List of Famous Bands from Montreal

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, Spoken word

    A true poet and visionary, the legendary Leonard Cohen forever changed the landscape of music with his poignant lyrics and melancholic melodies. With a distinctive voice that could reach deep into the soul, his work effortlessly encompasses themes such as love, loss, spirituality, and the human condition. Albums like Songs of Leonard Cohen and Songs from a Room saw Cohen cultivating a devoted fan base that has only continued to grow since his passing in 2016. It's impossible to overstate the significance of his contributions to Montreal's music legacy.

  • Arcade Fire
    Indie rock, Art rock

    As masters of the indie rock genre, Arcade Fire has solidified their place among Montreal's greatest musical exports. Their debut album Funeral was nothing short of a sonic revelation, capturing listeners with its anthemic choruses and deeply emotional themes. Throughout their illustrious career, they have continued to evolve, pushing creative boundaries with albums like Neon Bible and Reflektor. Arcade Fire's infectious energy and innovative sound make them a standout in Montreal's already-rich musical tapestry.

  • Patrick Watson's ethereal soundscapes and haunting melodies have positioned him as a singular force within Montreal's thriving music scene. His unique blend of chamber pop, orchestral arrangements, and indie influences create an immersive auditory experience that lingers long after the conclusion of each song. Watson's ability to convey raw emotion through his evocative compositions has garnered both critical acclaim and a passionate fan base. As a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and singer-songwriter, he continues to enchant audiences and inspire fellow musicians alike.

  • The Gruesomes
    Rock music, Garage punk, Punk rock

    In the realm of garage rock, few bands can boast the cult following and lasting impact of The Gruesomes. As pioneers of Montreal's 1980s underground scene, their gritty sound and infectious energy quickly garnered attention from music enthusiasts worldwide. Long after disbanding in the early '90s, The Gruesomes' influence continues to reverberate throughout the garage rock community. Their raw, untamed spirit makes them a vital component of Montreal's storied musical history.

  • Stars
    Indie pop, Disco, Indie rock

    Blending delicate melodies with lush instrumentation and heartfelt lyricism, Stars have been captivating audiences since their formation in the late '90s. As a cornerstone of Montreal's indie scene, they have consistently produced music that moves listeners both emotionally and physically. Albums like Set Yourself on Fire and In Our Bedroom After the War showcase their undeniable gift for crafting poignant, unforgettable tunes. With their unwavering commitment to artistic expression, Stars have earned their place among Montreal's most celebrated musical acts.

  • Fly Pan Am
    Experimental rock, Post-rock

    Fly Pan Am brought an innovative and experimental spirit to Montreal's music scene in the late '90s. Combining elements of krautrock, post-rock, and noise, their sound pushed the limits of what was considered possible within the confines of traditional rock music. As pioneers in the realm of avant-garde, Fly Pan Am left an indelible mark on the city's artistic landscape and inspired countless musicians to pursue their own creative boundaries.