Bands/Musicians List of Famous Bands from Ontario

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List of Ontario bands, listed by their level of fame. This Ontario musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Ontario bands are included, as well as many Ontario musicians of underground status. This list of Ontario 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 Ontario 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.

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Avril Lavigne is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music Avril Ramona Lavigne is a Canadian-French singer and songwriter. She was born in Belleville, Ontario, and spent most of her youth in the town of Napanee. By the age of 15, she had appeared on ...more

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Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge Neil Young is a singer-songwriter, Musician,film score composer, film producer, film director, actor and screenwriter.

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Rush is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal Rush is a Canadian rock band formed in August 1968 in the Willowdale neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario. The band is composed of bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee; guitarist and ...more

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Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock Alanis Nadine Morissette is a Canadian-American alternative rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and actress. She has won 16 Juno Awards and seven Grammy Awards, was nominated for ...more

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Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music Shania Twain, OC is a Canadian singer and songwriter. Twain is one of the world's best-selling artists of all time, having sold over 75 million albums worldwide. She is also the best selling ...more

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Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock Bryan Guy Adams, OC OBC is a Canadian singer, musician, producer, actor, social activist, and photographer. Adams has been one of the most successful figures of the world of rock music during ...more

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The Band is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music The Band was a Canadian-American roots rock group that originally consisted of Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel and Robbie Robertson. The members of the Band first came ...more

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Geddy Lee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock Geddy Lee Weinrib, OC, known professionally as Geddy Lee, is a Canadian musician and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush. Lee ...more

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Three Days Grace is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal Groundswell is the former name of the band Three Days Grace.

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Sum 41 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Pop punk, Rapcore, Melodic hardcore Sum 41 is a Canadian rock band from Ajax, Ontario, Canada. The band was formed in 1996 and as of 2014 consists of members Deryck Whibley, Tom Thacker, and Jason McCaslin. In April 2013, former ...more

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Neil Peart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Progressive metal, Swing music, Heavy metal Neil Ellwood Peart, OC, is a Canadian musician and author. He is the drummer and lyricist for the rock band Rush. Peart has received numerous awards for his musical performances, and is known ...more

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Triumph is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock Triumph is a Canadian hard rock power trio that was popular in the late 1970s through the 1980s. Between the band's 16 albums and DVDs, Triumph has received 18 gold and 9 platinum awards in ...more

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Broken Social Scene is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Shoegazing, Experimental rock, Dream pop Broken Social Scene is a Canadian indie rock band, a musical collective including as few as six and as many as nineteen members, formed in 1999 by Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning. Most of its ...more

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Barenaked Ladies is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music Barenaked Ladies is a Canadian rock band. The band is currently composed of Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn, Ed Robertson, and Tyler Stewart. Barenaked Ladies formed in 1988 in Scarborough, Ontario. ...more

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Peaches is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Synthpunk, Riot grrrl, Dance-punk Merrill Beth Nisker, better known by her stage name Peaches, is a Canadian electronic musician and performance artist who lives in Berlin, Germany. Her songs are noted for disregarding ...more

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Jeff Healey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz Norman Jeffrey "Jeff" Healey was a blind Canadian jazz and blues-rock vocalist and guitarist who attained musical and personal popularity, particularly in the 1980s and 1990s.

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Tamia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul Tamia Marilyn Hill, known professionally as Tamia, is a Canadian singer-songwriter whose music spans several genres: R&B, neo soul, hip hop soul, pop, gospel, jazz, and soft rock. She is ...more

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Morgan Lander is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Nu metal, Groove metal, Metalcore Morgan Lee Lander is the lead singer and guitarist for the Canadian metal group Kittie. Her sister, Mercedes Lander, plays drums for Kittie. She is known for her use of metal growls as a ...more

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Gordon Lightfoot is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music Gordon Meredith Lightfoot, Jr. CC OOnt is a Canadian singer-songwriter who achieved international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music, and has been credited for helping define the ...more

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Richie Hawtin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Minimal techno, Detroit techno, Ambient music Richard "Richie" Hawtin is an English-born Canadian electronic musician and DJ who was an influential part of Detroit techno's second wave of artists in the early 1990s and a leading ...more

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Pat Travers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal Patrick Henry "Pat" Travers is a Canadian rock guitarist, keyboardist and singer who began his recording career with Polydor Records in the mid-1970s. Pat Thrall, Nicko McBrain, Mick ...more

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Paul Anka is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music Paul Albert Anka, OC is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actor. Anka became famous in the late 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s with hit songs like "Diana", "Lonely Boy", "Put ...more

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Annihilator is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal Annihilator is a Canadian heavy metal band founded in 1984 by vocalist, guitarist, bassist, songwriter, engineer, producer, mixer, mastering engineer Jeff Waters and vocalist John Bates. They ...more

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Alexisonfire is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Emo, Metalcore, Melodic hardcore Alexisonfire are a five-piece, post-hardcore band that formed in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada in 2001. The band consists of George Pettit, Dallas Green, Wade MacNeil, Chris Steele, and Jordan ...more

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Dallas Green is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Folk music, Acoustic music, Melodic hardcore Dallas Green is an actor.

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Deborah Cox is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Pop music, Dance-pop, House music Deborah Cox is a Canadian R&B singer-songwriter and actress. Her 1998 song "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here" held the record for longest-running number one single on Billboard's Hot ...more

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MSTRKRFT is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Dance-punk, Electronic music, Electro house MSTRKRFT is a Canadian electronic music duo from Toronto. The group was started in 2005 by Jesse F. Keeler of Death from Above 1979 and Al-P formerly of the Mississauga, Ontario electropop group ...more

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Silverstein is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo Silverstein is a Canadian post-hardcore band from Burlington, Ontario, Canada that formed in 2000. Their band name is a reference to the famous children's author Shel Silverstein, whom the band ...more

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Emily Haines is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
New Wave, Indie rock Emily Haines is a Canadian indie rock singer-songwriter. She is the lead singer, keyboardist and songwriter of the band Metric and a member of Broken Social Scene. As a solo artist, she has ...more

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Our Lady Peace is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge Our Lady Peace are a Canadian alternative rock/post-grunge band formed in Toronto, Ontario in 1992. Headed by lead vocalist Raine Maida since its formation, the band additionally consists of ...more

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Finger Eleven is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Nu metal, Dance-punk, Grunge Finger Eleven is a Canadian rock band from Burlington, Ontario, formed in 1989. They have released six studio albums, with their album The Greyest of Blue Skies bringing them into the ...more

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Tokyo Police Club is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Garage rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock Tokyo Police Club is an indie rock band from Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. It consists of vocalist and bassist David Monks, keyboardist Graham Wright, guitarist Josh Hook, and drummer Greg Alsop.

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Fefe Dobson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Pop punk, Indie, Pop music Felicia Lily "Fefe" Dobson is a Canadian songwriter and recording artist. Born in Toronto, Canada, her career began when Jive Records attempted to develop her as a popular musician, ...more

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The Tragically Hip is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Blues-rock, Canadian rock, Rock music The Tragically Hip, often referred to simply as The Hip, are a Canadian rock band from Kingston, Ontario, consisting of lead singer Gordon Downie, guitarist Paul Langlois, guitarist Rob Baker, ...more

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Snow is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Dancehall, Hip Hop, Reggae Darrin Kenneth O'Brien, better known by his stage name Snow, is a Canadian reggae musician. He is best known for his 1993 single "Informer", which reached No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot

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Lights is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Indie pop, Dubstep, Synthpop Lights is a Canadian synthpop and electropop musician, singer, and songwriter. Some of her notable singles include "Drive My Soul", "February Air", "Ice", ...more

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Bruce Cockburn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Rock music, Folk music, Jazz Bruce Douglas Cockburn OC is a Canadian guitarist and singer-songwriter whose career spans over 40 years. His song styles range from folk to jazz-influenced rock and his lyrics cover a broad ...more

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Billy Talent is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo Billy Talent is a Canadian punk rock band from Mississauga, Ontario. They formed in 1993 with Benjamin Kowalewicz as the lead vocalist, Ian D'Sa on guitar, bassist Jon Gallant and drummer Aaron ...more

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Cowboy Junkies is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music Cowboy Junkies are a Canadian alternative country/blues/folk rock band. The group was formed in Toronto in 1985 by Margo Timmins, Michael Timmins, Peter Timmins and Alan Anton. The Junkies first ...more

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Kittie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal Kittie is an all-female Canadian metal band formed in London, Ontario in 1996. Kittie rose to fame in 1999 following the release of the single "Brackish" from their gold-rated debut ...more

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Fucked Up is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Experimental rock, Punk rock, Post-hardcore Fucked Up is a Canadian hardcore punk band from Toronto, Ontario. The band won the 2009 Polaris Music Prize for the album The Chemistry of Common Life.

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Anvil is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal Anvil are a Canadian heavy metal band from Toronto, Ontario, formed in 1978. The band consists of Steve "Lips" Kudlow, Robb Reiner and Chris Robertson. To date, the band has released ...more

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Hawk Nelson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Pop punk, Christian punk, Pop rock Hawk Nelson is a Canadian Christian rock band from Peterborough, Ontario. The band has become very popular in the Christian music scene and was voted "Favorite New Artist" by CCM ...more

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Warren Hill is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Adult contemporary music, Smooth jazz, Jazz Warren Hill is a Canadian smooth jazz and adult contemporary musician. A graduate of Berklee College in Boston, Massachusetts, Hill performed at his own graduation day in 1988, where he caught ...more

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Mercedes Lander is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Nu metal, Metalcore, Alternative metal Mercedes Sherida Lander is the drummer and backing vocalist for the Canadian alternative metal group Kittie. Her sister, Morgan Lander, also sings and plays guitar for Kittie. Other than Morgan ...more

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FM Static is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Pop punk, Christian punk, Power pop FM Static is a Canadian Christian pop punk duo based in Toronto, Ontario. The band was formed in 2003 as a side project for Thousand Foot Krutch members Trevor McNevan and Steve Augustine. The ...more

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Protest the Hero is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Progressive metal, Mathcore, Metalcore Protest the Hero is a Canadian progressive metal band from Whitby, Ontario. Originally named Happy Go Lucky, the band changed their name to Protest the Hero shortly before releasing their debut ...more

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Tara McLeod is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Alternative metal

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The Irish Rovers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Folk rock The Rovers is a Juno Award nominated music group.

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Owen Pallett is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Indie pop, Experimental music, Baroque pop Michael James Owen Pallett is a Canadian composer, violinist, keyboardist, and vocalist, who performs solo as Owen Pallett or, before 2010, under the name Final Fantasy. As Final Fantasy, he won ...more