Dub Trinity's latest album "Alexandria (and other cautionary tales)" have been featured regularily on CBC Radio One shows Metro Morning, Fresh Air and Here and Now. As well Alexandria has reached the top ten in the charts in Canadian college radio across the country.
Dub Trinity is a high-spirited dub/ska band that brings social consciousness to the dance floor. Their songs blend the styles of Burning Spear, Woody Guthrie and Linton Kwesi Johnson while their music fuses roots dub-reggae and ska with Meters-style funk, and a dash of Fela Kuti's afrobeat and picket line solidarity. Dub Trinity's relationship with political issues has led to collaborations with various community and human rights-based organizations as well as invitations to play a wide variety of festivals, conferences, forums and fund-raisers.
Their present line-up includes: Kirsten Addis (bass and vocals), Jean-Marc Pineau (guitar), Chris Collins (keyboards and vocals), Tom "Hojo" Reader (trombone and vocals), Greg Roy (drums, percussion and vocals) and Rob Wilkes (guitar and vocals). Now in its twelfth year, the Dub Trinity project has accumulated an impressive list of achievements.
Beginning as a 3-piece dub unit, original members Danny Devilo, Beau Dixon and Greg Roy set out to work with singers, songwriters and, dub poets with strong slants toward social, political and musical change. After recording their first EP in July 2001 (a live 4-song set), Dub Trinity began working with dub poets d'bi young, Chet Singh and Afua Cooper. Soon the band would expand to a 4 piece adding Dave Tough on guitar. A steady rotation of creative guitarists would serve time with the Dub Trinity project including Danny Devilo, Dave Tough, Paul Earle, Wyatt Burton and, of course, Rob Wilkes and Jean Marc Pineau.
Within months, another live album came along. "Xperimentin' Dub" is a full-length collaboration with d'bi young, an experiment in improvised drum-and-bass and dub-reggae; 1 part live improvisation, 1 part rehearsed arrangements and all dub. They also contributed to d'bi's "Blood" demo CD in 2003..
Meanwhile, Dub Trinity was also writing music for and touring with Chet Singh, another dub poet whom they "coerced out of retirement". Guitarist Rob Wilkes and Kirsten Addis on bass joined the fold bringing their reggae, ska and funk sensabilities with them. Trombonist Tom "Hojo" Reader also joined the collective around this time. They were invited to play various festivals and forums such as the OPIRG-Carleton IndyMedia Conference, the Toronto Mayworks Festival, the Toronto Irie Music Festival, the Ottawa Urban Music Festival as well as headlining the Peterborough Folk Music Festival twice. In 2004, they produced the critically acclaimed CD titled "Dub Trinity with Chet Singh" to very positive reviews.
Dub Trinity shows often feature collaborations with various poets and their affiliation with the aforementioned members of the newly-formed Dub Poets Collective, coupled with their strong passion and support for the dub poetry genre, led to their work as back-up band for the Dub Poetry Festivals in Toronto in 2004, 2005, and in Peterborough in 2010 . In 2007, Dub Trinity boosted Chet Singh's first solo CD titled "Darkness of Daylight", writing the music for 6 tracks.
In 2006, guitarist Jean-Marc Pineau joined the project bringing some strong ska sensibilities and a couple years later his long time band mate Chris Collins brought his firey vocals and keyboard skills. These two fellas bring with them diversity and songwriting skills. Dub Trinity have been writing and honing new music and songs to continue to add fuel to their live shows.
In 2011 they released their latest CD entitled 'Alexandria (and other cautionary tales)'.
This year, 2012, Alexandria receives considerable airplay nationwide, The Dub Trinity collective have commenced working with poet Greg Frankson AKA Ritallin on new tracks. The Mayworks Toronto Festival has once again asked them to headline the festival opening night with various poets. As well, they are working on a string of new songs for an upcoming Dub Trinity release. No release date set yet, of course, but expect a new groundbreaking Dub Trinity album to be released sometime in 2013.
Dub Trinity continue to support and collaborate with community-based action groups as they sing the demands for equal rights, justice and social change within the whole of community.