New Track | Take What You Need

Here’s a track called “Take What You Need” from our new album coming out next spring.

Pre- order Avalanche on Pledge Music.

Part of the proceeds will go to ArtsCan Circle. A Toronto based charity that connects creative artists with indigenous youth in remote Canadian communities.

Written by David Engle and Julian Taylor
Backing Vocals: Laurel Tubman, Karen Scovell, Teena Riley and Sharon Riley
Bass: Steve Pelletier
B3 Organ: Derek Giberson
Drums and Tamborine: Jeremy Elliott
Clavinet and Rhodes: David Engle
Guitar: Gareth D Parry
Vocals and Guitar: Julian Taylor
Congas: David Goncalves Gouveia
Space Echo Synth: Dave Engle and Derek Giberson
Mixed by Tim Abraham
Engineered by Jeremy Darby and Julian Decorte
Mastered by Chris Gehringer at Sterling Sound
Executive Producer by Julian Taylor
Recorded at Canterbury Sound and Soleil Studios
Artwork by SBAM


Pulling at my heartstrings like a marionette.
Now I remember what it is that I forget.
It’s how to live and use my own head she said
To learn what it means to be alive from the dead

Take What You Need And Leave The Rest Behind

Conformity is rewarded
I don’t need a disclaimer to tell you how I feel
That’s how the old story goes
When we live to feed our own egos

Take What You Need And Leave The Rest Behind
Take What You Need And Leave The Rest Behind

We used to light candles and sit in the dark.
Stare into the fire and watch the ambers spark
Talk about peaks, valleys and such great heights
Talk about the great depression, war and the civil rights.

Hold On, Hold On
Keep holding on. Don’t let go
All is not lost. Don’t let go
Throw it back and the seed will grow
She’s says my favourite colour is yellow but I’m brave
little girl.
Stronger then a thousand men. I stay alive when nobody says I can

There is no home where the buffalo used to roamed
It’s been excavated by oil drum syndrome
Hand me down my silver trumpet
Man, we should have left the land the way we found it

Take What You Need And Leave The Rest Behind
Take What You Need And Leave The Rest Behind

One giant step forward never seems to lasts.
So accustomed to blaming others for the past.
Our signals crash, police and thieves clash
One more person beat down for their gender or class.

Take What You Need And Leave The Rest Behind
Take What You Need And Leave The Rest Behind
Take What You Need And Leave The Rest Behind
Take What You Need And Leave The Rest Behind

Regarding the lockout of IATSE Local 58 by Exhibition Place

As you may be aware, Local 58 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees has been locked out by the Board of Exhibition Place.
‘IATSE’ provides skilled labour and technical services – they are the people who work backstage to make concerts happen. You may not be familiar with the union, but if you’ve been to a concert, you’ve likely benefitted from their experience and hard work. We consider members of IATSE to be part of our crew.
The men and women of IATSE Local 58 have been without a contract since December 2017, and are seeking to negotiate a new one with the board of Exhibition Place, which is a City Of Toronto property, who has locked them out. The members are picketing, and if you visit the CNE this year, you are likely to see one of the picket lines.
We stand with the members of Local 58 in their aim to sign a new contract that respects their history, their skills and their dedication to providing world-class technical services.
This spring, we were invited to perform at the Exhibition Place Bandshell during the Canadian National Exhibition. Once the lockout was announced, we explored our options. Refusing to cross the picket lines exposes us to potential legal & financial consequences from which we are frankly not in a position to respond. Our contract is with the CNE, not with Exhibition Place.
This is an unfortunate situation for everyone. This is not a conflict of our creation, and we are now faced with crossing a picket line when we support the members of Local 58 and their goals.
We will perform on Sunday, as scheduled. But we will make a point of visiting the locked out members on the picket line to express our support in person.
 This is an important issue, and we are in a difficult position. We hope that you understand.

Mid-Summer Update


This summer has been a blast so far – shows in Burnstown, ON, Whitecourt, AB, Québec City, Ottawa (Twice!) Gatineau, QC and Timmins, ON are in the books. We met a tonne of awesome people and a big thanks to everyone who came out to see the shows.


We released the single ‘Sweeter’ on June 22nd with an accompanying video that Allan Cross describes as ‘a great postcard from the road.’ Please take a look and a listen!


There are two band shows coming up this month – Saturday August 18th at Paris Drinks Fest in Paris, ON and Sunday August 19th in Toronto, ON at the CNE supporting our friends in Marianas Trench.  On September 7th we play at Skookum Festival in Vancouver.


The new album is mixed, mastered and titled ‘Avalanche’ – and we’ll be sharing release news here in the very near future. In the meantime, please join our Pledge Music Campaign! It’s a chance to support the new release and be part of this next chapter for the band. Your support is what keeps the wheels turning – and we’re grateful. You can check out the Pledge Music Campaign here.



Julian Taylor Band Summer Tour 2018

Summer is here and that means that the JTB is heading out across our beautiful country to play!

Here are the dates!


Julian Taylor - Springtide Music Festival

Julian will be performing a solo acoustic set this and participating in a songwriting workshop this Saturday in Uxbridge, Ontario as part of the Springtide Music Festival.

For more information, click here.

That sound you hear are the rumblings of summer festival season waking up from a longer winter’s nap.

SKOOKUMl has announced daily pass sales and the lineup for each day of the festival September 7-9.

The JTB performs on Friday September 7th with Arkells, Dear Rouge, Matt Mays and lots of other great bands. To buy a day pass, click here.

Julian Taylor Band - Skookum Festival

CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENT: Festival d’été de Québec July 12 & 13

Julian Taylor Band - Festival d'ete de Quebec

The band’s performance at the Place d’Youville stage at the Festival d’été de Québec was a highlight of the 2017 summer tour. The Julian Taylor Band will be returning for not one but two shows at this year’s festival.

You can see the band at District Saint-Joseph on Thursday July 12 and Friday July 13 at 10pm. Admission is free with a festival pass or $10 at the door. Ticket info can be found in the tourdates section or by clicking here.

This year’s festival lineup is truly mind-blowing.

Festival d'ete de Quebec - Julian Taylor Band