Billy Talent

Billy Talent Biography,Overview, Age,Education, Marriage, Family,Career ,AWARDS

Billy Talent Overview

Labels: Atlantic, Warner
Years active: 1993 (1993)–present
Website:  billytalent.com
Associated acts:  Rise Against, Anti-Flag, Cancer Bats, Alexisonfire, Center, Say Yes, AFI, Royal Republic, Sum 41, Hollerado, Indian Handcrafts, Monster Truck
Origin:  Streetsville, Ontario, Canada (1993)
Members: Benjamin Kowalewicz, Ian D’Sa, Aaron Solowoniuk, Jonathan Gallant, Jordan Hastings
Genres:  Punk rock, Alternative rock, Post-hardcore
Albums:  Dead Silence, Afraid of Heights, Billy Talent III, Billy Talent II, Billy Talent

Billy Talent Biography

Billy Talent is a Canadian rock band that began in 1993 in Mississauga, Ontario. Their sound is original and unique as they did not emulate popular bands when they began playing together.

In the beginning, Ben and Jon belong to a local band call To Each His Own. Ben plays drums and Jon plays bass. Aaron Solowoniuk joins the group later to play drums, while Ben moves on to do the vocals.

During a talent show held at their high school, the group met Ian D’Sa who play in another band called Dragon flower. The two bands began playing together at local pool halls and bars. Eventually, both bands merged into one called The Other One for a short time and eventually came to call Pezz.

The group began writing and performing their own songs and gain recognition in their local area as well as in the wider Toronto indie music scene. Their first demo, record in Ian D’Sa’s basement in 1994, Was namDemoluca after a friend of the band.

In 1995, the band members put all their money together to record a better quality demo call Dudebox. These recordings and continue performances gain a fan base for Pezz in Mississauga and surrounding areas. 

After high school, the band members went off to work or to places of higher learning. D’Sa study animation at Sheridan College; Gallant works on a business degree; Kowalewicz works at a radio station and Solowoniuk got his auto body certificate and work at Chrysler Canada.

During their busy schedule, the band members found the time and the money to record their first full-length album in 1998 call Woosh! In 2001, the band had to change its name as they were threatened with a lawsuit from an American band with the same name. During that year, Billy Talent became the group’s new name, which was inspired by a guitarist with the same name. 

One day, Ben happens to run into a co-worker from the radio station 102.1 the edge. He asks her to come to a club and check out their performance. This paid off for the group as this co-worker was hired by Warner Music Canada in A & R.

This connection got them a demo deal with the label. In the fall of 2003, the band released its first full-length, self-titled album “Billy Talent.” The recording had successful sales and several good singles. The band plays to sold-out shows in Canada and the United States and experience some success in Europe as well.

The group has also been honor with many MuchMusic Awards, Echo Awards, and CASPY Awards. On March 17, 2006, Aaron Solowoniuk reveals in a personal letter to fans that he was the friend with Multiple Sclerosis in their song “This Is How It Goes.”

In 1999, Aaron was designing with the disease, which could cause numbness in his limbs, leading to paralysis or loss of vision. At first, Aaron struggles with the reality of the disease but when the medication prescribed by his doctor allows him to continue drumming with the band, he was able to establish a healthy and positive attitude. 

Billy Talent continues to tour Canada and other countries in the world and plans to record more albums. Their popularity has steadily climbed throughout the years.

Band members

  1. Benjamin Kowalewicz – lead vocals (1993–present)
  2. Ian D’Sa – guitar, vocals, keyboards (1993–present)
  3. Jonathan Gallant – bass guitar, backing vocals (1993–present)
  4. Aaron Solowoniuk – drums, percussion(1993–present on hiatus 2016 present) Session/touring members
  5. Jordan Hastings – drums, percussion (2016–present)

Discography

  1. Studio albums as Pezz
  2. Woosh! (1999)
  3. Studio albums 
  4.  (2003)
  5.  II (2006)
  6.  III (2009)
  7. Dead Silence (2012)
  8. Afraid of Heights (2016)

Tours

  1.  Tour (2003–2004) II Tour (2006–2008)
  2.  III Tour (2009–2010)
  3. Dead Silence Tour (2012-2013)
  4. BT1 Turns 10 Tour (2013)
  5. Afraid of Heights Tour (2016-present)

Songs

  1. Fallen Leaves II · 2006
  2. Rusted from the Rain III · 2009
  3. Red FlagBurnout: Revenge · 2005

 MuchMusic Video Awards

  1. Nothing to Lose
  2. Fallen Leaves
  3. Devil on My Shoulder
  4. Diamond on a Landmine
  5. Surprise Surprise

Songs

Tracks of Disc 1
1. This Is How It Goes
2.Living In The Shadows
3. Try Honesty
4.Line & Sinker
5.Lies
6.The Ex
7.River Below
8. Standing In The Rain
9. Cut The Curtains
10.Prisoners Of Today
11.Nothing To Lose
12.Voices Of Violence

Tracks of Disc 1

1. This Is How It Goes
2.Living in the Shadows
3. Try Honesty
4.Line & Sinker
5.Lies
6.The Ex
7.River Below
8. Standing in the Rain
9. Cut the Curtains
10.Prisoners of Today
11.Nothing to Lose
12.Voices of Violence

Tracks of Disc 1

1. This Is How It Goes
2.Living in the Shadows
3. Try Honesty
4.Line & Sinker
5.Lies
6.The Ex
7.River Below
8. Standing in the Rain
9. Cut the Curtains
10.Prisoners of Today
11.Nothing To Lose
12.Voices of Violence

Tracks of Disc 2

1. This Is How It Goes [Demo]
2.Living in the Shadows [Demo]
3. Try Honesty [Demo]
4.Line & Sinker [Live] – (live)
5.Lies [Live Acoustic] – (live)
6.The Ex
7.River Below [Live] – (live)
8. Standing in the Rain [Live Session] – (live)
9.Cut the Curtains
10.Prisoners of Today
11.Nothing To Lose [Live] – (live)
12.Voices of Violence [Live] – (live)

Tracks of Disc 1

1. Try Honesty
2.River Below
3.Nothing To Lose
4.Devil In A Midnight Mass
5.Red Flag
6.Fallen Leaves
7.Surrender
8.Devil On My Shoulder
9.Rusted From The Rain
10.Viking Death March
11.Surprise Surprise
12. Stand Up and Run
13. Kingdom of Zod
14.Chasing The Sun

Tracks of Disc 1

1.Big Red Gun
2.Afraid of Heights
3.Ghost Ship of Cannibal Rats

Tracks of Disc 2
1.Louder Than the DJ
2.The Crutch
3.Rabbit Down the Hole

Tracks of Disc 3
1.Time-Bomb Ticking Away
2. Leave Them All Behind
3.Horses & Chariots

Tracks of Disc 4
1. This Is Our War
2.February Winds
3.Afraid of Heights (Reprise)

Tracks of Disc 1
1. Try Honesty
2.River Below
3.Nothing To Lose
4.Devil In A Midnight Mass
5.Red Flag
6.Fallen Leaves
7.Surrender
8.Devil On My Shoulder
9.Rusted From The Rain
10.Viking Death March
11.Surprise Surprise
12. Stand Up And Run
13.Kingdom of Zod
14.Chasing The Sun

Tracks of Disc 1
1.Devil in a Midnight Mass
2.Red Flag
3.This Suffering
4.Worker Bees
5.Pins and Needles
6.Fallen Leaves
7. Where Is the Line?
8.Covered in Cowardice
9.Surrender
10.The Navy Song
11.Perfect World
12.Sympathy
13.Burn the Evidence

 Also appears in this compilation
Tracks of Disc 1
1.Lost in the Echo
2.Ghost on the Dance Floor
3.Turning Into You
4.Ignorance
5.Blood for Poppies
6.Blood in My Eyes
7.Timelines
8. She Sang the Blues
9.Patient Spider
10.Killin It
11. Honesty, Honestly
12.The Reckless and the Brave
13. Start the Party
14.King for a Day
15.Just a Beautiful Day
16.Surprise Surprise
17. Don’t Shut ‘Em Down
18. Hank Is Dead
19.The Veil of Isis
20.Lords of Abandon
21.Insane in the Brain
Tracks of Disc 2
1.Absolute Zero
2.Life to Lifeless
3.Begging for Mercy
4.Chasing Ghosts
5.Alligator Blood
6.The Foolish One
7.The Flood
8.Seven Hills
9.Abrasumente
10.Hey Mister
11.Misanthropy Pure
12.Road Sick
13. Turn the Season
14.God’s Law in the Devil’s Land
15. The Devil You Know
16.Facepalm Mute
17.Forget- The Chariot
18.Cry Thunder
19.Monolith
20. Do It Now Remember It Later

Tracks of Disc 1
1. Try Honesty
2.River Below
3.Nothing to Lose
4.Devil in a Midnight Mass
5.Red Flag
6.Fallen Leaves
7.Surrender
8.Devil on My Shoulder
9.Rusted From the Rain
10.Viking Death March
11.Surprise Surprise
12. Stand Up and Run
13.Kingdom of Zod
14.Chasing the Sun

Tracks of Disc 1
1.Big Red Gun
2.Afraid of Heights
3.Ghost Ship of Cannibal Rats
4.Louder Than the DJ
5.The Crutch
6.Rabbit Down the Hole
7.Time-Bomb Ticking Away
8. Leave Them All Behind
9.Horses & Chariots
10. This Is Our War
11.February Winds
12.Afraid of Heights (Reprise)

Tracks of Disc 1
1.Big Red Gun
2.Afraid of Heights
3.Ghost Ship of Cannibal Rats
4.Louder Than the DJ

5.The Crutch
6.Rabbit Down the Hole
7.Time-Bomb Ticking Away
8. Leave Them All Behind
9.Horses & Chariots
10. This Is Our War
11.February Winds
12.Afraid of Heights (Reprise)
Tracks of Disc 2
1.Big Red Gun [Demo Version]
2.Afraid of Heights [Demo Version]
3.Ghost Ship of Cannibal Rats [Demo Version]
4.Louder Than the DJ [Demo Version]
5.The Crutch [Demo Version]
6.Time-Bomb Ticking Away [Demo Version]
7. Leave Them All Behind [Demo Version]
8.Afraid of Heights (Reprise) [Demo Version]

Tracks of Disc 1
1.Scandalous Travelers [DVD]
2.Behind the Scenes Stills Galleries [DVD]
3.Band Bios [DVD]
4.Live Concert Footage: This Is How It Goes / Cut the Curtains / Line & …
5.Live Acoustic Sets: Standing in the Rain / Lies / Try Honesty [DVD][Live]
6.Actual Crowd Surfing [DVD]

List of awards and nominations received 

CASBY Awards

Year Nominee/work Award
2003 “Try Honesty” Favorite New Single
2004 “River Below” Favorite New Single
Favorite New Album
2006 “Devil In A Midnight Mass” Favorite New Single
Favorite New Album
2016 Afraid of Heights Favorite New Album

 ECHO Awards

 
Year Nominee/work Award
2007 Best Newcomer International
Best Rock/Alternative International

 Juno Awards

Year Nominee/work Award
2004 Best New Group of the Year
Rock Album of the Year
Single of the Year
2005 Group of the Year
Best Album of the Year
Single of the Year
2007 Group of the Year
Rock Album of the Year
Album of the Year
“Devil in a Midnight Mass” Video of the Year
Single of the Year
2008 666 Music DVD of the Year
2010 Group of the Year
Rock Album of the Year
Album of the Year
Single of the Year
2011 Video of the Year
2013 Group of the Year
Rock Album of the Year
Single of the Year
2017 Group of the Year
Rock Album of the Year

 

 

 
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