BIO

A voice that sounds like he’s singing “through” his beard, and a guitar style of his own, Cactus Vella brings his fortitude and grit to the Acoustic-Punk genre.

Performing and touring with such bands as Sinkin’ Ships, Plan 37, Whiskey Hearts, and The Class Assassins for the last 30 years, Cactus has a wealth of experiences and stories.

His songs are about addiction and recovery, love, loss and hurt, the good times, the bad times, and growing old.

Blending the energy, three-chord patterns and rebellion of punk, with the raw, simple beauty of folk, Cactus has created a sound truly unique.

CAREER NOTES

1994 Cactus forms Rejected

1996 joins Bombshelter

1997 Cactus moves to Toronto and begins his solo career

1998 maintains a bi-weekly residency at Toronto’s Rancho Relaxo that lasts a full year

1999 joins 2-Pump Louie

2002 forms Sinkin’ Ships

2002 joins DOGS. 

2005 Sinkin’ Ships release their 2nd full length CD “All Signs Are Wrong” , and just a few months later the CD is picked up for worldwide distribution through Universal Records

2005 DOGS win a Toronto Independent Music Award for Punk Band of the Year

2006 Cactus is asked to join The Class Assassins

2010 Cactus is one of 120 performers to take place in the largest and longest ever burlesque/Musical/Arts performance. Organized by Mysterion and Great Canadian Burlesque as part of Nuit Blanche, the event lasts 12 hours and sets the world record

2010 Cactus starts his own Indie record label Anxiety Attack Recordings

2012 forms the Whiskey Hearts with other singer/songwriters in an effort to create a collective of acoustic punk musicians, as well as a monthly event

2013 Whiskey Hearts releases their debut 7inch record on Stereo Dynamite Recordings with full distribution through EMI.

2013 Cactus performs on 4 releases. A solo CD, a Sinkin’ Ships CD, a digital EP from The Class Assassins and the aforementioned Whiskey Hearts 7″ record

2014 Cactus releases a Folk-Punk Tribute compilation of Bruce Springsteen covers. Recorded by many of the Canadian acoustic-punk musicians he has met and played gigs with over the years, the comp was released as a free download on his own label Anxiety Attack Recordings.

2015 forms The Mud, The Blood & The Beer

2015 Cactus is asked to join Plan 37

To date, Cactus Vella, and his various bands have toured / shared the stage with Leatherface, Off With Their Heads, Rise Against, Bad Religion, Black Flag, NoMeansNo, Jello Biafra, Steve Ignorants’ Crass, Fucked Up, Glen Matlock, Dropkick Murphys, The Ataris, The Queers, The Bronx, Tommy Ramone, Face To Face, The Deftones, Yesterday’s Ring, Agnostic Front, GBH, The Mahones, The Creepshow, Saint Catherines, None More Black, Pennywise, NOFX, The Business, Chi Pig, Eddy Spaghetti & DOA

Cactus has recorded with producers Ian Blurton, Dave Baksh, Jon Drew and Rob Sanzo

Cactus has performed at NXNE, CMW, KXKW, SCENEFEST,  Envol et Macadam and Pouzza Fest

Cactus has worked with Wounded Paw Records, Spine Razor Records, Insurgence Records, Rebel Time Records, Stereo Dynamite Recordings, My Fingers My Brain Records, and Little Rocket Records

Cactus Vella has performed on over twenty-five releases with various bands and projects.

DISCOGRAPHY

1994: Rejected  “Demo” Cassette tape (limited to 50)
1995: Rejected  “3 Songs” Cassette tape (limited to 100)
1997: Two Bombs “S/T” Previously Unreleased
1998: Bombshelter “The Rumenal Recordings” Previously Unreleased
2000: 2-Pump Louie “The Possessed Sessions” CD Previously Unreleased
2002: Cactus Vella “The Wounded Paw Sessions”  Previously Unreleased
2003: Cactus Vella “Dovercourt” Demo CD (limited to 100)
2004: Cactus Vella “Treble & The Devil” Demo CD (limited to 100)
2004: Sinkin’ Ships “No Time” CD  (limited to 100)
2004: Sinkin’ Ships “Mayday” CD
2004: Dogs “Wheels/Scorpions” Unreleased
2005: Sinkin’ Ships “All Signs Are Wrong” CD
2006: Sinkin’ Ships “Split w/ The Threat” 7inch
2006: Dogs “Nightrider And More…” Unreleased
2011: Sinkin’ Ships “The Outside Alone” Digital EP
2011: The Class Assassins “Treason” 7inch
2012: The Class Assassins “Studio 3 Sessions” CD
2013: Cactus Vella “Sailin’ On” CD
2013: The Class Assassins “The Addiction & The Solution” Digital EP
2013: Sinkin’ Ships “Late For Everything” CD
2013: Whiskey Hearts “So Cold/Got Away” 7inch
2014: Cactus Vella “Going Down” From the “Thunder Road” comp Digital Release
2014: Dogs “S/T” 7inch & Cassette
2014: Cactus Vella “Cactus Sings Springsteen”  Digital Release
2017: Plan 37 “Say Goodbye” CD
2020: Cactus Vella “Yonge” Digital Release