Two weeks before his third solo album release, Nova Scotia-born singer-songwriter Carleton Stone will share a Nanaimo stage with Winnipeg alternative rock group the Crash Test Dummies.
Although not Stone’s first visit to B.C., having toured with his band Port Cities several years prior, he said he’s “excited to get back to the Island” and debut in Nanaimo.
The Port Theatre performance on Wednesday, Aug. 24, is just one stop in a month-and-a-half-long tour across the U.S. and Canada. Before heading out early August, Stone said he and the Crash Test Dummies played together only once prior for a Canada Day show in Cape Breton.
“I’m very grateful they asked me to come out with them,” he said.
His third album, Papercut, which drops Sept. 9, consolidates several songs written during the COVID-19 pandemic that convey “what it’s like to be an artist in the world … especially when everything is shut down,” with a few songs he’s kept in his back pocket – some for a long time.
“One song on there is almost 10 years old … It’s the last song, called Cold Water, and it’s an old song that I always liked that no one ever really did anything with…” he said. “It has a bit more of a hopeful sentiment to it and I thought it would be a good way to end the record on a little more of a hopeful note.”
The summer tour is the first time Stone said he’s left Canada and been on the road again since the start of the pandemic, having only performed a handful of shows in the Maritimes for the past two years.
After Nanaimo, Stone will make one final B.C. appearance in Kelowna before continuing on to Saskatoon.
Ticket information for the Aug. 24 show can be found at www.porttheatre.com.