The Drew Thomson Foundation


Drew Thomson has lived through his share of ups and downs. The same kinds of trials and tribulations that most people encounter. What sets him apart is his how he captures and relates the highs and lows. Whether you’re a businessman in the city or a gold prospector 14 hours north of anything, there are always highs and lows. Having lived both of those extremes and just about everywhere in between, Thomson has a unique ability to tell stories that while seeming outrageous and not at all relatable, also feel deeply personal to the listener.

Life lived both on the road and stuck in one place has helped Thomson craft his first EP, Stay. These songs are the culmination of his experiences focused heavily on family, love, death, excess and longing . This EP serves as a prelude to the as-of-yet untitled Full-Length album that will be released. As a songwriter better known for his scathing delivery in punk bands, this EP also serves as an introduction for Drew as a solo artist. These songs were crafted on acoustic guitars. They come from couches and quiet afternoons. They come from the backseat of vans in other countries or even other continents. They come from the bush and they come from the cheap end of the city.

Over the years Thomson has played these songs on stage solo but he has further developed the sound with a full band. The music is reminiscent of Americana; or better yet, Canadiana story-telling Rock and Roll reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen, Matthew Good, The Hold Steady and Johnathan Richman. In an era when image and marketing and the picture of ‘who you are’ has become such a driving force, it’s a true breathe of fresh air to hear these songs so honest, while also giving you a hook to hold onto.

As we age, we change, grow and just get old. Thomson sounds like a man who hasn’t quite accepted his place in the wheel, but has found a spot in the tread that he can carve out for himself. One touching song is a message to his grandmother who passed while he was on tour, where he asks her to, ‘stay.. stick around for a little while. See the changes that I have made..” After listening, I expect that’s exactly what you’ll want to do.





Watch The Drew Thomson Foundation’s video for “Stay” over at Ride the Tempo!


Adam White shares The Drew Thomson Foundation’s new video for “Pace Yourself,” directed by Vanessa Heins Photography, in the latest Some Party newsletter!


VIDEO PREMIERE: Indie88 have got your first watch of The Drew Thomson Foundation’s “Pace Yourself” visuals, directed by Vanessa Heins!


Check out The Alternative’s interview with The Drew Thomson Foundation!


Check out The Drew Thomson Foundation’s track-by-track guide to the new ‘Stay’ EP (out now via Dine Alone Records) over at!


Read Earbuddy’s 8/10 review of ‘Stay,’ the new EP from The Drew Thomson Foundation!


Check out Northern Transmissions’ very kind review of The Drew Thomson Foundation’s ‘Stay’ EP!


Audible Addixion share “Stay” from The Drew Thomson Foundation’s upcoming EP!


The awesome Adam White features the latest from Feel Alright and The Drew Thomson Foundation in the latest Some Party newsletter!


Hear some great tracks from Nyssa, The Drew Thomson Foundation, First Ghost, and Dante Matas in yesterday’s episode of No Filter Ottawa!


Watch The Drew Thomson Foundation’s new “Stay” video over at Ohestee!


Watch The Drew Thomson Foundation’s “Stay” video over at Music Injection Aus!


Velvety feature The Drew Thomson Foundation’s new video for “Stay” in their latest roundup!

05-09-2018 spreads the word about The Drew Thomson Foundation’s upcoming ‘Stay’ EP, and shares the title track’s video!


BrooklynVegan debuts the title track from The Drew Thomson Foundation’s new ‘Stay’ EP!