Famous Canadian Writers

Canada is a home to people of diverse ethnicity and origin. Influence of the diversified culture is even visible in their literature, which is inspired by the nationalist themes. Comprising a wide range of literary genres, the country has produced many famous writers. The works of these writers on many occasions have brought out the cultural and social tiff among the English and French speaking Canadian natives. The novels of Prix Goncourt winner Antonine Maillet and Roch Carrier brought the Canadian literature to limelight after the Second World War. Stephen Leacock’s ‘Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town’ depicts the small town life of the country. Nicole Brossard whose works conformed to the Formalism school of literature was a great poet of the post-World War era. The late 20th to 21st century saw the rise of writers like Norman Levine, Michael Ondaatje and Margaret Atwood. More recently, Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize for Literature and the Man Booker International Prize. To know more about the life stores, career, profile and timelines of famous Canadian writers explore our collection of biographies. Not only will you find their inspiring life stories but you can also learn some interesting facts and trivia related to these personalities in the narrative.

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 1 Antoni Porowski

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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: March 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Antoni Porowski is a Polish-Canadian TV personality, actor, author, and chef. He served as the food and wine expert in the Netflix series Queer Eye. He is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. He is a self-taught cook. He was named the Sexiest Reality Star on People's annual list in 2019.

 2 Robert Herjavec

Robert Herjavec.
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Famous As: Business People
Birthdate: September 14, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Varaždin, Croatia
Investor Robert Herjavec founded the internet security software BRAK Systems, which he later sold to AT&T. He also established the Herjavec Group and turned it into one of Canada’s biggest IT security firms. He has also appeared in Dragons' Den and Shark Tank, and has authored several business books.

 3 Steve-O

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 13, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wimbledon, London

British-born American comedian and TV personality, Steve-O, gained international fame with his performance stunts in the TV series Jackass. Following a nomadic childhood, he graduated from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College and began his career as a clown. He eventually started appearing on TV shows and became popular.

 4 Denis Villeneuve

Denis Villeneuve.
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Famous As: Film Director, Screenwriter, Playwright
Birthdate: October 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada

Known for directing critically acclaimed movies, such as Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, Denis Villeneuve was adjudged Filmmaker of the Decade in 2019 by the Hollywood Critics Association. One of the most popular and respected filmmakers of the current generation, Denis Villeneuve's films have had a major impact all over the world.

 5 Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer.
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Famous As: Columnist
Birthdate: March 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: June 21, 2018

Best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning column in The Washington Post, Fox News commentator and political expert Charles Krauthammer was also a qualified psychiatrist. He was rendered paralyzed from the waist down at 22, after an accident while studying medicine at Harvard, but completed his degree nevertheless.

 6 Lucy Maud Montgomery

Lucy Maud Montgomery.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 30, 1874
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Clifton, Prince Edward Island
Died: April 24, 1942
Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery is best remembered for her iconic novel Anne of Green Gables and its sequels. She had also authored countless short stories, poems, and essays. Most of her novels are set in her native Prince Edward Island. She was honored with the OBE.

 7 William Gibson

William Gibson.
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Famous As: Speculative Fiction Writer
Birthdate: March 17, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Conway, South Carolina, USA

William Gibson is an American-Canadian essayist and speculative fiction writer. He is widely credited with pioneering cyberpunk, a science fiction subgenre. His early works, which he produced during the late-1970s and early-1980s, helped create an iconography for the information age even before the dawn of the Internet in the 1990s. William Gibson is also credited with coining the term cyberspace.

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 8 James Randi

James Randi.
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Famous As: Stage magician
Birthdate: August 7, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: October 20, 2020

World renowned stage magician James Randi, better known by his stage name, The Amazing Randi, had been drawn to magic while recovering from a bicycle accident. He later dropped out of high school to become a road magician. He is also fond of debunking theories of paranormal activity.

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 9 Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: May 8, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Canadian author, social activist, and filmmaker Naomi Klein is known for her criticism of corporate globalization and capitalism. She became internationally known following the release of her alter-globalization book No Logo. She often appears on global and national lists of top influential thinkers and is the recipient of the 2016 Sydney Peace Prize. She is a prominent environmentalist as well.

 10 James Doohan

James Doohan
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Television actor, Film actor, Actor, Novelist, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: March 3, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vancouver
Died: July 20, 2005
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 11 Jane Jacobs

Jane Jacobs.
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Famous As: Journalist, Author, Activist
Birthdate: May 4, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: April 25, 2006

 12 Pattie Mallette

Pattie Mallette
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Famous As: Autobiographer
Birthdate: April 2, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stratford

 13 Paul Shaffer

Paul Shaffer
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 28, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

 14 Andrea Martin

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

 15 Phan Thi Kim Phuc

Phan Thi Kim Phuc
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 2, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Trảng Bàng

 16 Chrystia Freeland

Chrystia Freeland.
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Famous As: Deputy Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: August 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Peace River, Alberta, Canada
Known as the Minister of Everything, Christina Freeland is Canada’s 10th deputy prime minister. She is also Canada’s finance minister and the first woman to hold the office. She has previously worked with the Financial Times, Thomson Reuters, and The Globe and Mail. She has also authored a bestselling book. 

 17 John Kenneth Galbraith

John Kenneth Galbraith.
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: October 15, 1908
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Iona Station
Died: April 29, 2006

John Kenneth Galbraith was an intellectual, diplomat, economist, and public official. One of the most influential exponents of 20th-century American liberalism, Galbraith published many books concerning the American economy. Galbraith is one of the few individuals to be honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Medal of Freedom. He also received 50 honorary degrees from various institutions.

 18 David Brooks

David Brooks.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: August 11, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Toronto

 19 Jay Silverheels

Jay Silverheels.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 26, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Six Nations Reservation, Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Died: March 5, 1980

Indigenous Canadian actor Jay Silverheels gained international popularity for playing Tonto, the Native American companion of the protagonist in the American western TV series The Lone Ranger. As a young man, he excelled in athletics and became a lacrosse player. He later quit sports to pursue acting. He bred and raced Standardbred horses as a hobby. 

 20 Paul Haggis

Paul Haggis
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Film producer, Film director
Birthdate: March 10, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London

 21 Saul Rubinek

Saul Rubinek
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Föhrenwald, Wolfratshausen, Bavaria, Germany

 22 Alice Munro

Alice Munro.
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Birthdate: July 10, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wingham, Ontario, Canada

Her mother’s struggle with Parkinson's disease pushed Alice Munro into reading as an escape route. Munro later became a housewife, but soon soared to fame for her short story collections such as Too Much Happiness. The Canadian author later won the Nobel Prize and the Man Booker Prize, too.

 23 Mark Steyn

Mark Steyn
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 24 Robin Sharma

Robin Sharma.
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Famous As: Writer, Public Speaker
Birthdate: June 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Port Hawkesbury

Canadian writer Robin Sharma is best known for his The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari book series. A qualified lawyer, he is an alumnus of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. He has published several books on stress management and spirituality. He is the founder of the training company Sharma Leadership International.

 25 Jian Ghomeshi

Jian Ghomeshi
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England, UK

 26 Lois Maxwell

Lois Maxwell
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Famous As: Actor, Writer
Birthdate: February 14, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kitchener
Died: September 29, 2007

 27 David Frum

David Frum
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: June 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 28 Morley Safer

Morley Safer
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Famous As: War correspondent, Television presenter, Journalist, Writer
Birthdate: November 8, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto
Died: May 19, 2016

 29 Lisa Jakub

Lisa Jakub
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 27, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

 30 Harland Williams

Harland Williams
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 14, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 31 Keegan Connor Tracy

Keegan Connor Tracy
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Windsor, Ontario Windsor, Ontario, Canada

 32 Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood.
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Famous As: Writer, Environmental Activist
Birthdate: November 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Margaret Atwood is a Canadian poet and novelist. Her works encompass themes, such as religion and myth, climate change, and gender and identity. An award-winning writer, many of Atwood's works have been made into films and television series; her work, The Handmaid's Tale, has had several adaptations. Perhaps, Margaret Atwood's most important contribution is her invention of the LongPen device.

 33 Erving Goffman

Erving Goffman
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Famous As: Sociologist, Non-fiction writer
Birthdate: June 11, 1922
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Canada
Died: November 20, 1982

 34 Justine Musk

Justine Musk.
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Famous As: Author, Elon Musk’s Ex-wife
Birthdate: September 2, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Peterborough

Ex-wife of business magnet Elon Musk, Justine Musk is a Canadian author most recognised for her contemporary fantasy novel, BloodAngel. She wrote two more books Uninvited and Lord of Bones, both of which were appreciated. A Queen’s University graduate, she was employed as an English teacher in Japan before she moved back to US and later married Elon Musk.

 35 Michael Ondaatje

Michael Ondaatje.
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Famous As: Canadian poet
Birthdate: September 12, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Colombo

 36 Gavin McInnes

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 17, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England

Described as a far-right, writer and political commentator Gavin McInnes is said to be anti-Islam, anti-Semitism and a racist. He has also been accused of inciting violence. He is the founder of ‘Proud Boys’, dubbed an extremist group with links to white nationalism. In 2018, he was banned from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for promoting hate speech.

 37 Yann Martel

Yann Martel
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Famous As: Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter
Birthdate: June 25, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Salamanca

Canadian author Yann Martel gained international fame with his Booker Prize-winning novel Life of Pi, which was later made into an Oscar-winning movie. Born to a diplomat and poet father, Martel lived in places such as Spain and France in childhood and worked odd jobs before he began writing.

 38 Anna Silk

Anna Silk
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 31, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

 39 Paul Hellyer

Paul Hellyer
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Famous As: Politician, Ufologist, Writer
Birthdate: August 6, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Waterford, Ontario

 40 Victoria Pratt

Victoria Pratt
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chesley, Ontario, Canada

 41 K'naan

K'naan
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 30, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mogadishu, Banaadir, Somalia

 42 Meg Tilly

Meg Tilly
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 14, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, USA

 43 A. E. van Vogt

A. E. van Vogt.
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Famous As: Science Fiction Author
Birthdate: April 26, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Manitoba, Canada
Died: January 26, 2000

 44 Elizabeth May

Elizabeth May
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Famous As: Writer, Politician, Journalist, Lawyer
Birthdate: June 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hartford

 45 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

 46 Don Cherry

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Famous As: Sports commentator
Birthdate: February 5, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kingston, Ontario, Canada

 47 David Shore

David Shore
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Writer, Lawyer
Birthdate: July 3, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London

 48 Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow
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Famous As: Blogger
Birthdate: July 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto

 49 Mike Clattenburg

Mike Clattenburg
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Cole Harbour, Canada

 50 Serge Monast

Serge Monast
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: 1945 AD
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: December 5, 1996