First and foremost Blackdog Ballroom is a Rock & Roll band that resonates an immediate passion. Their music exudes personality and charm highlighted by their exhilarating live performance and evident in their captivating presence.
With the release of their debut album "This is Blackdog Ballroom", Blackdog Ballroom are primed for an exciting year. The new release is reminiscent of a time when you couldn't wait to hear what the next song would offer. With an eclectic mix of influence ranging from Pop to Punk, Mod to Motown and Rock to Roll, Blackdog Ballroom have cultivated a distinct blend to create their unique sound.
Featuring powerful vocals, slammin’ guitars and a driving rhythm section Blackdog Ballroom's magnetic energy is fuelled by Michael Stanfield. Michael's provocative lyrics, infectious rhythms and insightful themes are perfectly complimented by Matt Groopie's inspired lead guitar with Rob DeSimone and Jeff LeFort holding down the pulse and backbeat of the band. Since their formation Blackdog Ballroom have experienced such accolades as Michael being named a winner in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for the Blackdog Ballroom song " Alright ", three times nominated for " Best Live Band " at the Toronto Independent Music Awards ( TIMAS ), an invitation to perform at the TIMAS award show where they received the award for " Best AC Band ", the song "CLEARVIEW" from their upcoming release receiving a semi-finalist placement award in the International "Song of the Year" contest and most recently securing spots at Canadian Music Week 2013 ( recommended as a must see band by T-Mak World ) Indie Week 2013, Canadian Music Week 2014 and Indie Week 2014 ( recommended as a must see band by T-Mak World ).
Blackdog Ballroom's performances are high octane celebrations filled with heart and soul delivering an invitation to once again believe in Rock & Roll keeping their ever growing fan base coming back for more!
“Blackdog Ballroom is one of the most unique bands in the city. Not followers of any particular trend they have their own style”
— T-Mak World
“Very tight and well structured, seems like a band who knows what they’re doing!”
— Stuart Epps, Producer - OASIS, Led Zeppelin, George Harrison
“They played an energetic show playing some really tight well constructed radio friendly songs. Highly recommend seeing this band live.”
— T-Mak World
“It’s finally here! Blackdog Ballroom have released their debut album, and it’s a hot one. The Mod-fueled band from Richmond Hill, Ontario, have built quite a reputation in the Toronto live music scene. Finally that energy and superb songwriting talent gets channeled into an album!”
- Spill Magazine
The music….somewhere between rock, mod, punk and pop….a combination that keeps you moving and, yes, dancing.
- Pat Blythe, Don't Believe a Word I Say
"Although they declare being influenced by Brit-Pop bands such Oasis, Arctic Monkeys and The Jam, Blackdog Ballroom strive to make a sound of their own while demonstrating Stanfield’s songwriting prowess."
- Spill Magazine