Plan 37 Records New Album

November 9, 2015

12208523_892181707536426_8541588564223861416_nHey everyone! Great news from the Plan 37 camp. We entered Taurus Recording Studio this weekend and under the guidance of producer Jon Drew we recorded 13 songs for our full length album. After three long days we were able to get all drum, bass and guitar tracks down. To be completely honest we did all of the rhythms live off the floor. So with the exception of vocals and my guitar leads, everything you hear on the album is totally live and raw. This process requires a little more time and patience but the end result can be something special if captured properly and the band is well rehearsed and up to the task.

12227631_892181607536436_1379921873921432329_nOur good friend Nic Pouliot from stopped by to document the recording session on Saturday afternoon. Nic is easily one of the best live band photographers around these days. Check out the pics on facebook at the link.

We’ll be returning to the studio shortly so Shawn get get his vocals down, followed by another session for back up vocals from all of us.

12227233_892181520869778_2763746360761856212_nIt’s my hope that this recording ends up on vinyl, but only time will tell. We have no information to share yet as to who will be releasing the record.

Our next gigs are on Friday Nov 27th in Guelph and Saturday Nov 28th in Toronto. Both shows are My Fingers My Brains showcase gigs.

dyingscene1Back in June I was asked to fill in and play a few gigs with Plan 37 after they parted ways with their lead guitarist. I had two weeks to learn the 9 song set before the first show. That first gig was a supporting spot for the Ataris here in Toronto. I learned the tunes and had a killer jam session with the band. A couple of days later we rocked the Dance Cave at Lees Palace.

A few more gigs later and we decided I would stick around and continue playing guitar in the band. Since then we’ve played a handful of shows around Ontario and we’re now gearing up to record the bands first full length album this November with producer Jon Drew.

ARROWSI recently formed a new acoustic band this past May. It features Cindy from Plan 37 on percussion and Matt from Whiskey Hearts on the upright bass. Our first show was the Mini-Pouzza Fest event in Toronto. We’ve recently taken it on the road and performed in Guelph as well as an opening spot for Mischief Brew last month.

Speaking of Whiskey Hearts, Ty recently moved to Mexico city to be a teacher. We played our last gig back in May opening up for the amazing Nato Coles and the Blue Diamond Band. It’s safe to say Whiskey Hearts are definitely on hiatus for the time being.

Pouzza Fest V in Montreal

February 25, 2015

pouzzafestI’m stoked to be playing Pouzza Fest once again this year. The complete lineup was just announced and this year is a good one. Confirmed bands include Teenage Bottlerocket, The Dwarves, The Muffs, Jon Snodgrass, Joey Cape, plus some of my friends from right here in Toronto like Brutal Youth, Deforesters and Plan 37. West-caost folk punker Jesse Lebourdais is also confirmed and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Jon Creeden gigging around as well.

For more info and to buy your tickets check out the Pouzza Fest website.

cactus vella podcastI was very fortunate to be asked to be the first ever guest on the new Stereo Dynamite Podcast. It was a great honor to sit back with my good friend and Toronto alumni Adam Sewel as we chatted for a good 30 minutes in his Parkdale office on a cold January night.

In the podcast we talk about Whiskey Hearts, The Class Assassins, growing up in Vaughan, Sinkin’ Ships, my graphic Design company Anxiety Attack Designs and many other things. After recording the podcast we hung out for a while and I was lucky enough to hear some brand new tracks from the upcoming Simone Denny record on Stereo Dynamite Recordings… and Damn they sound awesome!

So if you have half an hour and want to hear two dudes shoot the breeze about this and that give the first episode of the new Stereo Dynamite Podcast featuring your truely a listen.

Click here to check it out.

DYINGSCENE 06Posted by on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 10:48 AM (PST)

In good news, the guys in Toronto punk act The Class Assassins have released a music video for their song “Start Again.” In not so good news, they have also announced the departure of longtime guitarist Cactus Vella, who is leaving the band to focus on his solo work.

The music video and a statement from Vella can be found below.

“Start Again” appears on The Class Assassins’ Treason 7-inch, which was released back in 2011 through Rebel Time Records. The band’s latest release, a 9-minute ‘concept single’ entitled The Addiction & The Solution came out last March.


theclassassassins-1370727904After 8 awesome years of guitar slaying with my brothers in The Class Assassins I’ll be playing my last couple of gigs as a full-time member.

I’ll be playing my final shows on July 19th in Guelph Ontario, and on July 25th in Toronto Ontario.  I hope many of you can make it out and catch the sets.

I’ve had a great run with the boys as we’ve played some of the best shows of my musical career. We’ve shared the stage with Bad Religion, The Dropkick Murphys, The Bronx, Black Flag, GBH, Agnostic Front, DOA, Angelic Upstarts, The Business, Red Alert, Tiltwheel, Horropops, Jello Biafra, Hard Skin, NOFX, Pennywise, Face To Face and others

We’ve had an amazing support system and I really need to thank a few people. Big thanks to Randy from Rebel Time Records. Randy is probably our biggest fan and he always showed us a great deal of respect. Also thanks to Dave Baksh. Dave is the best producer I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with. His generosity, kindness and wisdom will always be appreciated.  I also need to thank Dan Farr. He handpicked me as his replacement when he left the band. I was honored and so damn appreciative of the gesture. He left some big shoes to fill. Stinky shoes. Thanks Dan!

Chris, Gary, Chad and Dave, I will always be grateful for my time as a Class Assassin.
Thank you very much my brothers. I’ve learned so much from all of you.


Cactus Sings Springsteen coverThis past week Cactus released a free download of “Cactus Sings Springsteen”, two Bruce Springsteen covers. The download features “Going Down” from the “Thunder Road” compilation released earlier this year, as well as “Hungry Heart”, an out-take from that same recording session.

Both songs feature Katie Kaboom of The Mahones on accordion and were recorded by Moby Holman who also recorded the “Sailin’ On” EP in 2012.

Speaking of the “Thunder Road” comp, a big thank you to everyone who has supported it. We’ve reached over 100000 plays from the bandcamp page alone!

CACTUS SINGS SPRINGSTEEN 2The good people at DyingScene wrote this little blurb about the release of “Cactus Sings Springsteen”.

Posted by on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 1:51 PM (PST)

Toronto’s favorite punk rock solo artist Cactus Vella has released a short EP entitled Cactus Covers Springsteen, featuring covers of Bruce Springsteen’s “Going Down” and “Hungry Heart.” You can stream and/or download it for free below.

Vella’s debut EP Sailin’ On was released in December of 2012. That’s also available on his Bandcamp page.

DYING SCENE 04Posted by JerryLowLife on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 9:26 AM (PST)

Anxiety Attack Recordings have released a new compilation album called Thunder Road.  The album is a folk-punk tribute to Bruce Springsteen and features Cactus VellaJon Creeden, Jesse LeBourdais, The Matchup, and more!

Give it a listen below, and if you like what you hear, you can download it for free.

DYING SCENE 03Posted by JerryLowLife on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 11:12 AM (PST)
Toronto’s own punk rockers Dogs are streaming their new self-titled 7 inch EP, and you can check it out below.Dogs features members of Summer of 92 as well as Cactus Vella of The Class Assassins and Whiskey Hearts.  They will be playing at Pouzza Fest in Montreal on May 17.

The EP was released by Rubber Factory Records.

Nightrider1Back in 2006 the Dogs recorded what was supposed to be our debut album at Rumenal Records. The sessions were lost and we were left with the raw unmixed recordings. We never released them. Recently JDM put together this music video for the track “Nightrider”from that very session. The song and video are a tribute to the 1979 movie Mad Max. Click here to check out the video.

Last month we returned to the recording studio, this time choosing to work with Dave Baksh at the Gentlemens Den. We recorded three songs and plan on releasing them as our debut 7inch this summer on Rubber Factory Records.

POUZZAFESTHey friends, there’s lots going on these days. Last night I was interviewed on and we talked about Punk rock, Wrestling, the snow, Johnny Cash, Chicago vs Toronto, and Pouzza Fest. Thanks to Starsky Starcevich for the great interview!

My good friend Hugo (Sainte Catherines, Yesterdays Ring, and Miracles) hosts the Pouzza Fest every year in downtown Montreal. I was fortunate enough to play it a couple of years ago with The Class Assassins and it was a great time! This year I’ll be playing two sets. One of which will be a solo set on the same bill as Tim Barry. The second set will be with none other than a band called Dogs. I was a member of Dogs for several years before parting ways with them a few years ago. I was recently asked to play the Pouzza Fest set with them and possibly a new recording. I’m really looking forward to jamming out those tunes once again. The Fest takes place from May 16th to the 18th and there’s a whole lot of awesome bands playing. Check out this link for more info.

The newest release from Anxiety Attack Recordings will be a folk-punk tribute to Bruce Springsteen featuring an all-Canadian line up. Some of the artists confirmed so far include Jesse LeBourdais, Ben Sir, The Matchup, Jon Creeden, James Renton, Swiss Knife, Summer Of 92 and myself just to name a few. Expect a digital download spring release. There will be more info coming very soon.

I am very happy to be playing a gig next month with Chi Pig, the legendary front man of Canadian punk icons SNFU. He’ll be performing an acoustic set as he tours Canada with punk rock author Chris Walter. The show is taking place at the Bovine Sex Club on Sat March 2st. For more info check out the event page. I met Chi many years ago at a boozcan late one night. He was a really cool guy and I’m stoked to have this opportunity to share the stage with him.


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