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Hey Everyone,

We have a Saints and Sinners Tour update. We’ve added a few dates to our routing this fall.
London and Peterborough will go on sale June 28, with Quebec City going on sale June 30. 

Visit www.saintsandsinnerstour2021.com for full tour details.

The tour has also partnered with Plus1 so that $1 from every ticket (where available) will go to the Unison Fund and their work providing counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community.

We can’t wait to get out and ROCK with you all!

~ Headstones, Moist, Sloan, The Tea Party

Hey Everyone!

Good news, we have successfully re-scheduled the vast majority of the Saints and Sinners tour. Tickets from the originally scheduled dates will be honoured at the new dates; if you can’t make the new date, contact your point of purchase. 

Brandon: unfortunately we were unable to reschedule and refunds are available at point of purchase.

Laval: your tickets will be honoured at the Montreal show and you will be contacted via email with details.

Moncton, Halifax, hang on to your tickets, as new dates will be announced.

VIP packages will be refunded on all shows. Please stay tuned for updates as we re-formulate our VIP experience. 

If you haven’t got your tickets yet, they’re on sale now!

We can’t wait to get out and ROCK with you all! 

Big Wreck, Headstones, Moist and The Tea Party


Big Wreck, Headstones, Moist, and The Tea Party Team Up For Saints And Sinners 2020 Tour 


VIP Packages and Artist Presale start Tuesday, January 21st 2020 at 10:00 AM Local Time
Tickets On Sale Friday, January 24th 2020 at 10:00 AM Local Time





The Saints And Sinners Tour will bring together four legendary bands – Big Wreck, Headstones, Moist and The Tea Party – on stage for the first time. The nationwide trek kicks off June 26 in Penticton B.C. and heads east before culminating in St. John’s NL on July 30.
With over a dozen Gold and Platinum certified albums, hundreds of thousands of concert tickets sold and some of the most incredible hits among the line-up, the tour will be a once in a lifetime rock music spectacle. Every night will be a new experience for fans with a rotating, surprise line-up for each show and each band could not be more excited about hitting the road on this amazing tour. 

“Every night, in every city will be an amazing experience and that definitely goes for the bands too,” says David Usher of Moist. “We’ve been on festivals and tours together over the years, but this unique shared bill with all four acts in a different order every night is going to be killer. We can’t wait to get this rolling!”
Hugh Dillon of the Headstones enthuses, “these bands, coast to coast, summer 2020, where the %#@ do we sign up!! Are you kidding me, this is a once in a lifetime Rock & Roll show.”
Big Wreck’s Ian Thornley says, “It’s going to be so much fun getting out there with these guys every night. That’s a lot of hits, and a lot of rock n’ roll. What a show… it’s going to be a big summer!”
Jeff Martin of The Tea Party adds, “I’m not sure that there’s a single concert goer out there that can handle what’s going to happen when all 4 of our bands are firing on all cylinder’s night after night. This is a tour not to be missed. Mark my words.”

Saints and Sinners VIP Upgrade Packages will include the following:

– Once in a lifetime photo opportunity with you and all four bands!*
– Exclusive VIP Commemorative Saints and Sinners 2020 Tour Laminate **
– Exclusive Saints and Sinners 2020 Tour Lanyard 
– Limited Edition Pin-Pack (includes 4 Pins, 1 from each band)
– Exclusive Saints and Sinners 2020 Tour Drink Koozie
– Front of the line access to the venue for VIP pass holder ^
– Early access to merch booth for VIP pass holder^

VIP Package Upgrade: $99.99 + shipping, handling and tax.
 * Photo will be with you or your group, and all bands on the tour
** VIP Laminate is your access ticket to the VIP event
^ Unavailable in Ottawa & St John’s

~Please note that the VIP Upgrade Package is purchased separately.  Fans must already have a show ticket to attend.~

The Saints and Sinners 2020 Tour has partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket (where available) will go to the Unison Benevolent Fund and their work providing counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community.

Saints And Sinners 2020 Tour Dates:
June 26 – Penticton, BC South – Okanagan Events Centre
June 27 – Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Centre
June 29 – Victoria, BC – Save On Foods Memorial Centre
July 1 – Prince George, BC – CN Centre
July 2 – Lethbridge, AB – ENMAX Centre
July 3 – Regina, SK – Brandt Centre
July 4 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Convention Centre
July 6 – Calgary, AB – Big Four Roadhouse (Stampede Park)
July 7 – Brandon, MB – Westoba Place
July 8 – Winnipeg, MB – Bell MTS Place
July 11 – Rama, ON – Casino Rama Resort
July 15 – Laval, QC – Place Bell
July 16 – Buffalo, NY – Artpark Amphitheater
July 18 – Ottawa, ON – RBC Ottawa Bluesfest *
July 23 – Halifax, NS – Scotiabank Centre
July 24 – Moncton, NB – Casino New Brunswick
July 30 – St John’s, NL – George Street Festival

* Tickets onsale with festival at a later date


When faced with discrepancies between truth and legend, the guardians of rock-’n’-roll history tend to follow the advice of the late Tony Wilson and “print the legend.”

One has to ask a chap with a past as legendarily chequered as Hugh Dillon, then, if the messy personal circumstances that saw the Headstones finally blow apart at the seams in 2003 were really as a bad as popular lore makes them out to be.

“Yeah, it was bad,” affirms the good-humoured Dillon, long sober but still intense at 56. “It just fell apart. With the state of music at the time and the Spice Girls and the horsesh–, nobody gave a f—, y’know? And out of Nirvana and all the greatness that was the early ’90s, by the end of it we were f—ed, just drug addicts and alcoholics, and there was no coming back from it.

“Luckily we all have great families and we’ve got great people around us. My wife was a huge part of it, a huge part of it, and to this day I have the finest rock ‘n’ roll manager in the world, Bernie Breen, who managed the Tragically Hip and still manages the band and my acting career. Anybody else would have kept us on the road — anybody, because that’s their bread and butter — but Bernie just said, ‘Y’know, nobody wants to see you die.’ And the good news was our bass player, Tim White, was also saying ‘We can’t continue.’ It was one of those moments. That was my whole life, but to walk away from it really enabled me to save my life and to figure out how to clean up.”

Stepping away from rock ‘n’ roll was no small feat for Dillon, as that was all he’d ever really wanted to do, and by any means necessary. He would not be dissuaded. In his late teens, his mom packed him off from his hometown of Kingston — where he was primarily known for dealing drugs but one of his early dabblings in rock “professionalism” was doing lights for Gord Downie’s first band, the Slinks — overseas to London hoping that he’d clean up his act. Instead he spent the next five years living in squats, busking for booze money in the Tube and in Leicester Square and generally learning how to become an even more authentic gutter punk at the source.

Ultimately, the thing that would finally knock Dillon off course after actually fronting a notably ass-whuppin’ rock band for 15 years — one whose snarling breed of punk-derived heaviness sufficiently caught the grunge-era zeitgeist to give it unlikely mainstream prominence in Canada with early albums like 1993’s “Picture of Health,” 1995’s “Teeth and Tissue” and 1997’s “Smile and Wave” — was heroin. His umpteenth relapse into addiction came after the release of 2002’s “The Oracle of Hi-Fi,” and this time it was evident to all around him that a life-or-death situation was developing.

Dillon chose life, luckily, and soon found himself enjoying a second life as a film and TV actor. He’d established that he could do the gig after essentially playing his old, nihilistic self as Joe Dick in Bruce McDonald’s terrific adaptation of “Hard Core Logo” in 1996, but by 2007 he was suddenly a familiar face on national TV playing cops, of all things, on series such as The Movie Network’s “Durham County” and CTV’s “Flashpoint.” He’s currently playing a sheriff again on pal Taylor Sheridan’s hit U.S. Kevin Costner series “Yellowstone,” which he concedes is indeed rather amusing “if you know the back story.”

It’s been a pretty spectacular, and unforeseen, turnaround. And now that the reformed Headstones are firing up again toward the Oct. 25 release of their best album in a couple of decades, the no-fuss, old-school-punk barnburner “PEOPLESKILLS,” Dillon is more than a little gobsmacked that he’s been able to return to his first true love, music, and still find not just willing co-conspirators in his much-abused longtime bandmates White and Trent Carr and producer/co-writer Chris Osti but an actual audience for what the Headstones do.

No label would touch the prospect of a new Headstones album after the band — these days a six-piece that also includes Steve Carr, Rickferd Van Dyk and Jesse Labovitz — reunited to play a benefit gig for a dying friend’s young son in 2011, realized they were past the “bullsh–” and decided to record again. Yet they were able to crowdfund what would become 2013’s “Love + Fury” within 24 hours. “Devil’s On Fire” from the Headstones’ next reunion album, 2017’s “Little Army,” subsequently became the band’s first-ever No. 1 hit on the rock-radio charts.

“Well, I got kinda lucky in that I didn’t plan it. I thought we were done and over and I think that’s why this is just, like, stunning. On every level. On every level,” says Dillon, admitting that even during the drive to new label Cadence Music’s office in rapidly gentrifying Corktown for this interview he was struck by what a wild ride he’s had. “I drive by places where I go, ‘F—, I had a bad experience there’ or ‘But I had a great experience there.’ It’s black-and-white kind of feelings sometimes. It was so low and it was so high.

“This was today: I remember scoring drugs on the bad strip over there and I had a terrible job because I’d just moved back from England and I was driving a fork truck and I remember the foreman was just such a f—in’ dick and I hated the job so much that I put the forks up and drove them straight into the f—in’ load and walked away, not knowing that I was gonna have another job. I wanted to play music and I couldn’t handle it and I was paid f— all. And then as I was turning the corner to come here, I was, like, ‘Oh, hey, ‘Flashpoint’ shot on the roof of that building once.’ ”

The Headstones will stage ‘PEOPLESKILLS’ grand Toronto unveiling at the Phoenix on Dec. 7, to be followed by another cross-Canada trek as soon as Dillon’s busy acting schedule permits. He’s got a couple more projects in the works with Sheridan, he confides, while his moviemaking buddy also just sent word that “Motorcade,” a Dylan-esque new number from ‘PEOPLESKILLS,’ will feature in his next film “Those Who Wish Me Dead,” starring Angelina Jolie.

Being back onstage is where it’s at, though.

“When I left, you could still smoke onstage. And we did. So to come back to there’s no smoking and everybody’s got phones was a little bit of an adjustment,” he laughs. “I was on the fence with all of it until I embraced it. It’s magical.

“It’s magical. And then to be able to do things that I didn’t know (about) back then that I can do now. I’ve learned so much about filmmaking so we make these great little videos and make cinematic little pieces that go with the music. I control the artwork. I love the whole process. And now it’s all in, and I love the ability to work with guys I know and trust and who I’ve known forever because that chemistry — you can’t find it, you can’t make it, it is there. Tim and Trent have been friends since they were 10 and we’ve been friends for f—in’ ever and it’s amazing.

“And on the road is fun. We laugh our asses off. We have the weird luxury of being this weird, little Canadian band because that prevents us from getting burned out or overplaying. That doesn’t happen to us. So when we want to play from coast to coast in this country, when we go and it’s been building, we go hard and it’s exciting. We don’t go ‘Oh, f—, we’re here again?’

“Every show becomes an assault. Well, maybe that’s not the right word, but we don’t phone it in. Now we make sure we stay in places we like to stay in and go to restaurants we like going to and when it’s time to play, it goes off and we have the ability to get where we want to go faster and have it be stronger and meaner, in a sense.

 “We’re honest and committed. It’s the old thing: we love it. So if we happen to get lucky or anybody else responds, that’s great.”

Saturday, December 7, 2019
Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre
94.9 The Rock Craig Venn & Lucky’s UnSilent Night
with Special Guest Finger Eleven

This is a 19+ event



(Toronto, ON – September 25, 2019)  –
  The HEADSTONES are one of the hardest working bands in the country. Following up their successful 2017 release Little Army, which produced the number 1 hit “Devil’s On Fire” and a sold-out national tour, the band have returned with their brand new studio album PEOPLESKILLS due October 25 via Cadence Recordings/Known Accomplice. Pre-order/Presave HERE
In the band’s own words, “PEOPLESKILLS is an obsessive dissection of lyric and melody. It’s an intensely honest record that showcases our evolution as songwriters, musicians and friends.”
The first single “Leave It All Behind,”quickly climbed the radio charts hitting #10 and still going up.The visuals perfectly bring the song to life. Directed by Gord Hawkins, the video was shot at the Kingston Penitentiary, the decommissioned former maximum security prison, serves as the ideal location to capture the claustrophobic quality of being trapped – both metaphorically and physically – and the instinctive drive to persevere.

The Headstones have a recording career that spans three decades eight albums and multiple chart topping singles; however Little Army is the band’s highest debuting full-length in over a decade, hitting #3 on the Alternative Album Charts and #13 on The Current Album Charts. Lead single “Devil’s on Fire”  lived in the Top 5 on the Canadian Active Rock Radio Charts for 20 weeks, and sat at #1 for three weeks. PEOPLESKILLS stays true to the Headstones DIY and punk rock attitude, and is set to be the band’s biggest record yet. The Headstones are Hugh Dillon, Tim White, Trent Carr, Steve Carr, Rickferd Van Dyk and Jesse Labovitz. 

1. Leave It All Behind
2. Dimes and Pennies
3. Damned
4. Horses
5. Motorcade
6. Caught In A Loop
7. Best You Can Do 
8. Dark Side Of The Doomed
9. Part Of Me
10. By Sunday
11. That’s What I Get 
To celebrate the release of their brand new album, the Headstones invite fans to pre-order and pre-save PEOPLESKILLS now.  Fans who order the CD through the band’s website will get a signed copy of the album and a set of collectible buttons, and fans who pre-save the album to their Digital Service Provider of choice are automatically entered to win a prize pack of band merch.  


LEAVE IT ALL BEHIND by Headstones 2019. Licensed to Cadence Music Group

Video by Gordon Hawkins http://gordonhawkins.com/
Additional camera work by Tracy Cox
Song Produced by Chris Osti & Hugh Dillon

Drone production by SkEye Stream Inc https://skeyestream.ca/
Jeff Reitzel – Drone Pilot
Darren Keuhl – Drone Pilot
Sandy Berg – Mission Manager
Saif Elmaghraby – Mission Assistant

THANK YOU to The City of Kingston, Tourism Kingston and the Kingston Film Office https://www.visitkingston.ca/



Introducing the HEADSTONES new single – LEAVE IT ALL BEHIND – from our upcoming album.

‘Leave It All Behind’ AVAILABLE NOW on all streaming and digital services https://headstones.lnk.to/LIAB



Saturday, June 8, 2019
Burlington, ON @ Sound Of Music Festival
This is an ALL AGES event
Tickets onsale NOW


Saturday, June 22, 2019
Mount Brydges, ON @ Rockin Wheel 
This is a 19+ event
Tickets onsale NOW


Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Calgary, AB @ RoundUp Music Fest
This is an ALL AGES event
Tickets onsale NOW


Saturday, July 13, 2019
Buffalo, NY @ Artpark
This is an ALL AGES event
Tickets onsale NOW


Saturday, July 27, 2019
Edmonton, AB @ CHAOS AB
This is an ALL AGES event
Tickets onsale NOW


Saturday, September 14, 2019
Kingston, ON @ Rockin’ The Big House



visitkingston.ca presents ROCKIN’ THE BIG HOUSE, in support of United Way of KFL&A, the first-ever public concert to be held on the grounds of the oldest penitentiary in Canada, Kingston Penitentiary.

Saturday September 14
4:30pm doors open; rain or shine
19+ event
Includes live music, specialty food trucks & restaurants, local wineries & breweries


Tickets onsale to the public May 11th
Tickets and hotel packages available through www.rockinthebighouse.ca and www.visitkingston.ca

Featuring Headstones, The Trews, The Pursuit of Happiness and Kasador with VERY SPECIAL GUESTS Tom Cochrane and The Tragically Hip members, Paul Langlois, Gord Sinclair and Rob Baker.


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