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Alanis Morisette
(Singer-Songwriter)
Alanis Morisette
54
Birthdate: June 1, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini

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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Sarah Chalke
(Actress and Model)
Sarah Chalke
27
Birthdate: August 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Sarah Chalke is best known for her roles of Stella Zinman in How I Met Your Mother, Dr. Elliot Reid in Scrubs, and Becky in Roseanne. She voiced Beth Smith in Rick and Morty. After losing her grandmother and aunt to breast cancer, she started spreading awareness about the disease.
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Paul Anka
(Known for His Signature Hit Songs "Diana", "Lonely Boy", "Put Your Head on My Shoulder")
Paul Anka
14
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 30, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo

Paul Anka is a Canadian-American actor and singer-songwriter. As a songwriter, he has contributed to the success of popular musicians, such as Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra, and Michael Jackson. He has also contributed to the theme of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Also known for his business ventures, Anka is credited with opening the popular restaurant and club, Jubilation.

 4 
Margaret Atwood
(Poet, Novelist, Literary Critic & Environmental Activist)
Margaret Atwood
30
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio

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.

 5 
Jay Baruchel
(Actor Known for His Roles in Comedy Movies “Knocked Up,” “Tropic Thunder” and “The Trotsky”)
Jay Baruchel
12
Birthdate: April 9, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Jay Baruchel is best known as Josh Greenberg from the series Man Seeking Woman and as Steven Karp from Undeclared. Fans also loved him in films such as The Trotsky, She's Out of My League, and The Hangover. He voiced Hiccup in the How to Train Your Dragon films. 
 6 
Dan Aykroyd
(Actor & Comedian)
Dan Aykroyd
17
Birthdate: July 1, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer

Dan Aykroyd is a Canadian comedian, actor, musician, and filmmaker. He is credited with co-founding the popular blues and soul revivalist band The Blues Brothers along with legendary comedian John Belushi. The Blues Brothers was conceived as a musical sketch for Saturday Night Live; its popularity turned it into an actual band and was later made into a film.

 7 
Drew Seeley
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Birthdate: April 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
While he lost the role of Troy Bolton in High School Musical to Zac Efron, Drew Seeley was the main singing voice of the film, and his voice was eventually merged with Efron’s in the final cut. He has also bagged roles in films such as Another Cinderella Story.
 8 
Emma Portner
(Dancer)
Emma Portner
36
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: November 26, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Emma Portner is a popular dancer and choreographer, who has choreographed music videos for celebrities like Justin Bieber. One of the few dancers to have been featured on the covers of both Dance Magazine and Dance Spirit, Portner serves as an inspiration to the LGBT community as she publicly married actress Ellen Page in 2018.

 9 
Lorne Greene
(Actor, Radio Personality and Singer Known for His Role as ‘Ben Cartwright’ in TV Series ‘Bonanza’)
Lorne Greene
59
Birthdate: February 12, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: September 11, 1987

Canadian actor, radio personality, and singer, Lorne Greene, is remembered for his appearance in the original science-fiction TV series, Battlestar Galactica. As a young man, he studied to become a chemical engineer. However, he quit engineering for a career in entertainment. He was successful both as a radio personality and an actor in a career spanning almost five decades.

 10 
Vanessa Morgan
(Canadian Actress Known for Her Role as ‘Beatrix Castro’ in the TV Series ‘Finding Carter’)
Vanessa Morgan
21
Birthdate: March 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries

Canadian actress Vanessa Morgan is best known for her role in the Disney Channel/Teletoon film My Babysitter's a Vampire. She began singing at community events as a child and was spotted by a Hollywood agent who encouraged her to join the show business. She made her acting debut in 2000 and has since acted in many TV shows and films.

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Tom Cavanagh
(Actor )
Tom Cavanagh
9
Birthdate: October 26, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Tom Cavanagh is a Canadian actor well-known for his association with American television. He played the title character in NBC's comedy-drama series Ed, for which he earned a Golden Globe Award nomination. Also a humanitarian and basketball enthusiast, Tom Cavanagh founded a celebrity basketball tournament called Cavanagh Classic, which raises money for Nothing But Nets, a campaign to fight malaria. 

 12 
Donal Logue
(Actor and Producer Known for His TV Series: ‘Sons of Anarchy’, ‘Vikings’ and ‘Grounded for Life’)
Donal Logue
11
Birthdate: February 27, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
The Harvard University graduate is a film and television actor, the lead role in The Tao of Steve being a highlight of his career. Since his debut in 1992, Donal Logue has been cast in supporting roles in a number of films. The Canadian-born American, who is also a producer and writer, holds a license for driving Class-A commercial vehicles.
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Bruce Cockburn
(Canadian Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist)
Bruce Cockburn
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 27, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
 14 
Patrick Chan
(Canadian Former Figure Skater)
Patrick Chan
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 31, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 15 
Justin Trudeau
(23rd Prime Minister of Canada)
Justin Trudeau
94
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Justin Trudeau is one of the most popular and good-looking Canadian politicians of all time. His good looks have made women and men go weak in their knees. After becoming the second-youngest prime minister of Canada, Justin went on to become one of the most liked politicians around the world.

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Paul Whelan
(Police officer)
Paul Whelan
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 5, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
 17 
Brendan Penny
12
Birthdate: November 9, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Canadian actor, Brendan Penny, rose to fame with his role in the TV series Whistler. Even though he had appeared in many shows prior to his appearance in Whistler, he became a popular face only because of his role in the series. Since then, he has acted in many other TV shows and has even appeared in a few films.

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Rachel Homan
(Canadian Professional Curler)
Rachel Homan
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 5, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries

Rachel Homan is a Canadian professional curler best known for winning the gold medal at the 2017 World Curling Championships. Previously, she had won the bronze medal and the silver medal at the 2013 and 2014 World Curling Championships respectively. In 2019, The Sports Network named Rachel Homan the fourth-greatest Canadian female curler of all time.

 19 
Kelly Rowan
(Actress and Former Model)
Kelly Rowan
4
Birthdate: October 26, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Former model Kelly Rowan is best known for her Prism Award-winning role of Kirsten Cohen in The O.C. The Canadian actor also amazed audiences with her role in Perception. Though she was engaged to media magnate David Thomson, she broke up with him while pregnant with his daughter.
 20 
Kaniehtiio Horn
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Gina’ in the TV Series ‘The Man in the High Castle’)
Kaniehtiio Horn
1
Birthdate: November 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Kaniehtiio Horn is a Canadian actress best known for her portrayal of Kayleigh in the television film Moccasin Flats: Redemption, for which she received a Gemini Award nomination. Although she focused on water polo and swimming as a teenager, Horn went on to become an actress. She is also known for voicing a couple of video game characters.

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Michel Trudeau
(Younger Brother of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau)
Michel Trudeau
12
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 2, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: November 13, 1998

Michel Trudeau was a Canadian amateur skier and the younger brother of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. On November 13, 1998, Michel died in an avalanche while skiing with his friends in Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park. In the 2010 World Rose Festival, a varietal of rose named Michel Trudeau Memorial Rosebush was presented by his Aunt Betsy Dening.

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Shane Smith
(Canadian Journalist and Executive Chairman of 'Vice Media')
Shane Smith
1
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: September 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra

Vice co-founder and CEO Shane Smith is a renowned journalist and entrepreneur whose work has taken him to remote and war-torn places such as North Korea and Liberia. Listed as one of Canada's Richest People in 2015, he is a self-made millionaire with riches such as an 8-bedroom California mansion.

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Denis Potvin
(Ice hockey player)
Denis Potvin
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Mike Gartner
(Ice hockey player)
Mike Gartner
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 29, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Kelly Sheridan
(Voice actress)
Kelly Sheridan
4
Birthdate: May 19, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
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Peter Aykroyd
(Actor, Comedian)
Peter Aykroyd
2
Birthdate: November 19, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
 27 
Princess Margriet of the Netherlands
(Aristocrat)
Princess Margriet of the Netherlands
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 19, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
 28 
Mark McKinney
(Actor)
Mark McKinney
1
Birthdate: June 26, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 29 
Nobu McCarthy
(Former Actress known for for her performance in the film The Wash)
Nobu McCarthy
3
Birthdate: November 13, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: April 6, 2002
 30 
Andrew Scheer
(Canadian Politician and 35th Speaker of the House of Commons)
Andrew Scheer
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 20, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus

Andrew Scheer is a Canadian politician who served as leader of the Official Opposition from 2017 until 2020. At the young age of 32, he became the speaker of the House of Commons and held this role for the entirety of the 41st Canadian Parliament. He is considered pro-life and opposes same-sex marriage. He is a firearm owner and hunter. 

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Barbara Ann Scott
(Canadian Figure Skater)
Barbara Ann Scott
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 9, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: September 30, 2012
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 32 
Vik Sahay
(Canadian Actor)
Vik Sahay
0
Birthdate: September 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 33 
Wade Morissette
(Singer Songwriter)
Wade Morissette
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 1, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
 34 
Lisa Weagle
(Canadian Curler)
Lisa Weagle
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 24, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 35 
Alexandre Trudeau
(Canadian Journalist, Author and Second Son of Canada's Former Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau)
Alexandre Trudeau
11
Birthdate: December 25, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn

The brother of former Canadian PM Pierre Trudeau and the brother of the current PM Justin Trudeau, Alexandre Trudeau is a documentary filmmaker and journalist who has covered events from Baghdad to the Balkans. He is also the author of Barbarian Lost, his reflection on his experiences in China.

 36 
Dawn McEwen
(Canadian Retired Curler and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Dawn McEwen
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
 37 
Kari Skogland
Kari Skogland
0
Listed In: Writers
 38 
Gabriela Dabrowski
(Canadian Professional Tennis Player)
Gabriela Dabrowski
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 1, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 39 
Stephen Lewis
(Politician, Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations (1984-88))
Stephen Lewis
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 11, 1937
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Stephen Lewis is a Canadian politician, public speaker, and diplomat. The son of a labor lawyer and social democratic politician, Lewis dropped out of law school to take up a clerical position with the Socialist International. He later ventured into politics and became the leader of the social-democratic Ontario New Democratic Party. He is married to journalist Michele Landsberg. 

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Keshia Chanté
(Canadian Singer and Television Personality)
Keshia Chanté
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini

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. 

 41 
Thomas Mulcair
Thomas Mulcair
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 24, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
 42 
Nancy Greene Raine
(Canadian Former Senator and Alpine Skier)
Nancy Greene Raine
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 11, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
 43 
Dalton McGuinty
(Politician, Lawyer)
Dalton McGuinty
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 19, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
 44 
Marc Savard
(Ice hockey player)
Marc Savard
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 17, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 45 
Bob Rae
(25th Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations)
Bob Rae
3
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: August 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Melinda Shankar
(Actress)
Melinda Shankar
1
Birthdate: February 18, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'0" (152 cm)
 47 
Andrew Coyne
(Columnist, Editor)
Andrew Coyne
1
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: December 23, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Andrew Coyne is a Canadian columnist who has worked with popular publications like Maclean's and National Post. He is currently working for The Globe and Mail. In 1994, Andrew Coyne was honored by the Public Policy Forum with the prestigious Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism.

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Virginie Besson-Silla
(Canadian-French Film Producer)
Virginie Besson-Silla
0
Birthdate: January 26, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Virginie Silla is a Canadian-French film producer best known for producing a wide variety of films, such as action films, comic adaptations, romantic films, and biographical films. Some of her most popular films include Lucy, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec, and Once Upon an Angel.

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Shulamith Firestone
(Writer, Feminist)
Shulamith Firestone
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 7, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: August 28, 2012
 50 
Dai Vernon
(Canadian Magician Best Known For His Sleight of Hand Technique)
Dai Vernon
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 11, 1894
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: August 21, 1992

Dai Vernon was a Canadian magician best remembered for his sleight of hand technique, which involves close-up magic and card tricks. Respected by fellow magicians, Vernon served as a mentor to his contemporaries and aspiring magicians. His life and career inspired a documentary film titled Dai Vernon: The Spirit of Magic, which released in 1999.