08/26/2015 05:32 EDT | Updated 08/27/2015 03:59 EDT

These Bands Formed At Canadian Schools -- And Got Huge

The next big thing in music could be playing at your local university pub.

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OTTAWA, ON - JULY 17: Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip performs on Day 9 of the RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest on July 17, 2015 in Ottawa, Canada. (Photo by Mark Horton/WireImage)

Campus bands are as as much of the university experience as pitchers of beer and all-nighters — not necessarily part of the curriculum, but certainly part of your education.

In the States, there are plenty of bands known for getting their start in the hallowed halls of college. Groups like Vampire Weekend claim an Ivy League background, while R.E.M. was a notable fixture in the Athens, Georgia scene in the '80s.

So that got us wondering — which great Canadian bands came from great Canadian schools? As it turns out, there are quite a few names you'll know and love who found each other while (generally) studying for degrees that had nothing to do with music at all.

To be honest, we snuck in a couple of high schools in there too, but only because we assumed you were as curious as we were as to how things got started.

Take a look, and remember — the next big thing in music could just be playing for free at your local university pub.

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