Top 20 Canadian Rock Bands and Musicians

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I don't think these have been mentioned...

The Stampeders (Sweet City Woman)

Five Man Electrical Band (Signs ) and (Absolutely right) from OttawaDrumGuy's hometown of Ottawa

 

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Saga, yes!! And as someone said earlier, Gowan (now with Styx). An excellent album

 

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Though I'm hard Rush Fan and Prog classic, Some early albums from Nickelback are really solid and nice to listen.
 

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No one mentioned I Mother Earth? Great drumming on their tunes.
 

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Go Neil Young! Of course Rush! I saw Bryan Adams open for the Rolling Stones in the early 2000s. He rocked! I never heard of The Tragically Hip and then I saw that documentary and I thought they were pretty cool band. I never got beyond that movie though. I used to date a chick that loved the Barenaked Ladies. They were awful but I had to tolerate with them to deal with her...... the things we do for like!
 

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If paving paradise is now rock I wonder how Sarah Mclachlan doesn’t make the cut.
 

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Ha! I played with a few of those bands. :)
I played one show with Kim Mitchell in 1985 (Junos) , Coney Hatch in the 80s, FM in the late 80s, and Zappacosta (not on the list?) in the early 90s. :D

As for Big Wreck, I have a good story about them... I was in Seattle for a job interview with Microsoft and had free time one night, so I checked the paper to see if anything was going on in town. Turned out that Dream Theater was playing a club (this was 1997 I think). The singer in Dream Theater is an old friend of mine (Kevin Labrie). I got Coney Hatch to audition him right after I joined the band back in 1985, and he and I roomed together on the road for a few months. He was eventually replaced by Phil Naro. Anyway, I went to the club and waited outside their tour bus, and when Kevin walked by I called him over. He took me onto the bus and got me a pass to the show and we caught up on things (we hadn't seen each other in about ten years at this point).

So I go into the club, and the opening band is called Big Wreck, who I had never heard of. Well, they proceeded to completely blow me away. So good. The drummer was playing a big 26" bass drum, and their songs were really great. When Dream Theater came on, it didn't really do it for me, so I left after a few numbers.

A few months later I started hearing Big Wreck on the radio in Toronto. Never saw them in person again though.
 

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Coney Hatch 80s hard rock band
Kim Mitchell - go for soda
Aldo Nova - Fantasy
Saga
 

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Though I'm hard Rush Fan and Prog classic, Some early albums from Nickelback are really solid and nice to listen.
Nickelback can be a bit cock-rocky and seem to be very polarising (although they've sold an awful lot of albums for a band so many claim to hate), but they take themselves less seriously than everybody else does.

Personally I think they're a great band who have written some very good pop/rock songs with good musicianship.
 

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Floyd Sneed , drummer 3 Dog Night - Canadian
Dewey Martin ( original) drummer Buffalo Springfield - Canadian
 

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Thread title is " and musicians " . That's how I understood it .

Here's some( maybe) lesser known I can remember from when I was into that scene .

Foot in Cold Water
Pagliaro
Chilliwak
Downchild
King Biscuit Boy
Martha and the Muffins
Rough Trade
Minglewood Band
Goddo
Gowan
Stampeders
Mashmakan ( Jerry Mercer)
Cowboy Junkies
Alana Myles
Nickelback
Pat Travers
Daniel Lanois
Max Webster/Kim Mitchell
Rheostatics
Crash Test Dummies
Trooper
Roch Voisine
Zachary Richard
Cowsills
Poppy Family
BB ' Nyet Nyet Soviet ' Gabor
Jerry Doucette

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Plus FM
 


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