Canadian Women Lyricists & Songwriters

Throughout history, there have been many Canadian women lyricists & songwriters who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great Canadian female lyricists & songwriters such as Avril Lavigne, Carly Rae Jepsen, Alannah Myles, K. D. Lang, Alanis Morisette.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Celine Dion

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 30, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Charlemagne, Canada

Celine Dion is a Canadian singer renowned for her powerful voice. Having sold more than 200 million records worldwide, Dion is one of the best-selling singers ever. Widely regarded as one of the most influential pop singers of her generation, Celine Dion's works have inspired other popular singers, such as Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson, Katy Perry, and Ariana Grande.

 2 Joni Mitchell

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Famous As: Famous for Her Studio Album 'Blue'
Birthdate: November 7, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fort 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.  

 3 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.

 4 Nelly Furtado

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 2, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Nelly Furtado is a Portuguese-Canadian record producer and singer-songwriter. Known for her constant reinvention and musical versatility, Furtado is one of the most successful musical artists from Canada, having sold more than 40 million records. Her work has also inspired fellow musicians like Dua Lipa and Bridgit Mendler. Also a philanthropist, Furtado is a member of Artists Against Racism charity.

 5 Vanity (Singer)

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Famous As: Lead Singer of The Female Trio 'Vanity 6' Known for Their Hit Song "Nasty Girl"
Birthdate: January 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Niagara Falls, Canada
Died: February 15, 2016
Canadian entertainer Denise Katherine Matthews, better known by her pseudonym, Vanity, initially gained fame as part of the girl group Vanity 6, which delivered hits such as Nasty Girl. She also released solo albums and starred in films such as Action Jackson. She died of kidney failure at 57.

 6 Amy Jo Johnson

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dennis, Massachusetts, United States

Amy Jo Johnson is an American-Canadian filmmaker, actress, singer, and songwriter. Over the years, Johnson has been honored at several important film festivals including Long Island Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. A multi-talented personality, Amy Jo Johnson has also directed a couple of films like Tammy's Always Dying and The Space Between.

 7 Alessia Cara

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: July 11, 1996
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brampton, Canada
Canadian singer-songwriter Alessia Caracciolo is best known for her Billboard-charting hits such as Here and Scars to Your Beautiful. The Grammy-winning artist had initially gained fame through her acoustic covers on YouTube. She played a voice role in The Willoughbys. She also once claimed to be able to feel synesthesia.
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 8 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.

 9 Jessica Lowndes

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 8, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

 10 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.

 11 Avril Lavigne

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Belleville, Canada

Success came early to Canadian singer and songwriter Avril Lavigne. At fourteen, she performed with Canadian icon, Shania Twain, and at sixteen, bagged a two-album recording contract with Arista Records. Her debut album Let Go released soon, became a huge success, made her a teen idol and earned Grammy Award nominations. With subsequent albums, her popularity has only increased.

 12 Shania Twain

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Famous As: Singer Known for Her Album 'Come On Over'
Birthdate: August 28, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Windsor, Canada

Widely regarded as the Queen of Country Pop, Shania Twain is the best-selling female artist in the history of country music, having sold more than 100 million records worldwide. She is also one of the best-selling music artists ever. According to Billboard, Shania Twain is the 13th Greatest Music Video Female Solo Artist ever.

 13 Jessie Reyez

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 12, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Jessie Reyez is a Canadian singer and songwriter. She started playing guitar as a child and soon began writing songs as well. She pursued a career in music after high school. Initially, she struggled a lot but was able to carve a niche for herself in a few years. She received the Juno Breakthrough Artist Award in 2018. 

 14 Claire Elise Boucher

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

Claire Elise Boucher is a musician whose music incorporates elements of various genres like electronic, hip-hop, and R&B, which reflects her hard-partying and volatile lifestyle; she once tried sailing down the Mississippi River in a houseboat built by her and a friend before the boat was impounded. Open about her drug use in the past, Boucher now advocates against hard drugs.

 15 Lara Fabian

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Etterbeek, Belgium

Lara Fabian is a Canadian-Belgian musician, singer, songwriter, and actress. One of the best-selling Belgian music artists ever, Fabian has sold more than 20 million records all over the world. Over the course of her career, she has won many prestigious awards, such as Félix Awards and World Music Awards.

 16 Alissa White-Gluz

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Famous As: Vocalist
Birthdate: July 31, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The frontwoman of the Swedish death metal band Arch Enemy, Alissa White-Gluz is also known as the co-founder of the metalcore band the Agonist. She was once known for performing in over 250 shows a year across the globe. A true-blue vegan, she has won the Libby Award from PETA.

 17 Lights

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Famous As: Canadian electropop singer-songwriter best known for singles "Ice" and "Toes."
Birthdate: April 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Timmins, Ontario, Canada

 18 Faouzia

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 5, 2000
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Casablanca, Morocco

 19 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.

 20 Feist

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 13, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada

 21 Karen David

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Shillong, India

 22 Kiesza

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Famous As: Singer songwriter
Birthdate: January 16, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 23 Deborah Cox

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 13, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

 24 Terri Clark

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Terri Clark is a Canadian country music artist who is popular in both Canada and USA. Born into a family of music lovers, she began her career playing gigs at bars. Her first single was a moderate success and helped her get a footing in the music industry. She has since released numerous hit albums and has won many awards. 

 25 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.

 26 Jann Arden

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Famous As: Famous for her Signature Ballads, "Could I Be Your Girl" & "Insensitive"
Birthdate: March 27, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Calgary, Canada

 27 Shashaa Tirupati

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India

 28 Lindsay Ell

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 20, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Canadian country singer Lindsay Ell is best known for her Billboard-topping album The Project. Calgary-born Ell learned to play the guitar while traveling to country music camps with her father. Her hit tracks such as I Don’t Love You and What Happen In a Small Town later catapulted her to fame.

 29 Lyldoll

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Famous As: Singer Songwriter
Birthdate: April 25, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Abbotsford, Canada

 30 Melanie Fiona

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 4, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 31 Jane Child

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Famous As: Famous for Her Hit Single "Don't Wanna Fall in Love"
Birthdate: February 15, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 32 WondaGurl

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Famous As: Music producer who is known for having been discovered via Instagram
Birthdate: December 28, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Scarborough, Toronto, Canada

 33 Ana Golja

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Famous As: Actress and Singer
Birthdate: January 31, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 34 Melissa Storwick

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Birthdate: November 13, 1998
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Calgary

 35 Martina Sorbara

Martina Sorbara
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: November 13, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto

 36 Basia Bulat

Basia Bulat
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: April 13, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto

 37 Tei Shi

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Famous As: Indie pop star
Birthdate: October 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

 38 Sarah Harmer

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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Musician
Birthdate: November 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Burlington

 39 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. 

 40 Tami Neilson

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: 1977 AD
Birthplace: Canada

 41 Amy Sky

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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: September 24, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The daughter of renowned Canadian psychologist Dr. Sandy Shiner, Amy Sky was initially trained in the cello and began penning songs at age 13. Equipped with a degree in music theory and composition, the singer-songwriter has collaborated with artists such as Diana Ross and Jennifer Rush.

 42 Pauline Julien

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 23, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Trois-Rivières, Canada
Died: October 1, 1998

Apart from being a singer and actor, Pauline Julien was also a staunch feminist and a supporter for an independent Quebec. She once declined an offer to perform in front of Queen Elizabeth II, to support her cause, and was once even jailed for her involvement in the October Crisis.

 43 Hailey Reese

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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Actress
Birthdate: January 30, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cambridge, Ontario