February 22, 2024


Gary Cain and his band came to rock the Pub Nooner at Conestoga College on March 27.

The band consists of Cain, who plays guitar and vocals, Tom Nagy on bass and Don McDougall on drums.

Founded in 2009, the band has been touring around the area bringing their mix of blues and rock to venues such as the Goofy Newfie and the Lancaster Smoke House. They have also received airplay on CBC Radio.

“I’ve played for years and years,” Cain said. “I was a bass player in other bands before and then I needed a break for awhile. I got back into it and started to jam with these guys. We all liked playing together and we just took it from there.”

The band did not receive much attention until the last few years thanks to YouTube and the single Twang Strut. It is now playing on CBC Radio and will be on the band’s first album.

“We are working on an album right now that we’re hoping to have out within the next six to eight months,” Cain said.

“We do have some recordings out there on our webpage and YouTube. I have an album out called The Holborn Sessions, which is only six tunes, and a few other singles out there that are free to download.”

Cain’s musical influences stem from childhood as his favourite band was AC/DC. He idolized the guitarist of that band, Angus Young.

After discovering AC/DC he began listening to Stevie Ray Vaughan and was blown away. That introduced him to the blues.

The Gary Cain Band is set to return to Conestoga College in September and rock in the new semester.

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