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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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  • pointpleasant

    they lost their lives in backyards

    16 Apr 7:36pm Reply
  • jobygiada

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

    8 Apr 9:12am Reply
  • farizbjorn

    wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [4] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [4] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [4] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [4] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [4] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [4] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [4] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [4]

    25 Mar 12:19pm Reply
  • PinkFloydrulez

    wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [3] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [3] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [3] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [3] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [3] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [3] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [3] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [3] [2]

    6 Mar 5:13pm Reply
  • WS9167

    Why did they break up? Look what happened to Arcade Fire. It could've well happened to Broken Social Scene.

    19 Feb 3:46pm Reply
  • bigbadapplejax

    Come back guys. Please?

    15 Feb 7:01pm Reply
  • BDogDaRapStar

    wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [3] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [3] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [3] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [3] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [3] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [3] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [3] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [3]

    15 Feb 2:57am Reply
  • placebo_molko

    i like how sweetest kill is the most listened one. They have plenty of good songs but that one is simply magical

    12 Feb 9:26pm Reply
  • Dead-Disnee

    wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [2]

    31 Jan 11:43am Reply
  • alin1

    "Anthems For a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl" live at Ottawa Folk Fest 2004: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2Yc55056DU Emily Haines is singing, of course.

    16 Jan 1:33am Reply
  • g3red

    alive?

    7 Jan 6:36pm Reply
  • yasmiingab

    i love them, I love them SO MUCH

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • pointpleasant

    this band can cure depression/bad thoughts like no other...

    27 Nov 2013 Reply
  • barcon73

    a great band be good to see them reform for a few more shows.

    7 Sep 2013 Reply
  • agnesxsaboia

    Oh you lucky people in Toronto...[14]

    4 Sep 2013 Reply
  • futhamucka

    You Forgot It In People is one of those albums I can play over and over again. This is the first time I've listened to it in full since i was still in undergrad and I gotta tell ya, it's still fuckin' great.

    1 Sep 2013 Reply
  • zayaxa

    Selling my copy of Lo Fi for the Dividing Nights here http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Broken-Social-Scene-Lo-Fi-for-the-Dividing-Nights-CD-RARE-/151112696563?pt=UK_CDsDVDs_CDs_CDs_GL&hash=item232f04c2f3

    1 Sep 2013 Reply
  • fallencowboy

    I've always heard about this band but never really listened to them until the other day. I was really captivated by their music though. Good stuff

    26 Aug 2013 Reply
  • melodymann

    texico bitches is so lovely one

    6 Aug 2013 Reply
  • SouptheHoop

    almost crimes. that is all

    15 Jul 2013 Reply
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