The Age of Electric: Spring Tour and Todd Kerns’ Tour Diary

Canadian children of the nineties, rejoice!  The Age of Electric are back and going on a highly anticipated Canadian tour this spring.

A little AOE history lesson for you, if you weren’t a super fan like I was. Back in 1989, two sets of brothers from Saskatchewan, the Dahles and the Kerns, combined brotherly and musical love to start a band together. Age of Electric, comprised of Ryan Dahle (guitar/vocals), Kurt Dahle (drums/vocals), Todd Kerns (lead vocals/guitar) and John Kerns (bass/vocals) independently released two cassettes (yes, you read that right) in the early 90’s. But it was the release of the Ugly EP in 1993 that sparked the band’s commercial success. The single “Ugly” became a teenage anthem, and the success of the EP paved the way for their full length self-titled release The Age of Electric in 1995. That album caught the attention of Universal Records, who signed Age of Electric and God’s Teeth Ethel Records to a distribution deal in Canada. 1997 saw the band of brothers signing a worldwide record deal with Mercury Records in the US with distribution still in place with Universal Canada. Their second album, Make A Pest A Pet gave the world the addictive single “Remote control”, which climbed to No. 9 on Canada’s Top 100 Singles Chart. The song also reached  #2 on the MuchMusic countdown, and was included on the diamond certified compilation LP, Big Shiny Tunes 2. 

Recently the Age of Electric announced that they would be getting the band back together after parting ways in late nineties. They celebrated their reunion with a show in Calgary last summer, and another right here in Toronto. Not only did the Adelaide Hall show sell out, they actually ran out of merchandise, including t-shirts and vinyl, before the band even hit the stage. And when the Age of Electric did take that stage, all I can say is, wow. I and all the other nineties teens in the room were beyond blown away. They sounded just as great as when I saw them as a teenager, better even with age and experience.

AIn February the Age of Electric released their latest EP, The Pretty, via We Are Busy Bodies. Check out the first single here:

The Age of Electric will also be embarking Canadian tour this spring, kicking off March 24 in Vancouver and wrapping up in Oshawa, ON on April 15. And if you’ve ever wanted to know what happens on an AOE tour, have we got not one, but two surprises for you!

Addicted is proud to be hosting Todd Kerns’ Tour Diary for the Canadian Tour! Check back in every 2 weeks for updates from Todd, starting from prepping to the tour, hitting the road, and all the adventures they’ll have as they travel across the country.

We will also be giving away tickets to any of the show dates listed below (except Toronto and Vancouver, sorry guys!)

Mar 24 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore Ballroom*

Mar 29 – Red Deer, AB – International Beer Haus

Mar 31 – Edmonton, AB – Union Hall

Apr 01 – Calgary, AB – Marquee

Apr 04 – Regina, SK – The Exchange

Apr 05 – Saskatoon, SK – O’Brians Event Centre

Apr 06 – Winnipeg, MB – Canad Inns Transcona – Nashville’s

Apr 07 – Thunder Bay, ON – Crocks

Apr 10 – St. Catharines, ON – The Warehouse

Apr 12 – Waterloo, ON – Maxwell’s Music House

Apr 13 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club Theatre*

Apr 14 – London, ON – The London Music Hall

Apr 15 – Oshawa, ON – Oshawa Music Hall

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Want to win tickets to one of the shows listed above?  Enter our contest here! And get your Age of Electric fix this spring with Addicted

*please note that the Toronto and Vancouver shows are excluded from this giveaway*
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Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly is a Toronto based writer with a serious addiction to music. Corporate drone by day, renegade rocker by night, writing is her creative outlet. Nadia has written for the Examiner (.com) on live music in Toronto and Indie Music in Canada, and was a weekly columnist for Don't Believe a Word I Say. She has never been in a band but plays an awesome air guitar and also the tambourine. Nadia is the co-founder, Managing Editor and resident Music lover (and editor) for Addicted.
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