On a balmy Saturday night in Winnipeg, music enthusiasts gathered at the iconic Burton Cummings Theatre to witness The Trews embark on a journey back in time. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut album, “House of Ill Fame,” the Canadian rock band promised an evening filled with nostalgia and raw energy. As the lights dimmed and the crowd buzzed with anticipation, The Trews took the stage, ready to unleash the magic of their timeless music. The Burton Cummings Theatre, with its ornate architecture and vintage charm, provided the perfect backdrop for this nostalgic House of Ill Fame 20th show. The venue’s acoustics and intimate atmosphere set the stage for a memorable night of rock and roll.
Before The Trews graced the stage, the crowd was treated to an electrifying performance by the opening act, Bleeker. Their energetic set warmed up the audience, creating an electric vibe that lingered in the air, setting the tone for the main event.
As the lights dimmed, the crowd erupted into cheers for the headliner they came to see. From the opening chords of “Every Inambition”, The Trews captivated the audience with a seamless blend of their signature rock sound and a newfound maturity that has evolved over the past two decades.
The House of Ill Fame 20th Anniversary Tour was a musical time capsule, transporting fans back to the early 2000s. The band delivered powerful renditions of classics like “Not Ready to Go” and “Tired of Waiting” capturing the essence of the era with precision. The familiarity of these timeless hits had the entire venue singing along, creating an atmosphere of shared memories and collective joy.
While celebrating their debut album, The Trews showcased their growth as musicians over the years. The intricate guitar work of John-Angus MacDonald and the soulful vocals of Colin MacDonald were as impressive as ever, demonstrating the band’s enduring musical prowess. The addition of keyboardist Jeff Heisholt and drummer Chris Gormley enhanced the sonic palette, adding depth and dimension to the live performance.
As the main set concluded, the crowd erupted into chants for an encore. The Trews returned to the stage, treating the audience to a few additional gems, including a soul-stirring rendition of “Poor Ol’ Broken Hearted Me.” The encore was a perfect conclusion to an unforgettable night, leaving the crowd buzzing with energy and a renewed appreciation for The Trews’ musical legacy.