“One of the most interesting reggae bands in the country” – Matt Galloway, CBC Radio Host December 2012
For over two decades, Toronto’s House of David Gang has been known for their uplifting roots rock reggae sound reminiscent of Kingston, Jamaica. “The Reggae Warriors”, as they are affectionately known, continues to spread their positive vibes, with a sound inspired by the “Three Wise Men of Jamaica” Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer; mixed with a modern yet rootsy Canadian feel. The band takes its name from The House of David, an after-hours venue on Queen Street West in Toronto that was a hotspot for artists from the city’s burgeoning Rastafarian/roots reggae community from the late 80s until the mid 90s.
Now with the release of their album Reggae Warrior, produced with the support of The Ontario Arts Council and FACTOR and out on NuFunk Records, the band continues to pave their own road as Canada’s hardest touring reggae band, and are currently climbing the Canadian reggae radio charts. Recent returning home from a long summer on the road, highlighted by Hillside Festival and Canada Day at Harbourfront Centre plus over 30 other tour stops including Calgary Reggae Festival (Calgary, AB), Rotaryfest (Sault Ste. Marie), Shambhala (Salmo River Ranch, BC), and Reggae Muskoka (Bracebridge).
The band has spent the past four years grinding it out from venue to venue, playing more than 200 dates, including headlining sold-out Bob Marley tours of Atlantic Canada and Ontario (an annual staple of the Canadian reggae scene), as well as sharing stages with top artists such as Xavier Rudd, Mighty Diamonds, Big Youth, Bushman, Mad Professor, Dawn Penn, Ill Scarlett and performing to over 30,000 people at The Freedom Festival at Queen’s Park in Toronto.
“Reggae Warrior works to remind the reggae faithful of the earthy Queen Street West live vibe, while at the same time showing that the band’s potential to deliver a modern classic…” ~ Exclaim!