The Salads

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The Salads
The Salads
Background information
Origin Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
Years active 1993–2016
Labels Maui Wowie Records
Members Darren "Mista D" Dumas
Dave Ziemba
Chuck Dailey
Darrin Pfeiffer

The Salads are a punk rock band from Ontario, Canada, with strong reggae tendencies.[1] They are currently signed to their own label, Maui Wowie Records, after having been signed to Kindling Music, a sub-division of Warner Music Canada.


In 2003, The Salads released their first album Fold A to B. It won several awards: a 2003 CASBY, a Canadian Radio Music Award,[2] and Favourite Band at the Canadian Indie Awards.[citation needed] The band began writing more songs and performing them, getting ready for the next round of recording. They played at EdgeFest in 2004,(including EdgeFest),[3] and they spent two weeks playing Australia in late 2005 with The Presidents of the United States of America.

On their return, they began pre-production with Dan Brodbeck, and in January, a new record of 10 songs, The Big Picture, was completed. It included "Growing Up" (about life’s changes as you get older), “Individual” (memories of 80’s thrash metal), “Circles” (watching the most intelligent person you know battle Alzheimer’s), “A Better Way”. (trying for positive social change)).[4] The title "The Big Picture" was a reference to the complications of the music industry.

After two years of touring The Big Picture on the Warped tour,[5][6] campus shows, and festivals, the members of The Salads decided to sever ties from their label and management. In August 2012, The Salads released a self-produced album entitled "Music Every Day" which features guest appearances by Angelo Moore (from the legendary Fishbone), Canadian musicians David Wilcox, Brian Byrne (from I Mother Earth), and Ryan Long (from The Johnstones). In 2013 the band performed at the KOI Music Fest.[3]

Band members[edit]


  • Darren Dumas aka Mista D: Vocals
  • Chuck Dailey: Bass, Backing Vocals
  • Dave Ziemba: Guitar
  • Darrin Pfeiffer: Drums

Former members[edit]

  • Grant Taylor: Drums, Backing Vocals
  • Libydo: Dancer, Backing Vocals
  • Ryan "Leg$" Leger: Drums[7]
  • David Summerfeldt: Bass, Vocals
  • Mike Kerwin: Hand drums/other percussion during the days of "Meanwhile... the Salads".
  • Mike Walsom: Dancing, Keyboards
  • Alex Waite: Spoons, Saxophone
  • Gavin Webb: Velour suits, percussion
  • Dan Johnson: Keyboard


Full-length albums[edit]

  • Meanwhile...The Salads (1998)
  • Fold A to B (2003)[8]
  • The Big Picture (2006)
  • The Big Picture (Japanese edition + bonus tracks from Fold A To B) (2007)
  • Music Every Day (2012)


  • Who's That? (2001)
  • Australian Pre-Release Promo (2005)
  • The Big Remixes (2006)


  • "The Salads: Band Gone Wild", 2004.


  1. ^ "The Salads Are King". Soul Shine, 2004-01-17. Erica Basnicki
  2. ^ "History of the CASBYs". History of the Casbys. Archived from the original on 17 March 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "KOI MUSIC FEST: The Salads". The Scene, Allanah Pinhorn September 26, 2013
  4. ^ "The Salads bring the noise". Jam! Music, May 18, 2006 MARK DANIELL.
  5. ^ "The Salads at Hard Rock Cafe". The Scene, July 30, 2012
  6. ^ "Warped Tour 06". Nerve Magazine, Volume 7 No. 8 August 2006.
  7. ^ "Drumming to his own beat". Standard-Freeholder, JASON SETNYK, The Standard-Freeholder, July 9, 2010
  8. ^ "The Salads Fold A to B". Exclaim!, By Dan Cohen Jun 01, 2003

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