OUR LADY PEACE'S "HEAVYWEIGHT' VIDEO PACKS A WALLOP

Our Lady Peace's "Heavyweight," the first official video from the Juno Award-winning Canadian band's eighth studio album, Curve, debuted on their website (www.ourladypeace.com) this week.

Recorded in Toronto and at band founder Raine Maida's L.A. Home studio with co-producer Jason Lader [Jay-Z's "99 Problems," Mars Volta, Julian Casablancas, Rilo Kiley, Elvis Costello, Noah & the Whale], Curve is set for release April 17 via eOne Music. The first single, "As Fast As You Can," impacts U.S. radio in April.

Commenting about "Heavyweight," which was shot in a small town outside of Toronto called Bowmanville, Raine says, "The video gods were with us and director Christopher Mills. Chris stumbled upon an old abandoned home that served as a real-life fight club run by an ex-pro boxer. The home was filled with old boxing paraphernalia and the metaphors fit the song perfectly. The fact that we got to blow the house up works on so many levels."

A photo of Canadian heavyweight boxer George Chuvalo as a young man on the cover of Curve brings out the album's pugilistic theme.

Maida recently blogged on AOL about the similarities between rockers and fighters: "Over the years, I have come to realize that musicians and boxers have a lot in common. There are strong emotional and physical similarities between the two. The boxer skillfully relies on rhythm and improvisation to control a fight. An artist relies on rhythm and improvisation to help guide the listener. The boxer uses footwork, punching combinations and tempo to attack and escape his opponent. The artist uses chord progressions, melody and tempo to help the listener escape. Either in the ring or onstage, both the fighter and artist put a piece of their soul on display in a fascinating struggle of determination and acceptance. It's a struggle for affirmation that their work and life force are worthwhile. This war is an age old battle between ego and the sacred self. One designed to fight the other to heal."

The band's headlining North American tour kicks off with a sold-out show March 29 in London, Ontario's Concert Theatre and runs through April 24, with another sold-out performance at L.A.'s Troubadour. Full dates below.

In connection with the tour, Our Lady Peace is offering fans a chance to win a VIP ticket package and some exclusive merch packages by designing a T-shirt in conjunction with talenthouse.com. Fans can enter a design based on either the album title Curve or the song title "Heavyweight." Submissions are due by April 10. Check out the contest page for more information.

Tour Dates:

March 29 - London, ON - Concert Theatre (SOLD OUT)

March 31 - Peterborough, ON - The Venue (SOLD OUT)

April 2 - Montreal, ON - Corona (SOLD OUT)

April 3- Toronto, ON - The Phoenix (SOLD OUT)

April 5 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom (SOLD OUT)

April 6 - Buffalo, NY - Club Infinity (SOLD OUT)

April 7 - Detroit, MI - St Andrew's Hall (SOLD OUT)

April 8 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean (SOLD OUT)

April 10- North Bay, ON - The Wall

April 12 - Thunder Bay, ON - Community Auditorium

April 13 - Winnipeg MB - Garrick (SOLD OUT)

April 16 - Calgary, AB - Flame Central (SOLD OUT)

April 17 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite (SOLD OUT)

April 19 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom (SOLD OUT)

April 20 - Seattle,WA - The Crocodile Cafe

April 21 - Portland Oregon Hawthorne Theatre

April 23 - San Francsico Great American Music Hall

April 24 - Los Angeles, CA Troubadour (SOLD OUT)

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