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Juno-winning singer-songwriter performing in Barrie next month

Ian Thomas concert taking place June 10 at Georgian Theatre
Ian Thomas
Ian Thomas | Supplied photo

Ian Thomas is “the complete entertainment experience.”

He is a film composer with 22 feature films to his credit, an author, an actor, much sought after as a voice-over artist and recognized for roles such as Dougie Franklin on The Red Green Show, and, of course, a Juno-award-winning singer-songwriter whose songs helped form the bedrock of the Canadian musical landscape, a contribution recognized by SOCAN when Ian was honoured with a National Achievement Award for Songwriting.

Ian Thomas first garnered major radio airplay in 1973 with the top-40 single Painted Ladies, followed by a string of hits throughout the ’70s and ’80s, and on into the ’90s with his band, The Boomers.

Whether performed by him or covered by artists including Santana, Chicago, Manfred Mann, America, Bon Jovi and Bette Midler, Ian’s many hits continually achieved heavy rotation on radio across Canada and around the world — recordings such as Come the Sun, Long Long Way, Right Before Your Eyes, Coming Home, Pilot, Hold On, Time is the Keeper, Liars, Wishes, The Runner, Levity, Back to Square One, Love Ya Too Much, You Gotta Know, One Little Word, Dirty Love, To Comfort You, and, of course, Painted Ladies. In the new millennium, Ian joined fellow singer-songwriters Murray McLauchlan, Marc Jordan and Cindy Church to form Lunch at Allen’s, touring coast to coast for the past two decades, and now with five albums to their credit.

Of his art, Ian says: “The song remains the most satisfying creative experience for me. Songs are interactive and, with over 50 years of writing, I have spent many hours with each one and they with me. When I listen to one of my old albums, I remember where I was and the people I made them with, some living, some now dead. I think about who I am, who I used to be, and who I thought I was. These albums are like flags stuck in the road behind me that wind back, into the past, almost out of view.”

Ian Thomas, with his stellar four-piece band, brings past to present recreating the original sound of all the hits — ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and beyond. Reserved seating tickets are $71.50 (tax and facility fees included; additional surcharges may apply), and are available from the box offices listed below. Show time is 7:30 p.m. For more info, pics and music clips, visit or

Tour schedule

June 10 — Barrie Georgian Theatre, Five Points Theatre box office: 705-739-4228

June 11 — Lindsay FLATO Academy Theatre, box office: 705-324-9111

June 13 — Ottawa Meridian Theatres and Centrepointe, box office: 613-580-2700

June 14 — North Bay Capitol Centre, box office: 705-474-4747

June 15 — Sudbury Fraser Auditorium, Laurentian University, STC box office: 705-674-8381

June 16 — Parry Sound Stockey Centre, box office: 705-746-4466

June 19 — Owen Sound Roxy Theatre, box office: 519-371-2833

June 20 — Huntsville Algonquin Theatre, box office: 705-789-4975

June 21 — Brantford Sanderson Centre, box office: 519-758-8090

June 22 — Sarnia Imperial Theatre, box office: 519-344-7469

June 24 — Burlington Performing Arts Centre, box office: 905-681-6000