Ian Thomas and The Arrogant Worms

I Book Shows is pleased to welcome, Ian Thomas and The Arrogant Worms to the roster.

Ian Thomas

Ian first hit internationally in 1973 with “Painted Ladies”. Over the years he has acquired a Juno award, four SOCAN classic awards for Painted Ladies, Right Before Your Eyes, Hold On and Pilot, a UNICEF Danny Kaye Humanitarian award, Juno and Gemini nominations,15 albums and nearly as many top twenty records. Ian’s lyrics have been utilized in English textbooks while his songs have found international success with many artists such as Santana, America, Manfred Man, Chicago, Bette Midler and Ann Murray. Ian founded the internationally acclaimed group The Boomers (1990-2000) that produced four acclaimed albums and two European concert tours. Ian has also added author to the mix with two novels, Bequest (Manor House 2006) and The Lost Chord (Manor House 2008). When he isn’t performing his own shows, he also records (four albums to date) and tours the country regularly with good friends Murray McLauchlan, Marc Jordan, and Cindy Church in a band called Lunch At Allen’s. 

This past year saw the release of a long awaited new solo album (Little Dreams) to strong reviews in both Canada and the USA.  A new novel, autobiography and album are in the works.


The Arrogant Worms

The rumours they spread are true! To celebrate their twenty-fifth year, The Arrogant Worms are giving a farewell tour across Canada. Inspired by the fact that most groups their age have cashed in on at least a half dozen “farewell tours” already, the Worms’ “First Farewell Tour” will be in support of their latest release, surprisingly titled, “The First Farewell Album.” Both tour and album could be their last—unless they decide to do more. As Worm, Trevor Strong (aka, “the guy who stands in the middle”), says, “Who knows? If it goes well, maybe we’ll turn it into a yearly thing.” But regardless of what happens in the future, the fact remains that the tour and the album will be, for the moment anyway, their most recent of all time!