Canadian Female Folk Singers

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 1 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.  

 2 Buffy Sainte-Marie

Buffy Sainte-Marie
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Famous As: Actor, Singer-songwriter, Visual artist, Record producer, Composer
Birthdate: February 20, 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Piapot, Canada

Known for her music that showcases the issues of Native Americans, Canadian-American singer Buffy Sainte-Marie became the first person from any indigenous community to win an Oscar, with the song Up Where We Belong. She had also been blacklisted by many radio stations earlier due to her activism.

 3 Martha Wainwright

Martha Wainwright
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 8, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montreal

Born into a family of musicians, Canadian-American folk singer Martha Wainwright initially studied drama but later began her music career, performing at coffee-houses. She is talented songwriter, too and has performed as part of the duo known as the Wainwright Sisters, with her half-sister Lucy Wainwright Roche.

 4 Gale Garnett

Gale Garnett
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Famous As: Known in the United States for her self-penned, Grammy-winning folk hit 'We'll Sing in the Sunshine'
Birthdate: July 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

 5 Ruth Moody

Ruth Moody
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Australia

Born in Australia, Ruth Moody gained fame as part of the folk group The Wailin' Jennys. The Juno Award-winning singer and multi-instrumentalist is also the former lead singer of the roots band Scruj MacDuhk. Though initially aspiring to be a teacher, she later focused on folk music.