Welcome to WWWY

When We Was Young has been playing their brand of rustic bar rock with a touch of twang in the Toronto music scene since 2009.

Thanks for stopping by. While you're here check out our music, upcoming shows or learn more about us!

The four piece which features Chris Pacella (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Ben Elling (bass guitar), David Rudoler (lead guitar), and Nathan Wynes (drums) has played such storied local venues as The Horseshoe Tavern, Junction City Music Hall, Cameron House, Lee’s Palace, The El Mocambo, Silver Dollar, and many more. 

The band seeks out and supports personally meaningful causes including The Daily Bread Food Bank, Oxfam, and United Way.  Influences include The Refreshments, The Weakerthans, Lowest of the Low, Cuff the Duke, and NQ Arbuckle. 

When We Was Young is always looking to play a wide variety of venues, festivals, and charitable events and would love to hear from you at whenwewasyoung at gmail dot com.

Upcoming Shows

Previous events

Date Event Location
When We Was Young The Cameron House, Toronto The Cameron House, Toronto
WWWY - Open Tuning 2018 Toronto Toronto
When We Was Young presents A Benefit Concert in support of Wellspring Monarch Tavern, Toronto, ON Monarch Tavern, Toronto, ON
Open Tuning 2017 - A Music Festival Bateman's Bicycle Company, Toronto, ON Bateman's Bicycle Company, Toronto, ON
Friday the 13th at Junction City Music Hall Junction City Music Hall, Toronto Junction City Music Hall, Toronto
4th Annual Creative Minds Collective Mây, Toronto Mây, Toronto
Private Fundraising Event Balmy Beach Club Balmy Beach Club
Pape Park and Play - 100in1Day Intervention Toronto, ON Toronto, ON
CCCP / Comrades Hockey Post-Hoot Party The Cameron House, Toronto, ON The Cameron House, Toronto, ON
When We Was Young w/ The Quiet Things, Northern Roads, Parasona & Innocent Guns The Supermarket, Toronto, ON The Supermarket, Toronto, ON
3rd Annual Creative Minds Collective The Tennessee, Toronto The Tennessee, Toronto
TWiMFeST at Painted Lady: Chris "Mojo" Martin/ Christian D & The Hangovers, Red Boy, Faiyaz & the Wasted Chances, When We Was Young & more The Painted Lady, Toronto The Painted Lady, Toronto
Double record release w/ Dear Blackwolf, Edward Sayers (band), The Kickback & When We Was Young Lee's Palace, Toronto Lee's Palace, Toronto
WWWY @ Junction City Music Hall Junction City Music Hall, Toronto Junction City Music Hall, Toronto
The 2nd Annual Creative Minds Collective The Imperial Pub, Toronto, ON The Imperial Pub, Toronto, ON
WWWY @ The Horseshoe Tavern, Redux The Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto The Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto
Indie Week Canada 2014 Boots N' Bourbon, Toronto Boots N' Bourbon, Toronto
WWWY @ Glenbrae Ave. Street Party Glenbrae Ave. Street Party, Toronto Glenbrae Ave. Street Party, Toronto
WWWY @ The Horseshoe Tavern: Indie 88 Nu Music Tuesdays The Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto The Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto
Handlebar Hootenanny Handlebar, Toronto Handlebar, Toronto