Templar (band)

Templar were a Canadian alternative rock band from Vancouver, British Columbia,[1] most noted for garnering a Juno Award nomination for Best New Group at the Juno Awards of 2001.[2]

OriginVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
GenresAlternative rock, electronica
Years active1998-2001
LabelsEMI Records
Past membersMurray Yates
Will C.
Scott Switzer
Nik Pesut

The band was formed in 1998 by vocalist Murray Yates and guitarist Will C., and fused hard rock and electronica influences in a manner commonly compared by critics to Econoline Crush.[3] The band took its name from Simon Templar, the lead character in the crime novel and film series The Saint.[4] They released their debut album, Under the Sun, on EMI Records in 2000;[3] the album featured the singles "The Need" and "Here We Go" the latter of which was featured in NHL 2001.[5] The band performed in Toronto in October that year with Limblifter and Edwin.[6]

Due to creative tensions, the band broke up in late 2001 while working on their second album.[7] Yates went on to form Forty Foot Echo.[8]


  1. ^ "Musical Templar tantrum". canoe.ca, July 5, 2001.
  2. ^ "Top Juno nominations". Victoria Times-Colonist, January 25, 2001.
  3. ^ a b "Templar ready for takeoff: Templar's debut CD, Under The Sun, is in stores Sept. 26". Calgary Herald, September 23, 2000.
  4. ^ "Hard-rocking Templar sticks with the program". Kingston Whig-Standard, November 1, 2000.
  5. ^ "Music: Murray Yates". Vancouver Sun, April 5, 2001.
  6. ^ Leah Herrera, "LIVE: Edwin w/ Limblifter and Templar Monday October 30, 2000 @ 03:30 PM". Chart Attack, October 27, 2000.
  7. ^ "From Five to Forty for Peter Thorn". Edmonton Journal, May 11, 2003.
  8. ^ "Yates endured 'dark time'". The Province, April 15, 2003.