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Toronto, Canada (1999 – 2011)

Broken Social Scene was an group formed in 1999 in Toronto, Canada.

The band’s core members were Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning. This duo recorded and released the band’s debut album Feel Good Lost, in 2001, with contributions from Ohad Benchetrit (also known as Years), Evan Cranley, Leslie Feist, Justin Peroff, Bill Priddle, and Charles Spearin. All of these musicians would emerge as key members of Broken Social Scene in future endeavors.

After the release of Feel Good Lost (an almost entirely album), Drew and Canning decided to transition the band into a more energetic sound reflective of the Toronto music scene of the early 2000’s. As a result, they brought in a number of local artistic and musicial friends — the Apostle of Hustle Andrew Whiteman, Jason Collett, Metric’s Emily Haines, and Leslie Feist — to flesh out their live show with lyrics and vocals. Over time, the band also came to include contributions from James Shaw, John Crossingham, Lisa Lobsinger, Julie Penner, Sam Goldberg, and StarsAmy Millan.

Many of the later guest musicians joined with Drew, Canning, Peroff and Spearin to record the band’s second album You Forgot It In People in 2002 on the label Arts & Crafts. This album, an eclectic, restlessly creative collection of yet accessible songs, became the band’s critical and breakthrough — it was greeted with widely positive reviews, and landed on many music critics’ year-end Best-Of lists.

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  • lofidelphia

    hey there's still time. they aren't playing this year but you can usually count on them playing at least 1 show a year in Toronto.

    14 Feb 6:57am Reply
  • Jovany68

    I'll always be haunted by the fact that I never got to see them live.

    11 Feb 8:43am Reply
  • ShuriK_Minsk

    Fuck it man! You forgot it in peole is just brilliant)

    12 Jan 10:39pm Reply
  • Str1ke1AL

    Because of Half Nelson I'm here. Great band!

    4 Jan 3:15pm Reply
  • akerbeltz

    Was looking for this!

    9 Dec 2014 Reply
  • roof00

    wowowow

    5 Dec 2014 Reply
  • VadiushaKomarov

    Нормальные ребята.

    19 Nov 2014 Reply
  • CrimsonEmperor

    Pitter Patter Goes My Heart is maybe the most lovely song ever created

    8 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Amirjavdani

    wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [5]

    15 Oct 2014 Reply
  • joshuak89

    I dont know what it was about this band that made me not like them much when I heard them first. So happy I gave them another try.

    2 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Dosva

    almost 5 years ago I tried to get into BBS... This weekend I was in Charlottesville, VA and bought their self titled from a record store, Sidetracks for like $5... From the very first listen I was blown away, I don't know why I hadn't seriously started listening to them before now. Amazing. Really amazing. The only shame is, it took too long for me to get into them.

    29 Sep 2014 Reply
  • oedipalmass

    a band i dont listen to nearly enough...not a bad song in their catalogue

    24 Jun 2014 Reply
  • glass_pijama

    it's kind of a funny story

    2 Jun 2014 Reply
  • EslamMagdi

    I think I found a new favourite band. Thank you life, you're amazing as fuck!

    29 May 2014 Reply
  • Smirnon

    i don't listen to this kind of music anymore for a good 8 years or so, but YFIIP is still one of the best records that ever came out of the indie rock scene. such gems on that album

    15 May 2014 Reply
  • BDogDaRapStar

    Can we make the song instrumental? - Charles Spearin Yea - Ohad Benchetrit

    24 Apr 2014 Reply
  • pointpleasant

    they lost their lives in backyards

    16 Apr 2014 Reply
  • jobygiada

    this movie is broken. just that! watch it people is great!

    8 Apr 2014 Reply
  • farizbjorn

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    25 Mar 2014 Reply
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    6 Mar 2014 Reply
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