Famous Canadian Pianists

Find out more about the greatest Canadian Pianists, including Celine Dion, Tara Strong, Sarah McLachlan, Diana Krall and Deryck Whibley.

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 1 Alanis Morisette

Alanis Morisette
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: June 1, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

Alanis Morisette is a Canadian-American singer-songwriter and actress. Renowned for her mezzo-soprano voice, Morisette has been named by Rolling Stone as the Queen of Alt-Rock Angst. A recipient of 13 Juno Awards and seven Grammy Awards, Morisette has released several successful albums, including Jagged Little Pill, which was named in Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.

 2 Sarah McLachlan

Sarah McLachlan
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Canadian singer Sarah Ann McLachlan is best known for her signature ballads and her bestselling album Surfacing. The three-time Grammy-winning and nine-time Juno-winning artist has also launched a free music school for disadvantaged youth and works against animal cruelty. She also launched the Lilith Fair, to promote female music artists.
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 3 Glenn Gould

Glenn Gould
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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.   

 4 Diana Krall

Diana Krall
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Famous As: Jazz Pianist
Birthdate: November 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nanaimo, British Columbia

Diana Krall is a Canadian jazz singer and pianist. With several gold and multi-platinum albums under her belt, Krall is regarded as one of the best-selling artists of her generation. In 2009, Billboard called her the second-greatest jazz artist of the 2000–09 decade. In 2004, she was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.

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 5 Adnan Sami

Adnan Sami
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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. 

 6 Brett Dier

Brett Dier
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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.

 7 Richard Manuel

Richard Manuel
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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. 

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 8 Simon Collins

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

 9 Corey Hart

Corey Hart
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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.

 10 Oscar Peterson

Oscar Peterson
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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.

 11 Burton Cummings

Burton Cummings
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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. 

 12 Garth Hudson

Garth Hudson
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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

 13 Loreena McKennitt

Loreena McKennitt
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Morden, Canada

Loreena McKennitt is a Canadian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Her music is infused with Celtic and Middle Eastern influences. As a singer, she is known for her refined and clear soprano vocals. She has sold over 14 million records worldwide and is the recipient of several awards, including the Western Canadian Music Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award. 

 14 K'naan

K'naan
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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. 

 15 Emily Haines

Emily Haines
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Famous As: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer, Pianist
Birthdate: January 25, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Delhi

Emily Haines is a Canadian singer and songwriter who is the lead singer, songwriter, and keyboardist of the rock band Metric. She is a member of the indie rock band Broken Social Scene as well and also performs solo. She is the daughter of the poet Paul Haines and was encouraged to pursue her musical passion from childhood.  

 16 Sophie Simmons

Sophie Simmons
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Sophie Simmons is a singer, model, and TV personality. The daughter of an actress and a musician, she was introduced to show business at an early age. She began her career as a teenager. As a model, she promotes body positivity and launched a body-positive clothing line. She has released many singles, including the super hit Black Mirror. 

 17 Cœur de pirate

Cœur de pirate
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Famous As: Singer, Pianist, Actor, Songwriter
Birthdate: September 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Outremont

Cœur de pirate is the stage name of Béatrice Martin, a Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist. She is a francophone and sings mostly in French. She began to study music as a child and started her professional career while still in her teens. She has since released several albums, including her super hit eponymous album that was certified platinum. 

 18 Keshia Chanté

Keshia Chanté
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Actor, Pianist, Model, Songwriter, Musician
Birthdate: June 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ottawa

Keshia Chanté is a Canadian singer-songwriter, TV personality, and actress. Interested in music from an early age, she began her career as a teenager. She became popular quickly and got the chance to open for Destiny's Child when the band was touring Canada. As her popularity grew, she ventured into TV as well and has appeared in many shows. 

 19 Régine Chassagne

Régine Chassagne
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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Pianist
Birthdate: August 18, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal

Régine Chassagne is a Canadian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She is a founding member of the indie rock band Arcade Fire. She began her career as a jazz performer and met fellow musician Win Butler, with whom she started Arcade Fire. The couple got married and continue to perform together. She is a shareholder in the music streaming service company Tidal

 20 Chilly Gonzales

Chilly Gonzales
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Famous As: Pianist, Record producer, Composer, Film score composer
Birthdate: March 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montreal

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. 

 21 Hélène Mercier-Arnault

Hélène Mercier-Arnault
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: 1959 AD
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec

Hélène Mercier-Arnault is a pianist and chamber musician. She has performed at various famous avenues, including the ‘Théâtre des Champs-Elysées’ and the ‘Théâtre du Châtelet’ in Paris. She often collaborates with artists, such as Cyprien Katsaris, Vladimir Spivakov, and Zubin Mehta. She is married to businessman Bernard Arnault, who is one of the richest men in the world. 

 22 Daniel Powter

Daniel Powter
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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.

 23 Matt Thiessen

Matt Thiessen
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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.

 24 Ron Sexsmith

Ron Sexsmith
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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. 

 25 Paul Bley

Paul Bley
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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. 

 26 Emm Gryner

Emm Gryner
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Famous As: Singer, Pianist, Songwriter
Birthdate: June 8, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sarnia

Emm Gryner is a Canadian singer-songwriter best known for her hit singles Summerlong and Acid. She graduated from Fanshawe College's Music Industry Arts and started her career by performing gigs. In the ensuing years, she released several albums and was nominated for many awards. She also hosts radio shows and appears in music videos. 

 27 Angela Hewitt

Angela Hewitt
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: July 26, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ottawa

Born to an Ottawa-based choirmaster, Angela Hewitt began learning the piano at age 3. She is best known for her award-winning interpretations of Bach’s works. She later became the first female performer to win the City of Leipzig Bach Medal and launched the Trasimeno Music Festival in Umbria, Italy.

 28 Maud Allan

Maud Allan
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: August 27, 1873
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: October 7, 1956

Maud Allan was a Canadian dancer who became known for her Dance of the Seven Veils. She studied piano at the Hochschule für Musik and became a piano teacher. She later abandoned the piano in favor of dance. She was very creative as a dancer and even designed her own costumes. She became a dance teacher in her later years.  

 29 Daniel Lavoie

Daniel Lavoie
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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.

 30 Chris Murphy

Chris Murphy
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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.

 31 Alberto Guerrero

Alberto Guerrero
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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.

 32 Violet Archer

Violet Archer
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: April 24, 1913
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: February 21, 2000

Violet Archer was a Canadian teacher, pianist, organist, and composer. She studied music at McGill University and Yale University and taught music at the University of Alberta, where she eventually became the chairperson of the Theory and Composition Department. She was also a musician and composer with a prolific output. Jan Randall and Allan Gilliland are among her students. 

 33 Eric Radford

Eric Radford
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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.