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

Michael BubleMichael Bublé
09 September 1975
Singer

Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen
21 September 1934
Singer-songwriter
Paul Albert AnkaPaul Anka
30 July 1941
Singer, Songwriter

Bryan AdamsBryan Adams
05 November 1959
Singer
Robbie RobertsonRobbie Robertson
05 July 1943
Guitarist

Gordon LightfootGordon Lightfoot
17 November 1938
Singer, Songwriter

Carly Rae JepsenCarly Rae Jepsen
21 November 1985
Singer, Musician, Songwriter

Neal PeartNeil Peart
12 September 1952
Musician, Songwriter

Sarah McLachlanSarah McLachlan
28 January 1968
Singer-songwriter
Chad KroegerChad Kroeger
15 November 1974
Musician

Deadmau5Deadmau5
05 January 1981
DJ

Mac DeMarcoMac DeMarco
30 April 1990
Singer

Geddy LeeGeddy Lee
29 July 1953
 
Deryck WhibleyDeryck Whibley
21 March 1980
Singer

Brett DierBrett Dier
14 February 1990
Actor
Diana KrallDiana Krall
16 November 1964
Jazz Pianist

PartyNextDoorPartyNextDoor
03 July 1993
Singer

Luke MacfarlaneLuke Macfarlane
19 January 1980
Actor
Coyote ShiversCoyote Shivers
24 September 1965
Actor

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

Cindy BreakspeareCindy Breakspeare
24 October 1954
Miss World 1976

Oscar PetersonOscar Peterson
15 August 1925
Jazz Pianist
Edison Chen Edison Chen
07 October 1980
Actor, Singer, Record Producer

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

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

Celine DionCeline Dion
30 March 1968
Singer, Actor, Voice actor, Musician, Pianist,

Noah ReidNoah Reid
30 April 1987
Actor

Ramin KarimlooRamin Karimloo
19 September 1978
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
Denny DohertyDenny Doherty
29 November 1940
Singer, Composer, Songwriter, Actor

Paul ShafferPaul Shaffer
28 November 1949
Musician

Rick DankoRick Danko
29 December 1943
Musician
Amy Jo JohnsonAmy Jo Johnson
06 October 1970
Actress

Richard ManuelRichard Manuel
03 April 1943
Singer-songwriter, Singer, Pianist, Musician
Adnan SamiAdnan Sami
15 August 1971
Singer

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

Devin TownsendDevin Townsend
05 May 1972
Singer, Musician, Guitarist, Songwriter, Record

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

TamiaTamia
09 May 1975
Singer, Musician, Actor, Model
Nicole AppletonNicole Appleton
07 December 1974
Actor, Singer

Garth HudsonGarth Hudson
02 August 1937
Pianist, Musician

Howard ShoreHoward Shore
18 October 1946
Composer, Conductor, Film score composer

Cassie SteeleCassie Steele
02 December 1989
Actor, Singer, Musician
Alex LifesonAlex Lifeson
27 August 1953
Composer, Guitarist

Buffy Sainte-MarieBuffy Sainte-Marie
20 February 1941
Actor, Singer-songwriter, Visual artist, Record
Jessica LowndesJessica Lowndes
08 November 1988
Actor, Singer, Musician, Songwriter

Glenn GouldGlenn Gould
25 September 1932
Pianist, Composer

Alissa White-GluzAlissa White-Gluz
31 July 1985
Vocalist
Randy BachmanRandy Bachman
27 September 1943
Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter

Jonny CraigJonny Craig
26 March 1986
Singer
Deborah CoxDeborah Cox
13 July 1974
Singer-songwriter

Paul GrossPaul Gross
30 April 1959
Actor

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

Jacqueline MacInnes WoodJacqueline MacInnes Wood
17 April 1987
Actress
Burton CummingsBurton Cummings
31 December 1947
Singer-songwriter, Musician, Singer, Songwriter,

Les StroudLes Stroud
20 October 1961
Musician

Terri ClarkTerri Clark
05 August 1968
Singer

Jian GhomeshiJian Ghomeshi
09 June 1967
Musician
Long John BaldryLong John Baldry
12 January 1941
Actor
MacKenzie PorterMacKenzie Porter
29 January 1990
Actress

Chris MurphyChris Murphy
07 November 1968
Musician

KaytranadaKaytranada
25 August 1992
DJ

Natalie AppletonNatalie Appleton
14 May 1973
Actor, Singer, Musician
Steven PageSteven Page
22 June 1970
Singer, Songwriter

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

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

Martha WainwrightMartha Wainwright
08 May 1976
Singer-songwriter

Sophie SimmonsSophie Simmons
07 July 1992
Singer
Deanna DurbinDeanna Durbin
04 December 1921
Actor, Singer, Musician, Opera singer, Film actor

Sarah HarmerSarah Harmer
12 November 1970
Singer, Singer-songwriter, Musician
Jon LajoieJon Lajoie
21 August 1980
Actor, Guitarist, Musician, Singer, Songwriter,

K'naanK'naan
30 May 1978
Poet
Alice GlassAlice Glass
23 August 1988
Singer
Fefe DobsonFefe Dobson
28 February 1985
Singer, Actor, Songwriter, Musician, Model