Streetheart (band)

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Origin Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Genres Rock, hard rock
Years active 1977–1983, 1999–present
Labels Atlantic, Capitol
Members Daryl Gutheil
Jeff Neill
Tim Sutton
Jake Jacobs
Past members Kenny Shields (deceased)
Ken Sinnaeve
Paul Dean
Matt Frenette
John Hannah
Herb Ego
Billy Carmassi

Streetheart is a Canadian rock band, originally from Regina, Saskatchewan but now based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Their best known songs include "Action", "Hollywood", "Snow White", "Teenage Rage", "One More Time", "Tin Soldier" (Small Faces Cover), "Here Comes the Night" (Them Cover), "What Kind of Love is This", and their cover of the Rolling Stones' "Under My Thumb".


Keyboard player Daryl Gutheil and bassist Spider (Ken Sinnaeve) formed a band called Witness Incorporated (The Witness Inc.) in Regina, and then relocated to Winnipeg, where singer Kenny Shields joined the band.[1] After renaming the band Witness, the group finally became Streetheart when guitarist Paul Dean and drummer Matt Frenette joined in 1977. The band released Meanwhile Back in Paris the following year and Under Heaven over Hell in 1979, after which Frenette dropped out to join Dean in Loverboy. John Hannah played guitars on Under Heaven Over Hell (1979), Quicksand Shoes (1980), and Drugstore Dancer (1980). In 1980, Streetheart won the Juno Award for "Most Promising Group of the Year".

Arguably, Streetheart's most popular single was a 1979 disco-hybrid cover version of "Under My Thumb" by the Rolling Stones (an early Streetheart influence). Streetheart's version achieved gold single status in Canada. The extended live version is notable for its blazing bass solo, performed by Spider Sinnaeve.

For the next four years they released a string of albums: Quicksand Shoes (1980), Drugstore Dancer (1980), Action: Best of Streetheart (1981), the self-titled Streetheart (1982), Dancing with Danger (1983), and the double live album Live After Dark (1983). Record sales earned them six gold albums and four platinum albums in Canada. The band broke up in 1983, after which a collection of unreleased songs called Buried Treasure was issued in 1984.

Frehley's Comet recorded their own version of "Dancing with Danger" for their 1988 album, Second Sighting. In 1991, Hardline recorded their own version of the Streetheart song "Hot Cherie" for their 1992 album, Double Eclipse. Paul Dean recorded a version of Action on his solo album Hardcore in 1989 with additional references to disputes between himself and Kenny Shields.

At the peak of their career, Streetheart toured with several rock bands. Canadian bands included Chilliwack, Rush, Toronto, Harlequin, Max Webster, Aldo Nova, April Wine, Headpins; American bands included Sammy Hagar, Styx, Kansas, Blue Öyster Cult. They also toured with AC/DC.

Streetheart received a Juno Award, two Ampex Golden Reel Awards, a Chimo Award from Music Express Magazine, and were voted the most popular Canadian act at the Peoples' Choice Awards. In 2003, Streetheart was inducted into the Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

In 2008, the band released a 2 CD retrospective collection titled ...Read All About It - The Hits/Anthology. The band continues to tour and often plays shows in its native Winnipeg.

In 2017, Kenny Shields underwent emergency surgery for a serious heart ailment, which forced the band to cancel all of its touring plans for 2017.[2] They were to play a final farewell concert on August 29, 2017, at the Winnipeg Classic RockFest in Winnipeg, MB.[3] Jeff Neill, via the band's Facebook page, confirmed on July 21, 2017 that Shields died that morning.[4]



  • Meanwhile Back in Paris (1978)
  • Under Heaven Over Hell (1979)
  • Quicksand Shoes (1980)
  • Drugstore Dancer (1980)
  • Action: The Best of Streetheart (1981)
  • Streetheart (1982)
  • Dancing with Danger (1983)
  • Live After Dark (1983)
  • Buried Treasure (1984)
  • Over 60 Minutes with... Streetheart (1989)
  • The Essentials (2005)
  • ...Read All About It - The Hits/Anthology (2008)
  • One Night One Take (2014)
  • 40 Vol. I (1977-2017 — 40 Years of Rock and Roll — Vol. I) LP (2017)
  • 40 Vol. II (1977-2017 — 40 Years of Rock and Roll — Vol. II) LP (2017)

Selected singles[edit]

  • "Look at Me" (1978)
  • "Action" (1978)
  • "Under My Thumb" (1979) #20 CAN
  • "Here Comes the Night" (1979) #60 CAN
  • "Draggin' You Down" (1980) #78 CAN
  • "Trouble" (1980)
  • "Tin Soldier" (1981)
  • "What Kind of Love is This" (1982) #22 CAN
  • "One More Time" (1982)
  • "Look in Your Eyes" (1983)
  • "Snow White" (1983)
  • "Comin` True" (1983)

Band members[edit]

  • Kenny Shields - vocalist
  • Daryl Gutheil - keyboards
  • Paul Dean - guitar (original founding member)
  • Ken Sinnaeve - bass
  • Matt Frenette - drums
  • John Hannah - guitar
  • Herb Ego - drums
  • Jeff Neill - guitar (most recent)
  • Bruce Crump - drums
  • Billy Carmassi - drums
  • Lou Petrovich - guitar (90's)
  • Brent Fitz - drums
  • Chris Sutherland - drums
  • Tim Sutton - drums
  • Bruce "Jake" Jacobs - bass guitar
  • Dylan Hermiston - drums


  1. ^ "Streetheart". Canadian Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  2. ^ "The Stampeders to replace Streetheart at Rock the River". 2017-07-06. Retrieved 2017-07-22. 
  3. ^ "Kenny Shields and Streetheart Set to Play Final Farewell at Winnipeg Classic RockFest". 2017-07-07. Retrieved 2017-07-22. 
  4. ^ "'He was magic': Canadian rock legend Kenny Shields dies - Manitoba". Retrieved 2017-07-22. 

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