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Friday, 14 March 2014 08:54

Empress Theatre part of Canadian musical comedy trio’s Alberta album release tour

Written by  Vicki Arndt
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The Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod opens its doors to an evening of laughter, energy and music with Canada’s trio of musical funny men — The Arrogant Worms.


The Arrogant Worms release their 14th album Space in March paving the way to an album release tour loaded with music and lyrics composed and recorded to poke fun at day-to-day aspects of Canadian life and various musical genres.
The trio busts loose on the Empress stage Thursday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Fort Macleod.
These musical comedians form an unconventional folk band. They describe themselves as “purveyors of the absurd and ambassadors of fun” and include the talents of Mike McCormick on guitar and vocals,
Chris Patterson on bass and vocals and Trevor Strong on vocals. 
With the release of their first Space single Local Politician on Jan. 28, a song written to poke fun at Toronto mayor Rob Ford, the album promises to once again generate laughter and smiles while looking at the funnier side of Canadian life. 
“From the pain of not fitting in, in Vance the Vegetarian Zombie, to the horror of mucous in River of Snot, the Arrogant Worms once again tackle the issues no one else could be bothered with,” says Trevor Strong, trio member.
Also released is the song Thank You on Feb. 3. Another ingenious composition, light-hearted and fun, showcases multiple supporter name mentions of those who donated to the Indiegogo Space funding campaign at the Winnebago $299 level.
The Thank You song was recorded in one take and sponsors received a digital pre-release copy of the song. A request for The Arrogant Worms to perform the song during a live Space performance can be made by those mentioned in the song.
“They make you laugh,” says Dianna Wakelin, Empress Theatre Society president. “It’s just fun and a lot of energy.”
Their unique style of Canadian patriotism, clever on-stage bantering and musical talent has generated more than 20 years of Worms designed entertainment.
“The Arrogant Worms have toured longer than Justin Bieber has been alive,” says Strong.
North America, Australia and the United Kingdom tours and a multitude of independent tracks has been a result of this trio’s popular comedic style.
Last seen on the Empress stage during two packed shows in 2008, The Arrogant Worms have since released Hindsight 20/20 on the Fontana North label in December 2010. This greatest hits album is comprised of 20 of their most popular songs spanning 20 years.
Songs on the album include I Am Cow, Me Like Hockey, The Happy Happy Birthday Song and a dance club remix of The Last Saskatchewan Pirate along with other all-time hits. The album has generated multiple rave reviews on iTunes and a five star rating on Allmusic.com to name a few.
The initial band formed in 1990 at Queens University in Kingston, Ont. where the members were studying. Then composed of Trevor Strong, Mike McCormick, John Whytock and Steve Wood, they’d occasionally written songs for the university campus radio station. More ideas followed resulting in the formation of The Arrogant Worms. 
The group received an overwhelmingly positive response to their first live performance in Kingston. Having found their niché, they were soon discovered by CBC radio who gave them continuous airplay.
1992 saw the release of their first album on their own independent label. Songs like Jesus’ Brother Bob and Don’t Go Into Politics garnered huge success. Another hit Carrot Juice Is Murder followed in 1994 on the Russell’s Shorts album followed by the release of C’est Cheese in 1995. The Arrogant Worms have consistently released an album every few years.
Tickets for The Arrogant Worms are available through the Empress Theatre administration office at 1-800-540-9229 or by visiting www.empresstheatre.ab.ca.

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