“Blue Rodeo has been on our dream list for a looong time,” Jensen said.
“We’re very, very excited about this,” she said.
The centre just found out they are getting their dream team and are eager to spread the word before Christmas.
“We just found out fairly promptly and we’re wanting to get the word out … we’re starting to sell the tickets on Monday for our subscribers, advertisers and our sponsors and then to the general public the following Monday,” Jenson said.
While the Rawlinson has wanted to get Blue Rodeo through its doors for years, this is the first time the wind whistled in their favour.
“They are a pretty big name act and typically do bigger houses,” she said.
Tickets are likely to sell out quickly, Jensen said.
“I think that this is a group that Prince Albert will certainly be excited to see.”
“I would definitely say that … Blue Rodeo has a very big following in Prince Albert and really, all over Canada,” Jensen said.
“I think that the people that they appeal to is very broad … people in their twenties are fans and right into people who are a lot older. They just have a very broad appeal,” she said.
“This may seem like a funny example but I mean the fact that they played the half time at the Grey Cup … you’ve gotta be a pretty big act to be doing that,” Jensen said.
Blue Rodeo performed the half-time show at the 2009 Grey Cup in Calgary.
“An artist, an act of this calibre, an act that typically plays in much larger venues, it just has to have the right situation. The routing has to be such that it works for them to do this. Sometimes these great things line up and sometimes they don’t,” Jensen said.
“We’ve hit it lucky this time, and I think that Prince Albert will be very excited about this news,” Jensen said.
Blue Rodeo has recorded 12 studio albums and three live albums, selling more than four million albums and winning 11 Juno awards.
The band, which was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame in April, has never actually topped pop charts in Canada but has posted No. 1 country hits with Try in 1987 and Til I Am Myself Again in 1990.
Original members Jim Cuddy, Greg Keelor and Bazil Donovan -- now joined by newcomers Bob Egan and Glenn Milchem -- visit Prince Albert in January as part of an extensive tour that will take them across Canada.
The tour will be in support of the massive eight-CD box set, Blue Rodeo: 1987-1993, that they released in October.
Tickets will be available to the general public as of Monday, Dec. 3 at the Rawlinson Centre box office or online at http://www.earawlinsoncentre.ca/
They will be available to subscribers as of next Monday.
The cost of tickets is $85.05 with all taxes included.
This is a Canadian Tire Presents event, which means season ticket holders will still have to kick in the cash to see the show.