Famous Canadian Rock Musicians

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 1 
Alanis Morisette
(Singer-Songwriter)

Alanis Morisette
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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 
Neil Peart
(Best Known as the Drummer and Primary Lyricist of the Rock Band 'Rush')

Neil Peart
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Birthdate: September 12, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hamilton, Canada
Died: January 7, 2020

Neil Peart was a Canadian songwriter, author, and musician. Best known as the drummer of the popular rock band Rush, Peart was nicknamed The Professor for his technical proficiency. In 1983, Neil Peart became the youngest person ever to be inducted into the Modern Drummer publication's Readers Poll Hall of Fame.

 3 
Gordon Downie
(Former Lead singer of rock band The Tragically Hip, a group that has received more than ten JUNO Awards)

Gordon Downie
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Birthdate: February 6, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Amherstview, Canada
Died: October 17, 2017
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 4 
Win Butler
(Songwriter, Singer, Composer, Poet, Guitarist)

Win Butler
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Birthdate: April 14, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Truckee, California, United States

Win Butler is an American-Canadian multi-instrumentalist, musician, singer, and songwriter. He is credited with co-founding the popular Canadian indie rock band, Arcade Fire. Also a humanitarian, Butler contributed to a charity record named Do They Know It's Hallowe'en as part of a UNICEF benefit project. A multi-talented personality, Win Butler often participates in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.

 5 
Lights
(Canadian electropop singer-songwriter best known for singles "Ice" and "Toes.")

Lights
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Birthdate: April 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Timmins, Ontario, Canada

 6 
Burton Cummings
(Singer-songwriter, Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Keyboardist, Actor, Pianist)

Burton Cummings
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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. 

 7 
Randy Bachman
(Guitarist, singer, and songwriter who was a founding member of the bands The Guess Who and Bachman–Turner Overdrive)

Randy Bachman
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Birthdate: September 27, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada
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 8 
Garth Hudson
(Multi-instrumentalist)

Garth Hudson
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Birthdate: August 2, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Windsor, Canada

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

 9 
Fefe Dobson
(Singer, Actor, Songwriter, Musician, Model)

Fefe Dobson
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Birthdate: February 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Scarborough

 10 
Gino Vannelli
(Rock singer whose best-known singles include)

Gino Vannelli
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Birthdate: June 16, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

 11 
Emily Haines
(Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer, Pianist)

Emily Haines
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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.  

 12 
Régine Chassagne
(Multi-instrumentalist, singer, and founding member of the indie rock band Arcade Fire)

Régine Chassagne
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Birthdate: August 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

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

 13 
Bif Naked
(Singer-songwriter)

Bif Naked
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Birthdate: June 15, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New Delhi, Delhi, India

 14 
Bruce Cockburn
(Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter, Musicologist, Composer)

Bruce Cockburn
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Birthdate: May 27, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ottawa

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Pierre Bouvier
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Birthdate: May 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montreal

 16 
Tom Cochrane
(musician)

Tom Cochrane
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Birthdate: May 14, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lynn Lake, Canada

 17 
Andy Kim
(Pop rock singer and songwriter known for hits like "Rock Me Gently" and "Baby, I Love You")

Andy Kim
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Birthdate: December 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

 18 
Alexz Johnson
(Singer-songwriter, Actor, Singer)

Alexz Johnson
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Birthdate: November 4, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Westminster

 19 
Tal Bachman
(Singer-songwriter, Singer)

Tal Bachman
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Birthdate: August 13, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Winnipeg

 20 
Daniel Powter
(Singer, Pianist)

Daniel Powter
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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.

 21 
Dan Hill
(Singer, Songwriter, Writer, Singer-songwriter)

Dan Hill
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Birthdate: June 3, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto

 22 
Alan Doyle
(Actor, Singer, Songwriter)

Alan Doyle
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Birthdate: May 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove

 23 
Raine Maida
(Singer)

Raine Maida
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Birthdate: February 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Jason Dean Bennison
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Birthdate: September 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mississauga

 25 
Serena Ryder
(singer-songwriter)

Serena Ryder
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Birthdate: December 8, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 26 
Zalman Yanovsky
(Musician)

Zalman Yanovsky
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Birthdate: December 19, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: December 13, 2002

Tom Thacker
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Birthdate: April 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Langley City

 28 
Brad Roberts
(Singer)

Brad Roberts
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Birthdate: January 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Winnipeg

 29 
Nick Gilder
(Singer, Songwriter)

Nick Gilder
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Birthdate: December 21, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Greater London

 30 

Benjamin Kowalewicz
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Birthdate: December 16, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Montreal

 31 
Matthew Good
(Singer-songwriter, Singer, Songwriter, Musician)

Matthew Good
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Birthdate: June 29, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Burnaby

 32 
Sam Roberts
(Rock singer-songwriter)

Sam Roberts
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Birthdate: October 2, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Westmount, Quebec, Canada

 33 
Sass Jordan
(Singer, Singer-songwriter)

Sass Jordan
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Birthdate: December 23, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Birmingham

 34 
Skye Sweetnam
(Singer, Songwriter)

Skye Sweetnam
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Birthdate: May 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bolton

 35 
Efrim Menuck
(record producer, guitarist, musician)

Efrim Menuck
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Birthdate: November 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montreal

 36 
Kevin Hearn
(Singer)

Kevin Hearn
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Birthdate: July 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Grimsby, Ontario, Canada

 37 
Sarah Neufeld
(Violinist)

Sarah Neufeld
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Birthdate: August 27, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Merville, British Columbia

 38 
David Usher
(Singer-songwriter and the lead singer for the alternative rock band Moist.)

David Usher
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Birthdate: April 24, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oxford, England

 39 
Chuck Comeau
(Drummer)

Chuck Comeau
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Birthdate: September 17, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montreal

 40 
Sébastien Lefebvre
(Singer-songwriter, Singer, Guitarist)

Sébastien Lefebvre
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Birthdate: June 5, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montreal

 41 
Ian Thornley
(Singer, Songwriter)

Ian Thornley
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Birthdate: July 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto

 42 
Ian Thomas
(actor, songwriter)

Ian Thomas
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Birthdate: July 23, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hamilton

 43 
Esthero
(Singer, Jazz musician, Songwriter)

Esthero
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Birthdate: December 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stratford

 44 
Brendan Canning
(Musician)

Brendan Canning
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Birthdate: 1969 AD
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

 45 
Mars Bonfire
(Guitarist, Songwriter)

Mars Bonfire
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Birthdate: April 21, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oshawa

Sophie Trudeau
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Canada

 47 
Kevin Drew
(Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Record producer)

Kevin Drew
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Birthdate: September 9, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Toronto

 48 
Amy Millan
(Singer)

Amy Millan
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Birthdate: December 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto

 49 
Spencer Krug
(Singer, Songwriter)

Spencer Krug
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Birthdate: May 4, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Penticton

 50 
Dan Mangan
(Singer, Composer, Songwriter)

Dan Mangan
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Birthdate: April 28, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Smithers