Famous Canadian Artists

Canada stands head and shoulders above the rest of the world when it comes to music. A relatively small country with a population of about 36 million people, the country continues to punch above its weight in the music scene. It is here where some of the world’s famous musicians were born, raised and got a chance to cut their teeth in the music industry. To put this into perspective, below is a list of the most famous Canadian artists who have put their creative licence to good use, attracting fans from across the whole world.

Shawn Mendes

Birthplace: Pickering, Ontario

Born in August 1998, Shawn Mendes started to gain a following in 2013 after posting song covers on the video-sharing platform Vine. His talent didn’t go unnoticed, and within a year, he had already been contacted by Island Records A&R representative Ziggy Chareton. He signed a deal with the record label. Since then, Mendes has released three studio albums, received recognition in the form of awards from different quarters and headlined four world tours. Mendes was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018. Mendes has bagged thirteen SOCAN awards, eight Juno Awards, ten MTV Europe Music awards, two American Music awards and eight iHeartRadio MMVAs. On top of these, he has also received two Grammy award nominations.

Justin Bieber

Birthplace: Ontario

Twenty-five years old now, Justin Bieber has been dominating the music charts for almost a decade. Bieber made his debut in the music scene via YouTube, where he posted song covers when he was just 13 years old. Bieber has been listed thrice among the top ten most influential celebrities in the world by Forbes Magazine. One of his most watched and listened to songs is “Sorry.” It still is a favourite among teenagers and young adults.


Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario

Born in October 1986, Aubrey Drake Graham’s iconic rise in the music scene has earned Canada its place on the hip-hop map. Drake is one of the world’s leading and influential rappers whose work continues to receive recognition both at home and internationally.

Avril Lavigne

Birthplace: Belleville, Ontario

By the time she turned 15 years, Avril had got the chance to appear on stage together with Shania Twain, also a renowned Canadian female artist.

Before she turned sixteen, she signed a recording contract with Arista Records. Lavigne is among the top female artists in Canada, having sold over 40 million albums and more than 50 million singles worldwide.

While the list could be longer than this, the above names are just a peek into the country’s prowess in music.

Canada continues to affirm its place in the pop music industry with both existing and fresh talent. Our well-curated content doesn’t only help you keep tabs with what your favourite artist is up to, we also help you compile a playlist as we list down some of their songs dominating the music charts in our “songs of the year” section.

In case you also want to know who sang what and which song got the most video views, we have a whole section dedicated to that. We have invested our time and money in researching and compiling up-to-date information on pop music, famous artists, and their best numbers, as well as who’s trending on the music charts.