Winner of 2016 Jack Richardson Award for "Fan Favorite - Best Cover Rock Band"
Nominated for 2015 Jack Richardson Award for "Best Cover Rock Band"
Winner of 2014 London Music Award
Nominated for 2013 London Music Award
Formed on December 28th, 2008 by Jim McCormick
Bender is a London, Ont. based band that plays Classic 70's & 80's Rock. Known for their exciting stage show that boasts lasers, smoke machines and high energy - the band has become increasingly popular having played 62 performances in the 52 weeks of 2014 alone. Playing all the A-List Venues in SW Ontario including opening for Our Lady Peace at the 2012 100th Anniversary of the Grey Cup in Toronto, the band has had huge success opening for International Touring/Recording Artist Sarah Smith and Moxy, as well as playing The Budweiser Gardens in London, Iron Horse Festival as well as being the Headlining Act at the iconic Friday The 13th In Port Dover where the band played to over 2000 patrons in 2016. Able to perform large shows or in smaller intimate venues, the band is consistently booked and re-booked at each Venue they perform in - which is testimony to the bands popularity with patrons and their level of professionalism with Venue owners.
Bender has performed repeated bookings at A-List Venues such as: Gables In The Bend, Eastside Bar (London), Norma Jeans (London), Dawghouse Pub (London), Friday The 13th at The Norfolk (Port Dover), Manny's Place (Brantford), Lizards (Sarnia), Liquid Johnnys (Sarnia), Barnacles (Port Stanley), Budweiser Gardens (London), 100th Anniversary of The Grey Cup (Toronto), The Docks (Bayfield) to name but a few.
Bender is Endorsed by:
Schecter Guitars - Jim Mccormick
Tee Custom Drums of Britain - Jim McCormick
Eccentric Drum Systems - Jim McCormick
Cool Claws - Jim McCormick
Firestix Drumsticks - Jim McCormick