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Loreena McKennitt’s 'The Visit Revisited Tour' To Launch September In Stratford, Ontario, Canada
The Visit Revisited Tour commemorating the 30th anniversary of Loreena McKennitt’s life-altering, Juno Award-winning album, The Visit, has grown to a 10-performance, eight-city tour. Doubling in size since it was first announced in April, the fall tour will now begin with a preview performance in her home base of Stratford, Ontario and wind up in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Due to demand, second performances have been added in Montréal and Québec.
In September 2021, McKennitt released The Visit: The Definitive Edition, a deluxe limited-edition, hardback book format. The original album, released in Canada in 1991 and internationally in 1992, marked a major turning point in her career. Entering into a partnership with major international record company, Warner Music Group, The Visit propelled McKennitt onto the world stage, a place where she has been comfortable ever since.
The Visit Revisited Tour now launches on Sept. 30 in Stratford at the historic Knox Church, followed by performances in major concert halls in Hamilton, Montréal, Toronto, Québec, Ottawa, Kingston and Sherbrooke through to Oct. 11, 2022.
“This is the first time I’ve gone on tour since 2019 and I’m very excited about these upcoming performances,” says McKennitt, “and I’m looking forward to seeing so many people again—something I’ve missed very much.”
Tickets for the Stratford and Sherbrooke performances will be on sale August 13 with tickets for Kingston available August 19 through the artist’s website.
Accompanying McKennitt on tour will be long-time musical companions Caroline Lavelle on cello, Brian Hughes on guitar, and Hugh Marsh on violin. Since the tour was first announced the band has grown from a quartet to a quintet with the recent addition of bass player Dudley Phillips.
Performances will include every song on The Visit, (in the order which they appear on the album), as well as other favourites from across her catalogue.
The last time McKennitt took to the road was during her Lost Souls Tour in 2018, which also began in Stratford and was followed by performances in Brazil, Argentina and Chile, later taking her to Europe that spring and summer for 49 concerts, eventually wrapping up in Canada in the fall of 2019.
Tickets for the Canadian fall tour are on sale now through the Loreena McKennitt website. Tickets for the Stratford preview performance are also available at Treasures, a Stratford-based shop, or by calling 519-273-3876.
Dates and venues are as follows:
September 30 Stratford, ON Knox Church (PREVIEW) NEW
October 1 Hamilton, ON FirstOntario Concert Hall
October 2 Montréal, QC Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts
October 3 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
October 5 Québec, QC Salle Louis-Fréchette, Grand Théâtre de Québec
October 6 Québec, QC Salle Louis-Fréchette, Grand Théâtre de Québec
October 7 Ottawa, ON Southam Hall, National Arts Centre
October 8 Kingston, ON Kingston Grand Theatre NEW
October 9 Montréal, QC Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts NEW
October 11 Sherbrooke, QC Centre culturel de l’Université de Sherbrooke NEW
Loreena McKennitt’s eclectic Celtic blend of pop, folk and world music has sold over 14 million albums worldwide. Her recordings have achieved Gold, Platinum and multi-Platinum status in 15 countries, on four continents. She has twice been nominated for a Grammy Award and has won two Juno Awards, as well as a Billboard International Achievement Award.
Loreena has performed in some of the world’s most iconic concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, Le Grand Rex in Paris and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, to name only a few. Furthermore, she has performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II plus numerous heads of state and dignitaries.
In addition to her musical career, McKennitt has been recognized for a number of noteworthy philanthropic initiatives, including:
The Cook-Rees Memorial Fund for Water Search and Safety
The Falstaff Family Centre
Honorary Colonel of the Royal Canadian Air Force
In 2004, McKennitt was awarded the Order of Canada, and in 2013 was appointed Knight of the National Order of Arts and Letters of the Republic of France.
Loreena McKennitt is well known as a composer and singer. In a recording career spanning more than two decades, Ms. McKennitt’s ‘eclectic Celtic’ music has received critical acclaim world-wide, and gold, platinum and multi-platinum sales awards in 15 countries across four continents. To date, she has sold over 14 million albums with a catalogue that includes seven studio recordings, three seasonal recordings, a live in-concert DVD and two DVD documentaries. She’s won two Junos, Canada’s premiere music award, garnered two GRAMMY® nominations and has performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Less well known is the fact that Ms. McKennitt is a highly successful businesswoman who has created an independent record label with celebrated international success.
Born in Morden, Manitoba, Canada, she moved to Stratford, Ontario in 1981, where she initially worked with Canada’s renowned Stratford Festival. In 1985 she established her own record label, Quinlan Road, a move which has made her a rarity in the music industry.
In the early years, Ms. McKennitt ran the operation from her kitchen table, selling her recordings by mail order and producing her own concert tours. Today, she leads her own company with responsibilities that include everything from creating strategic business plans to overseeing marketing and promotion.
Ms. McKennitt’s business acumen is also applied to the three charitable foundations she established. Her Three Oaks Foundation provides financial support to cultural, environmental, historical and social groups. The Cook-Rees Memorial Fund for Water Search and Safety, founded in 1998, has raised more than $4 million in support of water safety education, as well as search, rescue and recovery operations. In 2000, Ms. McKennitt purchased a recently-closed public school in Stratford and transformed it into the Falstaff Family Centre. Responding to concerns identified by the local community, the Centre focuses on the needs of families and children in Perth County, Ontario, which is where she resides.
Ms. McKennitt’s passion for business is matched by her passion for human rights. In 2006 and 2007 she was involved in a landmark human rights privacy case in Britain, where the courts ruled in her favour. The judgment, which was upheld by the House of Lords, has helped to advance privacy law around the world.
Ms. McKennitt is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Manitoba. In 2002 and 2012 she was the recipient of Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals and in 2013 she was appointed to the rank of Knight of the National Order of Arts and Letters by the Republic of France.
From 2006 to 2013 Ms. McKennitt held the position of Honorary Colonel of the 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron in the Royal Canadian Air Force and upon completion of the appointment was awarded the RCAF Commander’s Commendation in recognition of outstanding professionalism and dedication. In September 2014, Ms. McKennitt was appointed as the Honorary Colonel of the Royal Canadian Air Force.
She also holds honourary degrees from the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg), Sir Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo), Queen’s University (Kingston) and George Brown College (Toronto).