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Not to be confused with Warsaw Pact.

Warsawpack was a Canadian experimental rap rock group[1] based in Hamilton, Ontario.[1] The band's music fuses hip hop, jazz, dub, groove and rock.[2][3] The band's songs contained mostly politically charged lyrics that critiqued Western consumerism and neo-colonialism.[1][4]


Warsawpack was formed in 1999 by Lee Raback, Scott Rankin, Jaroslav Wassman and Matt Cormier.[5] Rankin later left the band and was replaced by guitarist Ajit Rao, and later members added to the band included tenor saxophonist and flautist Simon Oczkowski, baritone saxophonist Adam Bryant, and turntablist Aaron Sakala.[6]

Following their debut EP Due to Long Foreseen Events, the band signed to G7 Welcoming Committee Records,[7] which released both of the band's full-length albums.[3] The band released Gross Domestic Product in 2003,[8] and their second full-length album Stocks and Bombs in 2004,[9] and performed as part of Canada Music Week that year.[10] In spite of some commercial success,[11] the band broke up later in 2004.

Raback went on to pursue a more conventional hip hop style, releasing his solo debut album Introductory Offer in 2009 under the stage name Lee Reed.[9]

In 2015, the Warsawpack song "Poorboy Blues" was voted one of the top four songs by a Hamilton band in a CBC Hamilton song contest.[12]


  • Due to Long Foreseen Events (2000)
  • Gross Domestic Product (2002)
  • Stocks and Bombs (2003)[13]


  1. ^ a b c "Warsawpack credits rap for lesson"., September 18, 2003.
  2. ^ "Warsawpack Stocks & Bombs (2003)" Punk News, Adam White August 19, 2003
  3. ^ a b "Warsawpack Name Names and Point Fingers". Exclaim!, September 2003.
  4. ^ " A different kind of hip-hop". Hamilton Spectator, Jan 19, 2012 By Graham Rockingham
  5. ^ "Warsawpack". Clamor Magazine, Vol. 18 (Jan/Feb 2003).
  6. ^ "'Pack attack - Hamilton rap/rockers Warsawpack lighten up at Lee's". NOW Toronto, by Sarah Liss January 23, 2003
  7. ^ "Warsawpack Hooks Up With G7 Welcoming Committee". Chart Attack, May 10, 2002
  8. ^ "Rocking Out Is So Hard To Do". Friction Magazine, June.23.2003
  9. ^ a b "Warsawpack’s Lee Raback Becomes Lee Reed"., January 30, 2009.
  10. ^ "Warsawpack Canadian Music Week 2004 March 3 to 6, Toronto ON". Exclaim!, By Neil Haverty Sep 06, 2007
  11. ^ "Indies Now Sway Sales". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.: 66– 3 April 2004. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  12. ^ "Best Hamilton Song: Junkhouse versus Warsawpack". CBC News, By Adam Carter, Feb 25, 2015
  13. ^ "Review: Warsawpack" Modern Fix.