Simple Plan - No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls - 15th Anniversary Tour

Multiplatinum Canadian pop-punk icons Simple Plan have announced a select few Canadian club and theatre dates in celebration of the 15th anniversary of their 2X Platinum debut album No Pads, No Helmets….Just Balls. The band is currently in the midst of the first U.S. leg of the “No Pads, No Helmets….Just Balls 15th Anniversary Tour,” which sees the group performing their first album in its entirety alongside other fan favorites. The wildly popular tour – which kicked off on March 19th – the same date that No Pads, Ho Helmets….Just Balls was released in 2002 – has already sold out shows in New York City, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, and more. A second leg of the U.S. will begin in August, before the band tours Canada throughout September.

Just before heading out on the anniversary tour, the band explained in a note to fans, “we felt it was important take this opportunity to look back and celebrate the amazing adventure we’ve had as a band and as friends… “No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls” changed everything for us and we are so excited to play all these songs again and relive a time in our lives full of so many amazing memories.” On the Canadian tour, the band says: “We can’t wait to come back and tour Canada, our home country, where everything started for us. We wrote this album in our parents’ basements in Montreal, recorded it in Toronto and did our first shows and tours all over this country so it’s gonna be a very special moment for us to come home and play these shows.”

Joining Simple Plan for all Canadian dates will be Kitchener, ON-based trio Courage My Love. Toronto band Selfish Things will open all shows except Toronto. Canadian punk-rock band Not By Choice will reunite after over a decade for a special one-night only set at the Toronto show on September 16.

In addition to their studio forays and nearly non-stop touring, Simple Plan has long been involved in philanthropic efforts spearheaded by their own Simple Plan Foundation. Created in 2005, the Simple Plan Foundation supports a variety of social and medical organizations dedicated to helping young people in need. The Simple Plan Foundation has raised over 2 million dollars in donations to date. For more, please see

Simple Plan is: Pierre Bouvier – vocals; Chuck Comeau – drums; David Desrosiers – bass, backing vocals; Sebastien Lefebvre – guitar, backing vocals; Jeff Stinco – lead guitar.

Courage My Love is a three-piece rock band from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

Formed in 2009, they were discovered at a battle of the bands in Stratford, Ontario in early 2010, and were soon signed to Warner Music Canada.

The core of the group are twin sisters Mercedes Arn-Horn and Phoenix Arn-Horn. Both are classically trained in voice, piano, guitar, and cello. Bassist Brandon Lockwood was recruited after original bassist David Blake-Dickson decided to depart from the band, for personal reasons.

They took their band name from a quote in the H.G. Wells movie Things to Come.

Courage My Love have released four EPs: For Now, For Now (acoustic sessions), Becoming, and Spirit Animal

To promote their third EP, Becoming, the band produced a 6-part spoof Reality TV show, “The (Un)Real Lives of Courage My Love”, which was released on the band’s YouTube Channel.

In August 2013 they were featured on the cover of Canadian Musician magazine. The feature article focused on the band’s approach to finding success in the new music industry by utilizing social media to interact with fans all over the world.

They were nominated for ‘Best breakthrough group of the year’ in the 2014 Juno Awards.

Though taking their name from Jimmy Eat World’s song “23” based on the lyrics “I’m still driving away / And I’m sorry every day / I won’t always love these selfish things / I won’t always live not stopping,” Selfish Things prove they may be a lot of things, but neither of those things are selfish nor self serving. With unmatched determination, the Toronto, Ontario five-piece consisting of Alex Biro (Vocals/Guitar/Piano), Mike Ticar (Lead Guitar/Vocals), Cam Snooks (Rhythm Guitar) and Jordan Trask (drums), aims to bring unabashedly honest music to a world seemingly fueled by false promises and pretenses.

After spending years cultivating and nurturing his raw, natural talent and dedication to musicianship and songwriting, all the while sifting his way through the highs and lows of the behemoth music industry, frontman Alex Biro founded Selfish Things in hopes to shed light on one simple but highly important, yet oftentimes overlooked, concept — honesty.

“It’s just honest,” he explains. “I think it’s the first time in my life that I’ve legitimately told the truth. I think it’s really okay to engage with darkness, to acknowledge it, despite the fact in which people run from it. At a show, the collective feeling you get when everyone is engaged in what’s happening is irrefutably the equalization of our human suffering. I really feel like our words connect to people in every way imaginable. That’s the point of what we do. I got so caught up in trying to be something I wasn’t in my past endeavours that I forgot what was important, and that was nobody’s fault but my own. What we’ve created as this project, I think it’s the first time in my life that I’ve really just been honest with myself, my own suffering and the story I want to tell.”

Having spent September through October 2016 in Florida recording, the band’s debut EP Vertical Love, set to release spring 2017, is the culmination of Biro’s own personal storm; however, ironically enough, the band was experiencing their own literal storm, as Hurricane Matthew began bearing down on them during the recording process.

“I find it strikingly ironic that in the midst of finishing a body of work that was created in my own personal hurricane, we were then anticipating the arrival of a literal, category four hurricane,” Biro admits.

Vertical Love, produced by James Paul Wisner (Dashboard Confessional, Paramore, Underoath), resounds with the passion and wisdom of any seasoned band, yet also holds the unyielding determination of youth and discovery. The band delivers six tracks of pure veracity, while showcasing the personal journey of learning to love yourself despite the mistakes and moments in time when you feel far away from the person you are truly meant to be.
“I strive to find happiness in the truth of the world, regardless of its undying ugliness,” Biro says, reflecting on his past struggles of being within an arm’s length of dreams only to have them taken away by a mixture of luck, fate and human nature. “To truly love yourself and your life, you must learn to love the memories that define you.”

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