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Dragonette performing at the Launch Party, 1 October 2009
Background information
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Electropop, New Wave, Synthpop
Years active 2005–present
Labels Mercury Records
Universal Music Canada
I Surrender Records (US)
Martina Sorbara
Dan Kurtz
Chris Hugget
Joel Stouffer
Former members
Simon Craig (2005)
Will Stapleton (2006–2008)

Dragonette is a Canadian electropop/New Wave/Synthpop group active since 2005. Dragonette consists of singer-songwriter Martina Sorbara, bassist and producer Dan Kurtz (also in The New Deal), guitarist Chris Hugget and drummer Joel Stouffer.

Dragonette released a self-titled EP before being signed to Mercury Records and relocating to London, UK, where they recorded and released their first album Galore to moderate critical appreciation. A second studio album, Fixin to Thrill, was released in 2009.



Sorbara and Kurtz met at a music festival and formed a duo named The Fuzz, making music together in their basement recording studio for fun. The duo formed Dragonette after these initial recordings, and supported New Order on only their second live performance. In 2005, the band released the Dragonette EP, prior to signing a record deal with Mercury Records of Universal Music UK.

Dragonette relocated to London to record debut album Galore, and toured the UK supporting local acts, including Basement Jaxx and Sugababes and played headline gigs in small venues across the UK and Canada. British musician Will Stapleton replaced Simon Craig on guitar following the relocation. Dragonette filmed two music videos, one "Jesus Doesn't Love Me" and another for "I Get Around". The former video leaked onto the internet, while the other served as promotion for their first single release. Despite the promotion from the band, "I Get Around" entered the UK singles chart at #92, disappointing the band members. A further single release, "Take It Like a Man" fared no better, not even reaching the Top 100 on the UK Singles chart. Dragonette did however receive some airplay of a cover of Calvin Harris' hit single "The Girls", which was re-titled as "The Boys". "I Get Around" was released in the band's home country of Canada where it outperformed the UK release, peaking at #57 on Billboard's Canadian Hot 100.

In 2008, Dragonette received a Juno Award nomination for Best New Group, while Kurtz and Sorbara wrote and produced the song "Grab a Hold" with Cyndi Lauper for her 2008 album Bring Ya to the Brink. Will James Stapleton left the band, to be replaced by Chris Hugget. Dragonette recorded a second studio album Fixin to Thrill, which was released in late 2009.




Year Title Peak chart position
2007 Galore 80
2009 Fixin to Thrill
  • Released: September 29, 2009
  • Label: Universal Music Canada



Year Single Peak chart positions Album
2007 "I Get Around" 57 92 Galore
"Take It Like a Man" 112
2008 "Competition"
2009 "Fixin' To Thrill" Fixin to Thrill
"Pick Up The Phone" 28
2010 "Easy"

As featured artist

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
2009 "Boys & Girls" (Martin Solveig featuring Dragonette) 17 C'est La Vie Remixes


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