With the release of his tenth album No More Pennies, Dave Gunning kicks off an extensive Canadian tour this month, including 14 dates in the Maritimes, Sept. 22-Dec. 21 and a “Penny Drive” in support of the IWK Children’s Hospital.
New Brunswick performance dates include October 5th in Saint John at the Imperial Theatre, November 22nd at Moncton’s Capitol Theatre, and December 2nd in Florenceville-Bristol at the Carleton North Theatre.
Since the Royal Canadian Mint reversed their decision and is now allowing Gunning to use the image of the penny on his album package at no cost, Gunning has decided to continue his plans for a “Penny Drive” and give all proceeds to the IWK Children’s Hospital in Halifax. At each Atlantic Canadian performance this Fall, Gunning will be accepting penny donations.
“Now with the recent happy ending to the penny copyright issue thanks to the Royal Canadian Mint, I’ve decided to continue the ‘Penny Drive’ as a fundraiser for the IWK. Many generous folks have offered their encouragement and support and I want to put it towards a great cause,” said Gunning. “The Scotiabank in New Glasgow has generously offered to roll all of the pennies and ‘Match The Funds’ up to $5,000. This cause is worthy of every penny so bring your coins to my live shows or drop them off at the Scotiabank Westside Shopping Centre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.”
No More Pennies, featuring 12 new songs, was produced by Jamie Robinson. It celebrates life’s journey, the trials and tribulations, the highs and lows and the goodness in the hearts of people. The album includes co-writes with George Canyon, David Francey, Bruce Guthro, Lennie Gallant, Jamie Robinson, Jim Dorie and Scottish songstress, Karine Polwart. The album’s signature track, “These Hands” was co-written with George Canyon and will be released as a video.
Gunning’s previous release … a tribute to John Allan Cameron was honored with a 2012 Juno Award nomination and won two 2011 Canadian Folk Music Awards and two ECMA Awards. He was the winner of the Indie International Song Contest (for his song, “Hard Workin’ Hands”, co-written with Ron Hynes) and was a finalist in the Great American Song Contest, the USA Songwriting Competition, the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the International Songwriting Contest.
For more information and a full list of Canadian tour dates, visit: www.davegunning.com