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On His Canadian Roots, Current Tour and NKOTB’s Future

As a kid, Jordan Knight would spend his summers in Canada, hunting for frogs on the beach and hanging out at his grandparents’ lake-house. These days, the singer’s visits here are more likely to be for tours with New Kids on the Block, sell-out shows with the Backstreet Boys and solo runs like his Live and Still Unfinished tour, currently crossing Canada.

Chatting to HuffPost Canada while preparing to make his debut as a coach for his son’s hockey team, the 42-year-old Bostonian filled us in on his childhood memories of Canada, the hurdles he faced making his fifth solo record Unfinished and how fans can get intimate with him — well, not too intimate (sorry ladies, he’s married) — at morning-after brunches throughout his Canadian tour.

How exciting is it to finally bring your tour to Canada?

It’s just good to get to Canada because we have a great fanbase there and people are so polite, nice and grateful. That’s always a breath of fresh air.

Your parents are from Canada and you have dual-citizenship — did you spend much time here growing up?

We used to go up to the Toronto area every summer, every Christmas and for weddings and family events. We’d drive up at least twice a year.

You grew up with a large family, so that must have been quite a road trip!

We took two cars – the van and my father’s Toyota pickup. I used to drive with my father because he would let me do the stick-shift. And sometimes he would fall asleep at the wheel, so I’d have to nudge him every once in awhile!

What are your standout memories of your time here?

Just the time with my grandparents and cousins. My grandfather had a cottage that he built by hand on Lake Erie and we used to stay there every summer with my aunts, uncles and cousins. We’d play cards at night, walk along the beach looking for frogs and lizards, and surfboard.

Did you spend most of your time near Toronto?

We were mainly in Dunnville, about an hour away but we would go to Orangeville, Burlington, Kitchener and Toronto itself. Anytime we went to Toronto was like we were going to the big city — that was a big day!

What are some of your favourite places to visit in Canada?

This tour I’m going to Montreal which is going to be great. It’s so beautiful. I also love the atmosphere in Vancouver.

Who’s your favourite Canadian artist?

Alanis Morissette. Jagged Little Pill was one of the best albums.

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Unfinished Business: New Kid Brings Solo Tour To Canada

It has been a busy couple of years for Jordan Knight. As member of The New Kids On The Block, he’s toured the world on a giant penis, selling out arenas on the NKOTBSB tour, released a solo album, and judged last year’s Cover Me Canada. Many people would take a break at this point, but Knight had some unfinished business with Canada.

“It is a lot of fun, I love to tour and be on the road. I had a really nice relaxing summer for two and a half months. You kind of get the itch and want that excitement. I didn’t do Canada on my solo tour so I feel like I left them out. Canada is one of New Kids and my solo music’s supporters so I felt it necessary to come up there. A lot of fans wanted me there, there were a lot of different reasons.”

Knight chatted with GayCalgary Magazine in advance of his Live & Unfinished tour which hits Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre October 16th and Macewan Hall in Calgary October 18th. Knight is excited to bring the intimate solo tour to Canadian fans.

“When you do a solo tour you can really showcase yourself and your talents. During the show I do a whole piano set. It is really cool because the audiences are smaller so you can joke around with them, take some requests, and I can take my time and sing songs I wouldn’t sing on a New Kids tour. I can sing more obscure songs that diehard fans know, which is good for me and for the fans that know every single recording. It is really gratifying. I love to tour by myself but I also love to do the New Kids On The Block, it really balances out my career as a singer. I don’t do New Kids stuff, all solo stuff. Some of it sounds like New Kids because I am one of them.”

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Jordan Knight chats with Brad Moore from 101.7 The One

In case you missed the interview on Friday, the chat with Jordan Knight is now available to listen online. He’ll be in Toronto at Guvernment on Thursday, October 4th as he brings his ‘Live and Unfinished’ tour across Canada, and he’ll have fellow ONE artist, Jesse Labelle, with him! Continue reading [ JORDAN KNIGHT ]
Jordan Knight chats with Brad Moore from 101.7 The One