The Daybreak

The Daybreak


The Daybreak is a Toronto-based rock band inspired largely by British music of the last 20 years, yet with enough musical diversity to make quick comparisons difficult. The band has achieved success on national radio and has played with The Music, The Killers, stellastarr* & Maroon 5, among others.


The Daybreak was born in November 2001, when Mike Dawson (Drums), Rob Domagala (Guitar), and Sumon Mukherjee (Vocals, Guitar) began writing and rehearsing their own, all-original music. The lineup was solidified with the addition of Pat Bramm on bass in March 2003 and the band began an impressive rise within the Toronto music scene. Drawing influence from a diverse group of musical sources, including Radiohead, The Beatles, The Smashing Pumpkins and The Verve the sound of the band is engagingly familiar, a little different, but always unique. Following the June 2004 departure of Rob Domagala the group was pleased to add the talents of James Bastable, an accomplished local guitar player, as his replacement.

The Daybreak has performed extensively, drawing strong crowds at many of Toronto’s top clubs. The band has played such venues as the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, Lee's Palace, The Mod Club Theatre, and The El Mocambo. The early buzz generated by the band was illustrated when House of Blues Productions asked The Daybreak to open a sold-out showcase for English phenomenons The Music, even though the band had only performed live six times prior to the show. The band performed spectacularly, and solidified their growing reputation as one of Toronto’s most promising buzz bands.

Since then the band has shared the stage with Maroon 5, Gavin DeGraw and Mono as part of 102.1 The Edge's "Nu Music Night" - The Daybreak was happy to close the show and be the lone indie act on this major-label bill. The band has also performed alongside Sweden's The Sounds and America's Vue at another House of Blues event, showcased at the 2003 North By North-East Festival and headlined both the 102.1 The Edge Showcase at the 2004 North By North-East Festival and the MapleNationWide Showcase at North By North-East 2005. The Daybreak also performed as part of a Universal Music Showcase at the Mod Club Theatre alongside The Killers and stellastarr*. The band has released two E.P.’s - 2003’s "Everything In-Between" and, more recently, "these lines in your eyes" in April 2005, and has finishing work on their first music video, released in July of 2005. The band is also making plans for their first UK Tour, to take place in early 2006.

The Daybreak has achieved significant success on national radio, having been featured and interviewed on Canada's biggest alternative rock radio station, 102.1 The Edge, among others. Indeed, the band was very pleased to be the station's 'New Rock Preview' twice: shortly before their April 6th, 2004 show and again over the April 24th weekend. The Daybreak was very happy to have twice been given such a prestigious honour, one which very few independent bands receive. The band was also featured on The Edge's "Next Big Thing" special, alongside Pilate and The Killers, and have performed twice as part of the Steamwhistle Indie Club, live at 102.1 The Edge.

The band has also proven itself in competitive circles, finishing second in the semi-finals of the Emergenza Festival. Having caught the eye of several of the event's organizers, The Daybreak was dubbed one of Emergenza's "Bands to Watch For". Just as the band caught the eye of Emergenza, The Daybreak has not gone unnoticed by the music press: reviews of the group have been favourable. Scene and Heard’s Andrew Horan wrote that the band’s music “sits comfortably alongside releases by fellow Canuck anglophiles Pilate, The Dears and The Stills” and pointed out that the new EP "only adds to the strong buzz that's presently surrounding [the band], and solidifies The Daybreak on the list of local bands to watch"; The Strand observed that the band “[leads] the Brit-Pop scene in Toronto”; Chart Magazine wrote that The Daybreak is “moving to something good”; The Varsity noted that the band is “well on their way to a breakthrough”; and Toronto paper, The Mike remarked: "finally Canada can boast about an epic band, hard on melody and groove and with all the attitude and songs to boot."

This Is The Daybreak.


"these lines in your eyes" - 6 song EP released in April 2005

"Everything In-Between" - 5 song EP released August 2003

"Twice As High As The Sun/Hindsight" Promo EP - released April 2004

Songs featured on Commercial radio include: "April Flowers", "Say Anything", "Twice As High As The Sun"

Set List

The Daybreak does not perform covers. Typically our sets are between 6 and 10 songs and approxiamately 40 - 50 minutes in length. Our set changes with every show but almost always includes "When I Need You The Most", "88", "Shuffle", "Twice As High As The Sun", "Miss California" and "Don't Be Long".