July 3, 2014 10:36 am

Guitarist Leot Hanson leaves The Sheepdogs

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TORONTO — Canadian rock band The Sheepdogs has lost guitarist Leot Hanson.

Hanson confirmed Tuesday he has left the Saskatchewan-based group, which was formed in 2006 and exploded five years later by winning an appearance on the cover of Rolling Stone.

“Leot has been with us for eight great years, and we wish him all the best with his future ventures,” said The Sheepdogs, in a statement on Facebook.

“This is going to be a tough transition and we appreciate everyone’s support at this time.”

No reason for the parting of ways was given by either side.

The Sheepdogs has replaced Hanson with Rusty Matyas of Winnipeg’s Imaginary Cities for the remainder of its tour, which includes July and August dates across Canada.

Hanson is an owner of the Capitol Music Club in Saskatoon.

Earlier in the week, Our Lady Peace confirmed drummer Jeremy Taggart has left the band.

© Shaw Media, 2014

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