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The Trews

The ‘T’ in The Trews could stand for “tireless.”

With four albums in seven years, two of them gold; 10 Top-10 singles, two of them No.1 and one gold; multiple awards, for best single, video and live group; and close to 800 live shows under its belt, including support slots for the Rolling Stones, Robert Plant, Guns N’ Roses, Nickelback and KISS, the Canadian rock band never rests.

The Trews — comprised of lead vocalist Colin MacDonald; his brother, guitarist John-Angus MacDonald; cousin, drummer Sean Dalton, and long-time friend, bassist Jack Syperek — keep pushing themselves in the studio and onstage, always ready to give an intuitive and intense rock ‘n’ roll show of songs that have killer hooks, such as “Hold Me In Your Arms” from the band’s latest studio album, No Time For Later. The song, whose video rose to No.1 on national television station MuchMusic, achieved gold status for sales of 20,000-plus digital downloads. The U.S. Indie Music Awards declared it 2009’s Best Hard Rock Song.

Following No Time For Later (2008),The Trews decided to do something totally different — an acoustic CD/DVD. Recorded at Toronto’s Glenn Gould Theatre over two days, Friends And Total Strangers reinvents their classic hits and intersperses some unreleased rarities and new songs. Released in October 2009, they backed it up with a 30-date sold-out acoustic tour and the DVD was nominated for a coveted JUNO Award (Canada’s Grammy’s).

In May 2010, the band released a charity single, “Highway of Heroes,” on iTunes to raise money for the Canadian Hero Fund, which helps provide academic scholarships to family members of fallen military personnel. The song was inspired by the death of Captain Nichola Goddard, who grew up in Antigonish and was also taught by the Macdonald brothers’ mother.

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