as they left the venue. It seems they believed in the power of songs.”

Read the full review here: goo.gl/nsBmxm

The Canadian Metric dates are:


03/19 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre 
03/20 Kingston, ON – K-Rock Centre 
03/22 St. Catharines, ON – Meridian Centre 
03/23 Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre 
03/24 London, ON – Budweiser Gardens 
03/27 Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre 
03/28 Regina, SK – Conexus Arts Centre 
03/29 Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place 
03/30 Calgary, AB – BMO Centre 
04/01 Vancouver, BC – Thunderbird Sports Complex