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List of Famous Bands from Montreal

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List of Montreal bands, listed by their level of fame. This Montreal musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Montreal bands are included, as well as many Montreal musicians of underground status. This list of Montreal musical artists includes information like what genre the artist falls under, what albums they've put out and more. If you want to know more about these famous Montreal bands you can click on their names to learn more about them. Bands from every genre are listed here, including rock, pop, hip-hop/rap, jazz, and more.

This list below has everything from Celine Dion to Leonard Cohen.

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    Leonard Cohen

    Synthpop, Pop music
    Leonard Norman Cohen (September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016) was a Canadian singer, songwriter, poet, and novelist. His work explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and romantic...  more

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    Arcade Fire

    Indie Rock, Baroque Pop
    Arcade Fire is a Canadian indie rock band, consisting of husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, along with Win's younger brother William Butler, Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury and...  more

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    Patrick Watson (born 1979) is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Montreal, Quebec. It also refers to the eponymous band formed by Watson, whose blend of cabaret pop and classical music influences with...  more
  • 4

    The Gruesomes

    Rock music, Garage punk
    The Gruesomes are a Canadian garage punk band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, that formed in 1985. The band gained recognition following the 1986 release of their debut album, Tyrants Of Teen Trash,...  more
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    Indie pop, Disco
    Stars is a Canadian indie pop and rock band....  more
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    Fly Pan Am

    Experimental rock, Post-rock
    Fly Pan Am, or Le Fly Pan Am, are a Canadian experimental rock band formed in Montreal in 1996. They release their albums through the Montreal-based Constellation Records, producing and collaborating...  more
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    The Box

    New Wave, Rock music
    The Box is a Canadian new wave group from Montreal. They are not to be confused with the U.K. band of the same name which splintered off from Clock DVA. Founded in 1981, they achieved commercial...  more
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    Godspeed You! Black Emperor

    Dark ambient, Space rock
    Godspeed You! Black Emperor is a Canadian post-rock band which originated in Montreal, Quebec in 1994. They release their recordings through Constellation, an independent record label also located in...  more

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    Les Georges Leningrad

    Rock music, Garage punk
    Les Georges Leningrad were a Canadian experimental rock music group formed in 1999 in Montreal. Les Georges Leningrad were known for their extravagant stage costumes, including masks in particular....  more
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    Noise rock, Post-rock
    Sofa was a Montreal-based band that was active from 1993 to 1997. The group is best remembered for being the first group to release material on post-rock record label Constellation Records;...  more
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    Rock music, Garage rock
    The Haunted were a garage rock band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The band was formed by Jurgen Peter in 1965, and went on to release several records before finally disbanding in 1971. They were...  more
  • 12

    Dead Brain Cells

    Thrash metal, Heavy metal
    Dead Brain Cells are a Canadian thrash metal band from the late 1980s. Called DBC for short, the band started in 1985 in Montreal as a small project named Final Chapter by guitar players Eddie...  more
  • 13

    The Stills

    Indie rock, Post-punk revival
    The Stills were a Canadian rock band from Montreal, Quebec, formed in 2000, and disbanded in 2011....  more
  • 14

    The Dears

    Indie rock
    The Dears are a Canadian indie rock band from Montreal, Quebec....  more
  • 15

    The Besnard Lakes

    Shoegazing, New Prog
    The Besnard Lakes are a Canadian indie rock band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Formed in 2003 by the husband and wife team of Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas, two of their four albums have been nominated...  more

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    Terri Lynn Clark (born August 5, 1968) is a Canadian country music artist who has had success in both Canada and the United States. Signed to Mercury Records in 1995, she released her self-titled...  more

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    Pop punk, Melodic hardcore
    Reset is a punk rock band that formed in 1993 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada....  more
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    The Nils

    Punk rock
    Formed in 1978 by Alex Soria The Nils’ popularity began in 1982 upon the release of a 5 song demo entitled “Now”. In 1983, they played Montreal’s legendary venue The Spectrum; once with The Ramones...  more
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    The Gorgeous

    Metalcore, Heavy metal
    The Gorgeous were a Canadian metalcore band formed in the summer of 2003 in Montreal. The band formed with Dali Shaw on guitar, Julien Brousseau on Bass and Miguel Shaw on drums. The three played a...  more
  • 20

    See Spot Run

    Rock music, Alternative rock
    See Spot Run is a Canadian rock band from Montreal, Quebec....  more
  • 21

    The Kingpins

    The Kingpins featuring Lorraine Muller - The Queen of Ska was a ska band from Montréal, Canada that created Stomp Records label with fellow Montreal Ska band The Planet Smashers. The last Kingpins...  more
  • 22

    Pony Up!

    Indie pop
    Pony Up is a Canadian indie pop band formed in 2002 in Montreal....  more
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    Wolf Parade

    Indie pop, Dance-punk
    Wolf Parade is an indie rock band formed in 2003 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada of musicians from British Columbia. The band went on indefinite hiatus in 2011....  more

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    A Perfect Murder

    Groove metal, Heavy metal
    A Perfect Murder is a Canadian heavy metal band formed in 2000 in Montreal....  more
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    Folk rock, Progressive rock
    Harmonium was a Quebec progressive rock band formed in 1972 in Montreal....  more