August 28, 2015

We’ve been counting down the days and it’s finally here! Not only are Big Sugar dropping their new album today, but there’s a new single, and a brand new fall tour in the works!

September 5, 2015 – Opening for AC/DC @ Magnetic Hill Concert Site (Moncton, NB)
October 23, 2015 @ Rustic (Sarnia, ON)
October 24, 2015 @ London Music Hall (London, ON)
October 27, 2015 @ Crocks (Thunder Bay, ON)
October 29, 2015 @ O’Brian’s Event Centre (Saskatoon, SK)
October 31, 2015 @ Hank’s Tavern (Bradwell, SK)
November 5, 2015 @ Coast Kamloops Theatre Room (Kamloops, BC)
November 6, 2015 @ Commodore Ballroom (Vancouver, BC)
November 10, 2015 @ Better Than Fred’s (Grande Prairie, AB)
November 11, 2015 @ Better Than Fred’s (Grande Prairie, AB)
November 13, 2015 @ Blackjacks Roadhouse (Nisku, AB)
November 14, 2015 @ Cowboy’s Dance Hall (Calgary, AB)
November 15, 2015 @ Average Joe’s (Lethbridge, AB)
November 20, 2015 @ Burton Cummings Theatre (Winnipeg, MB)
November 25, 2015 @ The Rapids Theatre (Niagara Falls, NY)
November 26, 2015 @ Maxwell’s Concerts & Events (Waterloo, ON)
November 27, 2015 @ Danforth Music Hall (Toronto, ON)

More dates announced shortly!


All was going well for Gordie Johnson, lead singer and guitarist for Big Sugar. In a few days, they were going to announce a brand new album, Calling All The Youth released on Aug 28, 2015. A new tour was set to be blasted on social media. And then he decided to do the dishes after his dinner, as he does.

Fans of medical shows may want to now take note. In a beautiful, warm, soapy sink, a rather large carving knife dropped into the sink. Slicing Gordie’s thumb.

His first thought was “I’m playing Winnipeg tomorrow night. I can’t miss the show (he didn’t). The second thought was “I need to go to the hospital.”

A series of x-rays, serious stiches, a surgery, several doctors and specialists, a few thoughts of his career stopping irrevocably, all in 24 hours, Gordie got on a plane, churning away 2 hours’ worth of hits, all without the use of his thumb.

It’s now even more apt Gordie titled the latest release Calling All The Youth. It’s taken on a new meaning – a systematic shout assembling the youth (and hell, the older who have that youthful exuberance, too), that Gordie Johnson and the Big Sugar gang never left. And this is how you live a rock and roll lifestyle, by rattling a few mainstream cages, and nothing – not even a carving knife – can stop you from playing for the people.

He’s fine now. He hasn’t relinquished anything. He hasn’t compensated one iota. Everything is in the elements again. Except, maybe, Gordie will get a housekeeper.