Billy Talent makes first stop on Canadian tour

Band plays Abbotsford Centre on Thursday, Feb. 16

Billy Talent performs at Abbotsford Centre on Feb. 16.

Billy Talent performs at Abbotsford Centre on Feb. 16.

Canadian rock band Billy Talent will perform in Abbotsford on Thursday, Feb. 16 on their first stop of a 12-city Canadian tour.

The band, who performs with fellow Canadian rockers Monster Truck & The Dirty Nil, plays at Abbotsford Centre, starting at 7 p.m.

Billy Talent are touring in support of Afraid of Heights, their new studio album.

The album, their first in five years, topped the Canadian Nielsen Soundscan Top Albums chart upon its release in late July, marking the fourth consecutive number one album for the group.

In addition to the domestic success, Afraid of Heights also debuted in the top spot in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

The lead single, Afraid of Heights, also reached number one on Canadian Rock Radio, joining Rusted from the Rain, Stand up and Run, and Surprise Surprise as chart- topping hits for the band.

Billy Talent are also recently released their new single Louder than the DJ.

In the 13 years since their inception, Billy Talent have sold nearly one million albums in Canada alone and nearly three million albums internationally.

Their albums Billy Talent I, II and III have all received multi-platinum certifications, with platinum status for the last studio album Dead Silence.

In Canada, the band has had three number one hits that combined for 20 weeks at the top spot, six top-five hits, and six top-10 hits.

Billy Talent has partnered with Plus 1 on this tour to support two Canadian charities.

One dollar from every ticket sold goes to support MusiCounts, a Canadian non-profit organization that provides schools with musical instruments, and F.U.MS, a foundation that creates a series of events to support Canadian youth affected by multiple sclerosis.

Ticket prices range from $40.50 to $70.50 and are available online at livenation.com or charge by phone at 1-855-985-5000.