Top 10 Canadian Emerging Bands

From Neil Young to Alanis Morissette, let’s take a look at some of the best performances to emerge from Canada, eh?

Arcade Fire

Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, as well as Win’s younger brother William Butler, Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury, and Jeremy Gara, form Arcade Fire, a Canadian indie rock band.

Bran Van 3000

Bran Van 3000 is a Montreal, Quebec-based alternative rock and hip hop group. Stéphane Moraille, Sara Johnston, Steve “Liquid” Hawley, Jayne Hill, Jean Leloup, Kim Bingham, Pierre-Luc Cerat, and other musicians collaborated on a number of songs with Stéphane Moraille, Sara Johnston, Steve “Liquid” Hawley, Jayne Hill, Jean Leloup, Kim Bingham, Pierre-Luc Cerat, and other musicians.

Sum 41

Sum 41 is a rock band from Ajax, Ontario, Canada. Deryck Whibley, Dave Baksh, Jason “Cone” McCaslin, Tom Thacker, and Frank Zummo make up the band, which was created in 1996 under the name Kaspir.


Act from the post-hardcore genre Hotknives have been tearing up the Hamilton music scene for a time now, and their lyrical heaviness is just what Ontario hardcore needs. Upbeat riffs with a razor-sharp edge are combined with fierce yells and soaring clean vocals by the band.

Hot Mondy

Halifax, Nova Scotia’s musical collective Hot Mondy was established in the year 2019. The  5 buddies began playing outlaw country together and quickly formed a synergy for composing and performing music. Matt Rhind (lead vocals), Travis Flint (rhythm guitar and vocals), Troy Arseneault (lead guitar), Mat Budreski (acoustic guitar and background vocals), and Matt Brannon (bass and background vocals) Hot Mondy.

Like Pacific

Like Pacific is a Canadian rock band from Toronto, Ontario. Since the release of their first album, Distant Like You Asked, in 2016, Like Pacific have been steadily gaining popularity in the Toronto music scene. The band has a traditional pop-punk energy to them, which is amplified by tremendously loud vocals. If you don’t believe us, simply check at their tour with Sleep On It to see what they’re capable of.


Widmore hails from Calgary, Alberta, and their six-piece performs a unique combination of pop punk, metalcore, and R&B. Though they’ve slowly advanced toward the heavier side throughout the course of their career, their pop-punk roots are evident in their early work.


Motherhood is a  Fredericton-based band with lively and innovative music, bursting with excitement. The trio’s camaraderie is undeniable after eight years of performing together, adding to the Motherhood experience. Check out “Pick Of The Pugs,” one of their most recent tunes, which is bold and straightforward.

The Royal Foundry

Newly-weds The Royal Foundry is an alt-pop band comprised of Jared and Beth. This pair combines guitar and keyboards to achieve a combination of acoustic and electric sounds, with captivating melodies that will make you want to sing along. These Edmonton-based musicians are deserving of your attention. Listen to “Don’t Know,” their most recent single.

Lost Cousins

Lost Cousins are one of Canada’s top indie psych rock bands, with their first album due out in 2019. “Stay,” their current single, is a breathtaking demonstration of the band’s enormous musicianship, with ethereal, sweeping melodies that will transport you. Without a question, Lost Cousins are a band to keep an eye on.