10th anniversary #MJ10 tour dates now announced


We’re so excited to announce our #MJ10 spring 10th anniversary tour dates, we’re jumpin’ for joy!! Some have been announced already, some are sold out already. We can’t wait to see you all! Get your tickets now to avoid disappointment! Info and links are, as always, located on our tour page here.

C’mon, let’s go!!

poster/photo by Scott Doubt Photography​


MonkeyJunkies are THE BEST!!!


Spencer and Trish from the Guelph, ON area stopped in to see our show in Dorchester, NB on their way to Newfoundland and brought us this card and some delicious beverages to enjoy too!! It was very thoughtful of you … thanks so much!! See you again in May!! #MJ10 #timetoroll #junojunk #monkeyjunkies

MATT accepted the Juno Award on behalf of the band


here’s Matt talking to Apple Music backstage at The 2018 Juno Awards right after winning Blues Album of the Year!



We are VERY honoured to announce that we won the award for Blues Album of the Year at this year’s The JUNO Awards !!! Huge thanks goes out to Stony Plain Records, Warner Music Canada, Sarah French Publicity, Record Centre Records, our engineer and co-producer Ken Friesen, Paul Reddick,  Matthew Chaffey, Tom Wilson, Kelly Prescott, Philip Shaw Bova for mastering, #FACTOR #Socan #radiostarmaker CBC Music CKUA Radio Network – thanks to Sean Sisk for photos and to Kate Moss at Moonshine Design …. our friends and especially our families and you, the MonkeyJunkies!!! #junoawards2018

MonkeyJunk Maritime Tour 2018


The 1st dates of our 10th anniversary cross country tour are here. We will be returning to the eastern parts periodically throughout the year. 

It’s Time To Roll again!


We are about to embark on another busy summer touring season!  The festival season is upon us and we’ll be hitting the road hard this summer and fall to bring our music to you, the MonkeyJunkies!  Please head over to the tour page and see when we’ll be coming to your town. We’ll have CDs, vinyl records, tshirts and more in tow with us so be sure to come and say hi and take a bit of us home with you!

Until then . . .



MonkeyJunk Rolls Out New Release ‘Time To Roll’

New Stony Plain Records Album Coming November 4 
Sarah French Publicity
September 23, 2016
Contact: Sarah French (416) 566-4188 | sarah@sarahfrenchpublicity.com
Edmonton, AB – Stony Plain Records announces a November 4th release date for Time To Roll, the fifth album by award-winning Canadian blues/rock trio MonkeyJunk.

Time To Roll is unique in that it incorporates elements of all four of their previous recordings with added maturity in songwriting and instrumentation, cementing MonkeyJunk’s originality and sound as its own. It is also progressive for the band, as they’ve added electric bass on most of the songs. No MonkeyJunk recording to date has included bass, but they felt that it would be a welcome addition to MonkeyJunk’s sound. In another precedent, the band also recorded one acoustic track for the first time on the new album.

Comprised of Steve Marriner on vocals, baritone guitar, bass, harmonica and organ, Tony D on lead guitar, and Matt Sobb on drums, MonkeyJunk is one of the hardest working bands on the scene today, performing at venues festivals around the world for over eight years. Continually pushing boundaries and blurring genre lines, the Ottawa Ontario-based trio has added an edge to their music by incorporating swampy blues & rock with thoughtful and intelligent lyrics.

Time To Roll was recorded at Signal Path Studios in Almonte, Ontario and mixed and mastered in just over two weeks spanning across two months. “The writing and recording process was different on Time to Roll in many aspects.  All of the past records have been made over periods of 6 months to a year – starting and stopping many times over those longer time frames”, says Matt Sobb. “We were only in the studio for about 3 weeks all together and that is BY FAR the fastest and shortest time we’ve ever made a record…but it was intentional to do it that way.  We wanted to push ourselves to work hard and to work efficiently and focused – to see what we could come up with in a shorter period of time.” 

MonkeyJunk has delivered 10 top-notch tracks that are consistent with the quality and passionate delivery they are known for.  Heading back to their blues roots and drawing on inspiration that runs from John Lee Hooker and Lightnin’ Hopkins to J.J. Grey & Mofo and The Meters, Time To Roll showcases deep grooves, fervent vocals and soulful, original material plus a cover of Albert King’s classic “The Hunter.” Time To Roll was co-produced with Ken Friesen, who also doubles as a co-songwriter on select tracks. Tom Wilson (Lee Harvey Osmond/Blackie and The Rodeo Kings/Junkhouse), Stony Plain label-mate Paul Reddick and The Split’s Matthew Chaffey also lent their songwriting talents to the recording. Kelly Prescott once again lends her vocal talents on 2 tracks.
No strangers to awards ceremonies, MonkeyJunk has 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, winning the award for Blues Album of the Year in 2012. Favourites of Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd), MonkeyJunk has received great support from the syndicated radio program The BluesMobile.

Time To Roll Track List
1.    Best Kept Secret  
2.    Time To Roll    
3.    See The Sign    
4.    Blue Lights Go Down    
5.    Pray For Rain    
6.    The Hunter    
7.    Can’t Call You Baby    
8.    Undertaker Blues    
9.    Gone    
10.  Fuzzy Poodle    


NEW MUSIC IS COMING! Time To Roll arrives November 4th


We are proud to announce that MonkeyJunk’s 5th recording Time To Roll arrives Friday Nov 4th!
It was recorded and mixed in just 3 weeks at Almonte, ON’s Signal Path Studio with long time collaborator and co-producer Ken Friesen. It has combined aspects of all 4 previous recordings and the band enlisted lyrical collaborators including Tom Wilson (Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, Lee Harvey Osmond, Junkhouse), Paul Reddick, Matthew Chaffey (The Split) and engineer & co-producer Ken Friesen (The Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo) to complete the songs. The result is a raw snapshot of where the band has been and arrived in 8 and a half years of touring and recording. Kelly Prescott lends backing vocals two tracks otherwise, it’s all Tony. Steve and Matt.  Sample tunes will be posted soon and the band is already playing several of the tracks live – check it out in a town near you!

MOON TURN RED is released today!!


Our 4th album, MOON TURN RED is now available for sale at finest music retailers! Go to your local music retailer for your copy today or buy it online!

Buy it online at Stony Plain Records or on itunes at the following link – http://www.stonyplainrecords.com/Web/artist.asp?id=581#1382

You will also be able to purchase Moon Turn Red at Neat in the Woods​ tomorrow and at our CD release parties next weekend Oct 2/3 at Rainbow Bistro​!

We are very proud of this one, we hope you enjoy the music . . .

Tony, Steve and Matt

MOON TURN RED arrives Sept. 25th!!!


MonkeyJunk Shines on New Stony Plain Records CD, Moon Turn Red, Set for Release on September 25

Album Features a Guest Appearance from Legendary Canadian Guitarist David Wilcox


August 18, 2015
Contact: Sarah French 416-566-4188 | sarah@sarahfrenchpublicity.com
EDMONTON, AB – Stony Plain Records announces a September 25 release date for Moon Turn Red, the new CD from multi-award winning Ottawa-based trio, MonkeyJunk.  Comprised of Steve Marriner (vocals, harmonica, keyboards, baritone guitar), Tony D (lead guitar, background vocals) and Matt Sobb (drums, percussion, background vocals), MonkeyJunk plays an energized mix of swamp blues and funky roots rock ‘n’ roll. Moon Turn Red was produced by the band and Ken Friesen, with additional production on one track by Colin Cripps of Blue Rodeo.
To watch a special EPK about the making of Moon Turn Red, click here: https://youtu.be/1AbyBwIuu_k
On their fourth CD for Stony Plain, MonkeyJunk displays their passionate and edgy roots-based music with an unfettered delivery, and Moon Turn Red is certain to further cement the band’s popularity around the globe. “With each record we make, we feel like we’re pushing more boundaries,” says the group’s Steve Marriner. “Moon Turn Red is no different in that regard. I really think some of the songs on this album are some of the best we’ve written. 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,” he adds.
MonkeyJunk truly shines on the new album, 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;” and soulful, goose bump-inducing love songs, “Learn How to Love” and “Meet Me at Midnight.”
Moon Turn Red also 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.” “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 heroes,” says Matt Sobb. “We listened to his music growing up, have covered his songs in previous bands and still listen to his albums in our van while on tour. He was very generous with his time and talents and it was truly an honor that he was so gracious and genuinely invested in making the track sound great with us.  And it was great to have Colin Cripps onboard to produce that song too – his musical sensibility and keen ears really harnessed the best out of all of us!”
Another coup for the band was having Gordie Johnson (of Big Sugar and Grady fame) lend his talents to the recording. As Marriner states, “He possesses an acute sensibility for melody and groove, a champion of ‘riff-rock’, while his role on our album 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 25 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 are evident with every lick, every beat and every lyric. MonkeyJunk is a reminder to listeners that musicianship, ability and strong song writing will always triumph.
About MonkeyJunk
The 2008 birth of the Ottawa-based band MonkeyJunk came along just when music fans needed them the most. They brought an accessible and refreshing blend of swamp-rock roots and blues to the table and haven’t looked back. 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 in 2012.
Straight out of the gate, MonkeyJunk quickly became one of the most popular new bands on the scene, performing 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 or “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 19, lead guitarist Tony D performed for three nights in Buddy Guy’s band. In 1982, he opened for Stevie Ray Vaughan.  These events helped 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 and has backed up several regional, national and international artists live on stage, touring and in studio over the last 24 years such as Kim Wilson, Jeff Healey, Tom Wilson (Blackie & The Rodeo Kings), The Tony D Band and his brother’s band, Marty Sobb and The Mobb, among many others.
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