Hunter Broth­ers break from tour to play at Mu­sic of Hockey Day

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The red hot Hunter Broth­ers hit pause on their cross Canada tour with Paul Brandt to per­form at the Mu­sic of Hockey Day in Swift Cur­rent on Fe­bru­ary 6.

As the kick off event for the four day Sco­tia­bank Hockey Day in Canada cel­e­bra­tions, the mu­si­cal sib­lings from Shau­navon were right at home on stage in what is es­sen­tially a home­town show for broth­ers Luke, J.J., Ty, Brock and Dusty Hunter.

They kicked off the sec­ond half of the night of mu­sic hosted by Ron Ma­clean with an orig­i­nal song writ­ten for the Hockey Day con­cert, along with their hit Born and Raised which was selected by hockey fans to serve as the an­them of the 2019 In­ter­na­tional Ice Hockey Fed­er­a­tion’s World Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships.

“We wanted to do some­thing that was en­gag­ing,” chuck­led Ty Hunter of the orig­i­nal song they con­trib­uted for the evening. “So we put a lot of lyrics in that were rel­e­vant to Hockey Day as well as just our up­bring­ing with hockey. And we wanted it to be a crowd par­tic­i­pa­tion song, so we used the overused term “Eh”. I don’t know if I use that all the time as a Cana­dian, but we fig­ured lets ac­tu­ally be part of the stereo­type to­day and say it over and over.”

Ty ad­mit­ted they were quickly on board when they had a chance to per­form dur­ing the evening.

“It was awe­some. When the op­por­tu­nity came up it was like it was meant to be. Be­cause we had a day off be­tween Regina and Saska­toon’s con­certs…we ab­so­lutely wanted to be part of things.”

The Hunter Broth­ers were fea­tured in one of the seg­ments of the Sport­snet tele­vised Hockey Day in Canada on Fe­bru­ary 9. The seg­ment shared the story of how hockey and mu­sic have been main­stays for the broth­ers their en­tire lives.

The fea­ture was shown just as their mu­si­cal ca­reers are on an up­ward tra­jec­tory. They are cur­rently in the midst of The Jour­ney Tour 2019 with head­liner Paul Brandt, High Val­ley and Jess Moskaluke. Plus their sopho­more re­lease State of Mind be­gan the week sit­ting third on the Cana­dian itunes coun­try al­bum sales charts.

“It’s been re­ally hum­bling. We’re re­ally, re­ally grate­ful for the re­sponse of every­body out there. We re­leased State of Mind the day that the Jour­ney tour ac­tu­ally be­gan, so it was a very ex­cit­ing Fri­day for us. It was at the top of the itunes charts for a week at least. So we’re very thank­ful to every­body who’s been pur­chas­ing and down­load­ing the song.”

Luke Hunter also re­flected on the wild ride they have en­joyed since the start of their cross Canada tour in Ab­bots­ford on Jan­uary 25.

“It has been noth­ing short of sur­real for us boys hon­estly. We grew up watch­ing and lis­ten­ing to Paul Brandt as kids. Wow, what an hon­our its been over the past cou­ple of weeks al­ready to be able to per­form with him. He’s treated us in­cred­i­ble. We are so thank­ful and feel blessed to be a part of his Jour­ney tour,” Luke said fol­low­ing their per­for­mance at the Liv­ing Sky Casino Event Cen­tre.

After the per­for­mance they were back on the road for the re­main­ing 17 dates in their Cross Canada tour.

“It’s ex­cit­ing that we still have an­other three or four weeks to go with him, but wow, what a ride it’s been so far. It’s just been a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said.

“For this to be our first big tour, to be able to do it with Paul Brand, High Val­ley and Jess Moskaluke, has just been a dream come true for us boys. And the tim­ing of our al­bum com­ing out, and the re­lease of it land­ing on the tour dates has been re­ally spe­cial for us.”

Luke was also ex­cited to be per­form­ing in Swift Cur­rent again after his five-year ca­reer with the Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos be­tween 2001 and 2006.

“Com­ing back to Swift Cur­rent al­ways feels like com­ing back home. Play­ing five years with the Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos, they are some of the fond­est mem­o­ries that I have grow­ing up. My 20 year old year, I had spent a quar­ter of my life to that date here in Swift Cur­rent. And ev­ery­thing from the or­ga­ni­za­tion, to the fans, to my bil­lets Jim and Mar­i­lyn Ginther, I have noth­ing but in­cred­i­ble things to say about Swift Cur­rent and the time that I spent here. I will al­ways for­ever look back to Swift as be­ing a spe­cial place in my heart.”

The mu­si­cal evening also fea­tured per­for­mances by the SCCHS Cham­ber Singers, Ryan Boldt, Tara Slone, Juno Award nom­i­nee Leonard Sum­ner, and Bryan Trot­tier. The house band for the evening was the su­per tal­ented Bi­dini­band.

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