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March 10, 2017

One of Vancouver’s all-time legendary live bands is reuniting to play one of Vancouver’s all-time legendary live venues: Saturday May 13, 2017. One night only.


The Smugglers will play their first hometown show in over 13 years, and their first performance at the Commodore Ballroom in 17 years. The reason for the reunion gig is simple: lead singer, author and broadcaster Grant Lawrence is finally releasing his memoirs of his hard-charging, international touring years, entitled DIRTY WINDSHIELDS: the best and the worst of the Smugglers tour diaries (Douglas and McIntyre, May 2017).

“I’ve been working on this book on and off for over ten years. It’s been a huge labour of love. Reading through and shaping my old tour diaries into a book has been both rewarding and embarrassing, much like my career with the Smugglers” Lawrence jokes.

“I hoped we’d do a gig to launch the book, and I was thrilled when Live Nation stepped up and offered the Commodore Ballroom. It’s not only one of our favourite rooms in the world, but also the last venue standing from the Smugglers gigging era, unless you count the Hastings Community Centre.”

Joining Grant Lawrence and the Smugglers is an all-star pop-punk line up of friends, is THE MUFFS from Los Angeles (their first performance in Vancouver in almost 20 years), CHIXDIGGIT from Calgary (celebrating their own 25th anniversary in 2017), and NEEDLES // PINS from Vancouver.

Tickets $25 in advance, on sale now.
Bio

Formed when most of the members were still in high school in West Vancouver BC Canada, The Smugglers came of age during the grunge explosion, and came into their own in the pop-punk heyday of the mid-1990s while on Mint Records in their native land, and Lookout Records in the USA.

Releasing eight albums over the years of 1988-2004, the band's booze-fuelled, sweaty, and famously energetic garage rock shows (complete with dancing and kissing contests) took them across Canada, the USA, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Along the way, the "Canadian Ambassadors of Rock 'n' Roll" collided with the Gruesomes, the Hives, Mudhoney, the Young Fresh Fellows, the Queers, Supersnazz, Fugazi, the Dwarves, thee Headcoats, the Mr. T Experience, the Mummies and many more. After a 13 year break, 2017 marked the return of the Smugglers in conjunction with lead singer GrantLawrence's book Dirty Windshields: the best and the worst of the Smugglers tour diaries.

Current Members

Grant Lawrence - voice David Carswell - guitar, vocals Nick Thomas - guitar, vocals Beez - bass, vocals Graham Watson - drums

Past Members

Paul Preminger - drums Bryce Dunn - drums Adam Woodall - harmonica John Collins - bass Danny Fazio - drums
Shows

Saturday May 13, 2017

Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, BC

Tickets

 

Friday June 16, 2017

Horseshoe Tavern Toronto, ON

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Saturday June 17, 2017

Ottawa Explosion Festival Ottawa, ON

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Music

music available from

Mint Records

Spotify

iTunes

music available from Mint Records, Spotify, and iTunes

2017  Dirty Windshields - The Soundtrack: The Best of the Smugglers - Mint Records (Canada - digital release only)

2004  Mutiny in Stereo LP/CD - Mint / Lookout / Screaming Apple (Canada / USA / Germany)

2002  "Useless Rocker" 7" picture disc – Supersonicrefridge Records (Italy)

2001  Smugglers / Mach Pelican split 7" – Corduroy Records (Australia)

2000  Rosie - LP/CD - Mint / Lookout (Canada / USA)

1998  Growing Up Smuggler - A Ten Year Anniversary Live Album - LP/CD - Mint / Lookout / Imposible / 1+2 (Canada / USA / Spain / Japan)

1997  Buddy Holly Convention - 7"/ CD EP - Mint / Lookout (Canada / USA)

1996  Selling the Sizzle - LP/CD - Mint / Lookout (Canada / USA)

1996  Summer Games - 7"/CD EP - Mint / Lookout (Canada / USA) [split w/Hi-Fives]

1995  Señor Pantsdown - 7" EP - Rock and Roll Inc. (Spain)

1995  Whiplash! - 7" - 1+2 (Japan)

1995  Talkin' 'Bout You - 7" - Pin Up (Germany)

1994  Party Party Party Pooper! - 7" EP - Mint (Canada)

1994  Wet Pants Club - LP/CD - Radiation (Spain)

1994  Gotta Gotta Gotta - 7" - For Monsters (Italy) [split w/ the Hoods]

1994  Tattoo Dave - 7" - Top Drawer (USA) [split w/ Bum]

1993  In the Hall of Fame - All Time Great Golds - CD - PopLlama (USA)

1992  At Germany - 7" - Screaming Apple (Germany)

1992  Atlanta Whiskey Flats - LP - PopLlama (USA)

1991  At Marineland - 10" LP - Nardwuar (Canada)

1990  Up and Down - 7" - Nardwuar

Smugglers tracks on compilations

2004  "Lonely Christmas" on It's a Team Mint Christmas Volume 2 - Mint

2003  "Larry Where Are You" on Lookout Freakout 3 - Lookout

2001  "Buddy Holly Convention", "Rosie", "Rock n’ Roll Was Never This Fun" on Team Mint 2 – Mint

2000  "Flying Buttress Of Love" on Lookout! Freakout - CD - Lookout

2000  "Alan Thicke" on My So Called Punk Rock Life - CD - Melted

1997  "Rock 'n' Roll Was Never This Fun" on All Punk Rods Gearhead magazine LP/CD - Gearhead / Lookout

1997  "Cans Of Love" on You're Only As Good As The Last Thing You Did CD - Lookout

1997  "Keep On" and "Rock With The Smugglers Tonight!" on More Bounce To The Ounce" LP/CD - Lookout

1996  "Especially You" and "Elite Manilla" on Heide Sez CD - Lookout

1996  "To Serve, Protect And Entertain", "She Ain't No Egyptian" and "Barkerville" on Team Mint CD -Mint

1996  "She's A Runaround" on Here Comes The Summer:  A Tribute To The Undertones - CD/LP - Squaretarget

1996  "B.A.B.E." on En Guard For Thee - CD - Au Go Go

1995  "What Do You Want Me To Do" on Oh Canaduh - CD/LP - Lance Rock

1995  "Stop! Look! Listen!" on Skookum Chief Powered Teenaged Zit Rock Angst - CD/LP - Nardwuar

1995  "Amnesia" on 13 Soda Punx - CD/LP - Top Drawer / Munster

1995  "Supercar" on R.A.F.R. - CD - RAFR / Flipside

1995  "What'd I Do Wrong" on Upsalapalooza - CD - WMFU Records

1992  "Shes Got Everything" on Clam Chowder and Ice Versus Big Macs and Bombers - LP - Nardwuar

1989  "Revenge" on Oh God, My Moms On Channel Ten! - LP - Nardwuar

Contact

Contact: grant.lawrence@cbc.ca

   

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