Canadian Male Lyricists & Songwriters

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Shawn Mendes
(Pop Singer & Songwriter Known for His Debut Studio Album 'Handwritten')
Shawn Mendes
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Birthdate: August 8, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pickering, 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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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.

 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.

 4 
Drake
(One of the Best-Selling Music Artists With the Most Top 10 Singles on the Billboard Hot 100)
Drake
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Birthdate: October 24, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Drake soared to fame with his performance as Jimmy Brooks in the series Degrassi: The Next Generation. He then became a rap sensation with his platinum album Thank Me Later and his Grammy-winning quadruple platinum album Take Care. His track In My Feelings went viral with the global Kiki Challenge.

 5 
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.
 6 
Paul Anka
(Known for His Signature Hit Songs "Diana", "Lonely Boy", "Put Your Head on My Shoulder")
Paul Anka
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Birthdate: July 30, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

Paul Anka is a Canadian-American actor and singer-songwriter. As a songwriter, he has contributed to the success of popular musicians, such as Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra, and Michael Jackson. He has also contributed to the theme of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Also known for his business ventures, Anka is credited with opening the popular restaurant and club, Jubilation.

 7 
Robbie Robertson
(Guitarist, Producer)
Robbie Robertson
3
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.

 8 
Neil Peart
(Best Known as the Drummer and Primary Lyricist of the Rock Band 'Rush')
Neil Peart
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Birthdate: September 12, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hamilton, Canada
Died: January 7, 2020

Neil Peart was a Canadian songwriter, author, and musician. Best known as the drummer of the popular rock band Rush, Peart was nicknamed The Professor for his technical proficiency. In 1983, Neil Peart became the youngest person ever to be inducted into the Modern Drummer publication's Readers Poll Hall of Fame.

 9 
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.
 10 
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.
 11 
Kris Wu
(Rapper)
Kris Wu
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Birthdate: November 6, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Guangzhou, China
Chinese-Canadian actor/singer Wu Yifan, better known as Kris Wu, previously performed as part of the South Korean-Chinese boy band EXO. He has also had a successful solo career, with hits such as Good Kid, and has starred in films such as Mr. Six and XXX: Return of Xander Cage.
 12 
Mac DeMarco
(Canadian Singer-Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist and Producer)
Mac DeMarco
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Birthdate: April 30, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Duncan, Canada

Canadian singer Mac DeMarco is best known as the pioneer of the blue wave or slacker rock type of music. He described his music as jizz jazz. A multi-instrumentalist, too, he is skilled in the guitar, the drums, and the keyboards. He is fond of vintage musical equipment.

 13 
Nav
(Canadian Hip-Hop Artist Known for His Silky Vocals & Slick Beats)
Nav
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Birthdate: November 3, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Navraj Singh Goraya, popularly known as Nav, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, rapper, and record producer. He achieved recognition when his song Myself went viral in 2016. Bad Habits, his second studio album, debuted at the top position on the US Billboard 200. He has also received criticism for using the word nigga in some of his songs like TTD.

 14 
Henry Lau
(Former Member of the Chinese Boy Band "Super Junior-M")
Henry Lau
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Birthdate: October 11, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Henry Lau is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actor. Making his debut as a member of the boy band Super Junior-M, he became a popular figure in both China and South Korea. Since then, he has launched a successful solo career as well. He branched out into acting as well and made his Hollywood debut in 2019.

 15 
PartyNextDoor
(Singer-Songwriter Known for His Albums ‘PartyNextDoor ‘ and ‘PNDColours’)
PartyNextDoor
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Birthdate: July 3, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mississauga, Canada

PartyNextDoor is a Canadian rapper, singer, and record producer. He grew up listening to rappers, such as Jodeci, Boyz II Men, Blackstreet, and 112 and was inspired to pursue a career in music. His first mixtape was a moderate hit. Since then, he has released a few albums and several singles. He has been nominated for the Grammy Awards twice. 

 16 
Geddy Lee
(Lead Vocalist, Bassist and Keyboardist for the Canadian Rock Group 'Rush')
Geddy Lee
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Birthdate: July 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Willowdale, Toronto, Canada
Canadian singer Geddy Lee soared to fame as the lead vocalist, keyboardist, and bassist of the rock band Rush. He and his bandmates of Rush were the first to win the Officer of the Order of Canada as a group. He also released a solo album, My Favourite Headache.
 17 
K. D. Lang
(Canadian Pop and Country Singer-Songwriter)
K. D. Lang
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Birthdate: November 2, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada
Grammy-winning Canadian pop and country singer Kathryn Dawn Lang, better known as K.D. Lang, has delivered hits such as Constant Craving. She is openly lesbian and a champion for LGBT rights and animal rights. She performed at the 1988 Winter Olympics closing ceremony and the 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremony.
 18 
The Weeknd
(Best Known for Singles "Can't Feel My Face" and "The Hills")
The Weeknd
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Birthdate: February 16, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

One of the most successful Canadian recording artists, singer-songwriter, the Weeknd, holds several chart records and has won numerous awards, including three Grammy Awards. Despite a difficult childhood marred by drug abuse and violence, he persevered and worked hard to emerge as a beloved music star. He is actively involved in philanthropy.

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Gordon Downie
(Former Lead singer of rock band The Tragically Hip, a group that has received more than ten JUNO Awards)
Gordon Downie
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Birthdate: February 6, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Amherstview, Canada
Died: October 17, 2017
 20 
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.”
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Leslie Cheung
(Singer and Actor)
Leslie Cheung
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Birthdate: September 12, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kowloon, Hong Kong
Died: April 1, 2003

Cantopop pioneer Leslie Cheung was born to a tailor who worked for celebrities such as Alfred Hitchcock. Educated in the U.K., he later began a singing career in Hong Kong and then moved to Canada. After an illustrious 26-year career, he committed suicide by jumping from the Mandarin Oriental hotel.

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Rufus Wainwright
(Opera Singer & Son of Musicians Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle)
Rufus Wainwright
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Birthdate: July 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rhinebeck, New York, United States

Rufus Wainwright is an American-Canadian composer, singer, and songwriter. In 1998, Wainwright was recognized as the Best New Artist by Rolling Stone magazine. Over the years, he has received several awards like Juno Awards and GLAAD Media Awards. He has also received nominations for prestigious awards like the Grammys and BRIT Awards.

 23 
Daniel Caesar
(Singer, Musician)
Daniel Caesar
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Birthdate: April 5, 1995
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
 24 
Bbnos
(Rapper who garnered millions of plays on his SoundCloud profile)
Bbnos
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Birthdate: June 30, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
 25 
Corey Hart
(Pop Singer Known for His Hit Singles 'Sunglasses at Night' and 'Never Surrender')
Corey Hart
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Birthdate: May 31, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Corey Hart is a Canadian singer-songwriter best known for his hit singles, Never Surrender and Sunglasses at Night. In a career spanning over 35 years, Hart has released successful albums like Boy in the Box which peaked at number one on the Canadian Albums Chart. He has been inducted into the Canada's Walk of Fame and Canada's Music Hall of Fame.

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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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Ramin Karimloo
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Birthdate: September 19, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran
 28 
Belly
(Rapper, Songwriter, and record producer.)
Belly
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Birthdate: April 7, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jenin, Palestine
 29 
Raffi
(known for his children's music)
Raffi
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Birthdate: July 8, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
 30 
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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Tablo
(Best Known as The Leader and Producer of Veteran Korean Hip-Hop Group 'Epik High')
Tablo
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Birthdate: July 22, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Tablo is a Korean-Canadian composer, record producer, lyricist, and hip hop recording artist. He is best known for being the producer and leader of the popular alternative hip hop group, Epik High. He is also credited with founding High Ground, an independent music label, which housed bands like The Black Skirts and Hyukoh.

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Jonny Craig
(Singer-songwriter, best known as the former lead vocalist of bands Dance Gavin Dance, Emarosa, and Slaves)
Jonny Craig
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Birthdate: March 26, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Minot, North Dakota, United States
 33 
Hank Snow
(Country Singer Best Known for Songs: 'I’m Moving On' and 'The Golden Rocket')
Hank Snow
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Birthdate: May 9, 1914
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brooklyn, Nova Scotia, 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. 

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Ronnie Hawkins
(Rockabilly musician notable for his role as a talent scout and mentor of musicians he recruited for his band the Hawks)
Ronnie Hawkins
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Birthdate: January 10, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Huntsville, Arkansas, United States
Died: May 22, 2022
 35 
K'naan
(Known For His Single "Wavin’ Flag", Which Was Chosen as Anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup)
K'naan
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Birthdate: April 16, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
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. 

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Daniel Lanois
(Record producer)
Daniel Lanois
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Birthdate: September 19, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hull, Gatineau, Canada
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Steve Jocz
(Former drummer for the Canadian rock band Sum 41)
Steve Jocz
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Birthdate: July 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ajax, Canada
 38 
Frank Dukes
(Musician)
Frank Dukes
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Birthdate: September 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
 39 
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.

 40 
Gene Lockhart
(Known for His Appearances on Broadway)
Gene Lockhart
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Birthdate: July 18, 1891
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, Canada
Died: March 31, 1957

Gene Lockhart was a Canadian American actor, singer, playwright, and lyricist. Apart from acting, Lockhart also worked as a teacher at the Juilliard School of Music where he taught acting and stage technique. Two stars have been dedicated to Gene Lockhart on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to films and TV.

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Andy Kim
(Pop rock singer and songwriter known for hits like "Rock Me Gently" and "Baby, I Love You")
Andy Kim
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Birthdate: December 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
 42 
Adam Cohen
(Canadian singer and songwriter best known as the frontman for the band Low Millions)
Adam Cohen
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Birthdate: September 18, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
 43 
Raine Maida
(Singer)
Raine Maida
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Birthdate: February 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
 44 
Zalman Yanovsky
(Musician)
Zalman Yanovsky
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Birthdate: December 19, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: December 13, 2002
 45 
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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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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Jazzy B
(One of the Greatest and Most Influential Indo-Canadian Punjabi Artists of All Time)
Jazzy B
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Birthdate: April 1, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Durgapur, Punjab, India

Known as the Crown Prince of Bhangra, Jazzy B is an Indo-Canadian singer and songwriter, who has been releasing numerous albums, singles, soundtracks and duo collaborations since late 1990s.  Winner of several Brit Asia TV Music Awards and PTC Punjabi Music Awards, he has also appeared in several films, mostly as himself, and owns his own clothing, B Jazzy.

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Bahamas
(Musician)
Bahamas
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Birthdate: April 28, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
 49 
Nasri
(Singer, songwriter, and record producer.)
Nasri
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Birthdate: January 10, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
 50 
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.