THE TEA PARTY - a journey through 30 years band history
pre 1990: First bands Each member of The Tea Party previously played together in a range of bands during their teenage years in Toronto, and Windsor Ontario, where the band originated.
1990 The Tea Party is forming in 1990 after a marathon jam session by Jeff Martin, Stuart Chatwood and Jeff Burrows at the Cherry Beach Rehearsal Studios in Toronto.
March 1991 The Tea Party releases their self-titled debut album, known as THE INDIE
First video release
Let Me Show You The Door
The Tea Party - click to play video
1992 - 1993: The Capitol Demos era New tracks are being written and recorded in the studio, later emerging as ‘The Capitol Demo’
1993 - Release of SPLENDOR SOLIS In June 1993, Tea Party releases their major-debut album Splendor Solis
1993 - 1994: First attentions and touring On December 1st, the band plays their first radio single The River at the Q107 Rock Award.
1995 - THE EDGES OF TWILIGHT Recording and release of the album. photo by Dean Karr photo by Dean Karr
Success of THE EDGES OF TWILIGHT The album reaches #11 on the Canadian album chart and double platinum status, and earns the band several Juno nominations, incl."Best Rock Album" and "Group of the Year". click to enlarge
Opening for Page/Plant
In October the band is opening for their heroes Page/Plant on their tour stop in Montreal.
MARCH 1996 - Alhmabra EP released Alhambra, an intermediate album (which also featured interactive components) to bridge the time between a full new album, is being released in March of 1996.
1997 - Sending Transmissions... The band takes a new direction by combing rock, middle eastern and electronic sounds into a monster called Transmission.
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1999 -Release of [TRIPtych] In 1999 the band releases their album Triptych, which becomes a turning point in the bands album history.
Heaven Coming Down With Heaven Coming Down the band succeeds for the first time a number 1 hit in Canada. Click to play video
2000 - Tangents The band celebrate 10 years of musical exploration with the release of Tangents. A fifteen-song collection of new, hit, rare and re-mixed tracks. The band is the first Canadian recording artist to offer a secured commercial digital download of their songs.
2001 - Illuminations The Tea Party are the first Canadian artist to offer 5.1 mixes of all of their videos along with other exciting elements on their debut DVD, "Illuminations".
2001 - THE INTERZONE MANTRAS The band releases the album The Interzone Mantras which becomes the highest charting album in Australia (#6 ARIA Charts).
2002 - Ozzy Osbourne Tour Ozzy and the Tea The Tea Party embark on a 7 city Canadian tour opening for Ozzy Osbourne. The band receives 2 Juno Nominations for "Best Group" and "Best Recording Engineer".
2002 - Orchestra Shows The band plays a series of shows accompanied by an orchestra.
2003 - SARS Festival On July 30, The Tea Party join the Rolling Stones at Toronto's SARSfest with an afternoon performance in front of 400, 000+ fans. The Tea Party - click to play video
2004 - SEVEN CIRCLES The seventh Tea Party album, Seven Circles, is being released on Aug. 24, 2004.
2005 - Break-up The band offical disbanded because of creative differences.
2011 - Reunion In April 2012 the band announces its reunion, because of the demand by fans and promotors. A clarifying discussion among each other is still missing at this time, but the success of the following tour revives the old friendship.
2014 - Ocean at the end 10 years after their last album, the band releases their 8th studio album "The Ocean at the end" on September 8, 2014. It features Ian Anderson on the Flute on the title track and reaches #17 on the Canadian album chart, and enteres the ARIA Albums chart at #18.
2019 - Black River With the single "Black River" the band landed a hit on Canadian radio. The EP of the same name will be released on November 29th and contains 6 songs, one of which is a Led Zeppelin cover.