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Background information
Origin Clarkson, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Genres Rock, ska punk, reggae fusion, reggae rock[1]
Years active 2001 (2001)–present
Labels Sony Music Canada
Members Alex Norman
Swavek Piorkowski
CJ Hinds
Will Marr
Past members Justin Zoltek
Daniel Krolikowski
Pat Kennedy
John Doherty

IllScarlett (styled as illScarlett; /ˌɪlˈskɑːrlt/) is a Canadian rock and reggae band.[2]

Their sound can be defined as pop infused rock reggae. They have made a name for themselves in the Canadian music scene and are making their name known throughout the United States and around the world. Their most prominent influence is California-based band Sublime.

The band found their break when they decided to play outside the 2004 Vans Warped Tour venue in front of fans waiting in line to get in. Kevin Lyman, the Warped Tour organizer and co-owner of Warcon Enterprises, noticed them and invited them to play at his personal barbecue.[3] Subsequently, they were offered spots on the tour for the following two years.

IllScarlett has five major studio albums: ILLP, Clearly in Another Fine Mess, All Day With It, 1UP!, and most recently illScarlett. Their newest album illScarlett was released on September 2, 2014, and features their new single Down for Whatever.[4]

The album All Day With It reached gold status in Canada.


Initially meeting in high school, Iona Catholic Secondary School, Swavek Piorkowski and Alex Norman had played in several bands while teenagers. Alex, who was working at a skateboarding shop at the local mall, befriended Daniel Krolikowski at work one day and two months later, the three had begun jamming as a trio. IllScarlett was born after the guys named the band after a local street in Mississauga, named Will Scarlett Drive, which the band later edited to ill Scarlett Drive as a prank. Later, Alex, Daniel, and Swavek began to seek members and found guitarist Will Marr and disc jockey Pat Kennedy. The first show the band did was at the Horseshoe Tavern with John Doherty, son of singer Denny Doherty, on the guitar (he later replaced Daniel Krolikowski on bass) in Toronto.T After many performances at small venues, illScarlett went into the studio to record their first demo called the Five Dollar Demo. The demo was recorded at Metalworks Studios in Mississauga, Ontario. In 2004, the band released a full-length CD titled iLLP. Shortly after the release of ILLP, the band performed in the parking lot for the 2004 Vans Warped Tour in Barrie, Ontario. They weren't actually scheduled to play inside the venue, but they set up their equipment beside the line where people were waiting to get into Park Place for the concert. IllScarlett played an hour and a half set for the concertgoers.

Within three songs, they got word from one of their friends that Sublime's old roadie who worked as tour security radioed the organizer of the Warped Tour, Kevin Lyman, telling him that there was a band sounding like Sublime playing in the parking lot powered by generators. Kevin Lynman asked the band to play at his barbecue later that night and the band accepted his offer. After the band's performance at the barbecue, Lyman extended an invitation for the band to perform a few dates on the 2005 Vans Warped Tour.

In September 2006, the band played at the inaugural Virgin Festival in Toronto.

In August 2007 and 2008, the band played at the Cutting Edge Music Festival in Grand Bend.[5][6]

In August 2009 the band played at Cutting Edge Music Festival in Kitchener.[7]

The band finished recording their first major-label album (All Day with It) in Los Angeles, California under the production of Matthew Wilder, producer of No Doubt's diamond Tragic Kingdom album. The new album was released on July 10, 2007 across North America. The album includes such hit songs such as "Who's Got It?", "Paradise Burning", and "Life of a Soldier". Also on the album are redone versions of the songs "Nothing Special", "NTF" (Next Time Forever), "Clearer Now", and Pacino. IllScarlett toured Canada, Japan, Germany, the United States, and throughout Europe, promoting the album All Day with It.

On September 29, 2009 the band released their follow-up album to All Day with It titled 1UP!. This album featured singles such as, Take it for Granted and Milkshakes & Razorblades.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Event Award(s) Up For Result
2008 MuchMusic Video Awards Best Video, Best Rock Video, Best Post-Production, and Best Director: ("Nothing Special"), People's Choice: Favourite Canadian Group Nominated
Juno Awards New Group of the Year Nominated

IllScarlett's song "Who's Got It" was selected as the official song for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup soccer tournament hosted in Canada.


Current members
Former members
Touring Members


Studio albums[edit]



  1. ^ Teo, Mark (20 January 2014). "16 bands who've played Supernova's Battle of the Bands". Aux. Blue Ant Media. Retrieved 4 July 2014. Before IllScarlett became a Canada-wide force, they were a Sublime-worshipping reggae-rock act. 
  2. ^ IllScarlett Biography
  3. ^ Bliss, Karen (2006-11-17). "illScarlett signs with Sony BMG". Canoe JAM! Music. 
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