Streetheart (band)

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OriginRegina, Saskatchewan, Canada
GenresRock, hard rock
Years active1977–1983, 1999–present
LabelsAtlantic, Capitol
MembersDaryl Gutheil, Ken "Spider" Sinnaeve, Jeff Neill, Paul McNair and Dave Langguth.
Past membersKenny 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".[1]


Keyboard player Daryl Gutheil and bassist Spider (Ken Sinnaeve) formed a band called Witness Inc. in Regina,[2] and later relocated to Winnipeg, where singer Kenny Shields joined the band.[3][4] After renaming the band Wascana the group finally became Streetheart when guitarist Paul Dean and drummer Matt Frenette joined in 1977.[5] A year later the band released Meanwhile Back in Paris, and then Under Heaven over Hell in 1979, after which Frenette dropped out to join Dean in Loverboy.[6] 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".[2]

Streetheart released a popular single in 1979, a 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),[7][8] 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.[7] 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.[9]

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.[10] They were to play a final farewell concert on August 29, 2017, at the Winnipeg Classic RockFest in Winnipeg, MB.[11] However, Shields died on the morning of July 21, 2017.[12]

On October 12, 2018, Jeff Neill announced that Winnipeg native, Paul McNair, would assume the role of lead vocalist with the band.


Studio albums[edit]

  • Meanwhile Back In Paris (1978)
  • Under Heaven Over Hell (1979)
  • Quicksand Shoes (1980)
  • Drugstore Dancer (1980)
  • Streetheart (1982)
  • Dancing with Danger (1983)
  • Buried Treasure (1984)

Live albums[edit]

  • Live After Dark (1983)
  • One Night One Take (2014)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Action: The Best of Streetheart (1981)
  • Over 60 Minutes with... Streetheart (1989)
  • The Essentials (2005)
  • ...Read All About It - The Hits/Anthology (2008)
  • 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)
  • Life. Legacy. Music. (2019)

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 (founding member, 1977–2017; his death)
  • Daryl Gutheil - keyboards (founding member, 1977–present)
  • Paul Dean - guitar (founding member, 1977–1979)
  • Ken "Spider" Sinnaeve - bass (founding member, 1977–1985, 2019–present)
  • Matt Frenette - drums (founding member, 1977–1979)
  • John Hannah - guitar (1979–1981)
  • Herb Ego - drums (1979–1983)
  • Jeff Neill - guitar (1981–1984, 2003–present)
  • Billy Carmassi - drums (1983)
  • Bruce Crump - drums (1983–1984)
  • Lou Petrovich - guitar (1990's)
  • Brent Fitz - drums (1993–1996)
  • Chris Sutherland - drums
  • Tim Sutton - drums (2005–2016)
  • Bruce "Jake" Jacobs - bass (2005–2016)
  • Dylan Hermiston - drums
  • David Langguth - drums (2019–present)
  • Paul McNair - vocalist (2018–present)



  1. ^ "Revamped Streetheart back on the road with Harlequin member as lead singer". Global News, March 29, 2019
  2. ^ a b "Elkhorn student signs recording contract". Shoal Lake Crossroads, via Newspaper Archives. June 14, 2013 - Page 4
  3. ^ "Streetheart". Canadian Retrieved 2011-08-10.
  4. ^ Ryan Edwardson (5 September 2009). Canuck Rock: A History of Canadian Popular Music. University of Toronto Press. p. 202. ISBN 978-1-4426-9706-5.
  5. ^ Streetheart". Encyclopedia of Music in Canada. Retrieved June 21, 2006.
  6. ^ Bush, John. "Streetheart". Allmusic. Retrieved June 21, 2006.
  7. ^ a b Keith Sharp (14 April 2014). Music Express: The Rise, Fall & Resurrection of Canada's Music Magazine. Dundurn. p. 62. ISBN 978-1-4597-2196-8.
  8. ^ "Streetheart album juvenile". Medicine Hat News, via Newspaper Archives. February 12, 1982 - Page 57
  9. ^ "Streetheart lead singer, Saskatchewan native Kenny Shields dead". Regina Post=Leader, July 21, 2017
  10. ^ "The Stampeders to replace Streetheart at Rock the River". 2017-07-06. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  11. ^ "Kenny Shields and Streetheart Set to Play Final Farewell at Winnipeg Classic RockFest". 2017-07-07. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  12. ^ Darren Bernhardt (July 21, 2017). "'He was magic': Canadian rock legend Kenny Shields dies - Manitoba". CBC News Manitoba. Retrieved 2017-07-22.

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