Ron James heading to City

Canadian comic Ron James is including Red Deer on a tour this March.

He brings his Pedal to the Medal Tour to the Memorial Centre on March 1.

Tickets are available at, by phone at 1-800-661-8793 or 403-755-6626.

Unshackled by network constraints and corporate oversight, prepare for James to let loose, moving full throttle as he unleashes his trademark kinetically-charged live show.

Hailed by critics from coast to coast, James has consistently sold out theatres across the country with his live performances.

With a comedian’s eye for satire and a poet’s ear for language, he cuts a wide swath through contemporary culture with a razor sharp wit and machine-gun delivery, making him a stand-out among stand-up performers.

James recently garnered a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor for The Ron James Show, which wrapped production after five seasons on CBC-TV.

James was born in the coal-mining town of Glace Bay, Cape Breton and raised in Halifax. After graduating from Acadia University in 1979, he settled in Toronto and studied improvisational comedy at Second City. He later appeared in everything from Home Hardware commercials to corporate training films.

Tinseltown beckoned in the early 1990s, so he headed to Los Angeles at the invitation of Ron Howard’s company Imagine TV. James was to join the series My Talk Show, but it was cancelled.

He headed back to Toronto where he penned and performed his first one-man show about his time in LA called ‘Up and Down in Shakey Town’.

In the late 1990s, he was a regular on Made in Canada, wrote for This Hour Has 22 Minutes and was voted Comedian of the Year at the Canadian Comedy Awards in 2000. James has also enjoyed acclaim for his specials on CBC including ‘The Road Between My Ears’, ‘Quest For The West’, ‘West Coast Wild’ and ‘Back Home’.

James tours across Canada regularly, playing over 70 sold out dates per year. He is also a sought-after performer on the corporate circuit.