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Billy Talent is a Juno Award-winning Canadian rock band formed in 1993. They performed and recorded together for about a decade before finding a wide mainstream following. Originally called Pezz, the group originates from Streetsville, in Mississauga, Ontario, but now hail from Toronto, Ontario.
The name is inspired by a character named "Billy Tallent" in the 1993 book "Hard Core Logo" by Michael Turner (filmed in 1996) and it has been the name of the band since 2001, after a dispute with the American Pezz. Read more on Last.fm
Back in 2003 the four of us accomplished the dream. We released our first major label record and had been doing a ton of touring in Canada. We got the call to be main support in the US for the #buzzcocks. We jumped in the van and did our first tour of America opening for one of the most legendary punk bands on the planet. We learned a ton from those guys. Today would have been Pete Shelley’s birthday. We were sad to hear of his passing late last year. Happy Birthday Pete! We will always have your music. We hope you’re playing music wherever you are in the universe. #peteshelley
Apr 12, 2019
Thank you to the guitarwrist for this opportunity!
Apr 12, 2019
Here is an amazing piano cover of #CureForTheEnemy by IMystii. Go follow her on youtube. She has some other incredible covers and she doesn't use sheet music. Played by ear! #BTFANtasticFriday
Apr 11, 2019
Let’s do this! Go Leafs Go!
Toronto Maple Leafs
Apr 10, 2019
Just sharing a little skate video that Ryan Sheckler made back in 2007.
Apr 05, 2019
We see a ton of really great covers coming from you guys. We want to start recognizing these and sharing them with you all... here’s the first one! #VikingDeathMarch #BTFANtasticFriday
Apr 04, 2019
Remembering that time we played Festival d'été de Québec and we got a big surprise the following day. #TBT
Mar 28, 2019
Jonny laying down Voices of Violence at The Factory in Vancouver, 2003. #tbt
Well that 3 hours flew by like it was only 180 minutes! Thank you, Julie Nesrallah, The JUNO Awards & CARAS.
Mar 14, 2019
Always take good advice! Thanks to Tom Power and Jessi Cruickshank - Ben
Mar 14, 2019
What to expect? A great night! - Ben
Mar 14, 2019
Mar 08, 2019
To all of the amazing strong women on the planet. Happy International Womens Day. We love you. We hear you. We stand with you. Equal Pay...Equal Everything #internationalwomensday
Mar 05, 2019
As you all know, we have an undying love for music and more specifically, Canadian music. That is why I am beyond excited to announce that I will be hosting this year's JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards on Saturday, March 16th in London, Ontario. I hope they realize what they've gotten themselves into! - Ben
Feb 05, 2019
The Dirty Nil
Jan 30, 2019
I am heading up to Prince Edward County this weekend to be part of The Drake Hotel Barn Burner! All money and proceeds raised go to Community Food Centres Canada. A fun event for a great cause. More info below! - Ben
Dec 20, 2018
As this year comes to an end we just wanted to take a second to say thank you. Thank you so much for being part of the TOronto TOgether show. It was one of the most magical, moving and memorable nights of our lives and one that we'll never forget. We are truly blessed to be part of a community filled with, not only the best artists and musicians in the world, but the most kind and compassionate and selfless and caring people we've ever met.
Thank you for inspiring us and for filling peoples hearts when they needed it most.
Dec 08, 2018
A HUGE thank you to our amazing fans and Spotify for 100 million streams. That’s a wrap 2018! #2018ArtistWrapped
Dec 06, 2018
The very first tour of the US that we ever did was opening for The Buzzcocks in 2003. We were terrified. These were legends and seminal and integral in the punk rock world and our sound but we learned quite quickly that above and beyond all that, they were kind and generous and accepting of these 4 kids who were green and not well versed in the art of touring. It was a hard tour in a lot of ways as it's always hard going on before icons as the crowd wasn't really keen on giving the opening band a lot of love but we endured and learned a lot about the art of being the opening band. We took away so much from that tour and still reference it to this day. We had a ton of laughs and have a ton of stories and a ton of amazing memories and It's safe to say that we are forever indebted to them and wouldn't be the same band without that tour and their music. The only way for us to show our respect and to thank them was to cover one of their songs which we did years afterwards. We want to send our love and condolences to the band and to their families. Rest in peace Pete Shelley and thank you for being so kind to us and showing us the ropes and for the songs that we'll listen to forever.
Dec 01, 2018
Our long-time photographer, Dustin Rabin, has some great shots of us and others that he’s selling online for one week only. If you’re interested, check them out here: bit.ly/drprints #8x10sale
We support MusiCounts and want to encourage you to give back this holiday season and put instruments into the hands of kids who need them most. For every donation made, MusiCounts will send a paper ornament and holiday card to a recipient of your choice! Happy holidays! https://www.musicounts.ca/donate/