Canadian Female Singers

Throughout history, there have been many Canadian women singers who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great Canadian female singers such as Alessia Cara, Avril Lavigne, Nelly Furtado, Carly Rae Jepsen, Shania Twain.

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

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 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.

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 3 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.

 4 Alessia Cara

Alessia Cara.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 11, 1996
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brampton, Ontario, 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.

 5 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.

 6 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.  

 7 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.

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 8 Nelly Furtado

Nelly Furtado.
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Birthdate: December 2, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Victoria

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.

 9 Vanity (Singer)

Vanity (Singer).
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
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.

 10 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.

 11 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.

 12 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.

 13 Nia Vardalos

Nia Vardalos.
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Famous As: Actress, Screenwriter, Producer, Singer
Birthdate: September 24, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada

Nia Vardalos is a Canadian actress, filmmaker, and screenwriter. She is best known for her portrayal of Fotoula Toula Portokalos in the 2002 romantic comedy film My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which she also wrote. For her work in the film, Vardalos received several award nominations. Nia Vardalos is also part of the non-profit collaborative art project, 1 Second Film

 14 Jessica Lucas

Jessica Lucas
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Famous As: Actor, Singer
Birthdate: September 24, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vancouver

 15 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.

 16 Jeon So-mi

Jeon So-mi
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 9, 2001
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ontario, Canada

 17 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.

 18 Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara
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Famous As: Indie Pop Singers
Birthdate: September 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 19 Andrea Martin

Andrea Martin
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 15, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Portland, Maine, USA

American-Canadian actor Andrea Martin is best known for her roles in movies such as My Big Fat Greek Wedding. She has also won Tony and Drama Desk awards for her performances in plays such as My Favorite Year and Pippin. Her one-woman show Nude, Nude, Totally Nude was a hit.

 20 Amber Marshall

Amber Marshall
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 2, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, Ontario, Canada

 21 Jessica Lowndes

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

 22 Jill Hennessy

Jill Hennessy
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Famous As: Actor, Street artist, Singer, Film director, Television actor, Songwriter
Birthdate: November 25, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Edmonton

 23 Maisy Stella

Maisy Stella.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 13, 2003
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oshawa, Ontario

Canadian-American actor-singer and Nashville star Maisy Stella is a teen icon who has gained phenomenal success with her role of Daphne Conrad. She has also been part of the musical duo Lennon & Maisy, along with her sister Lennon Stella. The duo is popular on YouTube, too.

 24 Cathy Smith

Cathy Smith
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Famous As: singer
Birthdate: October 26, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hamilton

 25 Cree Summer

Cree Summer
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

 26 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. 

 27 Nicole Appleton

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

 28 Joanna Gleason

Joanna Gleason
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 2, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Joanna Gleason is a singer and actress best known for her portrayal of the Baker's Wife in Stephen Sondheim's musical Into the Woods for which she was honored with the Tony Award. Renowned for her musical theatre and stage work, Gleason was also honored with a Special Award for Achievement in Theatre by the New England Theatre Conference in 2007.

 29 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.

 30 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. 

 31 Tamia

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

 32 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.

 33 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.

 34 Faouzia

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

 35 Anjulie Persaud

Anjulie Persaud.
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Famous As: Pop Singer, Songwriter, Musician
Birthdate: May 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Oakville, Ontario

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.

 36 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

 37 Natalie Appleton

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

Part of the British all-female pop group All Saints, Natalie Appleton had quit school at 15 to join a music club. She was also part of the duo Appleton, with her sister Nicole. She is married to Liam Howlett of The Prodigy and is a mother of two.

 38 Karen David

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

 39 Vanessa Lengies

Vanessa Lengies
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

 40 Kiesza

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

 41 Feist

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

 42 MacKenzie Porter

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

 43 Alice Glass

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

 44 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

 45 Fefe Dobson

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

 46 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.

 47 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

 48 Deborah Cox

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

 49 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.  

 50 Melissa Molinaro

Melissa Molinaro
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Famous As: Model, Actor, Singer
Birthdate: June 4, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Whitby

Melissa Molinaro, best known for her appearances on reality shows such as Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll, had aced figure skating and gymnastics before the age of 6. She is also an accomplished actor and singer, and made waves with the Old Navy Super C-U-T-E commercial.