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List of Famous Bands from Ottawa

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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.

If you're wondering, "What bands are from Ottawa?" or "What is a list of Ottawa bands?" then this list will answer your questions. {#nodes}
  • 1
    Pop music, Rock music

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

    NationalityCanada, United States of America

    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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  • 2
    Doo-wop, Pop music

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

    NationalityCanada, United States of America

    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

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  • 3
    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, songwriter, engineer, producer, mixer, mastering engineer Jeff Waters and vocalist John Bates. They are the...  more
  • 4
    Rock music, Folk music

    AlbumsChristmas, Night Vision, In the Falling Dark, Stealing Fire, Further Adventures Of


    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

    The Best Bruce Cockburn Albums of All Time#25 of 121 The Best 1970s Christian Pop Artists#373 of 542 The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

  • 5
    Folk music, Alternative country

    AlbumsBack to Me, Voyageur, Failer, Asking for Flowers, Building 55


    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

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  • 6
    Thrash metal, Heavy metal

    AlbumsHeavy Metal Maniac, Violence & Force, Unveiling the Wicked, Long Live the Loud, Kill After Kill

    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
  • 7
    Hip hop music

    AlbumsIt's Called Life, At Last EP, Tales of Power, At Last


    Eternia (born Silk-Anne Semiramis Dawn Craig Kaya) is a Canadian rapper....  more

    #106 of 233 The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time#36 of 94 The Best Canadian Rappers

  • 8
    Thrash metal, Progressive metal
    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
  • 9
    Progressive metal, Industrial music

    AlbumsModes of Transportation, Volume 1, What's a Boy to Do?, Bed, Breakfast


    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
  • 10
    Canadian rock, Power pop

    AlbumsWhite Paint, Record in a Bag

    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
  • 11

    AlbumsYoung Girl Blues, Walk in the Sun, Love Comin' Down, Without a Warning, Ten Days in November


    Sue Foley (born March 29, 1968) is a Canadian blues singer and guitarist....  more
  • 12
    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

    AlbumsThe Revolution, Hot Girl

    NationalityCanada, State of Palestine

    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
  • 13

    AlbumsPortrait, Lassoes 'N Spurs, Repeat After Me, Raised on Country Music, Country Kicks

    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
  • 14
    Pop music, Rhythm and blues

    AlbumsGive Me The Music, Somewhere Else, Meant to Fly


    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....  more
  • 15


    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
  • 16
    Rock music, Experimental music

    AlbumsJazz, The Lonesome Death of Jonas Grumby, Ginger Grant, Wardynclyffe, Live Off The Floor


  • 17
    Folk music, Indie rock

    AlbumsThe Pink Ghosts, Glory Hope Mountain, Live at Royal Albert Hall, Blankets!, A Klausener Xmas

    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....  more
  • 18
    Folk music, Indie rock

    AlbumsWhere the Bungalows Roam, The Occasionals, The Falcon Lake Incident, The North Side Benches, iTunes Session


    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
  • 19
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music

    AlbumsImagine it, 1-2-1, Forward Your Emotions

    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....  more
  • 20
    Indie, Alternative rock

    AlbumsFragments Of Fiction


    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
  • 21
    Instrumental rock, Post-rock

    AlbumsAwake, The Jaws That Bite, the Claws That Catch, I Want to Tell My Heart to You. But I Cannot Say English

    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
  • 22
    Chamber music, Alternative rock

    AlbumsFrom Here On Out, Music for Heart and Breath


    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
  • 23
    Shoegazing, Space rock

    AlbumsConstance, 33, Southpacific

    Southpacific was a Canadian space rock band with prominent dream pop/post-rock leanings, originally based in Ottawa....  more
  • 24
    Robert Leslie "Les" Emmerson (born 17 September 1944 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) is the lead vocalist and guitarist for the band Five Man Electrical Band, and their predecessor band The Staccatos. ...  more
  • 25

    AlbumsMore a Feeling Than a Living


    John Carl David Wilson (February 10, 1955 – June 22, 2006), known as Back Alley John, was a Canadian blues singer, songwriter and harmonica player....  more