In this Dream Tour segment, the indie pop artist, Kaeley Jade, reveals who she would want on their ultimate tour lineup. You can check out their picks, after the break.
Ever since I was a kid, I dreamed about heading west to Vancouver and driving down the coast. In my senior year of high school, I even drew up a route and planned an itinerary, but my plans fell through. I’m a huge nature-lover, having grown up on an acreage (which I feel is something especially prominent in my songwriting), and I’ve always felt completely at home when sitting by the sea. The grit of sand and salt. Palm trees breathing with the wind. Sunshine pouring down like honey. All that good stuff.
With that in mind, it seems only natural that my dream tour would consist of me and my band meandering down the coast in a camper van. We could take our sweet time—go sightseeing in national parks or hit the beach during the day and play gigs at night. As for who would be sharing the bill in this scenario, while it was tough to decide, I would love to tour with Brandi Carlile, Mt. Joy, and Imagine Dragons.
I was quite young when I began my musical journey, and I was performing at all kinds of places around the city by my tenth birthday. This was about the time I was introduced to Brandi Carlile, and “The Story” was one of the songs I covered as a kid (which I still cover to this day). I was reawakened to her music when I saw her perform at the Edmonton Folk Fest last summer, and I was blown away by her vulnerability, grace, and raw talent.
Mt. Joy was my constant companion throughout the summer of 2018 when I backpacked through Peru with a couple of my closest friends. We traveled by bus quite a lot through that trip, and the movement of the bus would rock me to sleep while Matt Quinn crooned “Dirty Love” in my headphones.
Imagine Dragons has to be on this list for the reason that they’ve been one of the most influential artists in shaping who I am both personally and musically. I’ve listened to Night Visions more times than I can count at this point, and to this day, it’s what I’ll put on when I’m feeling down. I saw them for the first time at the Shaw Conference Centre when I was fourteen, and after waiting in line all day, we lucked out by making it right up to the barricade. From their first note to the fading echo of their last song, their passion, and energy left me totally awestruck.
I’m always searching for experiences and artists that fuel and inspire me, so for my dream tour, why not go for both?