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

Ticket Presale October 17 at 10am EDT
General onsale October 18 at 10am EDT
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
Additional camera work by Tracy Cox
Song Produced by Chris Osti & Hugh Dillon

Drone production by SkEye Stream Inc
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



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



Saturday, June 8, 2019
Burlington, ON @ Sound Of Music Festival
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Saturday, June 22, 2019
Mount Brydges, ON @ Rockin Wheel 
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Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Calgary, AB @ RoundUp Music Fest
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Saturday, July 13, 2019
Buffalo, NY @ Artpark
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Saturday, July 27, 2019
Edmonton, AB @ CHAOS AB
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Saturday, September 14, 2019
Kingston, ON @ Rockin’ The Big House

Concerts 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 and

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.








Following on the heels of their successful album Little Army, Headstones have once again been busy recording new music in Kingston, with plans to release a new record later this year.  After working at The Bathouse Studio, the band was inspired to release their version of the Gordon Lightfoot classic “The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald.” Always a song on their radar, circumstances finally clicked into place to give them the right opportunity to share their take with their fans.

This impactful interpretation of the iconic track chronicling the sinking of the bulk carrier SS Edmund Fitzgerald on Lake Superior on November 10, 1975 was a #1 hit for Lightfoot and remains one of his best-loved songs. While showing respect for the past, Headstones have put their unique spin on the song to introduce it to a whole new rock audience.  The accompanying video was shot on location in Kingston, Ontario. 

About the track the band says, “We’ve always loved this song. It’s profoundly meaningful. We started to play it during our tour VIP soundchecks, and our fans really responded to it…. The feedback was exceptional.”

After wrapping a successful 2018 celebrating the 25th anniversary of their debut album Picture Of Health with a Canadian tour and a remastered edition of the album, Headstones have begun to rollout dates for the summer. Recently announcing a performance at the 2019 Kick Off Concert for The Sound Of Music Festival in Burlington, Ontario on June 8thalongside Monster Truck, Bush and LIVE, as well as dates at the RockinWheel for Spinal Cord Research in Mount Brydges, Ontario on June 22nd and the Roxodus Music Festival in Clearview, Ontario happening July 11 – 13th 

For more information or tickets please visit: and watch our socials for more announcements.









CBC Radio host Paul Haavardsrud talks to Hugh Dillon about his early days in Kingston, the Headstones, and the 25th anniversary of his band’s debut album, Picture of Health.

Live fast, die young, and leave a good lookin’ corpse. That was the early expectation for actor and Headstones’ front man Hugh Dillon. But a funny thing happened on the way to becoming James Dean. Hugh Dillon chose life instead.




Hugh Dillon can speak eloquently about his band’s debut album, Picture of Health.

After all, he’s had 25 years to think about it. The album itself has aged incredibly well, introducing Kingston, Ont., expats The Headstones’ as a fully formed, raucous rock ‘n’ roll band powered by old-school punk and prone to exploring dark subject matter with both a brutal honesty and gallows humour. It provided sturdy musical and aesthetic DNA for the band, helping it survive, off and on, for more than a quarter century in the Canadian music scene.

So Dillon can certainly wax poetic about the album, the band and those early days. But the word that seems to spring up the most in conversation with him about Picture of Health is “lucky.”

“That record kept us out of jail,” says the vocalist. “It was a crossroads of just bad decisions and bad lifestyles. We were so lucky to focus all our energies and our life on the band … We were so lucky to have survived it in one piece. We were so lucky to survive the drug addiction and the things that come along with playing in the band in the 1990s. And we were lucky just to have had those audiences.”

Dillon, alongside the band’s co-founders guitarist Trent Carr and bassist Tim White, may be leading the Headstones on a cross-country tour to celebrate the reissue of a 25-year-old album, but it could be argued that the band is also in the midst of enjoying its second act.

Or maybe it’s their third act.

After releasing five studio records and becoming one of the country’s most reliably exciting live acts, the Headstones did call it quits in 2003, a breakup that was at least partially due to Dillon’s relapse into heroin addiction. The charismatic frontman would go on to have a successful acting career after his breakout role in Bruce McDonald’s 1996 Hard Core Logo — he recently showed up in David Lynch’s surreal 2017 Twin Peaks reboot, for instance — and released a 2005 solo record under the name the Hugh Dillon Redemption Choir. The Headstones reunited in 2011 for a successful tour and began recording again a few years later with 2013’s Juno-nominated release Love + Fury.  In 2017, the band released Little Army, which included the No. 1 single Devil’s On Fire.

So while the most recent tour, which hits Calgary’s Grey Eagle Casino on Nov. 16 may find the now six-piece band playing its debut album from beginning to end, it’s hard to see The Headstones as a nostalgia act.

Dillon says the band is recording new material. As a songwriter, Dillon’s life may be very different from that of the angry young man who wrote about mental health issues and addiction on songs such as Heart of Darkness and It’s All Over, but he says the writing process hasn’t changed all that much in 25 years.

“It’s almost unconscious, you have to go in and find what drives you or what makes you angry,” he says. “Most people walk around saying ‘No, I’m fine. Everything is great’ and underneath it isn’t that. That’s what’s great about this band. It’s therapeutic. Even on Little Army, those songs aren’t ‘Hey baby, baby … ‘ They are talking about everything, from existential angst to you-name-it. It is a place for us to go that allows you to use your poetic license and express yourself. Because there are so many places you can’t express yourself.”

“Sometimes it’s a good exercise to quote that raw rage, or whatever it is, into an articulate piece of art that enables you to continue with your life as opposed to exploding on the street,” he adds with a laugh.

One song on Little Army that directly addresses Dillon’s past is Kingston, an ode to his hometown that was inspired by an old postcard his friends The Tragically Hip sent him when they were touring the world in the 1990s. Dillon grew up with them and was inspired to put his own band together by the Hip’s success. He credits the Tragically Hip, particularly the late Gord Downie and guitarist Paul Langlois, as being instrumental in helping build the buzz that landed the Headstones its major record deal for Picture of Health.

As with the rest of the country, Dillon is still processing Downie’s 2017 death from brain cancer.

“I shot the lyrics (of Kingston) by him before he passed away,” Dillon says. “It’s all just a matter of coping, you have to find ways to cope. For me, it’s songwriting. It’s not just coping, it’s appreciating the time. For a guy like that, he did so much for so many people, including me, on such a personal level.”

Downie was not the only loss, of course. Dillon says there are a number of people from the Headstones’ early days who have died, including the band’s original drummer and co-founder Mark Gibson.

So while the Headstones may not be a nostalgia act, Dillon admits that revisiting the songs from Picture of Health certainly reminds him of the band’s all-for-one attitude in the early days, long before the major labels came calling.

“We set up our own shows because we believed in it,” he says. “We postered the streets ourselves. This became our life, and our social life. Every weekend we dumped our money into a rehearsal space and buying a few cases of beer and some weed. And we stayed in that place and wrote songs. At the end of the weekend, to get us through our sh-t jobs, we now had this obsession.”




To celebrate the 25th anniversary of their critically-acclaimed debut Picture of HealthHeadstones  reissued the album on October 26 via Cadence Recordings. After announcing The Picture of Health Tour, they’re thrilled to announce they will be adding a stop in Saskatoon. They will be bringing along special guests The Matchstick Skeletons to open each show. Fans can purchase VIP Fan Experience Upgrade Packages here, and see a full list of tour dates below! 

Picture of Health was Headstones breakthrough debut album that went Certified Platinum in Canada. Originally released on June 1, 1993, the re-issue package will include remastered versions of the 13 original tracks plus four bonus tracks – demos of “Sweet Pea” “, “When Something Stands For Nothing,” “Cemetery” and the newly re-recorded “Skin Me Alive,” all originally featured on their Demo Gods cassette, which ignited their career. Leading up to the release on October 26th, follow the band on their social channels to see some rare footage and photos from the Picture of Health era, including this video of the band performing “Judy” on MuchMusic in 1993. The album will be available for pre-order on all digital retailers and through the band’s website, as of September 21st.

Picture Of Health follows the Headstones release of their critically-acclaimed album Little Army (2017 Cadence Recordings). The album was their highest debuting full-length in over a decade, hitting #3 on the Alternative Album Chart and #13 on the Current Album Chart. The lead single “Devil’s on Fire”  was the #6 most played track at Active Rock radio in 2017, spending 20 weeks on the chart and reaching #1 for three weeks. On the album, Noisey raves, “Little Army still retains that piss and vinegar Headstones built their reputation on, but it also sounds as if they’re doing it more out of love than anything.”


The Picture of Health Tour

Tickets and VIP Upgrades for SASKATOON
presale Wednesday, Oct 31 at 10am. Password: POH18
public onsale Friday, Nov 2 at 10am. Password: POHVIP18

ALL other shows are NOW AVAILABLE

Nov 01 – Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Concert Hall
Nov 02 – Thorold, ON – Moose & Goose
Nov 03 – Oshawa, ON – Oshawa Music Hall
Nov 08 – Winnipeg, MB – Club Regent
Nov 09 – Winnipeg, MB – Club Regent
Nov 10 – Brandon, MB – Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium
Nov 12 – Medicine Hat, AB – Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre
Nov 13 – Regina, SK – Casino Regina
Nov 15 – Grand Prairie, AB – Better Than Fred’s
Nov 16 – Calgary, AB – Grey Eagle Casino
Nov 17 – Edmonton, AB – The Starlite
Nov 19 – Edmonton, AB – The Starlite
Nov 20 – Kamloops, BC – CJ’s Nightclub
Nov 21 – Victoria, BC – Capital Ballroom
Nov 22 – Nanaimo, BC – Port Theatre
Nov 24 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore
Nov 26 – Kelowna, BC – Kelowna Community Theatre
Dec 27 – Saskatoon, SK – Coors Event Centre
Nov 28 – North Battleford, SK – Gold Eagle Casino
Dec 04 – Waterloo, ON – Maxwell’s Concerts & Events
Dec 06 – London, ON – London Music Hall
Dec 08 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
Dec 14 – Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre
Dec 15 – Peterborough, ON – The Venue
Dec 22 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall

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