House of David Gang
Cogeco Stage - Sunday June 17, 2:00 pm
About the Artist
Dubbed “Canada’s Reggae Warriors,” House of David Gang is an authentic reggae band from Toronto that delivers late 70s and early 80s-style Jamaican reggae originals; mixed with folk, tropical and Canadiana influences. The band takes its name from the House of David, an after-hours hotspot for the Toronto’s burgeoning Rastafarian and reggae community from the late 80’s until the mid-90’s. The band adopted the name “House of David Gang” in 1997 when the House of David venue got closed down by city authorities who were able to evict the band based on zoning and noise bylaws. The band became well-known in Toronto for playing around the city at The Bamboo and El Mocambo and toured around Ontario including a stop at the Hillside Festival in Guelph. Lead singer King Selah travelled back and forth from Jamaica to wok on an authentic island reggae album produced by Ervin “Allah” Lloyd of the reggae band Chalice at Anchor Studios in Kingston which was self released in 2003, receiving mostly airplay in Jamaica.
in 2006, House of David drummer Jahlin Edwards returned to Toronto after spending many years in Negril and teamed up with King Selah to re-build the band’s profile, enlisting seasoned musicians to establish the band with a Canadian sound and toured to clubs, community events and festivals. In 2012, with the support of Ontario Arts Council and Factor grants House of David Gang worked with producer Snappy Homefry’s Playhouse Studio to complete a full length album “Reggae Warrior” released on New York City label NuFunk Records. The release received significant national and international airplay and the title track was remixed by DJ Stickybuds and Ed Solo and was debuted at the Glastonbury Festival in the summer of 2013. Released in the fall as a 12 inch vinyl single by UK Jungle Cakes Records, the track became one the top selling drum & bass track of the year and even played on BBC Radio 1. The success of the remix fueled further interest by remix producers all over the world resulting in the companion album “Reggae Warrior Remixed” released in 2016 garnering further international airplay.
One of Canada’s hardest touring reggae bands, the group has played over 400 dates across Canada and have shared the stage with top artists such as Lee Scratch Perry, Xavier Rudd, Major Lazer, The Mighty Diamonds, Big Youth, Bushman, Mad Professor, Dawn Penn, Leroy Sibbles, Echo Minott, The Original Wailers and Ill Scarlett. They have performed in front of enthusiastic crowds at some of Canada’s top music festivals including The Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival, Hillside Festival, Atlantic Jazz Festival, Beaches Jazz Festival, Toronto Festival of Beer, Ottawa Reggae Festival, Word On The Street, Irie Music Festival, Canada 150 Celebrations and more. A career highlight for the band was a performance for over 30,000 people at The Freedom Festival at Queen’s Park in Toronto.
After finishing their extensive two month Western Canadian tour in the summer of 2016, the band has been focused on writing and recording new material. With the support of an Toronto Arts Council Grant, The Gang have been working on their new album entitled “Slum” at Slamm Productions with veteran producer/keyboardist Sam Weller scheduled to be released mid-2018. While keeping their classic reggae foundation, the direction and feel of the album maintained its roots as well as experimenting with new elements and sounds. The band has also collaborated with Vancouver artist Gisto on a new track “Good Vibration,” video and remixes package to keep building on the band’s success in the world of electronica to be released early 2018.