Canadian Male Pianists

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 1 Glenn Gould

Glenn Gould
Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: September 25, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: October 4, 1982

Glenn Gould was a Canadian classical pianist, counted among the most celebrated pianists of the 20th century. He was also an interpreter of the keyboard works of Johann Sebastian Bach. He was known for his remarkable technical proficiency and unorthodox musical interpretations. He was a writer and composer as well. The Glenn Gould Foundation was established in his honor.   

 2 Brett Dier

Brett Dier
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.

 3 Adnan Sami

Adnan Sami
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 15, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England

Adnan Sami is an Indian musician, singer, pianist, and music composer. Best known for his skills as a piano player, Sami was named the world's fastest keyboard player by Keyboard magazine. He is also widely regarded as the first person to have played Indian classical music on the piano. In 2020, he was awarded India's fourth-highest civilian award, Padma Shri. 

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 4 Richard Manuel

Richard Manuel
Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Pianist, Musician
Birthdate: April 3, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stratford
Died: March 4, 1986

Richard Manuel was a Canadian singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. He is best remembered as a pianist and singer in the musical group The Band. He was a versatile singer famous for his soul-influenced baritone and delicate falsetto. Unfortunately, he fell victim to alcoholism and drug abuse that threatened his career and life. He died by suicide in 1986. 

 5 Simon Collins

Simon Collins
Famous As: Drummer, Pianist
Birthdate: September 14, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom

 6 Oscar Peterson

Oscar Peterson
Famous As: Jazz Pianist
Birthdate: August 15, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal
Died: December 23, 2007
Seven-time Grammy-winning jazz pianist Oscar Peterson had initially wished to be a trumpeter but switched to the piano because of a lung ailment. He was the first living person, apart from a king, to get a commemorative Canadian stamp. He used a signature handkerchief between performances.

 7 Corey Hart

Corey Hart
Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
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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 8 Burton Cummings

Burton Cummings
Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Keyboardist, Actor, Pianist
Birthdate: December 31, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Winnipeg

Burton Cummings is a Canadian musician and singer-songwriter. He was the frontman of the rock band The Guess Who from 1966 to 1975. He also enjoyed a highly successful solo career and has been cited as one of the most influential performers in Canadian rock music. He was named an officer of the Order of Canada, in 2009. 

 9 Garth Hudson

Garth Hudson
Famous As: Pianist, Musician
Birthdate: August 2, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Windsor

Garth Hudson is a Canadian multi-instrumentalist often described as "the most brilliant organist in the rock world." He was the keyboardist and saxophonist for the rock group The Band. He also played piano and accordion. During the peak of his career, he was a much sought-after and respected session musician. He was inducted into the London Music Hall Of Fame

 10 K'naan

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. 

 11 Chilly Gonzales

Chilly Gonzales
Famous As: Grammy-winning Canadian musician, songwriter, and producer
Birthdate: March 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Chilly Gonzales is the stage name of Jason Charles Beck, a Canadian musician, songwriter, and producer. A versatile personality, he works in a range of musical genres, including rap, pop, and classical music. He embarked on a career in music as a young man and established himself in the field within a few years. He is a Grammy Award winner. 

 12 Daniel Powter

Daniel Powter
Famous As: Singer, Pianist
Birthdate: February 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vernon

Canadian singer Daniel Powter soared to fame with his single Billboard-charting track Bad Day. His childhood was spent battling dyslexia and training in the violin and the piano. He once also opened up about being sexually abused by his babysitter as a child and then resorting to drugs.

 13 Matt Thiessen

Matt Thiessen
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.

 14 Ron Sexsmith

Ron Sexsmith
Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Pianist
Birthdate: January 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: St. Catharines

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. 

 15 Eric Radford

Eric Radford
Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: January 27, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada

Eric Radford is best known for his pair-skating performances with partner Meagan Duhamel. The two-time World Champion has also won three Olympic medals, including a gold. He was also part of the show Battle of the Blades and, in 2021, announced his return from retirement, teaming up with Vanessa James.

 16 Paul Bley

Paul Bley
Famous As: Pianist, Jazz musician, Film score composer
Birthdate: November 10, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montreal
Died: January 3, 2016

Paul Bley was a jazz pianist who played a key role in the development of the free jazz movement of the 1960s. He loved music from a young age and became part of several bands as a teenager. He collaborated with a few other musicians to tour and perform across USA, becoming famous in the process. 

 17 Daniel Lavoie

Daniel Lavoie
Famous As: Singer, Actor, Pianist, Songwriter
Birthdate: March 17, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Riverside

Daniel Lavoie is best known for his track Ils s'aiment and for his portrayal of the priest Frollo in the musical Notre-Dame de Paris. He sings in both in French and in English. He has also penned poetry books and appeared in several films such as The Book of Eve.

 18 Đặng Thái Sơn

Đặng Thái Sơn
Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: July 2, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hanoi, Vietnam

 19 Chris Murphy

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

 20 Alberto Guerrero

Alberto Guerrero
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: February 6, 1886
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: La Serena, Chile
Died: December 7, 1959

Mostly a self-taught pianist, Alberto Guerrero was a legendary Chilean composer who is also remembered as the mentor of Canadian classical pianist Glenn Gould. In Search of Alberto Guerrero, penned by his student John Beckwith, was his first detailed biography, as Guerrero himself left little written record about himself.