For The Townsman
George Canyon returns to one of his favourite haunts, the Key City Theatre in Cranbrook, on October 14. The visit will be part of Canyon’s “Decade of Hits” tour in support of his new album.
Canyon has had an interesting past 10 years in the music business. In 2004, his wife Jennifer persuaded him to audition for U.S.A. Network’s, “Nashville Star.” Canyon showed up, wowed the worldwide audiences and nearly won the entire contest.
In the fall of 2010, Canyon performed and spoke to over 20,000 people at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles at a fund-raising event. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in the U.S. adopted his 2010 hit single “I Believe in Angels,” as a theme song. Canyon appeared on Good Morning America, to encourage youngsters with his story. Canyon was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 14.
The song “I Believe in Angels” received a Socan award in November, 2011, for one of the most played songs on Canadian Country radio in 2010.
On Dec. 23, 2011, Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defense, announced that Canyon was appointed as first-ever Colonel Commandant of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. Canyon, a former air cadet himself, has assumed responsibilities of developing, promoting, and sustaining strong community ties, and acting as a spokesperson and role model.
As his charitable work continues, his achievements continue to grow. In the past two years, he has been recognized as the most played Canadian artist at Canadian country radio. His videos garner hundreds of thousands of hits on YouTube and he has won multiple Juno, East Coast Music Awards and Canadian Country Music Awards including “Humanitarian of the Year Award” for his philanthropic work.
To date he has sold over 375,000 albums. In November 2012, Canyon released his highly anticipated Classics album. He performed his much-anticipated single “Slow Dance”, on the Canadian Country Music Award show last year to rave reviews. His latest single “Crazy Love” was released in March of this year, and along with “Slow Dance” will be part of his currently untitled album, being released this fall.
George Canyon’s Decade of Hits tour plays the Key City Theatre in Cranbrook on Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. Tickets are now on sale at the Key City Box office, or can be purchased by phone at 250-426-7006, or online at www.keycitytheatre.com. All seats are reserved and priced at $45 all-inclusive, and is another presentation of the Kootenay Concert Connection. Sound will be provided by PB Pro Audio and Lighting.