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Corey Hart releases a new single, with an 5-Song EP and tour to follow in 2019
The Sunglasses at Night man himself, Corey Hart has announced the details of his first major arena tour across Canada since 1986! As well, he’s released the seasonal track “Another December” that will be included on the new 5-song EP titled Dreaming Time Again, which also includes the up-tempo rocker “First Rodeo” featuring Jim Cuddy on vocals. The legendary Bob Ezrin produced the EP, which will be Hart’s first studio collection of songs in over 20 years, with the title track being released as the first official single on January 14, 2019.
Hart is also a 2019 inductee into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and will officially be inducted during The 2019 JUNO Awards on Sunday, March 17. To celebrate his induction, Hart will take the stage at Budweiser Gardens to perform on live television for the first time in over 20 years, broadcast live on CBC.
“I am deeply humbled by this invitation into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame,” said Hart.“It’s an incredible honour to be acknowledged alongside so many other talented and venerable Canadian artists. My career goal since the beginning has always been to remain one hundred per cent authentic to my artistic vision while embodying the highest respect and dedication towards the craft I love so much. It’s even more symbolic to receive this recognition as I release my first collection of new studio music and prepare to embark on my first national Canadian tour in over 20 years – these are indeed …very exciting times for me.”
Having sold over 16 million records worldwide by amassing 9 consecutive US Billboard Top 40 Hits and scoring an impressive 31 top 40 singles here in Canada (including 12 – Top 10 Hits), Hart was inducted into Canada’s prestigious Walk Of Fame in 2016.
Hailing from Montreal, QC, Hart started singing at the age of 11, performing alongside the likes of Tom Jones and Paul Anka. In 1981, at the age of 18, Hart sent tapes of his own songs to the Montreal Forum addressed to Billy Joel and his bandmates. What followed speedily set his career in motion: the band’s saxophone player called Hart, and he spent the following summer playing gigs with members of the Billy Joel Band and quickly began performing solo and writing songs.
In 1983, Hart released his debut album, First Offense, which took off in Canada, the U.S. and internationally, becoming a monumental success. The album gave the world the iconic song “Sunglasses at Night,” and the video for the song was both a staple on MTV and won the first-ever JUNO Award for Best Video in 1984. The following year, Hart released his sophomore album, Boy In The Box, which achieved Diamond status certification (1 million plus sales) faster than any other Canadian artist in history. The album had four hit singles, including “Never Surrender,” which was number one in Canada for nine weeks and won Single of the Year at the 1985 JUNO Awards.
The international sensation “Sunglasses at Night” combined with his handsome James Dean persona, propelled him to be adulated by frenzied fans throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s. Hart performed in arenas around the world, and in 1985, sold out the 25,000 capacity CNE Grandstand in Toronto. Hart has sold over 16 million records around the world, has had nine consecutive singles on the U.S. Billboard top 40 and has had 11 top 10s in Canada. Hart has been nominated for a Grammy, as well as ASCAP, ADISQ, SOCAN, and JUNO Awards.
In 1999, Hart took a hiatus from touring and recording to focus his energy and time on his children and wife, singer Julie Masse. Although out of the spotlight, Hart wrote and produced several songs for 20-time JUNO winner Céline Dion. In 2003, Hart started a record label partnership with Warner Music Canada called Siena Records, where he continues to act as president. In 2014, after 12 years off from live performing, Hart made a comeback in his hometown at the Montreal Bell Centre Arena with a marathon set called “One Night – Three Decades Of Music.” At the same time, he launched his autobiography,Chasing The Sun.
Hart’s iconic debut single, “Sunglasses At Night” was an international hit, and the video became a staple on MTV during the summer of 1984 and claimed the first-ever Juno awarded in the Video Of The Year category that same year. His sophomore album “Boy In The Box” achieved Diamond status certification (1 million-plus sales) faster than any other Canadian artist in history by spawning four hit singles lead by his classic anthem, “Never Surrender,” which spent nine weeks at number one in Canada, winning Single of the Year at the Juno Awards in 1985.
Tickets for the Never Surrender Tour go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 7 at 10am at www.livenation.com. Fans can visit Corey Hart’s Facebook page for exclusive presale details. Presale tickets across Ontario use the code ‘CHILL’. Each ticket purchased for the Never Surrender Tour comes with a digital copy of Corey’s new EP when it’s released May 3, 2019.
The tour kicks off in St. Johns, NL on May 31 (Corey’s Birthday), with a Toronto stop at the Budweiser Stage on June 14th. Special guests are to be announced soon.
Milestones: Corey Hart, a new exhibition at Studio Bell – the physical home to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in Calgary, Alberta – opens on March 22, 2019 and will run until October 2019. It captures the stories behind some of Hart’s biggest career breakthroughs and features memorable artifacts from the singer-songwriter’s past, including handwritten lyric books and the signature Wayfarer sunglasses that he wore in his “Sunglasses at Night” video. Bonus fan messages provided by Hart will be sprinkled throughout the exhibition and can be viewed using interactive “sunglasses”.
The 48th annual JUNO Awards and JUNO Week 2019 will be hosted in London from March 11 through March 17, 2019, culminating in The JUNO Awards, on Sunday, March 17, at Budweiser Gardens, broadcast live at 8 PM ET
Corey Hart Never Surrender Canadian Tour 2019
Friday, May 31 – St. Johns, NL – Mile One Centre
Tuesday, June 4 – Halifax, NS – Scotiabank Centre
Wednesday, June 5 – Moncton, NB – Avenir Centre
Thursday, June 6 – Quebec City, QC – Videotron Centre
Saturday, June 8 – London, ON – Budweiser Gardens
Monday, June 10 – Sudbury, ON – Sudbury Community Arena
Tuesday, June 11 – Kingston, ON – Leon’s Centre
Wednesday, June 12 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre
Friday, June 14 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
Saturday, June 15 – Montreal, PQ – Bell Centre
Tuesday, June 18 – Winnipeg, MB – Bell MTS Place
Thursday, June 20 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
Friday, June 21 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
Saturday, June 22 – Kelowna, BC – Prospera Place
Monday, June 24 – Victoria, BC – Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
Tuesday, June 25 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
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