The Salads

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The Salads
The Salads
Background information
Origin Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
Genres Ska Punk, Reggae Fusion, Punk Rock
Years active 1993–present
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. 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.


Their album Fold A to B won several awards: a 2003 CASBY, a Canadian Radio Music Award,[1] and Favourite Band at the Canadian Indie Awards.[citation needed]

After those first sessions, the band got back to writing more songs, getting ready for the next round of recording, and playing more shows. They spent two weeks playing Australia in October ’06 with The Presidents of the United States of America. On their return, pre-production with Dan Brodbeck started the very next day. In January 06, a new record of 10 songs was completed. Its tone was more personal and yet universal as it touched more meaningful topics than the band had dared explore before. Growing Up deals with life’s changes as you get older, and coming to terms with that reality. Memories of 80’s thrash metal surround the concept of being happy in the skin you’re in with “Individual”. “Circles” is about watching the most intelligent person you know battle Alzheimer’s. Trying to affect real, positive social change is dealt with in “A Better Way”. The Title "The Big Picture" was a reference to their frustration with their crumbling music business relationships at the time. The band was unhappy with their ongoing battles over things like creative control with their label and management.

After 2 years of touring The Big Picture on the Warped tour, Campus shows, and festivals, the guys stepped back from their business side of the band. Together, they decided to sever ties from their label and management and once again get to work on a record they really wanted to make! Chuck Dailey says "It is fucking great to be a real band again!...There is nobody telling us who we should or shouldn't be. Just doing what feels right is kind of like being a bunch of kids in Daves garage again, the way we started out, and it's been a blast!"[citation needed]

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). The album was released and made available in various formats at [dated info][citation needed]

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
  • 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)
  • 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. ^ "History of the CASBYs". History of the Casbys. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 

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