BIO

A voice that sounds like he’s singing “through” his beard, and a guitar style of his own, Cactus Vella brings a new approach to the singer/songwriter genre.

Toronto punk rock troubadour Cactus Vella has been playing in the Canadian live music scene with such bands as Sinkin’ Ships, Whiskey Hearts and The Class Assassins for the last 25 years. Sharing an interest in performing both as an folk-punk acoustic performer as well as in punk rock bands, Cactus always seems to keep himself busy. Although In recent years Cactus has been focusing on his passion for acoustic music.

Blending the energy, three-chord patterns and rebellion of punk, with the raw, simple beauty of folk, Cactus has created a sound truly unique. Musically driven by Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Husker Du, Against Me, Bruce Springsteen and countless others, Cactus has no shortage of inspiration.

With his debut CD “Sailin’ On”, Cactus has been entertaining crowds everywhere he goes.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS 

Toured / shared the stage with Leatherface, Deftones, Rise Against, Bad Religion, Black Flag, NoMeansNo, Glen Matlock, Dropkick Murphys, The Bronx, Tommy Ramone, Face To Face, Yesterday’s Ring, Agnostic Front, GBH, Pennywise, NOFX, The Business, Eddy Spaghetti & DOA.

Recorded with producers Ian Blurton, Dave Baksh, Jon Drew and Rob Sanzo.

Performed at NXNE, CMW, KXKW, SCENEFEST,  Envol et Macadam and Pouzza Fest.

In 2005 Sinkin’ Ships released their 2nd full length CD “All Signs Are Wrong” , and just a few months later the CD was picked up for distribution through Universal Records/Nararre.

Also in 2005 Cactus and his band The Dogs won a Toronto Independent Music Award for Punk Band of the Year.

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

In 2012 Cactus formed the Whiskey Hearts with other singer/songwriters in an effort to create a truly unique collective of acoustic punk musicians.

In 2013 Whiskey Hearts released their debut 7inch record on Stereo Dynamite Recordings with full distribution through EMI. 2013 saw Cactus perform on 4 releases.  A solo CD, a Sinkin’ Ships CD, a digital EP from The Class Assassins and the aforementioned Whiskey Hearts 7″ record.

In 2014 Cactus released 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.

To date, Cactus Vella has performed on over twenty releases with various bands and projects.

PRESS ARCHIVE

Plan 37 – dyingscene.com Sept 19, 2017

Plan 37 – punx.uk Sept 19, 2017

Plan 37 – Less Blog More Rock Sept 18, 2017

Plan 37 – Punknews.org Sept 18, 2017

Plan 37 – bucketlistmusicreviews.com June 6, 2017

Cactus Vella – dyingscene.com Dec 10, 2015

Plan 37 – dyingscene.com Aug 17, 2015

Cactus Vella – stereodynamite.com Jan 30 2015

Class Assassins- dyingscene.com July 25, 2014

Cactus Vella – dyingscene.com July 10, 2014

Cactus Vella – dyingscene.com May 13, 2014

Dogs – dyingscene.com May 13, 2014

Dogs – dyingscene.com April 21, 2014

Cactus Vella – dyingscene.com March 19, 2014

Whiskey Hearts – geekpr0n.com July 24, 2013

Sinkin’ Ships – Provocative Penguin July 12, 2013 

Cactus Vella – MRNR July 1, 2013

Anxiety Attack Recordings – myfreakinears.com June 10, 2013

Cactus Vella – dyingscene.com June 5, 2013

Cactus Vella – exclaim.ca June 4, 2013

The Class Assassins – musicshebloggedtoronto May 2013

Cactus Vella – musicshebloggedinterviews April 11, 2013

The Class Assassins – oioimusic.com April 17, 2013

Whiskey Hearts – exclaim.ca April 17, 2013

Cactus Vella – fourculture.com March 21, 2013

Cactus Vella – lphoolpa Feb 28, 2013

Cactus Vella – onairtunes.com Feb 21, 2013

Cactus Vella – fusiononair.blogspot.ca Feb 18, 2013

Cactus Vella – dyingscene.com Jan 15, 2013

Cactus Vella – dyingscene.com Jan 8, 2013

The Class Assassins – upstarter.com March 3, 2012

The Class Assassins – deafwish.com Oct 25, 2012

The Class Assassins – exclaim.ca Oct 12, 2011

The Class Assassins – Equalizing-X-Distort Dec 11, 2012

The Class Assassins – roughcutz March 31, 2011

The Class Assassins -rebelyouthmagazine Feb 12, 2011

The Class Assassins – exclaim.ca May 25, 2010

Sinkin’ Ships – exclaim.ca Feb 24, 2010

Sinkin’ Ships – insidetoronto.com Dec 08, 2008

Sinkin’ Ships – chartattack.com Dec 22, 2008

Sinkin’ Ships – Razor Cake June 20, 2007

Sinkin’ Ships – Razor Cake Aug 1, 2006

Sinkin’ Ships – puregrainaudio.com May 03, 2006

Sinkin’ Ships – planetpulp.dk May 13, 2006

Sinkin’ Ships – exclaim.ca Dec 01, 2005

Sinkin’ Ships – pennyblackmusic.co.uk Dec 21, 2005

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