Mir (band)

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Origin Halifax, Nova Scotia
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 1998 (1998)-2010 (2010)-->
Labels AASH Records
Associated acts Knight, Asif Illyas
Website mirwebsite.com
Members Adam Dowling
Asif Illyas
Shehab Illyas
Past members Chis Church, Julian Marentette

Mir is a Canadian alternative rock music group formed in 1998 in Halifax. Their projects have been released in Canada and Europe, and their 2006 itinerary included 4 tours in Germany after being signed to Silversonic Records in Germany. In 2004 MIR was signed to East West Warner Records for 2 years and toured extensively in Germany playing large festivals including Rock em Ring and Rockn em Park in 2005.

Asif Illyas is the band's lead vocalist, guitarist and pianist. His brother Shehab Illyas is the bassist and vocalist, and Adam Dowling is drummer and a second vocalist.

In 2008, the band was nominated at the East Coast Music Awards for Rock/Group of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. Mir also received over thirty various ECMA nominations in previous years.

In 2013 Asif Illyas is releasing a solo project on April 17th in Canada and bassist Shehab Illyas also has recorded a solo project called Knight that will accompany a short film that he wrote and directed this year ( release date unknown)


  • 1998: What's Wrong with Being Sexy? EP
  • 2001: Invisible Science
  • 2002: Invisible Science - The Single
  • 2003: State of Emergency (European release)
  • 13 July 2004: 7 Directions
  • 30 November 2004: Invisible Science MMIV (re-release)
  • 2005: The Acoustic Record
  • 2006: 7 Directions (European release)
  • 4 December 2008 " A Soldier's Carol" Christmas EP

The band's song "State of Emergency" was featured on the 2002 compilation The Great Stupa, which included songs from Sting, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and others.

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