City and Colour is the side project of Alexisonfire guitarist and vocalist Dallas Green, started in 2004. The project title derives its name from Dallas’ own: Dallas, a city, and Green, a colour.
Dallas is praised by critics and fans alike for his strong, clear vocals and his guitar playing skills. He plays melodic acoustic and folk music and is often accompanied by a rotating number of Canadian indie rock musicians, such as Daniel Romano and Spencer Burton of Attack in Black. Green said that he had been writing material since he was around the age of 14. Regarding the songs released on his first album, Sometimes, Green said that he had been writing material for it as early as when he was 18 years old, and finished writing songs for it in 2005.
To date, Dallas has released two EPs, The Death of Me (2004) and Missing (2005), as well as three full length albums, Sometimes (2005), Bring Me Your Love (2008) and Little Hell (2011). Dallas Green also appears on Neverending White Lights’ collaborative album Act 1: Goodbye Friends of the Heavenly Bodies (2005), contributing vocals to the song “The Grace”. He’s also won two Juno awards in 2007 and 2009.
In late 2010, Dallas had been in the studio with Polaris Prize nominee Shad working on a remix of a Shad song as well as an original song to be released as a 12″ vinyl single. Dallas was quoted as saying “I’ve always wanted to be the Mary J. Blige to somebody’s Method Man”. The remix is to Shad’s song “Listen” from his latest album TSOL, and the new song that Dallas co-wrote is entitled “Live Forever”. Recently he has started playing in an acoustic set with his Alexisonfire bandmate, Wade Macneil.
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Randall Vasquez, AUX TV Gord Downie: erudite everyman, barstool beatnik, and the frontman for our nation's premier rock 'n' roll institution the Tragically Hip (apologies to Burton Cummings). His songs sit comfortably between Neil Young and Chilliwack on a Moosejaw beer tour tape. He can casually collaborate with Sarah Harmer or Atom Egoyan in one breath and the Trailer Park Boys in the next. Hell, he smoked a joint with Pacey from Dawson's Creek in that motorcycle movie and no one screamed "Trudeau!" However you feel about Gord, you feel something: he's an unshakeable, unbreakable force in this malleable morass we call Canadiana culture. But looking ahead, who is the heir apparent—he or she with the potent mix of poetic flair, alt-rock glory, and unabashed patriotism—to Downie's throne? Cross-sectioning a cadre of Canada's biggest rock and rollers, we'll suss out our nation's Tragically Hippest—the disciples of Downie. John K. Samson (The Weakerthans) Manitoba's golden son (apologies again to Burton Cummings) John K. Samson has been gently pushing his Pulitzer-deserving rock poems with the Weakerthans for over 15 years. He recently released Provincial, his first official solo offering, alongside the written anthology Lyrics and Poems, 1997-2012. You know who else released a collection of lyrics and poetry on the event of their debut solo release? Gord Downie, that's who. And though dust is settling on the thousands of copies of Coke Machine Glow idle on Indigo bookshelves across the country, no one can dispute that what separates Downie from the litany of would-be CanCon superstars is his way with words, which makes him kindred spirits with Samson, the poet laureate of Canadian rock. Sam Roberts Montrealer Sam Roberts and his titular band came into Canada's collective consciousness with a novel-for-its-time roots-based approach to radio rock. At the turn of the 21st century, guitar music was again in vogue, which led not only to national success for Roberts, but to flirtations with the music world outside our borders, including early press from tastemakers Pitchfork. In recent years, he's been unfairly lumped in with a fortuitous but sometimes bland era of Canadian rock—like the Trews and Matt Mays’ of the world. But like Downie, Roberts always possessed more depth than the bar-band sash slung around his shoulders; his songs were edgy bouts of existential angst and vague societal outrage, but made palatable for the FM crowd. Gord should be proud. Kathleen Edwards There's something about Kathleen Edwards' songs and sounds that conjure up the unique loneliness of the Canadian experience. She can hazily stick a hockey metaphor in a song about an emotionally abusive relationship, or take the country to task over racial and social injustice in her version of "Oh, Canada," all while sonically echoing the emptiness of a horizonless Saskatchewan prairie. It's those tones and textures that immediately call to mind the Hip, but where Downie dandily dances around his heady ideas, Edwards cuts and reveals in the open, no hiding behind barroom bravado. It's this emotional intensity that's made her distinctly Canadian sound an international success, something Downie could stand tapping into. Max Kerman (Arkells) The transition of Hamilton, ON's Arkells from blue-collar Constantines-worshippers to hook-ridden power-poppers was surprisingly natural, which is no doubt thanks to the hit-writing ability and natural affability of frontman Max Kerman. What puts him in direct lineage of Downie's crown is his potent mix of populism and patriotism; Kerman is an unabashed citizen of Canada and celebrator of camp. Nowhere is this more evident than in "Kiss Cam" from 2011's Michigan Left, where he sings "This campfire won't last forever / The Hip have only wrote so many songs." So when Arkells sneak a straight-faced Hall & Oates cover into their set, it's the same trick Downie plays with his mystic dad-rock dance moves—corny as all hell, but, you know, a very Canadian corny. Bry Webb (Constantines) The aforementioned (and recently-reunited) Constantines are remembered and revered for their textured, tender cuts of highly-emotional art-punk. As co-songwriter and de facto frontman, Bry Webb littered his raucous, knotty music with names and images from his Southwestern Ontario raising, dropping neighbourhood names and curling references with "Bobcaygeon"-like grace. Though on opposite ends of the critical spectrum, it's not hard to draw the line from Fully Completely to Shine a Light in our nation's musical ancestry. See how a track like "I Will Not Sing a Hateful Song" from the Cons' 2008 swan song, Kensington Heights, swims in the same stream as "We Want to Be It," a highlight from the Hip's latest Now For Plan A (which, it should be noted, was celebrated via a series of free shows in Toronto's Kensington Market). Though Webb will ultimately be remembered as more artful, tasteful, and just plain cooler, he's still very (maybe even tragically) capital H-Hip. Carolyn Mark The self-described Queen of Vancouver Island, Carolyn Mark has been serving up suds-soaked slabs of alternative Canadian country for the past decade and a half. While once-half of the Corn Sisters with fellow country songstress and honorary Canadian Neko Case, Mark hit her stride as a solo artist, turning pithy turns of phrase into boozy barroom bangers and earning Juno noms along the way, and hey, that's basically Downie's modus operandi. So Downie, take your time with the Sadies and Country of Miracles but follow NQ Arbuckle's lead. A Carolyn and Gord album would light this frosty landmass aflame. Dallas Green (City and Colour/Alexisonfire) I admit I'm reluctant to lump the honey-voiced Dallas Green into this list: Alexisonfire operated in another artistic arena than Kingston's biggest exports, while Green's work as City and Colour can be pleasant at its best, derivative, middling, and shallow at its worst. But, hey, I can't argue with King Gord himself, who symbolically passed the torch when the two joined forces on the track "Sleeping Sickness," a song that bears the distinction of not only being the best C&C have offered thus far but one of Downie's all-time great performances. Anyone spreading the gospel of Canadian music is doing the grand work Gord's been hacking away at for several decades, as Stompin' Tom did before him. And besides, it's pretty darn Canadian to opt out of a Junos performance in favour of letting another budding Canuck have their snapshot at national glory. Sarah Harmer The folk-pop stylings of Sarah Harmer may not immediately conjure up images of sold-out Calgary Saddledomes, but make no bones about it, Harmer is dyed-in-the-wool daughter and disciple of Downie's teachings. Harmer grew up attending Hip shows with her sister and those early lessons stuck, so much so she even attended school in Kingston, Ontario—the Hip’s stomping ground. Her Juno-and-Polaris-nominated career has seen her collaborate with national stalwarts like Blue Rodeo, Great Big Sea, Great Lake Swimmers, and the Hip themselves, and her efforts as an activist—most recently as part of the National Parks Project along with other contenders on this list—show she's about preserving this great country in more ways than just radio plays. She stands on guard for us.
20 Canadian music tattoosIf you've ever been obsessed with a band—and believe us, we have—you've surely contemplated getting a tattoo in tribute. But we're here to tell you one thing: Don't do it. Band tattoos manage to fade worst than most—when's the last time you saw a cargo-short toting drummer rocking a brilliant ZOSO tattoo? Never. Have you ever seen a Pink Floyd prism, surely on a scrawny, ponytailed Trebas Institute grad, that didn't look like a Reading Rainbow prison tat? Hell naw. How many Radiohead bears will you see at Coachella? Thousands, and given the passage of time, they'll look every bit as horrid as a faded-out Grateful Dead ourson. We've sifted through hundred of freckle-laden photos to bring you the best, worst, and most shocking tattoos inspired by our own Canadian musicsphere. Nickelback At first, you're like, "What? Why would someone get a Chad Kroeger tattoo from an ink joint that doubles as a nail salon?" Then, you realize that someone actually got a tattoo of Chad Kroeger servicing a glory hole on their butt. And that little someone, my friends, is what we call marriage material. Celine Dion Naturally, a world where Celine Dion sports a Tim Riggins hairdo, rocks a mean underbite, and sings "The Power of Love" with a mouth full of marbles is a world we want to live in. Alexisonfire The wafer-thin frame of the person above could only exist in the mid-'00s emocore scene. (We're wagering that the person carrying this Alexisonfire tat started loving Alexisonfire, went through a Springsteen-worshipping period, and now, owns at least two of the three following items: A barbershop, a charcuterie, and a Boston Terrier.) Still, as most -core scenes love their tattoos, they usually produce decent art—and we give this cardinal a pass. Dallas Green On the topic of Alexisonfire (ahem, "Alexis"), singer-guitarist Dallas Green has a full body of excellently rendered mid-'00s emo tattos, like the heart-shaped grenade pictured above. But while Green surely didn't skimp on the quality of his tats, the same can't be said of his fans: the above rendition resembles a mashup of the Hurry and the Harm singer and the Firefox logo. Avril Lavigne Portraits don't usually work, unless they're of pets. Case in point: This Avril portrait's sunken sockets, dead blue eyes, and gaping maw make it look like the "Sk8r Boi" singer's ready to devour souls and souls and souls. Deadmau5 While most Deadmau5 lifers would be content to rock a pair of mouse ears on their calves, brotherman went all out: Splayed across his ribs is Joel Thomas Zimmerman, rocking the decks in a cavern sculpted from circa-1995 tribal designs. Classy. Justin Bieber This stern-looking coreman's Bieber tattoo earned him so much notoriety, even Justin gave it daps. Hedley I'm no doctor, but I know that high stress levels can cause gastrointestrinal distress. So, when the proud owner of this Hedley ink finally got a chance to pose with her idol, Jacob Hoggard, I'm sure she was clenching those cheeks with every ounce of her strength trying—trying!—not to slather his lip-ringed face with a sloppy, humid gust of methane. Or something even worse. Concerts in general There's plenty of Canadian bands on this personalized tour shirt; Nickelback, Three Days Grace, and Theory of a Deadman all made the cut. Personally, though, we're sooooooo jealous that this person saw Gwen Stafani in '07. We love No Dobt! Marianas Trench Sadly, this Marianas Trench baby block tattoo will be on this person's body for ever after. Moist We were initially going to post (and laugh about) a photo of the girl who has "Moist" tattooed above her you-know-what, but we've grown tired of jokes about David Usher tickling people's nipples with feather boas. So here, the tattoo equivalent of a thumb ring. (It didn't help that this person's also wearing a thumb ring. If you can't find it, it's directly north of the three leather bracelets. Or are those erotic restraints? Ooh, you minx!) No Warning OK, straight up, this No Warning tattoo—they were Ben Cook's former band, before Fucked Up—is the best thing on this list. Why? Because it was taken from the artwork of their perfect Ill Blood LP, whose cover was illustrated by Hamilton, ON tattoo artist Jeff Beckman. In essence, it was an album cover that was made to be tattooed. Our Lady Peace It's the man on the cover of the band's Burn Burn album, after spending the evening wriggling through a sooty chimney. Protest the Hero This, we must admit, is a damn decent portrait of Rody Walker. It's too bad that that it looks like it's patterned after an Alternative Press photoshoot. Sum 41 Nevermind the fact that this dude has a photo of Deryck Whibley emblazoned with the lyrics, "My mum should've had an abortion." Our favourite part of his photo is the caption labelling his nipple. It's like, bro, we know where your nipple is. It's right there, where every other nipple in the world is located, looking exactly like a nipple. Geez, you act like we've never seen a nipple before! Theory of a Deadman This tattoo is way too well executed; it's almost too pretty to be a tribute to the guys who wrote "The Bitch Came Back." Who's betting that this dude (or lady) got their autographs tattooed next? Three Days Grace A Three Days Grace armband is kind of like a string of Grateful Dead bears, only for ATV-riding Western Canadians. And while we wouldn't recommend getting one, it's surely better than getting TOADM's Xbox-looking logo tattooed on your motherfucking neck. Tragically Hip In the tattoo, Gord Downie kind of resembles Bill Murray in a fedora. That's a good thing, we think. Drake Of course, how could we forget the second-most notorious face tattoo of all time (after the Earth Crisis face tattoo, but before our other favourite non-face Drake tattoo, this Noisey editor's "Started" one)? This L.A. woman's photos went viral back in 2011 when, as it turns out, her tattoo artist didn't even know who Drake was. "The whole shaved eyebrow thing usually means you just got put on to your neighborhood or whatever, so I figured she was just some crazy shermed-out cholla that was 'down for her calle' or whatever," he told VICE. "In my opinion this whole world's going to shit, and shit rolls downhill, so I might as well just jump in, hold my breath, and pray to G-d that there's a nice big soft puddle of diarrhea for me to land in once everything hits the fan." Words to live by.
City & Colour pulls out of JUNO Awards performanceDallas Green accepting the 2012 Juno Award for Songwriter of the Year It's been just three days since we learned the full list of nominees and performers for the 2014 Juno Awards and already the show has seen its share of controversies. But while metal heads are busy being butthurt about The Flatliners scooping Voivod, City & Colour's Dallas Green has decided to bow out of his scheduled performance. Citing his lack of nomination this year and his experiences playing the awards with Alexisonfire, City & Colour, and as part of a Neil Young tribute, Green says in a statement that his spot could be better used: "I have had the pleasure of performing on the JUNO Awards many times and have been honoured by the recognition I’ve received over the years. I’ve performed with Alexisonfire, as City and Colour and as part of a tribute to one of my musical heroes. Not a lot of people get a chance to say that. Given that I have not been nominated this year, I would much rather see a new nominee be afforded the opportunity to perform on the show and have the same experience.I’m sorry to disappoint anyone hoping to see me perform next month, however, I will be back in Winnipeg at the MTS Centre in May as part of my cross Canada tour. I will see you then!" No word yet on who'll replace him at the show, which airs on March 30th. Who do you guys think should get the nod? How about… the Flatliners? Because yes, there's already a petition to make just that happen. AUX Blog player with bigger default dimensions. Autoplay enabled. brightcove.createExperiences(); Previously: Wade MacNeil of Gallows/Alexisonfire hosts Video Clerk, celebrating cult weirdness and cinematic niches. PHOTOS: Alexisonfire at the Sound Academy On set with City and Colour – “Fragile Bird” video exclusive
City & Colour announces new album 'The Hurry and the Harm'Life after Alexisonfire for Dallas Green officially sets in this June, when he'll release his new City & Colour album The Hurry and the Harm through Dine Alone records. "I don't have a lot of faith in myself, so it is hard for me to have a lot of faith in something I have created," said Green in a statement. "But I've never been happier or prouder about something that I have done." The follow-up to 2011’s Little Hell, The Hurry and the Harm is out on June 4th, but pre-orders will be available as early as April 9th through iTunes. Green is set to tour Europe in June, but expect North American dates to come out soon. Check out first single "Of Space and Time" below and head here to download it for free. Track List: 01. The Hurry and The Harm 02. Harder Than Stone 03. Of Space and Time 04. The Lonely Life 05. Paradise 06. Commentators 07. Thirst 08. Two Coins 09. Take Care 10. Ladies and Gentlemen 11. The Golden State 12. Death’s Song
Q & A: City and Colour's Dallas Green talks sportsCity and Colour is the side project of Alexisonfire guitarist and vocalist Dallas Green, started in 2004. The project title derives its