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Montreal, QC – March 1, 2016
Sentimental Gentlemen Are “Kickin’ Stones” Across Canada In Their 2016 Tour April – May
L-R: Rob Eustis (Drums), Mackenzie Walas (Vocals and Guitar), Jeremy Connell (Bass), Joe Howes (Guitar)
Photo credit: Meaghan Baxter Photography
Fort McMurray, AB rock and roll quartet Sentimental Gentlemen are embarking on their flagship tour across Canada in April and May. Their kick-off was April 1 in their hometown and the Cross Canada Tour is continued until May. The gents traverse over the course of 31 dates from western Canada to the east coast and plan to hit both major cities and small ones.
April 5 – Regina, SK – O’Hanlon’s
April 8 – Brandon, MB – North HIll Inn
April 9 – Winnipeg, MB – Shannon’s Irish Pub
April 11 – Thunder Bay, ON – The Foundry
April 13 – Timmins, ON – The Victory Tavern
April 15 – North Bay, ON – Raven & Republic
April 16 – Colborne, ON – The Queens Hotel
April 18 – Montreal, QC – Barfly
April 21 – Quebec City, QC – TBA
April 22 – Fredericton, NB – TBA
April 23 – Saint John, NB – Pub Down Under
April 24 – Charlottetown, PEI – Baba’s
April 27 – Halifax, NS – Gus’ Pub
April 29 – St. John’s, NL – The Levee
May 4 – Corner Brook, NL – Flynn’s Pub
May 5 – Stephenville, NL – Clancy’s Pub
May 9 – Moncton, NB – Plan B
May 12 – Montreal, QC – Barfly
May 13 – Ottawa, ON – TBA
May 14 – Cornwall, ON – Lola’s
May 17 – Oshawa, ON – The Atria
May 20 – London, ON – The Dominion House
May 21 – Windsor, ON – Villains
May 26 – Sudbury, ON – The Townehouse
May 27 – Sault Ste. Marie, ON – Loplop’s
May 29 – Kenora, ON – Norman Community Club
Founding members Joe Howes (lead guitar) and Mackenzie Walas (lead vocals) met at an open mic night at a local tavern in Canada’s northern oil patch of Fort McMurray, Alberta in early 2013. Playing music was an outlet to get away from the busy lifestyle of a thriving boom-town. After playing songs together until they closed the place, it was certain that this was the start of a great musical friendship. Mackenzie had been performing around town and was looking to start a band. Joe had recently moved to town and had yet to meet anyone who shared his passion for rock music and performing.
They were dedicated to forming a band that wrote great songs and could match that quality on stage. Their songwriting process reflects the personality of the band. Laid back with a sense of motivated purpose for finding something new yet familiar, while trying not be limited by the influences of other genres…and having a whole lot of fun while doing it. Powerful raspy vocals with multiple harmonies, big guitar solos and heavy drums are the tools they use to find their sound. Bands like the Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, Big Wreck, but also Stevie Ray Vaughn, ZZ Top, and the Eagles can be heard as influences.
At the very same open mic night, a few months later, they met Handsome Rob (drums) and with the help of some friends, the band released its self-titled debut, a 6-song EP in February of 2014. After recruiting Jeremy Connell (bass), the band’s line-up was complete. Since then, they have been pouring the pavement, performing at a variety of events in the Wood Buffalo region and across Alberta. The band has had the privilege of sharing the stage with The Sheepdogs, The Trews, and Trooper to name a few.
In November 2014, they began recording their new album at Sound Extractor Studios in Edmonton, AB. They wanted to capture the excitement and energy of their live shows, so most tracks were recorded live to retain their on-stage chemistry. “Kicking’ Stones” was released as the band’s first single and they filmed their first music video in support during the summer of 2015. The new album titled “The Devil’s in the Details” was released on September 26th, 2015. They plan on touring Canada in support of their record in the spring of 2016.
In the meantime, the Gentlemen continue playing a bunch of shows for awesome people, and writing new tunes for a future album as they plan for their upcoming Cross Canada Tour.