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.
Cory MonteithCory Monteith
11 May 1982
Actor
The WeekndThe Weeknd
16 February 1990
Singer

David FosterDavid Foster
01 November 1949
Musician

Neil YoungNeil Young
12 November 1945
Singer-Songwriter

Avril LavigneAvril Lavigne
27 September 1984
Singer-songwriter

Shawn MendesShawn Mendes
08 August 1998
Singer & Songwriter
Shania TwainShania Twain
28 August 1965
Singer

Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen
21 September 1934
Singer-songwriter

Gordon LightfootGordon Lightfoot
17 November 1938
Singer, Songwriter
Paul Albert AnkaPaul Anka
30 July 1941
Singer, Songwriter

Bryan AdamsBryan Adams
05 November 1959
Singer
Neal PeartNeil Peart
12 September 1952
Musician, Songwriter

Michael BubleMichael Bublé
09 September 1975
Singer

Sarah McLachlanSarah McLachlan
28 January 1968
Singer-songwriter

Robbie RobertsonRobbie Robertson
05 July 1943
Guitarist

Chad KroegerChad Kroeger
15 November 1974
Musician
Carly Rae JepsenCarly Rae Jepsen
21 November 1985
Singer, Musician, Songwriter

Geddy LeeGeddy Lee
29 July 1953
 

Deadmau5Deadmau5
05 January 1981
DJ

Brett DierBrett Dier
14 February 1990
Actor
Deryck WhibleyDeryck Whibley
21 March 1980
Singer

Luke MacfarlaneLuke Macfarlane
19 January 1980
Actor
Diana KrallDiana Krall
16 November 1964
Jazz Pianist

Cindy BreakspeareCindy Breakspeare
24 October 1954
Miss World 1976

Mac DeMarcoMac DeMarco
30 April 1990
Singer
PartyNextDoorPartyNextDoor
03 July 1993
Singer

Adam GontierAdam Gontier
25 May 1978
Singer
Alannah MylesAlannah Myles
25 December 1958
Singer

Oscar PetersonOscar Peterson
15 August 1925
Jazz Pianist

Coyote ShiversCoyote Shivers
24 September 1965
Actor
Edison Chen Edison Chen
07 October 1980
Actor, Singer, Record Producer

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Geneviève CastréeGeneviève Castrée
09 April 1981
Canadian Cartoonist
Chantal KreviazukChantal Kreviazuk
18 May 1974
Canadian singer-songwriter

Shane HarteShane Harte
28 November 1996
Actor

PeachesPeaches
11 November 1968
Musician

Jahkoy PalmerJahkoy Palmer
23 March 1994
Singer
Alanis MorisetteAlanis Morisette
01 June 1974
American-Canadian singer-songwriter
Claire Elise BoucherClaire Elise Boucher
17 March 1988
Record Producer

Aaron FunkAaron Funk
11 January 1975
Electronic Musician

K. D. Lang K. D. Lang
02 November 1961
Singer, Songwriter
Hailey ReeseHailey Reese
30 January 1996
Singer, Songwriter, Actress

Noah ReidNoah Reid
30 April 1987
Actor

Alan ThickeAlan Thicke
01 March 1947
Actor, Songwriter, Composer, Television presenter,

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

René AngélilRené Angélil
16 January 1942
Record Producers
Rufus WainwrightRufus Wainwright
22 July 1973
Singer

Denny DohertyDenny Doherty
29 November 1940
Singer, Composer, Songwriter, Actor
Amy Jo JohnsonAmy Jo Johnson
06 October 1970
Actress

Adnan SamiAdnan Sami
15 August 1971
Singer

Loreena McKennittLoreena McKennitt
17 February 1957
Singer, Composer, Pianist, Musician, Songwriter
Cassie SteeleCassie Steele
02 December 1989
Actor, Singer, Musician

Devin TownsendDevin Townsend
05 May 1972
Singer, Musician, Guitarist, Songwriter, Record
Rick DankoRick Danko
29 December 1943
Musician

Bruce CockburnBruce Cockburn
27 May 1945
Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter,

Paul ShafferPaul Shaffer
28 November 1949
Musician

Alex LifesonAlex Lifeson
27 August 1953
Composer, Guitarist

Glenn GouldGlenn Gould
25 September 1932
Pianist
Richard ManuelRichard Manuel
03 April 1943
Singer-songwriter, Singer, Pianist, Musician

Buffy Sainte-MarieBuffy Sainte-Marie
20 February 1941
Actor, Singer-songwriter, Visual artist, Record

TamiaTamia
09 May 1975
Singer, Musician, Actor, Model

Deborah CoxDeborah Cox
13 July 1974
Singer-songwriter
Nicole AppletonNicole Appleton
07 December 1974
Actor, Singer

Howard ShoreHoward Shore
18 October 1946
Composer, Conductor, Film score composer
Alissa White-GluzAlissa White-Gluz
31 July 1985
Vocalist

Ramin KarimlooRamin Karimloo
19 September 1978
Actor

Randy BachmanRandy Bachman
27 September 1943
Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Paul GrossPaul Gross
30 April 1959
Actor

Jessica LowndesJessica Lowndes
08 November 1988
Actress
Jonny CraigJonny Craig
26 March 1986
Singer

Tenille TownesTenille Townes
20 January 1994
Singer

Rick GenestRick Genest
07 August 1985
Artist
Melissa Auf der MaurMelissa Auf der Maur
17 March 1972
Singer-songwriter, Photographer, Film producer,

Garth HudsonGarth Hudson
02 August 1937
Pianist, Musician
Jacqueline MacInnes WoodJacqueline MacInnes Wood
17 April 1987
Actress

MacKenzie PorterMacKenzie Porter
29 January 1990
Actress

Chris MurphyChris Murphy
07 November 1968
Musician

Burton CummingsBurton Cummings
31 December 1947
Singer-songwriter, Musician, Singer, Songwriter,
Bob RockBob Rock
19 April 1954
Bassist, Engineer, Audio engineer, Musician,
Les StroudLes Stroud
20 October 1961
Musician

Sophie SimmonsSophie Simmons
07 July 1992
Singer

Martha WainwrightMartha Wainwright
08 May 1976
Singer-songwriter

KieszaKiesza
16 January 1989
Singer songwriter
Régine ChassagneRégine Chassagne
18 August 1977
Singer, Musician, Pianist

Long John BaldryLong John Baldry
12 January 1941
Actor

Steven PageSteven Page
22 June 1970
Singer, Songwriter

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

KaytranadaKaytranada
25 August 1992
DJ
Jon LajoieJon Lajoie
21 August 1980
Actor, Guitarist, Musician, Singer, Songwriter,

Karen DavidKaren David
15 April 1979
Actress
Fefe DobsonFefe Dobson
28 February 1985
Singer, Actor, Songwriter, Musician, Model

Lindsay EllLindsay Ell
20 March 1989
Singer
Jian GhomeshiJian Ghomeshi
09 June 1967
Musician
Alice GlassAlice Glass
23 August 1988
Singer