The most successful band to come out of Vankleek Hill was the randomly and infrequently sober, Constable Brennan.
They were a straight ahead punk band with a cool organ sound. They lasted for a few years (1999-2004ish), mostly playing in the Toronto scene, but with regular tours around Ontario. They released an EP, called “No Shoes, No Pants, No Sober”, which was fantastic, and a CD produced in New York by Vic Ruggiero of The Slackers which, mostly because of Vic, was not good.
But Darell did get to put Bob Marley’s guitar between his legs and ride it like a horse around the studio.
Anyway, this is my “friends on Friday post”, and they were friends. Constable Brennan is also the name of a cop who drove around our streets back in the day.
Some of the other bands with a Vankleek Hill connections: Heavens Radio; Trip The Off; The Peelers; Terry Gillespie; April Wine — Brian Green-way, was born near Vankleek Hill, in Hawkesbury, and Jerry Mercer, lives somewhere near Vankleek Hill; and Rush has a recording studio just across the river and up into the mountains from here… that one’s a stretch.