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December 31st, 2016

New Year’s Eve:  SOLD OUT Dance celebration at Atlantica Hotel, Halifax, NS.  (with special guest, Hal’s son, Ryan, on drums).

September 24th, 2016

Montague Curling Club Arena (CIBC Run For The Cure Fundraiser) Dance
Montague, PEI
Hal heads back to PEI, for his second time to perform this very special fundraiser, once again. Last year proved to be such a success, that he was invited back to do it all over again, and this year it promises to be even a bigger crowd than last year. Looking for a “full house” to help this organization reach their goal! Come on out and help, and have a great time while you’re at it…win win situation for all!

September 18th, 2016

Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Performed 5 shows and presentations for High School Reunion of Goose Bay, Labrador Students of 1963

September 17th, 2016

Hal receives medal for his induction to the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall Of Fame, which celebrated its 20th anniversary.

September 4th, 2016

Pembroke Music Festival, Pembroke, NS

September 1st, 2016

Pig ‘N’ Whistle Rock ‘N’ Roll Concert
New London, PEI
Hal was the feature artist, following the rock and roll group, The Rollaway Boys, headed by well-known PEI-lander, Gary Chipman. Full full house, and she be a rockin’ ‘til closing time. Highlight of the trip to PEI, was getting to meet and jam with one of his 1970s Canadian musical influences, Rick (Rocky) Howell of Major Hoople’s Boarding House (hit song: Running After You), and got a chance to jam with him at his home the night before the PEI Concert/Dance. Great trip!

August 18th, 2016

Sherbrooke Courthouse Concert Series
Sherbrooke Historic Village, NS
Full house for the 12th year running…This spot is among Hal’s top favorites, anywhere in the world! The best vibe anywhere, the best of everything, by far! Great historic accoms as well, the old telephone and telegraph office.

August 12th, 2016

Coal Shed Festival in Yarmouth (Full House)

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Chandler 100 Year Celebration Home Coming Festival
Chandler, Quebec
Hal was the featured on this night, and played to a crowd of over 5,000. Seeing how this was his wife’s childhood hometown, he had quite an attachment to this particular festival. Non-stop dancing and singing was the order of the evening.

June 24th, 2016

Music Mountain Festival

June 7th – June 16th, 2016

Australian Tour and Beatle Festival
Coolangatta’s Cooly Rocks On (1950s and 1960s) Rock ‘N’ Roll Festival and Antique Car Show (over 100,000 people attended the 5 day Event.
Hal was the only international headliner at the festival where he performed 4 shows to enthusiastic audiences. While there, he did a few great radio and TV spots.
The following week, he and Lynne flew to Melbourne, where they travelled to Albury for a Beatles Festival at the huge Commercial Club Casino. While there, Hal performed 7 concerts to, again, very very enthusiastic Australian audiences.
The hospitality in both cities was second-to-none…one of the best trips abroad in a very long time.

June 4th, 2016

New Brunswick Sports Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony
Shippigan, NB.
Over 300 folks attended the Gala Event in Shippigan, where several folks were inducted to the HOF Event. Afterward, Hal played a powerful 2 hour set of hits from the 1960s and 70s, followed by an encore set. Dance floor packed? You betcha!

May 25th, 2016

Rock Steady Line CD Release Party
Atlantica Hotel, Halifax, NS.
Hal and backup band, Ruckus, played a concert to a sold out room, to introduce the album to family, friends and followers of both Hal and Ruckus. Members of Ruckus who helped out with backup duties were, Bill Hellewell (bass, vocal), Rob Brown (acoustic guitar, vocal), Paul Pottie (piano, vocal), Craig Roode (electric guitar), Paul Duguay (drums, percussion), and special guests, Gordon Hubley on banjo, and Lynne Bruce on percussion). Dennis Field of Denmark Productions Recording Studio, took care of the MC duties in fine style. Full full house! The musical highlight for Hal, was introducing his latest ballad, “Wish Upon A Star” to an emotional reception from the packed room…It is a song about his life growing up after his birth mother left him and his two brothers, and his feeling of guilt for her leaving, but in the end, he found Lynne, his future wife, who helped him through his lifelong feeling of abandonment. Good things happen to those who are patient, and will seek out the truth.

From November 2015 – May 25th, 2016

Recording new album of Hal’s originals, “Rock Steady Line”.
10 tracks include…
Rock Steady Line
We Can Dream On
Wish Upon A Star
Whatcha Doin’?
Singing Here Comes The Sun
Baby Don’t Go
I’ll Be On My Way
She’s Waiting For Me
I’m Leaving
Goodnight
On this new project, Hal plays all of the guitars (electric and acoustic), Mandolin, Bass, a good portion of percussion, all of the vocals (lead and harmonies).
Guests…
Jeff McAllister: drums and additional percussion
Gordon Hubley: banjo on “She’s Waiting For Me” and “Singing Here Comes The Sun”
Richard Wood: fiddle on “Singing Here Comes The Sun” and “Wish Upon A Star”
Bob MacDonald: steel guitar on “She’s Waiting For Me”

February 29–March 5, 2016

Hal performs as one of the 1960s acts on The Celebrity Cruise Line sailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the Flower Power Cruise.

Featured acts will be…
Jefferson Airplane
The Turtles
Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
The Grass Roots
Micky Dolenz of The Monkees
Blood Sweat and Tears
The Guess Who
Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and The Raiders
Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals
3 time Hall Of Famer-Canadian Hal Bruce
and also two great Beatle tribute bands…
Jukebox from Puerto Rico
Britbeat from USA.

This is the Real Deal, if you want to escape to Fun in the Sun and also go back to times when it was groovy, far out, hip, and every song released then became an instant Classic, songs we never ever forgot!

For more info, check out Flower Power Cruise 2016
Abbey Road On The River Beatles Festival - Louisville, Kentucky
Festival dates in 2015: May 21st-May 25th


Fall of 2015…

Hal Bruce has just recently been inducted to the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall Of Fame, in Truro Nova Scotia. This truly was a highlight of his career to have this honour bestowed upon him. He now holds the same certificate as some other Nova Scotian inductees like Anne Murray and Hank Snow, along with a few of his fellow “country” men/women like Joyce Seamone, Sugartime, George Canyon, George Longard, and many others.

Although Hal could not be present for the induction ceremony, because of his tour of England, Hungary, Holland and Italy, his daughter, Lia, accepted the presentation in his place. Truly a great and heartfelt award and honour, to say the very least! Thank you Nova Scotia Country Music Hall Of Fame organization for this recognition of Hal’s efforts to keep country music alive and well, here and abroad.

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Summer of 2015…

This summer will be filled with many Festival dates throughout Eastern Canada, the USA and also a 6 week tour of Europe towards the end of summer. Some of these are…(check performance page for dates and exact info)…
Abbey Road On The River Beatle Festival, Louisville, Kentucky, USA (largest in the world)
Fox Mountain Classic Rock Festival, Berwick, NS
Kempt Shore Music Festival, Kempt Shore, NS
Sherbrooke Village Concert Series, Sherbrooke, NS
Music Mountain Roots Festival, near Pictou and New Glasgow, NS
Rally at the Crossroads Motor Cycle Rally, New Ross Fairgrounds, NS
International Beatle Festival, Liverpool, England
Budapest, Hungary
Norway (venues and dates to be named)
Italy (venues and dates to be named)

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May 21–May 25, 2015

This marks Hal’s visit to perform as one of the Abbey Road On The River Beatles Festival’s mainstays. It marks his 12th year as a Solo Performer of this, the largest Beatle festivals in the world.
Back in 2004, Hal set a world-record by performing all 214 released Beatles songs in a Non-Stop Medley, now called the “Deadly Medley”. Since then, he has recreated that feat several times, Liverpool-England, Louisville-Kentucky, Cleveland-Ohio, Washington-DC, Halifax-Nova Scotia. This year, he will present it with a slightly different twist…you will have to see it for yourselves. Not only has this never been done (that we know of), but it will be presented in a new manner and order. The recreation starts just after noon on Friday, May 22nd, in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. You won’t want to miss it…bring along your pen and pad and keep score, see if he misses anything along the way!
Abbey Road On The River
www.abbeyroadontheriver.com

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May 3, 2015

After 3 snow cancellations, Hal will attempt to hold his “just about sold-out Concert”, at The Music Room Theatre in Halifax at 6181 Lady Hammond Road. Most people have decided to hand onto their tickets from the Valentine’s day cancellation and ride the wave of weather postponements to 4th try at this. We want to thank everyone for being so patient through all of this, we are promising you all a great concert, taking you back in time to the 1960s with Hal’s personal journey through his musical trip right up until now, with stories both humorous and serious, it promises to be quite entertaining and engaging.
For tickets Lynne at lynne@halbruce.com or 902-435-7410 $22.00 each

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April 8, 2015

Hal finds out that he is to be inducted to The Nova Scotia Country Music HALL OF FAME. An incredible honor, to say the least, and totally unexpected. While Hal tours the world doing his repertoire of 1960s and 1970s Classic hits, he always does his smattering of many hits made famous by some of his Country Music Idols like Johnny Cash, George Jones, Merle Haggard, and Marty Stuart. “There’s nothin’ like a good ole country song to get you up or down, it’s real life stuff!”

The Awards induction ceremony will be held at The Glengarry Hotel (Best Western), Truro, on September 19th, 2015. Along with Hal, George Canyon and George Longard will be inducted. Just some of the other artists who have been inducted have been Anne Murray, Caroll Baker, Hank Snow, Wilf Carter, and Sugartime to name just a few.

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New Year’s Eve 2014

The Atlantica Hotel in beautiful downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia, was a sell-out show for Hal Bruce. The Gala had to be moved to a larger room to accommodate the number of folks wanting tickets.
This New Year’s Eve 2015: Hal takes his party to Ottawa, Canada in the Chimo Hotel, 1199 Joseph Cyr. There will be only 100 tickets for sale, and you can order them
or pick them up from Lynne St-Hilaire at lynne@halbruce.com or 902-435-7410 bus.

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October 2014

This past summer has been a really busy season for Hal, as he started off his warmer touring weather with gigs, dances, festivals and concerts in The US and ended up back home in Nova Scotia at the end of September.

The last week of May 2014, marked Hal's 11th visit and performance schedule at the largest Beatles festival of its kind i the world, Abbey Road On The River www.abbeyroadontheriver.com. While there, Hal performed 12 shows either on his own, and/or played with other well known groups from different parts of the world. He played a few concerts of very diverse Beatles songs (something a lot of entertainers do not do on a regular basis) to very enthusiastic and receptive audiences, eager to listen to some new directional and fresh approaches to the music of the Fabs…songs like, Dear Prudence, Being For The Benefit of Mr. Like, Lovely Rita, Hey Bulldog, Wait, Im So Tired, Sexy Sadie…as well as the really well known hits like Hey Jude (Hal's favorite), Ticket To Ride, Twist and Shout, Drive My Car, and the list does go on.

Also, while there, he performed the top 100 Beatles songs of all time, as listed by Rolling Stone Magazine (a list, very difficult to replicate by a solo artist, armed with just a guitar and a set of vocal cords.

On Monday, the last day of the festival, it was basically a 1960s and 70s set of material by some of Hal's favourite non-Beatles artists, like Spencer Davis, The Stones, Simon and Garfunkel, CCR, Fleetwood Mac, The Who, and even Hal's new original song dedicated to the memory of John Lennon's vision of Peace and Love in the world, "We Can Dream On". His main stage show with some of his good friends joining him (Stan Bullock-drums, Andrew from the Newbees-bass, Kevin Ashba-keyboards, Lynne Bruce-percussion, and Jeff Otis Brown-electric guitar.

A great festival all the way 'round!


Different festivals and concerts throughout the summer included appearances at…

The Pembroke Festival, Pembroke, NS
Fox Mountain Variety Music Festival, Berwick, NS
Kempt Shore Music Festival, Kempt Shore, NS
Sherbrooke Courthouse Concert Series, Sherbrooke Village, NS
Kaylee Hall Concert Series, Pooles Corner, PEI
Big Tancook Pig Roast Music Festival, Big Tancook Island, NS
Canada Day Concert in Liverpool, NS
Kick Off to the Pictou Lobster Carnival Festival, Pictou, NS
Ship's Company Theatre, Parrsboro, NS
Belfast Community Center, Belfast, PEI
plus a host of other engagements which helped to round out the 2014 summer touring season.

Also, Hal took a two week vacation in Italy, where he and some of his family and some close friends took to the hills of Tuscany, romantic Venice, Historic Florence and incredibly beautiful Rome. While there, Hal also got to play his guitar for an audience from Tuscany…lots of fun indeed!


October 11th
The one even that Hal is really looking forward to is playing for his daughter Lia's wedding reception on October 11th. There, he will get a chance to, once again, perform with his son, Ryan who will be playing drums for the occasion. This will be his Big Booking of the year!

Friday, October 17th
Hal will play at The GreyHawk Golf Club in Russell, Ontario, where he debuted there three years ago to a sold-out crowd. Looks like that may happen once again this time around. A very supportive crowd there, as always. Tickets are only $20.00 per person.

October 22nd
Concert/Dance at Le Balcon Cabaret Music Hall, 304 Notre Dame Est, Montreal, Quebec. Tickets $25.00 per person.

December 31st
New Year's Eve Ball/Dance at The Atlantica Hotel in Halifax, NS
Tickets are only $50.00 per person, and the price of the rooms at this great hotel are reduced greatly for the occasion (just mention that you are there for the Hal Bruce Show). This will cap off the year in fine style. Munchies and treats will also be included on your admission price. Reserve tickets now, as they are getting close to sell-out status.
UPDATE DEC 15: THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT!

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August 27 – September 1

International Beatle Festival (most famous in the world)
This marks Hal’s 15th year at this prestigious and very famous Beatle Festival. Hal got his start at this festival as a fill-in back in 2000, and was told that it wasn’t really a common thing to have “solo artists” perform at the world-famous Cavern Club and local haunts of The Beatles back in the day. But they took a chance on him, and said, “We’ll give you a go, and see how long you last before the crowd eats you up and spits you out!”

Well 15 years later, and he’s still playing there, and on the same bill as RAIN, Fab Faux, Gerry and The Pacemakers, The Searchers, Joey Molland of Badfinger, and lots more in places like the Cavern, The Philharmonic Hall, The Royal Court Theatre, The Anglican Cathedral, The Empire Theatre, Quarry Bank School, The Adelphi Hotel, Albert Dock, and lots more.

In 2008, Hal was inducted at the very first Beatle Hall Of Fame ceremony, making him the “only” person in the world to be inducted to TWO Halls of Fame, one in England and one in North America.

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April 2014

A very busy weekend from April 24th through the 26th, with a total of 8 concerts and shows… A lot of driving, sound checks, etc, but a great weekend. Played at The Rose and Kettle Cafe in Dartmouth on the 24th, with a super crowd on hand. Played many of Hal's originals from years ago, and also included some new original material he has been working on. Stories and song made for a really homey kind of atmosphere!

Friday the 25th was really busy one, with 3 shows at The Saltscapes Show at The Exhibition Park. Fantastic exhibition of everything you could think of, from crafts, to food, to music, to just about anything!

Later Friday night, off to Bedford to do a show at The Split Crow for a down home Rock 'n' Roll dance and sing-a-long.

Saturday, the 26th, back at The salts capes to do two more shows, then off on a 3 hour drive to South Shore's Barrington, to do a Fund Raiser Concert at the recently converted Church to Community Hall. The local Rock and Roll Forever band opened for Hal, then he did his Decade of Love, the best of the 1960s show for the wonderful crowd there! Completely SOLD OUT show, and a great time by all who attended! Barrington hospitality was sooo great!

May 3rd's dance at The Belfast Community Center in Belfast, PEI, is now SOLD OUT…so it should be a hopping night! Hal hasn't played in PEI for a little while, so the itch to play there is pretty apparent!

AROTR (Abbey Road On The River Beatles Festival) is coming up in a few weeks, so we'll fill you in as things coma along. While there, Hal will perform Rolling Stone's Magazine's list of the top 100 Beatles song of all time, in a medley, with each song intertwining with each other, so lots of hours, weeks, and months preparing for this feat! He will also perform other concerts while he is there for his 11th visit to that festival.

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February 18, 2014

The weeks from February 2nd - February 15th were super busy and in very High Gear, as Hal's new single, "We Can Dream On" was released worldwide on ITunes, Reverbnation, CDBaby.com, YouTube and by hard copy CD. Some of the local Radio Stations to pick up the song first and to follow up with interviews were 88.1 CKDU Dalhousie Radio, Halifax; CKBW Radio in Bridgewater, NS; 97.7 AVR Radio in The Annapolis Valley, 99.3 QCCR Radio in Liverpool, NS and Beatles And Beyond Radio Station (Toginet Radio 2.0 and its affiliates) in Liverpool, England.

So far, YouTube has been covering the video really well, with many views and comments over the first two weeks of release. And the radio stations listed above have been so supportive of this project venture which included musicians and singers from different parts of the world…quite a Universal Effort, with Percentage of profits going directly to the "Make-A-Wish" Foundation, which helps make a wish/dream come true for children with life-threatening illnesses.

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February 10, 2014

Hal has just released his brand new single, on CD, entitled, "We Can Dream On", and was inspired by John Lennon's vision of PEACE and LOVE around the world. It was written last May 2013, and was recorded at Denmark Productions Recording Studio in Halifax, Nova Scotia over a nine month period, finishing up on February 2nd, where Hal performed two sold-out Concerts.

These two concerts were perfumed on his own, at The Music Room Theater to an enthusiastic full house, where he delivered his, "50th ANNIVERSARY of THE BRITISH INVASION and THE BEATLES. Everything from The Fabs to Simon and Garfunkel, to The Stones and CCR was played to quite a sing-along crowd!

The single, "We Can Dream ON" was debuted live and in video form…lots of super positive comments on the song!

In just one week, over 48,000 views on iTunes… Over 2,000 views on YouTube
Facebook comments are pretty much off the wall, which is the coolest thing, thanks everyone!

So if you'd like to obtain a copy of the song, here's where to look…

1. You can buy the CD single as a mail out, e-mail us at lynne@halbruce.com or call 902-210-4368

2. Facebook.com/hal.bruce Order it by dropping us a note on Facebook

3. YouTube.com You can view it on YouTube by pressing We Can Dream On Hal Bruce or visit the Audio/Video Page
(Leave us a note letting us know what you think of the song.

4. Log onto ITunes an purchase the download for around 99 cents

5. Also cdBaby.com where you can get the download of the song.

*** But, please help spread the word about this up-beat pop tunes to all of your friends on your e-mail list and your Facebook list of friends and family…We'd love to see this go all over the world, and we think it deserves a chance! Thanks so much everyone for your support and love!

Importantly, a percentage of profits will go to the "Make-A-Wish" Foundation, which is recognized internationally… We really want to help someone with a life-threatening illness, and with your help, we can do this…thanks so much again!

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May 1st, 2013 - February 2nd, 2014

Hal decided to take some time off from touring for the month of January, to finish off recording his new single, "We can dream on". It was written in May of 2013, and has seen development to the point of having it recorded for distribution, worldwide, the 2nd of February 2014. The recording is taking place at Denmark Productions Studio in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with engineer Dennis "patience of steel" Field at the helm. With great ears, he is managing to get the sound and energy Hal has been looking for in this unique Global project.

This song was inspired by John Lennon's vision of PEACE and LOVE in the world, and it seemed to Hal, that it would be a great idea to include some of his great musical friends from different parts of the world on the project. So, he recruited friends from countries like England, Holland, Switzerland, USA, and of course, Canada… they've even got an Australian didgeridoo in the recording (one of the highlights, for sure).

9 Months in the writing, planning, and recording will bring us to the first week of February, when it is ready for everyone to hear and see on places like CD, iTunes, YouTube and others.

Hal will debut his single at The Music Room Theatre in Halifax on February 2nd, and is very excited to get back in the "game" of song writing and recording again.

We can dream on
Lyrics and music by Hal Bruce
Copyright May 1st, 2013. SOCAN Cavern Music Publishing

Johnny told ev'rybody, "All you really need is love"
If we give peace a chance, we can ride on the wings of a dove
If we all stand strong, we can all get along, so dream on

Imagine a world where we all could rise up above
All the pain and suffering, and no more wars to think of
If we all stand strong, we can all get along, so dream on

We can dream on, we can dream on, we can dream on

I know it's getting better, but we still got a long long ways to go
If we look straight ahead, we can get what we want, that's for sure
If we all stand strong, we can all get along, so dream on

I know we can see what the world can be
Let our voices be carried by the wind
If we join our hands, every woman and man
United we're gonna take it to the end

Johnny told ev'rybody, "All you really need is love" yeh yeh
If we give peace a chance, we can ride on the wings of a dove
If we all stand strong, we can all get along, so dream on
When we all stand strong, then we'll all get along, so dream on

We can dream on, we can dream on, we can dream on
We can dream on, you can dream on, ev'rybody can dream on

Hal Bruce (copyright May 2013) SOCAN Cavern Music Publishing

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Highlights for 2013

December:

- Continue recording new single, "We can dream on", with Mark Beyer (keyboards, cellos, trumpets, violins) in Louisville, Kentucky.

November:

- Performance with great success at the Westin Hotel in Halifax for the members of USNM Conference.
- Continue recording new single, "We can dream on", in Halifax with Mark Currie (didgeridoo), Marco Zappa (Switzerland, accordion), LSB Experience (Holland, harmony vocals), Chris Grindrod (England, bass).

September:

- Concert performance at Pembroke Music Festival, Upper Stewiacke, NS
- A very special and memorable day for Hal and Lynne St-Hilaire. They tied the knot, and celebrated their nuptials by visiting San Diego, and taking a 15 day cruise through the Panama Canal via west coast of Mexico, and Gulf of Mexico, ending up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
- Hosted and performed at the 7th Maritime Beatle and Rock 'N' Roll Event Festival, celebrating, not only The Beatles, but the great classics of the 1960s and 70s. The best spirited Event yet at the Gardens in Halifax. Groups, entertainers, merchandisers, MCs, volunteers, and fans of great music were completely on their game… two days was perfect; one day would have flown by too quickly! Big thanks to everyone for your involvement. A big special thanks to all of the great sponsors…Seamus David's Pub, Dartmouth Bottle and Metal, Minuteman Press (Cole Harbour), Atlantica Hotel, Spitfire Arms Lounge, Perfect Pour Pub, Eric Morrison Total Accounting Services and Bluenose Catering.
- Released solo album, "Guitar in hand" at Seamus David's Pub in Dartmouth Crossing. Packed house. Special guest singer from Chicago, Jay Goeppner.

Last week of August:

- Hal performs for the 14th consecutive year at The International Beatle Week Festival in Liverpool, England. 15 shows in total to full houses. Appeared twice (sold out shows) at The Philharmonic Hall, along with Joey Molland of Badfinger, Mark Hudson of The Hudson Brothers, and other great entertainers.

Throughout summer of 2013:

- Tour the Maritime Provinces, playing places like west coast of Newfoundland, throughout Nova Scotia, and into New Brunswick. Also performed in Ontario and continued touring to USA.

Mid-June:

- Begin recording at Denmark Studio in Halifax, NS, Hal's original song, "We can dream on", which should be released mid-February 2014 to radio, I-tunes, and YouTube video to follow, etc. This single involves some international artists from places like Switzerland, England, Holland, North Carolina, Kentucky, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. John Lennon inspired theme, this song is already reaching lots of folks on the concert circuit.

Last week of May:

- Hal performs for the 10th year at Abbey Road On The River Beatle Festival in Louisville, Kentucky. Opens two concerts for Peter Asher of Peter and Gordon (World without love, Woman, Go to pieces), sold out shows! Performs with great artists like Mark Beyer (Stripped Down Beatles concert), Mario DaSilva (Unrehearsed and Unprepared concert), LSB Experience from Holland, Hal's Midnight Apple Jam, and his own headline concerts.

March- April:

- Returns to Cuba to perform at Sandals Resort. Decade of Love shows (The best of the 1960s and 70s), and Beatle Festival at resort. Fantastic crowds!

January - March:

- Performs for 5th consecutive year at Seven Feathers Hotel and Casino Resort. Decade of Love concerts. 110 in total, which many were completely sold-out.

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Highlights for 2012

End of December:

- Off to Oregon's Seven Feathers Hotel and Casino Resort for Hal's 5th consecutive year. The best opening night of a 5 year run.
- Releases CD, "Rock `N` Roll Promo".

November:

- Performs at The DeCoste Centre in Pictou, NS… Full house. Show was a non-stop Medley of 90 minutes of the most favorite Beatle songs of all time.
- Hal performed a Special Charity Event to raise money for Cancer Awareness at The Pacific Fleet Club in Esquimalt, BC. Invited by his cousin, April-Marie Reidie, he, in turn, invited April to sing with him through much of his second set. She nailed every song she did, with conviction. Also, as I special guest, Hal invited April's grandfather (Hal's Uncle) Byron to come up and play a couple of classic rock and roll standards. It was quite an honour for Hal to have the three generations of Bruce’s to play on the same stage at the same time... "What a feeling, one of the best moments I've had on stage in a very long time", Hal says.

October:

- Hal and Lynne left Mons by air to Venice, where they embarked on an 11 day cruise of the Mediterranean Sea. Stops included Kotor, Montenegro... Athens, Greece...Kusadasi, Turkey... Santorini, Greece... Split, Croatia... Bodrum...Turkey... Mykonos, Greece. It was in Venice that Hal proposed to Lynne as they were just about ready to leave port on their cruise. Although the cruise was a relaxing trip, there was a lot to do while in various ports of call, hiking, shopping, eating, photo ops. While at sea on their last night, Hal was invited as a special guest to perform a full Concert for the floating population onboard... a great time!

Mid-October:

- Trip to Belgium to perform at The Beatles Day Festival. Although it was a very short stay in Mons, Hal and Lynne had a great time before, during and after the festival....surrounded by great people and Beatle lovers!

Mid-September:

- Hal and Lynne visit Salon-de-Provence, southern France, where he played his 2nd Beatle festival there. Record crowds attended...Hospitality was the order of the day. Special thanks to the French connection for making the Canadian couple feel so welcome!

Labour Day weekend:

- Washington DC`s Abbey Road On The River`s 3rd Festival of Beatles and Rock and Roll. Hal headlines his own solo concert, plus he does a guest spot with California`s super group Starship (formerly Jefferson Airplane).

Last week of August:

- 13th consecutive year Hal performs at The International Beatle Festival in Liverpool, England. 17 shows in total all jammed to the rafters! Opened for 1960s Liverpool Legend Gerry and The Pacemakers. Met back stage and had a few laughs and stories. Hal says that Gerry has not lost one bit of his professionalism, a true inspiration for any budding performers.... "We all loved his show!" Joining Hal on this trip were first-time visitors to Liverpool, Lynne, his girlfriend, and Lia, his daughter. Both gals hung out all week and enjoyed the festivities to the max. Lia's favourite song of the week was when her Dad dedicated "Come Together" to her.

July - August:

- Performs a sold out concert at Ship’s Company Theatre in Parsborro, Nova Scotia. The Very Best of The 1960s Classics!
- Hal and girlfriend Lynne travel to Newfoundland to take on the Back Country 7 day-7 night hike through Gros Morne Mountain's wilderness area. Incredible trip. Upon returning to Rocky Harbour on the 9th, Hal performed a Concert for the folks of that village at The Ocean View Hotel. Great time had by all who attended.

May:

- Hal opens the Abbey Road on the River Beatle Festival, after a year of absence, to an audience of field blanketed listeners. This Louisville crowd is one of the best anywhere is the world of rock and roll.

Mid-April:

- Hal performed a Sold-Out Concert at The Chester Playhouse Theatre in Chester, NS. There, he performed hit after hit from the 1960s and 1970s. Great great crowd on hand for the rock and roll revival. Many thanks to Erick, for the invitation to entertain a fantastic audience!

Mid-March through April:

- Performed over 15 concerts at the Sandals Resort in Varadero, Cuba for the guests of that resort. It marks the third year to entertain the sun-tanned population of Sandals.... a great time had by all. Many folks planned their vacation around the time of Hal’s appearances in Cuba.

January - mid March:

- Marks Hal's 4th year in a row to perform his Decade Show in Canyonville, Oregon. Throughout the 11 week run, the show picked up a lot of steam and developed a great audience of Baby Boomers to the classic rock and roll concerts...111 shows in total.


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Highlights of 2011

December:

- Sold out concert at The Music Room Theatre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 50 Great Years of Rock and Roll. Great crowd on hand.
- Hal plays at the Convention Centre New Year's Dance at Seven Feathers Casino. Sold Out Show, 850 + people.

October:

- Concert/Dance in Russell, Ontario at Grey Hawk Golf Club, Sold Out Show!
- Performs concert at Astor Theatre in Liverpool, Nova Scotia…Best of the 1960s!

September:

- 6th Annual Maritime Beatle Event festival, at St. Antonio's Hall (Olympic Gardens), Halifax, Nova Scotia…featuring Replay The Beatles from Montreal, The Repeatles from Sweden, FreeFall from Amherst, Nova Scotia, Hard Day's Knights from Halifax (not Hal's Hard Dazed Knights), Jay Goeppner from Chicago, and a host of other great entertainers from the region.

August :

- Scheduled Concert in Rocky Harbour, Newfoundland (first time playing in Newfoundland in 8 years).
- Opened for Canadian Rock Legends, Trooper at The Annapolis Valley Exhibition in Lawrencetown…great crowd.
- Hal returns to Liverpool, England's International Beatle Week Festival, where he plays a total of 18 shows in just 6 days! 12th year consecutive visits to The Cavern, Quarry Bank School and other familiar Beatle haunts.

July:

- Hal plays in Perce, Quebec for first time…Concert.

June :

- Opened for Canadian Rock Legends, The Stampeders at The Amherst Arena.

April:

- Performed at Our Friends Pub in Dartmouth, NS, for a Benefit for his sister Anita who passed away just before the Benefit on her 37th birthday (April 11th).

Mid-March – Mid-April:

- Performs at Sandals Resort in Varadero, Cuba…The first week 100% Beatles classics, and following two weeks featured some of the best rock and roll classics of all time!

January through mid-March:

- Plays at the Seven Feathers Hotel and Casino Resort, Canyonville, Oregon, USA. The Decade of Love Show. 100 shows in total. Third year running for Hal at his favourite Casino


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Highlights of 2010

November:

- Bella Rose Art Center, Halifax, NS, sold out concert. Best of the 1960’s and 1970’s

October:

- Performs at The Beatles Day Festival in Mons, Belgium (John Lennon's 70th birthday). Performs for his 4th year.

Labour Day Weekend (first weekend of September):

- Abbey Road On The River Washington, DC. First full-fledged Beatle Festival in Washington. Hal looks forward to reproducing the entire Beatle catalogue in his non-stop medley

Last week of August:

- Heads off for Liverpool, England to take part in his 11th consecutive festival. 13 shows are slated for him over 6 days, but we know there will be others which will come up. This is one of the year's special musical moments.

June:

- Organizes and performs at Halifax’s 5th Annual Maritime Beatle Event…record ticket sales!!! Regional, national and international acts take to the stage in this 12 hours marathon devoted to the music of The Beatles. The Deadly Medley is reproduced in a 2 1/2 hour show.

Last week of May:

- Louisville, Kentucky, Hal takes part in the Abbey Road On The River Beatles Festival (largest in the world!). There he and his "Hard Dazed Knights", recreated his world record by performing all 214 Beatles songs in a non-stop medley. They covered every recorded Beatles song in this marathon!!! 2 1/2 hours slated for this event.

Last two weeks of March:

- Performs "Best of 1960s" and "Beatles" shows in Cuba at the Sandals Resort Varadero for two great weeks.

January through mid-March:

- Performs "Best of The 1960s" show at The Seven Feathers Hotel and Casino Resort in Canyonville, Oregon. 100 shows in total. 2nd year for Hal at this venue.

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Highlights for 2009

November:

- Releases two full length promotional CD’s; "1950’s and 1960’s Live!" and "1960’s and Beyond Live!" (***not for sale) pop classics covering such artists as the Mamas and the Papas, CCR, Lovin’ Spoonful, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, Rolling Stones, Neil Diamond, Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, Van Morrison, Steelers Wheel, Bryan Adams, Herman’s Hermits, Dave Clark Five, Neil Young, The Who, Billy Joel, The Proclaimers and many more.

August:

- Performs a sold-out concert at the Ship’s Company Theatre in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia.
- Hal performs his 10th consecutive year at the International Beatle Week Festival in Liverpool, England

June:

- Hal organizes and performs at Halifax’s 4th Annual Maritime Beatle Event. Regional, national and international acts take to the stage in this 12 hours marathon devoted to the music of The Beatles.

May:

- Hal performs at Abbey Road On The River Beatles Festival, in Louisville, Kentucky for the 7th consecutive year.

January – March:

- Hal performs at Seven Feathers Hotel and Casino Resort as the headliner in the "All You Need Is Love" Beatles tribute.

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Highlights for 2008:

October:

- Beatles Festival in Southern France, Salon de Province. Hal is headlining act in their first ever festival honoring the music of The Beatles.

September:

- Music and Story of The Beatles at The Marigold Centre Theatre in Truro, Nova Scotia

August:

- Belleville, Ontario's Beatles Celebration Festival, 2nd consecutive year performing.
- Hal performs for the 9th consecutive year at The International Beatle Week Festival in Liverpool, England.
- Scranton, Pennsylvania's 2nd Beatle Festival. Hal performs his 2nd consecutive year.
- Hal and the Summer of Love Band plays for over 25,000 people in Liverpool, England’s outdoor Mathew Street Festival.
- Hal is inducted to the first "Hall of Fame" awards ceremony at the International Beatle Week Festival in Liverpool, England.

June:

- Releases 4th tribute CD, "All You Need Is Love" (***not for sale)
- Hal organizes 3rd Annual Maritime Beatle Event at Halifax's Olympic Gardens. Musicians from Europe, USA and Canada headline the 12 hour marathon of Beatles classics.

May:

- Abbey Road On The River Beatles Festival in Louisville, Kentucky. 6th consecutive year performing, and Hal named Music Director for The Beatles Love album recreation onstage with a cast of 30 musicians and singers from different countries. Also performs the entire White Album with a cast of 30.

March:

- Tour of England (Cavern Club Concerts), and Sweden (Two Beatles Festivals -sold-out shows). Visited Town of Kiruna, north of Artic Circle. Land of the Sami natives.

February:

- 25 shows in Varadero, Cuba...Bella Costa Resort.
- Three sold-out shows at The Music Room Theatre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. "Music and Story of The Beatles".

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Highlights for 2007

September:

- Perform at Beatles Day Festival in Mons, Belgium.

August:

- Perform for the 8th consecutive year at The International Beatle Week Festival, in Liverpool, England.

June:

- Music Director and performs LOVE album with four other bands, symphony players, and brass section in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
- Organize/host/perform at 2nd Annual Maritime Beatle Event in Halifax Nova Scotia, along with a number of International Acts.
- Perform at Abbey Road On The River Canada Beatles Festival in Belleville, Ontario.

May :

- Headline concerts in Louisville, Kentucky and Cleveland, Ohio.
- Premier the world's first stage performance of The Beatles current album LOVE. Hal performs and is Music Director for this project.
- Headline 40th anniversary concerts "Summer Of Love 1967" in Louisville, Kentucky.

February – April:

- Produced/performed on CD projects for various Maritime singers, including songwriter Melanie Donnelly.
- Write and record bonus track for cd "Thank You Girl" entitled, "Come On, Down To Abbey Road".
- Commissioned to write and record the official "jingle" for Abbey Road On The River Festival. Then records extended version of "Come on down to Abbey Road" as a complete song. Used as the theme song for this event festival.

January:

- Invited to be Music Director at the world's largest Beatles festival, "Abbey Road On The River" in Louisville, Kentucky, that will be held May 25-29, 2007.

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Highlights for 2006

- Inducted as the First Member of the Abbey Road On The River Beatles Festival "Hall Of Fame".
- Awarded a John Lennon/George Harrison electric Epiphone guitar for his ongoing musical contributions to the Abbey Road On The River Festival.
- Organizing the 1st Annual Maritime Beatle Event to be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia on June 3rd. Special guest appearance by Julia Baird, John Lennon's sister.
- Recording 3rd Beatles tribute CD; scheduled to be released in May.
- Invited to perform at "Abbey Road on the River" in Louisville, Kentucky; 4th consecutive appearance.
- Invited to perform at the "International Beatle Week" Festival in Liverpool, England; 7th consecutive appearance. Scheduled to perform the non-stop Beatles medley of all 214 songs.
- Invited to perform at the "Australian Beatles Festival" in Adelaide; 3rd consecutive year.
- Performs at Beatle Festival at CNE Stadium in Toronto, Beatles and Rock and Roll Music. Festival includes Denny Doherty of the Mamas and The Papas.

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Highlights for 2005

- Invited to perform at "Abbey Road on the River Festival" in Louisville, Kentucky; 3rd consecutive appearance. Will perform the non-stop Beatles medley of all 214 songs.
- Invited to perform at the "Australian Beatles Festival" in Adelaide; 2nd consecutive year.
- Invited to perform at the "International Beatle Week" Festival in Liverpool, England; 6th consecutive appearance. Scheduled for 13 shows including performances at the world-famous Cavern Club (birthplace of The Beatles).
- Invited to perform at "Beatles Day" in Mons, Belgium; 2nd consecutive appearance.

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Highlights for 2004

- Invited to perform at the annual Beatles Festival in Buenos Aries, Argentina in November.
- Scheduled to perform at the annual "Beatles Day" in Mons, Belgium this October.
- Invited to perform at the "Australian Beatles Festival" in Adelaide, Australia; this festival marks the 40th anniversary of The Beatles tour in Australia, as well as the grand opening of Adelaide's very own "Cavern Club".
- Released 7th album; second Beatles tribute CD, entitled "I Will" (***not for sale).
- Invited to perform at the "Abbey Road At The Races" in New Kent, Virginia on July 9th, 10th and 11th. This is a festival commemorating the 40th anniversary of The Beatles first U.S. tour.
- Invited for fifth consecutive year to perform at the "International Beatle Week" in Liverpool, England; 11 scheduled concert performances.
- Invited to perform at the "Abbey Road on the River" Festival in Cleveland, Ohio; second consecutive year. Hal will perform a non-stop Beatles medley of their complete song catalogue (214 songs) to set a "WORLD RECORD"
- Emphasis on theatre settings and international festivals; solo (and group) performances with Beatles Tribute Show.

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Highlights for 2003

- Received an invitation to perform as a showcase artist for "Contact East 2003" in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Artists from across Canada will be on hand to showcase for the talent buyers who will be attending from Canada and abroad.
- Performed as a solo artist at the "Abbey Road on the River" Beatles Festival in Cleveland, Ohio on August 8th, 9th and 10th. This was Hal's first appearance at this new festival honoring the "Fab Four".
- Returned to Liverpool, England in August to perform at his 4th consecutive "International Beatle Week" Festival. During his return journey overseas, Hal met annual visitors and performers at this international event. Hal performed 11 shows during the six day convention; one of the highlights had to be his solo concert at the Royal Court Theatre.
- Currently completing preliminary planning for new recording project; 2nd tribute CD to the music of The Beatles. Hal to be in recording studio this Fall and Winter for a Spring 2004 release.
- Continued touring throughout the Atlantic Provinces and Ontario.

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Highlights for 2002

- Debut of solo performances; focus on concerts, festivals, club dates and touring. Extensive repertoire combining rock ‘n roll, folk, country and original music. "You request ‘em…I’ll play ‘em!"
- Released 5th album "In My Life…" (***not for sale); an acoustic tribute CD to the music of The Beatles.
- Recorded a promotional Christmas CD for Nova Scotia based shopping centre. This six song CD contains a few of Hal's Christmas favourites.
- Performed at the Havelock Jamboree in Ontario to an audience of approximately 30,000 people. Followed performances by Pam Tillis and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
- Performed at "International Beatle Week 2002" in Liverpool, England; 3rd consecutive year. Performed 10 scheduled shows plus an additional 3 held over shows over the 6 day festival. Offered a "standing invitation" to future "Beatle Week" festivals in Liverpool.

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Highlights for 2001

- Performed at "International Beatle Week 2001" in Liverpool, England; 2nd consecutive year. Headlined a number of spots at the festival with encores at every venue. The only Canadian to play out of over 50 acts, as well as the only soloist to perform such an event. Labeled "The Cavern’s very best friend!"
- WINNER of "Golden Note Award" in Beaumont, Texas at the "Best of Texas Music Awards" for song writing. Over 5,000 entries were eligible from Europe, Canada and the USA. Other Canadian winners were Dick Damron and Gary Fjellgaard.
- "Hired Hand Band Farewell Tour" of Ontario in October.

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Highlights for 2000:

- Debut performance at "International Beatle Week 2000" in Liverpool, England. Rave reviews from Beatle "enthusiasts".
- Recorded "Imagine" at Abbey Road Studios – No. 2 in London, England for a global television tribute to The Beatles.

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Highlights for 1999

- Released 2nd video "I’ll Be On My Way". Produced by Hal Bruce and Dan MacDonald of Access Cable in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

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Highlights for 1998

- Released 4th album "On Our Way". Produced by Hal Bruce in Oshawa, Ontario and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Highlights for 1997

- WINNER of "Video of the Year" at the NSCMA Awards.
- WINNER of "Songwriter of the Year" at the NSCMA Awards.

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Highlights for 1996

- WINNER of "Male Vocalist" at the NSCMA Awards.
- WINNER of "Entertainer of the Year" at the NSCMA Awards.
- WINNER of "Band of the Year" (Hired Hand Band) at the NSCMA Awards.

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Highlights of 1995

- Released 3rd album "Cover Up" (***not for sale). Produced by Hal Bruce. A collection of favorite cover tunes played and recorded live by the "Hired Hand Band"; 90+ minutes of country and rock ‘n roll music.

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Highlights of 1994

- Extensive touring.

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Highlights of 1993

- Released 1st video "I’m Goin’ Home" to CMT, TNN, Much Music, Outlaws & Heroes.
• Hal’s song "I’m Goin’ Home" included on international compilation CD with Dolly Parton, Reba McIntyre, George Strait, Michelle Wright and other well-known acts.

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Highlights of 1992

- Recorded 2nd album "Goin’ Home". Produced in Nashville, Tennessee and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Highlights of 1991

- Performed on CTV’s "CCMA Awards Show".
- CCMA "Vista Rising Star" nominee.

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Highlights of 1990

- Performed on CTV’s "CCMA Awards Show".
- CCMA "Vista Rising Star" nominee.
- Performed on "Tommy Hunter Show" with Ricky Skaggs and Michelle Wright.
- Performed on Ronnie Prophet’s "Spirit of the Country" in Ottawa, Ontario. Sang solo and with Lacy J. Dalton.

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Highlights of 1989

- Performed on Rita MacNeil’s CTV Special "Flying On Her Own"; performed "Impossible Love".
- Opened for The Beach Boys at Parlee Beach, New Brunswick; audience of approximately 70,000 people.
- Opened for Janie Fricke and Jonathan Edwards.
- WINNER of CHFX "Band of the Year".
- WINNER of CHFX "Male Vocalist of the Year".
- Performed on CTV’s "CCMA Awards Show".
- Hired as an opening act for The Judds, Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Pride, Steve Wariner, Patty Loveless; concert in Moncton, New Brunswick.

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Highlights of 1988

- Recorded 1st album "The First Time". Produced in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Highlights of 1986

- WINNER of CHFX

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