By Paul Hunter
I received an email note from the team at Video Games Live that they have officially set the dates for some additional Canadian tour dates as part of their 2009 World Tour. The video game symphony show has already performed nine times in Canada so far this year.
The new tour dates are for Winnipeg, Manitoba, and will consist of 2 different concerts (July 6 & 8) and a special festival day in between. These concerts mark the return of VGL to the Centennial Concert Hall with music performed by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. VGL has stated that the two shows will contain different content and that a Guitar Hero competition will happen at the Special Festival on July 7th. Tickets for the special 3-day Winnipeg stop are available now through the VGL concert page.
As always, Future Shop will be sponsoring the pre-concert events, beginning at 6:00pm each night. Typical pre-concert events include game competitions, video game stations, raffle and prize give-a-ways, game industry meet & greet and the popular costume contest. I went to the February 2008 concert stop in Toronto and there were some pretty cool Zelda, Link, Mario, and Mega Man cosplayers on hand. At roughly half-way through the show they brought the top three finalists on stage where the winner was selected by audience applause. Very cool and interactive.
VGL is also currently planning their Eastern Canadian tour for sometime in September as well as return visit to Vancouver. Stay tuned for more details.