British Columbia’s homegrown international pop diva Nelly Furtado is coming to Vancouver, and you’ve got a chance to win a pair of tickets (more on that below).
Victoria, B.C.-raised Furtado is performing at the Commodore Ballroom Jan. 9 in support of her latest album The Spirit Indestructible. This is the fifth studio album for the sultry songstress, who skyrocketed to fame on the strength of her 2000 debut album Whoa, Nelly and the singles Turn off the Light and I’m Like a Bird (I think that last one is still stuck in my head). Furtado’s latest album sees her returning to her roots, with a mix of urban, alternative and reggae music, produced by the likes of Tiesto and Timbaland.
It’s been a long, strange odyssey for the singer, who grew up a B.C. girl outside of Victoria. Born of Portuguese parents, her first performance came as a young child, singing a duet with her mother in church on Portugal Day. As a teenager, she went on to perform in a Portuguese marching band, also working summers as a housekeeper alongside her mother. Furtado moved to Toronto after high school, where – after a number of false starts, including a singing role in a trip hop duo – she finally got her big break.
Her addictive debut album Whoa, Nelly earned her a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Praised for its mixture of different genres of music, the album sold more than six million copies, and singles like I’m Like a Bird remain a staple of radio play. In the intervening years, Furtado has branched out into new and more adventurous directions, including a full-length Spanish album, which earned her a Latin Grammy in 2010.
Furtado’s current tour supports her latest effort, The Spirit Indestructible, which shows influences from Florence + the Machine, Janelle Monae and other pop innovators. She rolls into Vancouver on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 7:30 p.m. for a one-night stand at the Commodore Ballroom. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster.
For a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Nelly Furtado perform, post this message on Twitter:
RT to enter to win 2 tix to Nelly Furtado, Jan 9 in Vancouver from @RemyScalza and @myVancouver. Details: http://ow.ly/gxF7o
I’ll draw one winner at random from all of the tweets and notify you by direct message (dm) on Monday, Jan. 7.
Update (Jan. 7): Congratulations to winner Hope T.
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