Canada has been inhabited by the aborigines, French and English and their culture is an amalgamation of the three. Similar to their culture and traditions, the Canadian music is also influenced by the three communities. Each aboriginal community had developed a distinct style of music but the Chanting tradition which used a variety of hand-made instruments became quite popular. Eventually as the French colonies began to settle in the country, the music evolved to incorporate the classic fiddle playing style and the musicians began to use instruments such as violins, guitars, drums, flutes and trumpets. After the great depression the music moved towards a more popular culture and thus came into being Canadian jazz and Canadian rock. Pianist Oscar Peterson and singer Hank Snow were some of the greatest musicians of that era. The country has also produced some great rock musicians like Neil young and Leonard Cohen. The great legacy of the country’s music is carried forward by the musicians like Bryan Adams, Nelly Furtado, Shania Twain and Celine Dion. Here we present to you a collection of biographies on some of most the famous Canadian musicians. Read on to know more about their life stories, timeline and achievements. You will also find some interesting facts and trivia about these personalities.
Shawn MendesShawn Mendes
08 August 1998
Singer & Songwriter
David FosterDavid Foster
01 November 1949

Neil YoungNeil Young
12 November 1945
Singer-Songwriter and Musician

Avril LavigneAvril Lavigne
27 September 1984

Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen
21 September 1934

Michael BubleMichael Bublé
09 September 1975
Singer-songwriter, Actor
Cory MonteithCory Monteith
11 May 1982

The WeekndThe Weeknd
16 February 1990

Bryan AdamsBryan Adams
05 November 1959

Brett DierBrett Dier
14 February 1990
Paul Albert AnkaPaul Anka
30 July 1941
Singer, Songwriter

Mac DeMarcoMac DeMarco
30 April 1990
Carly Rae JepsenCarly Rae Jepsen
21 November 1985
Singer, Musician, Songwriter

Gordon LightfootGordon Lightfoot
17 November 1938
Singer, Songwriter

Sarah McLachlanSarah McLachlan
28 January 1968
Robbie RobertsonRobbie Robertson
05 July 1943

Chad KroegerChad Kroeger
15 November 1974
05 January 1981

Deryck WhibleyDeryck Whibley
21 March 1980

Neal PeartNeil Peart
12 September 1952
Musician, Songwriter
Geddy LeeGeddy Lee
29 July 1953

Diana KrallDiana Krall
16 November 1964
Jazz Pianist
Adam GontierAdam Gontier
25 May 1978

03 July 1993

Geneviève CastréeGeneviève Castrée
09 April 1981
Canadian Cartoonist

Cindy BreakspeareCindy Breakspeare
24 October 1954
Miss World 1976
Alannah MylesAlannah Myles
25 December 1958
Oscar PetersonOscar Peterson
15 August 1925
Jazz Pianist

Coyote ShiversCoyote Shivers
24 September 1965

Edison Chen Edison Chen
07 October 1980
Actor, Singer, Record Producer

Luke MacfarlaneLuke Macfarlane
19 January 1980
Chantal KreviazukChantal Kreviazuk
18 May 1974
Canadian singer-songwriter

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Jahkoy PalmerJahkoy Palmer
23 March 1994

Shane HarteShane Harte
28 November 1996

11 November 1968

Alanis MorisetteAlanis Morisette
01 June 1974
American-Canadian singer-songwriter
K. D. Lang K. D. Lang
02 November 1961
Singer, Songwriter

Claire Elise BoucherClaire Elise Boucher
17 March 1988
Record Producer
Aaron FunkAaron Funk
11 January 1975
Electronic Musician

Hailey ReeseHailey Reese
30 January 1996
Singer, Songwriter, Actress
Celine DionCeline Dion
30 March 1968
Singer, Actor, Voice actor, Musician, Pianist,

René AngélilRené Angélil
16 January 1942
Record Producers
Alan ThickeAlan Thicke
01 March 1947
Actor, Songwriter, Composer, Television presenter,

Paul GrossPaul Gross
30 April 1959

Jessica LowndesJessica Lowndes
08 November 1988
Actor, Singer, Musician, Songwriter

Victor GarberVictor Garber
16 March 1949
Television actor, Film actor, Singer, Musician,

Noah ReidNoah Reid
30 April 1987
Denny DohertyDenny Doherty
29 November 1940
Singer, Composer, Songwriter, Actor

Loreena McKennittLoreena McKennitt
17 February 1957
Singer, Composer, Pianist, Musician, Songwriter

Rick GenestRick Genest
07 August 1985

Devin TownsendDevin Townsend
05 May 1972
Singer, Musician, Guitarist, Songwriter, Record
Alissa White-GluzAlissa White-Gluz
31 July 1985

Long John BaldryLong John Baldry
12 January 1941
Bruce CockburnBruce Cockburn
27 May 1945
Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter,

Paul ShafferPaul Shaffer
28 November 1949

Rick DankoRick Danko
29 December 1942
Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Singer
Howard ShoreHoward Shore
18 October 1946
Composer, Conductor, Film score composer

Nicole AppletonNicole Appleton
07 December 1974
Actor, Singer
Glenn GouldGlenn Gould
25 September 1932
Pianist, Composer

Deanna DurbinDeanna Durbin
04 December 1921
Actor, Singer, Musician, Opera singer, Film actor

Ramin KarimlooRamin Karimloo
19 September 1978
Leon RedboneLeon Redbone
26 August 1949
Singer, Jazz musician, Jazz guitarist, Songwriter

Buffy Sainte-MarieBuffy Sainte-Marie
20 February 1941
Actor, Singer-songwriter, Visual artist, Record
Alex LifesonAlex Lifeson
27 August 1953
Composer, Guitarist

Jonny CraigJonny Craig
26 March 1986

Richard ManuelRichard Manuel
03 April 1943
Singer-songwriter, Singer, Pianist, Musician

Sophie SimmonsSophie Simmons
07 July 1992
Cassie SteeleCassie Steele
02 December 1989
Actor, Singer, Musician
Jacqueline MacInnes WoodJacqueline MacInnes Wood
17 April 1987

Edgar Bronfman Jr.Edgar Bronfman Jr.
16 May 1955

Burton CummingsBurton Cummings
31 December 1947
Singer-songwriter, Musician, Singer, Songwriter,

09 May 1975
Singer, Musician, Actor, Model
Jann ArdenJann Arden
27 March 1962
Street artist, Singer, Film producer, Television

Melissa Auf der MaurMelissa Auf der Maur
17 March 1972
Singer-songwriter, Photographer, Film producer,

Randy BachmanRandy Bachman
27 September 1943
Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter

Jian GhomeshiJian Ghomeshi
09 June 1967

Terri ClarkTerri Clark
05 August 1968
Fefe DobsonFefe Dobson
28 February 1985
Singer, Actor, Songwriter, Musician, Model

MacKenzie PorterMacKenzie Porter
29 January 1990
Garth HudsonGarth Hudson
02 August 1937
Pianist, Musician

Christophe BeckChristophe Beck
30 November 1972
composer, film score composer

Hank SnowHank Snow
09 May 1914
Gino VannelliGino Vannelli
16 June 1952
Singer, Songwriter, Jazz musician

Steven PageSteven Page
22 June 1970
Singer, Songwriter
Jon LajoieJon Lajoie
21 August 1980
Actor, Guitarist, Musician, Singer, Songwriter,

Mylène FarmerMylène Farmer
12 September 1961
Singer-songwriter, Writer, Singer, Actor,

Bob RockBob Rock
19 April 1954
Bassist, Engineer, Audio engineer, Musician,

Martha WainwrightMartha Wainwright
08 May 1976
12 October 1986
Music executive, Record producer, Composer

Natalie AppletonNatalie Appleton
14 May 1973
Actor, Singer, Musician
Alice GlassAlice Glass
23 August 1988

25 August 1992
Andy KimAndy Kim
05 December 1946
Singer, Songwriter

Deborah CoxDeborah Cox
13 July 1974
Singer, Musician
Tom CochraneTom Cochrane
14 May 1953