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King Beez were formed in 2007 in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada and take the world by storm time and time again with their unique blend of metal influenced instrumental surf punk music. King Beez have one goal: TO MAKE YOU SHAKE! Their roaring lead guitars, thunderous riffs and heavy hitting rhythm section command the audience and create a high energy attack that is not to be forgotten. The band has toured extensively across Ontario and Quebec and have recieved a lot of critical acclaim as well as built a solid and loyal fanbase with their cult-like brand.



The band has thus far released four recordings - their self titled debut in 2008, "Deathproof Vol. 1" in 2012, and two releases in 2013 with "Shark Fin Soup" and "Deathproof Vol. 2: Deathproofer". In 2017, the band released "The Rumble Bee ep" to acclaim from both fans and critics. The band also took home the winner trophy from the prestigious GREAT LAKES SURF BATTLE and played with rockabilly legend Robert Gordon. The band has receivedseveral awards and recognition, and continues to get support on the radio and by fans worldwide. The band is prepping songs for several forthcoming releases as well as lots of upcoming live dates scheduled in Ontario. 


APPEARANCE ON "TORONTO SESSIONS"/ROGERS TV (2013)

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The band started as a weekly Sunday night jam band in Richmond Hill at Archibalds Pub, creating the now infamous and world famous WARD 5 JAM. The original name of the band was The Bandits, but the name was changed to the Ward 5 Bandits as an artistic protest after the group and more specifically it's leader Matt Groopie and member Steffi G. caught the anger of the local Ward 5 Richmond Hill Councillor. She took offence to the group using the words WARD or WARD 5 in their event title and proceeded to threaten Matt and Steffi (who is battling Stage 4 Cancer) and their venue with legal action through e-mails and the now infamous voicemail (though her, nor the town had any exclusive rights or trademarks to the words WARD or WARD 5).

The band then received pressure from the venue to change the event title citing "they didn't want any trouble". In fear of losing their gig, the band agreed to change the name of the event to the SUNDAY NIGHT JAM but proceeded to change the band name to the Ward 5 Bandits as protest against the attempted stoppage of the use of the word WARD 5 - legally the band was free to use the term.


The feud got bigger as the e-mails and harassment from the Councillor continued, and after the town refused to investigate the matter the story hit international news on CBC  , Global, The Rebel and even Alan Cross wrote about it. The councillor then sued Matt for half a million dollars for speaking about it in public and the lawsuit still stands right now  . There is a GoFundMe page set up to help Matt with his legal costs 


Matt and the band have received tremendous support both from the musical community (most notably Dee Snider from Twisted Sister and Hugh Dillon of the Headstones and Flashpoint) and the general community at large over the matter, switched the name back, and THE WARD 5 JAM is still going strong every Sunday in Richmond Hill.

The band has started work on their upcoming 5 song ep entitled "THE WARD 5 JAM" which will feature their hit "WARD 5" as well as 4 other brand new songs and is known for jamming out versions of their favorite songs from a wide variety of genres.







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 Robby Sedran 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” receiving a semi-finalist placement award in the International “Song of the Year” contest. In addition to performing original material, the band also performs sets of their favorite bands such as David Bowie, The Who, The Clash, Lou Reed and more. 
 


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