Bill Wood & The Woodies

Canadian folk rock band

Our Story

Bill Wood and the Woodies is what happens when the songs are the main event. When 30 years of songwriting, honed over decades of hard life experiences, meets the craftsmanship of career musicians who don’t know what it means to compromise. Listening to the Woodies, you get the sense that they believe in the power of a really good song, regardless of genre. Those songs come from the soul of Bill Wood, who has lived a lifetime and more since he was a Canadian success story with an 80s’ pop band—perfecting his craft all the while. An industry veteran singer-songwriter and former lead vocalist for Juno-nominees Eye Eye, Wood has perfected his craft over more than three decades. Disillusioned with the music industry’s “star maker machinery,” Wood stepped away from recording and performing in the early 90s to focus on raising his family and making a living. His experiences as a home renovator, woodworker and as a support worker for the community shelter and housing industry have informed and infiltrated his songs. Wood has also had his struggles with addiction—those experiences provide crucial insights and empathy to his volunteer work as coordinator of a drop-in and food bank for marginalized youth, and add depth and a gritty reality to many of his tunes. Throughout all these real-world experiences, he’s been writing songs, performing and recording. Those experiences and a lifetime of songwriting discipline are audible in the depth and power of the Woodies’ original music. Listeners are typically surprised to learn that the Woodies’ tunes are their own—even the newest songs often have the feel of a classic.

Bill Wood profile

Bill Wood

songwriter, vocals and acoustic guitar

Bill Wood is the songwriter and frontman for Bill Wood and The Woodies. He has 30 years of experience in the music industry. Bill is also the former lead vocalist of the Juno-nominated pop band Eye Eye.
Mark Shannon profile

Mark Shannon

bass, vocals, keyboards, producer/engineer

Mark Shannon is a freelance musician, composer and producer who has worked in Toronto since the 1980s. He also owns and operates mStudio.
Chris Bennett profile

Chris Bennett

electric and acoustic guitars, vocals

Guitarist Chris Bennett is known for his tasteful solos and for the subtle colouring he adds to the Woodies musical pallet. His style has been compared to that of Mike Campbell from Tom Petty's band. Chris has produced and played on a wide variety of recordings and is also an avid vintage guitar collector.
Dino Naccarato profile

Dino Naccarato

drums

Drummer Dino Naccarato performs regularly in and around Toronto with a number of musicians including Michael Brennan and George Westerholme.

Latest Singles

Check out our singles, including the new Christmas special I'm Goin Home. In Canada, thousands of workers from all over the country are employed at the Alberta oil sands. A large percentage of these workers are from the Maritimes where jobs are scarce. I'm Goin Home, with its Celtic flavour, touches on this uniquely Canadian reality. Push Ahead, the opening track on our album Oh Look..., is about the spirit of persevering no matter what life throws at you.

I’m Goin Home

Push Ahead

Steal Your Love

November

Albums

Listen to the Woodies' first album, Oh Look..., as well as a live recording.

Videos

Check out our official videos and some live performances.

Upcoming Shows

We play a monthly gig at Graffiti's in Kensington-Chinatown and occasionally at other venues throughout Toronto. We're also psyched to have shows lined up in England.

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Woodies in Oakville

Oakville, ON
The Moonshine Cafe
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8 Jul Friday
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Woodies at Graffiti’s

Toronto, Ontario
Graffiti's Bar and Grill
9:00pm-11:00pm
15 Jul Friday
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Bill Wood solo show

Peterborough, Ontario
The Spill
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11 Aug Thursday
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Woodies at Graffiti’s

Toronto, Ontario
Graffiti's Bar and Grill
9:00pm-11:00pm
19 Aug Friday
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Woodies at Graffiti’s

Toronto, Ontario
Graffiti's Bar and Grill
9:00pm-11:00pm
16 Sep Friday
Poster

Woodies at Graffiti’s

Toronto, Ontario
Graffiti's Bar and Grill
9:00pm-11:00pm
21 Oct Friday
Poster

Woodies at Graffiti’s

Toronto, Ontario
Graffiti's Bar and Grill
9:00pm-11:00pm
18 Nov Friday
Poster

Woodies at Graffiti’s

Toronto, Ontario
Graffiti's Bar and Grill
9:00pm-11:00pm
16 Dec Friday

News

Updates on new music, videos, press coverage including review and more.

Push Ahead video

Video for Push Ahead released

The video for Push Ahead, the opening track on our album Oh Look…, is now on YouTube. The song and video are about the spirit of persevering no matter what life throws at you.

I'm Goin Home article

Woodies release new single

The holidays have passed but you should still check out our special Christmas song, I’m Goin Home. Think of it as a holiday tune with a twist.

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Look out Peterborough!! Heading your way with Mike Biggar and Chris Bennett!! Get ready!! ... See MoreSee Less

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The new record is finished. Just getting it all packaged up! It sounds fantastic!! I love my band!!! Stay tuned!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Woodies Back At Graffiti's!

July 15, 2016, 9:00pm

We're looking forward to getting back to the old homestead. Kensington is alive. Come on out!!

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Bill Wood And The Woodies @ The Moonshine Cafe!!! Special Guest Gordon Shaw

July 8, 2016, 9:00pm

So excited for our first time in this great room! Gordon Shawcross 9 PM and The Woodies sometime before 10. We'll play a couple of sets. It's gonna be great!! Come on out!!

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Hey Bill,

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