True Originals: Toronto’s Best Cover Bands

Cover me crazy

Cover bands are often some terrible group of draft beer fueled Dads butchering classics from a bygone era to the eight people in the bar who are too drunk to care. Of course there are exceptions, but we rarely hear a cover band elevate their source material to a higher level or even do justice to the songs they love playing. Here are some cover acts that don’t just play other peoples’ songs, they make them their own.

Oldies 990

Named after an old Toronto radio station these guys are hands down my favorite cover act in the city. They play mostly 50s and 60s tunes like “Good Lovin'” and “Wooly Bully” and absolutely destroy the dancefloor. The band features members of Canadian indie legends Local Rabbits and trust me, they do not disappoint (if you can get into one of their packed shows).


An all-female Weezer tribute band? HELL YES! Sheezer mostly focus on The Blue Album and Pinkerton, the band’s best work. This works way better than it should.

Dwayne Gretzky

This all star supergroup is undoubtedly the city’s best known cover crew. They feature members of July Talk, Sheezer and Our Lady Peace covering Fleetwood Mac and Bruce Springsteen. Not to be missed.

Tommy Youngsteen

Tom Petty. Neil Young. Bruce Springsteen. That’s the concept here. All played by members of Stars, BSS, The Stills, The Trews and Sam Roberts Band…..need I say more??

Vag Halen

Self described “feminist queer art rock band” Vag Halen takes 70s cock rock and flips it on its head.