March 8, 2017 12:26 pm
Updated: March 8, 2017 2:16 pm

Ed Sheeran announces 2017 North American tour

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Ed Sheeran announced a 48-date North American tour on Wednesday, in support of his new LP Divide (styled as ÷).

The Shape of You singer took to Twitter before his performance on The Today Show to announce the news.

The tour will start on June 29 at Kansas City’s Sprint Center and run through Oct. 6 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

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A pre-sale for the tour will begin March 13 on Ticketmaster, which will use its new Ticketmaster Verified Fan, a tech product that aims to ensure fans – not bots – get high demand tickets. A wider sale of tickets will begin on March 17.

Sheeran’s Canadian dates include Toronto, Quebec City, Montreal, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton and Vancouver.

Many Canadian Sheeran fans were ecstatic that the singer decided to include Canada.

The singer told Rolling Stone that he has even bigger aspirations for this tour. “I want to do stadiums everywhere,” Sheeran said. “Like George Strait’s level – he tours every four years, does a couple of stadiums and then f***s off again.”

During his appearance on Today, he told Carson Daly, Savannah Guthrie, Willie Geist and Al Roker that he’s spending four months in America.

“It’s the most time I’ve spent in any continent at all. We’re going to put this tour on sale and see how it goes, and then maybe come back next year for some more.”

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With the newly announced tour, Sheeran has also revealed that he is creating a boy band.

The British pop superstar said he has written music and is auditioning singers for a new boy band of his design.

“I’m gonna put three or four boys together and do all the songs, take them on the stadium tour with me,” Sheeran told Rolling Stone.

All Canadian dates for the ÷ tour are below.

  • July 7: Toronto, Air Canada Centre
  • July 18:Quebec City, Videotron Centre
  • July 19: Montreal, Bell Centre
  • July 22: Winnipeg, MTS Centre
  • July 23: Saskatoon, SaskTel Centre
  • July 25: Edmonton, Rogers Place
  • July 28: Vancouver, Rogers Arena

Click here for more details on the tour.

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