Canadian Female Musicians

Throughout history, there have been many Canadian women musicians who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great Canadian female musicians such as Avril Lavigne, Carly Rae Jepsen, Sarah McLachlan, Diana Krall, Alannah Myles.

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 Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
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.  

 2 Alanis Morisette

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.

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 3 Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen.
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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: November 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mission

Canadian singer, songwriter, and actress Carly Rae Jepsen has been active in show business since 2007. Interested in music from an early age, she pursued musical theatre at the Canadian College of Performing Arts. She held a series of odd jobs before getting a break as a singer and actress. She is the winner of three Juno Awards.

 4 Amy Jo Johnson

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.

 5 Sarah McLachlan

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

 6 K. D. Lang

K. D. Lang.
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: November 2, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Grammy-winning Canadian pop and country singer Kathryn Dawn Lang, better known as K.D. Lang, has delivered hits such as Constant Craving. She is openly lesbian and a champion for LGBT rights and animal rights. She performed at the 1988 Winter Olympics closing ceremony and the 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremony.

 7 Diana Krall

Diana Krall.
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Famous As: Jazz Pianist
Birthdate: November 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nanaimo, British Columbia

Diana Krall is a Canadian jazz singer and pianist. With several gold and multi-platinum albums under her belt, Krall is regarded as one of the best-selling artists of her generation. In 2009, Billboard called her the second-greatest jazz artist of the 2000–09 decade. In 2004, she was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.

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 8 Anne Murray

Anne Murray.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 20, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Springhill, Nova Scotia, 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.

 9 Avril Lavigne

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.

 10 Jessica Lowndes

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

 11 Shania Twain

Shania Twain.
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Famous As: Singer
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.

 12 Cindy Breakspeare

Cindy Breakspeare.
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Famous As: Miss World 1976
Birthdate: October 24, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto

Cindy Breakspeare is a Canadian-Jamaican jazz singer, musician, and beauty queen. She was crowned Miss World 1976, becoming the second Jamaican to clinch the crown. She later became a recording artist and entrepreneur, founding a Rastafarian craft store called Ital Craf. She was once in a relationship with reggae musician Bob Marley that lasted until his death.

 13 Peaches

Peaches.
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 11, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Canadian musician Merrill Nisker was fighting thyroid cancer in 2000, when she suddenly changed her name to Peaches and worked on a phenomenal album named The Teaches of Peaches. The queer singer has gained followers for her gender-oriented lyrics and her sexual gestures during her stage performances. 

 14 Nicole Appleton

Nicole Appleton
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Famous As: Actor, Singer
Birthdate: December 7, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hamilton

 15 Tamia

Tamia
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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Actor, Model
Birthdate: May 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Windsor

 16 Jessie Reyez

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. 

 17 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

 18 Lights

Lights
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Birthdate: April 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Timmins

 19 Alannah Myles

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

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 Faouzia

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

 21 Alissa White-Gluz

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.

 22 Loreena McKennitt

Loreena McKennitt
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
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. 

 23 Natalie Appleton

Natalie Appleton
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Musician
Birthdate: May 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mississauga

 24 Kiesza

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

 25 Karen David

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

 26 Jacqueline MacInnes Wood

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 17, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Windsor, Ontario Windsor, Ontario, Canada

 27 Deanna Durbin

Deanna Durbin
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Musician, Opera singer, Film actor
Birthdate: December 4, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Winnipeg
Died: April 20, 2013

 28 Feist

Feist
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Famous As: singer-songwriter, actor, singer
Birthdate: February 13, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Amherst

 29 Melissa Auf der Maur

Melissa Auf der Maur
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Photographer, Film producer, Musician, Blogger, Actor, Singer, Guitarist, Model, Record producer
Birthdate: March 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montreal

 30 Fefe Dobson

Fefe Dobson
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Famous As: Singer, Actor, Songwriter, Musician, Model
Birthdate: February 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Scarborough

 31 Alice Glass

Alice Glass
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 23, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Toronto

 32 Claire Elise Boucher

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.

 33 MacKenzie Porter

MacKenzie Porter
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 29, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada

 34 Mylène Farmer

Mylène Farmer
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Writer, Singer, Actor, Musician, Children's writer, Poet
Birthdate: September 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pierrefonds, Quebec

French-Canadian singer Mylène Farmer is best known for her hits such as Libertine and Les Mots, and for her collaborative acts with Laurent Boutonnat. Born Mylene Jeanne Gautier, she later changed her name to Mylene Farmer in honor of Hollywood star Frances Farmer, who was her idol.

 35 Deborah Cox

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

 36 Geneviève Castrée

Geneviève Castrée.
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Famous As: Canadian Cartoonist
Birthdate: April 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Loretteville, Quebec
Died: July 9, 2016

 37 Rezz

Rezz
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Famous As: Disc jockey
Birthdate: March 28, 1995
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ukraine

 38 Jann Arden

Jann Arden
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Famous As: Street artist, Singer, Film producer, Television presenter, Actor, Writer, Singer-songwriter, Musician
Birthdate: March 27, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Calgary

 39 Emily Haines

Emily Haines
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Famous As: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer, Pianist
Birthdate: January 25, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Delhi

Emily Haines is a Canadian singer and songwriter who is the lead singer, songwriter, and keyboardist of the rock band Metric. She is a member of the indie rock band Broken Social Scene as well and also performs solo. She is the daughter of the poet Paul Haines and was encouraged to pursue her musical passion from childhood.  

 40 Lindsay Ell

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.

 41 Sophie Simmons

Sophie Simmons
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Sophie Simmons is a singer, model, and TV personality. The daughter of an actress and a musician, she was introduced to show business at an early age. She began her career as a teenager. As a model, she promotes body positivity and launched a body-positive clothing line. She has released many singles, including the super hit Black Mirror. 

 42 Cœur de pirate

Cœur de pirate
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Famous As: Singer, Pianist, Actor, Songwriter
Birthdate: September 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Outremont

Cœur de pirate is the stage name of Béatrice Martin, a Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist. She is a francophone and sings mostly in French. She began to study music as a child and started her professional career while still in her teens. She has since released several albums, including her super hit eponymous album that was certified platinum. 

 43 Chantal Kreviazuk

Chantal Kreviazuk.
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Famous As: Canadian singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Holne, Devon, England

 44 Cassie Steele

Cassie Steele
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Musician
Birthdate: December 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto

 45 Régine Chassagne

Régine Chassagne
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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Pianist
Birthdate: August 18, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal

Régine Chassagne is a Canadian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She is a founding member of the indie rock band Arcade Fire. She began her career as a jazz performer and met fellow musician Win Butler, with whom she started Arcade Fire. The couple got married and continue to perform together. She is a shareholder in the music streaming service company Tidal

 46 Terri Clark

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. 

 47 Keshia Chanté

Keshia Chanté
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Actor, Pianist, Model, Songwriter, Musician
Birthdate: June 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ottawa

Keshia Chanté is a Canadian singer-songwriter, TV personality, and actress. Interested in music from an early age, she began her career as a teenager. She became popular quickly and got the chance to open for Destiny's Child when the band was touring Canada. As her popularity grew, she ventured into TV as well and has appeared in many shows. 

 48 Martha Wainwright

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

 49 Bif Naked

Bif Naked
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Famous As: singer, actor
Birthdate: June 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Delhi

 50 Melanie Fiona

Melanie Fiona
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 4, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto