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Background information
OriginVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
GenresIndie rock, Indie folk
Years active2007–present
LabelsHidden Pony Records
MembersBen Worcester
Tyler Bancroft
Jaycelyn Brown
Past membersSpencer Schoening
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]


  • 1 History
  • 2 Awards
  • 3 Members
    • 3.1 Current
    • 3.2 Former
  • 4 Discography
    • 4.1 Studio albums
    • 4.2 Extended plays
    • 4.3 Singles
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


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]

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 band's trip and performances along the West Coast of North America on their way to and from Austin, Texas'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 British Columbia, 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]

On January 4, 2017 they announced their fifth album, As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide.[9] At the same time, they announced the departure of Spencer Schoening, and will be performing as a trio from now on. The album will be released March 31, 2017.[10] The first single is "Step Into The Darkness."

On the 5th of March, 2017 they posted an Instagram video with an email address which fans could contact in order to listen to the whole album for free before its release. [11] Fans could stream the whole album on a personalized, private SoundCloud account from the 10th until the 15th of March without leaking or sharing the link. From the 15th until the 26th of March, the fans could invite their friends to listen to the album in a "listening party" in order to promote it but still not sharing the link to the album, keeping it strictly limited to those who were sent the link.

Said the Whale are touring Canada from January until spring 2017.[12]


  • 2010: Peak Performance Project 2nd Place – $75,000

Juno Awards:

  • 2011: Juno Award for New Group of the Year – Said the Whale


  • Ben Worcester – guitar, vocals (2007–present)
  • Tyler Bancroft – guitar, vocals (2007–present)
  • Jaycelyn Brown – keyboards (2008–present)
  • Brad Connor - Drums (2017-present)


  • Spencer Schoening – drums (2007–2017)
  • 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

  • Howe Sounds/Taking Abalonia (June 3, 2008)
  • Islands Disappear (October 13, 2009)
  • Little Mountain (March 6, 2012) No. 17 CAN[13]
  • hawaiii (September 17, 2013) No. 18 CAN[13]
  • As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide (March 31, 2017) No. 55 CAN[13]

Extended plays

  • Let's Have Sound (March, 2007)
  • Taking Abalonia (May, 2007)
  • West Coast Christmas (December, 2007)
  • West Coast Christmas 2008 (December, 2008)
  • The Magician (July, 2009)[14][15]
  • West Coast Christmas 2009 (December, 2009)
  • Bear Bones (February, 2010)
  • Xmas EP (December, 2010)
  • New Brighton (November, 2011)
  • I Love You (June 6, 2013)


  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. ^ "“Step Into The Darkness” With Said The Whale’s New Song". "", 2017.
  10. ^ "saidthewhale". saidthewhale. Retrieved 2017-01-07. 
  11. ^ "Personal Intagram account of Said The Whale". "", 2017.
  12. ^ "saidthewhale". saidthewhale. Retrieved 2017-01-07. 
  13. ^ a b c "Said The Whale – Chart History – Billboard Canadian Albums". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  14. ^ Harper, Kate (2009-05-28). "Said The Whale Are Magicians". Chart (magazine). Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  15. ^ "Said The Whale: The Magician". Upper Management Recording Company. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  16. ^ "Said The Whale – Chart History – Canada Hot 100". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  17. ^ "Canadian Active/Alternative Charts | Media Source". Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  18. ^ Rock, Canadian (2012-02-07). "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Alternative Rock – February 7, 2012". Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  19. ^ Rock, Canadian (2012-06-28). "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Alternative Rock – June 26, 2012". Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  20. ^ Rock, Canadian (2012-03-20). "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Active Rock – March 20, 2012". Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  21. ^ "Billboard Canadian Rock". Retrieved 3 May 2016. 
  22. ^ "Said The Whale – Chart History – Alternative Songs". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 

External links

  • Said the Whale official website

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