Thomas D'Arcy

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Thomas D'Arcy
Born Guernsey, Channel Islands
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Indie rock
Occupation(s) Musician, producer, engineer
Instruments Vocals, bass
Years active 1995–present
Labels Astralwerks, Boompa, Thomas D'Arcy Music, MapleMusic Recordings, Arts and Crafts
Associated acts BROS.
The Carnations
Small Sins
All Systems Go!
Major Maker
Thomas D'Arcy

Thomas D'Arcy is a Canadian singer and songwriter born in Guernsey, Channel Islands. D'Arcy's family immigrated to Toronto, Ontario in 1981. He has been a member of indie rock bands The Carnations, All Systems Go!, Small Sins, Another Blue Door, The I-Spies, BROS., k-os and Major Maker,[1] among others. He is a graduate of philosophy from the University of Toronto.[2]

Artist career[edit]

In 1995, D'Arcy and three high school friends formed a band called Pseudonym, which would later become The Carnations, with D'Arcy as lead singer and principal songwriter. The band played in nightclubs its members were not old enough to get into (due to the legal drinking age in Ontario being 19) and turned their love of bands like Weezer, Supergrass, Buzzcocks and Television into a power pop sound all their own. The Carnations wrote and performed the theme song for the MuchMusic show 'So 90's.'

In 2000, John Kastner (ex-Doughboys) saw The Carnations play a show at Toronto's Horseshoe Tavern, and invited D'Arcy to join his new band All Systems Go! D'Arcy also continued to play in The Carnations, as well as a band called Another Blue Door. The Carnations called it quits in 2004 with an announcement on their website. In 2005, D'Arcy conceived Small Sins (formerly known as The Ladies and Gentlemen) as a self-contained solo unit. D'Arcy continued to record under the Small Sins moniker until 2011, when he opted to release solo records under his own name. In 2010, D'Arcy founded his own record label, 'Thomas D'Arcy Music,' which released the last Small Sins record in 2010. D'Arcy was the touring bass player for rapper k-os from 2009 to 2014, performing at the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

D'Arcy created the track 'You Lovely You' for a 6-month long advertising campaign for Telus in September 2012. The song was also released on iTunes, and as a 7" vinyl single with B-Side 'When We Get into It.' Throughout the years, D'Arcy has been commissioned to create music for Canadian advertising campaigns, including for The Home Depot, Triscuits, Dodge, Bell Canada, Scotiabank, Coca-Cola, Honda, Quaker, Alesse, Walmart, Tetley, Hyundai, Toyota, Sunchips, McDonald's and EOS. D'Arcy has also placed music in over 50 television shows and films. In 2016, D'Arcy provided the musical score for the CBC web series 'My 90 Year Old Roommate.'[3] D'Arcy also wrote and performed the theme song for the upcoming CBC show 'Ollie: The Boy Who Became What He Ate.'

In 2012, D'Arcy recorded a cover record of the entire 'Bad Habits' album by UK band The Monks. Members of Sloan, The Pursuit of Happiness, Limblifter, The New Pornographers, Change of Heart, The Doughboys and Cursed contributed guest performances to the album, as did John Ford, an original member of the Monks.[4]

Production career[edit]

In 2014, D'Arcy opened the studio Taurus Recording along with fellow producer/engineer Jon Drew. The studio is located in what used to be Wellesley Sound. D'Arcy has produced and engineered recordings for BROS.,[5] Lanikai,[6] TWRP, AA Wallace, White Hot Guilt and Still Life Still. The song 'Tell Me' by BROS. is used as the theme for the CBC radio show 'Q.'[7] He has engineered recordings for July Talk, The Sheepdogs and Soul Stew. D'Arcy engineered the Under The Covers album by Ninja Sex Party, which reached No. 9 on the Billboard sales charts in the USA. In 2017, D'Arcy received a SOCAN No. 1 song award for his contribution to the July Talk song 'Push + Pull.'[8] D'Arcy engineered parts of July Talk's self-titled debut album, which won a Juno award for alternative album of the year in 2015. In 2016, D'Arcy self-recorded, wrote and produced a collaboration with Hawksley Workman called Tommy Hawkins. The result was a six-song EP called 'Amy.'[9] In 2016, D'Arcy signed a publishing deal with Arts and Crafts records.[10]

Producer/Engineer credits[edit]

Year: Artist: Project: Role: Notes:
2018 The Sheepdogs Changing Colours Engineer/Producer/Mixer 'Hole Where My Heart Should Be' #1 Canadian Rock Radio
2017 Ninja Sex Party Under The Covers Vol. II Engineer Billboard USA No. 1 Independent[11]
2017 Thomas D'Arcy Ollie: The Boy Who Became What He Ate Theme Composer/Performer CBC Kids Television[12]
2017 Rich Aucoin Release Producer/Engineer January 2018
2016 Hannah Georgas This Christmas Producer/Engineer/Mixer Amazon X-Mas Exclusive
2016 Tommy Hawkins Amy Producer/Engineer/Mixer/Writer Collaboration w/ Hawksley Workman[13]
2016 My 90yo Roommate Series Score Composer/Engineer CBC Series[14]
2016 Lanikai EP Writer/Producer/Engineer Second Album in Production[15]
2016 July Talk Touch Additional Production/Arrangements SOCAN No. 1 Song Award (Push + Pull)[16] JUNO Winner Alt Album 2017[17]
2016 Bros Vol. 1 Producer/Engineer/Mixer Theme for CBC Q (Tell Me)[18]
2016 Ninja Sex Party Under The Covers Engineer Billboard USA No. 9 (sales)
2016 Soul Stew Volume III Engineer Soul Covers
2016 TWRP Guardians of the Zone Engineer feat. Ninja Sex Party
2015 AA Wallace In Alpha Zones Engineer Second Album in Production
2015 The Sheepdogs Future Nostalgia Engineer (Back Down) Juno Nomination (Best Rock Album 2016)[19]
2015 TWRP Believe in Your Dreams Producer/Engineer feat. White Hot Guilt
2013 July Talk July Talk Additional Engineer Juno Winner (Best Alt Album 2015)[20]
2013 Still Life Still Mourning Trance Producer Arts & Crafts

Artist discography[edit]

The Carnations[edit]

  • 1997: Superluminal
  • 1998: The Carnations / The Persuasion Split single 7"
  • 1999: A Return to Melody
  • 2000: The Carnations / Nero Split single 7"
  • 2001: The Carnations
  • 2003: In Good Time

Small Sins[edit]

Thomas D'Arcy[edit]

  • 2012: Tribute to the Monks: Bad Habits
  • 2013: What We Want (Thomas D'Arcy Music / MapleMusic Recordings)
  • 2013: The Price You Pay EP
  • 2013: I Wake Up Every Day EP
  • 2014: Songs For A Film That Does Not Exist
  • 2015: Fooled You Twice
  • 2016: Amy (as Tommy Hawkins)


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  2. ^ "All Systems Go! "Thomas D'Arcy" 2002". Archived from the original on 2007-06-08. Retrieved 2007-09-28. 
  3. ^ CBC Comedy (2016-10-03), Mall Walk Cock Block | My 90-Year-Old Roommate, retrieved 2017-01-21 
  4. ^ "Thomas D'Arcy Pays Tribute to the Monks with Members of Sloan, New Pornographers, Change of Heart". Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  5. ^ "BROS – Dine Alone Records". Dine Alone Records. Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  6. ^ Music, Manitoba. "Lanikai". Manitoba Music. Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  7. ^ Q. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Retrieved 2017-01-21.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "SOCAN presents No. 1 Song Awards to July Talk members, Thomas D'Arcy | SOCAN". Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  9. ^ "Tommy Hawkins Amy". Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  10. ^ "A&C Music Publishing". A&C Music Publishing. Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  11. ^ "Taurus Recording Official Facebook". [non-primary source needed]
  12. ^ "Ollie: The Boy Who Became What He Ate THEME". 
  13. ^ "Hawksley Workman and Thomas D'Arcy Premiere Their Debut as Tommy Hawkins". Retrieved 2017-01-22. 
  14. ^ CBC Comedy (2016-10-03), Mall Walk Cock Block | My 90-Year-Old Roommate, retrieved 2017-01-22 
  15. ^ Music, Manitoba. "Lanikai". Manitoba Music. Retrieved 2017-01-22. 
  16. ^ "SOCAN". 
  17. ^ "JUNO Winners/Nominees 2017". 
  18. ^ "The Tom Power era at CBC Radio's Q begins with an intelligent debut". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2017-01-22. 
  19. ^ "Nominees | The JUNO Awards". The JUNO Awards. Retrieved 2017-01-22. 
  20. ^ "Award Winners List" (PDF). 

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