Canadian rock bands land in Guelph for a double bill

The Pursuit of Happiness, in the lead, and The Northern Pikes will play in Guelph on October 21.

Alternative power-pop band The Pursuit of Happiness will join fellow Canadian rock band The Northern Pikes for a double show at the River Run Center in Guelph on Friday, October 21.

Noted for hits such as “I’m an Adult Now”, “Hard to Laugh” and “She’s So Young”, The Pursuit of Happiness was first released in 1986 after lead singer Moe Berg and drummer Dave Gilby have moved from Edmonton to Toronto, a news release said. They soon met bassist Johnny Sinclair and formed the band, adding sisters Tamara and Natasha Amabile as backing vocals. Success soon followed, with “I’m an Adult Now” becoming a hit across the country and establishing the group as a household name, the statement said.

The Northern Pikes’ latest studio album, Forest of Love, is the first to feature new band member Kevin Kane, known for his work with another well-known Canadian band, The Grapes of Wrath. Kane will join Northern Pikes founding members Jay Semko, Bryan Potvin and Don Schmid to perform the band’s catalog of classic songs, as well as hits from The Grapes of Wrath.

Formed in Saskatoon in 1984, The Northern Pikes rose to fame with hits such as ‘She Ain’t Pretty’, ‘Girl With a Problem’, ‘Teenland’ and ‘Things I Do for Money’.

Tickets to see The Northern Happiness Tour with The Pursuit of Happiness and The Northern Pikes are $70 for adults, $68 for guests over 60, and $35 for those under 30. Tickets can be purchased by calling 519-763-3000, in person at the River Run Center box office at 35 Woolwich Street in Guelph, or online at riverrun.ca.

The event is scheduled for the main stage at the River Run Center on October 21 at 8 p.m.

Virginia F. Goins