Concert Listings // The Rewind Tour (feat. Aqua), Fotunate Ones, John Mellencamp, The Once, & The Queen Extravaganza

Presented by Whitecap Entertainment

The Rewind Tour is Coming to Atlantic Canada this September

AQUA – Prozzäk – Whigfield – Much Video Dance Party

Danish super group AQUA are thrilled to be heading out for their first ever Canada tour this September. Joining them will be Canadian favourites Prozzäk and ‘Saturday Night’ hitmaker Whigfield and a MUCH Video Dance to kick off this all ages night of nostalgia.

This killer 90’s lineup is making three Atlantic stops on their Canadian tour. The Rewind Tour kicks the party off on September 19th at Mile One Centre in St. John’s then off to the Halifax Forum for Friday, September 20th. The nostalgia of Whigfield’s “Saturday Night” will echo through the Moncton Events Centre on Saturday, September 22nd. Tickets range from $45 – $70 and are on sale now.

Each stop on the tour will be bringing fans back to the era of Video Countdown’s and High School dance parties with a Much Video Dance to get the all ages party started!



(Halifax, NS) – Newfoundland trio The Once return to Halifax to perform in support of their upcoming release, Time Enough (available this Friday, May 11), at St. Matthew’s Church on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 8 p.m.

Within the nine songs on Time Enough, The Once offer some of the most vulnerable and honest material of their career. The up-tempo album opener, “I Can’t Live Without You, reflects on women battling with self-image issues and offers wisened words to be the positive change in their own lives. The gritty guitar driven “Before The Fall” succumbs to the notion that we must accept our past and use those memories to grow. Riff rocker “Any Other Way” reflects the fact that true love accepts us at our worst but insists we do the work to be our best selves to keep it together.

…their best recording yet. This album has that long-time-coming feeling of natural progression and maturation.”  CBC Music

WATCH: “I Can’t Live Without You”

On this, their fourth studio album, the band stays true to the root strength of their harmony driven sound, while extending the borders into fresh yet familiar territory. They craft a sonically understated, but emotionally fulsome sound that accomplishes what they’ve always done so well: stun listeners with what Amelia Curran calls “perfect vocal harmonies, thick enough to stand on.” The album was produced, engineered, and mixed by Daniel Ledwell (Jenn GrantGabrielle PapillonFortunate Ones) in Lake Echo, NS.

The story of The Once is one of growth, propelled by the rare chemistry that comes from a decade of writing and touring together. Their songs have been placed in international film and television, they have YouTube videos with millions of hits, and there’s a trail of trophy nominations and wins from the East Coast Music Awards, the Canadian Folk Awards, and the JUNO Awards in their wake.

Geraldine Hollett‘s voice is a large part of the band’s ethereal sound, and there is nowhere it would sit better than in between the rhythmic and supportive voices of Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale, and the lush soundscapes they build. The trio’s instrumentation and vocals meld together like gold, building something stronger together than any one songwriter could muster alone.  Their harmonies grab you by the heart, and their music melts what’s left of it.

Building on the wave of creative energy that defined their last album, Time Enough is a striking and subtle sea change for the band. Dive in, get lost, click repeat.

Tickets are $27.99 in advance and $32.99 day of show (including tax and service fee) and are on sale now at the etixnow kiosks in the Halifax Forum (2901 Windsor St) and Music Nova Scotia (2169 Gottingen St) and online at Additional fees may apply. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m.


Tickets & new album, Hold Fast, available now

(Halifax, NS) — Newfoundland’s JUNO Award nominated duo, Fortunate Ones, returns to Halifax to perform in support of their upcoming release, Hold Fast – available everywhere this Friday, May 25 – at St. Matthew’s Church on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m.

Catherine Allan and Andrew O’Brien know a lot about what it takes to make a good partnership. Their 2015 debut album, The Bliss, was nominated for a JUNO Award, garnered two #1 singles on CBC Radio 2’s Top 20, won the 2016 Rising Star at the East Coast Music Awards, the 2015 Vocal Group of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, and four 2015 Music Newfoundland and Labrador Awards.

Over the last five years they have played over 300 shows together and have even garnered the attention of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when he singled out a track from their 2016 Christmas EP, All Will Be Well, as one of his favourite listens for the holidays.

Hold Fast is rich with songs about the trials and tribulations that one may face. The title track, for example, creates a mantra of overcoming insecurities that hold us back. The album also celebrates friendship and partnership. The song “Steady As She Goes” is dedicated to all those affected by the Fort McMurray wildfire of 2016, especially the first responders. Inspired by a true story, it speaks to how one person relies on another in the face of loss and insurmountable challenge.

Fortunate Ones were supported by a remarkable array of collaborators on Hold Fast, including songwriters Alan Doyle (Great Big Sea), Tim Baker (Hey Rosetta!), and Meg Warren (Repartee). Musically, the cast includes Jim BrysonGood LoveliesAlexa Dirks (Begonia), Kinley Dowling (Hey Rosetta!), and the multi-talented Daniel Ledwell, who produced the album at his studio in Lake Echo, Nova Scotia.

This collective effort has yielded songs from a band whose humility and quiet dignity belies a roaring artistic heart, which has been captured beautifully on the yearning Hold Fast.

WATCH: Before You 

“Fortunate Ones are fully contemporary, yet when you watch them you can’t help but feel you’re watching the ‘next in line’ of great Newfoundland entertainers.” – Tom Power, CBC Radio

Tickets are $27.99 in advance and $32.99 day of show (including tax and service fee) and are available now at the etixnow kiosks in the Halifax Forum (2901 Windsor St) and Music Nova Scotia (2169 Gottingen St) and online at Additional fees may apply. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show time is 8 p.m.

Due to an overwhelming demand, evenko adds a second 
John Mellencamp show in Halifax, Sept. 30

“Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour”

September 26 – Moncton Events Centre – Moncton
September 27 – Harbour Station – Saint John
September 29 – Halifax Forum – Halifax
September 30 – Halifax Forum – Halifax (*New Show Added)

(Halifax, NS) – Due to popular demand, evenko has just announced that John Mellencamp will perform a second show at the Halifax Forum in Halifax on Sunday, September 30. The show is in addition to the already scheduled performance in Halifax on Saturday, September 29. Both shows begin at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets for the Halifax shows range in price from $62.80 – $109.50 (including tax and applicable service charge) and will be available at the Halifax Forum Box Office (2901 Windsor St.), by phone at 1-877-384-9669 and online at

For more information and all ticketing information, including VIP options, please visit:

Tickets for Moncton show range in price from $70.45 – $119.15 (including tax and applicable service charge) and are available by phone at 1-855-985-5000 and online at

Tickets for the Saint John show range in price from $63.00 – $108.00 (including tax and applicable service charge) and are available at the Harbour Station Box Office (99 Station St.), by phone at (506) 657-1234 / 1-800-267-2800 and online at and

Show time is 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show is open to all-ages.

Mellencamp’s live shows have garnered huge critical acclaim with the Hollywood Reporter calling ita “triumphant, career-spanning show” and a “superb performance …still full of fiery defiance” by the Boston Globe.  His extensive touring and live shows have solidified the Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer’s place at the forefront of American music for the past 40 years.


“…a triumphant career spanning show…[Mellencamp] still displays joy in performing.” – Billboard/The Hollywood Reporter

“Mellencamp’s music felt as timeless as it did nostalgic Monday night before what was essentially a sold-out crowd.” – Green Bay Press-Gazette

“If you mixed a PREACHER, a PUNCH PRESS OPERATORand an OLD BLUESMAN together in the back of a cement mixer, John Mellencamp would come out in the pour.” – Duluth News Tribune

‘Queen Extravaganza’

October 3 – Rebecca Cohn Auditorium – Halifax
October 4 – Casino New Brunswick – Moncton

(Halifax, NS) – evenko presents ‘Queen Extravaganza’ at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax on Wednesday, Oct. 3 and at Casino New Brunswick in Moncton, Oct. 4.

Back by popular demand, ‘Queen Extravaganza’ was one of last year’s fastest selling UK theatre tours. Queen fans will be thrilled to learn that there will be a chance to hear all their favourite Queen songs performed live, when the official tribute band created by Roger Taylor and Brian May, hits North America for a series of shows this year. They will celebrate the UK’s biggest selling album of all time ‘Queen Greatest Hits’ released in 1981 which sold over 6.1 million copies in Britain alone.

‘Queen Extravaganza’ – described by the legendary Roger Taylor himself as ‘A rock celebration in the Royal tradition’ and designed to enable new fans and old to celebrate the music of Queen – will play 30 shows across North America and Canada from September 2018 opening in Sacramento September 6 and ending on 21st October in Surrey, BC. The band then heads straight to the UK to play 17 performances across the UK and Ireland.

‘Queen Extravaganza’ as they are known by their avid fans, have already played over 160 dates across the world and made appearances on TV shows such as American Idol where the performance was seen by over 20 million people.

‘Queen Extravaganza’ Tour 2018 promises to deliver all the greatest hits any Queen fan could want to hear – “We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions’, ‘Another One Bites the Dust’, ‘Killer Queen’ , ‘Somebody to Love’, ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’, ‘Bicycle Race’, ‘You’re My Best Friend’, ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’, ‘Now I’m Here’, ‘Play The Game’, ‘Seven Seas of Rhye’, ‘Body Language’, ‘Save Me’, ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, ‘Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy’, ‘I Want to Break Free’, ‘Radio GaGa’, ‘Under Pressure’…all will be presented 100% live by some of today’s finest musicians hand picked by Roger Taylor and Brian May themselves.

The show is produced by Roger Taylor and designed by long time Queen creative team, Ric Lipson from Stufish Entertainment Architects, and Lighting Designer Rob Sinclair.
For more information on the show, visit:

Tickets for the Halifax show go on sale this Friday, June 22 at noon and range in price from $39.50 – $59.50 (including tax and applicable service charge) and will be available at the Dalhousie Arts Centre Box Office (6101 University Ave.), by phone at (902) 494-3820 / 1-800-874-1669 and online at and

Tickets for the Moncton go on sale this Friday, June 22 at 10 a.m.and are $56.50 (including tax and applicable service charge) and will be available at the Casino Gift Shop (located at 21 Casino Drive in Moncton, exit #450 off the Trans-Canada Highway), by calling 1-866-943-8849 and online at and

Show time is 8 p.m. with doors at 7 p.m.



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