Famous Canadian Guitarists

Find out more about the greatest Canadian Guitarists, including Alanis Morissette, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, Chad Kroeger and Sarah McLachlan.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Devin Townsend

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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Guitarist, Songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: May 5, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vancouver

 2 Chad Kroeger

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hanna, Alberta, Canada
Chad Kroeger gained fame as the lead singer and guitarist of the rock band Nickelback, delivering hit singles such as How You Remind Me and topping the Canadian charts. He later co-founded the band The Suits XL and also collaborated with major artists such as Santana and Avril Lavigne.
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 3 Keanu Reeves

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 2, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

The star of John Wick, Speed and The Matrix films, Keanu Reeves has displayed his wide range as an actor, time and again. The humble Canadian actor has also famously given away his money to recognise the work of crew and to enable the production team to hire good actors.

 4 Sarah McLachlan

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Canadian singer Sarah Ann McLachlan is best known for her signature ballads and her bestselling album Surfacing. The three-time Grammy-winning and nine-time Juno-winning artist has also launched a free music school for disadvantaged youth and works against animal cruelty. She also launched the Lilith Fair, to promote female music artists.
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 5 Justin Bieber

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, Canada

Canadian singer and songwriter Justin Bieber was discovered via YouTube and subsequently went on to become a teen pop sensation. By age 25 he became the youngest solo artist to achieve seven number-one albums in the US. Bieber has received many accolades, including a Grammy Award. He’s also had his share of controversies and run-in with the law.

 6 Robbie Robertson

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Famous As: Guitarist, Producer
Birthdate: July 5, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Canadian musician, songwriter, and film composer Robbie Robertson became popular following his association as lead guitarist and songwriter with the rock group, The Band. He is credited for playing a key role in popularizing the Americana music genre. He also had a successful career as a solo artist. As a film composer, he has often collaborated with director Martin Scorsese.

 7 Shawn Mendes

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Famous As: Singer & Songwriter
Birthdate: August 8, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Canadian pop singer Shawn Mendes is known for catchy and soulful folk-pop songs. Stitches, Treat You Better, There's Nothing Holding Me Back, In My Blood, If I Can't Have You and Senorita are some of his popular and chartbuster songs. He was named by the Time Magazine in 2018 as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

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 8 Brett Dier

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 14, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, Ontario, Canada
Canadian actor Brett Dier is best known as Michael Cordero Jr. from the popular series Jane the Virgin. Fans also loved him in the Canadian series The L.A. Complex and Bomb Girls, and as C.B. in the sitcom Schooled. He has appeared in several TV movies, too.

 9 Alex Lifeson

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Famous As: Composer, Guitarist
Birthdate: August 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fernie

 10 Alissa White-Gluz

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Famous As: Vocalist
Birthdate: July 31, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

 11 Rick Danko

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 29, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Norfolk County, Canada
Died: December 10, 1999

 12 Adam Gontier

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 25, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
The former lead singer and guitarist of Three Days Grace, Adam Gontier is now part of the supergroup Saint Asonia. While in rehab for addiction, he wrote several songs, such as Never Too Late. An animal lover, the Canadian singer once called his dog Mabel his “first born.”

 13 Peaches

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 11, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Canadian musician Merrill Nisker was fighting thyroid cancer in 2000, when she suddenly changed her name to Peaches and worked on a phenomenal album named The Teaches of Peaches. The queer singer has gained followers for her gender-oriented lyrics and her sexual gestures during her stage performances. 

 14 Coyote Shivers

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toronto

Coyote Shivers is a Canadian actor and musician best known for his association with bands like Sharkskin and The Dave Rave Conspiracy. Over the years, Shivers' trouble with relationships has overshadowed his professional achievements; his ex-wives and ex-girlfriend have claimed that he has troubled them with a pattern of sexual, psychological, and physical abuse.

 15 Melissa Auf der Maur

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Photographer, Film producer, Musician, Blogger, Actor, Singer, Guitarist, Model, Record producer
Birthdate: March 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montreal

 16 Randy Bachman

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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: September 27, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Winnipeg

 17 Jon Lajoie

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Famous As: Actor, Guitarist, Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Record producer, Music video director, Film actor
Birthdate: August 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal

 18 Kiesza

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Famous As: Singer songwriter
Birthdate: January 16, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 19 Dave Baksh

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Famous As: Musician, Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: July 26, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Toronto

 20 Terri Clark

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

 21 K'naan

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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 30, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mogadishu, Banaadir, Somalia

 22 Hank Snow

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 9, 1914
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brooklyn, Queens County, Nova Scotia Brooklyn, Nova Scotia, Canada
Died: December 20, 1999

 23 Bruce Cockburn

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter, Musicologist, Composer
Birthdate: May 27, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ottawa

 24 Pat Travers

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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: April 12, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto

 25 Aldo Nova

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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Record producer
Birthdate: November 13, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montreal

 26 Kim Mitchell

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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: July 10, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sarnia

 27 Stompin' Tom Connors

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: February 9, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
Died: March 6, 2013

 28 Serena Ryder

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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: December 8, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto

 29 Marc Costanzo

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Famous As: Guitarist, Record producer, Composer
Birthdate: August 1, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal

 30 Skip Spence

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 18, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Windsor, Canada
Died: April 16, 1999

 31 Rik Emmett

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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: July 10, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto

 32 Jeff Jones

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 20, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 33 Ashwin Sood

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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: September 25, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Birmingham

 34 Logan Mader

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Famous As: Record producer, Guitarist, Composer
Birthdate: November 16, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montreal

 35 Lenny Breau

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Famous As: Guitarist, Songwriter, Jazz musician, Musician, Music teacher, Jazz guitarist, Classical guitarist
Birthdate: August 5, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Auburn, Maine
Died: August 12, 1984

 36 Jim Cuddy

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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Musician, Guitarist
Birthdate: December 2, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto

 37 Sébastien Lefebvre

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: June 5, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montreal

 38 Mars Bonfire

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Famous As: Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: April 21, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oshawa

 39 Nick St. Nicholas

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Famous As: Bass guitarist
Birthdate: September 28, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Plön, Germany

 40 Domenic Troiano

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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: January 17, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Modugno, Italy
Died: May 25, 2005

 41 Chris Murphy

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 7, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

 42 Don Ross

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Famous As: composer, guitarist
Birthdate: November 19, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montreal

 43 Whitney Rose

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 9, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Prince Edward Island, Canada

 44 Erik Mongrain

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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: April 12, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montreal

 45 Tyler Connolly

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 26, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Canada