Interview: Ruth B's Homecoming Concert in Edmonton

Juno award-winning Ruth B returns to her hometown of Edmonton on June 23



June 9, 2017

Courtesy Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment

Ruth B has, fortunately, not met the same fate that Vine has; while the social media app through which she first started sharing her music is now defunct, Ruth's career is just beginning — and she's off to an excellent start. She attended her first Juno Awards show in April and walked away with the prestigious award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, and a month later released her first full album Safe Haven. Yes, that's right; Ruth has commanded the attention of Canada — and of the world — with just one beautiful, hear-it-everywhere tune, "Lost Boy."

Not long before all this, Ruth lived and studied in Edmonton, and even now, between tours and recordings and meet and greets and travel, Ruth is calling Edmonton home. "I just really enjoy being home and hanging out with family and friends," Ruth says. Now, with a full roster of self-written songs to perform in addition to the chart-topping, social media sensation "Lost Boy," ("Superficial Love" is now hot on its heels) Ruth is headed out on tour including a special show in her hometown on June 23 at the Starlite Room. "It's going to be really cool to come back home and play a show here, I'm really excited," Ruth says.

Just a few weeks before her show in Edmonton, Ruth reports that she's already back in the city, driving around on a warm day full of sunshine in the river valley. Ruth describes the 12 tracks on Safe Haven as "honest, raw and in the moment" and remarks "I loved the alone process of writing this album, it felt like I was writing in a diary." It makes sense then, with a confessional-style album, why Ruth says fans can expect her show to be "intimate, personal, cool and as close to the album as possible. It's just going to be a lot of honest music." Perhaps you'll even hear a cover of an Ed Sheeran song or two — she's already circulated a video of her performing Sheeran's "Shape of You." Even though Safe Haven was a "very to myself project," Ruth says she'd be open to vocal and songwriting collaborations in the future — she hints that she already has something this summer — and would especially like to work with Sheeran "he's one of my favourites, I'd love to one day work with him."

One of Ruth's Edmonton fans, Gage Schamehorn, was the lucky recipient of a tweet from @itsruthb after she tweeted about buying tickets to her show. "I discovered Ruth herself through Vine a few years ago," Schamehorn says. "I only care for a few people's voices and only a few actually catch my attention. Her voice was one of those that I couldn't stop listening to. I would loop her Vines over and over again." Schamehorn is eagerly counting down the days until Ruth's show and is looking forward to "just hearing Safe Haven live. It will definitely be an experience." Similarly, local fan Sydney Heigh bought tickets to her show as soon as @itsatruthb tweeted about it."Seeing as it's a smaller venue I am so excited for the intimate show," Heigh says. "I have a Countdown on my phone and every single day seeing the number of days shrink that I have to wait to see Ruth perform again makes my heart so happy. I am planning on getting to the venue bright and early so that I can hopefully be front row for the concert. I even sent my friend a list of all of her songs so that she could memorize the lyrics as well, so we can scream then at the top of our lungs."

Ruth says travelling has made her appreciate what she has at home a lot more, and though "Whyte Avenue is always fun," these days you might just find her relaxing and watching The Bachelorette. "I don't have the mental capacity for binge watching shows on Netflix anymore, but I love watching The Bachelor/Bachelorette."

It's clear Ruth loves her hometown, and her Starlite Room show is going to be something special. See Ruth B perform in Edmonton on June 23 at the Starlite Room (and enter to win a meet-and-greet), and/or take a road trip to Calgary to see her at iHeartRadio West Fest on July 8.

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