Gord Bamford Set For His Biggest Tour Yet

On April 7, Canadian country music superstar Gord Bamford kicks off his biggest Canadian tour yet in Medicine Hat, Alberta. He co-headlines the 17 city cross-Canada arena tour with US star Joe Nichols in what is entitled the Certified Country tour.

In a recent interview with FYI, Bamford explained that “this tour coming up is something I’m really looking forward to. I believe someone said it takes 50,000 hours to get good at something. It feels like I’ve put in a lot of effort and now, after eight albums, I get to co-headline an arena tour. I’m pleased to be getting back on the road, as it’s been a while.”

Bamford is no stranger to big shows, as he explains. “I’ve been on tons of opening slots, with people like Reba McEntire and Brooks and Dunn, but the toughest part in a career is to be that hard ticket act, especially for us Canadian artists. This is a big next step for me.”

The timing of the tour coincides with the April 8 release of Bamford’s new album Tin Roof, out on Sony Music Canada, so fans can expect to hear plenty of that new material on the shows.

In an interview with FYI yesterday, Bamford’s manager Ron Sakamoto (of Gold & Gold Productions) acknowledges that various factors are making the Certified Country tour a challenge.

“With this economy and everything I can tell you it’s tougher. It is especially tough in Alberta, where 150,000 people lost their jobs, and that affects everywhere. We work a long ways ahead in planning a tour like this, and you don’t have a crystal ball for that.”

Another complication Sakamoto cites is the fact that "Joe Nichols’ new single that was supposed to pop didn’t pop.”

Assessing advance sales, he notes that “It’s not the way we’d like it but it’s certainly not doom and gloom either. At the end of the day hopefully we’ll catch up.”

Sakamoto has been working with Bamford for a decade, and he terms this tour “Gord’s first big one. You have to build in Canada, and this is how you do that. You have to believe the artist will build and you have to give him a chance.”

Sakamoto spoke to us from Moncton, NB, where he’s catching the Maritime tour dates of another of his star artists, Johnny Reid. “Johnny is closing out a 47 date tour that has just gone through the roof,” he reports. “It’s been absolutely phenomenal and these East Coast dates are selling out too.”

The industry veteran notes that “it is great to see more Canadian artists get headline status and get the recognition they deserve.” He predicts the limp loonie will bolster this trend, explaining that “it’s more attractive for promoters to book Canadian artists as they can pay them in Canadian dollars.”

Tour Dates:
Certified Country Tour - Gord Bamford and Joe Nichols:

April 7 -Canalta Centre Medicine Hat, AB
April 8 -Enmax Centrium  Red Deer, AB
April 9- Enmax Centre Lethbridge, AB
April 11 - EnCana Events Centre Dawson Creek, BC
April 12- CN Centre Prince George, BC
April 13 -Prospera Place Kelowna, BC
April 14-Abbotsford Centre Abbotsford, BC
May 15- Mile One Stadium St. John's, NFLD
May 16 -Pepsi Centre Corner Brook, NFLD
May 18 -Scotiabank Centre Halifax, NS
May 19 -Harbour Centre Saint John, NB
May 20 -Casino New Brunswick Moncton, NB
May 23 -Algonquin Commons Theatre  Ottawa, ON
May 24, -General Motors Centre Oshawa. ON
May 25 -Peterborough Memorial Centre Peterborough, ON
May 26 -Sudbury Community Arena Sudbury, ON
May 28- Essar Centre Sault Ste Marie, ON






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