New EP and Upcoming Tour

Fall is here and we're gearing up for some more trewsing. I have a bunch of exciting news to announce. After a very busy and exciting summer we headed back into the studio to record a seven song ep with our old friend and long time collaborator Gordie Johnson. Most of the tunes were written in Austin Texas back in 2010, they run the gamut from tongue and cheek songs to heart felt country tinged rock. We even included a cover from our favorite Australian song writer Paul Kelly, we do his classic "Leaps and Bounds". We recorded the whole thing in a marathon four day session at Revolution Studios in Toronto. The results are rocking, rough and ready! We had the honor of being joined by two of the members of the Black Crowes on a few of the tunes. Eddie Harsch lent his piano playing genius to our song "Not Yours To Love" and Rich Robinson played some paint peeling leads on "Oblivion", "Not Yours to Love" and "Lord Keep me in Mind". It was an incredible musical experience. The name of the ep is "Thank you and I'm Sorry". The first single is a souped up studio version of fan favorite "The Power of Positive Drinking", it goes to radio October 1st. My personal favorite song is "We are the Trews", make sure you listen to the marathon Canadian band tribute at the end;). The album will be released on November 6th.

We will be announcing a contest for "The Power of Positive Drinking" in the next few days which will require fans to create their own ecards with a line or two from the lyrics of the song. We will provide links to sites where you can create your own cards, lyrics for the song and instructions on where to post the finished ecard. The winner will have their ecard posted on our Facebook page and will get an MP3 of "The Power of Positive Drinking" before street date.

And with new music comes more touring!!! Starting October 11 and running through december we will be doing acoustic gigs in Ontario and Eastern Canada. On October 21st we will be returning to Australia for our fourth time, looking forward to seeing all of our old friends down under. Also, on November 8th we will be participating in "WHISKY ROCKS: A CELEBRATION OF MUSIC AND WHISKY" taking place at 46 West in Barrie. Bands have until October 9th to upload a video to http://www.whiskyrocks.com/ and win a chance to open for us and win a prize pack from Gibson and Yamaha. Good luck to everyone on their submissions!

On behalf of the band I sincerely hope you enjoy the new music as much as we enjoyed making it. I'm really looking forward to seeing all you friends and total strangers at the gigs this fall! Thank you for the continued support.

Colin

THE TREWS ANNOUNCE NEW EP AND AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES

'The rock gods have again answered the prayers of rock fans Australia wide by blessing us with another tour from multi-award winning Canadian rockers, The Trews'- Troy Culpan, May The Rock Be With You

This October THE TREWS will be gracing our shores for a national tour in support of their highly anticipated new extended EP, "...thank you and I'm sorry". Released on 22 October 2012, the eight track extended EP features the lead single, an incredible re-imagining of Paul Kelly's 'Leaps & Bounds' and a kick-ass version of their track 'Poor Ol' Broken Hearted Me' featuring a gritty vocal contribution from their good mate Shannon Noll.

The tour commences in Cronulla at legendary venue The Brass Monkey, where The Trews have played many a smokin' gig, traverses parts of NSW, into Victoria, across to Adelaide and then winding up with a Melbourne Cup Eve gig, 5th November at Melbourne's Hallam Hotel, with the aforementioned Noll.

Having performed 900+ shows, THE TREWS have proven their dedication to rock 'n' roll, supporting the likes of The Rolling Stones, Kid Rock, Guns 'n' Roses, KISS, Bruce Springsteen and Robert Plant. If that wasn't enough to whet your appetite, critics have described the band as "... without a doubt, the greatest rock band of their generation” - Performer Magazine (USA).

Since October 2011 they have managed to build a solid fan base with 150 shows across the U.S, the U.K and Australia. THE TREWS have achieved a staggering 13 top ten singles in the Canadian charts including two number 1's, with a massive 12 weeks inside the TOP 10 on the Canadian ACTIVE ROCK chart for "Misery Loves Company”. THE TREWS won an Independent Music Award (US) for "Hold Me In Your Arms”(released April 2011) and took out first prize in AAA/ALTERNATIVE Best Hard/Rock/Metal Song at IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) 2010 for "Sing Your Heart Out”.

They secured #1 Album of the Year 2011 on Metal Odyssey for "Hope and Ruin” and Classic Rock Magazine's Top Songs 2011 (UK) for "The World I Know”. Their most notable nominations to date include Best New Band by Classic Rock Magazine (UK), Best New Band by SPIN.com (U.S) and Juno Award nomination for the highly successful live acoustic CD/DVD Friends & Total Strangers.

Whether you've seen the THE TREWS before or you have been hanging out to see an all-round great rock gig, make sure you don't miss these shows! Tickets for "...thank you and I'm sorry " tour are on sale now.

THE TREWS "...thank you and I'm sorry " extended EP released 22nd October via itunes, and 2nd November in physical format, on Bumstead/Code One/MGM.

tickets on sale now via www.thetrews.oztix.com.au

Don't miss out on THE TREWS Pre-Sale Bundle Tickets which include:

    "...thank you and I'm sorry” 8 track extended EP - Save $5.00 on retail price
    2 Track Download Card for THE TREWS unreleased material - exclusive to Pre-Sale Bundle
    THE TREWS Australian Tour sticker
    THE TREWS badge

To book your Pre Sale Bundle for "...thank you and I'm sorry” Tour (Add $10.00 to Ticket Price) Visit www.thetrews.oztix.com.au

THE TREWS AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES 2012

Wednesday 24th October 2012: The Brass Monkey - Cronulla (NSW) Tickets: Ph: (02) 9544 3844 www.oztix.com.au or www.brassmonkey.com.au

Thursday 25th October 2012: Upstairs Beresford - Sydney (NSW) www.oztix.com.au or www.moshtix.com.au - Ph: (02) 9486 3343

Friday 26th October 2012: Terrey Hills Tavern (NSW) Tickets: www.oztix.com.au - www.terreyhillstavern.com.au - Ph: (02) 9486 3343

Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th October 2012: Sydney Blues And Roots Festival www.sydneybluesfestival.com.au or www.oztix.com.au

Sunday 28th October 2012: Beaches - Thirroul (NSW) Ph: (02) 4267 2288 - www.beacheshotel.com.au

Thursday 1st November 2012: Ding Dong - Melbourne (VIC) Tickets: www.dingdonglounge.com.au - Ph: (03) 9521 7447

Friday 2nd November 2012: The Loft - Warrnambool (VIC) www.oztix.com.au - Ph: (03) 5561 0995

Saturday 3rd November 2012: Jive - Adelaide (SA) Tickets: www.oztix.com.au or www.jivevenue.com - Ph: (08) 8211 6683

Monday 5th November 2012: Hallam Hotel - Melbourne (VIC) with SHANNON NOLL www.hallamhotel.com.au - Ph: (03) 8786 0200

THE TREWS ACOUSTIC TOUR 2012

Revered Canadian rockers The Trews are returning to the road in support of their upcoming EP, …Thank You and I’m Sorry. But while the band has built its reputation belting their high-energy, arena-ready rock anthems from stages across the globe, this time out, audiences will get a glimpse of a different side of this multi-faceted foursome. As they did to great acclaim for 2009’s Friends & Total Strangers tour, The Trews – lead vocalist/guitarist Colin MacDonald, guitarist John-Angus MacDonald, drummer Sean Dalton, and bassist Jack Syperek – are performing a string of unplugged acoustic shows across the continent. “We’ve always had this other side of us, which is three acoustic guitars and a hand drum,” says Colin MacDonald. “Changing things up helps keep us inspired and gives us a chance to showcase some of the intricacies of our music.”

The intimate, stripped-down nature of these performances will bring the band’s soaring, interwoven harmonies and sharp sense of dynamics and melody to the forefront of the experience. “It also appeals to a different audience and lets us play for people we wouldn’t usually get to,” MacDonald adds, noting the sets will contain re-imaginings of hits and fan favourites from the band’s extensive back catalogue along with selections from ...Thank You and I’m Sorry.

“We love having something new for our fans each time we hit the road; something we’re excited to share,” the singer says about the upcoming 7-song EP. The release, co-produced by John–Angus MacDonald and previous collaborator Gordie Johnson (Big Sugar, Gov't Mule, and The Trews' House Of Ill Fame) and featuring The Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson, is comprised of a mix of softer acoustic songs along with traditional Trews bangers, including an amped-up take of Australian rock icon Paul Kelly’s “Leaps and Bounds.” Says MacDonald about the cover: “We thought it’d make a great Trews song and we’re really looking forward to getting it out there.” While the tour-de-force that is The Trews’ rock show has earned them slots supporting the likes of The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Robert Plant, and KISS, they’ve amassed a fair share of accolades through their acoustic work. The band’s hugely successful live acoustic CD/DVD Friends & Total Strangers was nominated for a JUNO Award while the single “Sing Your Heart Out” earned the band an International Acoustic Music Award in the AAA/Alternative category.

Come the new year, The Trews will return to writing material for their next full-length, expected in 2013. But for now, the aim is to stun spectators from the stage with tight, retuned takes of well-known tracks. The ability to draw from four full-length studio albums – two certified Gold in Canada – and 13 Top 10 Canadian singles will only allure fans new and old, present and future, to explore this special side of the band Performer Magazine calls “without a doubt, the greatest rock band of their generation.”

10/11/12 Burnstown, ON Neat Schoolhouse Stage (2nd show)
10/12/12 Burnstown ON Nea t Schoolhouse Stage
10/13/12 Ridgeway ON The Sanctuory
11/15/12 North Bay, ON North Bay Capitol Centre
11/16/12 Oshawa, ON The Regent Theatre
11/17/12 Goderich, ON The Livery Theatre
11/21/12 Waterloo, ON Starlite
11/22/12 Waterloo, ON Starlite
11/23/12 Belleville, ON The Empire Theatre
11/24/12 Montreal, QC Le Belmont
11/27/12 Fredericton, NB Fredericton Playhouse
11/28/12 Liverpool, NS Astor Theatre
11/29/12 Charlottetown, PE Homburg Theatre
11/30/12 Moncton, NB Capitol Theatre
12/02/12 Halifax, NS Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
12/03/12 St. John, NB Imperial Theatre
12/11/12 Meaford, ON Meaford Hall Arts and Cultural Centre
12/14/12 Hamilton, ON The Studio at Hamilton Place

The Trews and Bruce Springsteen

As I write this I'm listening to a mix of my favorite Bruce Springsteen songs, by now you probably know why...:) A few weeks ago, when we got the call to open for the Boss at Magnetic Hill in Moncton, we were really excited. We've opened for many legendary acts over the years and we were stoked to add Bruce Springsteen and the E street band to this formidable list.

We've played all kinds of shows in our ten plus years on the road, from dives to stadiums and everything in between and one thing we've learned in those years is "manage our expectations". Our motto has always been to treat every gig with the same amount of importance whether it be opening for the Stones or playing a small dive in nowheresville.

To be honest, sometimes the really big gigs aren't all that they're cracked up to be. Usually we're on early in the day for a short set, we don't get to sound check, so the monitors are crap, and its over before it feels like it's started. Furthermore, the crowd is not necessarily there for you so they can be a bit cold and oftentimes we don't even get to shake hands with the star of the show. In this case it seemed even farther fetched that we'd get to meet the Boss because he doesn't usually have opening acts so there's really no protocol for a "meet and greet". So although we were excited about the opportunity, we tried our best not to get ahead of ourselves and "manage our expectations".

WELL., our set, despite being a throw and go, went fantastic with the people of Moncton showing us just how hard they can rock at four o'clock in the afternoon - a true testament to the east coast spirit. Thanks for coming out early and singing along with us, you made our set thoroughly enjoyable and truly memorable.

After us was Tom Cochrane who did a great job. We decompressed backstage to his repertoire of Canadian classics. About half hour after Tom was finished we were summoned by Springsteen's road manager to the side of the stage for a chance to say hi to the Boss as he made his way onstage. He informed us that Bruce likes to stay really focused before his gigs so we shouldn't make small talk or take up too much of his time. We could totally relate to this and were just thankful for the opportunity to get a pic with the legend himself. Security was really tight, as we watched the E street band approach the stage on foot, behind them was a big procession of black SUV Escalades and behind that was a couple of racing golf carts. One golf cart in particular was zigging and zagging recklessly all over the road making its way to the stage. As I waited for the Escalades to reach us, eager to meet one of my childhood heroes, I couldn't keep my eye of the reckless golf cart. I thought to myself "whoever is driving that golf cart is gonna run over one of these guys and get in heaps of s#*t!". As the procession came to a stop right in front of us, I expected to see Bruce emerge from one of the back seats but still couldn't take my eyes off of this crazy golf cart. As the cart got closer and skid to a stop in front of us, it dawned on me, the guy driving the golf cart was... BRUCE!.

He was giving Max Weinberg and Little Steven (i still think of him as Sil!) a ride to the stage in his own out of control way! - what a guy! He drove right up to where we were standing, hops out and in that raspy voice of his asked "how you guys doing? Where ya from? How was your set? You ready for a rock show!!". HELL YEAH!! He was as awesome and down to earth in person as you imagine he would be. After doing a few pics I thought "awesome it can't get better then this" ....THEN he turns around and says "hey do you guys know Twist and Shout?"

"umm yes,The Boss, we know Twist and Shout",

"well, we're doing it in the encore, why don't you boys come up and sing it with us!" ... Sure no problem Bruce...

Now the first thought that runs through ones mind when asked to play with Bruce Springsteen is "Holy S#*T!"

the second one is "we better stay sober enough for the next three hours to play good!"

and the third thought is "BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN JUST ASKED US TO SING IN HIS F#*King ENCORE, HOLY S#*T THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE I'M CALLING EVERYBODY I KNOW!".

I couldn't believe it, I still can't believe it. But it happened. Then the show began, Bruce Springsteen and the band put on the BEST LIVE SHOW I'VE EVER SEEN. He played a bunch of new tunes from his latest album Wrecking Ball, a bunch of classics and even took requests from the rabid crowd. It goes without saying that he's the most charismatic and energetic front man out there. He really knows how to make the crowd feel the spirit.

I monitored my post show libations to ensure that i would be fully lucid during our guest appearance. After a thrilling three hour set we were gathered to the side of the stage, then I hear the man himself yell to the crowd "let's bring up the TREWS!". The boys and I crowded onto the stage as Twist and Shout began.

I was stationed next to Nils Lofsgren and got to share a mic with him , how cool is that! Tambourine in hand, I shouted the back up vocals and looked out over the enormous crowd. The boss looked over at us all grinning ear to ear the whole time, it was unbelievable. He kept extending the song, he would do a faux ending "James Brown style" and then BAM! back into another verse. The whole rendition clocked in at 10 minutes which was fine by me, the more time onstage with this incredible band the better.

Then it was over, Bruce waved goodbye to the crowd and we followed him off stage. After hugs and high fives all round he and the band got into the black SUVs (that's what they were there for!) and promptly "left the building".

It still feels like a dream, its been three days since that epic night and I'm still pinching myself to see if I'll wake up. But as facebook and youtube has shown me time and again, it was absolutely real and definitely the highlight of my career as a musician thus far...

Bruce has sat in with a lot of great bands over the years but we got to sit in with Bruce AND the E Street Band! Trewly honored and grateful for the experience. What a way to end the summer! Expectations met and FAR exceeded!!

Colin

Summer Update

It's been a great summer so far and we're only half way through! From Canada Day in Kitchener to Artpark in Lewiston to club dates across the US from Chicago to Asbury Park, it' been a pretty busy July - thanks to everyone who's been coming out to check out the shows, it means a lot. Still plenty of shows on the horizon before we break out the toques and scarves again. August will see us hitting places as far spread as St.John's and L.A. We are very excited to be heading back to LA and will be doing a Twitter contest for a chance to win tickets to our show! Keep an eye out as we will be starting the contest about a week before the show.

We've also been busy writing some new material which we hope to be testing out at some of these upcoming shows. Hopefully we'll be ready to track a few new songs in the early fall, we'll be sure an keep you posted on all of that as well.

I hope you're all having an awesome summer full of rest 'n' relaxation and rock 'n' roll - the other r'n'r : )

See you out on the road,

JA

Upcoming dates: 18/08/2012 Mount Brydges, ON @Rockin Wheel 19/08/2012 Salmon Arm, BC @ Salmon Arm Fair 21/08/2012 Los Angeles, CA @ Viper Room 26/08/2012 Moncton, NB @ Magnetic Hill

July Update

July is upon us and we're keeping busy.

Last week we were up in cottage country filming a music video for "If You Wanna Start Again". Hopefully we'll have something for you to see real soon. Other than that we've been hanging at our respective homes coming up with new riffs, melodies and lyrical ideas in hopes of getting started ion a new album sometime soon.

We're really looking forward to playing all the festivals throughout the summer all over this beautiful country. Nothing like a canadian summertime crowd! We'll also be heading south to play some American dates so if you see we're coming to a town near you, feel free to join us for some drinks and a night of music.

We're also offering a special treat to our Chicago fans! Anyone who buys a ticket for our show, if you email a copy of your ticket receipt to info@thetrewsmusic.com, we will give away Hope & Ruin CD's to the first 45 people to send them in!

Upcoming summer dates:
14/07/2012 Calgary, AB @ Stampede
15/07/2012 Ottawa, ON @ Bluesfest
18/07/2012 Lewiston, NY @ Art Park
20/07/2012 Sturtevant, WI @ Route 20 Outhouse
21/07/2012 Chicago, IL @ Double Door
25/07/2012 Philadelphia, PA @ Philly Grape Room
26/07/2012 Asbury Park. NJ @ The Saint
27/07/2012 Manchester, NH @ Shaskeen
28/07/2012 Masonville, QC @ Owlhead Festival
01/08/2012 Vancouver, BC @ Shorefest
03/08/2012 Port Colborne, ON @ City of Port Colborne Market Square
04/08/2012 Torbay, NL @ Upper Three Corner Pond Park
05/08/2012 Edson, AB @ Vision Park
10/08/2012 Sydney, NS @ Rock The Dock
11/08/2012 Fredericton, NB @ Fred Rock Festival
18/08/2012 Mount Brydges, ON @Rockin Wheel
19/08/2012 Salmon Arm, BC @ Salmon Arm Fair
21/08/2012 Los Angeles, CA @ Viper Room
People of the deer, SUMMER IS HERE!!!Colin

US Tour Dates and Contest

Hey Trews Fans!! The guys are headed back down to the US for another week and a half of shows and we'll be hosting a Twitter contest to give away tickets and M&G for each show! To enter to win, please follow the instructions below.

1. Here are the eligible dates for the contest:

May 9, 2012 @ The Loft - Lansing, MI - http://www.facebook.com/events/173366272784640/

May 10, 2012 @ The Auricle - Canton, OH - http://www.facebook.com/events/125376390926921/

May 11, 2012 @ Frankies Inner City - Toledo, OH - http://www.facebook.com/events/287402208002532/

May 12, 2012 @ Rumba Cafe - Columbus, OH - http://www.facebook.com/events/386271284740058/

May 15, 2012 @ Preservation Pub - Knoxville, TN - http://www.facebook.com/events/369041499805780/

May 16, 2012 @ Smith's Olde Bar - Atlanta, GA - http://www.facebook.com/events/106695259462658/

May 17, 2012 @ The Rutledge - Nashville, TN - http://www.facebook.com/events/381531708545071/

May 18, 2012 @ Gerstle's Place - Louisville, KY - http://www.facebook.com/events/144819082312663/

May 19, 2012 @ Mainstay Rock Bar - Cincinnati, OH - http://www.facebook.com/events/214712838633705/

2. We will post a Tweet for each of these shows including a link to the Facebook event. Look for a post by The Trews starting with "WIN".

3. Determine which show you'd like to win tickets and a M&G and re-tweet that post.

4. Winners will be contacted via Twitter at least 2 days prior to the show so please keep an eye on your Twitter accounts.

Good luck!

So long Levon.

I met Levon Helm in Sarasota Florida in January of 2005. We wererecording Den of Thieves in Toronto and our producer Jack Douglas had to duck out for a few days to present an award to Levon at the Sarasota film festival. The award was for musicians who’ve crossed over into acting in a significant way. Levon was being honored for his roll as “the Coal Miner” in the Coal Miner’s Daughter. Jack invited me along for the trip, which was a welcome break from the cold Canadian winter. At the rehearsal lunch for the awards I was introduced to Levon through Jack. “This is John-Angus from a Canadian band I’m working with called the Trews” said Jack. Levon replied graciously “Well isn’t that great, good luck to ya! “

then he held my hand with both of his hands, leaned in a little closer and said “ ..actually, good luck to all of us”.

At this point he’d already been through his first round battle with cancer and I’m not sure if it had re-occurred by then or not but it certainly felt like a profound moment to me. We had lunch together then later that night I got to watch him pound the skins like no other from the front row. It was a magic moment I will always cherish. Good luck to you Levon as you cross the great divide. You are a bad ass and you will be greatly missed.

John-Angus

East Coast Music Awards

East Coast Music Awards given today as part of East Coast Music Week in Moncton, April 11-15 (Moncton, NB) - Boasting 10 different venues and 35 showcases, East Coast Music Week, April 11-15 in Moncton, completed its second day with five awards being handed out. The winners are:

Rock Recording of the Year (presented by EMI) - The Trews for Hope and Ruin

***The Trews will perform a free outdoor concert, presented by Bell Aliant, on Sunday afternoon at the Moncton City Market beginning at 1 p.m

Contest for US Tour

We're heading back down south for the spring Played a couple of great shows last week in Ontario and Newfoundland. Thank you too everyone for coming out. I'm in Nova Scotia this week hanging with friends and family and getting ready to play a show in Moncton, NB for the ECMAs. Time off is overrated, so we're getting in the white van and hitting the clubs in the USA for the rest of April. For all you fans interested in winning tickets to our shows, we'll be hosting a Facebook contest. All you have to do is share the event on your wall and tag the Trews. Don't forget to "like" us first and make sure you messaging is enabled so we can let you know if you won!

Hopefully you yankees will come party with us canucks. Looking forward to visiting all the great cities and playing some muzak for y'all. Let's cross the great divide and come together over The Trews at a bar near you.

Here's a little video that our road manager Lenny put together from our Canadian tour in March. Enjoy!



April 17 – Two Boots - Bridgeport, CT http://on.fb.me/HqIqJH April 18 – Club Metronome - Burlington, VT http://on.fb.me/Hw65e1 April 19 – Church of Boston - Boston, MA http://on.fb.me/Ht6q3v April 20 – The Shaskeen - Manchester, NH http://on.fb.me/IhFQXu April 21 – The Welmont Theatre - Montclair, NJ http://on.fb.me/IbiEyE April 24 – Fete Music - Providence, RI http://on.fb.me/HqIqJH April 27 – Hard Rock Cafe - Pittsburgh, PA http://on.fb.me/HBQkDC April 28 – Brothers Lounge - Cleveland, OH http://on.fb.me/HnKymH

There is no easy way to come back from space.

As my friend Gord recently told me "there is no easy way to come back from space". I've been in my apartment in Toronto for the past few days trying to come down from the exhilarating "Big Night Out" tour. It hasn't been easy, every night around 9 o clock I get a surge of energy and I feel like I should be getting ready to go on stage somewhere. Needless to say, its been damn near impossible to get my sleeping patterns on track. Up all night, sleep all day. I'm sure by the time I get it all figured out it'll be time to hit the road again. But its all worth it, this last tour was nothing short of amazing. We've never been better as a band and the shows have never been more exciting. Thanks impart to our endless touring abroad over the past two years, we have never been more solid and consistent as players. A big shout out to our soundman and set designer Tod Cutler. Tod made the stage sound and look great every night! Having that video monitor in the background added an extra bit of drama to the performance. As always we would be nothing without our tried and trew crew. Lenny, thanks for making everything fun and easy. Nathan, you killed it as always. Rob , you are family. We couldn't have done it without you guys. Also a big thanks to our bus driver James Dean for keeping the wheels on the road and keeping this reckless bunch safe and sound on the highway. We played some awesome rooms across the country, highlights for me were Flames Central in Calgary, the Vogue theater in Vancouver and the Queen Elizabeth theater in Toronto. But who am I kidding, I loved every single fucking night. The sets had a natural flow and we always "got there"musically. Trews fans, Trews fans, Trews fans......Trews fans. We love you guys so much, you make every night special I wish you could all join the band on gang vocals. I feel like every show we've got the five trews on stage and a thousand Trews back up singers in the house! We are forever in your debt for your support and dedication to our band. Nothing gives me more of a thrill then hearing you guys sing along, it's the the best feeling in the world. The Poor Young Things are an opening act force to be reckoned with, they have excellent songs and they play like monsters. We had to step it up every night after watching them play, its only a matter of "tours" before they become a household name in this country and abroad. Well here I am at 2 in the afternoon having just woke up drinking instant coffee and listening to the Last Waltz, maybe I'll go for a 6 hrs jog today...that outta tire me out. Colin

Canadian tour blog – week 1

We flew out west last Thursday evening. My flight was delayed three hours because of a storm in Montreal but that’s nothing that a few drinks in the lounge can’t cure. We woke up on Friday morning to an overcast Victoria day – something we’ve come to expect of the Canadian west coast where sunny days seems more like the exception than the rule. It occurred to us that we hadn’t played Victoria since 2005. In the meantime we'd been to the island for shows in Nanaimo, Duncan, Courtney and Cambell River but it had been seven whole years since we played Victoria proper. It felt good to be back. We played a club called 9one9, formerly known as Legends. We played this very same venue on our first ever trip to the island back in 2002 as the support act for the Big Sugar farewell tour. They’ve done major renovations to the place since and have turned into a pretty kick ass concert venue. The show was great. The audience sang louder than we did and it really helped kick the tour off on the right note. The next morning we caught the ferry back to the mainland to play the Vogue Theater in Vancouver. We played the Vogue on our last acoustic tour and it was off the hook so we were curious to see how the electric show would go over in such a setting. We don’t normally do soft seat theaters electrically but with the massive production that we’re dragging around it helps to have the space that a theater can provide. This show was also great. Our Vancouver fans are some of our best and there was nothing that was gonna keep them is there seats once the show got cooking. Thanks again, Vancouver for another great night!

The bus picked us up after the show and we made our way into the mountains. Any band whose toured Canada in the winter will tell you that this part of the trip can be a bit of a wild card. It could be a bright and beautiful sunny day at sea level and by the time you climbed to the peak of the Coquihalla highway, a few hours later, you can be in the middle of a shit storm! Such was our experience this time through. We wound our way slowly through the peaks and valleys of the rocky mountains for several hours. We stopped when we got to Kamloops because we heard they were setting off avalanches up ahead to avoid them happening without warning. This would cause them to close the highways between us and Calgary (our next stop) but luckily our ace bus driver (with the coolest name in the biz) James Dean worked around it and got us where we had to be… albeit very late the next day, around 5am. Oh well, safe and sound is what counts.

Calgary did not disappoint but we’ve come to expect that from one of our many homes away from home. Even in the thick of a winter storm and on a Monday night we had a house full of people ready and willing to boogey with us. Thanks again to our buddies in the Rocky Mountain Pipe and Drum band who joined us onstage for Highway of Heroes and for a scorching encore of Long Way to the Top by AC/DC. The Poor Young Things also joined us for the latter, it was pretty cool to have 22 people on stage rocking out together.

The next stop was Lethbridge and I have to say that I was thoroughly surprised by how awesome this show was. It’s another town that we haven’t been to in years and you can’t always be sure if people haven’t forgotten about you. Quite the opposite was true - the show was a full on assault of energy. It brought me back to the early days of playing smaller clubs with people jammed to the front of the stage and rocking out with the energy of a punk rock show. Again, we were honored to be joined by the Lethbridge Fire Department Pipe and Drum band for “Highway” and “Long Way”. A great time was had by all.

On to Edmonton to play the Edmonton Event Center located at the West Edmonton Mall. I couldn’t resist playing a little glow in the dark mini golf while the crew set up. Another great show from another town that does not disappoint.

It’s been a lot of fun to check the Face book page daily and dust off a request or two – many of which we haven’t played in years. It’s been keeping us on our toes. But one thing I do love about playing in this band is that even if we did the exact same set two nights in a row, it would still be a completely different show. There’s just a fly by the seat of your pants aspect to what we do and our interaction with the audience that keeps things exciting on a nightly basis. The next day was an off day and a good opportunity to catch up on some rest and do some laundry – very rock’n’roll things indeed. As I write this I find myself in the east coast colony town of Northern Alberta knows as Fort McMurray waiting to go do a sound check. It’s getting brighter every day now. Spring is around the corner as the tour rages on…

End of tour Bundle package

Hi Toronto Trews' fans... because the guys want to celebrate their last date of the tour (March 24) with their fans we have set up special bundles for you. We have 101 Gold Circle tickets (seats in the first 5 rows) at a special price. Also included is the European release of Den of Thieves (featuring 2 unreleased tracks and the Highway of Heroes single. On top of that we have discounting the Big Night Out merchandise.

We hope that you will join us.

Package Includes: - One (1) Orchestra Level ticket within the first 5 rows - One(1) Brown Hope & Ruin Cityscape Unisex V-Neck T-shirt - One (1) Highway of Heroes CD single - One (1) European version of Den of Thieves featuring the unreleased tracks `Den of Thieves` and "Takes Me a While"

Big Night Out tour

Hey, We’re taking off again on Thursday evening. Heading west this time. Gonna start the tour in Victoria and wind our way back home to Toronto (we already covered off "home-home" with shows on the east coast last month). We’ve had a nice break since our latest return from the UK. About three weeks off gives us a chance to re-connect with our home lives and re-charge our rock’n’roll batteries. Not that it was all rest ‘n ‘relaxation (the other r’n’r). I made a short trip to Winnipeg last week to play with my buddies Todd Kerns, Brent Fitz and Siper Sinnaeve at the Can-eh-dian Rockers Make a Wish show. Todd christened our little super group “Justice Beaver” and the theme of our set was Canadian classic rock. We did tunes by April Wine, the Guess Who, BTO, Kim Mitchell, Toronto and Tom Cochran. We even threw in some Age of Electric (Todd’s old band) and some Trews for good measure – not that I consider Not Ready to Go a classic…yet ; ) ,but it seemed appropriate. The only non-Canadian song we did was “Welcome to the Jungle” by Todd and Brent’s boss’s old band Guns’n’Roses. See, for the last 3 years or so Todd and Brent have been touring the world as the rhythm section for the Slash band. Needless to say, they know how to rock some Guns. All told, the event took in around 20k for the Make a Wish foundation of Winnipeg and I was happy I could be a part of it.

We’re really excited to be embarking on the Big Night Out tour. This is the first proper headlining tour for the Hope & Ruin album and if the east coast dates were any indication then it’s gonna be one for the books. We’ve been stretching the set lists out to make room for some lesser-played material as well as trying to fit in a fan request or two from the face book page nightly - so keep sending those in. We're also hosting a Twitter contest where we're offering tickets to our show as well as access to meet and greets that we’ve been holding at sound check. You can and watch us rehearse and, at times, train wreck brand new material, practice fan requests, covers and whatever else drifts through our collective psyche… To enter to win, just follow us on Twitter and tweet the following message: "I want to win tickets and M&G @thetrews on (date) in #(city)". Good luck to you all!

We’re also happy to have the Poor Young Things along for the ride. If you’re coming to the show be sure an get out early to take ‘em in. They’re great.

Look forward to seeing you all out on the road. Here is a reminder of all our tour dates :)

Tour Dates

March 2 - Victoria, BC @ 9one9 March 3 - Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre March 5 - Calgary, AB @ Flames Central March 6 - Lethbridge, AB @ Average Joes March 7 - Edmonton, AB @ Events Centre, West Edmonton Mall March 9 - Fort McMurray, AB @ Nexen Fieldhouse – MacDonald Island Park March 10 - Saskatoon, SK @ Odeon March 12 - Winnipeg, MB @ Essence Nightclub March 14 - Yorkton, SK @ Galliger Convention Centre March 15 - North Battleford, SK @ Gold Eagle Casino March 16 - Regina, SK@ Casino Regina Show Lounge March 17 - Winnipeg, MN @ The Oak March 19 - Thunder Bay, ON @ Crocks March 21 - London, ON @Music Hall March 22 - London, ON @Music Hall March 23 - Toronto, ON @ Q.E. Theatre March 24 - Toronto, ON @ Q.E. Theatre

I want to win tickets and a M&G with The Trews

Hey Canadian Trews Fans! The guys will be hitting the road again in a week and we have some great prizes to give away in every city! For a chance to win, all you need to do is post the following message on Twitter "I want to win tickets & a M&G to @TheTrews on (include date) in (hashtag your city)". We'll be choosing 2 winners for every show and the prize will be guest list for you and a friend and a M&G with the band at soundcheck. Good luck!

The Trews nominated for FIVE ECMA's

The Trews NEED your help. Thrilled to be nominated in five ECMA categories, The Trews need help from YOU our FANS to vote for us in the Fan Choice categories - Bell Aliant Fan's Choice Entertainer of the Year & Bell Aliant Fan's Choice Video of the Year. Fan’s Choice voting opens March 1 and closes April 5, 2012. Information on ECMA can be found at ECMA.com Bell Aliant Fan's Choice Entertainer of the Year Bell Aliant Fan's Choice Video of the Year Group Recording of the Year Rock Recording of the Year The Trews – Hope & Ruin