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 Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian
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.

 2 Paul Anka

Paul Albert Anka
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: July 30, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Canadian, American

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.

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 3 Michael Bublé

Michael Buble
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Canadian, Italian

Michael Bublé is a Canadian record producer, singer, and songwriter. He gained international recognition after releasing his fourth studio album It's Time. Also known for his charity work, Michael Bublé was part of a charity concert where he pledged a donation of A$50,000 to those affected by the Black Saturday bushfires in Australia.

 4 Rick Danko

Rick Danko
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 29, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Canadian
Died: December 10, 1999

 5 Alannah Myles

Alannah Myles
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 25, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Canadian

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.

 6 Neil Young

Neil Young
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: November 12, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian

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.

 7 Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 7, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian

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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