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JIMMY CARR RETURNS TO VANCOUVER WITH HIS NEW SHOW JIMMY CARR: TERRIBLY FUNNY

JIMMY CARR

RETURNS TO VANCOUVER WITH HIS NEW SHOW JIMMY CARR: TERRIBLY FUNNY

Vancouver, BC ● DOUG MITCHELL THUNDERBIRD SPORTS CENTRE ● June 24

Tickets on-sale Thursday, November 10 at 10 AM

Montreal, QC – November 7, 2022 – Just For Laughs is thrilled to present the return of UK comedy superstar Jimmy Carr to Canada with his new show Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny. A household name in UK television and star of the UK’s most streamed Netflix comedy special of 2021, His Dark Material, Jimmy will be in Vancouver, BC on June 24, 2023 at the UBC – Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre as part of his national Terribly Funny tour.

This is the third time that Jimmy will be back on the road in Canada following two sold out tours with Just For Laughs in 2016 and 2018. Featuring completely new material, the Terribly Funny tour is slated to be his most successful tour to date, with ticket sales expected to exceed 480,000 by the end of the year.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, November 10 at 10am at www.ticketmaster.ca

About Terribly Funny

Jimmy’s show contains jokes about all kinds of terrible things. Terrible things that might have affected you or people you know and love. But they’re just jokes – they are not the terrible things. Having political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo. Now you’ve been warned, buy a ticket.

About Jimmy Carr

One of the biggest-selling comedy acts in the world, Jimmy consistently performs stand-up to sell-out crowds across the globe. At the latest count he has taken tour shows over forty different countries, including two sold-out tours in Canada in 2016 and 2018. His last tour, Best Of Ultimate Gold Greatest Hits, sold over 480,000 tickets globally with current show, Terribly Funny, set to exceed that figure by the end of 2022. In 2023 the tour continues in to 2023 with shows in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and beyond.

Jimmy is a household name in UK television, well known for hosting Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats, 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown and Big Fat Quiz Of The Year in addition to presenting Comedy Central’s Roast Battle UK and Your Face Or Mine. He is a regular on all the top panel shows, including QI and A League Of Their Own, has performed as part of The Royal Variety Performance three times, is a judge on hit BBC1 entertainment series I Can See Your Voice and the host of brand-new Channel 4 gameshow I Literally Just Told You.

Jimmy is also a high-profile name in North America. He was the first UK comedian to sign a stand-up deal with streaming behemoth Netflix in 2015, releasing three specials on the platform, Funny Business (2016) and Best Of Ultimate Gold Greatest Hits (2017) and His Dark Material (2021) which was Netflix’s most watched stand-up comedy special in the UK that year. He also presented and exec-produced an original panel show format for Netflix, The Fix, and has been a guest multiple times on US staples such The Tonight Show, The Late, Late Show and Late Night With Conan O’Brien. He has performed at the Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival since 2003 with more appearances than any other UK act in that time.

Jimmy is also a published author. He co-wrote The Naked Jape: Uncovering the Hidden World of Jokes in 2007 and his highly anticipated memoir Before & Laughter was released in September 2021, making The Sunday Times Bestsellers list.

About Just For Laughs

Global leader in comedy and home to the #1 Comedy Festival in the World, Just for Laughs Group has been launching and championing top comedic talent – including Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Burr, Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, Ali Wong, Hannah Gadsby, Hasan Minhaj, Jo Koy, Canada’s very own Rick Mercer and Russell Peters – for close to 40 years. Founded in 1983, the company is an international powerhouse in the creation of multiplatform comedic content. Every year, millions of spectators are entertained at its worldwide festivals, from Montréal – the biggest comedy event in the world – to Toronto and Vancouver, Canada; Austin, U.S.A.; London, UK; and Sydney, Australia; featuring thousands of Canadian and international comedians – from well-established artists to aspiring up-and-comers. With concentrated growth on television development and production, the Group’s digital and televised content is shown in over 150 countries and followed by an online audience of over 14 million. In addition, the Group produces touring shows, stages its own musicals and is the originator of the ComedyPRO industry conference along with the daytime, fan centric, ComedyCON event.

 

The Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny tour will visit:

DAY DATE CITY VENUE TIME
Tuesday 23-May-23 London, ON Centennial Hall 7:00 PM
Wednesday 24-May-23 Toronto, ON Meridian Hall 7:00 PM
Friday 26-May-23 Kitchener, ON Centre in the Square 7:00 PM
Saturday 27-May-23 Hamilton, ON FirstOntario Concert Hall 7:00 PM
Sunday 28-May-23 Ottawa, ON TD Place 7:00 PM
Tuesday 30-May-23 Moncton, ON Avenir Centre 7:00 PM
Wednesday 31-May-23 Halifax, NS Scotiabank Centre 7:00 PM
Thursday 01-Jun-23 St. John’s, NL Mary Brown’s Centre 7:00 PM
Thursday 15-Jun-23 Winnipeg, MB Burton Cummings 7:00 PM
Friday 16-Jun-23 Edmonton, AB Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium 7:00 PM
Saturday 17-Jun-23 Calgary, AB Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium 7:00 PM
Sunday 18-Jun-23 Saskatoon, SK TCU Place 7:00 PM
Monday 19-Jun-23 Regina, SK Capital Auto Theatre at the Conexus Arts Centre 7:00 PM
Friday 23-Jun-23 Victoria, BC Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre 7:00 PM
Saturday 24-Jun-23 Vancouver, BC Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre

7:00 PM

 

 

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KESHI ANNOUNCES HELL & BACK TOUR

KESHI ANNOUNCES HELL & BACK TOUR

WITH DEB NEVER AND JAMES IVY

TICKETS GO ON SALE TO PUBLIC FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28

 

 

keshi is the moniker of Casey Luong, a singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist whose immersive and introspective songs have drawn in millions of fans worldwide. First releasing music on SoundCloud in 2017, the 28-year-old from Houston, Texas could only share his sonically textured confessionals about love and loneliness under the anonymous veil of his stage name. Now with over 4.4 billion global streams, Luong has grown to live as the otherworldly “keshi” persona everyday. He ascended to popstar status with 2022’s GABRIEL, his sonically adventurous project that earned him the year’s Billboard Top New Artist Debut at the time. A hypnotizing performer with an arresting falsetto, he subsequently sold out almost every single night across more than 60 shows on his debut headlining tour, HELL/HEAVEN, throughout Europe, North America, Australia and Asia.
 

With GABRIEL, keshi evolved into an all-encompassing artist who builds “worlds for someone to listen to and live inside,” he explains. On the album released by Island Records, he explores his internal struggles around newfound fame and success through biblical imagery and versatile production—from dark, hard-hitting beats to lush string and piano production—to express his warring emotions. “I realized that the trades that I made were permanent,” keshi says of co-writing and co-producing the project alongside Baltimore songwriter-producer Elie Rizk. “‘Having your dreams come true, I had to ask myself, is it everything that I ever wanted? Success, fame, money, and other material things, those are nice, but they’re not the things that make you happy at the end of the day.” It peaked at No. 4 on the Top Album Sales chart and debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.
 

Raised by Vietnamese immigrant parents in the suburbs of Houston, keshi also nods to familial lineage on GABRIEL with “PÈRE,” a spoken-word interlude that features his father opening up about leaving his home country of Vietnam at age 18. “I wanted to acknowledge that I’m not the only one who’s gone through these sort of monumental, young adult struggles,” keshi adds. “My dad’s been through it, and my son will go through it.

 

“A self-described “studio rat,” keshi first started producing while attending college in 2016, a time when the boom of lo-fi hip-hop and Frank Ocean’s Blonde encouraged a generation of DIY artists. This hazy, washed-out sound felt freeing to the emerging artist because “it didn’t stress sonic clarity,” so he fell into a wormhole of YouTube tutorials. With all his early SoundCloud tracks, he strived to build enveloping soundscapes of hip-hop, acoustic pop, and smoldering R&B as the sole writer, producer, and instrumentalist. He quickly started to draw in a steadfast audience, especially after releasing his breakthrough 2018 EP THE REAPER, which got a co-sign from RM of BTS and has since amassed over 600 million total streams.
 

After signing to Island Records in 2019, keshi elevated his sound with his acclaimed trilogy of EPs, starting with 2019’s skeletons, whose title track now has over 463M total streams. He carried that momentum with 2020’s bandaids, which brought the smash hit “right here” (649 million streams) and 2020’s always, which boasts favorites like “always” (314 million streams) and “drunk” (178 million streams). His 2021 brought even more accomplishments with the release of “War With Heaven,” his groovy contribution to Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: The Album, as well his Madeon collaboration, “beside you” (182 million streams).
keshi has since confidently stepped into his new identity of global heartthrob who has collaborated with major brands like Microsoft, Fender, and Amazon Music. He is also an emerging fashion icon, who has worked with designers including Saint Laurent, Peter Do, Dion Lee, Private Policy, Fendi and Barragán. Even as he reaches new heights of fame and visibility, he still holes himself up in his home studio to work on the new ambitious material for his next era. “When I want to dig deep and get to the bottom of my heart, I really have to be alone and wrangle with myself.”

 

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Chris Rock – Oct 21 | Know Before You Go

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Cell Phone & Smart Device Use Prohibited

Immediately after ticket scanning, cell phones and all smart devices (i.e. smart watches, tablets, etc.) must be securely placed in a Yondr pouch for the duration of the evening’s performance. Guests may carry the Yondr pouch with them throughout the evening and the pouch will be unlocked during the exiting of the venue.

The use of cell phones and smart devices (watches, tablets, etc.) are not permitted during the show. Video and audio recording are strictly prohibited and the use of any mobile device including for the purpose of texting, calls, social media, photos, recordings, etc. will be result in immediate removal from the venue.

Guests are expected to keep mobile devices stored away in all areas other than designated “Smart Device Zones.”

Cashless Payments

As the venue is cashless, guests should ensure they have a physical credit/debit card for purchases. Apple Pay, Google Wallet, and other smart device payments are not be available.

TICKET INFORMATION

Assigned Seating Ticket Holders

  • Guests with seats in Sections 102-117 will enter through the East Entrance (off Wesbrook Mall) – see map for entrance details
  • Guests with floor seats are encouraged to use the West Entrance (off the Osborne Lot) – see map for entrance details.
  • Please have your mobile tickets open and ready to scan to expedite entry.
  • There are no in/out privileges.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Prohibited Items & Safety Information

  • Travel light! Bags or purses larger than 12″ x 12″ are not permitted. No backpacks.
  • The following items are prohibited from the venue:
    • Any glass items and tin cans
    • Selfie sticks, GoPro cameras, iPads, tablets
    • Weapons of any sort
    • Fireworks
    • Banners with poles and/or political banners
    • Professional cameras (with large telephoto or detachable lenses)
    • Lasers/laser pens
    • Outside food and drink
    • Video and audio recording equipment
  • All prohibited items must be appropriately disposed of prior to entry to the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre being granted. All patrons and personal belongings may be subject to search. Please be advised that additional items may be prohibited by security.
  • Concessions and merchandise transactions are all cashless.
  • Strobe lighting and other lighting effects will be used throughout the performance
  • Please click here for a full list of prohibited items.

Merchandise

  • Merchandise will be available to purchase in the venue at Section 118.

Getting to the Show

COVID-19 Safety

The Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre is following local health guidelines. The venue does not currently require proof of vaccination for entry and wearing masks in public indoor settings is not required. Masks are encouraged, but not required.

 

 

 


LEWIS CAPALDI ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM, BROKEN BY DESIRE TO BE HEAVENLY SENT OUT MAY 19 ON CAPITOL RECORDS

LEWIS CAPALDI ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM, BROKEN BY DESIRE TO BE HEAVENLY SENT

OUT MAY 19 ON CAPITOL RECORDS

SOPHOMORE ALBUM FEATURES UK CHART TOPPING NEW SINGLE, “FORGET ME” –

WATCH ACOUSTIC VIDEO OUT TODAY HERE

 

GRAMMY® AWARD – NOMINATED SINGER/SONGWRITER ANNOUNCES SPRING 2023

NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINE TOUR WHICH INCLUDES APRIL 6 CONCERT AT NYC’S

RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL AND MAY 3 SHOW AT THE GREEK IN LOS ANGELES

 

TICKETS GO ON SALE TO PUBLIC FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21

 

 

October 18, 2022 — (Hollywood, CA) — Today, GRAMMY® Award-nominated singer and songwriter Lewis Capaldi announces the forthcoming release of his new album Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent, due out via Capitol Records on May, 19, 2023 and available to pre-order HERE.  Featuring his smash single “Forget Me” (a September release that marks his third consecutive UK No. 1 hit), the album will follow Capaldi’s 2019 full-length debut, Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent — a massively acclaimed effort that emerged as the biggest-selling UK album of both 2019 and 2020.  Also today, the 26-year-old artist announced his spring 2023 headline tour of North America, with all tickets on sale this Friday; see below for the full list of tour dates and venues.

 

Made with longtime collaborators including TMS, producer/songwriter Phil Plested (James Bay, Bastille) and hitmakers like super-producer Max Martin (Taylor Swift, The Weeknd), Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent pushes forward with the piercingly honest songwriting and soul-stirring vocal work Capaldi first showcased on his debut album.  I don’t want to create a new sound for myself, or reinvent myself,” Capaldi says of Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent. “The songs I want to write are emotional songs, about love or loss.”

 

An auspicious start to the next phase of his career, “Forget Me” amassed over two million streams within 24 hours of its premiere and is now approaching 100 million streams globally, in addition to making Capaldi only the third artist this year to land a single at the No. 1 spot on the UK charts in its first week.  “It’s about a breakup I went through where after a year, the only real contact I had with my ex was seeing her ‘post-me’ life play out on her Instagram,” he explains. “I was at a point where I was feeling pretty miserable and she seemed like she was moving on and having the best time, thriving, and I hated it. It seemed unfair to me that she appeared happy while I was hurting, and I was fearful she might have forgotten about me completely, so I wrote a song about it.”

 

Directed by NME Award-winner Louis Bhose, the official video for “Forget Me” served up a shot-for-shot remake of Wham’s 1983 hit “Club Tropicana.” Today, Capaldi unveiled an acoustic version of the track, watch the video HERE.

 

After selling out headline shows to hundreds of thousands across the continents over the past few years — and headlining his first-ever festivals last summer — Capaldi will embark on a headline tour of North America next spring. Available to Citi cardholders in the U.S. and American Express cardholders in Canada, credit-card pre-sales for the tour start tomorrow at 10 a.m. local time. Additionally, the Spotify pre-sale and promoter/venue/radio pre-sales start

Thursday at 10 a.m. local time. The public on-sale for the tour begins this Friday at 12 p.m. local time.

 

Along with selling over 10 million albums worldwide — propelling Capaldi from bedroom musician to global pop superstar — Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent delivered iconic singles like “Someone You Loved”: a platinum-selling ballad that earned a GRAMMY® nomination for Song of the Year, won the Song of the Year prize at the Brit Awards, and reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and US Top 40 charts.  With its extended edition featuring Capaldi’s chart-topping single “Before You Go, Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent also earned praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, The New York Times, GQ, Stereogum (who noted that Capaldi “wields those vocal cords like a velvet sledgehammer”) and TIME (who stated that “Capaldi’s talent is tugging at heartstrings – or rather, pulling at them with all his vocal might”).

 

Lewis Capaldi’s 2023 North American Headline Tour Dates

March 30 2023 – Nashville, TN               Grand Ole Opry House

April 01 2023 – Atlanta, GA                    Coca-Cola Roxy

April 03 2023 – Washington, DC             The Anthem

April 04 2023 – Philadelphia, PA            The Metropolitan Opera House

April 06 2023 – New York, NY                Radio City Music Hall

April 10 2023 – Boston, MA                   MGM Music Hall at Fenway

April 11 2023 – Laval, QC                       Place Bell

April 14 2023 – Toronto, ON                  Coca-Cola Coliseum

April 15 2023 – Detroit, MI                    Masonic Temple Theatre

April 17 2023 – Cincinnati, OH               The Andrew J Brady Music Center

April 19 2023 – Chicago, IL                     Aragon Ballroom

April 20 2023 – Minneapolis, MN           The Armory

April 22 2023 – Denver, CO                    The Mission Ballroom

April 25 2023 – Vancouver, BC               Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre

April 26 2023 – Seattle, WA                   WaMu Theater

April 28 2023 – Portland, OR                  Theater of the Clouds

April 30 2023 – Berkeley, CA                  Greek Theatre

May 03 2023 – Los Angeles, CA              Greek Theatre

May 06 2023 – Phoenix, AZ                    Arizona Federal Theatre

May 08 2023 – Austin, TX                      Moody Amphitheater

May 09 2023 – Dallas, TX                       South Side Ballroom

May 11 2023 – Houston, TX                   713 Music Hall

The Stats

Over 25 Billion global streams

1 Million headline concert tickets sold

Biggest-Selling UK Album of Both 2019 & 2020

2 x BRIT Award Winner and GRAMMY™ Nominee

US Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 Single (“Someone You Loved”)

2 x Consecutive No. 1 US Radio Records (“Someone You Loved,” “Before You Go”)

Biggest-Streamed Week 1 Debut Album Of All Time (Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent)

5 x consecutive Top 10 UK singles including 3 x No. 1 (“Someone You Loved,” “Before You Go,” “Forget Me”)

More Weeks in UK Top 10 Than Any Song EVER By British Act (“Someone You Loved”)

Longest-Running Consecutive Weeks In Top 10 UK Album Chart For Solo Artist Album, at 77 Weeks

(Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent)

 

Photo credit: Alexandra Gavillet

 

 

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EMMY AWARD WINNING COMEDIAN JIM GAFFIGAN RETURNS TO VANCOUVER WITH DARK PALE TOUR

EMMY AWARD WINNING COMEDIAN

JIM GAFFIGAN RETURNS TO VANCOUVER WITH DARK PALE TOUR

Sunday, January 15, 2023
UBC – Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre

Tickets on sale Friday, October 14 at 10 AM

MONTREAL (OCTOBER 11, 2022) – Just For Laughs is excited to announce the return of comedian, actor, writer and author Jim Gaffigan to Vancouver with his new show Dark Pale Tour. The six-time Grammy nominated comedian will be at the UBC – Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre on Sunday, January 15 at 7:30 PM and tickets go on-sale Friday, October 14 at 10 AM.

 

About Jim Gaffigan

Jim Gaffigan is a six-time Grammy nominated comedian, actor, writer, producer, two-time New York Times best-selling author, three-time Emmy winning top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling recording artist. He is known around the world for his unique brand of humor, which largely revolves around his observations on life.

A top ten comedian according to Forbes’ 2019 comedy list, Jim released his 8th stand-up special, The Pale Tourist, on Amazon. He was also recently awarded for being the first comedian to reach one billion streams on Pandora. His 9th stand-up special, Comedy Monster, premiered on Netflix last December.

Up next, Gaffigan will be seen as the lead in the Sci-Fi dramedy, Linoleum, and will star as Mr. Smee in Disney’s Peter Pan and Wendy, opposite Jude Law and Yara Shahidi. He will also co-star Jerry Seinfeld, Melissa McCarthy, James Marsden, and Hugh Grant in Netflix’s Unfrosted, and co-stars in the independent film Susie Searches which premiered at TIFF this year. HBO Max recently announced Gaffigan joined the cast of Full Circle, a limited series from Steve Soderbergh and Ed Solomon which follows an investigation into a botched kidnapping connecting multiple characters and cultures in present day NY. Gaffigan was also recently heard in Disney/Pixar’s highly anticipated film, Luca, opposite Jacob Tremblay and Maya Rudolph.

Gaffigan and his wife currently live in Manhattan with their five loud and expensive children.

 

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