The Best Winnipeg Bands

The Number FiveMy favourite bands from Winnipeg, Manitoba

  1. The Guess Who
  2. The Watchmen
  3. The Weakerthans
  4. Crash Test Dummies
  5. Econoline Crush

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Toronto Mike

Hmmm, Bachman-Turner Overdrive probably deserves a spot in the top five. Let's bump Econoline Crush.

May 9, 2008 @ 12:21 PM

James Edgar

The Weakerthans are cool. There songs sound that same but anybody who can pull off songs about curling I like.
I say bump the watchmen rather than econoline crush for BTO.

May 9, 2008 @ 12:48 PM

Toronto Mike

Can't do it - I'm a big Watchmen fan. I could bump the Mmm mmm mmm guys, possibly, but Superman's Song was pretty sweet...

May 9, 2008 @ 1:08 PM


I can't beleive there are this many bands from Winnpeg!

May 9, 2008 @ 1:20 PM

Mike (Buffalo Boy)

Isn't April Wine from Winnepeg?

May 9, 2008 @ 2:48 PM

James Edgar

The watchmen always seemed like they should be better to me. They just never quite got it right. Oh well if we all like exactly the same things....

May 9, 2008 @ 2:50 PM

James Edgar

April Wine's from the east coast or Montreal.

May 9, 2008 @ 2:50 PM

Toronto Mike

Just last week I mentioned April Wine is from Nova Scotia. Halifax, I believe.

May 9, 2008 @ 2:52 PM

James Edgar

I knew I'd heard that somewhere! See people do read your stuff. We just can't remember it. In my case it may be age :(

May 9, 2008 @ 3:36 PM

Mike (Buffalo Boy)

Sorry, I remember it from the Hips video I think they were playing Winnepeg and April Wine was playing same night

May 9, 2008 @ 4:46 PM


Include solo artists and you get Chantal Kreviazuk, Holly MacNarland, Remy Shand (although he only had one album, he got me listening to rnb) & the big daddy of them all Neil Young.

May 10, 2008 @ 1:10 PM

Toronto Mike

No doubt, Neil's musical career began in Winnipeg, but I must point out he was born in Toronto and lived in Ontario until the age of twelve. :-)

May 10, 2008 @ 1:28 PM


altho myles goodwyn was born in NB, april wine was based in nova scotia before moving to montreal. yeah how come Neil Young isn't in the list?? or how about Doc Walker??

September 15, 2009 @ 2:38 AM

Toronto Mike

Neil Young is not a band.

September 15, 2009 @ 7:58 AM


wtf?? How 'bout da Guess Who ???

November 7, 2009 @ 9:44 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


You mean, The Guess Who I put in 1st place?

November 7, 2009 @ 9:47 PM


Neil Young moved to rural Manitoba from Ontario and started playing a guitar and performing during his high school years in Winnipeg. This is why he is commonly heralded as a Winnipeg boy.

March 31, 2010 @ 12:35 PM


what about The Bad Signs? they are from Winnipeg

April 10, 2010 @ 4:38 PM


Well i think chantal kreviazuk needs a mention here as well....She is an awesome musician with winnipeg roots.

July 18, 2010 @ 12:24 AM



July 23, 2010 @ 11:42 AM


you are such a douchebag

December 6, 2010 @ 10:16 PM


Tom Cochrane,Streetheart,harlequin,queen city kids,orphan

January 10, 2011 @ 11:22 PM


Chocolate Bunnies From Hell

January 10, 2011 @ 11:25 PM


Best band was The Fuse/The Six with Jeff Hatcher and David Briggs. They still play a few gigs every year as the Hatcher Briggs Collective. They pre-dated Blue Rodeo and actually did it better. Sorry Toronto, we had Canadiana well before you did. I rate Hatcher's band over all other bands from Winnipeg. Sorry BTO and Crash Test fans, but the best band was Hatcher's.

Hatcher's songs were recently covered by Wendy Bird. Jeff was also the lead writer for the Blue Shadows even though everyone thought Billy Cowsill wrote half the songs. He didn't. Other great singer songwriters are Luke Doucet and Del Barber.

Kelvin High School reunion could feature Neil Young, Jeff Hatcher and his brothers, and finally Luke Doucet. Just imagine that.

March 7, 2011 @ 9:23 PM


What about Not going to Vegas, Phill D. is doing well in his music career.

June 15, 2011 @ 12:08 AM


Winnipegs newest creation! these guys have been around for ages in seperate bands but decided to make a new super-group! its ridiculously good
check it

December 10, 2011 @ 7:46 PM


Dear James Edgar.

Man, unless you're like 5 years old, you need to know the difference between "their" / "there" / and most importantly, "they're". Seriously man, come on. You're just pretending to be a retard, right?
Grammar: It's the difference between knowing your shit, and knowing you're shit.

July 27, 2012 @ 4:48 PM


Oh, and other than Toronto Mike (Hi, I'm a big fan...) and anyone else who spoke up in the name of the Watchmen, these guys may be the greatest band that never really made it. If anyone has ever cared to see a live show from Danny and the boys, these guys are pretty damn incredible. Danny Greaves is a pretty talented writer too

July 27, 2012 @ 5:28 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I love the Watchmen. And I loved them live.

Always felt they were underappreciated...

July 27, 2012 @ 5:41 PM


What about swallowing sh*t, Head Hits concrete, kursk/wolbachia, Malefaction, Propagandhi, Painted Thin, I Spy, Silence Equals, Hoppers 13, Christine Fellows, Giant Sons, Red Fisher, the Bonaduces, the paperbacks and of course John K Samson. The peg has one of the best music scenes anywhere.

September 6, 2012 @ 7:30 AM


No mention of the legendary noise rock band Kittens? Or more latter day Ken Mode?

December 4, 2018 @ 10:59 PM

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