Said the Whale

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Said the Whale
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Said the Whale, 2012 Grey Cup Street Party
Background information
Origin Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Indie rock, Indie folk
Years active 2007–present
Labels Hidden Pony Records
Members Ben Worcester
Tyler Bancroft
Spencer Schoening
Jaycelyn Brown
Past members Laura Smith
Jeff LaForge
Colin Dodds
Peter Carruthers
Nathan Shaw

Said the Whale is a Vancouver-based indie rock band started by Ben Worcester and Tyler Bancroft in 2007.[1]


Their debut EP Taking Abalonia was released in 2007. It was re-released with seven new songs on June 3, 2008 in Canada as a full-length LP under the name Howe Sounds/Taking Abalonia.

On July 1, 2009, Said the Whale released the EP The Magician to drum up anticipation for the release of their second full-length album Islands Disappear on October 13, 2009.

On November 18, 2010, the band placed second behind rapper Kyprios in CKPK-FM's 2010 Peak Performance Project, winning $75,000.[2]

Scene from Winning America

In the spring of 2011, Said the Whale toured the U.S. for the first time. During this time they were the subject of the CBC documentary Winning America directed by Brent Hodge and Thomas Buchan.[3] The movie documented the bands trip and shows along the West Coast on their way to and from Austin's SXSW Music Festival and culminated when Said the Whale won the Juno Award for New Group of the Year at the 2011 Juno Awards.[4] The documentary aired on July 23, 2011 in the province of BC, and on April 7, 2012 across Canada.[5]

They released their EP New Brighton on November 8, 2011, in preparation for their third full-length album, Little Mountain, released internationally on March 6, 2012.[6]

In early 2012, the band was awarded a spot on the Canadian music magazine Rockstar Weekly's list of the "Top 12 RockStars to Watch in 2012". The list also included Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, and Rush.[7] The band performed at the Sasquatch! Music Festival in 2012 and 2013.

Said the Whale released their fourth studio album, titled hawaiii, on September 17, 2013.[8]


Juno Awards:


  • Ben Worcester – guitar, vocals (2007-present)
  • Tyler Bancroft – guitar, vocals (2007-present)
  • Jaycelyn Brown – keyboards (2008-present)
  • Spencer Schoening – drums (2007-present)
  • Laura Smith – keyboards (2007)
  • Jeff LaForge – bass (2007-2008)
  • Colin Dodds – keyboards (2008)
  • Peter Carruthers – bass (2009-2011)
  • Nathan Shaw – bass (2011-2016)


Studio albums[edit]

Extended plays[edit]


Year Song Chart peak Album


2009 "Camilo (The Magician)" 20 Islands Disappear
2011 "Heavy Ceiling" 12 36 Little Mountain
2012 "Loveless" 28
2013 "I Love You" 97 1 38 Hawaiii
"Mother" 14
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.


  1. ^ "Said the Whale members love Vancouver 'like a woman'". Vancouver Province, September 23, 2008.
  2. ^ "Kyprios Wins $100,500 in Vancouver's Peak Performance Project". Exclaim!, November 19, 2010.
  3. ^ "Watch Winning America: The story of Said The Whale's journey to SxSW". CBC, March 7, 2012.
  4. ^ "Vancouverites Said the Whale and Lil'Bit take home JUNOS". Vancouver Observer, March 27, 2011.
  5. ^ "Watch Winning America: The story of Said The Whale's journey to SxSW". CBC, March 7, 2012.
  6. ^ "Said The Whale Announce New Studio Album Little Mountain out 2012, new EP New Brighton out today!". "Toronto Music Scene", 2011.
  7. ^ "Top 12 RockStars to Watch for in 2012". RockStar Weekly, 2012.
  8. ^ "Said the Whale Head to 'hawaiii' on New Album". "", 2013.
  9. ^ Harper, Kate (2009-05-28). "Said The Whale Are Magicians". Chart (magazine). Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  10. ^ "Said The Whale: The Magician". Upper Management Recording Company. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  11. ^ "Canadian Active/Alternative Charts | Media Source". Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  12. ^ Rock, Canadian (2012-02-07). "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Alternative Rock - February 7, 2012". Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  13. ^ Rock, Canadian (2012-06-28). "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Alternative Rock - June 26, 2012". Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  14. ^ Rock, Canadian (2012-03-20). "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Active Rock - March 20, 2012". Retrieved 2013-06-21. 

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