The Best New Bands (Best of 2017)

The new kids on the block

Not only were we blessed with so many new albums from some our favourite returning artists, but with music from artists who we didn’t know we were missing out on yet. Let’s take a moment to look back at some of the great breakthrough bands of the year. Here are the best new bands of 2017.

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The Beaches

The Beaches are unquestionably one of the hottest bands in Toronto right now, which in part has to do with their heavy breakthrough album Late Show as well as their energetic live presence as seen on their just-concluded tour with Death From Above. The future is shining bright for this Toronto-based rock group.



Chances are you’ve been hearing the name Dizzy recently, and that’s for good reason. This Oshawa-based dream pop group just signed to Royal Mountain Records, and soon to become the next GTA outfit to bloom to following labelmates Alvvays and PUP. With only two official songs released, they’ve ignited a growing fan base and garnered impressive opening slots for big names such as Bleachers and Tei Shi.


Middle Kids

The emerging indie-pop band from Sydney, Australia laid down its roots in 2014 when classically trained pianist Hannah Joy met multi-instrumentalist Tim Fitz, who worked as producer for Joy’s solo work. The project turned collaborative, and shortly after they recruited drummer Harry Day. Before the band had even played a show, they wrote and recorded their incredible debut single “Edge of Town,” which gained quick exposure after Elton John shared the track on his radio show and Apple Music playlist.




After going viral in 2015 with their hit “The ‘Ellen’ Page,” Partner released their much-anticipated debut album, In Search of Lost Time, in September. Hailing from the East Coast, founding members Josée Caron and Lucy Niles recently settled into Windsor, Ontario and have been busy working on a second LP. Expect to see more of this name in the near future.

Daddy Issues

Nashville, Tennessee-based three-piece Daddy Issues released a series of cassettes and digital downloads via Infinity Cat over the past couple years, but it’s their 2017 effort Deep Dream that’s effectively helped them find a larger audience. Their version of Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer” stands as one of the year’s best covers, as well.


Aron D’Alesio

You may recognize this face from his “croon psych” trio Young Rival, but Hamilton’s Aron D’Alesio is quietly making his name known. He put out his first solo LP Aron D’Alesio this summer and it’s a low-key delight.


Mappe Of

Mappe Of is the new musical project of Tom Meikle, one of Toronto’s most interesting new artists. After years of playing in bands and focusing on becoming a virtuoso guitarist, he shifted his focus to songwriting and performing as a frontman. He spent a while busking in Australia, experimenting with his writing and performing to passersby on the street.



Toronto-based band Monowhales dropped the “Ginger Ale & The” from their name but thankfully they preserved everything else that goes into their fun and infectiously catchy songwriting. Don’t miss out on any opportunity to catch this rising act’s live show.


Dead Heavens

It was a big year for post-hardcore/punk legend Walter Schreifels, who not only reunited Quicksand for a proper tour and first new record in 22 years, but also delivered one of the year’s best stoner-rock efforts with Dead Heavens’ Whatever Witch You Are. While we’re hoping Quicksand doesn’t take as long between records next time around, we’re happy to welcome Dead Heavens’ maximum riffage to the fold.

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Best of 2017 series.
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