Good day everyone/ I played a fun little gig this past weekend and my good pal JDM was there to capture some of it. Check out this video of Boxcar Shawn and myself covering Pink Floyd’s “Goodbye Cruel World”.

I recently got Sailin’ On and Cactus Sings Springsteen back on streaming platforms. Both recordings can be found on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Google Play/YouTube, Amazon, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Instagram/Facebook, Anghami, MediaNet, Deezer, ClaroMusica, KKBox, Napster, Saavn, Tidal, TikTok.

And finally, my new two song single for “Ship Wreck” b/w “I Hear The All” will hopefully be available this December. I’m just waiting on the guest back up vocals to be completed. Stay tuned for more details.

Posted by Wednesday, April 11, 2013

You’ve been playing in Toronto punk bands since I first started playing with Pogs…
What are some of your best memories from the 90’s punk scene in Toronto?

I was lucky enough to get into the Toronto punk scene at such a great time. There was amazing bands like Blundermen, Hockey Teeth, One Blood, Wad, The Satanatras, Problem Children, Mudfish, and so many more. There was an awesome place called Project X. Every Sunday afternoon there would be great all-ages shows for the kids. The scene was a lot of fun. It was also a lot tougher. There was violence, but there was comfort in knowing that people had your back. You really did pay your dues back then….  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by  Thursday, March 21, 2013

Four Culture 01

Cactus Vella: Punk in its Truest Form:

“There are those who think “punk” is a certain type of music; heavy drum beats, loud guitars, anti-establishment lyrics sung by a drug-and-alcohol-laden lead singer.  Any true follower of punk and all that it means will tell you that is bullshit.  They know that there is so much more to it than that and refuse to be limited by such a narrow view, and really, isn’t that punk in its truest form?…” Read the rest of this entry »

ON AIR 01Posted on on Thursday, 21 February 2013 14:58

“Cactus Vella yet another Torontonian musician that is featured on Everything and the Kitchen Sink.

So who the hell is Cactus Vella? Well I am trying to get to that.. So be paitent…

Cactus Vella has been around in the Toronto punk scene since the early 90’s and continues to play in some of my favourite punk bands. Not only does he play in Sinkin’ Ships, The Class Assassins and The Whiskey Hearts Collective, but he pushed the boundaries of music with his own Album….”

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Posted on on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 9:13 PM (PST)

FUSION 01“The greatest thing about this is that I get to talk about not only Cactus Vella’s solo project but he is the guitarist in some of my favorite Toronto punk bands. Cactus Vella has been around in the Toronto Punk scene since the early 90’s,and continues to play in Sinkin’ Ships, Class Assassins and The Whiskey Hearts Collective.

One of my favorite things about any musician is when they push the boundaries of their own music. Cactus Vella plays in some amazing hardcore punk rock bands, but who is to say that you can’t go and record a gritty acoustic punk rock album? And he did just that. So here’s a couple of clips of his acoustic stylings….”

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Posted on on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 5:09 PM (PST)

DYING SCENE 02“Toronto’s Cactus Vella (The Class Assassins and Sinkin’ Ships) has released a music video for his song “Touch The Ground” and you can check it out here.

The song appears on his recently released solo acoustic album “Sailin’ On” out on Anxiety Attack Records…”

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Posted on on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 9:28 AM (PST)

DYING SCENE“Toronto’s Cactus Vella (The Class Assassins and Sinkin’ Ships) has released his first solo acoustic album titled “Sailin’ On” on Anxiety Attack Records.

Cactus, who’s been playing acoustic shows since the late 90′s, recorded the album at the home of Moby Holman (ex-Trigger Happy) in the spring of 2012.

Speaking of Sinkin’ Ships. They recently finished recording their 3rd full length album “Late For Everything” with producer Ian Blurton. The album should be available in early March….”

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