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List of Famous Bands from Vancouver

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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.

List includes Heart, Neko Case, more.

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Heart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Vancouver

Albums: Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Heart, These Dreams: Greatest Hits, Bebe Le Strange, + more

Heart is a rock band that first found success in Canada and later in the United States and worldwide. Over the group's history, it has had three primary lineups, with the constant center of the ...more

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#32 of 333 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands #17 of 318 The Greatest American Rock Bands #55 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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Neko Case is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Vancouver
Genre: Americana, Folk rock & Alternative country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Middle Cyclone, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, Blacklisted, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, + more

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#202 of 265 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #490 of 935 The Best Female Vocalists Ever #136 of 218 The Greatest New Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years

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The New Pornographers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Vancouver

Albums: Twin Cinema, Electric Version, Mass Romantic, Challengers, Together, + more

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#1,216 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #461 of 604 The Most Hipster Bands #199 of 576 The Best Indie Bands & Artists

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Theory of a Deadman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Vancouver

Albums: Scars & Souvenirs, Gasoline, Theory of a Deadman, The Truth Is..., Savages, + more

Theory of a Deadman is a Canadian hard rock band from Delta, British Columbia, formed in 2001. The band is currently signed to Roadrunner Records as well as 604 Records. The band also includes ...more

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#358 of 1,062 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time #94 of 242 The Best Canadian Rock Bands #113 of 180 The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Skinny Puppy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Vancouver

Albums: The Process, Remission, Bites, Last Rights, Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse, + more

Skinny Puppy is a Canadian industrial music group formed in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1982. The group is widely considered to be one of the founders of the electro-industrial genre. ...more

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The Best Skinny Puppy Albums of All Time #1,068 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #284 of 408 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

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Front Line Assembly is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Vancouver

Albums: Millennium, Colombian Necktie, Artificial Soldier, Gashed Senses & Crossfire, FLAvour of the Weak, + more

Front Line Assembly is a Canadian electro-industrial band formed by Bill Leeb in 1986 after leaving Skinny Puppy. Influenced by early electronic and industrial acts such as Cabaret Voltaire, ...more

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#345 of 367 The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s #28 of 392 The Best Electronica Artists #5 of 227 The Best Industrial Bands

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3 Inches of Blood is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Vancouver

Albums: Here Waits Thy Doom, Battlecry Under a Winter Sun, Advance and Vanquish, Fire Up the Blades, 3 Inches of Blood, + more

3 Inches of Blood is a Canadian heavy metal band formed in 1999 in Victoria, British Columbia, currently consisting of Cam Pipes, Justin Hagberg, Shane Clark, and Ash Pearson, none of whom are ...more

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#1,895 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #130 of 294 The Best Thrash Metal Bands #99 of 200 The Best Speed Metal Bands

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Strapping Young Lad is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Vancouver

Albums: City, 1994 - 2006 Chaos Years, The New Black, No Sleep 'till Bedtime: Live in Australia, Alien, + more

Strapping Young Lad was a Canadian extreme metal band formed by Devin Townsend in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1994. The band started as a one-man studio project; Townsend played most of the ...more

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The Best Devin Townsend and Strapping Young Lad Albums, Ranked #147 of 454 The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands Of All Time #35 of 351 The Best Progressive Metal Bands

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A.C. Newman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Vancouver
Genre: Power pop; Nationality: Canada

Albums: The Slow Wonder, Shut Down the Streets, Souvenir of Canada - EP, iTunes Live from Montreal, Get Guilty

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#670 of 846 These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time #1 of 334 Famous Rhythm Guitarists

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Art of Dying is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Vancouver

Albums: Vices and Virtues, Art of Dying, Let the Fire Burn

Art of Dying is a Canadian rock band fronted by Jonny Hetherington. The band is currently signed to Better Noise Records.
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Swollen Members is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Vancouver

Albums: Balance, Black Magic, Monsters in the Closet, Bad Dreams, Armed to the Teeth, + more

Swollen Members is a Canadian hip hop group from Vancouver, British Columbia, consisting mainly of the duo Madchild and Prevail. Frequent collaborators include vocalist Moka Only along with the ...more

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The Best Swollen Members Albums of All Time #44 of 192 The Best Underground Rappers #13 of 94 The Best Canadian Rappers

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Keith Scott is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Vancouver
Genre: Adult contemporary music, Rock music & Pop rock; Nationality: Canada
Keith Scott may refer to: Keith Lamont Scott (1973–2016), an African-American fatally shot by police in 2016 in North Carolina Keith Scott, character from the American TV series One Tree Hill ...more
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Kid Koala is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Vancouver
Genre: Turntablism; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Some of My Best Friends Are DJs, Your Mom's Favorite DJ, Nufonia Must Fall, Scratchappyland, + more

Eric San (born December 5, 1974), aka Kid Koala, is a world-renowned scratch DJ, music producer, film composer, video game composer, multimedia-performer and award winning graphic novelist. He ...more

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#3 of 49 The Best Turntablists #24 of 30 Famous Turntablists

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Trooper is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Vancouver

Albums: Hot Shots, Two for the Show, Flying Colors, Trooper, Knock 'Em Dead Kid, + more

Trooper is a Canadian rock band that developed from a group formed by vocalist Ramon McGuire and guitarist Brian Smith in 1975. The group is best known for its Canadian hits: "Raise a ...more

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#867 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #145 of 169 The Best One-Hit Wonders of the 1970s #18 of 242 The Best Canadian Rock Bands

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Delerium is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Vancouver

Albums: Karma, Poem, Semantic Spaces, Fauxliage, Chimera, + more

Delerium is a Canadian new-age ambient electronic musical duo that formed in 1987, originally as a side project of the influential industrial music act Front Line Assembly. Throughout the band’s ...more

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#34 of 136 The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists #9 of 43 The Best Chill-Out Music Artists

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Pointed Sticks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Vancouver

Albums: Part of the Noise, Three Lefts Make a Right, Pointed Sticks, Perfect Youth, Out of Luck, + more

Pointed Sticks are a Canadian punk rock band from Vancouver. Originally active from 1978 to 1981, they reunited to perform in July 2006 and remained together until November 2012. They were the ...more
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Matthew Good is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Vancouver
Genre: Rock music, Acoustic music & Alternative rock; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Beautiful Midnight, Underdogs, The Audio of Being, Avalanche, White Light Rock & Roll Review, + more

Matthew Frederick Robert Good (born June 29, 1971) is a Canadian musician and writer. He was the lead singer and songwriter for the Matthew Good Band, one of the most successful alternative rock ...more

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#41 of 80 The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time #212 of 334 Famous Rhythm Guitarists

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Marianas Trench is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Vancouver

Albums: Fix Me, Masterpiece Theatre, Marianas Trench EP, Ever After, Masterpiece Theatre: Director's Cut, + more

Marianas Trench is a Canadian rock band from Vancouver, British Columbia, formed in 2001. The band consists of members Josh Ramsay Matt Webb, Mike Ayley, and Ian Casselman. The band has released ...more

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#273 of 545 The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time #101 of 242 The Best Canadian Rock Bands #81 of 93 The Best Post-Hardcore Bands

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Hedley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Vancouver

Albums: Hedley, Famous Last Words, Go with the Show, The Show Must Go, Storms, + more

Hedley is a Canadian pop-rock group originating in Abbotsford, British Columbia that formed in 2003. They were named after the unincorporated community of Hedley, British Columbia, a name chosen ...more

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#467 of 1,062 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time #120 of 242 The Best Canadian Rock Bands

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Tal Bachman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Vancouver
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Pop rock; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Tal Bachman, She's So High, Staring Down the Sun, One Starry Spirit

Talmage Charles Robert "Tal" Bachman (born August 13, 1968) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician. He is best known for his late 1999 hit, "She's So High", a pop rock ...more
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Odds is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Vancouver

Albums: Good Weird Feeling, Neopolitan, Bedbugs, Nest, Singles: Individually Wrapped, + more

Odds are a Canadian alternative rock band. The band's power pop style has been frequently compared to that of contemporaries such as Squeeze, Elvis Costello, Weezer, Tom Petty, Sloan, The Clash, ...more
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Download is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Vancouver

Albums: Inception: The Subconscious Jams 1994 - 1995, Furnace, The Eyes of Stanley Pain, III, Effector, + more

Download is a Canadian electronic music group formed by Dwayne Goettel and cEvin Key of Skinny Puppy in 1994. The initial lineup also included Off & Gone's Phil Western and Mark Spybey of ...more

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#40 of 227 The Best Industrial Bands #25 of 73 The Best Aggrotech Bands/Artists #167 of 222 The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists

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D.O.A. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Vancouver

Albums: War on 45, Something Better Change, 13 Flavours of Doom, The Black Spot, Hardcore '81, + more

D.O.A. is a Canadian punk rock band from Vancouver, British Columbia. They are often referred to as the "founders" of hardcore punk along with Black Flag, Bad Brains, Angry Samoans, ...more

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#70 of 390 The Best Punk Bands Of All Time #102 of 242 The Best Canadian Rock Bands

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Carolyn Arends is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Vancouver
Genre: Contemporary Christian music; Nationality: Canada

Albums: I Can Hear You, This Much I Understand, Seize The Day, Travelers, Feel Free, + more

Carolyn Arends is a Canadian contemporary Christian musician, songwriter, and author. She is based in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.
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Prism is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Vancouver

Albums: Prism, Over 60 minutes with..., Armageddon, Big Black Sky, See Forever Eyes, + more

Prism are a Canadian rock band originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada that formed in 1977. They were originally active from 1977 to 1984 and have been active again from 1988 to ...more