Fred Penner Takes 'The Cat Came Back' on 40th Anniversary Tour

Fred Penner Takes 'The Cat Came Back' on 40th Anniversary Tour
This year marks four decades since Fred Penner launched his career with debut album The Cat Came Back, and the beloved Canadian children's performer has now announced plans to mark the occasion with a lengthy anniversary tour.

Next year, Penner will play 21 dates in towns and cities across Central and Western Canada. He'll kick things off in Regina on February 15, with a date at Knox-Metropolitan United Church.

From there, he'll find his way east as far as Ontario before heading back westward, closing out the tour with a date at North Vancouver's Centennial Theatre on April 5.

You can find Penner's entire itinerary below. Tickets for all dates go on sale Friday (November 8) at 10 a.m. local time.

Released in 1979, The Cat Came Back featured Penner's titular take on the 1893 song alongside staples "Sandwiches" and "John Russell Watkins." He last released his Hear the Music album in 2017, which featured Ron Sexsmith, Alex Cuba, Basia Bulat and more.

Tour dates:

02/15 Regina, SK - Knox-Metropolitan United Church
02/16 Saskatoon, SK - Broadway Theatre
02/17 North Battleford, SK - Dekker Centre for the Performing Arts
02/21 Grand Prairie, AB - St. John Paul II Catholic School
02/22 Dawson Creek, BC - EnCana Events Centre
02/23 Fort Saint John, BC -North Peace Cultural Centre
02/28 Ottawa, ON - Algonquin Commons Theatre
03/01 Belleville, ON - Empire Theatre
03/03 Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
03/04 Hamilton, ON - FirstOntario Concert Hall
03/05 London, ON - London Music Hall
03/08 Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings Theatre
03/10 Calgary, AB - Jack Singer Concert Hall
03/12 Edmonton, AB - Francis Winspear Centre for Music
03/15 Red Deer, AB - Red Deer Memorial Centre
03/21 Nanaimo, BC - The Port Theatre
03/22 Victoria, BC - McPherson Theatre
03/27 Vernon, BC - Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre
03/28 Nelson, BC - Capitol Theatre
03/29 Kelowna, BC - Kelowna Community Theatre
04/05 North Vancouver, BC - Centennial Theatre