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The Unfortunates

with Old Jack Tap and No Such Thing As Ghost

$10 advance

Band Details


From the Promoter


The Unfortunates are an alternative-rock band from Edmonton, Alberta comprised of Tanner Gordon, Bryce Thornton, Tim Plamondon, Brendan Urban and Nathan Stamhuis.

The band formed in 2009 when Tanner, a local solo folk musician, met Tim, a former punk band front man, through work. The two began to practice and write material for a planned future release. When it was time to take the songs into the studio, it was realized that they needed a drummer. Tim had been playing in a band called Stick Figure with Brendan Urban for over 10 years and introduced him to Tanner. Brendan made the transition into the group seamless and the album 'Calm Down This Is Only The End' (2010) was released under the name Tanner Gordon.

After the album release, the group wanted to add another layer to fill out their sound. Tanner introduced guitarist Bryce Thornton to the group, a musician of many years from within the Edmonton scene. The four began to practice and write new material immediately. Over the course of only a few months, the band had written enough material to go into the studio. On November 22nd, 2011 the band released their first collective album 'We Talked Of Shadows' (2011) under the name Tanner Gordon & The Unfortunates. Along with the album release, the band was named local radio station Sonic 102.9's Band of the Month for November.

Over the next 18 months the band continued to develop their live act and write new material. In the spring of 2013, the group went back into the studio to record their 2nd full-length album. While in the studio the band had an epiphany that the project was truly a reflection of the four musicians coming together and growing as one. It was then that the band name was simplified to just 'The Unfortunates' and Nathan was added to the group.

The band has released of their second collective album, Indie Films on May 27th, 2014. And have completed a two-week Eastern Canadian tour promoting their album.


Old Jack Tap was formed in the spring of 2014 and very quickly began composing original material through all of the members’ best efforts. With a desire to break into the music scene, they began writing songs that had a familiar blues and southern rock sound with a new, refreshing modern rock and pop fusion.

Their debut album was released in December 2017 with a number of local Edmonton musicians contributing to the recording process. Old Jack Tap brings together a true recalibration of classic blues, solidified with thunderous rhythms carefully aligned with catchy riffs, soaring slide leads, organic soloing, and powerful vocals.


Hailing from the suburbs (the easiest place to make fun of), No Such Thing As Ghost is Mike Wilson (Bass, Vocals), Alex Hominiuk (Guitar, Synthesizer, Bass, Vocals, Updog), Kyle Blacher (Guitar), and Taylor Gowdy (Drums). The four share a love of music, performing, and attention. No Such Thing As Ghost draws inspiration from a eclectic array of bands from AC/DC to LCD Soundsystem. Like many of the great bands that inspire them, they write music with lyrics. Weaving clanging guitars and throbbing bass and drum lines together with pulsing synth melodies, NSTAG sets out to write music that's as fun to listen to as it is to play. They enjoy long walks on the beach, playing Blink-182 songs, and writing bios in the third person.

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