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Tea Party and I Mother Earth coming to Penticton

The two Canadian rock bands perform on Nov. 16
The Tea Party and I Mother Earth are playing Penticton this fall. (Submitted)

Two of Canada’s favourite rock bands, The Tea Party and I Mother Earth will play the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre on Thursday, Nov.16.

Their journey began over 30 years ago when Martin, Chatwood and Burrows, high school friends from Windsor, Ont., joined forces to start a band rooted in their love of the adventurous side of classic rock. Adopting the name, The Tea Party as a reflection of their defiant stance against then-popular musical trends, the band soon incorporated many traditional world music elements to its sound, in addition to Martin deploying the violin bow technique made famous by Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page.

Their first release for the label, Splendor Solis, was an immediate hit, powered by road-tested songs such as “Save Me” and “The River,” and also earned their first Juno nominations for Best New Group and Best Hard Rock Album. It was followed up in 1995 with the even more successful The Edges Of Twilight, containing the hits “Sister Awake” and “Fire In The Head,” which cemented the band’s status both at home and in Australia where they were warmly embraced on a national level.

Over the next decade, The Tea Party continued to move from strength to strength, containing their first number one Canadian single “Heaven Coming Down,” along with a stunning cover of Daniel Lanois’ “The Messenger.”

I Mother Earth started in the 90s and continues today as IME’s unique brand of psych-rock. The first two albums from IME, Dig (platinum) and Scenery & Fish (triple platinum) spawned a number of top 10 singles including Rain will Fall, Not Quite Sonic, SoGently We Go, One More Astronaut, Another Sunday and Used To Be Alright place as well as classic jams like Earth Sky and C and Shortcut to Moncton.

General admission tickets are $40 (additional fees apply) and will go on sale Thursday, July 13 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online at or in person at the Valley First Box Office at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

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Monique Tamminga

About the Author: Monique Tamminga

Monique brings 20 years of award-winning journalism experience to the role of editor at the Penticton Western News. Of those years, 17 were spent working as a senior reporter and acting editor with the Langley Advance Times.
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