Broken Social Scene Releases New Song "Stay Happy" + Announce Tour Dates

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Toronto's Broken Social Scene today released "Stay Happy," the fourth song from their upcoming album Hug of Thunder. Led by the vocals of newcomer Ariel Engle, listen to"Stay Happyhere.
Broken Social Scene are also excited to announce a run of West Coast dates in addition to their previously announced 2017 tour dates. The West Coast tour, which are their first West Coast shows since 2011, will kick off in Vancouver on October 21 and wrap up in Los Angeles on October 28 with The Belle Game opening these shows. The band has also announced three special performances opening for Arcade Fire in Canada on November 1 in Windsor and November 3 and 4 in their hometown of Toronto.  A presale for these shows via Spotify will happen tomorrow, Tuesday June 27at 10 am local time, and go on sale to the public on Thursday, June 29 at 10 am local time. For these dates,Broken Social Scene are partnering with Plus 1 so that $1 from every ticket goes towards providing access to arts education for young people in disadvantaged communities.

The tour will follow the release of Broken Social Scene's upcoming album Hug of Thunder, out on Arts & Crafts on July 7th, 2017BSS have released three songs from the record to date, listen to "Halfway Home," " Hug of Thunder," and "Skyline" now.

Produced by Joe Chiccarelli and mixed by Shawn EverettHug Of Thunder is everything BSS fans love from the Canadian collective and then some, an album overflowing with glorious open chords, multi-voice harmonies, spacious psychedelia-tinted breakdowns, and more.  It is a panoramic, expansive album that manages to be both epic and intimate; and like all things BSS, in troubled times, it offers a serotonin rush of positivity.  Since their inception in the early Aughts, BSS have always pushed sonic boundaries while remaining reverent of a perfect chorus; almost twenty years down the line, Hug Of Thunder sharpens that balance.  The record's twelve songs refract the band's varying emotions, methods, and techniques in ways that not only reference their other albums, but surpass them.  Hug Of Thunder is righteous but warm, angry but loving, melodic but uncompromising.  And if you've ever fallen in love with Broken Social Scene - as many of us have - it is a perfect return that was truly worth the wait.

"With all-voices blazing and a horn section blaring, it was Broken Social Scene in Fleetwood Mac mode, but with lots of unexpected turns jutting out from mini-explosions of euphoria throughout." NPR on "Halfway Home"
"'Skyline,'  the third single off their forthcoming album Hug of Thunder, is a return to form, where aimless roaming sounds remarkably intimate." - Pitchfork
"Broken Social Scene songs are propelled by the size of the group, and when it all converges they're able to pull optimism from fear of aging, heartbreak, and the rigors of modern life." - Vulture
"They're still making songs that sound vast and cacophonous, tracks that are built to flood the brain with serotonin. " - Noisey
"Soaring, rousing, and perfect for sunsets." - Entertainment Weekly

Broken Social Scene is:
Kevin Drew                 John Crossingham
Brendan Canning       Sam Goldberg
Charles Spearin         Ariel Engle
Justin Peroff               Leslie Feist
Andrew Whiteman     Emily Haines
Evan Cranley             Amy Millan
Jimmy Shaw              Lisa Lobsinger
David French             Ohad Benchetrit
Jason Collett

Tour dates:
7-21-23-17       Edmonton, AB @ Interstellar Rodeo
8-05-17            Montreal, Quebec @ Osheaga
9/16/17             Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre ~
9/17/17             New York, NY @ Meadows Music & Art festival
9/19/17             Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club ~
9/21/17             Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel ~
9/22/17             Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle *
9/24/17             St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant *
9/26/17             Des Moines, IA @ Hoyt Sherman *
9/27/17             Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater *
9/28/17             St. Paul, MN @ The Palace *
9/29/17             Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom *
9/30/17             Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore *
10/1/17             Pittsburgh, PA @ Byham Theater *
10/3/17             Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
10/5/17             Portland, ME @ State Theater *
10/6/17             New Haven, CT @ College Street *
10/7/17             Boston, MA @ House of Blues  
10/21/17           Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom ~
10/23/17           Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre ~
10/24/17           Portland, WA @ Crystal Ballroom ~
10/26/17           Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater ~
10/28/17           Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern ~
11/1/17             Windsor, ON @ Family Credit Union #
11/3/17             Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre #
11/4/17             Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre #
~ - with The Belle Game
* - with Frightened Rabbit
# - with Arcade Fire
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