Prince’s Welcome 2 America tour began in December 2010 with two shows in New Jersey and four nights in New York. The tour also featured six dates in the Carolinas and over two dozen gigs in California. Guest performers on the Welcome 2 America extravaganza included Sheila E., Larry Graham & Graham Central Station, Esperanza Spalding, Maceo Parker, Cassandra Wilson, Janelle Monáe and Mint Condition.
Before spending July and August playing shows throughout Europe Prince headlined the Festival International De Jazz De Montreal in late June. Now he’s going back to the provinces for his first multi-city national Canadian tour since 2002.
Welcome 2 Canada begins with two shows at Air Canada Center in Toronto Nov. 25-26. Dates are scheduled through a Dec. 17 gig in Victoria, British Columbia, at Save On Foods Memorial Centre.
The Purple One will also play Halifax Metro Centre in Nova Scotia Nov. 30; Montreal’s Bell Centre Dec. 2; Ottawa, Ontario, at Scotiabank Place Dec. 3; and London, Ontario, at The John Labatt Centre Dec. 5.
Additional dates include Winnipeg, Manitoba, at MTS Centre Dec. 8; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, at Credit Union Centre Dec. 11; Edmonton, Alberta, at Rexall Place Dec. 13; and Vancouver, British Columbia, at Rogers Arena Dec. 16.
Tickets for the Halifax and Montreal shows go on sale Nov. 5. All other dates go on sale Nov. 4.