Top Canadian Singers

Canada has built up a solid reputation at the global music scene as some of the world’s most famous musicians are of Canadian origin.

Rock singer Brian Adams, born in 1959, is among the most renowned musicians, songwriters, and guitarists on a global scale. His career began in 1978 when he sent his first demo recordings to A&M Records in Toronto, which included the songs “I’m Ready” and “Remember.” Adams released a self-titled debut album in 1980 and from then on, his fame kept growing. His best selling album was Reckless (1984), which hit the 1st place on Billboard 200 and was certified platinum five times. Brian Adams is also known for his charity work in Ethiopia and other countries on the African continent.

Alanis Morissette, born 1974, is an alternative rock and post-grunge singer, songwriter and record producer. Due to work pressure, Alanis suffered from anorexia and bulimia until the age of 18, surviving on a diet of Melba toast, coffee, and carrots. She undertook a treatment to ‘un-program her brain’ and become a minister at religious organization by the name of Universal Life Church. Following two albums released only in Canada, she made her world debut in 1995 with the album Jagged Little Pill, which sold no less than 30 million copies worldwide. One of the album’s singles, “Ironic” became Morissette’s biggest hit. Alanis’s next album, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, released in 1998, was also a major success and broke the record with 469,000 sold copies during the first week. The singer has won twelve Grammy and Juno Awards and her discography includes: How Is the Time, Alanis, Under Rug Slept, Flavors of Entanglement, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, So-Called Chaos, and Jugged Little Pill.

Celine Dion, born 1968, is one of the world’s most famous pop singers. She hails from a French Canadian family and her first record, La voix du bon Dieu (1981), became an instant hit within the Francophone audience of Quebec. She released her first English album, Unison, in 1990 and received generally positive reviews by the critics. In 1992, she released a self-titled album, which further propelled her to stardom. Celine Dion’s fourth album, Falling into You (1996), brought her worldwide commercial success.

Shania Twain was born 1965 and is one of Canada’s most famous country and pop singers. Her real name is Eileen Regina Edwards and as a child, she spent most of the time at a homeless community, where she learned to hunt and chop wood. Twain started singing at local bars since the age of eight and considers this to be a valuable educational experience. She released her self-titled debut album in 1993, which was successful on two continents: North America and Europe. Her success continued with the albums Come on Over (1997) and Up!, released in 2002.