The Johnnys

Portrait of The Johnnys

“When writing the single “ROCK” we took descriptive elements of molten rock and rock'n'roll and applied them to a powerful female force,” says Veronica. “The song is about Mother Earth and how strong she is.”

Veronica Johnny - a First Nations artist of Cree & Dene heritage from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories and a member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation - is the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of The Johnnys, a high-energy rock’n’roll band she founded with drummer and husband Dave Johnny.

In their trademark leather and sunglasses, power duo Veronica and Dave Johnny have blazed trail through the national music scene with their rowdy, rocking anthems – a mix of catchy riffs, cheeky lyrics and up-tempo grooves – since meeting in 2002.


Ancestries: Cree
Languages: English
Genre: Rock

Albums

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Rock [nominated: 2013]
mp3 clipI'm Electric (966.9K, 1:00s)
mp3 clipI'm Lovin Your Heat (954.4K, 1:00s)
mp3 clipChinatown Backpack (971.1K, 1:00s)
mp3 clipRock (984.1K, 1:00s)
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Louder Faster More Fun [nominated: 2011, 2010]
mp3 clipBump in the Night (972.7K, 01:00s)
mp3 clipIt's Better in the Bush (965.2K, 01:00s)
mp3 clipLouder Faster More Fun (694.7K, 00:43s)
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I Like It A Lot [nominated: 2008]
mp3 clipI Like It A Lot (1.4M)
mp3 clipI'm Hot (1.4M)
mp3 clipThousand Eyes (1.4M)

Awards, Nominations & Submissions

2014Single of the YearRockSubmission
2013Best Group or DuoRockNominee
2013Best Rock CDRockNominee
2013Single of the YearRockSubmission
2011Best Rock CDLouder Faster More FunNominee
2011Aboriginal Songwriter of the YearIt's Better in the BushSubmission
2011Single of the YearIt's Better in the BushSubmission
2011Best Producer/EngineerLouder Faster More FunSubmission
2010Best Duo or GroupNominee
2010Best Rock CDLouder Faster More FunSubmission
2008Best New ArtistMissing AlbumNominee
2008Best Duo or GroupNominee
2008Best Rock CDI Like It A LotNominee
2008Best SongwriterSubmission
2008Aboriginal Entertainer of the YearMissing AlbumSubmission
2008Best Group or DuoMissing AlbumSubmission
2008Single of the YearI Like It A LotSubmission
2008Best Producer/EngineerSubmission

Group Members

Veronica Johnny & Dave Johnny

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Biography

PLEASE DISREGARD THE TOUR SCHEDULE/CALENDAR. IT IS NOT ACTIVE ON THIS SITE AND DOES NOT REFLECT THE JOHNNYS TOURING.

“When writing the single “ROCK” we took descriptive elements of molten rock and rock'n'roll and applied them to a powerful female force,” says Veronica. “The song is about Mother Earth and how strong she is.”

Veronica Johnny - a First Nations artist of Cree & Dene heritage from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories and a member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation - is the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of The Johnnys, a high-energy rock’n’roll band she founded with drummer and husband Dave Johnny.

In their trademark leather and sunglasses, power duo Veronica and Dave Johnny have blazed trail through the national music scene with their rowdy, rocking anthems – a mix of catchy riffs, cheeky lyrics and up-tempo grooves – since meeting in 2002.

They’ve played across Canada, been featured on TV and film and shared stages with such music luminaries as Geordie Johnson (Big Sugar), Stevie Salas, Bruce Cockburn, Jonny Lang, Keith Secola, Crystal Shawanda and Kinnie Starr.

The Johnnys brought the house down at the Hard Rock Café in Toronto on April 19th, 2013 with the release of their third album ROCK, which pays tribute to varied musical influences while honouring their connection with the land.

Splitting their time between Toronto and Manitoulin Island, The Johnnys have been influenced by the earthy rhythms of rural living, shaping ideas they want to express regarding culture, politics and the environment.

“It’s inspired us to focus more on natural elements and traditional First Nations cultural themes in our songwriting and lifestyle,” says Veronica, also a traditional hand drummer and singer.

Their two independently released albums (Louder Faster More Fun, 2010 and I Like It A Lot, 2007) have received a combined six nominations for various national music awards.

The Johnnys also facilitate music and inspirational workshops for schools, festivals, organizations and individuals, with particular emphasis on artist promotion, rock music and inspiring creativity and passion for music in youth.

They perform live as both a two-piece act and full band backed by lead guitar and bass based out of Ontario.

“Arbor Live favorites The Johnnys return to the show with a live performance on episode 7 of season 3.” And on the “Best of Arbor Live” episode 13 - Arbor Live TV, 2012 ” “They stay true to their album name Louder Faster More Fun” NXNE review in Xtra! 2011

“... enduring live sets, an incredibly sexy front-woman, and the music that confines you to keep the record playing track after track.” Indie Seen, Echo Weekly, 2011

“Real, rebellious, swaggering rock and roll. Makes you want to #@% or fight. Or #@%. Then fight. Then #*@%again.” Sled Island Festival, 2010

“The Johnnys were clearly a crowd favorite!” GO! Music Festival, 2009

“…it’s The Johnnys that deliver elements of freedom, satire & swagger in their music… you feel a shameless sense of rebellion…” Harmony Rice, Spirit Magazine, 2008

“Just when I thought I’d never get another fix of Ramones rock’n’roll, along came The Johnnys and I knew that the spirit of rock’n’roll wasn’t dead.” Keven Kanten, 2008

“Raging hard out of the Great White North, The Johnnys come at us like a runaway freight train with a sound that has been likened to Joan Jett meets The Donnas…” CD Review by Jamison Mahto, Indigenous in the News, 2007

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