The Worst Pop Band Ever

The Worst Pop Band Ever

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN

With accolades from AllAboutJazz to the Toronto Star, the WPBE have shared the stage with young stars like Elizabeth Shepherd to jazz renegades, the Bad Plus. The WPBE like to think of themselves as the ugly love child of Radiohead and Miles Davis, always butting heads with expectation.


With influences ranging from Wayne Shorter to Levon Helm to J Dilla, The Worst Pop Band Ever is a Toronto based group that tries to combine a love of improvisational jazz and indie pop. Individually, the members of the WPBE have worked with a who's who of Canadian and international musicians, from Feist to the Shuffle Demons, but together, whether it be blending acoustic bass with turntables or analog synths with the saxophone, the WPBE sets out to twist and bend both originals and covers, straddling genres and butting heads with expectation. Often compared to Medeski Martin Wood or the Bad Plus, the boys like to think of themselves as the ugly love child of Radiohead and Miles Davis.

Since forming in 2005, they have shared stages/ toured with the likes of the Bad Plus, Happy Apple, Jeff Parker, Rich Brown, Rich Underhill, Kelly Jefferson and Elizabeth Shepherd.
They have played festivals and clubs throughout North America including the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival, NXNE, the Wreckhouse Jazz Festival (St. Johns, NL), the Ottawa Jazz Festival on Canada Day, IAJE, as well as filling notable venues/clubs like the Rex (Toronto), Schuba's (Chicago), Le Garage (Winnipeg), Yardbird Suite (Edmonton), Bassment (Saskatoon) and the Beat Niq (Calgary), the NAC (Ottawa), and The Cellar (Vancouver). They were recently referred to as a "highlight" of the 2012 TD Canada Trust Jazz festival in Toronto.

The band's latest EP, "Sometimes Things Go Wrong (and other songs we shouldn't play)" was recorded live in Vancouver while on tour and described by "as music for people, whether they dig jazz or nota tight band playing with substance and feeling for an appreciative audience". (Mark Turner, 2012) Their last album,"Dost Thou Believeth in Science" (2009), received critical acclaim from traditional and online media such as the Toronto Star, Wholenote Magazine, Something Else! (, FFWD, and All About Jazz.Com (including being the featured download of the day). It also received national and international radio rotation and even reached # 1 on the CIUT Charts in Toronto and #28 on the overall Canadian College Radio Charts (Earshot).

Their music has also been used for film and videos for the United Nations, Teletoon, CBC and the National Film Board. They were shortlisted as part of Toronto's NOW Magazine and the Harbourfront Centre's "Soundclash" competition and were showcased in the June 2012 issue of Canadian Musician.


The 2nd Worst Tour Ever


The 3rd Worst Tour Ever
Live webcast in Duncan (with the weirdest first 5 minute band intro ever)

Interview video