Canadian Idols To Rock Across Canada for Top 3 Tour



    
    - Tickets Go On Sale Tonight for Top 3 Tour Beginning November 9 -

    - Top 3 Canadian Idol finalists Mitch McDonald, Theo Tams and Drew Wright
      will be joined by other Top 10 finalists in select cities across Canada
      in 26-date national concert tour -
    

    TORONTO, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - You've seen them on TV. Now you can see them
live. CTV today announced that Canadian Idol's final three competitors will
head out on a 26-date, cross-country concert tour this fall. Beginning
November 9, Top 3 finalists Mitch McDonald, Theo Tams and Drew Wright will hit
the road for the second annual Canadian Idol Top 3 Tour. Last year's inaugural
tour sold out across Canada, and this year's concerts are destined to be
bigger and better than ever.

    Tickets for the concert tour go on sale tonight at 10 p.m. following the
two-hour, star-studded live broadcast of the Canadian Idol season finale at 
8 p.m. ET on CTV (check CTV.ca for local broadcast times). Tickets will be on
sale in the Maritimes tomorrow, Thursday, September 11 (visit idol.ctv.ca for
ticket info and sale times).

    
    (xx) Media Note (xx) - Photography and audio clips from Canadian Idol are
    available online at the Canadian Idol Media Centre at www.idolpix.ca.
    

    The Top 3 concert tour begins Sunday, November 9 in Fredericton, and
visits cities in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Ontario, Manitoba,
Saskatchewan and Alberta before wrapping up in Hamilton, ON on  Monday,
December 22. The concerts feature favourite songs performed this season on
Canadian Idol as well as the winner's single and one original composition from
each of the Top 3. The three singers will perform together, in combinations
and alone, backed by a superb live band that includes some of this country's
premiere musicians. In select cities across Canada, the Top 3 will be joined
by some of this season's favourite Top 10 finalists.

    Visit the Canadian Idol website at idol.ctv.ca for complete concert
details, tour dates and ticket sales. The 2nd Annual Top 3 Idol Tour includes
the following stops:

    
    -   Sunday, November 9 - Fredericton at the Playhouse Theatre
    -   Monday, November 10 - St. John at the Imperial Theatre
    -   Tuesday, November 11 - Charlottetown at the Confederation Centre of
        the Arts
    -   Wednesday, November 12 - Halifax at the Rebecca Cohen Auditorium
    -   Friday, November 14 - Sydney at the Membertou Centre
    -   Saturday, November 15 - Moncton at the Capitol Theatre
    -   Wednesday, November 19 - Perry Sound at the Charles W. Stockey Centre
    -   Thursday, November 20 - North Bay at the Capitol Theatre
    -   Sunday, November 23 - Yorkton at the Gallagher Centre
    -   Monday, November 24 - Lloydminster  at Lloydminster Exhibition
    -   Thursday, November 27 - Medicine Hat at the Esplanade Theatre
    -   Friday, November 28 - Swift Current at the Swift Current Stockade
        Building
    -   Saturday, November 29 - Lethbridge at the Lethbridge Arena
    -   Sunday, November 30 - Red Deer at the Red Deer Memorial Centre
    -   Monday, December 1 - Brandon at the Western Auditorium
    -   Wednesday, December 3 - Thunder Bay at the Thunder Bay Auditorium
    -   Thursday, December 4 - Sudbury at the Fraser Auditorium
    -   Saturday, December 6 - Toronto at the Cavalcade of Lights/Nathan
        Phillips Square
    -   Tuesday, December 9 - Collingwood at the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena
    -   Saturday, December 13 - Belleville at the Empire Theatre
    -   Tuesday, December 16 - Ottawa at the Centrepointe Theatre
    -   Thursday, December 18 - St. Catharines at the Brock University Centre
        For The Arts
    -   Friday, December 19 - St. Catharines at the Brock University Centre
        For The Arts
    -   Saturday, December 20 - Sarnia at the Imperial Theatre
    -   Monday, December 22 - Hamilton at Hamilton Place Theatre

    About Mitch MacDonald:
    ----------------------
    

    Mitch MacDonald hails from the town of Port Hood in Cape Breton, Nova
Scotia. A carpenter and musician, 22-year-old MacDonald is the youngest of
seven children and enjoys hockey, songwriting and playing guitar. "Being a
full-time musician involves a lot of hard work," MacDonald says, but he's
ready to rise to the challenge of his first major tour.

    MacDonald admires the career of fellow East Coast musician  Gordie
Sampson, and hopes that Canadian Idol will bring him similar successes.
"Canadian Idol helps artists who may not have the funds to get their name out
there and gives them a huge window of opportunity to do just that."

    
    About Theo Tams:
    ----------------
    

    It's no surprise that Theo Tams considers Mother Teresa a role model in
his life. At only 23 years old, he has already spent time overseas in India,
volunteering at an orphanage, and considers it to be his biggest
accomplishment in life.

    Tams came to Toronto's Top 200 audition this year and was blown away by
the talent around him. "I remember being speechless during the Toronto week,
wondering how the judges were going to find a Top 22 from all this talent."

    Tams found his niche by bringing a unique, self-assured performance style
to the table which has always been supported by his friends and family. "When
I perform, I am giving 100% of myself and what I stand for as an artist."

    
    About Drew Wright:
    ------------------
    

    Hailing from Collingwood, ON, Drew Wright, 28, describes his hometown as
a tightly-knit community that represents itself with class, a virtue he has
embodied throughout Season 6 of Canadian Idol.

    Wright's approach to performing is simple, "I am going to give people the
best that I can give each night. I won't hold anything back and I think that's
what's moved people so far, so why change?"

    Wright, who has an honours diploma in Music Production and Engineering,
is a huge fan of Jeff Buckley and admires the longevity of bands and artists
like The Beatles. "They stayed creative, innovative and always pushed their
limits as artists," he says.

    
    About CTV
    ---------
    

    CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
 news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the
number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is
the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada's
premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV
Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national
specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and in Dome Productions, a North American
leader in the provision of mobile high definition production facilities. More
information about CTV may be found on the company website at www.ctv.ca




For further information:

For further information: Allie Page, CTV Inc., (416) 332-4596 or
apage@ctv.ca; or Christy Sullivan, Canadian Idol, (416) 526-3052 or
chsullivan@ctv.ca


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