Curtis Labelle and his band kicked off the High on Pride cross-country tour on Mar. 4. He has been called Canadian Elton John and Billy Joel by fans. File photo

Curtis Labelle and his band kicked off the High on Pride cross-country tour on Mar. 4. He has been called Canadian Elton John and Billy Joel by fans. File photo

Sylvan Lake pianist to perform at library during cross-Canada tour

Curtis Labelle returns home to offer a “flamboyant, charismatic and energetic” rock music experience

The Sylvan Lake Municipal Library will host local rock pianist Curtis Labelle during his cross-Canada High on Pride Tour on June 20.

The tour kicked off in March with over 60 performances lined up across Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec, until June 25.

Labelle describes his music as “flamboyant, charismatic and energetic.”

“This event is a great chance for people who have been missing concerts and live music during the pandemic to enjoy an outdoor show again,” said library staff Shanna Doupe.

Featuring Labelle’s rock piano and vocals, the free-of-cost family friendly concert will run from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Labelle’s reviews have compared him to greats like Elton John and Billy Joel.

Born in Vernon, BC and lived in Red Deer for the majority of his life, the 38-year-old is now settled with his husband in Sylvan Lake. Labelle is a proud representative of the LGBTQ2+ community and says music was rooted in him from birth.

Family, love, loss, excitement, and joy are some expressions Labelle shares through his music.

“It’s amazing to have a musician from Central Alberta who has had so much success across the country share his gift with us,” Doupe said.

The library building will be closed for renovations during the outdoor concert.