Friday, June 16th

We asked Gord for a fun memory from touring:

“A funny thing happened to us when we played the High River Rock Festival back in the nineties.. we’d finished our set and were hanging out with Rick Derringer and his band waiting for Deep Purple to come on.

It was discovered they couldn’t find the right Hammond organ for Jon Lord so they got one from a church in Calgary. I remember helping Rick Derringer and his bass player lift it onto the stage just in time for the gig.. how bizzare!

Then – as if that wasn’t surreal enough.. my guitar player Randy Rink and me ended up chaperoning DP’s guitar player Steve Morse’ daughter and friend while they rocked the festival.”


“There’s another story about Dr. Hook’s drummer taking my drummer’s truck for a spin while we opened the show at Reds at WEM and they got lost. We had to keep playing until they finally found their way back.. the truck still smells like weed.”

Gord Steinke is well known as Global TV’s prime time newsman who recently retired after more than 30 years with ITV/Global, but he’s also an award winning singer/songwriter. He has three rock albums under his belt and has been entertaining audiences for over 40 years across Canada.

His albums “Something Wrong” and “Hidden Agenda” garnered multiple ARIA honours (Alberta Recording Industry Awards) including Rock Album of The Year, and Best New Group. His single “You Never Told Me” with the late jazz great Tommy Banks won ARIA Single Of The Year.

Gord is thrilled to have teamed up once again with long time friend & guitarist Randy Rink and drummer Mark Scholz.

Randy and Gord started playing together on the rock circuit in Western Canada back in the late 70’s.

Randy offered up his searing guitar on the award winning album “Something Wrong”. Since then, they’ve shared stages at festivals over the years – opening up for international acts such as Deep Purple, Lou Gramm (Foreigner), Nickleback, Rick Derringer, Bay City Rollers, April Wine and Headstones.

Randy is well known in Canadian music circles as a premiere guitarist and session player. He’s played with many rock and country heavyweights over the years in Canada and the U.S. He’s also in demand as a music teacher and guitar tech.

Mark Scholz is a familiar name in broadcasting with an alter ego as a powerhouse drummer. Mark’s music career began at Berklee College of Music in Boston and he has been performing ever since. You may remember the popular Big Breakfast Boogie Band. His roots music trio “The Blue Montegos” debut cd receives rave reviews.

Gord Steinke and The Big Stein Band are looking very forward to stormin’ the stage at The Beaumont Blues and Roots Festival  playing their high energy high volume style of blues based rock.