List of Famous Bands from Ottawa

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

Alanis Morissette and Paul Anka are included on this list along with many more.

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  • Alanis Morissette
  • 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 on My Shoulder", and "(You're) ...more
  • Annihilator are a Canadian thrash metal band founded in Ottawa in 1984. It is the highest-selling Canadian thrash metal group in history, having sold more than three million albums worldwide, ...more
  • Bruce Douglas Cockburn (; born May 27, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist. His song styles range from folk to jazz-influenced rock and his lyrics cover a broad range of topics ...more
  • Kathleen Edwards (born July 11, 1978) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician. Her 2003 debut album, Failer, contained the singles "Six O'Clock News" and "Hockey Skates". Her next two albums – ...more
  • Exciter is a Canadian speed metal band from Ottawa, Ontario. They are widely considered to be one of the first speed metal bands and a seminal influence of the thrash metal genre. Exciter have sold ...more
  • Eternia (born Silk-Anne Semiramis Dawn Craig Kaya) is a Canadian rapper.
  • Glen Drover (born May 25, 1969) is a Canadian heavy metal guitarist from Ontario, Canada. Drover is best known as the former lead guitarist in Megadeth and King Diamond, along with his brother Shawn ...more
  • Spookey Ruben (born Alan Deil) is a Canadian musician, producer, songwriter, composer, and filmmaker. Best known for his song and music video "These Days Are old", Dell's songwriting and eccentric ...more
  • Hollerado is a Canadian indie rock band from Ottawa, Canada. Formed in 2007, The band consists of Menno Versteeg, Nixon Boyd, Dean Baxter and Jake Boyd. The band has toured extensively, including ...more
  • Sue Foley (born March 29, 1968) is a Canadian blues singer and guitarist.
  • Ahmad Balshe (Arabic: أحمد بلشي‎) (born April 7, 1984), better known by his stage name Belly, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer of Palestinian-Jordanian descent.Born in ...more
  • Family Brown was a Canadian country music band founded in 1967 by Joe Brown, along with his son Barry and daughters Lawanda and Tracey, as well as Dave Dennison and Ron Sparling. Between 1967 and ...more
  • Eva Avila (born Eva Gougeon-Ávila on 25 February 1987 in Gatineau, Quebec) is a Canadian singer and songwriter. She won the fourth season of the CTV reality show Canadian Idol in 2006.
  • Terrance Victor Carisse (July 11, 1942 – May 22, 2005) known as Terry Carisse, was one of Canadian Country Music's most awarded, decorated and popular singer-songwriters. His awards include the ...more
  • The Acorn is a Canadian indie folk band from Ottawa, Ontario, formed in 2003. Their songs have charted on Canadian campus charts and have been in rotation on CBC Radio 3 and The Verge.
  • Jim Bryson is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Briefly a founding member of the band Punchbuggy, he moved to a musical life under his own name with the release of his debut album, The Occasionals, in ...more
  • One to One was a Canadian pop music group formed in 1984 in Ottawa. They later changed their name to One 2 One. The duo released three albums and scored ten hits across Canada between 1985 and 1992.
  • Ottawa based singer/songwriter Alexy has been a recurring face within Ottawa. Having been a part of local acts such as Discoveries and Believers, Chasing Curiosity and more recently, his solo ...more
  • As The Poets Affirm was a Canadian independent rock band formed in 2001 in Ottawa, Ontario. The band began as a three-piece acoustic project, and later evolved into a seven-member line-up ...more
  • Richard Reed Parry (born October 4, 1977) is a Canadian multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, best known as a core member of the Grammy Award-winning indie rock band Arcade Fire, where he plays ...more
  • Southpacific was a Canadian space rock band with prominent dream pop/post-rock leanings, originally based in Ottawa.
  • Robert Leslie Emmerson (17 September 1944 – 10 December 2021) was a Canadian musician and singer. He was the lead vocalist and guitarist for the band Five Man Electrical Band, and their predecessor ...more
  • John Carl David Wilson (February 10, 1955 – June 22, 2006), known as Back Alley John, was a Canadian blues singer, songwriter and harmonica player.