Photo: Leith Dunick
Photo: Leith Dunick

Coleman Hell's 'Fireproof' Tour Plugs Summerland

Hot on the heels of the release of his new album Summerland last Friday, Coleman Hell has announced dates of his upcoming 12-cities Canadian tour. The electro-pop hitmaker was recently certified triple platinum for his breakthrough single "2 Heads," and has another hit now with "Fireproof."

His cross-country trek takes in large clubs and theatres, beginning at Vancouver’s Venue on Nov. 10 and closing out at Toronto’s Phoenix Concert Theatre on Dec. 1.

Jason Furman at The Feldman Agency is, along with Tom Kemp, Hell’s primary booking agent. He told FYI yesterday that initial response to the tour “is definitely gratifying. Canadians are buying tickets to see Coleman. Having worked with Coleman since the beginning, playing a big part in connecting him with his fans is one of the most rewarding aspects of this job."

Furman confirms that "this is his largest headline tour to date." Hell will be accompanied by close collaborators  Michah and La+ch, with Ria Mae as opening act.

The earlier touring strategy for Hell has been a well-executed one. Furman explains that "we had the opportunity to put Coleman on as support for the Twenty One Pilots Canadian arena tour as well as Robert DeLong’s tour in a few Canadian markets. He also played festivals coast to coast including the Calgary Stampede, KDAYS, Pemberton, Rifflandia amongst others. These plays help shape and propel touring strategies for the future."

This past summer he played such major fests as Osheaga, Wayhome and Ottawa Blues Fest this summer. "They were all special shows with great crowds," Furman confirms. "I caught Coleman a few times this summer. It’s a great feeling watching one of your acts connect with the audience at some of the biggest festivals in the country."

In a recent interview with FYI’s Jason Schneider, Hell termed the Twenty One Pilots tour as “my most memorable yet. Twenty One Pilots’ fans are so beautifully connected to their music. It really opened my eyes to the type of relationships people can have with your songs.”

Hell has also been touring extensively in the US. When asked about further Canadian dates in 2017, Furman responds "always planning. Stay tuned."

2016 has already been a momentous year for the Thunder Bay-raised, Toronto-based Hell. He was nominated for a 2016 Juno Award nominee in the Breakthrough Artist of the Year category, and his hit track “2 Heads” was certified as a triple platinum digital download in Canada.

First appearing on his 2015 self-titled EP, “2 Heads” also fared well in the US, gaining a gold certification. The track is also featured on Summerland, as is recent hit single “Fireproof,” a certified gold download.

Last year, Hell signed an international deal with Columbia Records, though he remains with Vancouver-based label 604 Records for Canada.

604 owner Jonathan Simkin recently told FYI about signing Hell, recalling that when we signed him ‘2 Heads’ didn’t exist. I signed him because the demo was so good. I thought someone capable of writing to this level is likely someone who’s going to write a hit. Good A&R is about seeing where an artist is going to be.”

Hell operates as part of the artist collective Sideways, alongside Rob Benvegnu (La+ch), Michah Dowbak and Shan Vincent de Paul. They have a very eclectic approach to music, one that, along with hard work, is paying off.

"I feel like recently I've put it all together and found my real voice," says Hell. "What I'm aspiring to, I hope,  is a little different. We all play instruments, but in my live show, for example, it's a lot more modern set-up, including a DJ. The key is the music has to come from great songs. I always want to write, good, honest songs – but deliver them in an unconventional way." 

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