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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
Genre: Pop punk, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Let Go, My Happy Ending, Don't Tell Me, When You're Gone, Forbidden Rose, + more

Avril Ramona Lavigne (; French: [avʁil laviɲ]; born September 27, 1984) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actress. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain and by 16, ...more

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Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Genre: Rock music, Experimental rock & Grunge; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Harvest, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, After the Gold Rush, Tonight's the Night, On the Beach, + more

Neil Percival Young (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. After embarking on a music career in the 1960s, he moved to Los Angeles, where he formed Buffalo Springfield with ...more

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Rush is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario

Albums: Moving Pictures, 2112, Hemispheres, Permanent Waves, Fly by Night, + more

Rush was a Canadian rock band consisting of Geddy Lee (bass, vocals, keyboards), Alex Lifeson (guitars), and Neil Peart (drums, percussion). Formed in 1968, the band went through several ...more

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Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Experimental rock; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Jagged Little Pill, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, Under Rug Swept, Underneath, Jagged Little Pill Acoustic, + more

Alanis Nadine Morissette (; born June 1, 1974) is a Canadian-American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Known for her emotive mezzo-soprano voice, Morissette began her career in ...more

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Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Genre: Country pop, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Come On Over, Up!, The Woman in Me, Man! I Feel Like a Woman!, Greatest Hits, + more

Shania Twain, OC (; born Eilleen Regina Edwards; August 28, 1965) is a Canadian singer, songwriter and actress. She has sold over 100 million records, making her the best-selling female artist ...more

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Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Genre: Adult contemporary music, Pop music & Heartland rock; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Reckless, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, 11, Bryan Adams, Room Service, + more

Bryan Guy Adams (born 5 November 1959) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer, guitarist, photographer, philanthropist and activist. He rose to fame in Canada and the United States ...more

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The Band is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario

Albums: The Band, Music From Big Pink, The Last Waltz, Planet Waves, The Basement Tapes, + more

The Band was a Canadian-American roots rock group including Rick Danko (bass guitar, vocals, fiddle), Garth Hudson (keyboards, accordion, saxophone), Richard Manuel (keyboards, drums, vocals), ...more

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Geddy Lee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Genre: Heavy metal, Progressive rock & Hard rock; Nationality: Canada

Albums: My Favorite Headache

Geddy Lee Weinrib, (born Gary Lee Weinrib; July 29, 1953), known professionally as Geddy Lee, is a Canadian musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and ...more

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Three Days Grace is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario

Albums: One-X, Life Starts Now, Three Days Grace, Transit of Venus, The Collection: Three Days Grace, + more

Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1997. Based in Toronto, the band's original line-up consisted of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and ...more

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Sum 41 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario

Albums: All Killer No Filler, Does This Look Infected?, Underclass Hero, 8 Years of Blood, Sake and Tears 2000–2008, + more

Sum 41 is a Canadian rock band from Ajax, Ontario. Originally called Kaspir, the band was formed in 1996 and currently consists of lead vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist Deryck Whibley, ...more

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Neil Peart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Genre: Progressive metal, Swing music & Heavy metal; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Anatomy of a Drum Solo, The Hockey Theme

Neil Ellwood Peart (September 12, 1952 – January 7, 2020) was a Canadian musician and writer best known as the drummer and primary lyricist of the rock band Rush. Peart received numerous awards ...more

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Triumph is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario

Albums: Allied Forces, Never Surrender, Rock & Roll Machine, Triumph, Thunder Seven, + more

Triumph is a Canadian hard rock band formed in 1975 that was popular in the late 1970s and the 1980s, building on its reputation and success as a live band. Between the band's 16 albums and ...more

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Broken Social Scene is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Genre: Shoegazing, Experimental rock & Dream pop; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Broken Social Scene, You Forgot It in People, The Time Traveler's Wife, Feel Good Lost, Bee Hives, + more

Broken Social Scene is a Canadian indie rock band, a musical collective including as few as six and as many as nineteen members, formed by Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning. Most of its members ...more

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Barenaked Ladies is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario

Albums: Gordon, Barenaked for the Holidays, Maybe You Should Drive, Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits (1991–2001), Everything to Everyone, + more

The Barenaked Ladies are a Canadian rock band, formed in 1988 in Scarborough, Ontario. The band quickly developed a cult following in Canada, with their self-titled 1991 cassette becoming the ...more

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Peaches is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Genre: Synthpunk, Riot grrrl & Dance-punk; Nationality: Canada

Albums: The Teaches of Peaches, Impeach My Bush, The Flaming Lips and Stardeath and White Dwarfs with Henry Rollins and Peaches Doing The Dark Side of the Moon, Fancypants Hoodlum, Fatherfucker, + more

Merrill Beth Nisker (born 11 November 1966), better known by her stage name Peaches, is a Canadian electronic musician and performance artist. Born in Ontario to a Jewish family, Peaches began ...more

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Jeff Healey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Jazz; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Get Me Some, See the Light, Feel This, Hell to Pay, Mess of Blues, + more

Norman Jeffrey "Jeff" Healey (March 25, 1966 – March 2, 2008) was a Canadian jazz and blues-rock vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter who attained musical and personal popularity, ...more

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Tamia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Genre: Hip hop music, Pop music & Neo soul; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Tamia, More, A Nu Day, Between Friends, Beautiful Surprise, + more

Tamia Marilyn Hill (; née Washington; born May 9, 1975) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, producer, and actress. Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Tamia performed in various singing ...more
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Morgan Lander is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Genre: Nu metal, Groove metal & Metalcore; Nationality: Canada
Kittie (stylized as KiTTiE) is a Canadian heavy metal band formed in London, Ontario in 1996. They have released six studio albums, one video album, four extended plays, thirteen singles, and ...more

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Gordon Lightfoot is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Folk music; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Endless Wire, If You Could Read My Mind, Summer Side of Life, Don Quixote, Did She Mention My Name?, + more

Gordon Meredith Lightfoot Jr. (born November 17, 1938) is a Canadian singer-songwriter who achieved international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music. He is credited with helping to ...more

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Richie Hawtin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Genre: Minimal techno, Detroit techno & Ambient music; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Selections 1990 - 2000, Dimension Intrusion, Sheet One, 96:09, Kontakt, + more

Richard "Richie" Hawtin (born June 4, 1970) is a British-Canadian electronic musician and DJ. A three-time DJ Awards winner, he was an influential part of Detroit techno's second wave ...more

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Pat Travers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Heavy metal; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Crash and Burn, Makin' Magic, Summer Daze, Fidelis, Halfway to Somewhere, + more

Patrick Henry Travers (born April 12, 1954) is a Canadian rock guitarist, keyboardist and singer who began his recording career with Polydor Records in the mid-1970s. Pat Thrall, Nicko McBrain, ...more

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Paul Anka is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario
Genre: Doo-wop, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Rock Swings, Three Great Guys, 32 Greatest Hits, 24 Karat Gold, Duets, + more

Paul Albert Anka, (born July 30, 1941) is a Canadian-American singer, songwriter and actor. Anka became famous with hit songs like "Diana", "Lonely Boy", "Put Your Head ...more

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Annihilator is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario

Albums: Alice in Hell, The One, Never, Neverland, Metal, + more

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

Albums: Alexisonfire, Watch Out!, Crisis, Old Crows / Young Cardinals, The Switcheroo Series: Alexisonfire vs. Moneen, + more

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
Genre: Folk music, Acoustic music & Melodic hardcore; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Sometimes, Bring Me Your Love, Live, The Death of Me, The Hurry and the Harm, + more

Dallas Michael John Albert Green (born September 29, 1980) is a Canadian musician and singer-songwriter who records under the alias City and Colour. He is also known for his contributions as a ...more

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