It’s no doubt that Canada has plenty of artists to offer the world of music. Historically and presently, Canada has been home to well-known and subjectively extremely talented musicians.

Aside from the commonly talked about Canadian bands, I would like to share five Canadian bands that are doing some amazing things both in recorded form and in a live setting. Without further ado, here they are, in no particular order.

1. Scenic Route To Alaska 

(Indie Rock) // Edmonton, AB

Scenic Route To Alaska Band Photo

After coming across one of Scenic Route To Alaska’s singles off their upcoming record, I instantly looked them up to figure out who they were, where they were from, and why I hadn’t heard of them before. Their music draws upon some jazzy influences while pushing them into the modern spotlight making for a refreshing sound. What makes Scenic Route To Alaska unique is their ability to convey their ‘prarie-indie’ sound through lyrics full of imagery. If this doesn’t make you want to go out onto the country roads and cruise, I don’t know what will.

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2.  The Lifts 

(Rock) // Toronto, ON


The Lifts combine the perfect amount of grunge with alt rock. Picture the guitar melodies found in some of The Used’s bigger tracks, now slowly throw in some Muse and Cold War Kids, and you’ve got a sense of what The Lifts offer. The band blends the heavier sides of rock with their instrumentals but still incorporates aggressive clean vocals. I’m probably not doing it much justice – so quit reading and listen below.

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(Indie Pop) // Toronto, ON

Good Kid Band

Now, I know I’ve posted about GOOD KID before, but their dedication to crafting their sound is admirable. From their first single, “NOMU”, to the follow-up track “Atlas”, the band has consistently translated the energy that is inherent in their sound to a recorded track. After watching clips posted of the band recording new music, group vocals and groovy guitar riffs are certainly going to continue to make each track energetic, upbeat, and mosh ready – if you feel so inclined. Here’s the latest track.

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4. Valley

(Indie Rock) // Toronto, ON

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Speculatively, the band pulls strong influences from The 1975, Bon Iver, and Frank Ocean. Strange mix, right? But it works so well. Following the band for a few years now has given me the opportunity to watch the band add new members and elements while increasing their overall motivation. The release of the band’s EP earlier this year created a buzz that the band arguably hadn’t seen before. Positive feedback from listeners, bringing a manager onboard, and more recently performing at a show case in New York City have given Valley that extra push they needed to confirm that the band has a place in the wonderful world of music. They’re here to stay.

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5. Arkells 

(Indie Rock) // Hamilton, ON


The Arkells may not be new but they’re certainly on almost every indie fan’s radar. This past August, Arkells released a new album titled Morning Report. The album, the publicity around it, and the hard work that went into promoting the album have put the band on a new level and standard. Arkells are still that same indie rock band you’ve always known, but they have continued to increase the dedication and energy that goes into their live shows. Let’s put it this way: You can watch Arkells play the same set list 100 times but every show will be different and memorable for very distinct reasons. You will never get tired of seeing this band perform.

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