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
Cory MonteithCory Monteith
11 May 1982

David FosterDavid Foster
01 November 1949

Avril LavigneAvril Lavigne
27 September 1984

Neil YoungNeil Young
12 November 1945
Singer-Songwriter and Musician

The WeekndThe Weeknd
16 February 1990
Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen
21 September 1934

Bryan AdamsBryan Adams
05 November 1959

Michael BubleMichael Bublé
09 September 1975
Singer-songwriter, Actor

Carly Rae JepsenCarly Rae Jepsen
21 November 1985
Singer, Musician, Songwriter
Paul Albert AnkaPaul Anka
30 July 1941
Singer, Songwriter

Sarah McLachlanSarah McLachlan
28 January 1968
Mac DeMarcoMac DeMarco
30 April 1990

Gordon LightfootGordon Lightfoot
17 November 1938
Singer, Songwriter

Chad KroegerChad Kroeger
15 November 1974
Deryck WhibleyDeryck Whibley
21 March 1980

05 January 1981
Robbie RobertsonRobbie Robertson
05 July 1943

Geddy LeeGeddy Lee
29 July 1953

Neal PeartNeil Peart
12 September 1952
Musician, Songwriter
Diana KrallDiana Krall
16 November 1964
Jazz Pianist

Adam GontierAdam Gontier
25 May 1978
Coyote ShiversCoyote Shivers
24 September 1965

03 July 1993

Geneviève CastréeGeneviève Castrée
09 April 1981
Canadian Cartoonist

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

Luke MacfarlaneLuke Macfarlane
19 January 1980

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

Chantal KreviazukChantal Kreviazuk
18 May 1974
Canadian singer-songwriter
Shane HarteShane Harte
28 November 1996

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11 November 1968

Claire Elise BoucherClaire Elise Boucher
17 March 1988
Record Producer

K. D. Lang K. D. Lang
02 November 1961
Singer, Songwriter

Alanis MorisetteAlanis Morisette
01 June 1974
American-Canadian singer-songwriter
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,

Alanis MorissetteAlanis Morissette
01 June 1974
Singer-songwriter, Singer, Actor, Composer,
René AngélilRené Angélil
16 January 1942
Record Producers

Paul GrossPaul Gross
30 April 1959
Alan ThickeAlan Thicke
01 March 1947
Actor, Songwriter, Composer, Television presenter,

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

Leon RedboneLeon Redbone
26 August 1949
Singer, Jazz musician, Jazz guitarist, Songwriter

Nicole AppletonNicole Appleton
07 December 1974
Actor, Singer

Denny DohertyDenny Doherty
29 November 1940
Singer, Composer, Songwriter, Actor
Devin TownsendDevin Townsend
05 May 1972
Singer, Musician, Guitarist, Songwriter, Record

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

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

Alex LifesonAlex Lifeson
27 August 1953
Composer, Guitarist
Jonny CraigJonny Craig
26 March 1986

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

Dave BakshDave Baksh
26 July 1980
Musician, Singer, Guitarist

Burton CummingsBurton Cummings
31 December 1947
Singer-songwriter, Musician, Singer, Songwriter,
Rick DankoRick Danko
29 December 1942
Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Singer

30 October 1969
musician, singer
Buffy Sainte-MarieBuffy Sainte-Marie
20 February 1941
Actor, Singer-songwriter, Visual artist, Record

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

Glenn GouldGlenn Gould
25 September 1932
Pianist, Composer
09 May 1975
Singer, Musician, Actor, Model

Steven PageSteven Page
22 June 1970
Singer, Songwriter
Randy BachmanRandy Bachman
27 September 1943
Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter

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

Edgar Bronfman Jr.Edgar Bronfman Jr.
16 May 1955

Howard ShoreHoward Shore
18 October 1946
Composer, Conductor, Film score composer
Natalie AppletonNatalie Appleton
14 May 1973
Actor, Singer, Musician
Jon LajoieJon Lajoie
21 August 1980
Actor, Guitarist, Musician, Singer, Songwriter,

Terri ClarkTerri Clark
05 August 1968

12 October 1986
Music executive, Record producer, Composer

Garth HudsonGarth Hudson
02 August 1937
Pianist, Musician
Mylène FarmerMylène Farmer
12 September 1961
Singer-songwriter, Writer, Singer, Actor,

Steve JoczSteve Jocz
23 July 1981
Drummer, Singer

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

Gino VannelliGino Vannelli
16 June 1952
Singer, Songwriter, Jazz musician

Tom CochraneTom Cochrane
14 May 1953
Singer-songwriter, Musician, Singer, Writer
Deanna DurbinDeanna Durbin
04 December 1921
Actor, Singer, Musician, Opera singer, Film actor

Fefe DobsonFefe Dobson
28 February 1985
Singer, Actor, Songwriter, Musician, Model
Alice GlassAlice Glass
23 August 1988

Terry JacksTerry Jacks
29 March 1944
Singer, Songwriter

Stan RogersStan Rogers
29 November 1949
Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Singer
Emily HainesEmily Haines
25 January 1974
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer, Pianist

Chris MurphyChris Murphy
07 November 1968
Raine MaidaRaine Maida
18 February 1970
Singer, Songwriter, Record producer

Régine ChassagneRégine Chassagne
18 August 1977
Singer, Musician, Pianist

Les StroudLes Stroud
20 October 1961

Jann ArdenJann Arden
27 March 1962
Street artist, Singer, Film producer, Television
Ed RobertsonEd Robertson
25 October 1970
Singer-songwriter, Musician, Singer

Lawrence GowanLawrence Gowan
22 November 1956
Singer, Songwriter
Sarah HarmerSarah Harmer
12 November 1970
Singer, Singer-songwriter, Musician

Deborah CoxDeborah Cox
13 July 1974
Singer, Musician
James LaBrieJames LaBrie
05 May 1963
Singer, Musician

Pat TraversPat Travers
12 April 1954
Singer, Guitarist
John RutseyJohn Rutsey
23 July 1953