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Beg For Mercy is the future of Canadian Metal. A young group of over achieving metal students that took their love of music to the next level. Never afraid to challenge the boundaries, Beg For Mercy has amalgamated influences from several genres to create a unique Metalcore sound and depth of music that has changed the local scene and will represent Canada as the new fresh sound that will be imitated the world over.

Beg For Mercy is a 5 member post-hardcore heavy metal band. They are currently based out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The band was formed in late 2011 by Mack Smith with a group of musicians who were also friends from his high school. Initially formed as a metalcore practice group the band gelled quickly and soon began writing and perfecting their own material. In early 2012 the band realized they had a complete set of rehearsed original music and a few personalized covers and it was time for them to “come out of the basement”.

Their first gig was in April 2012 at a downtown Toronto bar which had an open mic night and allowed acts to play up to 10 minutes in front of the live crowd made up mostly of aspiring musicians. Beg For Mercy played two original tunes, “6 Minutes” and “Broken Promises”, and brought down the house. In the words of the club owners, “You guys are great. You should be playing bigger venues than this. We will put the word out for you.”

From such meager beginnings Beg For Mercy was launched into the local heavy metal music scene. Two days after their open mic gig, a local booking agent called and asked the band to play the following weekend based upon the feedback from the open mic club owners. Since then Beg For Mercy has had a meteoric rise playing significant venues such as Rockpile West, The Opera House, Velvet Underground, Rockpile East and All Stars in Brampton. The recognition and acclaim that the band has garnered has won them spots as opening act for bands such as Misfits, Wednesday 13 and Teenage Head. Beg For Mercy holds the record as the youngest band ever to open for Misfits.

Through all of their shows, Beg For Mercy has earned the reputation as a reliable, professional group that has a large local fan base and a strong draw across Southern Ontario with fans from Kingston to St. Catharines to Windsor. As a result, Beg For Mercy has enjoyed repeat bookings at key clubs and has strong ties to other Metalcore bands across Ontario. The pinnacle of their live performances to date was their CD Release party in March 2013. Working with like minded local Metalcore bands, Beg For Mercy headlined a night of moshing mayhem to a packed house of 200 fans that drank the bar dry.

In March, 2013, Beg For Mercy release a self titled CD of original music that was recorded at the world famous Metal Works Studios. The CD was published independently by Pearl Kim Productions and is available through the band website, facebook page or iTunes and CD Baby. Beg For Mercy has a music style all their own which includes intricate classic rock guitar solos mixed with the hard driving double kick drum work of heavy metal. Their main influences include Lamb of God, Of Mice and Men, Devil Wears Prada and As I Lay Dying.

For the latest information on live shows, music and other details, please visit the band website,, our facebook page, email us at [email protected] or call us at 416.527.4760

Mackenzie (Mack) Smith is the founder, vocalist and rhythm guitar player for Beg For Mercy. Mack is professionally trained in guitar and piano. He also plays saxophone, and bass guitar. Mack founded Beg For Mercy when he was 15 years old. Prior to forming the band, he performed solo shows at local venues and with a band at open air concerts at Mel Lastman Square in North York.

Natalie Smith is the vocalist for Beg For Mercy. Natalie joined the band in 2012 when the band wrote a duet that required a strong female voice to add to the Beg For Mercy sound. The result was “Dying Hours” which was so popular that Natalie was asked to join the band and the band has written extensive music featuring Natalie’s vocals that will be recorded in upcoming albums. Natalie is professionally trained in voice, piano, violin, and drums. She is a former member of an all girl band called Live Out Loud that landed contracts with the Toronto District School Board and played benefits for the Toronto Orchestra.

Ben (Shaggy) Kolli is the lead guitarist for Beg For Mercy. Ben was recruited to join Beg For Mercy at the age of 14 when Mack saw him play the song “YYZ” by Rush solo at a local talent show.

Ben is a professionally trained guitar player for both electric and acoustic guitars in multiple styles. Ben uses his background in various styles to overlay intricate melodies over the driving rhythms that make up Beg For Mercy music.

Ben (Scooby) Hitchcock is the bass player for Beg For Mercy. Ben is a self taught musician with an extreme passion for Metalcore. His love for the bass and powerful rhythms has resulted in the hard driving backline for Beg For Mercy music.

A fixture of the local heavy metal scene, Ben is a strong promoter of Beg For Mercy activities and the key link to promoters, booking agents and the other bands that perform with Beg For Mercy. Ben is currently pursuing a career in Music Recording and Engineering.

Alex Bossi is the Beg For Mercy drummer and the newest member of the Beg For Mercy family.  A professionally trained percussionist, Alex is pursuing a career in music attending music college next year.