The Unfortunates are a high energy rock band from Edmonton, Alberta. Founded by vocalist/guitarist Tanner Gordon and bassist Tim Plamondon, the duo instantly formed a tight musical chemistry that evolved beyond folk roots. Drummer Brendan McGonigle was added to create the original inception of the band.

In 2010 the band released their first collective effort "Calm down this is only the end". The album featured the singles "Losing you" and "Calm down", and was well received by the public. 19 months later, the band released their acclaimed record "We talked of shadows", and received "Band of the month" honours from local radio station Sonic 102.9. This album produced the hit song "Hurt no more", which was given regular radio play for the following year, as well as thousands of views on YouTube. 

2014 brought a new album, Indie Films, a new member, guitarist Nathan Stamhuis, and a name change to the group, who would henceforth be known solely as "The Unfortunates".  Indie films was received as a worthy follow up to the previous 2011 album, producing the single "Talk show host" and the hit "Brick by brick". The band also embarked on an ambitious cross Canada tour, performing 12 shows in 14 days across 9 urban centres. 

The band immediately began writing for another album, while in the meantime adding another guitarist in Leo Contessa. Shortly after this addition the band played it's 200th show and continued to develop into one of the premier live bands in Alberta.The bands latest self titled release is scheduled for June 22, 2018. 

The Unfortunates are a high energy, alternative rock band from Edmonton, Alberta. Combining loud guitars, rugged lyrics, and strong vocal support, The Unfortunates pack a punch with their accessible and original sound.


Tanner Gordon-Lead Vocals
Leo Contessa-Lead Guitar
Nathan Stamhuis- Rhythm Guitar
Tim Plamondon-Bass
Brendan McGonigle-Drums