Rufus Wainright in Alberta: Who you gonna call?

Never say I don’t go the extra mile for you!

Okay, so it’s an email I got spammed with, but STILL, I’m taking the time to pass this valid information on to you! Extra Mile!!

Do you like Rufus Wainwright?

Perhaps the question is more like “What’s not to like?” Hmm. No, that’s not the question either.

I suspect if you were one of the thousands of panting fans who spent two evenings enjoying Michael Buble’s performances here in August, you could be one of Rufus’s fans, as well. And in that case, it’s your lucky day.

That spam I mentioned earlier? It’s not really spam, since I’m subscribed to it, but the information it provided is what will interest y’all. Mr. Wainwright will be playing Alberta in the last weekend of November, hitting both the northern and southern Jubilee Auditoriums. And I’m giving you the access secret to buy tickets before they go on sale to the public.

The tickets are provided through Live Nation, and they’re giving their email subscribers a password to get early access to sales: two days early, in fact! And, in the interest of keeping my readers happier than most people in the universe (aren’t you? aren’t you happier?), (just right now? just a little bit? anticipating this little favour of mine?) I’m letting you know that the password for the Live Nation Presale is ‘magnet’.

A man in white sitting crosslegged on a stage.
Rufus Wainwright has the chops to play the piano, but sometimes he just plays the audience. Image courtesy of

The presale started today (Wednesday) at 10:00 a.m. (sorry about that), and it ENDS tomorrow, the 30th, at 10:00 p.m.

Oh, by the way, Rufus is touring with Teddy Thompson, if that means something to you.

Saturday, November 27
Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

Sunday, November 28
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

The tickets become available to the public Friday, October 1st at 10:00 a.m.

I can’t imagine Live Nation would be miffed at me promoting a couple of their concerts for them, and as the sale is specific for these concerts, I suspect that the password will be fine for anyone buying tickets to the Alberta shows: again, it’s promotion, after all.

After all. It’s not like they’re going to keep the same password for his December visit to Carnegie Hall.

Well, I wouldn’t, anyway.

Posted by Hannah Rutherford

Author: Carey Rutherford

Swallowed by the mutual loves of words and music (but far too chicken-shit to perform them with a band), Carey’s writing career started slowly as a freelance writer in 2003, starved him nearly to personal bankruptcy until 2008, and changed directions while writing for FastForward, Beacon Calgary, GayCalgary, and Examiner magazines. With the death of many old-school periodicals, and the explosion of musical diversity in Calgary, the modern approach to writing about live music performance in the Calgary region presented uncluttered landscapes for the focussed passion that Carey’s conversations with musicians, drag queens, festival producers and small animals has uncapped. He was moulded by the brilliance of paper-based periodicals old and new (Life, rolling Stone, Swerve! and Adbusters etc.), and sees the info-verse as needing creative, empathetic, but clear-eyed Agents to communicate these performances.