Mad Ones with Enchanters

Mad Ones with Enchanters

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The Dakota Tavern

249 Ossington Avenue

Toronto, ON M6J 3A1


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Mad Ones with Enchanters (DOORS 8:30PM)

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- Social distancing is no longer in effect.

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Toronto's Mad Ones return to live in person concerts supporting their fourth full-length album, Last Forever (November 2021). Last Forever is a diverse 10-song collection ranging from raw, punk-infused bangers to hook-laden anthems embellished by strings and horns.

Last Forever was produced by Mad Ones' singer/guitarist Andrew DeVillers, with contributions from By Divine Right's José Contreras, Adam King, HotKid front Woman Shiloh Harrison and is available now through Fortune Stellar Records.

Latest single "Breakdown" is a poem for time and distance and whether or not peace and prosperity are possible amidst chaos. It is a meditation on our proximity to circumstances and our enduring love for those who contribute something powerful in our lives. 'Breakdown' was also one of dearly departed bandmate Adam Balsam's favourite Mad Ones songs.

The new album sprouted during the extensive touring Mad Ones completed in support of their previous album, 2017’s Regretless (which featured guest appearances from members of The Sadies and Constantines) and continued right up until the 2020 pandemic lockdown, most notably accompanying Rusty on the late-2019 “Dogs Of Eastern Canada Tour” as well as dates with Canadian Punk legends Teenage Head.

Joining longtime bassist/vocalist Russ Fernandes and Mad Ones’ founder vocalist/ guitarist DeVillers is drummer/vocalist Jesse L. Bellon, who have begun work on new material for Mad Ones 5th LP and will continue to support “Last Forever” throughout 2022 on Canadian and European dates.


Mad Ones have performed at CMW, Sled Island, Steamwhistle Craft Beer Festival, SXSW, M For Montreal and NXNE, snagged support slots for The OBGMs, The Dirty Nil, PUP, The Growlers, Dilly Dally, By Divine Right, Pack A.D., The Thermals, HotKid, PS I Love You, Bash & Pop (Tommy Stinson of The Replacements), and many others.

“A bit of Big Star by way of The Replacements make it a fun listen. Regretless is like a jukebox filled with double A-side singles, with songs that sound familiar after hearing them just once. No pretense, no posing, but good time music about feeling bad.” 
- Here Comes The Flood

“Crunchy, garage-tinged rock'n'roll right. There are a growing number of pretension-free bands like this in Toronto — a positive sign amongst a sea of over-earnest, self-serious indie rockers — and Mad Ones are slowly climbing to the top of that heap.” 
- Exclaim!

“Full of piss and vinegar, pure heart and soul. Give it up for Mad Ones!” -Tommy Stinson (The Replacements)

Poster artwork by Greg Maxwell (IG: @theuglyvision)


Enchanters are a Toronto power trio that play a heavy mix of garage punk and freakbeat with a touch of trash-can glam. Led by the high-kicking, fast-talking guitarist and vocalist Classy Craig Daniels of The Leather Uppers, the focus is on high-energy rockers with chants, thunderous beats and good ol’ fashioned guitar solos. Filled out with fellow veteran Ter from City Sweethearts on drums and relative newcomer Derek B of the Do Nothings on bass, Enchanters get right down to business with no delay on both stage and record. Built on a solid foundation of great riffs, pounding drums and monstrous, punchy basslines, Enchanters always keep it as fun and catchy as they do intense and fuzzy.

Inspired by The Stooges, Nuggets/Pebbles comps, The Attack, The Nerves, The Damned as well as multitudes of other proto-primitive punk and fuzz rock, Enchanters combine all these 60’s and 70’s influences into one potent witches brew. Whether singing the praises of “High Heel Roller Skates” in the feel-good party anthem of the same name or of 70’s wild cross-border Buffalo TV viewing in “Firetruck”, or the S/M love affair of “Torture Chamber”, the song topics are neither cliché or boring.

Active since October 2018, the current line-up have lit up the stage with Danko Jones, Ian Blurton’s Future Now, Boston’s The Monsieurs and thrilled the sold-out crowd at International DJ Jonathan Toubin’s Soul Clap dance party.

With an riveting live show that can win over any crowd, a sharp sense of fashion and 7” vinyl releases out on Toronto’s Trophy Records and Winnipeg’s Transistor 66 labels, Enchanters are determined to cast a spell on as many rockers as possible.

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