Breach of Trust
Breach of Trust is a Canadian
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 alternative rock
Alternative rock
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 band originally from La Ronge, Saskatchewan
La Ronge, Saskatchewan
La Ronge is a community of about 2,700 people in Northern Saskatchewan, Canada, 250 km north of Prince Albert. There are an additional 2,000 people living in the Lac La Ronge First Nation bordering the town, and another 1,000 people living in the neighbouring community of Air Ronge...

. The band currently consists of vocalist Marty Ballentyne, guitar
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ist Donovan Bruyere, bass guitarist Colin Cheechoo (originally guitarist for the band) and drummer
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 William Aubut. The band's members are all of First Nations
First Nations
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The band was formed in 1994 by the original lineup of Ballentyne, Aubut, bassist Zane Kryzanowsky, and guitarist Darryl Lavallee. In 1995 they independently released a 5 song CD called Dead Issue EP. Lavallee, who briefly left the band in 1995, was not featured on the CD.

In 1997, Lavallee again left the group. He was replaced by Colin 'Cheech' Cheechoo.

They released their debut full length album, Songs for Dying Nations, in 2000. Shows across Canada that summer, a music video for the song "Who Am I?", and rave reviews from online sites such as helped to create a buzz around the band, and major labels began attending shows. In 2001 Breach of Trust signed with EMI
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 and "Songs For Dying Nations" was re released that year in June. The band won three awards at the 2001 Aboriginal Music Awards, including Best Group and Best Rock Album.

While radio never embraced the group, MuchMusic
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, particularly the shows Going Coastal
Going Coastal
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, The New Music
The New Music
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 and Loud, were big supporters of the band, and Breach of Trust performed live in the Much studios on two occasions.

In 2001, the band toured with Amen
Amen (band)
Amen is a hardcore punk-influenced band formed in 1994.The band has an almost constantly rotating lineup, with founder Casey Chaos remaining as the only constant member throughout...

, Flybanger
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, Finger Eleven
Finger Eleven
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, Slurpymundae (later Idle Sons), and Headstrong
Headstrong (band)
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. They played the 3rd stage at Edgefest
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 in Barrie, Ontario
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 on July 1, 2001 alongside Billy Talent
Billy Talent
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 and The Dears
The Dears
-History:The band formed in 1995 and released their first album, End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story, in 2000. Their orchestral, dark pop sound and dramatic live shows cemented The Dears at the foundation of the then-emerging Canadian indie renaissance...


In 2002, bassist Kryzanowsky left the band. Cheechoo followed suit six months later. The band recruited bassist Brent Stutsky and guitarist Dean Zabolotney in 2003, and recorded a new album in the summer. The album was held back from release until 2004 at the request of the band, who were unhappy with some of the mixes. Finally, in November 2004, the album Breach of Trust was released. The band did shows with The Tea Party
The Tea Party
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 around the time of the album's release and the single, "Bad Trip", received some airplay on MuchMusic.

Aside from a handful of shows in 2005, the band has been inactive since shortly after the release of the self titled album. Bassist Stutsky and guitarist Zabolotney left the band during this period.

Breach of Trust will be performing at the 2007 Aboriginal Achievement Awards in Edmonton
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 on March 16. The show will be broadcast on Global
Global Television Network
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 and the APTN
Aboriginal Peoples Television Network
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. Other live performances are planned for 2007, and the band is rumoured to be working on new material.


  • Dead Issue EP (1995)
  • Songs for Dying Nations (2000)
  • Breach of Trust (2004)

See also

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