Thurs 1/25 • 10:00pm

Since 2008, the name MonkeyJunk has been synonymous with the emergence of a new kind of
blues on the Canadian and international scenes. Continually pushing boundaries and blurring genre
lines, the Ottawa Ontario-based trio has added an edge to their music by incorporating swampy
blues & rock with thoughtful and intelligent lyrics. Their fifth Stony Plain Records
release, Time To Roll is unique in that it incorporates elements of all four of their previous recordings
with added maturity in songwriting and instrumentation, cementing MonkeyJunk’s originality and
sound as its own.
Steve Marriner, the trio’s vocalist, baritone guitarist, harmonica and organ player, was well known
as the ‘go-to’ guy as a producer, sideman and session player. He’s also toured the world performing
alongside Harry Manx. Steve is also the consummate musical networker and stage guest having
been invited to join many artists in concert such as Randy Bachman, Colin James and Big Sugar. At
the age of nineteen, lead guitarist Tony D performed for three nights in Buddy Guy’s band. In 1982,
he opened for Stevie Ray Vaughn. These events helped propel him into a long-standing career with
his own popular project, The Tony D Band. He has also toured with some of this country’s greatest
musicians, including the late Dutch Mason. Before MonkeyJunk, drummer and percussionist Matt
Sobb was a very busy session drummer around Ottawa and has backed up several regional,
national and international artists live on stage, touring and in studio over the last 25 years such as
Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds), Jeff Healey and Tom Wilson (Blackie & The Rodeo Kings,
Junkhouse, Lee Harvey Osmond), The Tony D Band, his brother’s band Marty Sobb and The Mobb
among many others. MonkeyJunk has won a collective 20 Maple Blues Awards, two Canadian
Independent Music Awards, a Blues Music Award (USA), and have been nominated twice for a
JUNO Award, winning the award for Blues Album of the Year in 2012.

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