The Arsenals 100% Kick-Ass Ska, aka The Arsenals, is a Toronto band formed in 1994 by Crash Morgan and his brother James Morgan. They named the band after their London hometown football club. Their first album "STOMP" was signed to MOON SKA Records, New York in 1995. After Crash Morgan's untimely passing while playing drums for Big Sugar in 1996, his family asked Dizzy Minott to keep the band going to honour Crash's memory. The original members included Crash and James Morgan on Lead Vocals, Seri Gee on Keyboards, Matt Ronson on Bass, Darren Edwards on Drums, Michael St. Clair on Guitar and Dizzy Minott on Trombone.
Today, The Arsenals are led by the energetic Dizzy Minott on Trombone with Juno winner Sonia Collymore-Dawes singing lead vocals. The band features a steady rotation of accomplished musicians including, David "Stushie" Jackson (keyboards), Dwight "Duke" Dawes (keyboards), Shane "Shaky J" Forrest (bass or electric guitar), Neil "Nemo" Morris (bass), Tony Barrett (guitar) and the drummers are, Sunray Grennan, Austin Rowe, Neison Hardy and Oniel Fuller. An Arsenals show will often feature a guest performer. Lately, a certain half Jamaican, half Australian vocalist has been entertaining the crowds with his unique style and towering presence. His name is Ra Lion. (They say he's raised on Jerk Kangaroo)
The Music is timeless, the show is entertaining. The Arsenals play the history of Jamaican Music, from authentic Studio One Ska and Rocksteady to classic Reggae. You will be treated to forgotten gems and modern songs played to the ska beat, a term the band calls "Ska-ter-izing" a tune. If you like Skatelites,
Prince Buster, Alton Ellis, Jimmy Cliff and Desmond Dekker to name a few, you will be in for a skanking good time.
The Arsenals have performed with ska legend Derrick Morgan, Toots and the Maytals, Ernie Smith, Ziggy Marley, Third World, The Toasters, The Slackers, War, Ken Boothe, Sugar Minott, Bounty Killer, Skatelites Lord Tanamo and L.U.S.T. plus many more. The band performs regularly in and around Toronto, tours
Canada and the U.S., is booked annually for festivals and frequently play private and corporate events.
Arsenals' latest album, Soopa Ska is available on iTunes
Rat A Get Fat (38 seconds)
Jah Ska (49 seconds)
Hold It Down (35 seconds)
Jump Up Jamaica
(featuring Ernie Smith)
Download Jump Up Jamaica
Rat A Get Fat
Download the free track.
Billie Jean (at Harbourfront)
City News: Rat A Get Fat
Dizzzy's Part-time Job
At Wanda's Pie in the Sky
James Bond Theme (at Sneaky Dee's)