Sometimes you’ve got to wear it on your sleeve. Scottish Canadians are the third largest ethnic group in Canada

Sometimes you’ve got to wear it on your sleeve. Scottish Canadians are the third largest ethnic group in Canada

Real McKenzies bring Celtic/punk blend

Grab a pint, throw your arms around your mates and wail along with their from-the-heart anthems and you’ll fit in just fine.

PHOTO: Sometimes you’ve got to wear it on your sleeve. Scottish Canadians are the third largest ethnic group in Canada, with upwards of a fifth of Canadians thought to have some Scottish ancestry. But you might not know it these days because they don’t wear kilts around all the time, like Vancouver-based Celtic punk rockers the Real McKenzies. They’ve kept true to their punk and Scottish heritage fusion over their 20-year career, pumping out up-tempo ballads and stomping punk songs that explore Celtic roots and history. It doesn’t matter if you’re not part Scot. Grab a pint, throw your arms around your mates and wail along with their from-the-heart anthems and you’ll fit in just fine. The Real McKenzies play the Traverse Lounge on Thursday, Sept. 26. They’re touring their 2012 album Westwinds. ~ Aaron Orlando.