|Origin||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Past members||Julia Mensink|
Band members Dean Povinsky, Graham Plant and Dwayne Christie are originally from Oshawa, Ontario. Wildlife began as an entity in 2005, when singer/guitarist Povinsky and guitarist Darryl Smith left Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and moved to Glasgow to form and play in a band. The group, also comprising Scottish drummer Peter Kelly and Canadian Billy Holmes, spent time travelling, writing songs, recording and playing small venues around Glasgow. The dark days, rain, and a general homesickness led the members to abandon the project and return to Canada.
Povinsky moved to Toronto with the intention of continuing Wildlife with childhood friend Graham Plant on guitar, drummer Dwayne Christie and Julia Mensink playing synthesizer. The group was rounded out when bassist Derek Bosomworth was procured via a Craigslist advertisement. The band is currently based in Toronto.
The group independently released a self-titled EP in November 2008. Copies were sold at shows and on tours of Ontario and eastern Canada. The recording is currently out of print.
Strike Hard, Young Diamond
Wildlife released Strike Hard, Young Diamond 16 November 2010 on the Toronto based independent label Easy Tiger Music. Recorded and mixed in Hamilton, Ontario, their full-length debut was reviewed positively on the Baeble Music website. Critic Jessica Lewis of Exclaim! wrote, "The five songs are bold, full of angst and to the point, but they're also filled with youthful exuberance and affirming righteousness that will be good for a simple pick-me-up." In a favourable review, critic Scott Bryson of Chart suggested that the band's style was like a mix of fellow Canadians Wolf Parade and Born Ruffians.
Wildlife's song "Sea Dreamer" debuted on CBC Radio 3s top 30 charts at No. 28 and rose to No. 4.
- Derek Bosomworth – bass guitar, vocals (2006–present)
- Dwayne Christie – drums (2006–present)
- Tim Daugulis – keyboard, synth (2009–present)
- Graham Plant – guitar, vocals (2006–present)
- Dean Povinsky – lead vocals, guitar (2005–present)
- Former Members
- Julia Mensink – keyboards, (2006–2009)
- 2008: Wildlife
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