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" in January 2016, 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 Mat Powers’ inspired lead guitar with Rob DeSimone and Hayley Carro 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, Indie Week 2013, Canadian Music Week 2014, Indie Week 2014, headlining the MODtreal Weekender 2015 and most recently Indie Week 2015.
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!