See the Sea: Great Big Sea in Vernon Oct. 23

Newfoundland’s Great Big Sea is coming to the Vernon Performing Arts Centre in celebration of its 20th anniversary.

  • Jun. 17, 2013 6:00 a.m.
Great Big Sea’s Alan Doyle

Great Big Sea’s Alan Doyle

Newfoundland’s most popular band, Great Big Sea, is coming to Vernon this fall in celebration of its 20th anniversary.

Great Big Sea kicked off a cross-Canada tour in March and have just added more dates to its tour, including stops in Nanaimo, Vernon, Prince George, Kamloops, and Red Deer.

Tickets for the band’s Oct. 23 date at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre go on sale Friday, June 21.

Last seen on these shores 10 years ago, Alan Doyle, Sean McCann and Bob Hallett have somehow managed to keep the dysfunctional-family-bar-room-brawl-student-art-project-musical-pirate-crew known as Great Big Sea going for two decades.

And more often than not, they have done it with more than a bit of flair.

For the hundreds of thousands of fans who have sang, danced and celebrated with the band, Great Big Sea has been a constant factor in their own lives. While musical fashions have come and gone, Great Big Sea has maintained an unswerving commitment to their original ideals — a belief that a marriage of their own creativity and the joyous folk music of their home in Newfoundland would be an unbeatable combination.

Released earlier this year, and compiled by the band members themselves, Great Big Sea’s new two-disc set, XX, captures the many highs in a recording career that has produced 10 full-length CDs and two DVDs.

In order to express the band’s two sides, one disc covers the biggest hits from their more pop-oriented repertoire, while the other contains some of their most loved traditional and folk songs.

To balance out the discs, the band recorded six new songs — almost a new album in itself — which run the gamut of their varied stylistic approach.

Tickets for Great Big Sea’s show in Vernon cost $59 and $65, plus applicable service charges, and go on sale Friday at the Ticket Seller box office, 250-549-7469, www.ticketseller.ca.