Famous Canadian Guitarists

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

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 1 Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 7, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: 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.  

 2 Neil Young

Neil Young
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: November 12, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

One of rock and roll’s greatest songwriters and performers of all time, Neil Young has worked both solo as well with bands like Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The Grammy award winning musician’s notable albums include After the Gold Rush, Harvest, Harvest Moon and Ragged Glory. He strongly backs environmental and disability issues too.

 3 Alanis Morisette

Alanis Morisette
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: June 1, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

Alanis Morisette is a Canadian-American singer-songwriter and actress. Renowned for her mezzo-soprano voice, Morisette has been named by Rolling Stone as the Queen of Alt-Rock Angst. A recipient of 13 Juno Awards and seven Grammy Awards, Morisette has released several successful albums, including Jagged Little Pill, which was named in Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.

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 4 Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kingston, Canada
Canadian rock guitarist and singer Bryan Adams, known for his cult classics Everything I Do and Summer of '69, has won 20 Juno Awards and a Grammy. The Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee is also an avid animal rights activist and a professional photographer who has held several exhibitions.
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 5 Robbie Robertson

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.

 6 Chad Kroeger

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.

 7 Alex Lifeson

Alex Lifeson
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Famous As: Musician. songwriter and record producer
Birthdate: August 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fernie, Canada

Alex Lifeson is a Canadian songwriter, musician, and record producer. He co-founded the progressive rock band Rush and serves as its guitarist. He plays electric and acoustic guitars and can also play other string instruments, such as mandola, mandolin, and bouzouki. Besides music, he is a licensed aircraft pilot and an actor. He has appeared in some TV shows. 

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 8 Brett Dier

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 Rick Danko

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

Canadian singer and The Band member Rick Danko initially performed as a rhythm guitarist and bassist for The Hawks. Part of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Danko struggled with drug addiction and was once even arrested in Japan for smuggling drugs. He died in his sleep after a performance.

 10 Adam Gontier

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.”

 11 Devin Townsend

Devin Townsend
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 5, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Westminster, Canada

Devin Townsend is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer. He is the founder of the extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad. For several years, he was its primary songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist. He also has an extensive career as a solo artist and has more than 25 albums to his name. He suffers from depression and bipolar disorder. 

 12 Coyote Shivers

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.

 13 Alissa White-Gluz

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

The frontwoman of the Swedish death metal band Arch Enemy, Alissa White-Gluz is also known as the co-founder of the metalcore band the Agonist. She was once known for performing in over 250 shows a year across the globe. A true-blue vegan, she has won the Libby Award from PETA.

 14 Win Butler

Win Butler
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Famous As: Songwriter, Singer, Composer, Poet, Guitarist
Birthdate: April 14, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Truckee, California, United States

Win Butler is an American-Canadian multi-instrumentalist, musician, singer, and songwriter. He is credited with co-founding the popular Canadian indie rock band, Arcade Fire. Also a humanitarian, Butler contributed to a charity record named Do They Know It's Hallowe'en as part of a UNICEF benefit project. A multi-talented personality, Win Butler often participates in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.

 15 Randy Bachman

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

 16 Feist

Feist
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 13, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada

 17 Melissa Auf der Maur

Melissa Auf der Maur
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

 18 Jon Lajoie

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

 19 Kiesza

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

 20 Dave Baksh

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

 21 K'naan

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

K'naan is the stage name of Keinan Abdi Warsame, a Somali Canadian rapper, singer-songwriter, and instrumentalist. He rose to fame when his single Wavin' Flag was chosen as Coca-Cola's promotional anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He is committed to his Somali roots and is considered a spokesperson for the Toronto Somali community. 

 22 Phil X

Phil X
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Famous As: Musician and Guitarist
Birthdate: March 10, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 23 John Kay

John Kay
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 12, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sovetsk, Kaliningrad, Russia

John Kay is a German-born Canadian singer, guitarist, and songwriter. He is credited with co-forming the popular American rock band Steppenwolf for which he served as the lead vocalist. He is also credited with contributing immensely to the success of the band. In 2004, he was inducted into the Canada's Walk of Fame.

 24 Terri Clark

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

Terri Clark is a Canadian country music artist who is popular in both Canada and USA. Born into a family of music lovers, she began her career playing gigs at bars. Her first single was a moderate success and helped her get a footing in the music industry. She has since released numerous hit albums and has won many awards. 

 25 Hank Snow

Hank Snow
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Famous As: Musician, Singer
Birthdate: May 9, 1914
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brooklyn, Canada
Died: December 20, 1999

Hank Snow was a Canadian-American country music artist who had an extensive career spanning half a century. He rose to fame in the 1950s and released around 140 albums during his career. He endured extreme difficulties as a youngster and sought solace in music, eventually becoming one of the most influential artists in all of country music. 

 26 Bruce Cockburn

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

 27 Pat Travers

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

 28 Aldo Nova

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

 29 Kim Mitchell

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

 30 Serena Ryder

Serena Ryder
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Famous As: singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 8, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 31 Jeff Jones

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

 32 Marc Costanzo

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

 33 Bahamas

Bahamas
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: April 28, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 34 Skip Spence

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

 35 Matt Thiessen

Matt Thiessen
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 12, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

The lead vocalist and songwriter of the Christian rock band Relient K, Matt Thiessen is known for albums such as Mmhmm. He formed the band as a high-schooler in Canton, with Matt Hoopes and Brian Pittman. Apart from dating Katy Perry in the past, he has also written songs for her.

 36 Stompin' Tom Connors

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

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.

 37 Ashwin Sood

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

 38 Rik Emmett

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

 39 Jim Cuddy

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

 40 Logan Mader

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

 41 Lenny Breau

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

 42 Fallon Bowman

Fallon Bowman
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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist, Composer
Birthdate: November 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa

 43 Rob Baker

Rob Baker
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: April 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kingston, Ontario, Canada

 44 Sébastien Lefebvre

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

 45 Mars Bonfire

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

 46 Nick St. Nicholas

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

 47 Kevin MacMichael

Kevin MacMichael
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Famous As: Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: November 7, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
Died: December 31, 2002

 48 Greg Keelor

Greg Keelor
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: August 29, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Inverness County, Nova Scotia, Canada

 49 Whitney Rose

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

Born in Canada, Whitney Rose grew up singing in her family-run bar. The country-pop singer’s hit projects include Heartbreaker of the Year and South Texas Suite. While studying journalism and English in college, music still remained her utmost priority. Now settled in Texas, she is soaking in its rich musical heritage.

 50 Don Ross

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