Sept 6 to be “Kenny Shields Day” – of Streetheart fame – in Saskatchewan
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 will be “Kenny Shields Day” – of Streetheart fame – in Saskatchewan.
Kenny Shields was born in Nokomis, Saskatchewan on October 24th, 1947. Through his passionate work as the frontman of ‘Witness Inc.’ and then ‘Streetheart,’ Shields became one of the, if not the, biggest selling recording artists to ever come from Saskatchewan.
Streetheart topped the Canadian charts with non-stop hits that would eventually earn the band six gold albums, four platinum albums, a double platinum album, a gold single, two Ampex Golden Reel awards, a Music Express People’s Choice Award as the most popular Canadian Act, and a Juno award. In 2003, Kenny Shields and Streetheart were inducted into the Western Canadian Music Association Hall of Fame.
‘Kenny Shields Day’ was proclaimed on August 29th, 2017 by Christine Tell (Acting Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport in the Province of Saskatchewan) – see attached. As part of the Proclamation, Tell wrote, “I request the citizens of the Province of Saskatchewan to recognize this day.”
September 6th was chosen as Shields will have been interned in his home province of Saskatchewan by that date; thus Kenny can be here for his special day.
A gala concert was dedicated to Shields on August 29th in Winnipeg, MB. The event saw over 8,000 people attend and featured performances by, his friends and former bandmates in, groups such as; Loverboy, Harlequin, Honeymoon Suite, The Pumps, Orphan, and Streetheart. A Celebration of Life for Shields was held on Wednesday, August 30th at the Club Regent Casino in Winnipeg.
Shields passed away peacefully, and surrounded by the love of his family, the morning of July 21, 2017 in Winnipeg, MB. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Elena; daughter Julia (Josiah); sister Sharlene and her son Jeff; stepchildren Lida (Mike) their children Anthony and Isabella, Daniela, David; and extended family and friends. He was predeceased by his father Thomas, mother Alice, brother-in-law Lorne, and nephew David.
Despite his notoriety, Shields lived his life with the utmost humbleness. His kindness, generosity, and ability to make everyone feel special were only a few of the traits that attributed to Kenny lighting up every room that he entered. We will remember “Kenny” for his kind heart, gentle soul, warm smile, big hugs, firm handshakes, and contagious laugh.