So folks here we are!! Off touring Eastern Canada in support of the new EP, “Telepathic Voices”. You can stream it on bandcamp here:  http://danylaj.bandcamp.com/album/telepathic-voices

During our two months in Montreal, we decided to record an EP and make that “Telepathic Voices”, instead of the unreleased record that we finished earlier this year.  Although we love that record, the move to Montreal (as you well know, if you follow this blog) was a very spontaneous one, and we really wanted to capture the impromptu spirit and excitement of our new living situation. With help from Dominic Lafontaine and Ben Leggett, it all became possible. Make sure to familiarise yourself with the ‘Shows’ section of this site so you can check out our time capsule in a city near you!

The Telepathic Voices tour officially started last week, and it’s been nothing but fun so far. We joined forces with our friends Previous Tenants last Thursday in Oshawa; they’re a wicked pop-punk band from East Vancouver who just wrapped up their cross-Canada tour.  Rather fitting that they’d be the ones to start us up in style, since they sent us off in style from the Barfly at our last residence date the previous Sunday.  Check out their bandcamp here:  http://previoustenants.bandcamp.com/

The next day saw us off to the great white North, my hometown of Kirkland Lake, Ontario, for a one-two punch Friday and Saturday at KL’s one and only watering hole, the Bellevue Tavern.  It was really nice to see lots of familiar faces, and plenty of new ones, too!

We’re taking a few days of well-deserved rest this week in preparation of heading east, and also gearing up for our release parties in North Bay this weekend (with Holly Cunningham on Friday, and B.A. Johnston and Todd Gallant on Saturday), and the Dakota Tavern (Thursday the 15th, with Rad Habits and Pow-Wows).  Check the tour schedule for the rest of the east coast dates, but one quick note to those of you in Sudbury:  you asked for it, and you got it – a release party has been added at The Townehouse Tavern on Thursday December 6th!

So many awesome shows coming up, and we’re really looking forward to seeing you all there.


Pleased to meet you.

So here we are in Montreal. After a three day venture in the timber-filled Canadian Shield setting of Northern Ontario; Sudbury, North Bay, you were a lot of fun. After wheeling ourselves out of Ontario North we had to make a stopover in Toronto to say goodbye to what was our favorite record store in the city, Hits & Misses. Pete, you are not only an expert in your field, you are also an outstanding individual and a good friend. I know that my counterparts in the Looks share the same thoughts about you. We wish you good luck in your future endeavors and are looking forward to seeing you again in the very near future. In comes the week of new beginnings. We start Monday night at the Barfly, Jeanette and I trying to give our heads a shake. To think about it, two and a half weeks ago we had no clue we were gonna end up in Montreal. “Couple blondes, Ted, couple Jamesons, thanks, Ted.”  To think of it, though, so far we’ve met very wonderful people here. Everyone has been very welcoming. In our, I guess, somewhat steadfast manner we set up a Sunday residency at the Barfly, which happens to be up the street and around the corner from where we are living. (5 – 10 minute walk..!) Perfect for a home away from home, and very natural for us to take a residency there.  Montreal, we are pleased to meet you.  Make sure to check the shows section!! Dates added every couple of days!! New sunday residency at Barfly in Montreal! See ya soon!! – El Lajolinski



On the very sunny Wednesday of August 22nd 2012, while perhaps in a hungover state of personal apocalypse, subsequent to last night’s gig at The Dakota Tavern, I look at Jeanette and ask, “Want to go to Graffiti’s for a beer?” She smirks and says yes. So we do. In we come. We sit at the bar and order a couple sodas. Sean (who, for some reason, is bartending, instead of being on the field with the Marlies) gladly grants our wishes. While drinking our cold tasties, I see a man come out of the sun entering the dark atmosphere of the bar in question.  I greet him with a “How are ya?”  “Good,” he says, and takes his shades off. It’s the one and only Geoff Marshall. Geoff lets us know that he has his place up for sublet in Montreal for September and October.  So, here we are – after a week-end of heading up to Magnetawan to play Lorussopalooza and doing a super fun Rezillo’s stint for the Sid’s Kids Residency at The Painted Lady, we’re headed to Montreal. I’ve been known to move a bit. I’ve done years in North Bay and Sudbury, went back to my home town of Kirkland Lake twice, even had a bit of time in Ottawa. I guess one can say that during my still young 16-year career as a musician I’ve been somewhat nomadic. I’ve found a band that is willing to take the fall with me, and can only be grateful of having Jeanette Dowling and Vassil Mester as my rhythm section. I thank the Looks so much for being able to do this with me on such short notice.  So, as it stands now, Telepathic Voices comes out on November 15th 2012 on Boppa Do Down Records, and we take residence in Montreal for two months. You’ll probably find us at Barfly in Montreal. We’ll be having our “Double Launch” party at The Magpie on Sunday, September 2nd. I say “Double Launch” cause it’s the re-launch party for the Magpie, and our launch into Montreal. They say it’s their customer appreciation day, we say It’s the Dany Laj and The Looks appreciation day. Beers between  7pm and 9pm (NO SHIT!), then we rock three sets of power pop. Link for the party is here: http://www.facebook.com/events/510535048972429/

I will be posting pics and a video from the weekend taken by Jeanette Dowling and Henry Martinuk. The Video also by Henry.  Oh, and before you go, check out Geoff Marshall’s music at http://marshallcountry.com/

Check out the show dates in the shows section. Plenty of  them!! Click on the pictures for a description.


Telepathic Voices

Hey Masses, how are ya? I am writing you to let you know that we are indeed moving forward with everything. Here’s how things are going:  we are in the middle of getting what is now called Dany Laj and the Looks’  Telepathic Voices out on cd and tape.  Boppa Do Down Records is taking the heat for it. We are booking an east coast Canadian tour to honour their efforts. If you haven’t caught us yet we have plenty of shows coming up in a city/town near you! We are also very happy to announce that we are going to be part of the Pitter Patter Festival this year; thanks to Mr. Keith Hamilton for that!  I would also like to take this opportunity to apologise about the website being down for the last couple of days (I’m still new at this stuff). Glad that you’re back here again! Check out the show dates – lots of them, and lots of merchandise available at the shows!

See ya there!

– El Lajolinski


The combination of mini things may have jumbo result.

Lots of mini excitements have been keeping us high lately. We’ve landed roles and performances in a new film directed by John L’Ecuyer that will also feature music from Chang a Lang (Jeanette’s Band). The  new Dany Laj record is well on it’s way, I’ll keep ya’s posted when we have a firm date for that. Vassil is now fully in the mix as the Looks’ drummer. He played his first show with us on June 27th at Crawford. The more we play with him the more we start to realise how great he is for the band.  His Looks suit is breakin in nicely. We also had the opportunity to play a private party at the Great Hall in honour of friend Jeff Crews’ birthday. Me and Jeanette also had double duty as we were invited to be the singers for a set of songs by The Rezillos. It ruled. So much fun. It was nice to finally get to play with legendary drummer Cleave Anderson. For the time being I will leave you with posters for the shows we have coming up in Port Dalhousie (Kerouacs albulm release), and our show at The Dakota Tavern (The Reply, Ryan Mckinley).  Check out our friend/photographer Jack Martin’s site www.sevres-babylone.com.  He’s got some great rock ‘n roll photography from all over. Remember to check the shows section for upcoming parties.  See ya soon. Keep on truckin.

– El Lajolinski


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Hey Folks!! Just finished some fun gigs in Oshawa, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal!!

Glad NXNE is over. Ready to crack at it some more. We have enrolled a new drummer, his name is Vassil Mester. Sean was simply too tall for the job. In all reality, the Toronto Marlies offered him more money to be their first baseman.  Go figure. I’d like to thank him for his excellent work with the Looks. He will be featured on the new record coming up. Also thanks to Jake Torrie the pizza eating “extraordinaire”  for helping us on drums during the transition. Under this post I’m posting a photo collection of recent pictures documented by the lovely Jeanette Dowling during our fantastic adventures we just had with The Above, Half Measures, Shotgun Wedding Band, Ultimatemost High, and The Jimmy Riggers. Remember to keep checking the shows section and check out the yellow show poster for our show coming up on June 30th at the fabulous 3030 Dundas west. *pictures with Jeanette in them have been taken by someone else.  Stay Cool. – El Lajolinski







Summer is going just great! We just finished a great three day trip with our friends The Above from New York. We had a a blast and had a chance to share a  stage with a stellar garage band for three nights. Much Love to them.  Jake Torie (Chang a Lang, Parks and Rec)  played drums for this little tour and what a great performance he did under such a short notice. On another note Jeanette is kicking some serious ass on the bass and vocals. As of now keep checking in for more show updates as the calendar keeps getting filled. We are playing in Oshawa on June 2nd with our friends The Ultimate Most High. The week after that we are back in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal supporting our pals The Shotgun Wedding Band. We are now also starting to plan our first american tour with the forthcoming release of “Making Exceptions”. The first Dany laj and the Looks lp. We are planning on making this all happen in the fall. Oh and the picture of me holding “Look” records was taken by Jeanette at Record Centre in Ottawa while shopping for records. Great Shop! If you get a chance to speak to John the owner he may be able to show you some real nice gems. Keep checking the shows section to see us live!!  P.S. Check out Jake and Jeanette at the Garrison on Thursday as they are playing there with Chang A Lang. Word. – El Lajolinski







Finally! We are now done with the recording. It’s being sent all over the place!! Things are just getting more exciting for the Looks’ summer up ahead!! Shows and places to be!! Get yourselves ready for “Making Exceptions” in the fall, that’ll be the first as Dany Laj and the Looks. While we were waiting for the whole process we went ahead and did a live recording session at Crawford St Studio. The idea of this mini document was to capture how we sound live. These sessions will be forever be known as the “Chamberlain Sessions”. We did two tracks that will be featured on the new record; “I Know You Want Out” and “Killing The Pleasure”. From these sessions we also did a very new track called “Mr. Rebound”. It was tons of fun but also nerve racking to have these camera’s filming us doing what we normally do in shed or on a stage where we jam.  Thanks to Ian Gomez, James Hayward, Martin Von Tours and Denis Chouinard for making this happen!!  Check the shows section to see us live!! The mini document above!! Click Play!! subir el volumen a diez!!!  (turn volume up to 10!!) – El Lajolinski





Alrightos amigos! A couple of months have gone by!! We had some very fun and exciting shows in northern and south east of Ontario and Quebec. Where we already made some really good friends to say the least.  The year is just starting folks, me and the Looks have have quite the agenda for you!! The new record is now all tracked!! In the mixing and mastering stage. Jeanette is fitting right in. Me and Sean had a moment at band practice the other night when we both realized that it’s been already 3 years since we started playing together. Yeah we have touring plans just up ahead and not to forget a full new record, videos, merchandise and all that fun fan stuff.  Stay Tuned. Very Tuned. – El Lajolinski










So here we are in 2012! This year is my sweet sixteen, which to me means I’ve been an active musician for 16 years. Me and the Looks have been working hard on completing the next full length at Magnetic studios with Dan Beeson under the tentative working title of “Making Exceptions”. This didn’t go without changes to be made in the Looks camp. Christian has left the band to pursue a career with the CBC in Calgary. I was sad when I heard the news, but under the same breath I was also very happy for him. I know that he’ll be part of great musical projects in the future. He’s a great guy and fun to play in a band with. Sean for some reason is still in the band. I love his chops, I even overheard him saying that he likes my songs a couple times. Go figure. At this point I must take the opportunity to introduce you to miss Jeanette Dowling (of Toronto’s Power Pop sensation “CHANG A LANG”). Jeanette has taking on the role of bass and backups with the Looks. Jeanette and Sean will be taking on the vigorous task of making me sound good. Check out the shows section for our upcoming shows in Sudbury, North Bay, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto. On February 11th CBC’s  “Bandwidth” (with Amanda Putz!) …will be airing a section of their show on me! Check your local listings for that one.   I will leave you with a new picture of the revised  version of the Looks that I’m so excited about! For the record, the one that doesn’t look good in the picture is me. See ya at the next show!


Photo by: Jack Martin




Welcome to Danylaj.com!!

2011 was a wonderful year for me and my music.  I’ve had the chance to play for some wonderful people, in all parts of the eastern arm of this country.  The Looks have been keeping me in just the right shape. We have an animation video coming out for “the match”, a couple 7″s and a full length coming out  in the new year. That my friends is why we’ve been working on 21 tracks at Magnetic studios in Guelph ON.

We do have some shows to hold you over till then. Find them in the shows section. Also you can order “the Match” from the store section. You can also purchase it digitally by clicking on the Bandcamp logo! (BC) Enjoy the live video below! More news ahead!! I Have to get back to my hacking. The man, the minute, the hour.   – Dany Laj



Dany Laj – The Match

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