The Tourist Company has outright rejected the idea of being confined to the limits of one genre or sound. Chalk it up to living in Vancouver that this eclectic group feels far from settled. Their debut full-length album, Apollo, tackles themes of idealism, skepticism, venturing into the unknown, and longing for home. Full of achingly beautiful string arrangements, bright keys juxtaposed against bass synths, and cinematic crescendos, the group doesn’t shy away from the dramatic on their new offering. As experimental as these approaches may be, elements of pop can be found scattered throughout, in songs such as the title track.

“This record is an unashamed concept album and a window into what life has been like these past few years. It’s a weird, spacey window, but a window nonetheless.

For me space exploration is metaphor for the unknown. So much about being a musician nowadays feels like hanging suspended in the atmosphere without any certainty of ever reaching the ground again. It’s an experience filled with exhilaration, accomplishment, separation from those you care about and real disappointments; that’s what this album embodies.

We set out to make something that would define our sound and with the help of some amazingly talented friends we feel like Apollo has done that.”

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Upcoming Tour Dates:

Oct 20 – Edmonton, AB – The Mercury Room

Oct 21 – Calgary, AB – The Gateway

Oct 23 – Winnipeg, MB – The Goodwill

Oct 26 – Thunder Bay, ON – The Foundry

Oct 27 – Sault Ste Marie, ON – Loplops

Oct 28 – North Bay, ON – Raven & Republic

Oct 29 – Ottawa, ON – Avant Garde Bar

Oct 30 – Montreal, QC – Brasserie Beaubien

Nov 2 – Halifax, NS – Gus’s Pub

Nov 3 – Charlottetown, PE – Baba’s Lounge

Nov 5 – Kingston, ON – Clark Hall

Nov 6 – Hamilton, ON – The Casbah

Nov 7 – Toronto, ON – The Horseshoe Tavern

Nov 10 – Regina, SK – The Artful Dodger

Nov 12 – Lethbridge, AB – Owl Acoustic Lounge

Nov 18 – Rossland, BC – Flying Steamshovel

Nov 19 – Kelowna, BC – Habitat

Nov 25 – Victoria, BC – The Copper Owl

Nov 26 – Vancouver, BC – Fox Cabaret