Famous Canadian Folk Singers

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Leonard Cohen
(One of the Most Accomplished Canadian Folk-Rock Singer-Songwriters of His Generation)
Leonard Cohen
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Birthdate: September 21, 1934
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Westmount, Canada
Died: November 7, 2016

Leonard Cohen was one of the most popular Canadian celebrities of all time. After starting his career as a poet and novelist, Leonard went on to become a famous singer-songwriter, exploring themes like sexuality, religion, depression, and romantic relationships in his work. Leonard Cohen was one of the inspirations for Steven Clark and Matthew Bissonnette's 2002 film Looking for Leonard.

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Joni Mitchell
(Famous for Her Studio Album 'Blue')
Joni Mitchell
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Birthdate: November 7, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fort Macleod, Canada

Joni Mitchell is one of the most popular Canadian singer-songwriters. Widely regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of all time, her songs reflect her feelings about joy, romance, disillusionment, and confusion. Apart from being a musician, Joni is also a visual artist who designs most of her album covers. In fact, she calls herself a painter derailed by circumstance.  

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Gordon Lightfoot
(Singer, Songwriter)
Gordon Lightfoot
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Birthdate: November 17, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Orillia
Canadian folk-rock sensation Gordon Meredith Lightfoot Jr. is best known for his chart-topping tracks such as If You Could Read My Mind and Ribbon of Darkness. He set the tone for the folk-pop genre in the 1960s and 1970s. The 16-time Juno-winner has earned the Governor General's Performing Arts Award.
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Victor Garber
(Best Known for His Roles as 'Jack Bristow' in the Drama Series 'Alias' (2001–2006))
Victor Garber
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Birthdate: March 16, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, Canada

Victor Garber is a Canadian singer and actor best known for his work in theatre, television, and film. Over the years, Garber has received nominations for several prestigious awards, such as Primetime Emmy Awards and Tony Awards. His work in critically acclaimed movies like Titanic, Argo, and Milk was also appreciated with Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.

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Buffy Sainte-Marie
(Actor, Singer-songwriter, Visual artist, Record producer, Composer)
Buffy Sainte-Marie
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Birthdate: February 20, 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Piapot, Canada

Known for her music that showcases the issues of Native Americans, Canadian-American singer Buffy Sainte-Marie became the first person from any indigenous community to win an Oscar, with the song Up Where We Belong. She had also been blacklisted by many radio stations earlier due to her activism.

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Jian Ghomeshi
(Singer and Radio Personality Who Was a Member of the Satirical Band Moxy Früvous)
Jian Ghomeshi
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Birthdate: June 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England

Multi-dimensional Persian-Canadian musical artist and broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi is best known for his CBC show Q. Part of the folk-rock group Moxy Früvous, he has also launched a few podcasts. He was dragged into a sexual assault controversy, involving multiple charges, but was later acquitted of all charges.

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Martha Wainwright
(Critically-Acclaimed Folk Pop Singer-Songwriter)
Martha Wainwright
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Birthdate: May 8, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Born into a family of musicians, Canadian-American folk singer Martha Wainwright initially studied drama but later began her music career, performing at coffee-houses. She is talented songwriter, too and has performed as part of the duo known as the Wainwright Sisters, with her half-sister Lucy Wainwright Roche.

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Stan Rogers
(Former folk musician and songwriter)
Stan Rogers
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Birthdate: November 29, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hamilton, Canada
Died: June 2, 1983

Canadian folk musician Stan Rogers is remembered both for his baritone voice and for his 6’4” frame. The rock bassist was initially mistaken for Gordon Lightfoot for his singing style. He died in an unfortunate fire on an Air Canada flight in Ohio at age 33.

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Stompin' Tom Connors
(Canadian Country and Folk Singer-Songwriter Known for His Hit Single 'The Hockey Song')
Stompin' Tom Connors
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Birthdate: February 9, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
Died: March 6, 2013

Canadian country singer Stompin' Tom Connors is remembered for his legendary tracks such as Sudbury Saturday Night and The Hockey Song. His many accolades include a Governor's General Performing Arts Award and an honorary degree, though he sent back all his Juno Awards to protest against its qualification guidelines.

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Ron Sexsmith
(Singer-songwriter)
Ron Sexsmith
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Birthdate: January 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: St. Catharines, Canada

Ron Sexsmith is a Canadian singer-songwriter. He developed an early interest in music and began forming his own bands when he was a teenager. However, he began a serious career in music only after the birth of his first child. He has since collaborated with several artists and released 15 albums. He is also a published author. 

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Gale Garnett
(Known in the United States for her self-penned, Grammy-winning folk hit 'We'll Sing in the Sunshine')
Gale Garnett
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Birthdate: July 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
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Bahamas
(Musician)
Bahamas
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Birthdate: April 28, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Basia Bulat
(Folk Singer-Songwriter Known for Performing With an Autoharp)
Basia Bulat
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Birthdate: April 13, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
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Ron Hynes
(Singer, Songwriter)
Ron Hynes
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Birthdate: December 7, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: St. John's
Died: November 19, 2015

Best known for the 1976 track Sonny's Dream, Canadian folk singer and songwriter Ron Hynes is referred to as “the man of a thousand songs.” Beginning his music career with the coffeehouses and pubs of Toronto, he eventually graduated to being named to the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Ruth Moody
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Birthplace: Australia

Born in Australia, Ruth Moody gained fame as part of the folk group The Wailin' Jennys. The Juno Award-winning singer and multi-instrumentalist is also the former lead singer of the roots band Scruj MacDuhk. Though initially aspiring to be a teacher, she later focused on folk music.

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Oscar Brand
(Singer, Songwriter)
Oscar Brand
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Birthdate: February 7, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada
Died: September 30, 2016

Oscar Brand had a long career spanning over 70 years and released more than 90 albums in his lifetime. The American folk singer roamed around and worked with the likes of Pete Seeger and was also the host of the long-running radio show Oscar Brand's Folksong Festival.

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Harry Hibbs
(Musician)
Harry Hibbs
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Birthdate: September 11, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bell Island, Bell Island, Canada
Died: December 21, 1989

While Harry Hibbs was a factory worker as a teenager, he later began playing at clubs and eventually earned spots on TV music shows. He was part of the Caribou Show Band and The Harry Hibbs Show, and became a pioneer of Newfoundland music. He also owned a nightclub in Toronto.