Dallas Green

Dallas Green. Singer, songwriter, guitarist, b St Catharines, Ont, 29 Sep 1980. Dallas Green's musical training began with guitar lessons at the age of eight. He credits bands such as Alice in Chains, Mogwai and Sunny Day Real Estate with inspiring him to compose and pursue a career in music.

Dallas Green performing as City and Colour
The 2011 Ottawa Folk Festival

Dallas Green

Dallas Green. Singer, songwriter, guitarist, b St Catharines, Ont, 29 Sep 1980. Dallas Green's musical training began with guitar lessons at the age of eight. He credits bands such as Alice in Chains, Mogwai and Sunny Day Real Estate with inspiring him to compose and pursue a career in music.

Alexisonfire

Green joined forces with four St. Catharines musicians in 2001 to form the Canadian "screamo" band Alexisonfire. Green played guitar, but his primary contribution was poignant, melodic vocals, which contrasted with the power-scream vocal stylings of George Pettit. AOF's second album Watch Out! (2004) won the band its first Juno Award for best new band, (2005) and in the same year the album achieved platinum certification. Its fourth album, Old Crows / Young Cardinals, was described by AOF as a "culmination of their history" and perhaps the most introspective of its records. Alexisonfire promoted the album in early 2010 during a tour of Canada and the UK.

Lead singer and guitarist Dallas Green
Live performance with Alexisonfire in Mansfield, Massachusetts, during the 2009 Warped Tour

Solo Projects

In 2005, during a break from touring with AOF, Green undertook a solo side-project entitled City and Colour (referring to his first name, a City, and last name, a Colour). Often viewed as a surprising departure from the hardcore music of AOF, the soulful, acoustic tracks represented the main focus of Green's solo endeavours before joining AOF. Green has said that his first solo album, Sometimes (preceded by the release of the single "Missing" and an EP entitled The Death of Me), was a "compilation of songs I had lying around." The album gained immense recognition in Canada, attaining platinum status by 2006. On his second album, Green collaborated with The Tragically Hip's Gord Downie on the song "Sleeping Sickness." Green played a show at Massey Hall in 2008 to promote the new album. Given City and Colour's popularity in Canada, some positioned Green as the Gordon Lightfoot or Neil Young of his generation. City and Colour was one of a number of major acts to perform at the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad.

In 2011 Alexisonfire disbanded when two of its members decided to pursue other musical projects, including Green, who chose to focus solely on City and Colour.

Awards

In 2005, Alexisonfire was named new group of the year at the Junos. Other nominations include group of the year (2007) and CD/DVD artwork design of the year (2007). In 2004, they were named artist of the year by Chart magazine. In its debut year, City and Colour won the people's choice favourite Canadian artist from MuchMusic (2006). Also in 2006, City and Colour won favourite solo artist at the Indie Awards during Canadian Music Week (2006) and the following year was awarded alternative album of the year (2007). In 2009, Green was named songwriter of the year at the Junos and was nominated for artist of the year.

Selected Discography

Alexisonfire
Alexisonfire. 2002. Distort Entertainment DE02

Watch Out! 2004. Distort Entertainment DE03

The Switcheroo Series: Alexisonfire vs. Moneen. 2005. Dine Alone Records

Crisis. 2006. Distort Entertainment DE08

Old Crows/Young Cardinals. 2009. Dine Alone Records

Dogs Blood EP. 2010. Dine Alone Records

City and Colour
Missing. 2005. Dine Alone Records

The Death of Me. 2005. Dine Alone Records

Sometimes. 2005. Dine Alone Records DA002

Live. 2007. Dine Alone Records DA007

Borrowed Tunes II: A Tribute to Neil Young, CD 1. "Cowgirl in the Sand." 2007. Universal B000WE4CV2

Bring Me Your Love. 2008. Dine Alone Records DA012

Little Hell. 2011. Dine Alone Records DAV034


Further Reading

  • Simons, James. "Dallas Green: Artist of the Year 2006," Chart, Dec 2006/ Jan 2007

    Ladouceur, Liisa. "City and Colour: Sleep when you're dead: Dallas Green may be the Canadian songwriter of his generation and he's definitely losing sleep over it," Chart, Mar 2008

    Young, Kevin. "City and Colour: Balancing success," Chart, May/Jun 2008

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