Guitar and Vocals
Often found with an acoustic guitar in hand and a new song in the works, Justin has been writing original music for over two decades. His passion for playing live and writing great rhythm and hook based rock songs about everyday life has taken him to stages across Canada. He looks forward to playing the next one for you!
Playing on stages around Canada for the past 20 years, Chris is deathly allergic to cover songs and only plays originals. New to Calgary and looking forward to shaking things up.
The Lost Pawns are an exciting four-piece Calgary band playing all original Canadian Rock!
The pandemic caused a massive disruption to the live music industry, but the pause also allowed musicians to come together in new and exciting ways! The Lost Pawns came together during this time piece by piece and are emerging as one of Calgary's premier Original Rock bands.
The Lost Pawns is the culmination of twenty years of songwriting and performing by Justin Matthews, the creative force behind the Pawns. Writing folk rock style songs on an acoustic guitar, heavily inspired by 90's rock and electrifying them with the help of long-time friend and bandmate, bassist Chris Towle.
When the two connected again in 2021, they quickly got to work on new material, while searching for the best drummer to fit their unique sound. After a few tries they found the piece they were waiting for and the trio was ready to hit the stage for the Summer of 2021.
They added a second guitar player and began playing live shows in Calgary and Southern Alberta venues including the Border Crossing, The Blind Beggar, Dark Arts Theatre, The Badlands Boogie and private events building momentum and gaining fans along the way.
They quickly jumped right into the recording studio to capture the magic. Working with local music icon, Emre Cords, at Em Records they laid down their first six song Debut EP "Artifacts", which was released April 13, 2022.
The band has been busy promoting "Artifacts" in 2022 playing shows and festivals around Southern Alberta, including Waynestock, Wright Wranch, Bentagain Bar, and the Langdon Firehouse. With the festival season now complete, The Lost Pawns are getting ready to head into the studio for their second album! It promises some great Canadian Rock and Roll.
The band is looking forward to a busy 2023 and beyond and sends a shout out to all the friends and fans that have supported The Lost Pawns along this incredible journey! See you at the next show!