IMPORTANT Patron COVID Information:
The Empire Theatre is subject to all provincial and public health guidelines in place at the time of each concert.
Currently, in accordance with Ontario guidelines, all patrons must show proof of COVID-19 double vaccination to be permitted entry into the facility.
Face masks are required for all those in attendance and must be worn whenever moving about the venue and may only be removed if you are eating or drinking and then put back on.
As part of the fall 2021 dates being postponed, new shows are also being announced for the tour, so the band can get back on the road in the spring, after being on hiatus over the past two years due to the pandemic.
The Longest 50th Anniversary Tour is dedicated to the band’s long‐time keyboard player, Michael Fonfara (Lou Reed), who pass away earlier this year.
Downchild released their acclaimed 50th Anniversary Live At The Toronto Jazz Festival album, featuring special guests Dan Aykroyd, Paul Shaffer, David Wilcox, Kenny Neal, Gene Taylor and Erja Lyytinen, on October 16, 2020, including their first vinyl release in over 30 years.
Downchild is a Canadian blues institution with an international reputation. They have shared the stage with blues icons B.B. King, Buddy Guy and John Lee Hooker to name a few and have performed around the world, leaving fans thoroughly entertained wherever the go.
The band is lead by founder, Donnie “Mr. Downchild” Walsh on guitar and harmonica, singer Chuck Jackson, who also plays harmonica, tenor sax man Pat Carey, Gary Kendall on bass, drummer Jim Casson and keyboard player Tyler Yarema.