HAYWIRE

It has been quite a journey for P.E.I.’s Haywire.Formed in Charlottetown 1981, the rock band has gone on to sell more than half a million records, spawned a dozen hit songs, won international awards and played with some of the biggest names in Canadian music.It all culminated for band members Paul MacAusland, David Rashed, Marvin Birt, Ronnie Switzer and Sean Kilbride in 2006 when Haywire received the Music P.E.I. Lifetime Achievement Award. The band is also the recipient of an ECMA Lifetime Achievement Award.Some people might take that as a sign the band’s career has reached an end.That isn’t the case with these ‘bad boys’. The band is currently writing new material with plans to celebrate its 38th anniversary with a new album later this year.MacAusland, Rashed, Birt and Switzer formed Haywire in 1981 (with original drummer Scott Roberts) and began touring Atlantic Canada a year later.It was clear the band’s future was bright when it captured one of the biggest rock contests in the region, the Q104 Homegrown Contest, raising the band’s profile.