Toronto band Union Duke closing out Stage North season

Len Ramsey
For the Lakeside Leader

Drawn together by teenage hooliganism and their love of music, the founding members of Union Duke first started jamming in high school when they should have been in class. They started playing gigs by sneaking into bars at the tender age of 13.
Since then, the quintet has produced five albums, the last, entitled Golden Days, recorded live off the floor to capture the joyful energy of their concerts. They describe the album as bringing back the “warmest memories: nights by the lake, passing a bottle around the fire, or singing with your friends at the top of your lungs.”
Union Duke are Matt Warry-Smith, Ethan Smith, Jim McDonald, Will Staunton and Rob McLaren.
Currently on a swing through the Prairies, the band plays in Camrose the night before, and Swift Current Saskatchewan two nights after its date in Slave Lake. It also touches down in Hinton, Edson, Rocky Mountain House and Red Deer, before drifting back eastward.
The band bridges soulful indie rock with bluegrass and country, unleashing soaring vocals over heel-stomping boots in a growing collection of irresistible songs that set hearts and dance floors ablaze.
The band works hard, travelling back and forth across the country playing to fans young and old from coast to coast. They’ve played sold out shows where crowds know all the words. They’ve performed at countless festivals, including TURF, Mariposa, and Summerfolk, topping the list of must-see acts.
Opening for Union Duke is a band called Hack from Westlock. Come early for some Dog Island beverages and some wings and ribs from Back to Basics catering!
The Union Duke show is coming to Slave Lake to play at the Legacy Centre on Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Remax Realty, the Rotary Library, The Source, Magic Scissors and online at

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