Canadian folk-rockers Great Big Sea (GBS) are ready to launch an extensive tour in support of the June 2008 release, “Fortune’s Favour.” The the...

Canadian folk-rockers Great Big Sea (GBS) are ready to launch an extensive tour in support of the June 2008 release, “Fortune’s Favour.” The the 51-date trek across Canada and the U.S. begins August 15 in Buffalo, NY, and concludes with December 3-4 gigs in Vancouver, BC.

Beginning in June, GBS’s official Web site began announcing “best seats” presale dates for several venues on the Canadian and U.S. legs of The Fortunate Tour. Ticket buyers had to enter tour-specific passwords to access the reserved tickets, which were guaranteed to be some of the best in the house for the participating venues. Some fans, unsure of the security codes, were directed toward presale password sites like Zimbio.com.

Active since 1993, GBS has released nine stuio albums, two live recordings and the live multimedia combination “Great Big DVD and CD.” Though they have a catalog of original music, the band is best known for performing traditional folk songs and sea shanties with a rock ‘n’ roll twist. Six of GBS’s releases have ranked in the Top 10 on Canadian charts, including “Sea of No Cares,” which attained No. 1 and was CRIA-certified Platinum.

The Fortunate Tour includes GBS’s free performance at Celtic Fest Chicago on September 13. The two-day festival launched in 1997 with the purpose of educating the public on Celtic music and culture. The annual festival features nine stages and more than one hundred performances.

Great Big Sea itinerary:
(Dates subject to change.)

August 15Buffalo, NYBuffalo Rocks the Harbor
August 16Akron, OHLock 3 Live
August 17Philadelphia, PAPhilly Folk Fest
August 19Edgartown, MAOuterland (Martha’s Vineyard)
August 21Rehoboth, DEBottle and Cork (Dewey Beach)
August 22Vienna, VAWolftrap
August 30Halifax, NSHalifax Commons
September 9London, ONWestern Fair
September 10Ann Arbor, MIMichigan Theatre
September 11Madison, WIMajestic Theatre
September 12Minneapolis, MNState Theatre
September 13Chicago, ILChicago Celtic Fest
September 14Indianapolis, INMusic Mill
September 16Cleveland, OHHouse of Blues
September 17Columbus, OHSouthern Theatre
September 18Pittsburgh, PAByham Theatre
September 19New York, NYNokia Theatre
September 20Albany, NYIrish Fest
October 1Seattle, WAMoore Theatre
October 2San Francisco, CAPalace Theatre
October 3Los Angeles, CAHouse of Blues
October 4Santa Barbara, CALobero Theatre
October 5San Luis Obispo, CACal Poly Tech Theatre
October 7Tucson, AZRialto Theatre
October 8Albuquerque, NMEl Ray Theatre
October 9Denver, COParamount Theatre
October 10Murray, UTMurray Theatre
October 11Boise, IDEgyptian Theatre
October 12Portland, ORAladdin Theatre
October 22Rochester, NYGerman House
October 23Keene, NHThe Colonial Theatre
October 24Boston, MAThe Orpheum
October 26Charlotte, NCDana Auditorium
October 28Atlanta, GAVariety Playhouse
October 29Raleigh, NCFletcher Theatre
October 30South Orange, NJSouth Orange PAC
October 31Burlington, VTFlynn Theatre
November 1Portland, MEMerrill Auditorium
November 2Lebanon, NHOpera House
November 17Kingston, ONK-Rock Centre
November 18Barrie, ONBarrie Molson Centre
November 19Hamilton, ONHamilton Place
November 20Kitchener, ONKitchener Memorial Auditorium
November 22Oshawa, ONGeneral Motors Centre
November 26Thunder Bay, ONThunder Bay Community Auditorium
November 27Winnipeg, MBMTS Centre
November 28Saskatoon, SKTCU Place
November 29Regina, SKConexus Arts Centre
November 30Edmonton, ABNorthern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
December 1Calgary, ABSouthern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
December 3, 4Vancouver, BCThe Centre for Performing Arts

Last Updated on August 14, 2008 by By Allison Reitz