Boy (Canadian band)

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OriginWhitehorse, Yukon, Canada
GenresIndie pop, indie rock
Years active2002–present
LabelsBumstead, MapleMusic
MembersStephen Kozmeniuk
Maurie Kaufmann
Steve Payne
Rolla Olak
James Robertson

BOY is a Canadian indie pop band, originally the solo project of Whitehorse, Yukon native Stephen Noel Kozmeniuk.[1] Now based in Toronto, the band consists of vocalist and general instrumentalist Kozmeniuk, drummer Maurie Kaufmann, bassist Steve Payne, and guitarists Rolla Olak and James Robertson. The band's debut album was released on Bumstead Records and the second one, Every Page You Turn, on MapleMusic Recordings.


Stephen Kozmeniuk (born 1982) grew up in Whitehorse, Yukon, and has played guitar since age 14.[2] "Boy" was initially his solo project, and he recorded his album using Pro Tools in his bedroom in Whitehorse.[3][4][5] In 2002, The Globe and Mail described Boy's music as "art rock with a Brit twist, combined with an ultracool, laid-back attitude".[6] Boy toured nationally in support of its self-titled release in 2003, opening for artists such as Sam Roberts, 54-40 and Broken Social Scene.

Boy then expanded to a five-man band with new members guitarist James Robertson of Toronto; drummer Maurie Kaufmann from Nanaimo; bassist Steve Payne from Winnipeg; and guitarist Rolla Olak from Victoria.[7] The 2004 album Every Page You Turn, produced by Brenndan McGuire of Sloan fame, was recorded on Vancouver Island, in a cabin.[8] The lead single, "Same Old Song", received airplay on rock radio stations across Canada,[2] and was featured on the soundtrack of the video game FIFA 06. The band toured Canada along with Pilate, and played the South by Southwest festival in Texas, and the 2005 Summer Sonic Festival in Japan.[9]

The band's style has been likened to that of Sam Roberts, with influences of late-1960s and 70s British pop-rock music.[10]



Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director(s)
2004 "Up In This Town" Matt Eastman
"Every Page You Turn" Matt Eastman
2006 "People Come On"
2007 "French Diplomacy" Matt Eastman
"Joey" Mark Lomond


  1. ^ Larocque, Mike (November 3, 2004). "Small-town Boy: Yukon-born rocker Stephen Kozmeniuk gets a warm reception in the big city Archived October 5, 2011, at the Wayback Machine", Vue Weekly (472). Retrieved June 8, 2010.
  2. ^ a b LeBlanc, Larry (September 11, 2004). "Northern 'Boy' Wonder", Billboard 116 (37): 43–46. Convenience link.
  3. ^ (October 24, 2004). "Debut", Edmonton Journal, p. B3.
  4. ^ Harrison, Tom (November 11, 2004). "Boy finds his kindred spirits", The Province, p. B19.
  5. ^ Kosloski, Kirsten (November 4, 2004). "Let's hear it for the Boy: Whitehorse wonder kid Stephen Kozmeniuk dispels the myth of the rock star Archived March 6, 2012, at the Wayback Machine", Fast Forward Weekly. Retrieved June 9, 2010.
  6. ^ Gill, Alexandra (May 13, 2002). "West Coast buzz bands: Boy", The Globe and Mail, p. R3.
  7. ^ Devlin, Mike (November 11, 2004). "Boy, this Island pair helps Yukon rocker mine for gold", Times-Colonist, p. D6.
  8. ^ Stuffco, Jered (December 9, 2004). "Bedroom Boy: Stephen Kozmeniuk gets off the island", Now 24 (15). Retrieved June 9, 2010.
  9. ^ Fouchard, Steven (May 19, 2005). "Busy Boy: But the excitement is lost on this Whitehorse songwriter[permanent dead link]", Hour. Retrieved June 9, 2010.
  10. ^ Khanna, Vish (December 2004). "Pop rocks: Boy: Every Page You Turn", Exclaim!. Retrieved June 9, 2010.

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