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Miku Expo to tour Canada and the United States in 2020

Miku Expo 2020 - Canada & United States
Promotional artwork for Miku Expo 2020.

Virtual singing sensation Hatsune Miku is touring Canada and the United States in 2020 for the fifth anniversary of Miku Expo.

Miku is a Vocaloid (a computer-generated vocalist) easily recognisable by her long turqouise twin-ponytails, who performs on stage as a 3D hologram backed by live musicians playing guitars, drums and keyboards. Joining Miku are other Vocaloids Kagamine Len and Rin, Kaito, Meiko and Megurine Luka. Fans around the world have composed songs with her voice using the Vocaloid software.

There’s nine stops on the tour, with Vancouver being the first city.

  • April 4th, 2020 at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre in Vancouver, BC
  • April 14th, 2020 at the San Jose Civic Center in San Jose, CA
  • April 21th, 2020 at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, TX
  • April 24th, 2020 at the Gateway Center Arena in Atlanta, GA
  • April 29th, 2020 at the MGM National Harbor in Washington, DC
  • May 2nd, 2020 at the Asbury Park Convention Hall in Asbury Park, NJ
  • May 5th, 2020 at the House of Blues Boston in Boston, MA
  • May 9th, 2020 at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, IL
  • May 13th, 2020 at the Coca-Cola Coliseum in Toronto, ON

Tickets go on sale Friday, December 6th, 2019.

Source: Facebook

FLOW to tour North America in 2020

FLOW addresses their fans at Anime Central in 2011.
FLOW addresses their fans at Anime Central in 2011.

Japanese rock band FLOW is touring the world in 2020 with stops in Canada, the United States and Mexico. Only two cities in Canada made the list: Vancouver, BC and Toronto, ON.

Some of FLOW’s songs were used as opening themes for Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, including GO!!!, Re:member and Sign. Series including Eureka Seven and Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion have also used songs recorded by the band.

North American cities on the tour are:

  • May 25th, 2020 at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA
  • May 26th, 2020 at Canton Hall in Dallas, TX
  • May 28th, 2020 at the City National Civic Center in San Jose, CA
  • May 29th, 2020 at the City National Grove of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA
  • May 31st, 2020 at the Vogue Theater in Vancouver, BC
  • June 3rd, 2020 at the Phoenix Concert Theater in Toronto, ON
  • June 5th, 2020 at the Sony Theater in New York City, NY
  • June 7th, 2020 at Foro Didi in Monterrey, Nuevo León
  • June 9th, 2020 at Sala Puebla in Mexico City, Mexico

Tickets go on sale starting Friday, December 6th, 2019.

Source: Facebook

Dragon Ball Symphonic Adventure to tour North America in 2020

Dragon Ball Symphonic Adventure
Promotional artwork for Dragon Ball Symphonic Adventure.

A symphonic concert will tour North America as part of the thirtieth anniversary of the Dragon Ball series through 2020, starting with Chicago, Illinois on Friday, March 27th, 2020.

Funimation and Toei Animation have partnered with Overlook Events and AWR Music Productions (the group behind the Final Fantasy Distant Worlds concerts), to bring the music from the Dragon Ball anime to life by a live orchestra using taiko drumming, and a score by Japanese composer Shunsuke Kikuchi.

While Chicago is listed as the first stop, no other cities were provided. As Funimation’s blog post mentioned “North America”, it is hoped that some Canadian cities would be included in the tour.

Tickets for the Chicago date of the Dragon Ball Symphonic Adventure go on sale through Ticketmaster at 10:00 am CST, on Friday, November 15th, 2019.

Source: Funimation

Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World of Tres- to tour world in 2019

Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World of Tres-
Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World of Tres-

With Kingdom Hearts III releasing on January 29th, 2019, a new concert series of the popular game franchise will tour the world as Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World of Tres-.

Beginning on April 27th, 2019, the tour includes stops in 17 cities, some with multiple performances. Only one Canadian city made the list — Toronto, Ontario.

Each show includes selected scores from 15+ years of Kingdom Hearts games and set to scenes from these games.

Pre-sale tickets for certain cities start on January 30th, 2019, with the public able to purchase tickets on February 12th, 2019 through La Fée Sauvage.

  • April 26th-27th, 2019 at the International Forum A in Tokyo, Japan
  • May 18th, 2019 at the Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore
  • June 1st, 2019 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • June 8th, 2019 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, USA
  • June 22nd, 2019 at the Walt Disney Theater in Orlando, Florida, USA
  • June 28th-29th, 2019 at the United Palace in New York City, New York, USA
  • July 13th, 2019 at the Sony Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • August 24th, 2019 at the Kölner Philharmonie in Köln, Germany
  • September 14th, 2019 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • September 28th, 2019 at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, France
  • October 5th, 2019 at the Teatro Arcimboldi in Milan, Italy
  • October 19th, 2019 at the Sydney Town Hall Centennial Hall in Sydney, Australia
  • October 26th, 2019 at the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie in Dallas, Texas, USA
  • November 2nd, 2019 at the Espaçodas Americas in São Paulo, Brazil
  • November 17th, 2019 at the Eventim Apollo in London, UK
  • November 23rd, 2019 at the Auditorium Blackberry in Mexico City, Mexico
  • November 30th, 2019 at the Grand Cube in Osaka, Japan

Source: Facebook

Vancouver added as stop on Final Fantasy concert 2018 tour

Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy
Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy at the Orpheum in 2013.

The immense universe of music from the Final Fantasy franchise returns to Vancouver for another performance of Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy on Friday, June 1st, 2018 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Led by conductor Arnie Roth, this 100-piece orchestra and chorus recreates the many themes, ballads, melodies and operas from more than 30 years of  this popular video game series. Complementing the live music are scenes from the Final Fantasy games, presented in HD, enveloping both the visual and aural senses.

Tickets for this single evening show go on sale at 10:00 am Friday, January 19th, 2018.

Vancouver is the only Canadian stop mentioned so far for 2018. Other cities on the tour include Kansas City, MO, Los Angeles, CA, St. Petersburg, FL, Portland, OR, Paris, France, Cleveland, OH, and San Francisco, CA.

Source: Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy

Zelda symphony invades Vancouver like horde of Moblins

Fans filling the auditorium at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Fans filling the auditorium at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

The wildly popular The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses returned to Vancouver to delight fans of one of Nintendo’s popular franchises with an evening of music and magic. The concert was held at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, instead of the Orpheum (as in years past) on Thursday, November 30th, 2017. Attendees of all ages filled the auditorium, many in costume or decked out in their favourite Zelda gear to show their love for the games.

Energetic local conductor Kevin Zakresky kept the crowd engaged with his performances leading the orchestra, turning to the audience for cheers and applause. He even broke out the Wind Waker baton for a few of the songs.

Tour producer Jason Michael Paul started the evening off with opening remarks, including a statement that the concert would go on hiatus for 2018. He added that if we’d like to see the tour start back up again, fans would need to contact Nintendo to let them know there’s still a demand for it.

The journey back into the many worlds of Zelda began with the overture, a compilation of the themes and motifs of Link, Princess Zelda and Ganon. From there, we launched into heaving Great Sea from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. The calming music of the immersive Hyrule in the latest title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild captivated the crowd. Images from the games were shown on a giant screen behind the orchestra, adding to the wonder and nostalgia. Other compilations included selections from the 3D classics The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, the renowned The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, the colourful The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Of course, there was also a reprise of additional melodies from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The evening concluded with a classic, the Ballad of the Wind Fish from The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. It was a beautiful way to finish off the concert.

Merchandise this year included a new tour shirt, updated poster, music books and a replica of the Wind Waker baton. As usual, the line for these goodies snaked their way up to the second level of the theatre.

Return to Hyrule with the Zelda Symphony in 2017

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses
Zelda fans find their seats at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for the 2016 concert.

Vancouver Zelda fans, get ready for another musical adventure with The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses. The popular concert is back again and touring more cities across Canada, the United States and Europe for 2017.

Enjoy an evening of 30 years sights and sounds with this classic video game franchise. This year includes selections from the recently released The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and additional songs from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses stops in Vancouver on Thursday, November 30th, 2017 at 7:00 pm PST at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Other Canadian cities include Quebec City, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary and Montreal.

Tickets are available in advance online through the concert web site.

Symphony of the Goddesses adds more tour dates, including Canada, Mexico, Europe

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses: Master Quest performance at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, BC.
The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses: Master Quest performance at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, BC.

The wildly popular The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is on the road again! With success around the world, the live musical concert based on the Legend of Zelda video game series had added more dates to its schedule as it tours the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Portugal and Germany.

A full orchestra performs the four-movement symphony with selections from titles in the franchise including The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Visuals from the franchise accompany the music, bringing more impact to the experience.

Unlike traditional symphonies, fans are encouraged to cosplay and wear their favourite Legend of Zelda gear to the concerts. Posters, t-shirts and music books will be available for purchase at each venue and through the symphony’s online store.

The 2016 leg of the concert will stop in 26 cities. Tickets can be purchased in advance through The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses web site.

  • Nashville, TN at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on January 21st and 22nd, 2016
  • Boston, MA at the Symphony Hall on February 23rd, 2016
  • Costa Mesa, CA at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on March 8th, 2016
  • Toronto, ON at the Sony Centre on March 19th, 2016
  • Jacksonville, FL at the Moran Theatre on March 24th, 2016
  • Kansas City, MO at the Music Hall Kansas City on March 26th, 2016
  • Memphis, TN at the The Orpheum on March 31st, 2016
  • New Orleans, LA at the Saenger Theater on April 1st, 2016
  • Columbus, OH at the Ohio Theater on April 3rd, 2016
  • Charlottesville, VA at the JPJ Arena on April 8th, 2016
  • London, UK at the SSE/Wembley Arena on April 23rd, 2016
  • Guadalajara, Mexico at the Auditorio Telmex on May 11th, 2016
  • Monterrey, Mexico at the Arena Monterrey on May 13th, 2016
  • Mexico City, Mexico at the Arena de Ciudad on May 15th, 2016
  • San Antonio, TX at the Majestic Theater on May 21st, 2016
  • Los Angeles, CA at the Dolby Theater on June 13th, 2016
  • Austin, TX at the Long Center on June 23rd, 2016
  • Montreal, QC at the Place des Arts on June 25th, 2016
  • San Francisco, CA at the Davies Symphony Hall on August 21st, 2016
  • Atlanta, GA at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on September 10th, 2016
  • Edmonton, AB at the Southern Jubilee on September 21st, 2016
  • Vancouver, BC at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on September 23rd, 2016
  • Paris, France at the Palais Des Congres on October 8th, 2016
  • Lisbon, Portugal at the Coliseu de Lisboa on October 14th, 2016
  • Essen, Germany at the Grugahalle on October 15th, 2016
  • Chicago, IL at the Chicago Auditorium on November 12th, 2016

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is a joint production between Nintendo and Jason Michael Paul Productions, Inc.

Symphony of the Goddesses to appear on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

The popular The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses will be making a stop at the Ed Sullivan Theater for a guest performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert scheduled for broadcast on Tuesday, October 13th, 2015.

Nintendo made the announcement on their Legend of Zelda Facebook page, adding that the concert will include selections from the upcoming Nintendo 3DS title, The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes.

The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes will be available for purchase October 23rd, 2015.

Source: Facebook

Symphony of the Goddesses Master Quest delights Vancouver Zelda fans

Good things come in threes, including The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses – Master Quest which returned for a third time to Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre Friday night. Following the naming convention used in the series to identify a new adventure, this four-movement concert includes new songs with the unforgettable arrangements from previous performances. Packed full with fans of all ages, this musical experience brought the adventures and memories of the popular Legend of Zelda gaming franchise to life.

Cosplayers masquerading as their favourite Zelda characters in the theatre lobby.
Cosplayers masquerading as their favourite Zelda characters in the theatre lobby.

Prior to the doors opening, the audience, some in costume, crowded the theatre’s lobby. As in previous years, tour merchandise was available for purchase; a new shirt featuring the Skullkid and poster from The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask along with music books for guitar and piano. I dropped the $35 for the t-shirt/poster combo, because why not?

An announcement indicated the doors to the theatre itself had opened and that it was time to be seated. The seats I’d purchased through Ticketmaster were in the dress circle and close to the west wall. What I didn’t expect was that we would have a clear view of the stage and screen; I’d half expected an obstructed view with the angle of the walls.

Opening with a montage of over 25 years of Zelda games, conductor Amy Andersson led the orchestra in recreating the world of Hyrule, with a little help from the giant screen flashing footage from the series. Following the overture, executive producer Jason Michael Paul appeared on stage to introduce a special video message from Nintendo’s own Shigeru Miyamoto, the mastermind behind the Legend of Zelda series. Speaking in Japanese with English subtitles, Miyamoto divulged some of the background behind the series’ legendary soundtrack.

Then it was into Gerudo Valley theme from Ocarina of Time with it’s upbeat and catchy tempo. Immediately after, we were treated to a medley of boss music: Mini-Boss and Dinosaur Boss Battles from Ocarina of Time, Molgera from The Wind Waker, Fraaz from Spirit Tracks, and Fyrus from Twilight Princess. It was beautiful to hear these adrenaline-raising scores!

With the opening notes of the Majora’s Mask introduction, the audience let loose with cheers and clapping. A popular title considering it’s recent re-release on the Nintendo 3DS, we enjoyed excerpts of the Clock Town theme, Majora’s Wrath, and Oath to Order songs. A quick transition took us into another handheld game: A Link Between Worlds with a composition of melodies of overworld.

The orchestra has returned to the stage following the intermission.
The orchestra has returned to the stage following the intermission.

After another brief word, this time from director Eiji Aonuma, it was back to Ocarina of Time, beginning with a classic — the creation of Hyrule by the hands of the goddesses Din, Nayru and Farore. An array of songs followed, including the opening title sequence, Zelda’s theme, Hyrule Field, Lost Woods, Sheik’s theme, and the climactic battles between Ganondorf and Ganon.

Thunderous applause filled the auditorium as the waves of the Great Sea lapped at the giant screen above the orchestra announcing The Wind Waker. As with the previous movement, compositions of many of the game’s vast musical library, notably the Great Sea, Outset Island, Tetra’s theme, Hyrule Castle and Ganondorf Battle. It brought back so many memories when I first played the game over a decade ago.

Once everyone returned to their seats and the houselights dimmed signalling the end of the intermission, the orchestra refreshed the fans with a beautiful rendition of the fairy’s fountain theme. Composer Koji Kondo appeared on screen to address the audience on his work for the franchise. As the screen faded out, the opening to Twilight Princess began to the delight of the crowd. A selection performed included Midna’s theme, Hyrule Field, Ganondorf Battle and Midna’s departure.

The final movement returned to a classic: A Link to the Past. Chills ran down my spine as Link raced to save Princess Zelda in the depths of Hyrule Castle. With Zelda’s theme, Agahnim Battle, the amazing Dark World overture, Ganon Battle and a Legend of Zelda medley that made for a memorable selection.

The orchestra revisited Majora’s Mask with the Song of Healing, Termina Field, Deku Palace, Song of Time and a reprise of Clock Town. Andersson then walked from the stage twice with the audience on their feet cheering, but returned to lead two encores; the first with Dragon Roost Island from The Wind Waker and then Ballad of the Goddesses from Skyward Sword.

For a third tour, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses – Master Quest did not disappoint, bringing new songs in with ones performed on previous tours. It’s a great mix of what brings the Legend of Zelda series to life — the heartwarming motifs of a particular character, to an exotic jingle welcoming you to an unexplored portion of the map, and aggressive battle theme to draw you closer to the fight. The orchestra and chorus really do bring the music from this amazing series to life. If The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses – Master Quest is in your town, be sure to grab some tickets and friends for a magical evening!