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The 2008 birth of MonkeyJunk, the Ottawa, Canada based trio, created an accessible and refreshing blend of swamp-rock roots and blues. In the relatively short time they’ve been performing and recording together, the members of MonkeyJunk have won a collective 20 Maple Blues Awards, two Canadian Independent Music Awards, a Blues Music Award (USA), and have been nominated twice for a JUNO Award, taking home the coveted hardware, that's often called the Canadian Grammy, in 2012.

MonkeyJunk quickly became one of the most popular new bands on the scene. They performed at festivals and packed venues across the country, amassing a large audience of devoted fans, affectionately called “MonkeyJunkies.” In fact, they hit the road for a tour before their debut album Tiger In Your Tank was even released. They are not a fluke, one-off collective, nor are they “ordinary Joes” who decided to start a band. These are three musicians who individually had established careers prior to forming MonkeyJunk.

Steve Marriner, the trio’s vocalist, baritone guitarist, harmonica and organ player, was well known as the ‘go-to’ guy as a producer, sideman and session player. He’s also toured the world performing alongside Harry Manx. Steve is also the consummate musical networker and stage guest having been invited to join many artists in concert such as Randy Bachman, Colin James and Big Sugar.

At the age of nineteen, lead guitarist Tony D performed for three nights in Buddy Guy’s band. In 1982, he opened for Stevie Ray Vaughan. These events helped to propel him into a long-standing career with his own popular project, The Tony D Band. He has also toured with some of this country’s greatest musicians, including the late Dutch Mason.

Before MonkeyJunk, drummer and percussionist Matt Sobb was a very busy session drummer around Ottawa. Over the last 24 years he backed up several regional, national and international artists on stage, touring and in the studio, including Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds), Jeff Healey, Tom Wilson (Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, Junkhouse, Lee Harvey Osmond), The Tony D Band, his brother's band Marty Sobb and The Mobb, among many others.

MonkeyJunk’s fourth release for Stony Plain Records, Moon Turn Red, is sure to further cement the band’s popularity. They are regarded as one of Canada’s heaviest blues rock bands since Big Sugar, their music is passionate and edgy with unfettered delivery.

“With each record we make, we feel like we’re pushing more boundaries. Moon Turn Red is no different. I really think the songs on this album are some of the best we’ve written,” says Marriner. “We explored grooves we’ve never hit on before, and experimented with some new sounds while paying particular attention to the melodic passages of the songs.” With ten scorching tracks varying from straight-up rockers like “Light it Up”, “You”, “Hot Hot Papa”, “Live Another Day”, “Lucky One” and “Travelin’ Light”, the reggae-tinged “Love Attack”, the funky “Show Me Yours”, to the soulful, goose bump inducing love songs “Learn How to Love” and “Meet Me at Midnight.” Moon Turn Red features a guest appearance from legendary Canadian guitarist David Wilcox, who plays guitar and sings on MonkeyJunk’s cover of his classic “Hot Hot Papa.” The track was produced by Colin Cripps of Blue Rodeo. “It was a real thrill for all of us to work with David Wilcox as he is someone we have been a fan of for many years - one of our musical heros”, says Sobb. “We listened to his music growing up, have covered his songs in previous bands and still listen to his records in our van while on tour. He was very generous with his time and talents and it was truly an honour that he was so gracious and genuinely invested in making the track sound great with us. It was great to have Colin on board to produce that song too - his musical sensibility and keen ears really harnessed the best out of all of us!”

Gordie Johnson (of Big Sugar and Grady) also lends his talents to the recording. As Marriner says, “Johnson possesses an acute sensibility for melody and groove, a champion of ‘riff-rock,’ while his role on our record is more supportive than feature, he brought all sorts of vibe to the session that I believe we effectively captured on tape that day.” Tony D adds, “Gordie and I both come out of the blues. We’ve known each other for over twenty five years. It was serendipitous that he happened to be touring in the vicinity of the studio in Almonte, Ontario, and after all these years we finally got a chance to work together!”

Moon Turn Red is not only an outstanding addition to an already impressive body of work and a turning point for MonkeyJunk, it is an example of musical camaraderie and brotherhood; the trio of long-time friends and colleagues just seem to click in a way that is at once natural and otherworldly. Their passion, conviction and dedication to their music is evident with every lick, every beat and every lyric. MonkeyJunk is a reminder to listeners that musicianship, ability and strong song writing always triumph.

Time To Roll

Time To Roll
SPCD 1394
Genre: Blues
Released: 4 November 2016

Time To Roll, MonkeyJunk’s fifth release, showcases deep grooves and soulful original material plus a cover of Albert King’s classic “The Hunter.”

The Ottawa-based trio are Canada’s most acclaimed blues/roots music band and are favourites of Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd); MonkeyJunk has received great support from the syndicated radio program The BluesMobile.

Their sound has been described as a “contemporary blend of swamp R&B, soul boogie and bedroom funk.”

  1. Best Kept Secret (4:31)
  2. Time To Roll (4:01)
  3. See The Sign (3:36)
  4. Blue Lights Go Down (4:27)
  5. Pray For Rain (5:13)
  6. The Hunter (3:35)
  7. Can't Call You Baby (5:39)
  8. Undertaker Blues (3:25)
  9. Gone (3:34)
  10. Fuzzy Poodle (3:09)
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Moon Turn Red

Moon Turn Red
SPCD 1382
Genre: Blues
Released: 25 September 2015

Moon Turn Red is MonkeyJunk's fourth release showcasing deep grooves and soulful original material.
The Ottawa based trio are Canada's most acclaimed blues/roots music band. They are Juno Award winners and have taken home top honours four times at the Maple Blues Awards. MonkeyJunk's touring schedule regularly includes dates in Europe and major festivals across North America.
Guests include David Wilcox in a remake of his hit "Hot Hot Papa" and Gordie Johnson of Big Sugar fame.

Vinyl Now Available! This release is now available on vinyl from your favourite record store or online from amazon.ca.

  1. Light It Up (3:39) Vinyl Side 1, track 1
  2. You (3:49) Vinyl Side 1, track 2
  3. Show Me Yours (4:10) Vinyl Side 1, track 3
  4. Hot Hot Papa (feat. David Wilcox) (4:41) Vinyl Side 1, track 4
  5. Love Attack (4:32) Vinyl Side 1, track 5
  6. Live Another Day (5:02) Vinyl Side 2, track 1
  7. Learn How To Love (5:08) Vinyl Side 2, track 2
  8. Lucky One (3:01) Note: not on vinyl, but included with download card provided
  9. Travelin' Light (4:26) Vinyl Side 2, track 3
  10. Meet Me At Midnight (4:51) Vinyl Side 2, track 4


Gonzo Online
By John Kereiff

"Their passion, conviction and dedication to their music makes itself known in every lick, beat, lyric and solo. Great song writing and intuitive musicianship make this one hell of an album, one of the greats of 2015 in any genre."

Tiger In Your Tank (2014 Reissue)

Tiger In Your Tank (2014 Reissue)
SPCD 1377
Genre: Blues
Released: 29 July 2014
A reissue, with bonus tracks, of MonkeyJunk's first album (2009) previously available on their own Beefy label. Tiger In Your Tank kick started the group's acclaimed international career winning a Blues Award in Memphis as 'Best Artist Debut' and the Canadian Indie Award for 'Blues Album Of The Year'. The album has been remastered and includes two tracks recorded especially for this reissue. The Ottawa based trio are Canada's most acclaimed blues/roots music band. MonkeyJunk's touring schedule regularly includes dates in Europe and major festivals across North America.
  1. I Wanna Put A Tiger In Your Tank (3:08)
  2. Small Time Evil (3:27)
  3. Give Me Time (4:10)
  4. If You Were Mine (3:45)
  5. When Push Comes To Shove (6:07)
  6. Beefy (5:05)
  7. Pay The Cost (4:26)
  8. Boogie Man (5:57)
  9. Leave The Rest To You (4:15)
  10. Blues For Anna (3:37)
  11. Gutsy (5:18)
  12. Lucky One (3:09) (Bonus Track)
  13. Pueblo (4:15) (Bonus Track)

All Frequencies

All Frequencies
SPCD 1366
Genre: Blues
Released: 24 September 2013

"The Sultans of Swamp" - William Shatner

For their second Stony Plain release enjoy catchier choruses, shorter instrumental breaks and a "heavier" sound.

  1. You Make A Mess (3:13)
  2. Right From Wrong (3:35)
  3. Why Are People Like That? (3:57)
  4. Je Nah Say Kwah (2:52)
  5. Sirens In The Night (3:53)
  6. Yearnin' For Yesterday (3:30)
  7. Once Had Wings (5:16)
  8. What I Got To Give (4:20)
  9. Say What? (4:01)
  10. Swank (7:13)


By Mark Uricheck

"Canadian garage/soul trio Monkeyjunk has a sound that falls somewhere indiscriminately between the slop-barrage of Thickfreakness-era Black Keys and the sinuous R&B of the Ohio Players’ Honey....Set apart from the current pack of Hill Country-inspired blues trios by its knack for freewheelin’ soul, Monkeyjunk is an exciting name in an often stagnant niche scene."

To Behold

To Behold
SPCD 1356
Genre: Blues
Released: 21 June 2011
  1. Mother's Crying (Listen to mp3 clip) (04:36)
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  2. You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave) (03:35)
  3. Right Now (04:12)
  4. Let Her Down (04:57)
  5. With These Hands (03:48)
  6. You Don't Know (03:41)
  7. While You Are Mine (06:05)
  8. Running In The Rain (02:44)
  9. All About You (05:04)
  10. The Marrinator (05:11)


Maverick Magazine
By Eric Thom
Their infectious blues-based gumbo features some of the best harmoica, guitar and big-bottomed rhythm you've ever heard.