Daniel Greaves (musician)

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Daniel Greaves
Origin Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Vocalist, songwriter, producer
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 1988–present
Associated acts The Watchmen, Doctor

Daniel Greaves (born 1970) is a Canadian rock vocalist and songwriter. He is known as the founder and lead singer of the band The Watchmen, and for his a capella singing. [1]


The Watchmen[edit]

In 1988, Greaves became the lead singer of The Watchmen, which he co-formed with Joey Serlin, Sammy Kohn and Pete Loewen.[2] The Watchmen were a successful alternative rock band most active in the 1990s. Greaves also played keyboard and harmonica in the band.[3] Between 1992 and 2001, they released six records internationally, toured extensively and built a substantial fan base in Canada and Australia. Each of their album releases achieved either gold or platinum status in Canada.[4]

In 2003, the band members decided to separate and explore different opportunities individually, but still continue to perform with each other from time to time. Since the 2003 split, Greaves has worked with former Watchmen bandmate Ken Tizzard in the duo Audio Playground High + Wide. Tizzard and Greaves performed in a series of live visual music presentations at venues such as Ted’s Wrecking Yard and the Berkley Church.


After leaving The Watchman, Greaves founded the band Doctor with bassist Rob Higgins, a former member of Change of Heart.[5][6]

The duo was joined in studio by guitarist Jamie Edwards and drummer Dan Cornelius to record the band's debut album, High Is As High Gets, which was licensed on SUMO Music[7] and released in 2004. The four musicians also began touring following the album's release, with Carmen Lamont occasionally filling in for Edwards on guitar. Doctor broke up in 2005.

Film and TV[edit]

In between performing and recording with his bands, Greaves worked on a number of film and television projects.[8] He wa the music supervisor, composer, and audio mixer for the 2000 film, Kanadiana (featured in the Montreal Film Festival),[9] the 2002 feature film, The Risen (starring Alberta Watson and Eugene Lipinski), Trevor Cunningham's 2003 feature film The Pedestrian, and director Brett Blackwell's 2010 film, Happiness is Hate Therapy, which originally aired on Bravo!.

Later, The Watchmen tracks, The South and Sleep, were included on the soundtrack of the 2010 TIFF selected film The Whistleblower.

Greaves provided original music for MTV's 2002 Everybody’s Doing It. His music can also be heard on regularly on CSI (CTV), Divine Design with Candice Olson (HGTV), and Take it Outside (HGTV).

Other work and appearances[edit]

In 2005, Greaves contributed vocals to the track "This Longing" on the Neverending White Lights debut CD Act 1: Goodbye Friends of the Heavenly Bodies. In 2006, he contributed to Winnipeg producer Darcy Ataman's new tune "A Song for Africa" which was a benefit project to raise funds for African AIDS relief. In 2006, he composed the soundtrack to a new drinking and driving commercial commissioned by Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI).

Personal life[edit]

Greaves is a partner in Toronto's Lakeview Restaurant. In late 2010 the restaurant company opened a coffee shop called The Abbot in Toronto's Parkdale. He and his wife Lisa also own The Motel Bar in Parkdale.

His brother, David Greaves, who has dual Canadian-Israeli citizenship, is a member of the Israeli Bobsled Team.[10]


The Watchmen Discography[edit]

  • 1992 – McLaren Furnace Room
  • 1994 – In the Trees
  • 1996 – Brand New Day
  • 1998 – Silent Radar, Live Radar
  • 2001 – Slomotion (double CD)
  • 2004 - Last Road Trip Download Series

Doctor discography[edit]

  • 2004 - High Is As High Gets[11]

Track listing:

  1. "What Makes You Think He's Lucky" (3:07)
  2. "Get Your Own War" (3:29)
  3. "Balancing" (3:23)
  4. "Sweet U" (4:50)
  5. "What Of It" (3:18)
  6. "Weight" (2:57)
  7. "It Don't Mean A Thing" (3:39)
  8. "High Is As High Gets" (4:25)
  9. "You're Not Giving At All And I'm Not Getting Past It" (4:37)
  10. "Living The Dream" (3:58)
  11. "You Saved Me" (3:16)
  12. "Me And Nick Drake" (4:10)


  • 2000 - Kanadiana
  • 2002 - The Risen
  • 2002 - Everybody’s Doing It (TV)
  • 2003 - The Pedestrian.
  • 2010 - Happiness is Hate Therapy


  1. ^ "The Watchmen with East of Avenue at the Danforth Music Hall". Live in Limbo, Neloufer Perera Concert Reviews 3 February 2016
  2. ^ Bush, John. "The Watchmen". Allmusic. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "The Watchmen Cometh". Chilliwack Progress, 7 December 2001. Page 34
  4. ^ "Go Canada: My list of the greatest Canadian bands to never win a Juno". By Dean Pilling, Calgary Sun, 1 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Watchmen singer becomes Doctor". Showbiz, KAREN BLISS, 1 December 2004
  6. ^ "Doctoring the records". Vue Weekly, 2 December 2004
  7. ^ "Doctor — High Is As High Gets". Chart Attack, 24 August 2004
  8. ^ "The Watchmen Pack It In, Look Towards New Projects". Chart Attack, 17 November 2003
  9. ^ " Cinema has been 'abused horrifically'". Matthew Hays and Martin Siberok, The Globe and Mail, 4 September 2000
  10. ^ "Watchmen rock for Israeli bobsled team". Winnipeg Free Press, 09/25/2003
  11. ^ "Dearly Beloved, You are the Jaguar". Pop Culture, By Jason Gladu 29 October 2006

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