Canadian Women Lyricists & Songwriters

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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.
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 1 
Celine Dion
(Singer)
Celine Dion
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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.

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Joni Mitchell
(Famous for Her Studio Album 'Blue')
Joni Mitchell
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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
(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.

 4 
Nelly Furtado
(Canadian Singer and Songwriter Known for Her Singles: ‘I'm Like a Bird’ and ‘Turn Off the Light’)
Nelly Furtado
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Birthdate: December 2, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Victoria, 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.

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Vanity (Singer)
(Lead Singer of The Female Trio 'Vanity 6' Known for Their Hit Song "Nasty Girl")
Vanity (Singer)
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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.
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Sarah McLachlan
(Singer-Songwriter Known for Her Best-Selling Album “Surfacing”)
Sarah McLachlan
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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.
 7 
Anne Murray
(The First Canadian Female Solo Singer to Reach No. 1 on the U.S. Charts)
Anne Murray
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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.
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Jessica Lowndes
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Birthdate: November 8, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
 9 
Avril Lavigne
(Best Known for Album 'Let Go', The Best Selling Album of the 21st Century by a Canadian Artist)
Avril Lavigne
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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.

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Shania Twain
(Singer Known for Her Album 'Come On Over')
Shania Twain
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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.

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Jessie Reyez
(Singer-songwriter)
Jessie Reyez
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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. 

 12 
Claire Elise Boucher
(Pop Singer-Songwriter Known for Her Album 'Visions')
Claire Elise Boucher
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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.

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Lara Fabian
(One of the Best-Selling Belgian Female Artists of All Time)
Lara Fabian
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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.

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Faouzia
(Singer-songwriter)
Faouzia
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Birthdate: July 5, 2000
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Casablanca, Morocco
 15 
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
 16 
Alannah Myles
(Canadian Singer-Songwriter and Actress Known for Her Song ‘Black Velvet’)
Alannah Myles
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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.

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Anjulie Persaud
(Canadian Singer and Songwriter Best Known for Her Self-Titled Studio Album 'Anjulie')
Anjulie Persaud
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Birthdate: May 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Oakville, Canada

Anjulie Persaud is a Canadian songwriter and singer best known for her collaboration with popular artists like Nicki Minaj, Diplo, Kelly Clarkson, Benny Benassi, and Zedd among others. Anjulie's music has been featured on popular networks, such as HBO, MTV, and NBC. In 2013, she received the Juno Award for Dance Recording of the Year.

 18 
Feist
(Singer-songwriter)
Feist
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Birthdate: February 13, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Loreena McKennitt
(Singer-Songwriter Known for Her Refined and Clear Soprano Vocals)
Loreena McKennitt
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Birthdate: February 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Morden, Canada

Loreena McKennitt is a Canadian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Her music is infused with Celtic and Middle Eastern influences. As a singer, she is known for her refined and clear soprano vocals. She has sold over 14 million records worldwide and is the recipient of several awards, including the Western Canadian Music Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award. 

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Karen David
(Actress)
Karen David
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Birthdate: April 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Shillong, India
 21 
Kiesza
(Singer songwriter)
Kiesza
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Birthdate: January 16, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
 22 
Terri Clark
(Country Singer Known for Her Albums: 'Terri Clark', 'Just the Same', and 'How I Feel')
Terri Clark
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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. 

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Deborah Cox
(Singer-songwriter)
Deborah Cox
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Birthdate: July 13, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
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Lindsay Ell
(Singer)
Lindsay Ell
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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.

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Martha Wainwright
(Critically-Acclaimed Folk Pop Singer-Songwriter)
Martha Wainwright
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Birthdate: May 8, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

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.

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Jann Arden
(Famous for her Signature Ballads, "Could I Be Your Girl" & "Insensitive")
Jann Arden
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Birthdate: March 27, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Calgary, Canada
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Shashaa Tirupati
(Singer-songwriter)
Shashaa Tirupati
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Birthdate: December 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
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Melanie Fiona
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Birthdate: July 4, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
 29 
Lyldoll
(Singer Songwriter)
Lyldoll
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Birthdate: April 25, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Abbotsford, Canada
 30 
Jane Child
(Famous for Her Hit Single "Don't Wanna Fall in Love")
Jane Child
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Birthdate: February 15, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
 31 
WondaGurl
(Music producer who is known for having been discovered via Instagram)
WondaGurl
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Birthdate: December 28, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Scarborough, Toronto, Canada
 32 
Ana Golja
(Actress and Singer)
Ana Golja
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Birthdate: January 31, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Melissa Storwick
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Birthdate: November 13, 1998
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Calgary
 34 
Martina Sorbara
(Singer, Songwriter)
Martina Sorbara
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Birthdate: November 13, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto
 35 
Basia Bulat
(Folk Singer-Songwriter Known for Performing With an Autoharp)
Basia Bulat
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Birthdate: April 13, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
 36 
Tei Shi
(Indie pop star)
Tei Shi
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Birthdate: October 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
 37 
Sarah Harmer
(Singer, Singer-songwriter, Musician)
Sarah Harmer
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Birthdate: November 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Burlington
 38 
Emm Gryner
(Singer, Pianist, Songwriter)
Emm Gryner
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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. 

 39 
Tami Neilson
(Singer)
Tami Neilson
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Birthdate: 1977 AD
Birthplace: Canada

Tami Neilson is a singer-songwriter who has won multiple New Zealand Music Awards, including two consecutive awards in 2009 and 2010. Her 2014 album Dynamite was included in The Guardian's top ten country albums of the year list, while her 2015 album Don't Be Afraid peaked at number one on the New Zealand Music Charts.

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Amy Sky
(Singer, Songwriter)
Amy Sky
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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.

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Pauline Julien
(French Singer and Actress)
Pauline Julien
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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.

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Hailey Reese
(Singer, Songwriter, Actress)
Hailey Reese
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Birthdate: January 30, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cambridge, Ontario