Canadian Female Singers

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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.
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 1 
Avril Lavigne
(Best Known for Album 'Let Go', The Best Selling Album of the 21st Century by a Canadian Artist)
Avril Lavigne
83
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
(Singer-Songwriter)
Alanis Morisette
19
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
(Singer)
Celine Dion
52
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
(Singer Known for Her Album 'Come On Over')
Shania Twain
73
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
(Canadian Singer and Songwriter Known for Her Singles: ‘I'm Like a Bird’ and ‘Turn Off the Light’)
Nelly Furtado
35
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.

 6 
Carly Rae Jepsen
(Her Single “Call Me Maybe” was the Best-Selling Single of 2012)
Carly Rae Jepsen
57
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 
Joni Mitchell
(Famous for Her Studio Album 'Blue')
Joni Mitchell
54
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.  

 8 
Sarah McLachlan
(Singer-Songwriter Known for Her Best-Selling Album “Surfacing”)
Sarah McLachlan
7
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 
Alessia Cara
(Known for Her Singles "Here", "Stay" and "Scars to Your Beautiful")
Alessia Cara
32
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 
Anne Murray
(The First Canadian Female Solo Singer to Reach No. 1 on the U.S. Charts)
Anne Murray
21
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 
Vanity (Singer)
(Lead Singer of The Female Trio 'Vanity 6' Known for Their Hit Song "Nasty Girl")
Vanity (Singer)
12
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.
 12 
Diana Krall
(Jazz Pianist)
Diana Krall
8
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.

 13 
Nora Fatehi
(Actress, Model, and Producer Known for Her Work in the Indian Film Industry)
Nora Fatehi
4
Birthdate: February 6, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Nora Fatehi is a popular figure in the Indian film industry. Although born and raised in Canada. Nora has worked in Malayalam, Telugu, and Hindi language films. She was part of one of the highest-grossing Indian films ever - Baahubali: The Beginning. Apart from appearing in films, she has also made a mark in the TV industry.

 14 
Claire Elise Boucher
(Pop Singer-Songwriter Known for Her Album 'Visions')
Claire Elise Boucher
5
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 
Cree Summer
(Actress)
Cree Summer
5
Birthdate: July 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
 16 
Jeon So-mi
(Singer)
Jeon So-mi
17
Birthdate: March 9, 2001
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ontario, Canada
 17 
Jill Hennessy
(Actress)
Jill Hennessy
5
Birthdate: November 25, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
 18 
Jessica Lowndes
4
Birthdate: November 8, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
 19 
Tegan and Sara
(Indie Pop Singers)
Tegan and Sara
17
Birthdate: September 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
 20 
Jessica Lucas
(Actor, Singer)
Jessica Lucas
4
Birthdate: September 24, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vancouver
 21 
Buffy Sainte-Marie
(Actor, Singer-songwriter, Visual artist, Record producer, Composer)
Buffy Sainte-Marie
3
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.

 22 
Amber Marshall
4
Birthdate: June 2, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, Ontario, Canada
 23 
Jessie Reyez
(Singer-songwriter)
Jessie Reyez
5
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
(Canadian Singer-Songwriter and Actress Known for Her Song ‘Black Velvet’)
Alannah Myles
6
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 
Maisy Stella
(Actress)
Maisy Stella
8
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.

 26 
Gloria Reuben
(Actress and Singer Known for Her Role as ‘Jeanie Boulet’ on the TV Series ‘ER’)
Gloria Reuben
3
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.

 27 
Tamia
(Singer, Musician, Actor, Model)
Tamia
4
Birthdate: May 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Windsor
 28 
Cathy Smith
(singer)
Cathy Smith
4
Birthdate: October 26, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hamilton
 29 
Faouzia
(Singer-songwriter)
Faouzia
3
Birthdate: July 5, 2000
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Casablanca, Morocco
 30 
Peaches
(Canadian Electroclash Musician and Record Producer)
Peaches
11
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. 
 31 
Feist
(Singer-songwriter)
Feist
3
Birthdate: February 13, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada
 32 
Lara Fabian
(One of the Best-Selling Belgian Female Artists of All Time)
Lara Fabian
5
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.

 33 
Vanessa Lengies
3
Birthdate: July 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
 34 
MacKenzie Porter
4
Birthdate: January 29, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
 35 
Alissa White-Gluz
(Known as the Lead Vocalist of the Swedish Melodic Death Metal Band 'Arch Enemy')
Alissa White-Gluz
3
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.

 36 
Deanna Durbin
(Actress & Singer)
Deanna Durbin
5
Birthdate: December 4, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Died: April 17, 2013
 37 
Lights
(Canadian electropop singer-songwriter best known for singles "Ice" and "Toes.")
Lights
3
Birthdate: April 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Timmins, Ontario, Canada
 38 
Nicole Appleton
(Actor, Singer)
Nicole Appleton
4
Birthdate: December 7, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hamilton
 39 
Anjulie Persaud
(Canadian Singer and Songwriter Best Known for Her Self-Titled Studio Album 'Anjulie')
Anjulie Persaud
3
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.

 40 
Melissa Auf der Maur
5
Birthdate: March 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
 41 
Melissa O'Neil
(Singer, Actress)
Melissa O'Neil
0
Birthdate: July 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
 42 
Fefe Dobson
(Singer, Actor, Songwriter, Musician, Model)
Fefe Dobson
3
Birthdate: February 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Scarborough
 43 
Loreena McKennitt
(Singer-Songwriter Known for Her Refined and Clear Soprano Vocals)
Loreena McKennitt
3
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. 

 44 
Régine Chassagne
(Multi-instrumentalist, singer, and founding member of the indie rock band Arcade Fire)
Régine Chassagne
3
Birthdate: August 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

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

 45 
Alice Glass
(Singer)
Alice Glass
3
Birthdate: August 23, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Toronto
 46 
Karen David
(Actress)
Karen David
3
Birthdate: April 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Shillong, India
 47 
Kiesza
(Singer songwriter)
Kiesza
3
Birthdate: January 16, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
 48 
Terri Clark
(Country Singer Known for Her Albums: 'Terri Clark', 'Just the Same', and 'How I Feel')
Terri Clark
4
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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Jann Arden
(Famous for her Signature Ballads, "Could I Be Your Girl" & "Insensitive")
Jann Arden
3
Birthdate: March 27, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Calgary, Canada
 50 
Carina Lau
(Actress)
Carina Lau
6
Birthdate: December 8, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Suzhou, Jiangsu, China