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THE TREWS


When Colin MacDonald originally sat down with his bandmates in The Trews to write the 2008 hit single “Man of Two Minds” he probably wasn’t thinking about his music as the theme. Yet 14 years and five albums into their amazing career, it’s obvious that The Trews are operating under two distinct musical mindsets: one that inspires the hard rocking electric side of their music, and the other that champions their hugely popular acoustic side.


It’s the latter incarnation of The Trews that returns to the band’s adopted home of St. Catharines on March 10, part of a short cross-Canada “Trews Acoustic Tour” of select soft-seat theatres that has them rolling into FirstOntario PAC. The tour coincides with the deluxe reissue of their 2009 live acoustic release Friends and Total Strangers, an unplanned album that emerged after an acoustic tour in Japan that MacDonald says has “kind of accidentally” become one of the band’s most successful releases.


“We were on the tail end of our third album cycle for the band,” said MacDonald. “We didn’t have enough songs for another record, so we said ‘let’s go and record a couple of live acoustic shows in the Glenn Gould Theatre in Toronto.’ We recorded two nights there. We didn’t really fix anything. It was all live; we selected 14 tracks and put out a live acoustic record. It sold really well and sort of launched this whole other thing for us, which is the live acoustic side of The Trews.”


No matter what side of The Trews are on display, it’s bound to be both enjoyable and successful: the band has landed 16 Top 10 singles on Canadian rock charts since 2002, the year they earned their big break by


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winning the “Rock Search” competition hosted by St. Catharines radio station 97.7 HTZ-FM. MacDonald says the band looks back fondly on the years they spent in St. Catharines/Niagara, and like RUSH before them, The Trews have immortalized another of the Garden City’s most popular parks in the song, “Montebello Park.”


“When you’re writing songs and you’re looking for lyrics, people like to look up into the clouds. No, the answer is across the street; it’s in the road signs, it’s on the billboard, it’s the place you walk around every day. That’s where the songs are for me. We stopped trying to float around the ether too much and looked at what was right in our faces. It was Montebello Park.”


- David DeRocco GoBeWeekly.com


The Trews Acoustic Partridge Hall MEMBERS: $38.25 REGULAR: $45 COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY: $25 HIGH SCHOOL: $5


7:30PM Thu 10 Mar


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