mike headMike McCormick – plays guitar and sings. Mike was an early hipster as he has always worn plaid and had facial hair in the pre-ironic period.  Mike has a website and Twitter.

chris headChris Patterson – plays bass and sings. Chris likes riding his bike and following municipal politics.  And bacon.  He has a children’s album called “Small Potatoes” and is on Twitter.

trevor headTrevor Strong – sings and counts merch. Trevor knows his banana bread recipe off by heart. He has written three books. Check his website and Twitter.



Life Cycle of The Arrogant Worms

The year was 1991.  Presumably, some significant world events occurred.  The world truly changed in the fall however, when something truly magnificent happened in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. A beacon of hope was lit and has shone brightly ever since – The Arrogant Worms. The Arrogant Worms began as a comedy troupe performing songs and sketches on campus radio. The early feedback on the live shows was clear:  lose the sketches.  So the songs endured and they all remain because the band hates to throw anything out.

The songs were written to make fun of a big dumb world. Luckily, the world is still dumb and The Arrogant Worms (Mike McCormick, Chris Patterson and Trevor Strong) still have plenty to sing about. The shows are fast, furious and family friendly. The wit is quick, the satire is biting and the musicianship is second to none. Their appeal has earned them fans from kids to parents to grandparents to Princess Leia.

The Arrogant Worms have sold more than 160,000 copies of their 13 albums.  Their most recent offering is SPACE, a collection of 16 new songs released in 2014 that bravely tackles the hard issues like Local Politicians, Yoga Pants and Uncomfortable Chairs.  The band has played on three continents to crowds as large as 100,000 and were recognized in 2003 as the Touring Act of the Year by the Canadian Arts Presenters Association. The Worms have entertained at corporate functions, sung anthems at sporting events and emceed at major festivals. Their songs are in school lesson plans, in textbooks and even played on the Space Shuttle. On earth or in space, everyone digs these Worms.

The Arrogant Worms are as comfortable on the radio or on camera as they are on stage. Their energy and showmanship were captured on the DVD of their concert with the renowned Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. The DVD also features appearances by Worm pals figure skating champion Kurt Browning, astronaut Chris Hadfield and actors Tom Cavanaugh (Ed, Love Monkey) and Nathan Fillion (Castle, Firefly).

In recent years the Worms have been pleased to donate their time and talent to the cause of literacy in Canada through Frontier College and were twice awarded the Peter Gzowski Award for their efforts.

So nearly a quarter century after they began, The Arrogant Worms continue to provide tuneful and silly escapism for everyone who needs it. And if you think you don’t need it, well you’re wrong. You do. The Arrogant Worms know what’s best for you and what’s best for you is The Arrogant Worms.

Notable Appearances

New York City Central Park Parliament Hill
Lincoln Center Florida International Festival of the Arts
Adelaide Fringe Festival Port Fairy (Australia) Folk Festival
Bethlehem Musikfest Winnipeg Folk Festival
Edmonton Folk Music Festival The Grey Cup
Phil Hartman Comedy Festival Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Disney The Grand Canyon

Television: National and regional television appearances in Canada, The United States and Australia including MTV, NBC, CBC, CTV, FOX, Global, MuchMusic, Bravo and The Comedy Network.

Radio: Public and commercial radio appearances and airplay in North America and worldwide including Dr. Demento, CBC, NPR and BBC.

Did We Ask for Your Opinion?

“Hilarious and poignant” The Tampa Tribune
“Perfect showmen” All Music Guide
“Canada’s secret weapon number one” Vh1.com
“Certifiably demented” The Toronto Star
“These guys are too much fun for their own good” Dirty Linen Magazine
“Take along some Depends” The Manitoban
“Quirky and remarkably talented” Tampa Expression

Other Things That May or May Not Add To Our Credibility

A lovely article from the Toronto Star – February 20, 2007
Here’s us on a list of the top 49 songs to represent Canada – January 20, 2009
Margaret Atwood said that “Canada’s Really Big” is her favourite song about Canada (June 29, 2017) and that we’re one of her favourite groups (April 11, 2013) BONUS: She even sang Canada’s Really Big and did a French translation!  (November 19, 2015)
And here’s a favourable article from Pique (March 15, 2012)
NASA used our song ‘Dangerous’ used to wake up astronauts. (2001)
Icelandic musician Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson kinda ripped off I Am Cow in a Eurovision song entry in 2013
Our show in Ottawa on February 17, 2018 was quite favourably reviewed.
Oh, and we have songs in three textbooks.