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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.

List features bands like Avril Lavigne and Neil Young.

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  • 1
    Avril Lavigne is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario

    Avril Lavigne

    Pop punk, Pop music

    AlbumsLet Go, My Happy Ending, Don't Tell Me, When You're Gone, Forbidden Rose

    Avril Ramona Lavigne (; French: [avʁil laviɲ]; born September 27, 1984) is a Canadian singer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario

    Neil Young

    Rock music, Experimental rock

    AlbumsHarvest, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, After the Gold Rush, Tonight's the Night, On the Beach

    Neil Percival Young (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. After embarking... more on Wikipedia

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


    Progressive metal, Rock music

    AlbumsMoving Pictures, 2112, Hemispheres, Permanent Waves, Fly by Night

    Rush was a Canadian rock band consisting of Geddy Lee (bass, vocals, keyboards), Alex Lifeson... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario

    Alanis Morissette

    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsJagged Little Pill, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, Under Rug Swept, Underneath, Jagged Little Pill Acoustic

    Alanis Nadine Morissette (; born June 1, 1974) is a Canadian-American singer, songwriter,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario

    Shania Twain

    Country pop, Pop music

    AlbumsCome On Over, Up!, The Woman in Me, Man! I Feel Like a Woman!, Greatest Hits

    Shania Twain, OC (; born Eilleen Regina Edwards; August 28, 1965) is a Canadian singer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario

    Bryan Adams

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music

    AlbumsReckless, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, 11, Bryan Adams, Room Service

    Bryan Guy Adams (born 5 November 1959) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer,... more on Wikipedia

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

    The Band

    Americana, Blues-rock

    AlbumsThe Band, Music From Big Pink, The Last Waltz, Planet Waves, The Basement Tapes

    The Band was a Canadian-American roots rock group including Rick Danko (bass guitar, vocals,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Geddy Lee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario

    Geddy Lee

    Heavy metal, Progressive rock

    AlbumsMy Favorite Headache

    Geddy Lee Weinrib, (born Gary Lee Weinrib; July 29, 1953), known professionally as Geddy Lee,... more on Wikipedia

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    #2 of 186 The All-Time Best Rock Bassists#123 of 603 The Best Rock Vocalists

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

    Three Days Grace

    Nu metal, Rock music

    AlbumsOne-X, Life Starts Now, Three Days Grace, Transit of Venus, The Collection: Three Days Grace

    Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1997. Based in Toronto,... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Sum 41 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario

    Sum 41

    Pop punk, Rapcore

    AlbumsAll Killer No Filler, Does This Look Infected?, Underclass Hero, 8 Years of Blood, Sake and Tears 2000–2008

    Sum 41 is a Canadian rock band from Ajax, Ontario. Originally called Kaspir, the band was... more on Wikipediaspotify buy button

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  • 11
    Neil Peart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario

    Neil Peart

    Progressive metal, Swing music

    AlbumsAnatomy of a Drum Solo, The Hockey Theme

    Neil Ellwood Peart (September 12, 1952 – January 7, 2020) was a Canadian musician and writer... more on Wikipedia

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


    Progressive metal, Heavy metal

    AlbumsAllied Forces, Never Surrender, Rock & Roll Machine, Triumph, Thunder Seven

    Triumph is a Canadian hard rock band formed in 1975 that was popular in the late 1970s and the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 13
    Broken Social Scene is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario

    Broken Social Scene

    Shoegazing, Experimental rock

    AlbumsBroken Social Scene, You Forgot It in People, The Time Traveler's Wife, Feel Good Lost, Bee Hives

    Broken Social Scene is a Canadian indie rock band, a musical collective including as few as... more on Wikipedia

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

    Barenaked Ladies

    Rock music, Folk rock

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

    The Barenaked Ladies are a Canadian rock band, formed in 1988 in Scarborough, Ontario. The... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    Peaches is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario


    Synthpunk, Riot grrrl

    AlbumsThe 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

    Merrill Beth Nisker (born 11 November 1966), better known by her stage name Peaches, is a... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    Jeff Healey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario

    Jeff Healey

    Blues-rock, Rock music

    AlbumsGet Me Some, See the Light, Feel This, Hell to Pay, Mess of Blues

    Norman Jeffrey "Jeff" Healey (March 25, 1966 – March 2, 2008) was a Canadian jazz and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 17
    Tamia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario


    Hip hop music, Pop music

    AlbumsTamia, More, A Nu Day, Between Friends, Beautiful Surprise

    Tamia Marilyn Hill (; née Washington; born May 9, 1975) is a Canadian singer, songwriter,... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Morgan Lander is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario

    Morgan Lander

    Nu metal, Groove metal
    Kittie (stylized as KiTTiE) is a Canadian heavy metal band formed in London, Ontario in 1996.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    Gordon Lightfoot is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario

    Gordon Lightfoot

    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsEndless Wire, If You Could Read My Mind, Summer Side of Life, Don Quixote, Did She Mention My Name?

    Gordon Meredith Lightfoot Jr. (born November 17, 1938) is a Canadian singer-songwriter who... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    Richie Hawtin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario

    Richie Hawtin

    Minimal techno, Detroit techno

    AlbumsSelections 1990 - 2000, Dimension Intrusion, Sheet One, 96:09, Kontakt

    Richard "Richie" Hawtin (born June 4, 1970) is a British-Canadian electronic musician and DJ.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 21
    Pat Travers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario

    Pat Travers

    Blues-rock, Rock music

    AlbumsCrash and Burn, Makin' Magic, Summer Daze, Fidelis, Halfway to Somewhere

    Patrick Henry Travers (born April 12, 1954) is a Canadian rock guitarist, keyboardist and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 22
    Paul Anka is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario

    Paul Anka

    Doo-wop, Pop music

    AlbumsRock Swings, Three Great Guys, 32 Greatest Hits, 24 Karat Gold, Duets

    Paul Albert Anka, (born July 30, 1941) is a Canadian-American singer, songwriter and actor.... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Annihilator is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario


    Thrash metal, Progressive metal

    AlbumsAlice in Hell, The One, Never, Neverland, Metal

    Annihilator is a Canadian heavy metal band founded in 1984 by vocalist, guitarist, bassist,... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Alexisonfire is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario


    Emo, Metalcore

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

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  • 25
    Dallas Green is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Ontario

    Dallas Green

    Folk music, Acoustic music

    AlbumsSometimes, Bring Me Your Love, Live, The Death of Me, The Hurry and the Harm

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