Elton John to tour Maritimes
Sydney, Summerside dates confirmed
Elton John will perform in two communities in the Maritimes this September.
The British singer is confirmed to perform in Sydney, N.S. on Sept. 13 and Summerside, P.E.I. on Sept. 14.
The announcement for Sydney at Centre 200 was made Monday, confirming the rumours that have been buzzing around Cape Breton for days. Summerside deputy mayor Bruce MacDougall confirmed to CBC News Monday that John would play at Credit Union Place. Tickets for both concerts will go on sale on Friday. Prices range from $71.50 to $155.50.
This will be the British performer's second concert in Nova Scotia. He played two shows in Halifax in September 2008.
The news that Elton John will perform in Summerside is creating a lot of excitement among fans and city officials alike.
"From what I've heard, he's a fantastic performer, really entertains the crowd, and to see him in a small venue would be ideal, " P.E.I. fan Steve Kotulak said Monday.
JP DesRosiers, event development officer with the city of Summerside, said the concert will mean a lot to the city and the Island.
"I think it might be the biggest [concert] on P.E.I., maybe ever, in my opinion —definitely for Summerside. I think it's a great thing for P.E.I., and I think anyone who's in attendance that night will be wowed," he said.
Summerside Mayor Basil Stewart said concert promoter Live Nation took a liking to Credit Union Place and decided to book the arena for the show.
"They saw the facility, and they said, 'This is what we want.' They were very impressed with the facility," Stewart said.
The mayor said taxpayers don't need about to worry about losing any money on this concert — unlike the Michael Jackson tribute concert that never took place and cost the city $1.3 million.
"It is a complete rental for the city. The city will make a good dollar on the rental," Stewart said. "As well, it will bring a lot of people to the city for that event."
Credit Union Place can hold 5,400 people. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. online at livenation.com or cupevents.ca and at the venue.
"If it's any indication of Elton's last tour through the Maritimes, it [the concert] will probably sell out in a day," DesRosiers said.
"We're doing extra things to be prepared for that event and to get tickets sold quickly. If you're wanting tickets, I wouldn't wait, that's for sure."
Rumours that John might play other dates in the Maritimes, filling out a blank week in his schedule, appear now to have been unfounded. The singer has added further gigs in Oshawa and Windsor.