Rich Aucoin has been bringing his joyous celebration of life show around the world for the past decade. With this new album and tour, Rich has focused on death more than his previous efforts We're All Dying To Live and Ephemeral in which themes of life and death were also addressed. His third album Release, originally called Death, acts as the conclusion in his first trilogy of albums. For these shows once and only, Rich and crew will perform the album in its entirety to the film Dark Side of The Moon / Wizard of Oz sync style. If you've been enjoying Release this summer and Rich's shows over the years, come out and get covered in parachutes and projections, confetti, and celebrations before his upcoming death in 2020. The Death Tour begins October 10, full tour dates can be found below.

To get a glimpse of what to expect at the show, watch the Death Tour preview video captured by Southern Souls:

Release sees Aucoin grapple with the concept of mortality by using Alice in Wonderland (1951) as a metaphor for the journey. Again, the album can be played as alternate soundtrack along to the film. Produced by Aucoin and drummer Joel Waddell, his music has seen acclaim across the board with previous releases (We’re All Dying To Live and Ephemeral) long-listed for the Polaris Music Prize (2012/2015). As part of a list of Rich Aucoin’s accomplishments, the music video for “Brian Wilson is A.L.I.V.E.” won the Prism Prize (2013), which he’s also been shortlisted for this year. Nominated for ten East Coast Music Awards including Album, Song, and Fan Choice Entertainer of the Year, with more than 2 million streams, Aucoin has built a reputation for his energetic live shows performing his music written in sync to old movies in the same manner as Pink Floyd's Dark Side of The Moon with The Wizard of Oz. Using projections to these films, he has brought his interactive performance to stages at Osheaga, The Great Escape, Les Eurockéennes, Les Vielles Charrues, Berlin Music Festival, Montreal International Jazz Festival, Hangout Music Festival, Art Basel Miami, Luminato Art Festival, Iceland Airwaves, SXSW, Pop Montreal and more.

Born, raised and currently based in Halifax, Canada, Rich Aucoin has been fully immersed in music ever since he can remember, learning how to play almost any instrument he could get his hands on while also teaching himself production and home-recording. A philanthropist at heart, Aucoin has raised money for several charities with his music. He has cycled coast to coast twice for both Childhood Cancer Canada and The Canadian Mental Health Association/Mental Health America; cycling to each show. He has also crossed Canada for the Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation running a series of half-marathons.

Press release via: Killbeat Music

Photo by: Pete Macdonald


Oct 10 - Guelph, ON - e-Bar
Oct 11 - Toronto, ON - Longboat Hall
Oct 12 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
Oct 17 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe
Oct 18 - Chicago, IL - HVAC Pub
Oct 31 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
Nov 2 - Victoria, BC - Lucky Bar
Nov 8 - St John’s, NF - The Rock House
Nob 21 - Quebec, QC - La Source de la Martinière
Nov 22 - Montreal, QC - O Patro Vys
Nov 23 - Ottawa, ON - House of TARG
Nov 28 - Winnipeg, MB - Good Will
Nov 30 - Calgary, AB - Commonwealth


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