Happy BD Kenny…
You will always be missed.
You will never be forgotten.
RIP dear friend.
Our sincere thanks to every one of you who have reached out to us today sending along your best thoughts and wishes along with posting your personal memories and tributes to Kenny.
You are all in our hearts.
We would like to thank everyone at the Saskatoon Musicians’ Association Local 553 for honouring Kenny Shields as part of their Gala Showcase this year. Kenny’s wife Elena and Jeff Neill have been invited to take part in the presentation of The Kenny Shields Special Recognition Award for distinguished service to the professional arts on Thursday, October 5th.
Kudos to everyone @ Local 553 and a special thanks to Warren Rutherford for all his help in arranging for us to be a part in this special evening. You have shown class and respect in formally acknowledging one of Saskatchewan’s most enduring artists and we are most grateful to be a part of this event.
“The Saskatoon Musicians’ Association is proud to announce the formal dedication of our annual Local 553 Special Recognition Award for distinguished service to the professional arts, in honour of Kenny Shields, as part of our Gala Showcase 2017 show being held Thursday, October 5th. at The Bassment in Saskatoon. (202 4th Ave. N. ). Kenny joined the Saskatoon Musicians’ Association in 1971, and was an active member of Local 553 of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada through the year 2009.”
Kenny Shields Day.
Our sincere gratitude to the Hon. Christine Tell and the Government of Saskatchewan for proclaiming Sept. 06, 2017 as Kenny Shields Day throughout Saskatchewan. Thank you for officially recognizing this unforgettable man, a true world class talent and, a lifelong friend.
Kudos to Eric Anderson for spearheading this effort to honour and pay tribute to one of Canada’s great musical talents.
You will always be missed.
You will never be forgotten.
Photo courtesy of Lynn Latozke.
Tuesday, Aug. 29/2017.
When a picture is worth several thousand words…
To each and every one of of our loyal fans across Canada, many who made long journeys to join us last Tuesday to pay tribute to our dear friend Kenny Shields.
It has been our great honour and privilege to play music for you for the last 40 years.
We know Kenny was smiling down on us all.
Photos courtesy of Bruce Jacobs.
Hello again friends…
Kudos the promoters of the Winnipeg Classic RockFest for all their efforts in presenting an evening of great R&R to celebrate the life and legacy of the legendary Kenny Shields on Tuesday Aug. 29th at Shaw Park, Winnipeg MB.
We are very honoured to have Mike Reno, Paul Dean, Matthew Frenette and Ken Spider Sinnaeve from Loverboy make time in their busy summer schedule to fly in and be a part of what will be a most special evening to pay tribute to our dear brother and bandmate.
We look forward to featuring a number of talented friends during the evening including two of Winnipeg’s premiere vocalists, Paul McNair and Lisa Windsor. We will also be joined during the set by longtime pals, Honeymoon Suite, George Belanger, Chris Burke-Gaffney, Catherine St Germain and Donny Parenteau who want to pay tribute to Kenny as well at this once in a lifetime event.
Our sincere thanks to everyone who is involved with bringing this show to life, who have offered their services and, to each and everyone of you out there who have shown so much love and support for Kenny and his family over these past weeks. As our dear friend Howard Mandshein always so eloquently states, “It will be one for the ages!”.
We look forward to seeing you there. Have a great weekend everyone.
Just wanted to let you all know that we will be having a Celebration Of Life for Kenny Shields on Wednesday, Aug. 30th at the Club Regent Event Centre. The doors will be at 7:00pm with the COL beginning at 8:00pm. It is an all ages event for anyone who might be wondering about that.
This event will be taking place the day after our memorial show for Kenny as part the Winnipeg Classic RockFest.
We are so very grateful for all the love and support that has been extended to all the Streetheart family from so many of you across the country. Your support has given us something to lean on during this difficult time.
Our sincere thanks to Kelly Berehulka and everyone at the Club Regent Casino for continuing to display the class and character that they have always shown us over the years.
It will be a most memorable day to celebrate together, the life and times of our dear friend and, one of the truly great icons of the Canadian music industry.
We want to thank each and every one of you for all the kindness, respect and love shown for our dear friend and bandmate Kenny Shields over the weekend and the days leading up to Friday morning’s sad news.
We also want thank everyone in the media from CBC, CTV, all the radio stations/personalities and print sources that featured stories on Kenny’s passing. You all displayed a level of class and caring that we are most grateful for.
A special thank you goes out to all our musical colleagues who extended their condolences and best wishes.
Our sincere gratitude to you all for your support during this time. We know how much it has meant to Kenny’s family and to all of us in the Streetheart family.
Much love to you all… xox.
It is with deep sadness and regret that we announce that our dear friend and bandmate Kenny Shields has passed away quietly and peacefully early this morning at the St. Boniface General Hospital in Winnipeg MB.
By his side were his wife Elena, his daughter Julia and his sister Sharlene.
Our thanks to the caring and compassionate staff at the St. B for all the dignity and comfort that they provided for Kenny and his family throughout this difficult time.
We are most grateful to each and every one of you for all the love, support and hope you have extended towards Kenny and his family over these last few weeks. We know personally how much that meant to Kenny and, that your kindness contributed to his inner peace in the end.
We will keep you all updated as we move forward.
Live your life. Love your life and, enjoy every moment of your life with the ones you love.
RIP our dear brother.
You will be missed.
You will never be forgotten.
Looking forward to seeing many of our friends and fans on Aug 29th. as the members of Streetheart and special guests pay tribute to the legacy of the legendary Kenny Shields. Our sincere thanks for everyone’s continued love and support for Kenny during this time.
I am very sad to report that due to the seriousness of Kenny Shields health issues, we have had to cancel the entire 2017 tour schedule for Kenny Shields and Streetheart.
I shall be as transparent as I can while maintaining a respectful measure of discretion regarding Kenny’s privacy…
Kenny, as some of you may know and many have speculated on, has a very sick heart. In lay terms, he has approximately 20% efficiency on the left side of his heart which has caused his right side to become damaged in an attempt to compensate. This has created a dangerous buildup of fluid in his lungs along with other serious internal issues. If not for emergency surgery on Monday by a group of highly skilled and compassionate physicians at the St. Boniface Hospital and the Victoria General Hospital, Kenny would likely not be with us today.
We are most thankful for all that they did to achieve the best possible outcome in this situation.
Kenny is currently out of grave danger but will be in recovery for some time.
He will no longer be able to fly or endure the physical demands of being on the road and playing live shows which brings us to this difficult end point.
We have been dealing with this for some time now. We were hoping that we could make one last run this year to say goodbye to all our dear friends and fans who have supported us over the last 40 years.
I am sorry that we will not be able to do that now.
I know that you all wish Kenny the very best and I will continue to keep you informed.
I will keep you up to date on Kenny’s progress as best as I can but for now I am just so sorry we can’t be there to share this last summer with you.
Live your life. Love your life and enjoy every moment of it with the ones you love.
Time gets precious when there’s less of it to waste. Jeff Neill xox
Photo courtesy of Char Davidson.