Hard rockers to ‘wreck’ the stage in St. Catharines performance


Published February 16, 2023 at 11:04 am

The most recent incarnation of Big Wreck with lead singer Ian Thornley, second from right. (Photo by Nikki Ormerod)

Tickets are now available for those who want to see rockers Big Wreck crash-landing in the Partridge Hall at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines on April 5.

The show is part of a seven-stop mini-tour through Ontario.

Formed in Boston in 1994, the band has always been an eclectic mix of Canadians and Americans but has been lead mostly notably by singer-guitarist Ian Thornley, born in Toronto – a situation that caused many to believe it was strictly a Canadian band.

While the band first made its name in the late 1990s, they have continued to crank out albums recently, including Ghosts in 2014, Grace Street in 2017, … But For the Sun in 2019, and are currently releasing three EPs that will be put together to make their seventh full-length album Big Wreck 7. It is expected to be fully released by 2023.

During the band’s first run from 1994 to 2003, they were best known for chart-topping hits such as “Blown Wide Open,” “That Song” and “The Oaf.”

The group disbanded in 2003 when Thornley decided to pursue a solo career, creating a new band simply called Thornley. His solo career saw number one hits such as “So Far So Good” and “Come Again.”

Aside from his obvious love for and influence by the late Soundgarden singer (later also a solo act) Chris Cornell, his early influences were “folk blues like country blues and acoustic styles” and later the electric blues of Buddy Guy.

When Big Wreck reformed in 2011 after their initial run, they released their biggest single Albatross on their third album by the same name. They have toured sporadically since though this is their second post-pandemic run. Oshawa rock duo, The Standstills, will be the openers.

Tickets for the April 5 concert which starts at 7:30 pm range from $5 to $59 and are available HERE.

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