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List of Famous Bands from Vancouver

Updated June 8, 2017 80.4k views134 items

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

    Pop punk, Pop rock
    David Craig Wood (born September 28, 1978 in Toronto) was rhythm guitarist for Avril Lavigne. He was previously a member of the Vancouver punk pop band Gob, where he played bass guitar. In 2003 Jesse...  more
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    Images in Vogue

    Synthpop, New Wave

    AlbumsBest Of, Images in Vogue, In the House, The Spell, So Careful

    Images in Vogue was a Canadian new wave group in the 1980s. The band was formed in 1981 in Vancouver, and originally consisted of vocalist Dale Martindale, guitarist Don Gordon, synth players Joe...  more
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    Pride Tiger

    Rock music, Alternative rock

    AlbumsThe Lucky Ones

    Pride Tiger was a Canadian hard rock music group formed in 2005 in Vancouver. Consisting of vocalist and drummer Matt Wood, guitarists Bob Froese and Sunny Dhak, and bassist Mike Payette, the band...  more
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    AlbumsCheech and Chong, Get Out of My Room, Los Cochinos, Cheech & Chong’s Wedding Album, Big Bambu

    Cheech & Chong are a Grammy Award–winning comedy duo consisting of Richard "Cheech" Marin and Tommy Chong who found a wide audience in the 1970s and 1980s for their films and stand-up routines, which...  more
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    Craig Northey

    Power pop, Alternative rock

    AlbumsGiddy Up, Northey Valenzuela

    Craig Northey (born February 9, 1962) is a Canadian musician and film and TV composer. He is one of the founding members of the band Odds, which released four albums between 1991 and 1996. They were...  more
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    Zumpano

    Power pop, Indie rock

    AlbumsLook What the Rookie Did, Goin' Through Changes

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    Conjure One

    Pop music, Trip hop

    AlbumsConjure One, Extraordinary Ways, Exilarch, Tears From the Moon, Face the Music

    Conjure One is a Canadian electronic music project, headed by Rhys Fulber, better known as a member of Front Line Assembly and Delerium....  more

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    Lloyd Arntzen

    Dixieland
    Lloyd Arntzen (born September 19, 1927) is a jazz clarinetist, folk singer, and soprano saxophonist from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Arntzen has been an active participant on the New Orleans...  more
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    Dandi Wind

    Synthpunk, Electro-industrial

    AlbumsYolk of the Golden Egg, Concrete Igloo, Bait the Traps, Break the Bone and Suck the Marrow From It, A Smile Before Death

    Dandi Wind was a post-industrial band created in Vancouver, Canada in 2003. The band consisted of duo Dandilion Wind Opaine and Szam Findlay. Opaine went on to form the disco band Fan Death. "Dandi...  more
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    Thor

    Power metal, Heavy metal

    AlbumsOnly the Strong, Thor Against the World, Unchained, Live in Detroit, Devastation of Musculation

    Thor (stylized as THOR) is a heavy metal band from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada....  more
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    Geoff Berner

    Klezmer, Folk music

    AlbumsWhiskey Rabbi, We Shall Not Flag or Fail, We Shall Go on to the End, The Wedding Dance of the Widow Bride, Klezmer Mongrels

    Geoff Berner (born 1971) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and musician from Vancouver, British Columbia....  more
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    Chilliwack

    Rock music, Pop rock

    AlbumsRockerbox, The Collectors, Chilliwack, Wanna Be a Star, Opus X

    Chilliwack are a Canadian rock band that had their heyday during the 1970s and 1980s. They are perhaps best remembered for their five biggest songs "My Girl", "I Believe", "Whatcha Gonna Do", "Fly At...  more
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    Phil Western

    Industrial music, Experimental music

    AlbumsThe Tractatus, 1221, On Daddy's Farm, Legend Days, DAT Hell

    Phillip Charles Western (August 12, 1971 – February 4, 2019) was a Canadian musician, based in Vancouver and a founding member of the bands Download, PlatEAU, Frozen Rabbit, and Off and Gone....  more
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    Nomeansno

    Rock music, Punk jazz

    AlbumsDance of the Headless Bourgeoisie, Mama, Why Do They Call Me Mr. Happy?, One, The Day Everything Became Isolated and Destroyed

    Nomeansno (sometimes stylized as NoMeansNo or spelled No Means No) was a Canadian punk rock band formed in Victoria, British Columbia and later relocated to Vancouver. They issued 11 albums,...  more
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    Econoline Crush

    Industrial metal, Industrial rock

    AlbumsThe Devil You Know, Ignite, Affliction, Brand New History, Purge

    Econoline Crush is a Canadian rock band from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada formed in 1992. They have released four studio albums as well as singles such as "Wicked", "Home", "Surefire", "All...  more

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    AlbumsSomething Goin' On Here, Consider This, Thankful, Big Wheel, In the Driver's Seat

    Aaron Pritchett (born August 2, 1970, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) is a Canadian country music singer....  more
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    Payolas

    New Wave, Rock music

    AlbumsUnder the Volcano, Langford, Part 1, No Stranger to Danger, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Payola$

    The Payolas were part of Vancouver's new wave of bands and active in the Canadian music scene for a decade from the late 1970s, recording several albums and singles that were Canadian chart hits....  more
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    Madchild

    Hip hop music

    AlbumsLawn Mower Man, Dope Sick, Banned From America EP, Little Monster, The Mad Child EP

    Shane Bunting (born October 21, 1975), better known by his stage name Madchild is a Canadian rapper. He is part of the Vancouver-based hip hop group Swollen Members. In 2009, he released a solo EP...  more
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    Spirit of the West

    Celtic rock, Folk rock

    AlbumsHit Parade, Save This House, Faithlift, Tripping Up the Stairs, Star Trails

    Spirit of the West are a Canadian folk rock band from Vancouver. They were popular on the Canadian folk music scene in the 1980s before evolving a blend of hard rock, Britpop, and Celtic folk...  more
  • 45

    Default

    Post-grunge, Alternative rock

    AlbumsElocation, The Fallout, One Thing Remains, Comes and Goes, Wasting My Time

    Default is a Canadian hard rock/post-grunge band from Vancouver, British Columbia. Since forming in 1999 they have released four albums, and have sold more than a million records. The majority of...  more
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    PlatEAU

    Electronic music, Intelligent dance music

    AlbumsSpacecake, Iceolator, Kushbush, Music for Grass Bars, Dutch Flowers

    PlatEAU is an electronic music project featuring cEvin Key and Phil Western. The project resembles a very loose approach to the Download project featuring the same members. The song names and album...  more
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    Stephen Fearing

    Folk music

    AlbumsFearing & White, Between Hurricanes, The Assassin's Apprentice, Industrial Lullaby, So Many Miles

    Stephen Fearing (born 1963) is a Canadian roots/folk singer-songwriter. In addition to his solo career, Fearing co-founded Canadian roots-rock supergroup Blackie and the Rodeo Kings with Colin Linden...  more
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    Doubting Thomas

    Industrial music

    AlbumsFather Don't Cry, The Infidel, Who Died and Made You King?

    Doubting Thomas is an industrial band formed by two members of Skinny Puppy: cEvin Key and the late Dwayne Goettel. It is considered a Skinny Puppy side project. The band shares its name with an...  more
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    Imaad Wasif

    Rock music, Experimental rock

    AlbumsImaad Wasif, Strange Hexes, The Voidist

    Imaad Wasif is a singer, guitarist and songwriter whose music combines elements of psychedelic folk and rock. Wasif’s music has been described as "unbelievably intense with sparkling,...  more
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    Luke Doucet

    Folk rock, Alternative country

    AlbumsBroken (And Other Rogue States), Blood's Too Rich, Aloha Manitoba, Steel City Trawler, Fokestar

    Luke Doucet (born June 9, 1973) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist. He has written and performed as a solo artist and as a member of the indie rock band Veal and the folk rock band...  more