Tom Cochrane, the Canadian rockstar best known for his anthem “Life is a Highway,” is detouring to Vancouver Island to perform in five different cities this fall.
Cochrane, 70, is bringing his Songs & Stories: Tom Cochrane The Duo tour to Victoria, Courtenay, Nanaimo, Campbell River and Duncan, where Vancouver Island’s own Ryan McMahon is scheduled as the opening act at all the shows.
The Juno-award-winning Cochrane, the lead singer and songwriter for Red Rider and a solo artist, “helped shape the musical landscape for future generations of Canadian artists,” according to Cowichan Performing Arts in a release Tuesday.
Cochrane’s performing at McPherson Playhouse in Victoria on Nov. 15, Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay on Nov. 16, Port Theatre in Nanaimo on Nov. 17, Tidemark Theatre in Campbell River on Nov. 19 and Cowichan Performing Arts Centre in Duncan on Nov. 20.
His 1991 album “Mad Mad World” won four Juno awards, including Album of the Year and Single of the Year. The album reached number one in Canada, where it’s certified diamond with one million copies sold.
Only two other male Canadian singers, Bryan Adams and Michael Bublé, have a diamond-certified album.
Cochrane, a Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee, “continues to set the bar of what it means to be a Canadian icon,” Cowichan Performing Arts says, adding the singer is also known for his humanitarian and charitable work.
McMahon, meanwhile, is from Chemainus and has toured across the country “countless times,” reads the release. With five full-length albums under his belt, he’s already shared the stage with acts like Nickelback and Mother Mother.
“Life is Indeed a Highway,” wrote McMahon in a blog post earlier this month.
“First of all, I’m very happy to announce that I’ll be supporting Tom Cochrane on his entire run of BC dates this coming November. This is perfect timing for us, because my new album ‘Live Now’ drops on November 10th,” he said.
Tickets for the upcoming shows can be purchased online here.