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 15 Buffalo, NY Buffalo Rocks the Harbor
August 16 Akron, OH Lock 3 Live
August 17 Philadelphia, PA Philly Folk Fest
August 19 Edgartown, MA Outerland (Martha’s Vineyard)
August 21 Rehoboth, DE Bottle and Cork (Dewey Beach)
August 22 Vienna, VA Wolftrap
August 30 Halifax, NS Halifax Commons
September 9 London, ON Western Fair
September 10 Ann Arbor, MI Michigan Theatre
September 11 Madison, WI Majestic Theatre
September 12 Minneapolis, MN State Theatre
September 13 Chicago, IL Chicago Celtic Fest
September 14 Indianapolis, IN Music Mill
September 16 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
September 17 Columbus, OH Southern Theatre
September 18 Pittsburgh, PA Byham Theatre
September 19 New York, NY Nokia Theatre
September 20 Albany, NY Irish Fest
October 1 Seattle, WA Moore Theatre
October 2 San Francisco, CA Palace Theatre
October 3 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
October 4 Santa Barbara, CA Lobero Theatre
October 5 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly Tech Theatre
October 7 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
October 8 Albuquerque, NM El Ray Theatre
October 9 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
October 10 Murray, UT Murray Theatre
October 11 Boise, ID Egyptian Theatre
October 12 Portland, OR Aladdin Theatre
October 22 Rochester, NY German House
October 23 Keene, NH The Colonial Theatre
October 24 Boston, MA The Orpheum
October 26 Charlotte, NC Dana Auditorium
October 28 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
October 29 Raleigh, NC Fletcher Theatre
October 30 South Orange, NJ South Orange PAC
October 31 Burlington, VT Flynn Theatre
November 1 Portland, ME Merrill Auditorium
November 2 Lebanon, NH Opera House
November 17 Kingston, ON K-Rock Centre
November 18 Barrie, ON Barrie Molson Centre
November 19 Hamilton, ON Hamilton Place
November 20 Kitchener, ON Kitchener Memorial Auditorium
November 22 Oshawa, ON General Motors Centre
November 26 Thunder Bay, ON Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
November 27 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
November 28 Saskatoon, SK TCU Place
November 29 Regina, SK Conexus Arts Centre
November 30 Edmonton, AB Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
December 1 Calgary, AB Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
December 3, 4 Vancouver, BC The Centre for Performing Arts