We were and are saddened by the untimely death of our main man Doug Bennett in 2004. In 2009 the 5 surviving original members regrouped with a new singer. We secured the blessing of Doug’s family and after much discussion decided to keep the name. Hence, we continue as ‘Doug and the Slugs’.

We are thrilled to have Ted Okos​ on board as our lead singer. He does not try to replace the irreplaceable Doug Bennett. Ted’s respectful and considerate interpretations of Doug’s lyrics and vocals are a vital component of all our shows. We are also grateful for his sense of humour!

We continue to play in remembrance of Doug, to honour his legacy and to bring our fans a live performance of the songs we recorded, toured and still love after all these years.

Thanks again for all your support!

(John, Wally, Richard, Steve, Simon Kendall​ & Ted Okos)


Unquestionably, Doug and the Slugs are one of the most distinctive and entertaining Canadian bands of the last 40 years. Their upbeat musical style, musicianship and offbeat stage antics have made them a staple of the Canadian music scene for decades. Formed in Vancouver in the fall of 1977, the band originally consisted of Doug Bennett, John Burton (guitar), Drew Neville (keyboards), Dennis Henderson (bass) and Lawrence McGillveray (drums).

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