Monster Truck marks their first Canadian stop at Barrie, after a three-week tour of Europe. The band then heads home to Hamilton for Christmas. The group’s long-time sound-man Chris Kaplinski will stay here because it’s his home.

So, they have a special spot in their hearts for Barrie.

“Barrie is the Monaco of Canada,” said guitarist and vocalist Jeremy Widerman.

The Barrie show is in support of Monster Truck’s third studio album, True Rockers, which was released on Sept 14 via Dine Alone Records. True Rockers brings back the fun of the band’s debut album Furiosity and showcases the diversity of their songs.

Furiosity, which recently received a gold certification in Canada, debuted at number 13 on the Top 200 SoundScan chart, hit number three on the German Rock/Metal chart and earned the band two number-one singles on Canadian rock radio. They were even nominated for the Bandit Rock Awards International Breakthrough Artist in Sweden.

Their second album, Sittin’ Heavy, featured top-five Canadian rock radio hits Don’t Tell Me How to Live and For The People, as well as the ultimate hockey anthem The Enforcer, which garnered attention from legendary hockey commentator Don Cherry. The track was featured in the opening montage and second intermission of Hockey Night in Canada and has gone on to be used as the goal song for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

All of the musicians in the band, Jon Harvey (vocals and bass), Brandon Bliss (organ and vocals) and Steve Kiely (drums and vocals), grew up outside of downtown Hamilton and they still live there. All had been playing in bands for more than a decade and learned everything the hard way, which helped when they started Monster Truck in 2009, focusing on rock and roll.

Since then, Monster Truck has racked up numerous top-10 Canadian Rock radio hits, a Breakthrough Artist of the Year Juno Award in 2013, and a Rock Album of the Year Juno nomination in 2014. They mark their 10th anniversary next year with the same original lineup.

“It’s our biggest accomplishment,” said Widerman. “To me it’s still the same basic game plan as when we started. Making sure that every show is the best it can possibly be and what I am the most proud of at the end of the day. We’re still doing it just like we used to.”

The Monster Truck show is in support of the Rock95-KoolFM Toy Drive, age-19 plus event. Also on the bill are Crown Lands and Glass Ampp. Tickets are 29.95+HST, available at

Photo: Monster Truck plays a show in Barrie on Dec. 21 at Mavrick’s Music Hall. Mathew Guido photo

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