High Holy Days (band)

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High Holy Days
Origin North Bay, Ontario Canada
Genres Post-grunge
Years active 1998 (1998)–present
Labels Universal (2003 – 2006)
Roadrunner (2003 – 2006)
Website www.highholydaysmusic.com
Members Marc Arcand
Bill MacGregor
Chris Amey
Brett Hind
Brian Finner
Past members Brian Bird
Dave Thompson
Jeremy Galda
Jason Guindon
Sterling Campbell

High Holy Days is a Canadian post-grunge music group based in North Bay The most current lineup consists of vocalist Marc Arcand, guitarist Bill MacGregor, guitarist Brett Hind, bassist Chris Amey, and drummer Brian Finner. Former members of the band include Dave Thompson (guitarist), Jeremy Galda (bassist), Brian Bird (drummer), and Jason Guindon (drummer).


Arcand, MacGregor, Galda, and Guindon began performing together as the Arcand Band in 1998. In 2000 they changed their name to High Holy Days.[1] The band released their debut album All My Real Friends independently.

High Holy Days toured in Canada with Theory of a Deadman in the summer of 2003, and that year signed to Roadrunner Records.[2][1] Roadrunner re-released All My Real Friends in March 2004;[3] the album subsequently spawned the Canadian hit singles "All My Real Friends",[4] "The River of Styx" and "The Getaway".

The album was also released in the United States in the fall of 2004. In Canada MuchMusic aired the videos for All My Real Friends[5] and The Getaway.[6] In the United States the video for The Getaway aired on Fuse (then mmusa).[7]

In 2005 the band was nominated as "Best New Band" at the Canadian Radio Music Awards.[8]

In April 2006, the band spent some time working in a studio in Platt Bridge, Wigan, in the United Kingdom, recording tracks for their second album.[9] In between recording sessions they played gigs in Leigh and in The Tavern in Wigan. The completed album, titled It's Not Okay,[10] was released independently much later in 2012.

In 2015, High Holy Days continues to record[11] and to perform in northern Ontario.[12]


Release Date Country Title Label
February 22, 2003 Canada All My Real Friends Aleithia Records/AMG (Independent)
March 23, 2004 Canada All My Real Friends Universal Music Group
September 28, 2004 United States All My Real Friends Roadrunner Records
January 2012 "It's Not O.K." Independent


Year Song
2003 "The River of Styx" (album version)
2003 "Living in your Head"
2004 "All My Real Friends"
2004 "The Getaway"


  1. ^ a b "Celebrate the True North, strong and free". Sudbury.com, BY Tracey DuGuay
  2. ^ "High Holy Days Wanna Rock You". Chart Attack, July 18, 2003.
  3. ^ "High Holy Days All My Real Friends Roadrunner Records". UWO Gazette, April 6, 2004 Volume 97, Issue 98 Arthur Thuot
  4. ^ "High Holy Days " All My Real Friends". The Coast, December 06, 2007 By Johnston Farrow
  5. ^ "Muchmusic Top 30 - Year-End". Top40 Charts, 2004.
  6. ^ "High Holy Days Hits The States". FMQB Radio, July 30, 2004
  7. ^ Information about the singles and the Independent release of All My Real Friends came from articles in the Sudbury Star, accessed through Lexis-Nexis. (no longer available there)
  8. ^ "High Holy Days Come To CMW To Be Groupies". Chart Attack, Mar 3, 2005
  9. ^ "Music Scene - From Toronto to Platt Bridge!". Wigan Today, 28 April 2006.
  10. ^ "Album's OK for rockers". Wigan Evening Post, 12 April 2007.
  11. ^ "High Holy Days Stop By The Fox Drive". Fox Drive Radio 101.9, on May 22, 2015
  12. ^ "Cory Marquardt joins headliners at Rock 'n Ribs Music and Ribs Festival". Bay Today, Feb 26, 2016 by: Jeff Turl

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