Music History

Rock My World Canada, Chapter 2: Gandharvas

[Mike Carr has put together a massive volume on Canadian music history entitled Canadian Alternative & Indie Reference and Collector’s GuideIt’s an incredible discography of hundreds of bands. This is the latest excerpt from his book. – AC]


The Gandharvas were an alternative rock band formed in 1989 in London, Ontario. The band formed in 1989 as The Droogs (later The London Droogs), and released a self-titled EP in 1991. They changed their name to The Gandharvas in 1993, after Gandharvas, who are musical spirits in Hinduism.

In November 1993 they signed with the label Watch Music and in 1994 released their debut album as The Gandharvas, titled A Soap Bubble and Inertia. The album included the single “The First Day of Spring”, which was named Song of the Year (CASBY Award) by The Edge 102.1 in Toronto and was nominated for MuchMusic’s Video of the Year.

Find out more about Gandharvas and hundreds of other Canadian artists in the softcover edition of Canadian Alternative & Indie Reference and Collector’s Guide. Get your copy here.

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