What a dream for a musician? Bryan Lonsdale explains what it’s like to play for a dreamer
Posted On June 29, 2021
A musician’s dream comes true when he or she can share the music they love with people around the world.
For Bryan Lonesdale, who was born with a congenital heart condition, the dream came true when the band he and his wife formed together called Wish Bone was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in 2008.
“I was very excited,” he says.
“It’s like when you get the first of your own family to sing in your life.
It’s like your dream come true.
I was just so happy to be part of it.”
The band is now one of Canada’s most well-known musical acts, and the singer-songwriter has toured with the likes of The Black Keys, Foo Fighters and Mumford & Sons.
Lonesdale’s Wish Bone is based in a small village outside the town of Hope in the northwest corner of Ontario, in a community known for its strong Catholic roots.
Lonesdal is also the drummer for a local punk band, the Wild West Boys.
A decade ago, he and a few friends were inspired to form Wish Bone after their hometown, Hope, became an island of silence after a devastating wildfire.
Lonedale is a musician in his own right, and while his wife is the bassist, his dream to play music together was one of many.
“It was very surreal, because I knew I was an only child,” he recalls.
“We had this little group that was very much in the same place at the same time.”
Lonesdales bandmates, including guitarist Matt Koehler, have since performed with many other musicians, including The Black Birds, The Flaming Lips and The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Lonsdale has also become a major player in the local community, as well as the music industry.
He was recently selected to be the first Canadian to perform in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
He says the band has had its share of challenges, but he’s been able to handle them all.
“If you think about all the things we’ve done together, there’s just been so much that’s been kind of overwhelming,” he explains.
“But it’s also just been a wonderful, amazing, really positive experience.”
Lonsdales dream to have the chance to perform live in front of thousands of people came true on Saturday.
“I got to do it for the first time, and I was very happy,” he said.
“That was the highlight of my day.”
For more information about the Wish Bone band, visit wishbone.ca.