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 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.

 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.

 3 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.

 4 Shania Twain

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.

 5 Nelly Furtado

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.

 6 Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen
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Famous As: Her Single “Call Me Maybe” was the Best-Selling Single of 2012
Birthdate: November 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mission, Canada

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.

 7 Sarah McLachlan

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.
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 8 Joni Mitchell

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.  

 9 Alessia Cara

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.

 10 Vanity (Singer)

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.

 11 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.

 12 Anne Murray

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.

 13 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.

 14 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.

 15 Jeon So-mi

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

 16 Cree Summer

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

 17 Jessica Lucas

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

 18 Jessica Lowndes

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

 19 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

 20 Jill Hennessy

Jill Hennessy
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 25, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 21 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.

 22 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.

 23 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. 

 24 Alannah Myles

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.

 25 Amber Marshall

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

 26 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.

 27 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.

 28 Tamia

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

 29 Gloria Reuben

Gloria Reuben
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Gloria Reuben is a Canadian actress, singer, and producer. She is best known for playing Jeanie Boulet in the popular medical drama TV series ER, for which she received nominations at Primetime Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards. Also an activist, Gloria Reuben works towards raising awareness about HIV/AIDS. She also takes interest in issues, such as climate change.

 30 Cathy Smith

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

 31 Faouzia

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

 32 Peaches

Peaches
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 11, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, 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. 

 33 Lara Fabian

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.

 34 Feist

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

 35 Lights

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

 36 MacKenzie Porter

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

 37 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.

 38 Deanna Durbin

Deanna Durbin
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Famous As: Actress & Singer
Birthdate: December 4, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Died: April 17, 2013

 39 Nicole Appleton

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

 40 Anjulie Persaud

Anjulie Persaud
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Famous As: Singer
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.

 41 Melissa Auf der Maur

Melissa Auf der Maur
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

 42 Melissa O'Neil

Melissa O'Neil
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Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: July 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 43 Fefe Dobson

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

 44 Vanessa Lengies

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

 45 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.

 46 Karen David

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

 47 Kiesza

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

 48 Alice Glass

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

 49 Carina Lau

Carina Lau
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 8, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

 50 Jann Arden

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