Wildlife (band)

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Background information
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Indie Rock
Years active 2005 (2005)–present
Labels Wax Records
Website wildlifemusic.ca,
Members Dean Povinsky (Vocals)
Derek Bosomworth (Bass)
Dwayne Christie (Drums)
Nick Greaves (Guitar)
Chris Dawe (Keys)
Past members Julia Mensink
Graham Plant
Tim Daugulis

Wildlife are a Canadian indie rock band formed in 2005. The band is currently based in Toronto. The band's debut LP Strike Hard, Young Diamond was favourably received by both Exclaim! and Chart.



Band members Dean Povinsky, Graham Plant and Dwayne Christie are originally from Oshawa, Ontario.[1] Wildlife began as an entity in 2005, when singer/guitarist Povinsky and guitarist Darryl Smith left Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and moved to Glasgow to form and play in a band. The group, also comprising Scottish drummer Peter Kelly and Canadian Billy Holmes, spent time travelling, writing songs, recording and playing small venues around Glasgow. The dark days, rain, and a general homesickness led the members to abandon the project and return to Canada.

Povinsky moved to Toronto with the intention of continuing Wildlife with childhood friend Graham Plant on guitar, drummer Dwayne Christie and Julia Mensink playing synthesizer. The group was rounded out when bassist Derek Bosomworth was procured via a Craigslist advertisement.[citation needed] The band is currently based in Toronto.[2]


The group independently released a self-titled EP in November 2008. Copies were sold at shows and on tours of Ontario and eastern Canada. The recording is currently out of print.

Strike Hard, Young Diamond[edit]

Wildlife released Strike Hard, Young Diamond 16 November 2010 on the Toronto-based independent label Easy Tiger Music.[3] Recorded and mixed in Hamilton, Ontario, their full-length debut was reviewed positively on the Baeble Music website.[4] Critic Jessica Lewis of Exclaim! wrote, "The five songs are bold, full of angst and to the point, but they're also filled with youthful exuberance and affirming righteousness that will be good for a simple pick-me-up."[5] In a favourable review, critic Scott Bryson of Chart suggested that the band's style was like a mix of fellow Canadians Wolf Parade and Born Ruffians.[6]

Wildlife's song "Sea Dreamer" debuted on CBC Radio 3s top 30 charts at No. 28 and rose to No. 4.[7]

Wildlife played the Canadian Music Week festival in 2011.[8]

In an early leak of the Arcade Fire album The Suburbs, some tracks by Wildlife were released along with the leak, replacing "Rococo" by Arcade fire with "Sea Dreamer", among other replacements.

Band members cite their musical influences as including Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, and The Clash.[9]

On the Heart[edit]

Wildlife released "On the Heart" in March 2013 through Wax Records. This album gave the band their first top 10 radio hit with the single "Lightning Tent".

Dead Century[edit]

Wildlife released a single called "Dead Century" in May 2016. The song was premiered live at Lee's Palace during Canadian Music Week 2016.

Band members[edit]

Former Members
  • Julia Mensink – keyboards, (2006–2009)
  • Graham Plant – guitar, (2006–2014)
  • Tim Daugulis – keyboards, (2009–2013)



  • 2008: Wildlife


  • 2010: Strike Hard, Young Diamond,[10] CAN No. 55[11]
  • 2013: On the Heart

2016: Age of Everything

See also[edit]


  1. ^ McGuirk, William (9 April 2010). "Records rock everywhere, but especially at Oshawa landmark". Durham Region News. Oakville: Metroland Durham Region Media Group. durhamregion.com. ISSN 1194-157X. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Tardif, Dominic (31 January 2011). "Retour tardif: Wildlife et Our Book and the Authors" [Late return: Wildlife and Our Book and the Authors]. Voir (in French). Montréal: Communications Voir. voir.ca. ISSN 1921-3530. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Wildlife Artist Page". radio3.cbc.ca. CBC Radio 3. Retrieved 23 March 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ Puglisi, Joe (8 December 2010). "Album Reviews: wildlife strike hard young diamond". baeblemusic.com. New York City: Baeble Music. Retrieved 23 February 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  5. ^ Lewis, Jessica (August 2010). "Reviews > POP & ROCK > Aug 2010 > Wildlife Strike Hard, Young Diamond". Exclaim!. Toronto: 1059434 Ontario Inc. exclaim.ca. ISSN 1207-6600. Retrieved 23 March 2011. 
  6. ^ Bryson, Scott (2 February 2011). "Wildlife — Strike Hard, Young Diamond". Chart. Toronto: Chart Communications. chartattack.com. ISSN 1198-7235. Retrieved 23 March 2011. 
  7. ^ "Podcast - R3-30: Chart 229 - CBC Radio 3: Free music, videos, podcasts & concerts". CBC Radio 3 Top 30 - Chart 229. 
  8. ^ Staff, National Post (10 March 2011). "CMW Questionnaire: Wildlife". National Post. Toronto: Postmedia Network Inc. nationalpost.ca. ISSN 1486-8008. Retrieved 23 March 2011. 
  9. ^ Gillis, Carla (12 August 2010). "Disc review: Wildlife: Strike Hard, Young Diamond". Now. 29 (50). Toronto: Now Communications Inc. www.nowtoronto.com. ISSN 0712-1326. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "Strike hard, young diamond (sound recording) / Wildlife", www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/lac-bac/search/all, Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada, AMICUS No. 38121973, retrieved 23 March 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  11. ^ http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Charts/ALBUMS.html

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