Bands/Musicians Canadian Indie Rock Bands List

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List of Canadian indie rock bands, listed by popularity with photos when available. This list includes more than just bands, as indie rock solo artists from Canada are included as well. It's always interesting to see where famous bands got their starts, so use this list to discover some great Canadian music that you've never heard before. The indie rock bands and artists below have played their music all over the world, but they all were formed in Canada. If you think the best Canadian indie rock band is missing from the list, then feel free to add it at the bottom so it's included with these other great acts.

This list includes Arcade Fire, Neko Case and more bands.

If you want to answer the questions, "Who are popular indie rock bands from Canada?" and "Which indie rock bands started in Canada?" then this list will answer your questions.
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Arcade Fire is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

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Neko Case is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Americana, Folk rock, Alternative country

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Tegan and Sara is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

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Broken Social Scene is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Shoegazing, Experimental rock, Dream pop

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Feist is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Indie pop, Anti-folk, Folk music

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Peaches is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Synthpunk, Riot grrrl, Dance-punk

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The New Pornographers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Jangle pop, Indie pop, Pop rock

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Dallas Green is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Folk music, Acoustic music, Melodic hardcore

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Emily Haines is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
New Wave, Indie rock

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Wolf Parade is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Indie pop, Dance-punk, Indie rock

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Tokyo Police Club is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Garage rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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Cowboy Junkies is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Serena Ryder is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Christian music, Folk rock, Indie rock

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The Birthday Massacre is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock

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Dragonette is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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Hot Hot Heat is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Indie pop, New Wave, Dance-punk

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Sunset Rubdown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia, Art rock

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Jay Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Indie rock

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Die Mannequin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Glam metal, Rock music, Alternative rock

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Handsome Furs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Synthpunk, Indie rock, Post-punk revival

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Patrick Pentland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Indie rock

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Stars is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Indie pop, Disco, Indie rock

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Dante DeCaro is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Indie rock

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Great Lake Swimmers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Indie, Rock music, Folk music

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The Unicorns is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Indie pop, Indie rock, Baroque pop

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Sam Roberts is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Canadian rock, Rock music, Indie rock

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IllScarlett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Ska punk, Rock music, Reggae rock

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Bedouin Soundclash is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Ska, Reggae, Alternative rock

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Marianas Trench is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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Islands is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Indie pop, Art rock, Indie rock

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Jason McCaslin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Pop punk, Garage punk, Garage rock

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Sloan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rock music

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Boys Night Out is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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Treble Charger is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Pop punk, Heavy metal, Power pop

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The Pursuit of Happiness is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Power pop, Indie rock, College rock

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Death from Above 1979 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Synthpunk, Noise rock, Dance-punk

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Cassie Steele is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Indie pop, Pop music, Rock music

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Spookey Ruben is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Progressive metal, Industrial music, Power pop

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The Weakerthans is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Anarcho-punk, Folk rock, Punk rock

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Hollerado is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Canadian rock, Power pop, Indie rock

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Danko Jones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

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The Stills is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Indie rock, Post-punk revival

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Apostle of Hustle is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Apostle of Hustle Indie rock

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Zumpano is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Power pop, Indie rock

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The Besnard Lakes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Shoegazing, New Prog, Progressive rock

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Land of Talk is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Indie rock

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Absolute Whores is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Indie rock, Cowpunk

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The High Dials is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Power pop, Indie rock

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Two Hours Traffic is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Power pop, Indie rock

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Julie Doiron is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Canadian Indie Rock Bands List
Folk rock, Indie rock, Slowcore