By Adrian Lysenko
Some bands spend the winter months hibernating and wait to tour in the summer. This isn’t the case for The Honest Heart Collective. The six-piece rock outfit doesn’t need much motivation to hit the road. “Playing live is the greatest feeling in the world,” says Ryan MacDonald, vocalist/guitarist for the band. “We all get a little stir crazy when we’re in one place for too long.”
The band’s tour starts at Crocks on February 12 and will feature locals Cold Lake Sun and Nick Sherman.
“Tour kickoff shows are always a blast. The amount of support we’ve had from the community since day one has been incredible,” says MacDonald. “We’ve played a lot of great shows in some really cool venues across the province but there’s something about a hometown show that just can’t be beat.”
After Thunder Bay, The Honest Heart Collective will be playing various locations in the province including Sudbury, Ottawa, St. Catherines, as well as Guelph’s GAIN Music and Arts Festival before concluding at Toronto’s Adelaide Hall.
Aside from releasing their latest album Liar’s Club, 2015 was a busy year for the band—two additional Thunder Bayers joined their lineup (keyboardist Conner Harris and guitarist Keenan Kosolowski) and they were part of Canadian Music Week as well as Vans Warped Tour. So it’s no surprise The Honest Heart Collective have some big plans for 2016.
“We’ll be releasing a cover EP of one of our favourite artists very soon, and we’re hoping to tour right across the country, take part in more festivals, and start working on a follow up record,” says MacDonald. “It’s going to be a busy year but we wouldn’t have it any other way.”
The Honest Heart Collective play Crocks with Cold Lake Sun and Nick Sherman on February 12. For more information visit honestheart.co