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February 23rd 2019 Calgary, Alberta Strathcona Christie Aspen Community Association
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $31.00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 403-287-2299. Address: 277 Strathcona Drive Southwest. The Bow Valley Music Club presents the Heather Rankin Trio Heather Rankin has music running through her veins, both as a solo artist and as a member of one of Canada’s most beloved groups, The Rankin Family. Heather’s trio will be presenting her own material as well as an eclectic mix of songs she enjoys. Long-time club host band Coyote Moon opens the evening. Doors open: 7:00 PM Opening act: 7:50 Feature Act: 9:00 (approximately) Tickets More information
March 14th 2019 Estevan, Saskatchewan Estevan Comprehensive High School
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: $8.50-$26.50. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 255 Spruce Drive. Heather Rankin is a singer, songwriter, actor and member of The Rankin Family. Her debut solo album, A Fine Line, received Juno and ECMA nominations. She has performed in venues across the Maritimes, Ontario and Alberta, including headlining the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, hosting Songwriters’ Circles at ECMA Week and performing at Hugh’s Room in Toronto. She also took her music to Folk Alliance in Kansas City. Her seasonal album, Imagine, was released in December, and her music video for “Titanically” is nominated for a 2018 ECMA. Heather has recorded and performed with many artists, including The Chieftains, Johnny Reid and Carly Simon. Tickets More information
March 15th 2019 Swift Current, Saskatchewan Living Sky Casino
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: $45.00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 306-773-1338. Address: 1401 North Service Road East. Venue phone: (306) 778-5759. Heather Rankin is a singer, songwriter, actor and member of The Rankin Family. Her debut solo album, A Fine Line, received Juno and ECMA nominations. She has performed in venues across the Maritimes, Ontario and Alberta, including headlining the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, hosting Songwriters’ Circles at ECMA Week and performing at Hugh’s Room in Toronto. She also took her music to Folk Alliance in Kansas City. Her seasonal album, Imagine, was released in December, and her music video for ‘Titanically’ is nominated for a 2018 ECMA. Heather has recorded and performed with many artists, including The Chieftains, Johnny Reid and Carly Simon. Tickets More information
March 17th 2019 Calgary, Alberta Jack Singer Concert Hall
Time: 3:00pm. Admission: TBA. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 403.571.0849. Address: 205 8 Avenue South East. Venue phone: (403) 294-9494. Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra: A Celtic Celebration with Heather Rankin Lá Fhéile Pádraig Shona! Heather Rankin, of the legendary Rankin family, is a groundbreaking force in Celtic music. She lends her award-winning vocals to Celtic classics, while the Calgary Fiddlers and dancers from the Casey O’Laughlin Academy of Irish Dance will have you hornpiping down the aisles in this St. Patrick’s Day special. KARL HIRZER, conductor GUEST ARTISTS: HEATHER RANKIN, singer CASEY O’LAUGHLIN SCHOOL OF DANCE THE CALGARY FIDDLERS Tickets More information
April 4th 2019 Glace Bay, Nova Scotia The Savoy Theatre
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $54.50. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: (902) 842-1577. Address: 116 Commercial Street. ISLAND GIRLS – A TRIBUTE TO C.B. MUSIC & COMEDY The Savoy Theatre is proud to present ISLAND GIRLS, Music and Comedy, featuring four of Cape Breton’s busiest female performers: BETTE MACDONALD, HEATHER RANKIN, LUCY MACNEIL AND JENN SHEPPARD. The Fem Four – each representing a different facet of our island’s entertainment community – are set to combine their individual musical and comedic talents in order to take audiences on a journey to celebrate all things Cape Breton. Show-goers can expect to enjoy some belly laughs while they catch up with a few familiar characters, sing along with some old favourites and maybe even hear some new ones. Bette MacDonald says there’s already a fantastic vibe around the performers, “Individually, we’ve clocked quite a few hours onstage but this is the first time that we four will do a show together. I know these women and we’re in for a full on giant house party in our favourite house, the Savoy Theatre! The fun factor will be off the charts with this show…. for the audience and for us! The quartette will be backed by musicians Stephen Muise, Fred Lavery, Brian Talbot, Emily Dingwall, Richard Burke and Colin Grant. Tickets
April 5th 2019 Glace Bay, Nova Scotia The Savoy Theatre
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $54.50. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: (902) 842-1577. Address: 116 Commercial Street. ISLAND GIRLS – A TRIBUTE TO C.B. MUSIC & COMEDY The Savoy Theatre is proud to present ISLAND GIRLS, Music and Comedy, featuring four of Cape Breton’s busiest female performers: BETTE MACDONALD, HEATHER RANKIN, LUCY MACNEIL AND JENN SHEPPARD. The Fem Four – each representing a different facet of our island’s entertainment community – are set to combine their individual musical and comedic talents in order to take audiences on a journey to celebrate all things Cape Breton. Show-goers can expect to enjoy some belly laughs while they catch up with a few familiar characters, sing along with some old favourites and maybe even hear some new ones. Bette MacDonald says there’s already a fantastic vibe around the performers, “Individually, we’ve clocked quite a few hours onstage but this is the first time that we four will do a show together. I know these women and we’re in for a full on giant house party in our favourite house, the Savoy Theatre! The fun factor will be off the charts with this show…. for the audience and for us! The quartette will be backed by musicians Stephen Muise, Fred Lavery, Brian Talbot, Emily Dingwall, Richard Burke and Colin Grant. Tickets
April 6th 2019 Halifax, Nova Scotia The Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: $49.00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: (902) 494-3820. Address: 6101 University Avenue. Venue phone: 902.494.3820. The Savoy Theatre is proud to announce the return and tour of ISLAND GIRLS, Music and Comedy, featuring four of Cape Breton’s busiest female performers: BETTE MACDONALD, HEATHER RANKIN, LUCY MACNEIL and JENN SHEPPARD. After a highly successful debut at the Savoy Theatre this past September, Cape Breton’s own fantastic foursome – each representing a different facet of the island’s entertainment community – are once again set to combine their talents to celebrate all things Cape Breton. ISLAND GIRLS HITS THE ROAD! Audiences outside Cape Breton will also get a chance to enjoy Island Girls this April, as the show will play at Halifax’s Rebecca Cohn, April 6, and Pictou’s DeCoste Centre April 7, 2019. This was able to happen through partnerships with Brookes Diamond Productions and management at the DeCoste Centre after the September show caught the attention of Fiona Diamond and Troy Greencorn. “They want this show for good reason; it’s an absolute winner – especially for displaced Capers. We’re very pleased to be able work with Fiona and Troy to offer it to a wider audience,” said Leader. “Everyone should see this show!” Island Girls delivers your favourite Cape Breton songs, some mini tributes, a few stories, side-splitting comedy and a trip down memory lane. Show-goers can also expect to catch up with a few familiar characters and maybe meet a few new ones along the way. The Fem Four will be backed up by musicians Stephen Muise, Fred Lavery, Brian Talbot, Emily Dingwall, Richard Burke and Colin Grant Tickets
April 7th 2019 Pictou, Nova Scotia deCoste Performing Arts Centre
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: $53.00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 902-485-8848. Address: 99 Water Street. Venue phone: 902-485-8848. The deCoste is pleased to bring the Savoy Theatre production of ISLAND GIRLS, Music and Comedy, featuring four of Cape Breton’s busiest female performers: BETTE MACDONALD, HEATHER RANKIN, LUCY MACNEIL and JENN SHEPPARD. The Fab Fem Four – each representing a different facet of Cape Breton Island’s entertainment community – are set to combine their individual musical and comedic talents, to take audiences on a journey to celebrate all things Cape Breton. Show-goers can expect to enjoy some belly laughs while they catch up with a few familiar characters, sing along with some old favourites and maybe even hear some new ones. The quartette will be backed by musicians Stephen Muise, Fred Lavery, Brian Talbot, Emily Dingwall, Richard Burke and Colin Grant and is sure to help you shake off those winter blues! MORE LOVE FOR THE ISLAND GIRLS: “Absolutely amazing!!! Incredible talent…I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to see this show!!! Great job to all!” – Sarah Walker “Incredible. So many hair-standing-up-on-the-back-of-your-neck moments. As well as so many laughs. Can’t wait for Island Girls II. Many Thanks to all.” – Carol MacLennan “From the very first note to the last laugh …A True Class Act !! Awesome evening. – Debbie MacIsaac “The show was amazing, I loved every minute of it, although I would like to see it again to hear what I missed from laughing so much!” – Viola MacLeod Cuzner “For sure, this show could & should ‘go on the road’. Fabulous singers…the choice of music was ‘spot on’…with just enough comedy to please all. WELL DONE again!” – Elaine MacGillivray “It was fabulous!! They are all so talented!!” – Kaye Toms Tickets
May 6th 2019 Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland Lawrence O’Brien Arts Centre
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $31.00-$36.00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 709-896-4028. Address: 15-21 Voisey Drive. Venue phone: 709-896-4028. After over twenty-five years of performing with her siblings Heather Rankin comes into her own with A Fine Line, her debut solo record. This is Heather Rankin like you have never heard her before, breaking away from The Rankin Family’s signature sound, and forging her own musical legacy with her poetic, intimate original songs, and an eclectic mix of others. A Fine Line is an exploration of the balance between grief and joy, love and loss, and life and death. While the sound is distinctively Heather’s own, songs like “We Walk As One” conjure evocative imagery from the past she shared with her siblings, and with fans all over the world. Other songs showcase a more upbeat and contemporary side of Rankin, like her rendition of Tears for Fears’ 1985 hit “Everybody Wants To Rule The World,” which features Hip Hop Artist Quake Matthews. It is a social commentary with a Dance Club vibe. A song like David Tyson’s “Valentine” is a heart-felt love song, poignant in its simplicity, where Rankin’s soaring, angelic voice is all that is needed to hit straight to the heart. Tickets
May 10th 2019 Windsor, Nova Scotia Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $39.50. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: (902) 798-5841. Address: 132 Gerrish Street. Venue phone: (902) 798-5841. This is Heather Rankin like you have never heard her before, breaking away from The Rankin Family’s signature sound, and forging her own musical legacy with her poetic, intimate original songs, and an eclectic mix of others. A Fine Line is an exploration of the balance between grief and joy, love and loss, and life and death. While the sound is distinctively Heather’s own, songs like “We Walk As One” conjure evocative imagery from the past she shared with her siblings, and with fans all over the world. Other songs showcase a more upbeat and contemporary side of Rankin, like her rendition of Tears for Fears’ 1985 hit “Everybody Wants To Rule The World,” which features Hip Hop Artist Quake Matthews. It is a social commentary with a Dance Club vibe. A song like David Tyson’s “Valentine” is a heart-felt love song, poignant in its simplicity, where Rankin’s soaring, angelic voice is all that is needed to hit straight to the heart. It is clear that A Fine Line is a personal record for Rankin, who co-wrote seven of the eleven tracks with David Tyson. “We Walk As One,” the song that her siblings, Cookie and Jimmy, sing backup vocals for, is the album’s most obviously autobiographical track. It speaks to the idea that, although physically separate, those who love and care about one another, continue to move forward together in spirit. Similarly, “I’ve Got Your Back” expresses a sense of unconditional love and support amid a cold and tumultuous world. “Titanically” is the record’s most poetic and ephemeral, the personification of a violin that is rescued from the wreckage of the Titanic, and ripped from the grasp of the person who loved it most in the world. There is a deeply emotional acknowledgement of an inherent sadness to life in A Fine Line, but what is most prominent is Rankin’s resolve to continue to move forward in spite of it. It’s an impressive feat that one album can include a myriad of songs that are individually so different from one another and yet, they come together to create deeply affecting variations on a common theme. When played separately, each track stands assuredly on its own, revealing different aspects of Rankin’s immense talent and her vibrant, complex perspective on life and music. Taken together, one begins to see rich thematic and lyrical intersections, often between the most disparate songs. She begins with laying out the struggle of the human condition, our quest toward finding, and then living as our authentic selves, and then as the album progresses we are plunged into the depths of that struggle. She leaves us, undeniably, with a pure testament of hope and gratitude. This is an exciting record and an exciting musical departure for Heather Rankin, who sold more than a million records as part of The Rankin Family, sang backup vocals on Carly Simon’s album The Bedroom Tapes and has been featured on the recordings of such artists as The Chieftains, Johnny Reid and Will Ackerman. Perhaps the most dramatic sense of balance in A Fine Line is Rankin’s own graceful sense of balance between her own musical past, present and future. She harkens back to her childhood in Mabou, Nova Scotia and honours her roots in that community, and in her family, but she does so in her own authentic voice. This voice has been shaped by the Gaelic traditions of her home, and by the years she spent singing the songs of her brothers and sisters, but her voice is set free here, and often euphorically so, in a way previously unheard. Proving eloquent songwriting runs in the family, Rankin takes us to more private places in her lyrics, and this mixture of vulnerability and exhilaration makes for a powerfully compelling record. After more than twenty-five years in the business, A Fine Line suggests that we are only just now getting to know Heather Rankin. She has always been known as the youngest of The Rankin Family, but now, as a solo artist, in some ways, she sounds younger, and more timely, than ever. Tickets

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