Hometown hero Michael Bublé kicks off the Canadian leg of his To Be Loved world tour right here in Vancouver

Between being a dad to his 10-month-old baby, performing almost nightly on his world tour, and keeping up with all the latest Canucks news (it hasn't been happy news, granted), Vancouver crooner Michael Bublé hasn’t had much time to slow down lately. But according to Bublé at a local press conference, you won’t hear him complaining about a busy schedule.

“It’s a very cynical world and so many of the artists are trying so hard to be cool that they’ve stopped trying… For me, I don’t feel that way. I feel like I’m lucky to be out there.”

Bublé will be starting the Canadian leg of his To Be Loved World Tour with two shows at Rogers Arena on June 19 and 20. He may be spending more time abroad than at home lately, but Bublé remains a proud Canadian. He’ll be celebrating his tour with a six-track Canadian Tour EP featuring two never-before-recorded songs.

Bublé Back Home

Born and raised in Burnaby, the Vancouver kickoff shows hold a special significance for Bublé.

“No matter how big this gets for me or what happens in my life, no matter when I come back to Vancouver, you’re always my peers. You’re my people. So it’s always going to matter more to me.”

Before resuming his tour, Bublé got to spend a little downtime in his hometown, returning just in time to celebrate his first Father’s Day. He spent a rainy day at Burnaby’s Confederation Park with his wife, Luisana Lopilato, and their 10-month-old son, Noah. He was quick to sing the praises of his new role as a father, and credited it with giving him a bit of perspective.

“It fulfills me. This thing that I’m doing: the music, the entertaining, the job, is awesome and I’m grateful for it, but it’s my job. It’s not who I am. Who I am is a dad and a husband.”

Still, fans need not be concerned about the singer’s divided affections. Bublé was quick to reassure that fatherhood’s impact on his career has been nothing but positive.

“I’m writing better than I ever have, I’m performing better than I ever have, and it’s because for the first time in my life I probably understand what my true priority is.”

The To Be Loved Tour

Bublé will be channeling that newfound attitude into shows across Canada before heading south to the States, Mexico, South America, and then across to Europe. There’s little modesty when Bublé promises fans “the greatest show on earth,” but the confidence only serves to illustrate his passion for performing.

“I love the fact that I get to throw a party for 15,000 people and take them away from their troubles for a couple of hours. And not just sing great songs and be present while I sing them, but also to make them laugh, bring them along and make them really feel like they were really part of the experience.”

He’s come a long way since he was a struggling singer from Burnaby, and Bublé has a simple message for his Vancouver fans:

“I hope you’re as proud of me as I am of being one of you.”