Massey Hall to host Blue Rodeo for two performances

Massey Hall will host iconic alt-country act Blue Rodeo for back-to-back performances at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2 and Friday, Feb. 3. The group will be joined by special guests The Sadies on night one and Ron Hawkins and the Do Good Assassins on night two.

Blue Rodeo, which currently consists of original members Jim Cuddy (guitar/vocals), Greg Keelor (guitar/vocals), and Bazil Donovan (bass), plus newer additions of Glenn Milchem (drums), keyboardist Michael Boguski, and guitarist Colin Cripps, released fifteenth studio long-player, 1000 Arms, in October 2016. The 12-track album features the lead single “Superstar.” 1000 Arms, co-produced and engineered by Canadian bassist Tim Vesely (Rheostatics) at the band’s Woodshed Studios, reached No. 6 on Billboard’s Canadian Albums chart.

Since releasing their debut album, Outskirts, in March 1987, Blue Rodeo has sold over 4 million albums, won numerous awards, been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.

On Thursday, Blue Rodeo will be joined by The Sadies. The Toronto-based country-tinged indie and roots-rock group, led by brothers Dallas Good and Travis Good, will release tenth studio album, Northern Passages, on Feb. 10 through Yep Roc Records. The album was preceded by the singles “Riverview Fog” and “It’s Easy (Like Walking).”

Supporting Blue Rodeo on Friday night are Ron Hawkins and the Do Good Assassins. The Toronto-based band, which features renowned Lowest of the Low frontman Ron Hawkins, released their latest full-length, Garden Songs, in February 2015. Hawkins released Spit Sputter & Sparkle in March 2016 via Pheromone Recordings. The 11-track collection, primarily recorded at Ron’s home studio, is supported by lead single “Beautiful Girl.”

Tickets for both performances, $59.50 CA through $79.50 CA, are available online or by calling 416-872-4255 to charge by phone. A digital download of 1000 Arms is included with each ticket purchase. Massey Hall is located at 178 Victoria Street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. For more information, visit Blue Rodeo’s website and Massey Hall’s website.