Dallas Green (musician)

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Dallas Green
Green performing live in Ottawa, 2011
Background information
Birth name Dallas John Green
Also known as City and Colour
Born (1980-09-29) September 29, 1980 (age 35)
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Genres Folk, acoustic, post-hardcore, melodic hardcore
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter, lyricist, composer, vocalist, guitarist, pianist
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Years active 2001–present
Labels Dine Alone, Vagrant
Associated acts Alexisonfire, City and Colour, Helicon Blue, You+Me, Shad & Dallas
Website CityAndColour.ca

Dallas John Green[1] (born September 29, 1980) is a Canadian musician who releases music under the name City and Colour. He is also known for his contributions as the vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for the post-hardcore band Alexisonfire. In 2005, he debuted his first full-length album, Sometimes, which achieved Platinum certification in 2006. City and Colour began performing in small intimate venues while Alexisonfire disappeared for some time.[2]


During an interview at the 2008 NXNE festival with DJ Dave Bookman of Toronto's CFNY-FM, Green confirmed that he was indeed named after the famous major league pitcher/manager of the same name. He stated that, although he was born on September 29, 1980, he had gone without a name at first; his mother was considering naming him Graham-Todd Green, but his father had bet on Philadelphia Phillies during the 1980 World Series that October and, after the team won, his parents decided on the name Dallas after the Phillies' manager.[3]



Before joining Alexisonfire, Green was in a band called Helicon Blue, producing several songs before breaking up. The three piece band also featured Marcel Lanteigne on bass and vocal, and Nicholas Osczypko on drums. The band recorded a self-titled release with Greg Below from Distort Entertainment, who also recorded a second record with the band which included; My Last Breath, Sunder, Greater Victory & Perpetual Healing.

In 2000, Green recorded his first known demo, Simple Songs.[citation needed] It was not until after this demo that he started writing under the City & Colour name. The demo contains versions of songs that were later released on his full-length albums as well as several unreleased demos of unreleased songs. It was never released publicly, and there is no known physical copy. It now circulates on the World Wide Web in mid-quality.mp3 files.


Further information: Alexisonfire

Dallas began playing with Alexisonfire in late 2001. They released four albums (Alexisonfire, Watch Out!, Crisis, and Old Crows / Young Cardinals) and several EPs before disbanding in 2011 due to Dallas' decision to focus on his work in City and Colour full-time.[4]

Dallas came up with the name of the band from an episode on Discovery Channel. This specific episode was about contortionism. In this show there was a segment on a stripper who added contortionism into her show, as well as lactating and breathing fire. The woman's stage name was Alexis Fire, and the segment was called Alexisonfire. He thought that this would be a cool name for a band, and that is where it all started.[5]

In 2003, Dallas appeared (along with Alexisonfire vocalist George Pettit) on Jude the Obscure's album "The Coldest Winter", doing additional vocals on 3 songs. He contributed vocals to Neverending White Lights' collaborative album Act 1: Goodbye Friends of the Heavenly Bodies, released in 2005, on the song "The Grace". Green provided additional vocals on the track "INRihab" with Every Time I Die as well as on the track "Black Albino Bones" with Fucked Up on their second full length album, The Chemistry of Common Life.

City and Colour[edit]

Further information: City and Colour
Green and Casey Baker performing in July 2006

City And Colour's first music video, "Save Your Scissors", from the now platinum-rated album Sometimes, was released on January 17, 2006, featuring some of his best friends, band mates and favourite places in his hometown, St. Catharines, Ontario. The second video, "Comin' Home", went number one on MuchMoreMusic's video countdown.

City and Colour also released a live CD/DVD titled Live on March 6, 2007 which includes two different live performances and a special performance with Ron Sexsmith. A limited edition has also been released at the same time. It included a USB key with footage from MMVA and Much on Demand performances.[6]

On October 22, 2008, Dallas appeared on stage with Canadian duo Tegan and Sara at The Fonda in Los Angeles. He came out during their encore and performed a mellow version of their song The First, he is good friends with both members of the band.[7]

On February 12, 2008, City and Colour released a new full-length studio album, Bring Me Your Love. It was published under the label Dine Alone Records. The music video for the first single, "Waiting...", was released on January 24, 2008. On June 6, 2008, "Sleeping Sickness", the second single for the album, was issued and on June 27, a music video was made by Montreal-based director Vincent Morisset.[8] This second single also features The Tragically Hip's Gordon Downie's vocals in the second verse.

Bravo! aired an hour-long City and Colour performance as a band for their Live at the Concert Hall... series on August 26, 2008. The performance included interviews; several songs from his latest album, Bring Me Your Love; and also a few songs from Dallas' début, Sometimes, where he included his backing band into the songs.

While on tour 2010 with Alexisonfire, Dallas also sung a part of Billy Talent's song "Surrender".

In May 2009, Dallas appeared on CBC Radio's Q for an interview with Jian Ghomeshi, as well as a solo performance of three songs; "Body in a Box" and "Waiting..." from the album Bring Me Your Love, as well as "Comin' Home" from his debut album Sometimes.

On June 7, 2011, City and Colour released another full-length studio album entitled Little Hell. The first single was 'Fragile Bird', which received much radio play.

On August 8, 2011 Dallas quit Alexisonfire, stating he wanted to focus more on his solo work.

Green appeared on Kids' CBC on February 6, 2012; performing a children's version of his song "The Girl," retitled "The Gift" with new lyrics about buying presents for Mamma Yamma.[9]

During an interview with NBHAP in June 2013, Dallas told that he does not think he musically will ever find his way home, since he is always searching for something else.[10]


On September 8, 2014 Green announced a collaboration with Pink. The duo, performing under the name You+Me, released an album titled Rose Ave. on October 14.[11] The album debuted at number one on the Canadian Albums Chart and at number four on the Billboard 200.[12][13]

Personal life[edit]

Green went to Denis Morris Catholic High School in St. Catharines, Ontario.[citation needed]

In 2008, he married Canadian television host Leah Miller.[14]

Green has been playing guitar since the age of 8 and writing music since he was a young teen.[15][5]

At the age of 8, Dallas had also started skateboarding and playing baseball. Dallas has 1 sibling Jordin Green & 1 niece Phoenix [16]


City and Colour[edit]

Studio albums and EPs
Date of
Title Label
2004 Simple Songs (Demo Tape) N/A
2004 The Death of Me (EP) Dine Alone Records
2005 Missing (EP) Dine Alone Records
2005 Sometimes Dine Alone Records
2008 Bring Me Your Love Vagrant Records/Dine Alone Records
2011 Little Hell Vagrant Records/Dine Alone Records
2013 The Hurry and the Harm Dine Alone Records
2015 If I Should Go Before You Dine Alone Records
Live albums and EPs
Date of Release Title Record label
2007 Live Dine Alone Records
2008 The MySpace Transmissions (EP) Vagrant Records/Dine Alone Records
2008 Live Session EP (iTunes Exclusive) Dine Alone Records
2010 Live at the Orange Lounge (EP) Dine Alone Records


Studio albums and EPs
Date of release Title Record label Certifications
2002 Alexisonfire Distort Entertainment Gold (Canada)[17]
2004 Watch Out! Distort Entertainment Platinum (Canada)[18]
2006 Crisis Distort Entertainment Platinum (Canada)[19]
2009 Old Crows / Young Cardinals Dine Alone Records Platinum (Canada)
2010 Dog's Blood Dine Alone Records


Studio albums
Date of
Title Label
2014 rose ave. RCA

Guest appearances[edit]

Studio albums and EPs
Date of Release Band Title Record label
2003 Jude The Obscure The Coldest Winter One Day Savior
2005 Straight Reads The Line Lets Get Nuts Verona Records
2005 Neverending White Lights Act 1: Goodbye Friends of the Heavenly Bodies Ocean Records Canada / Maple Music Nationwide
2007 The Dear & Departed Something Quite Peculiar Science Records
2007 Every Time I Die The Big Dirty Ferret Records
2008 Fucked Up The Chemistry of Common Life Matador Records
2009 Lights Action Welcome to the New Cold World Colt Signals
2009 DL Incognito Fight This Crazy Records
2010 Nashville Skyline Carry You Home – Single Timber Street Records
2011 Shad & Dallas "Two Songs"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Green, Dallas John. "Songwriter/Composer: GREEN DALLAS JOHN". Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). Retrieved October 12, 2015. 
  2. ^ "City and Colour Biography". MapleMusic. Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ Dallas's interview at the 2008 NXNE festival on June 18, 2008, courtesy of nowtoronto.com Last accessed November 16, 2008
  4. ^ "Dallas Green Says Alexisonfire Was 'Killing' Him, Is Fine Being 'The Villain' After Split". Spinner.com. Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  5. ^ a b "Alexisonfire (Dallas Green) Interview". youtube.com Something Like Sound channel. August 11, 2009. Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  6. ^ "mymerchtable.com". mymerchtable.com. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  7. ^ "youtube.com". wojo4hitz. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  8. ^ "Dine Alone Records". Dine Alone Records. June 6, 2008. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  9. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LBJ7F6mrrM
  10. ^ Hengst, Michele. "Interview: Dallas Green / City and Colour – "I struggle to find hope"". NBHAP. Retrieved June 22, 2013. 
  11. ^ "P!nk & Dallas Green of City and Colour Form Folk Duo You+Me, New Album 'rose ave.' Due in October". Music Times. Retrieved 2014-09-08. 
  12. ^ "Canadian Albums – November 1, 2014". Billboard Magazine. Archived from the original on October 31, 2014. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Billboard 200 – November 1, 2014". Billboard Magazine. Archived from the original on October 27, 2014. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  14. ^ Leah Miller & Dallas Green, courtesy of The Vancouver Sun Last accessed June 23, 2012
  15. ^ "City and Color Biography". cityandcolour.com. Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Q & A: City and Colour's Dallas Green talks sports". Aux. September 26, 2012. Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  17. ^ CRIA Gold and Platinum Certifications for October 2005. Canadian Recording Industry Association (October 2005). Retrieved on September 22, 2007.
  18. ^ CRIA Gold and Platinum Certifications for April 2007. Canadian Recording Industry Association (April 2007). Retrieved on September 22, 2007.
  19. ^ CRIA Gold and Platinum Certifications for May 2007. Canadian Recording Industry Association (May 2007). Retrieved on September 22, 2007.

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