April Wine’s Myles Goodwyn announces tour departure

Updated Dec. 20, 2022 7:02 a.m. AST

Published Dec. 20, 2022 6:53 a.m. AST

Myles Goodwyn has been the face, voice, and creative force behind April Wine for more than five decades.

The 74-year old announced his departure from touring with the rock band Monday.

The original leader of April Wine has been on the road since 1968, but says he wants to stay close to home due to health issues.

“Because of my diabetes it’s not okay for me anymore to be on the road, living out of a suitcase and the uncertainty of schedules,” he told CTV’s Katie Kelly during a recent interview.

Keeping the current April Wine line up the same, Marc Parent will replace Goodwyn on guitar and vocals.

“I know Marc personally, and I know he’s the only person I feel extremely confident and comfortable with continuing the music and legacy of April Wine. I can’t wait for the fans to meet him and see him in concert. And of course, Brian Greenway, Richard Lanthier and Roy Nichol, are still in the band and excited about the future and the April Wine legacy,” says Goodwyn.

April Wine have been conducted in the Canadian Music of Hall and Fame and received the Canadian Industry Lifetime award in 2010.

The rock band has sold over 10 million albums worldwide.

Goodwyn says he will continue writing material for the band, along with producing their records.

“I’ve had a long career, happy, fulfilling. I’ve seen much of the world and I’m grateful to continuing support of radio and our fans worldwide, but touring has been very difficult in recent years because of my diabetes and my health comes first, so unfortunately, my touring days are officially over,” he says.

Goodwyn’s final live performance will be Mar. 2, 2023, in Nova Scotia.

Myles Goodwyn of April Wine poses for a portrait while promoting his new memoir, just Between You and Me, in Toronto. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Galit Rodan)

Retiring from Touring…

New April Wine group to hit stages everywhere in 2023.

(l to r) Brian Greenway, Marc Parent, Richard Lanthier and Roy Nichol.

Although I’m still in the band writing, recording the guys and producing, I am now officially retired from touring. My last stage performance after 50+ yrs. on the road, will be in Nova Scotia, March 2, 2023. It all started here and ends here for me.

I will miss the shows, the fans and the other bands that have been friends for years, but health reasons have made this decision necessary.

Cheers everyone and thanks for all the support over the years.

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December 20, 2022

New Christmas Song/ Video

On the Road to Bethlehem

This is a new Christmas song I wrote and recorded in November, 2022. It was very interesting writing a song like this, for me, as I’m not religious as much as I am spiritual. I needed some research to collect some “facts” according to the bible and various groups.

I liked the writing process for this song, it was fun….and I like it, I hope you do to.

PS, I got to play and record my classical guitar as the main guitar part.

Please share.

Merry Christmas. 🙂

December 3, 2022

Songwriters Circle

I’m truly looking forward to this. I’ve never been on stage with Kim and the other two gentlemen, I always enjoy their company and their talents. Hope to see you there.

Hall of Fame Event

Bruce Guthro’s Song Writers Circle

I’m looking forward to sharing the stage with these wonderfully talented people, this weekend. I hope to see you there. 🙂

September 27th, 2022


I’m very happy that my 2nd solo recording ever, is now available on all platforms.

Apple Music https://music.apple.com/us/album/long-pants/1644918752

YouTube https://music.youtube.com/search?q=long+pants+myles+goodwyn

September 20, 2022

Spotify https://www.spotify.com/is-en/

Distrokid https://distrokid.com/spotify/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=15567588719&utm_adgroup=134932763470&utm_term=distrokid&utm_content=596109028002&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIitX62sDO-gIVQ4dbCh3VfQDJEAAYAiAAEgJ0zPD_BwE

Morris Guitar Winner

Steve, in New Brunswick, sent me a picture of him holding the Morris guitar that he won in my guitar contest.

I’m happy to say that he loves the guitar. Again Steve,

congratulations and thanks for buying my Long Pants cd.

September 8th 2022

8K at the April Wine show in Dartmouth, N.S tonight. What a fine night it was.

Alderney Landing, Dartmouth, Aug. 27th 2022

I love my TelePaul and it was a thrill to use it last night in Dartmouth.. I haven’t used that guitar on stage for years because I don’t want it lost or damaged in travel. Great capture Bruce Nelson.
April Wine’s rhythm section, Roy “Nip” Nichol on drums and Richard Lanthier on bass, performing in Dartmouth.


We have a winner of my vintage Morris acoustic guitar! Stephen lives in the province of New Brunswick.


Morris Acoustic Guitar