Tiana Penner is invited onstage at the concerts by Her Brothers

Langley band connects with Prime Minister’s equality message

A local band of brothers ask people to think about the women in their lives.

by Alex Skerdzhev

Local pop band and 2015 Langley’s Got Talent winners Her Brothers celebrated and reiterated Prime Minister Trudeau’s recent comments in New York at the UN Women event calling for gender equality.

Speaking in front of roughly 200 people, Trudeau said more men need to join the feminism movement and ensure pay equity, revamp paternal leave to include guaranteed time off and take steps to improve Canada’s record on violence against women, especially indigenous women.

“It’s really, really obvious that we should be standing up for women’s rights and trying to create more equal societies. Like, duh,” he told the crowd on March 16, generating a round of applause.

Joshua, Gabe and Levi Penner, who make up the band Her Brothers (along with their dad, Jonathan on keyboards), were on their way back from a series of concerts in Alberta schools spreading a gender-equal message when they happened upon Trudeau’s comments.

“Hey, that’s our message!” said lead singer Gabe Penner. “As men, we are in a unique position to challenge each other to a higher standard in the way we view and treat women.”

The three brothers, taking inspiration from their little sister Tiana, released their debut album, She, early last year.

At every concert the band brings their little sister on stage and honour her by singing a song to her.

Typically playing in schools, theatres, clubs and community events, the band has been known to ask about audience members’ sisters and mothers as a means of helping its equality message hit home.

“Together, let’s change the status quo,” said Teresa Penner, the brothers’ mom and manager, in a press release. “Let’s make Canada and our world a better place by encouraging one half of humanity to stand up for the other half, for the benefit of all.”

For the latest news about the band and information on upcoming shows, go online to herbrothers.com.

PHOTO: Her Brothers consists of Gabe Penner  on lead vocals and guitar, Josh Penner who handles  as well as vocals, and Levi Penner, the drummer and singer. Their dad, Jonathan plays keyboards. (Penner family photo)

Just Posted

ZONE 3: Luck played no part in getting Riley Ward to the BC Summer Games

Langley baller flouts misfortune on the floor; he’d rather get by on hard work

Third straight loss ends Langley’s Junior B Thunder season

The local squad could not snare a win against the Port Coquitlam Saints.

Giants bringing Point Roberts talent to Langley

The Vancouver Giants have announced a new signing.

VIDEO: New doctors, but fewer spaces for patients in Langley

Retirements have left some Langley residents without a family physician.

Throwback Thursday: July 19, 2018

Can you help us caption a photo from Langley’s past?

Here’s what you need to know about Day 2 at the BC Games

From equestrian to volleyball to swimming, all 18 events in full swing here in the Cowichan Valley

B.C. mining company, involved in 2014 spill, ordered to pay lost wages

Mount Polley Mining Company must pay wages to 26 employees who were laid off without proper notice

Two significant wildfires burning in southeastern B.C.

More than 20 fires were burning in the Southeast Fire Centre as of Saturday afternoon

Volunteers provide the glue that keeps BC Games moving

The 2018 Cowichan Summer Games had more than 2,300 volunteers on hand across Vancouver Island

No Name brand chicken nuggets recalled due to possible salmonella

Canadian Food Inspection Agency says multiple illnesses reported in B.C., Alberta and Ontario

Lodeiro scores twice to help Sounders beat Whitecaps 2-0

Seattle’s Nicolas Lodeiro opened the scoring in the fifth minute when he converted a penalty kick

Fraser Surrey Docks mechanic dies on the job

‘This is a very sad day - a worker went to his job this morning and didn’t go home’

Race walker breaks 18-year-old BC Games record

Zone 6 athlete Olivia Lundman crossed finish line with ease, to loud cheers in Cowichan


A brief look at action from the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

Most Read