The Loft to host rockers The Trews

Raissa Tetanish
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‘We had been out of Truro for a while, it would be nice to come back’

TRURO – Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States – those are the tours rockers The Trews headed out on this past year.


The Trews, rockers originally from Antigonish featuring (from left) drummer Sean Dalton, lead singer Colin MacDonald, guitarist John-Angus MacDonald and bassist Jack Syperek, are set to perform at The Loft Cabaret on Inglis Place on June 7. 

On June 7, they’ll be playing a smaller venue – the Loft Cabaret on Inglis Place.

“We’ve been to Truro two or three times in our career, so it should be fun to come there again,” said Colin MacDonald, lead singer for the band originally based out of Antigonish.

Derek Forsyth and Halifax’s Damian Byrne purchased the Warehouse Bars on Inglis and officially took possession back in February. Forsyth said in an interview with the Truro Daily News earlier in May that he has plans for a series of “big concerts” at the establishment, which includes the Trews. The Loft opened on May 4 with the Stanfields.

MacDonald said he isn’t sure how the Trews came to be playing at the Loft, but, “we decided that since we had been out of Truro for a while, it would be nice to come back.”

Since releasing their first full-length album in 2003, the Trews have spent a lot of time touring, along with being in the recording studio or writing songs.

Their latest EP, …thank you and I’m sorry, was released this past fall.

“It’s an EP of material that was to be released with our fourth album, Hope & Ruin. We had toured extensively with Hope & Ruin, so we decided to release an album of songs that haven’t been released yet. …thank you and I’m sorry is some of the leftovers,” said MacDonald, adding it’s the band’s fifth EP.

The boys, which include guitarist John-Angus MacDonald (Colin’s brother), their cousin Sean Dalton on drums, and friend Jack Syperek on bass, are currently writing songs for a new album. MacDonald isn’t sure when it will be released.

“We’re still in the writing process and choosing our producers,” said the lead singer.

The band formed in 1997 when the musicians were still in high school. The original band name was One I’d Trouser, and they released a self-titled EP. A move to the Niagara region of Ontario saw the men replace the band name with Trouser. They signed with Bumstead Records in 2002 and were about to release a second EP, however were handed a cease and desist order over the name. They were then known as The Trews.

Having been together as The Trews since then, MacDonald said it’s a combination of things that has kept them going over the past decade.

“A really good fan base and a love of music,” he said. “We have our staples – our hit songs and favourites that we like to play at our shows. We like to mix the old and familiar with the new and exciting.”

The June 7 performance begins at 10 p.m.

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WHO: The Trews

WHEN: June 7, 10 p.m. (doors open at 9)

WHERE: The Loft Cabaret on Inglis Place, Truro

TICKETS: $30 in advance (available at Split Crow, Keggers, The Loft and MacQuarries Pharmasave); $35 at the door

Organizations: The Trews, Warehouse Bars on Inglis, Truro Daily News

Geographic location: Antigonish, Ontario, Inglis Place

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