25. Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The thriving Canadian city of Toronto has a rock ‘n’ roll heritage to be proud of.
It is easy to forget that the legendary rocker Neil Young originally emerged out of here, given his lifelong association with America and its music.
The same is true of Robbie Robertson, who was a key member of the peerless roots-rockers The Band, who for a time in the late 1960s were one of the most critically acclaimed and popular rock bands in the world.
The Band even found favour with a certain Bob Dylan, serving as a backing band of sorts before striking out on their own, but thankfully taking the time to record the legendary Basement Tapes with him.
In the late 1960s prog-rockers Rush rose out of the Willowdale suburb of Toronto. Initially a blues band, Geddy Lee and company went on to become one of Canada’s most popular and long-lasting bands, with a devoted legion of fans (and an equal number of detractors).
The capital of Ontario province has a significant indie and alternative rock scene as well.
The eclectic indie rock posse Broken Social Scene (featuring the successful in her own right songwriter Feist) and fiery punk rockers Fucked Up are just two of a number of acts who have broken through in the noughties to reach a wider audience.
Associated acts: Neil Young, The Band, Rush, Broken Social Scene, Metric, Feist, The Hidden Cameras, Fucked Up