Famous Canadian Guitarists

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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
(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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Bryan Adams
(Best Selling Pop, Pop-Rock Singer-Songwriter Of All Time)
Bryan Adams
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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.
 3 
Neil Young
(Rock Singer-Songwriter Famous As The 'Godfather of Grunge')
Neil Young
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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.

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 4 
Robbie Robertson
(Guitarist, Producer)
Robbie Robertson
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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.

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Chad Kroeger
(Musician)
Chad Kroeger
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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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Alex Lifeson
(Guitarist and Backing Vocalist of the Progressive Rock Band 'Rush')
Alex Lifeson
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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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Adam Gontier
(Singer)
Adam Gontier
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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.”
 8 
Rick Danko
(Singer-Songwriter, Bassist and Founding Member of 'The Band')
Rick Danko
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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.

 9 
Devin Townsend
(Founder, Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist for the Extreme Metal Band 'Strapping Young Lad')
Devin Townsend
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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. 

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Coyote Shivers
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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.

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Win Butler
(Songwriter, Singer, Composer, Poet, Guitarist)
Win Butler
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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.

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Randy Bachman
(Guitarist, singer, and songwriter who was a founding member of the bands The Guess Who and Bachman–Turner Overdrive)
Randy Bachman
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Birthdate: September 27, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada
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Melissa Auf der Maur
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Birthdate: March 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
 14 
Feist
(Singer-songwriter)
Feist
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Birthdate: February 13, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada
 15 
Kiesza
(Singer songwriter)
Kiesza
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Birthdate: January 16, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Dave Baksh
(Musician, singer and songwriter best known as one of the guitarists of rock band Sum 41)
Dave Baksh
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Birthdate: July 26, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ajax, Canada
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Terri Clark
(Country Singer Known for Her Albums: 'Terri Clark', 'Just the Same', and 'How I Feel')
Terri Clark
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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. 

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Phil X
(Musician and Guitarist)
Phil X
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Birthdate: March 10, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Bruce Cockburn
(Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter, Musicologist, Composer)
Bruce Cockburn
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Birthdate: May 27, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ottawa
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Jason Hook
(Guitarist, best known as the former lead guitarist of the heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch)
Jason Hook
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Birthdate: October 3, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
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Pat Travers
(Singer, Guitarist)
Pat Travers
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Birthdate: April 12, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto
 22 
Kim Mitchell
(Former Lead Singer and Guitarist for the Band 'Max Webster')
Kim Mitchell
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Birthdate: July 10, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sarnia, Canada
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Serena Ryder
(singer-songwriter)
Serena Ryder
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Birthdate: December 8, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Frank Marino
(Guitarist and singer, best known as the leader of Canadian hard rock band Mahogany Rush)
Frank Marino
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Birthdate: November 20, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Jeff Jones
(Musician)
Jeff Jones
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Birthdate: September 20, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Aldo Nova
(Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Record producer)
Aldo Nova
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Birthdate: November 13, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montreal
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Marc Costanzo
(Singer, Musician)
Marc Costanzo
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Birthdate: August 1, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
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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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Matt Thiessen
(Musician)
Matt Thiessen
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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.

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Skip Spence
(Singer)
Skip Spence
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Birthdate: April 18, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Windsor, Canada
Died: April 16, 1999
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Rik Emmett
(Guitarist, Vocalist, and one of the Founding Members of the Rock Band ‘Triumph’)
Rik Emmett
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Birthdate: July 10, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
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Ashwin Sood
(Drummer)
Ashwin Sood
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Birthdate: September 25, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Birmingham
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Logan Mader
(Record producer, Guitarist, Composer)
Logan Mader
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Birthdate: November 16, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montreal
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Jim Cuddy
(Singer-songwriter)
Jim Cuddy
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Birthdate: December 2, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
 35 
Lenny Breau
(Guitarist, Songwriter, Jazz musician, Musician, Music teacher, Jazz guitarist, Classical guitarist)
Lenny Breau
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Birthdate: August 5, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Auburn, Maine
Died: August 12, 1984
 36 
Rob Baker
(Guitarist)
Rob Baker
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Birthdate: April 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kingston, Ontario, Canada
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Sébastien Lefebvre
(Singer-songwriter, Singer, Guitarist)
Sébastien Lefebvre
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Birthdate: June 5, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montreal
 38 
Fallon Bowman
(Singer, Guitarist, Composer)
Fallon Bowman
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Birthdate: November 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa
 39 
Domenic Troiano
(Guitarist)
Domenic Troiano
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Birthdate: January 17, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Modugno, Italy
Died: May 25, 2005
 40 
Mars Bonfire
(Guitarist, Songwriter)
Mars Bonfire
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Birthdate: April 21, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oshawa
 41 
Nick St. Nicholas
(Bass guitarist)
Nick St. Nicholas
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Birthdate: September 28, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Plön, Germany
 42 
Kevin MacMichael
(Guitarist, Songwriter)
Kevin MacMichael
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Birthdate: November 7, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
Died: December 31, 2002
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Greg Keelor
(Singer-Songwriter)
Greg Keelor
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Birthdate: August 29, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Inverness County, Nova Scotia, Canada
 44 
Whitney Rose
(Musician)
Whitney Rose
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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.

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Don Ross
(composer, guitarist)
Don Ross
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Birthdate: November 19, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montreal
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Chris Murphy
(Rock Musician and a Member of the Canadian Rock Band 'Sloan')
Chris Murphy
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Birthdate: November 7, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Charlottetown, Canada

Part of the Canadian rock band Sloan, Chris Murphy is not just the band’s main bassist, but also fills in for the drums or the guitar occasionally. In 2021, he revealed on Instagram that he had been diagnosed with Bell’s palsy, an ailment that causes partial paralysis of the face.

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Brian MacLeod
(Musician)
Brian MacLeod
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Birthdate: June 25, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Died: April 25, 1992
 48 
Alpha Yaya Diallo
(Musician who won two Juno Awards, shared a third, and was nominated another three times)
Alpha Yaya Diallo
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Birthplace: Guinea
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Tyler Connolly
(Musician)
Tyler Connolly
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Birthdate: August 26, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Canada
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Erik Mongrain
(Composer)
Erik Mongrain
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Birthdate: April 12, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montreal