Dala (band)

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Amanda Walther (left) and Sheila Carabine
Background information
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
GenresFolk, Rock, Acoustic
Years active2002-Present
LabelsBig Bold Sun Music
Universal Music
MembersSheila Carabine
Amanda Walther

Dala is a Canadian acoustic-folk two-piece musical group, made up by Sheila Carabine and Amanda Walther, both of Scarborough, Ontario.

Early history (2002-2005)[edit]

Sheila Carabine and Amanda Walther first met at Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School, at a high school band practice.[1] Quickly afterwards, Carabine and Walther's friendship blossomed and they formed Dala in the summer of 2002. Their "innate understanding of music" and "vocal range" helped propel them towards signing a five-year artist development deal with Big Bold Sun Music on December 12, 2003, and on April 3, 2005, Dala released their first album, This Moment Is a Flash.[2]

Universal Music then indie labels (2005-present)[edit]

On August 8, 2005, Dala signed its first major record deal with Universal Music. Soon thereafter, on November 1, the band released its first major album, Angels & Thieves, containing five original songs and five covers. Immediately afterwards, Dala went out on tour to support the album, including a brief stint in early 2007 opening for Tom Cochrane. Returning to the studio after the tour, the band released their album Who Do You Think You Are on August 14, 2007, with the lead single "Anywhere Under the Moon" entering MuchMoreMusic rotation. Dala finished opening for Matthew Good on a cross-Canada tour in Cobalt, Ontario on November 3, 2007.

In 2008, Dala joined Stuart McLean, the host of CBC Radio's Vinyl Cafe, for three separate Canadian tours. Other musical guests featured on these tours include Danny Michel and Russell deCarle.

Over the course of their career, Dala has contributed cover songs to several compilations. The Angels & Thieves recordings of "Dream a Little Dream of Me", The Cure's "Lovesong", and Neil Young's "A Man Needs a Maid" were released on Just Like Heaven - a tribute to The Cure (2009), Sing Me To Sleep - Indie Lullabies (2010), and Cinnamon Girl - Women Artists Cover Neil Young (2008) respectively. Cinnamon Girl also included the duo's cover of Young's "Ohio", which was recorded for the 2007 compilation Borrowed Tunes II: A Tribute to Neil Young.

The duo released their fourth album, Everyone Is Someone, on June 9, 2009. Lead single "Levi Blues" was nominated in the Mainstream Adult Contemporary category at the 2010 Canadian Radio Music Awards.[3]

The duo taped a performance for PBS in February 2010, which aired in June as Girls from the North Country. The performance also featured Canadian all-girl acts The Good Lovelies and Oh Susanna, and included covers of songs by Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan.[4] That year the band won Vocal Group of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.[5][6]

In the spring of 2012, Dala released their fifth studio album, Best Day, which earned three Canadian Folk Music Award nominations for English Songwriter of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, and Producer of the Year.[7]

In between long breaks from recording, Amanda Walther and her brothers and cousins, as the WW Club, released a children's album More Better in June 2015.[8] Sheila Carabine's solo album was planned for release in 2016.[9]


Dala performing at the 2011 Hillside Festival

Studio albums[edit]

Title Record label Release date
This Moment Is a Flash Big Bold Sun Music April 3, 2005
Angels & Thieves Universal Music November 1, 2005
Who Do You Think You Are Universal Music August 14, 2007
Everyone Is Someone Campus Music/Lenz Entertainment June 9, 2009
Best Day Campus Music/Lenz Entertainment May 29, 2012 (US)
June 5, 2012 (CA)

Live albums[edit]

Title Record label Release date
Girls From the North Country Lenz Entertainment June 7, 2010


Canadian Folk Music Awards[edit]

The Canadian Folk Music Awards have been awarded annually since 2005.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2006 Dala - Angels & Thieves Best New/Emerging Artist Nominated
Mike Roth - Angels & Thieves Producer of the Year Won
2008 Dala - Who Do You Think You Are Vocal Group of the Year Nominated
2009 Dala - Everyone Is Someone Vocal Group of the Year Nominated
Mike Roth - Everyone Is Someone Producer of the Year Nominated
2010 Dala - Girls from the North Country Contemporary Album of the Year Nominated
Dala - Girls from the North Country Vocal Group of the Year Won
2012 Dala - Best Day English Songwriter of the Year Nominated
Dala - Best Day Vocal Group of the Year Nominated
Mike Roth - Best Day Producer of the Year Nominated

Toronto Independent Music Awards[edit]

The Toronto Independent Music Awards have been presented bi-annually since 2009

Year Award Result
2010 Best Folk Act[10] Won

Juno Awards[edit]

The Juno Awards have been presented annually since 1970 to Canadian musical artists and bands to acknowledge their artistic and technical achievements in all aspects of music.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2011 Dala - Girls from the North Country Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – Group Nominated


  1. ^ http://www.torontoobserver.ca/2011/10/03/a-dala-for-two/
  2. ^ "News". Archived from the original on July 22, 2012. Retrieved December 22, 2012.
  3. ^ Nickelback, Karl Wolf lead race for radio airplay awards. CBC News. January 13, 2010. Retrieved June 9, 2010.
  4. ^ "Girls from the North Country" (Press release). International Media. Retrieved 2010-06-09.
  5. ^ "Musicians honoured all across the country. Toronto guitarist and klezmer band among those given prizes". Toronto Star- Toronto, Ont. Quill, Greg Nov 22, 2010 Page: E.6
  6. ^ "The Once, Beyond the Pale, both win two at Canadian Folk Music Awards". Waterloo Region Record, Nov 21, 2010
  7. ^ http://folkawards.ca/awards-night/nominees/
  8. ^ Carabine, Sheila (June 23, 2015). "Amanda's children's album is now for sale!". dalagirls.com.
  9. ^ Carabine, Sheila (December 9, 2015). "Sheila's solo album". dalagirls.com.
  10. ^ "TIMA winners". torontoima.com. Archived from the original on 19 October 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2016.

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