Disband (TV series)

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Starring Greig Nori
Country of origin Canada
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 29
Running time 30-60 mins
Original network MuchMusic (2008)
Picture format 4:3 480i (SDTV)
Original release 2008 – 2009

Disband (stylized as disBand) is a Canadian reality show that was produced and broadcast by MuchMusic that gave aspiring music acts a chance to get big industry attention. It was hosted by either Sarah Taylor or Devon Soltendieck and was usually narrated by the lead singer of the featured band.


Each episode featured a band that was coached by a music industry veteran and at the end performed for a panel of judges. Greig Nori "The Guru" had made appearances as an adviser, and Ralph James, Jennifer Hirst, Colin Lewis, JDiggz, Hannah Simone, Mark Spicoluk, Katie Clark, and Matt Wells had appeared as judges.

Each episode was in 7 different segments, for each day of the week leading up until Sunday, their performance day at MuchMusic Headquarters. The segments followed what the band experiences on each day, starting on Sunday. At the beginning of the episode, the band was introduced along with all of its members. The episode was usually narrated by the lead singer, although other members had done so as well.

In most cases, Greig would surprise them and arrange for them to meet up, where he wiould then begin coaching them. The bands would then take part in various activities such as photo shoots, meeting record labels, interviews, or writing new songs, throughout the week. Most episodes also featured the band visiting a local Toronto recording studio, such as Number 9 Audio Group[1] or The Decibel House,[2] for a recording session with a professional engineer. By the end of the week, they would have to perform amongst a panel of judges and an audience.

After their performance, they would head into a green room where Greig would be waiting for them. Back in the main room, the judges would deliberate and decide whether or not the band had a possibility of getting signed. However, the decision was not affected by the audience's wishes. The band would then go back into the main room, where the host would then summarize the judges' thoughts, mentioning both pros and cons of the band. After the verdict, the episode ended with the band either going back home, or got ready to take on a next step.


Season One

Episode Band Band Members Fate
1 The Homecoming Quinn Danielis - Vocals / Guitar
Chris Thaung - Bass / Vocals
Damien Stillwell - Guitar / Vocals
Dale Doiron - Guitar / Vocals
Nathan Wallace - Drums
Thumbs Down
2 Trick Of Disaster Rafe Malach - Vocals / Guitar
Dave Henriques - Bass / Synths / Guitar
Rich So - Drums
Thumbs Down
3 Soul Plane Yui – Emcee, Mel G – Vocals
Gideon Litvin – Lead Guitar
Kevin Nanni – Rhythm Guitar
Aaron Mellet – Drums
Thumbs Up
4 Calicose Alana - Vocals
Stu - Bass
Jeff - Drums
Keir - Guitar
Thumbs Up
5 Times Alexander J. Yolevski - Vocals / Keyboard
Paul Doherty - Guitar
Adam Dwyer - Bass
Matthew Winkler - Drums
Thumbs Down
6 Cookie Couture Fran-Kay - Rapper
Elisa - Vocals
Kitana - Rapper
Stacey - Vocals
J.Beautiful - Vocals
Thumbs Up
7 KaraMel Kara - Lead Vocals
Mel - Piano/Keyboard/Harmonies
Thumbs Down
8 Fancy Girls Market Keith - Vocals
Justin - Lead Guitar
Mike - Rhythm Guitar
Izzy - Drums
Steph - Bass
Thumbs Down
9 The Isosceles Project Eric - Guitar
Scott - Bass
Justin - Drums
Thumbs Down
10 Dean Lickyer Joshua Alvernia - Vocals
Eric Martin - Drums
Justin Bosso - Bass
Sean Royle - Guitar
Thumbs Up & signed to Underground Operations
11 Futures Past Basel Ricky - Vocals
Jason Hoeg - Guitar
Alex Bruce - Guitar
Garth Julien - Bass
Martin Wigle - Drums
Thumbs Up
12 Katie & Lisa Katie - Vocals
Lisa - Guitar
Thumbs Down
13 sateLites Theo Vigo - Vocals/Guitar
Arthur Sollano - Guitar/Vocals
Allen Pinlac - Drums
Thumbs Down
14 Songbird Sacha
Thumbs Down
15 Chasing Amee Steve Hall - Vocals/Guitar
Ryan Faist - Guitar/Keys
Tuck - Bass
Nathan Bulla - Drums
Thumbs Up
16 Credible Witness Walter - Vocals/Piano
Michael - Guitar/Vocals
Ryan - Drums
Matt - Bass
Thumbs Down
17 Hasket Joe - Vocals
Mikey - Guitar
Ryley - Guitar
Matt - Bass
Dillon - Drums
Thumbs Down
18 Dog Bus "Jules MKools"
"Jakey MkSpankey"
Thumbs Up
19 Space Is For Stars Ryan - Vocals/Guitar
Brian - Guitar
Gary - Drums
Brayden - Bass
Thumbs Up
20 Stereos Pat K - Vocals
Robby "The Queer" C - Guitar
Daniel - Bass
Miles Holmwood - Guitar
Brad - Drums
Appeared as Turn It Up on the show.
Thumbs Up & signed to Universal Music Canada

Season Two

Episode Band Band Members Fate Song
1 Mean Tangerine Max Off - Vocals / Guitar
Brent Weber - Guitar
Jesse Wilks - Bass
Mike Carrey - Drums
Thumbs Down, Now Signed To Drive Records/Fontana North Change
2 Syla Vale Sylvia Nguyen - Vocals / Guitar
Thumbs Down Let It Go
3 Street Pharmacy Ryan Guay - Vocals / Guitar
Adam Webster - Lead Guitar
Nate Triano - Rhythm Guitar
Brandon Ventresca - Bass
Dan Fretz - Drums
Thumbs Up and Signed to Fontana North Stone, Bricks And Mortar
4 Alex Galli Alex Galli - Vocals / Guitar
Kyle Merkley - Bass
Thumbs Down Truce
5 Maddy Rodriguez Maddy Rodriguez - Vocals/Guitar
Johnny Simmen - Cajon/Harmonies
Kyle Sipress - Guitar
Matt Wilson - Guitar
Dan Sadowski - Bass
Split Decision (Thumbs Up) Break Down
6 The Stiff Wires (Now All The Trendy Kids) Danny - Lead Vocals, Bass
Brandyn - Guitar, Vocals
Jamie - Guitar, Vocals
Jesse - Drums
Thumbs Down, Now Signed with Brightside Records Song Of The Same Name
7 Abandon All Ships Ange - Vocals
Kyler - Guitar

Martin - Bass & Vocals
Andrew - Guitar
Seb - Synth
Dan - Drums

Thumbs Up & Signed to Underground Operations, Rise Records and Velocity Records Megawacko
8 Em Em - Vocals Thumbs Down Kickin' It Down
9 Good & Broken Marissa - Vocals
Jared - Guitar, Bass, Drums
Thumbs Up My Mistakes
10 San Sebastian Brodie Dawson - Guitar
Greg Veerman - Bass
Mike Veerman - Vocals
Sean Dawson - Guitar
Ted Paterson - Drums
Appeared as Pumps on the show.
Thumbs Up & Signed to Universal Music Canada
Wake Up
11 The Word Tonight Scott - Vocals
Erik - Guitar
Kai - Guitar
Nickk - Drums
Dylan - Bass

Mylo - Keyboard (kicked out of the band during episode)
Thumbs Down Smile For The Camera
12 Reverse Dizz - Vocals
Khadjia - Vocals
Taylor Evans - Vocals
Thumbs Down Over U
13 These Kids Wear Crowns Alex Johnson - Vocals
Alan Poettcker - Bass/Vocals
Joe Porter - Guitar
Josh Mitchinson - Drums
Matt Vink - Keyboard
Josh "Gypsy" McDaniel - Guitar
Thumbs Up & Signed to Capitol Records/EMI Break It Up

DisBand Successes[edit]

  • Stereos - Signed to Universal Music Canada & # 1 Song on iTunes (Summer Girl)
  • Dean Lickyer - Signed to Underground Operations
  • Abandon All Ships - Signed to Underground Operations, Rise Records and Velocity Records
  • San Sebastian- Signed to Universal Music Canada
  • These Kids Wear Crowns - Signed to EMI Music Canada / Capitol Records

Maddy Rodriguez: Nettwerk One Publishing

  • Mean Tangerine - Signed To Drive Records/Fontana North

Spin off[edit]

A spin-off series, entitled disBand Discovered began in 2011. The series premiered on August 16, 2011. The series follows six bands trying to make it in the industry, over the course of 6 months. MuchMusic has described the series as a "rock documentary". The show features six bands; Nightbox, Colorsound, For The Weekend, Brighter Brightest, Brett Boivin, Maddy Rodriguez and Slow Motion Victory. At the end of the season, the six bands go to Showcase Day at the MuchMusic Headquarters, where they are judged by several record producers serving as judges. The series is still hosted by Greig Nori.

The first season of the series began on August 16, 2011 and finished on October 28, 2011 and aired for a total of 10 episodes.

After the series, For The Weekend released a single called Rockstar, and fired one of their members. Slow Motion Victory released an EP "The War Inside", collaborated with Coca-Cola to write a song for their Open Happiness campaign, and are still making music. Nightbox was signed, and is currently on tour, and are going to be an opening act for Lights on tour. Brett Boivin graduated from high school and released an EP. Colorsound was also signed, and is currently working on their second album, while Brighter Brightest released their debut album, Right For Me.


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