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100 best Canadian bands

Editorial Staff

The top Canadian rock artists gathered in celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary. Hear: Danko Jones, Metric, Billy Talent and more!

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It’s a hill that plenty of people have tried to die on: which band is Canada’s best? While we thought narrowing down last year’s list of the 100 greatest Canadian songs was difficult, it seems that deciding best bands with a staff of music lovers of all ages sprawled coast to coast is no less polarizing. Apparently we love a challenge, but the dust has settled and we're pleased to present CBC Music's 100 best Canadian bands ever.

To help us celebrate these 100 bands, we’ve invited an incredible array of musicians, actors and writers to be unofficial cheerleaders and endorse each selection on the list. Among the wonderful people who were eager to discuss their favourite Canadian bands are Father John Misty, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Josh Groban, Jim Treliving, Thomas Golubic (music director for The Walking Dead), k.d. lang and so many more.

Check out the full list in the gallery above.

Editor's note: this article was originally published on June 30, 2015.

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