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Artist of the Week: City and Colour

Dallas 1The Beginning
Born and raised in St. Catharines, Ontario, Dallas Green started getting serious about his music around the late 1990s. Green found himself in a three piece band called Helicon Blue and recorded one record before breaking up. In 2000, Green took a stab at creating solo material and made a demo entitled Simple Songs. The demo was never released but some of the songs found their way onto the internet and future LPs.

By 2001, three St. Catharines-based bands had met their demise: George Pettit’s group, Condemning Salem, Wade MacNeil and Chris Steele’s project, Plan 9, and as previously mentioned – Helicon Blue. This is how Alexisonfire was born. The group named themselves after contortionist stripper Alexis Fire and confused people all over the world with the pronunciation of their name. The group went on to release four albums and two EPs, becoming one of Canada’s most beloved hardcore bands in the process. 

Though the band seemed to get increasingly more popular with each album, things became difficult when Dallas started to release solo material under the moniker City and Colour. It was in 2005 that City and Colour would release their first LP, Sometimes, and his style switched from the aggressive thrashy music of ‘Alexis’ to more gentle and vulnerable acoustic melodies. After the release of two more very successful City and Colour albums, Alexisonfire announced their break up. Singer George Pettit wrote a long note to fans on their website detailing the break up citing that Dallas was having a difficult time handling both projects and made the decision to focus on his solo work.

Lollapalooza 2011 - Day 3Following the 2011-2012 tour in support of Little Hell, Dallas went back into the studio to start working on a new record. The Hurry and the Harm was released on June 4, 2013 and the tour brought in a new backing band consisting of The Raconteurs’ Jack Lawrence, The Constantines’ Doug MacGregor, Yukon Blonde’s Matt Kelly, and Hacienda’s Dante Schwebel. After touring very extensively for the past year, City and Colour comes to Toronto for their big hometown show at the ACC this Friday.

In 2006, City and Colour’s “Save Your Scissors” was nominated for Best Pop Video, Best Independent video and won Peoples Choice: Favourite Artist at the MMVA’s. In the same year City and Colour was also named Chart Magazine’s Artist of the Year. His debut record Sometimes won the 2007 Juno award for Alternative Album of the Year. In both 2009 and 2012, Green picked up Songwriter of the Year at Junos.

Did You Know?

  • Dallas was named after the legendary baseball player with the same name.
  • Dallas Green was married in his living room on New Years Eve.
  • Dallas performed on the popular show Kids’ CBC, changing his song “The Girl” into “The Gift” where he sung about buying gifts for Mamma Yamma on the Puppet Show.
  • City and Colour didn’t perform at the 2014 Junos so a lesser known artist could get a chance to play the award show.

Sometimes (2005)
Live (2007)
Bring Me Your Love (2008)
Little Hell (2011)
The Hurry and the Harm (2013)


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