Famous Canadian Rock Singers

Canada has exerted a dominant influence on the world music. Be it pop, rock or hip-hop, Canadian singers and musicians have excelled it all and shone amongst the greatest musicians and singers from across the globe. Talking about rock n roll, this music genre emerged in the mid-20th century in the American colonies. Soon, it gained widespread appeal as artisans from other countries imbibed the culture and became masters of the genre. In Canada, earliest form of rock music was inspired by their American and British counterparts. Soon, Canadian rock stars developed their own style and music type which gained much popularity. Ever since then, Canada has had a considerable impact on the development of rock as a modern popular music. Paul Anka was undoubtedly the first Canadian rock star. His song, ‘Diana’ helped him become a teen idol sensation. Furthermore, he was the first Canadian to have a number one on the US Billboard chart in rock and roll. The Beaumarks was a hit rock band of the 1960s. Their ‘Clap Your Hands’ was the first Canadian made and produced rock recording. Other popular rock stars include Bruce Cockburn, Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, Bryan Adams, Sarah McLachlan, and so on. Find out more about Canadian rock singers, their life and their musical quests through this section.

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 1 Neil Young

Neil Young
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: November 12, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

One of rock and roll’s greatest songwriters and performers of all time, Neil Young has worked both solo as well with bands like Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The Grammy award winning musician’s notable albums include After the Gold Rush, Harvest, Harvest Moon and Ragged Glory. He strongly backs environmental and disability issues too.

 2 Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams
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Famous As: Best Selling Pop, Pop-Rock Singer-Songwriter Of All Time
Birthdate: November 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kingston, Canada
Canadian rock guitarist and singer Bryan Adams, known for his cult classics Everything I Do and Summer of '69, has won 20 Juno Awards and a Grammy. The Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee is also an avid animal rights activist and a professional photographer who has held several exhibitions.

 3 Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 7, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Macleod, Canada

Joni Mitchell is one of the most popular Canadian singer-songwriters. Widely regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of all time, her songs reflect her feelings about joy, romance, disillusionment, and confusion. Apart from being a musician, Joni is also a visual artist who designs most of her album covers. In fact, she calls herself a painter derailed by circumstance.  

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 4 Paul Anka

Paul Anka
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 30, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

Paul Anka is a Canadian-American actor and singer-songwriter. As a songwriter, he has contributed to the success of popular musicians, such as Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra, and Michael Jackson. He has also contributed to the theme of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Also known for his business ventures, Anka is credited with opening the popular restaurant and club, Jubilation.

 5 Geddy Lee

Geddy Lee
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Famous As: Singer, Musician
Birthdate: July 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Willowdale, Toronto, Canada
Canadian singer Geddy Lee soared to fame as the lead vocalist, keyboardist, and bassist of the rock band Rush. He and his bandmates of Rush were the first to win the Officer of the Order of Canada as a group. He also released a solo album, My Favourite Headache.

 6 Paul Rodgers

Paul Rodgers
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician
Birthdate: December 17, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Middlesbrough, England

Paul Rodgers is a British singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter. Over the years, Rodgers has performed with popular bands like Bad Company, Free, and Queen. Rodgers, who has influenced several notable rock singers, was honored with the prestigious Ivor Novello Award in 2011. He has also been named in Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

 7 Mac DeMarco

Mac DeMarco
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 30, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Duncan, Canada

Canadian singer Mac DeMarco is best known as the pioneer of the blue wave or slacker rock type of music. He described his music as jizz jazz. A multi-instrumentalist, too, he is skilled in the guitar, the drums, and the keyboards. He is fond of vintage musical equipment.

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 8 Robbie Robertson

Robbie Robertson
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Famous As: Guitarist, Producer
Birthdate: July 5, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Canadian musician, songwriter, and film composer Robbie Robertson became popular following his association as lead guitarist and songwriter with the rock group, The Band. He is credited for playing a key role in popularizing the Americana music genre. He also had a successful career as a solo artist. As a film composer, he has often collaborated with director Martin Scorsese.

 9 Sarah McLachlan

Sarah McLachlan
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Halifax Regional Municipality, 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.

 10 Gordon Downie

Gordon Downie
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Famous As: Former Lead singer of rock band The Tragically Hip, a group that has received more than ten JUNO Awards
Birthdate: February 6, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Amherstview, Canada
Died: October 17, 2017

 11 Anne Murray

Anne Murray
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Famous As: Singer Known for her Signature song 'Snowbird'
Birthdate: June 20, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Springhill, Canada
Canadian singer Anne Murray became the first Canadian female solo artist with No. 1 tracks on the American charts and the first to get a “gold” certification. The four-time Grammy-winning artist is best known for hits such as Snowbird and is part of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.

 12 Rick Danko

Rick Danko
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 29, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Norfolk County, Canada
Died: December 10, 1999

Canadian singer and The Band member Rick Danko initially performed as a rhythm guitarist and bassist for The Hawks. Part of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Danko struggled with drug addiction and was once even arrested in Japan for smuggling drugs. He died in his sleep after a performance.

 13 Melissa Auf der Maur

Melissa Auf der Maur
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

 14 Alannah Myles

Alannah Myles
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 25, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Best known for her Grammy-winning and Billboard-charting single Black Velvet, written in memory of Elvis Presley, Alannah Myles is the daughter of legendary Canadian broadcaster William Douglas Byles. She was later seen in Eurovision and also sang the Canadian national anthem at Toronto All-Star Game in 1991.

 15 Jonny Craig

Jonny Craig
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, best known as the former lead vocalist of bands Dance Gavin Dance, Emarosa, and Slaves
Birthdate: March 26, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Minot, North Dakota, United States

 16 Ronnie Hawkins

Ronnie Hawkins
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Famous As: Rockabilly musician notable for his role as a talent scout and mentor of musicians he recruited for his band the Hawks
Birthdate: January 10, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Huntsville, Arkansas, United States

 17 Gino Vannelli

Gino Vannelli
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Famous As: Rock singer whose best-known singles include
Birthdate: June 16, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

 18 John Kay

John Kay
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 12, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sovetsk, Kaliningrad, Russia

John Kay is a German-born Canadian singer, guitarist, and songwriter. He is credited with co-forming the popular American rock band Steppenwolf for which he served as the lead vocalist. He is also credited with contributing immensely to the success of the band. In 2004, he was inducted into the Canada's Walk of Fame.

 19 Adam Cohen

Adam Cohen
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Famous As: Canadian singer and songwriter best known as the frontman for the band Low Millions
Birthdate: September 18, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

 20 Frank Marino

Frank Marino
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Famous As: Guitarist and singer, best known as the leader of Canadian hard rock band Mahogany Rush
Birthdate: November 20, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

 21 Kim Mitchell

Kim Mitchell
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Famous As: Former Lead Singer and Guitarist for the Band 'Max Webster'
Birthdate: July 10, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sarnia, Canada

 22 Serena Ryder

Serena Ryder
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Famous As: singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 8, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 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 David Usher

David Usher
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter and the lead singer for the alternative rock band Moist.
Birthdate: April 24, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oxford, England

 25 Marie-Mai

Marie-Mai
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Famous As: Singer who was initially known as one of the finalists of the first season of the Quebec reality show Star Académie
Birthdate: July 7, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Varennes, Canada

 26 Robin Black

Robin Black
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: August 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Canada

 27 Greg Keelor

Greg Keelor
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: August 29, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Inverness County, Nova Scotia, Canada

 28 Paul Janz

Paul Janz
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Famous As: Formerly a prominent singer-songwriter of pop rock music in the mainstream and contemporary Christian markets
Birthdate: 1951 AD
Birthplace: Three Hills, Canada

 29 Luck Mervil

Luck Mervil
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Famous As: Actor, Singer
Birthdate: October 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Haitian-Canadian actor-singer Luck Mervil initially experimented with reggae and rap and later appeared on stage, on TV, and in films. His best-known role was that of Clopin in Notre-Dame de Paris. He was later accused of sexually exploiting a minor, pleaded guilty, and served a 6-month sentence.

 30 Al Tuck

Al Tuck
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: December 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada