Breeding Ground were an alternative 1980s band, based out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Lead singer John Shirreff and guitarist Hugh Gladish were the only constant members of the band, and they founded the group in 1981 with original bassist Jonathan Strayer.
Breeding Ground were created in 1981 by vocalist Shirreff, guitarist Gladish, and bassist Strayer. Breeding Ground played over 40 shows on the Queen Street West circuit before they released their first eponymous debut EP, Breeding Ground, on Mannequin Records, recorded at Montclair Sound in November 1982, with original drummer Ken Jones. This was produced by Paul Tozer, their live audio technician, who worked with them on their first two EP's. Within a month of its release they were asked to open up for Bauhaus, which they did on December 4, 1982 at Larry's Hideaway. Comparisons to Joy Division and the British cold-wave invasion were quick to surface after this release. They were managed by longtime friend David Hart (who also masterminded and operated the stage lighting) during this era.
Within a little over a year, they had returned to the studio with this line-up to record Reunion/Slaughter, their next 12" single. Jonathan Davies, the drummer for local band Kinetic Ideals, expressed an interest in assisting with production, and 3 months before the release replaced Jones in the live line-up. This EP was recorded at Quest Studio, Oshawa, and released in October 1983. 'Reunion/Slaughter' was playlisted on Toronto radio station CFNY and again on college stations across Canada. Davies was replaced (before recording Tales of Adventure) by Kevin Hunter, who would stay with the band until their break-up in 1990.