Dunk (band)

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Also known as Starkicker
Origin St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Genres power pop
Years active 1996–bef. 2006
Labels Sony
Past members Doug Boudreau
Ben Dunk
Nick Dunk
Tawgs Salter

Dunk, also previously known as Starkicker, was a Canadian power pop band from St. Catharines, Ontario, who were active in the late 1990s and early 2000s.[1]


The group originally formed as Starkicker in the 1990s, consisting of vocalist and guitarist Ben Dunk, bassist Nick Dunk and drummer Doug Boudreau.[1] The band's debut album Beach Music was released in 1996,[2] and achieved two Canadian hits with the songs "Get Up" and "Neil Armstrong".

Beach Music was a top-30 Canadian campus radio chart hit in the late summer and fall of 1996.[3]

The first single from the album, "Get Up", entered the RPM Rock/Alternative 30 charts at No. 30 on July 22, 1996, and stayed on the chart for 10 weeks, peaking at No. 10 the week of August 26.[4] "Neil Armstrong" enjoyed even greater success, debuting on the RPM Top 100 singles chart on October 14, 1996 at No. 98.[5] The song peaked at No. 26 in December of that year[6] and stayed on the chart for 11 weeks.[7]

The band garnered a Juno Award nomination for Best New Group at the Juno Awards of 1997.[8]

Deciding that the name Starkicker didn't fit, in 1999 the band changed their name to Dunk,[1] added guitarist Tawgs Salter to the lineup,[1] and released the follow-up album Time to Fly under their new name.[1] The album's first single "Crowdsurfing" was a hit in May 2000, debuting and peaking on the RPM Rock/Alternative chart at No. 18.[9] It stayed on the chart for 9 weeks. No other singles from the album charted.


As of 2006 Ben Dunk was the co-owner of Sound of Pop, a Toronto-based publishing, label and management firm.[10]