“Friendlyness and Tréson make for a dynamic vocal duo and The Human Rights band proves that Roots Reggae is ever strong in Toronto. Forward!”
– David Dacks, Artistic Director, The Music Gallery
The Human Rights are:
Friendlyness: Lead Vocal
Tréson: Lead Vocal
Bernie Pitters: Keyboards
Eric Woolston: Drums
Tyler Wagler: Bass
Graham Campbell: Pick Guitar
James Taylor: Lead Guitar
Ben Macdonald: Tenor Sax
Danny Depoe: Trumpet
Tom Richards: Trombone
Since they came together in 2007, The Human Rights have built a reputation as one of Canada's top Reggae bands -- specializing in original, high-energy, modern roots reggae with a mix of jazz, funk and R&B influences. The band is led by Juno nominee Friendlyness (formerly of Culture Shock & Big Sugar) and Juno nominee Tréson on lead vocals and features a blazing 3-piece horn section, two stellar guitar players, and a rock-steady riddim section topped off by legendary Reggae keyboardist Bernie Pitters (Toots and the Maytals, Hit Squad, Leroy Brown, Sly & Robbie) on the bubble and skank.
In 2015 and 2016 The Human Rights had the honour of opening up for Jamaican Reggae legends Freddie McGregor and Sanchez in front of a sold-out crowd at Sound Academy in Toronto. The band also performed at Harbourfront, Roy Thomson Hall and the Jambana Festival. In 2009,2012 and 2016 they toured across Canada and performed at the Calgary Reggae Festival, one of the top Reggae festivals in the country.
Since the release of their debut CD "One Thing" in 2010, The Human Rights have played well over 100 live shows, and released singles for 'Right Now', 'Take A Stance' and 'Old School Track' which spent a record 44 weeks on the listener-voted Rebel Vibez Top Ten Chart. Other highlights include opening for seminal Reggae legends such as Gregory Isaacs, John Holt and Beres Hammond, recording live for Big City, Small World on CBC Radio One, and a song placement in the Trailer Park Boys movie, "Don’t Legalize It."
Produced by Big Sugar frontman and Canadian music icon Gordie Johnson, their 2016 self-titled album is The Human Rights’ most ambitious record yet, a powerful statement that the heartbeat of roots Reggae in Canada has never been stronger.