Tour Diary – St. Albert, Alberta (April 19 and 20, 2013)

Pete's ipad sketch of the Alberta landscape (part 2):

The drive between Calgary and Edmonton has always been one that I dread. It always feels much longer that it should. It's kind of like the middle part of the drive along the 401 between Toronto and Montreal, it just goes on and on….Gasoline Alley, the oasis of gas stations and fast-food joints that sits on the outskirts of Red Deer, is almost a welcome respite, a break in the bleak sameness of the landscape.

We did the drive early this morning in order to get to a live radio interview with CKUA in Edmonton. CKUA is a small gem. It is a publicly funded and listener supported radio station that broadcasts throughout Alberta and its prime focus is arts and culture. They have been big supporters of the Canadian independent music scene for many, many years. If every province had a CKUA, life would be just a wee bit fuller.

We had two shows over two nights at The Arden Theater in St Albert, which is a small mall encased community just north of Edmonton. These are the two shows that this entire tour has been built around. They have been on our books for about two years and thankfully, with all of that lead time, they were both very sold-out. We had two extremely satisfying shows. The first night was excellent and the second night was very, very good (maybe a wee bit less intense than the first night). A great sounding theater and stage and two very engaged audiences. Sometimes all those highway miles pay off in a very nice way.


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4 Responses to “Tour Diary – St. Albert, Alberta (April 19 and 20, 2013)”

  1. Gerry Says:

    April 21st, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    I was at the second night in St. Albert.  This was my first chance to see live in nearly 20 years of being a fan.  Very happy with the show and will definately make sure to see live again soon.  the first half of the show from the nomad series was the highlight for me.  

  2. PFG Says:

    April 22nd, 2013 at 10:49 am

    So looking forward to seeing you in Seattle this weekend!  Wife bought me tickets for Christmas.  Good food for sure, and looking forward to a great show.  And a night away from our kids back in Portland (thanks nana). PFG

  3. Dick Says:

    April 22nd, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    I sat front row center stage for the first night and tried desperately to get tickets for the second night.  I was completely mezmorized by the quality of musicianship, vocals, groove etc.  It was one of the best concerts I have ever experienced. Your comfort level with each other was apparent all night. It was a pleasure to see such an outstanding band at such an outstanding venue.  The Cowboy Junkies are simply another Canadian gem.

  4. Big John Says:

    April 23rd, 2013 at 10:50 am

    I sat second row, center stage on the first night ,next to the only empty seat in the house cause my wife was at home with our sick twins. Another great performance by a great band. I love your music and it was a pleasure to see Jeff Bird perform as well. Meet with Margo after the show for a autograph and picture, thank you for takin the time for your fans. You are a very blessed group of people and please come see us again soon.