The Golden Dogs

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The Golden Dogs
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Rock, indie rock
Years active 2001–present
Labels True North, Nevado Records, Dine Alone Records
Associated acts Zeus
Taylor Knox
Members Dave Azzolini
Jessica Grassia
Alejandro Cairncross
Stefanie McCarol
Past members Neil Quin
Micah Goldstein
Beau Stocker
Adam Warner
Ian Goodhue
Carlin Nicholson
Michael W. Chambers
Stewart Heyduk
Dave Dalrymple
Taylor Knox
Jay McCarrol
James Robertson

The Golden Dogs are a pop-rock band based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[1][2] Formed in 2001, the band is known for their wild, energetic live shows and were labelled as one of the best live bands in Canada by Chart Magazine.[3]


Dave Azzolini is the songwriting force, supported by wife Jessica Grassia on drums (formerly on keys). Together they produce the band's live shows and recorded music. Their debut album Everything in 3 Parts, released on True North Records in 2004, began their rising popularity in the Toronto indie scene with the single "YEAH!". More popularity would come in 2006 when the band released their second album with True North Records Big Eye Little Eye. The first two singles "Never Meant Any Harm" and "Construction Worker" were immortalized on video by French director Arno Salters. Big Eye Little Eye was released in the USA on August 16, 2007 on Yeproc Records.[4]

In 2008, the band had a busy year in the USA touring with the likes of, most notably, Feist, Sloan. Later in that year, the band parted ways with True North Records and spent most of 2009 writing and recording their third full-length album, Coat of Arms, which was recorded by Carlin Nicholson and Mike O'Brien, members of Zeus. Some members of The Golden Dogs appeared on much of Zeus' album Say Us. "Coat of Arms" was released on Nevado Records in Canada and Dine Alone Records in the USA.

The band has shared the stage with several notable acts including Sloan, Feist, Joel Plaskett, The Meligrove Band, The Bicycles, The Kaiser Chiefs, Razorlight, Bloc Party, Blue Rodeo, Major Grange, Roky Erikson, Thurston Moore, Electric Six, The Willowz, Ida Maria, Malajube, Peter Elkas, Liam Finn, Bahamas, Zeus, White Cowbell Oklahoma, The Balconies, Hexes and Ohs, Rich Aucoin, Jason Collett, State Radio

The band has welcomed two new members to their current line up while Grassia has moved from keyboards to the drum kit. The band is currently in production of their 4th studio album which is due to be released in the spring of 2014.



  • "Can't Get Your Face Out of My Head" (2004)
  • "Yeah!" (2005)
  • "Never Meant Any Harm" (2006)
  • "Construction Worker" (2007)
  • "Construction Worker / Lester" 7 inch vinyl (2008)

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  1. ^ Mark Daniell. "T.O.'s Golden Dogs have 'Eye' on road". JAM! Music. Canadian Online Explorer. Quebecor Media. 2007-12-16. Retrieved 2010-12-16.
  2. ^ Scott Bryson. "The Golden Dogs Start Over Using The Hand Of Zeus". CHARTattack. 2010-09-24. Retrieved 2010-12-16.
  3. ^ David Missio. "The Golden Dogs @ CMW 2007". Chart. 2007-03-12. Retrieved 2010-12-16. "The Golden Dogs probably have the best live show you can see in a medium-to-small sized venue anywhere."
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