Category:Canadian expatriate musicians in the United States
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1. Darcy James Argue – Darcy James Argue is a jazz composer and bandleader known for his work with his 18-piece ensemble, Secret Society. Argue was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and he studied at McGill University in Montreal from 1993–1998, and in 2000 he moved to the U. S. to study composition at New England Conservatory of Music with jazz composer Bob Brookmeyer. Following his studies at New England Conservatory, Argue moved to Brooklyn in 2003, in 2005, Argue founded Darcy James Argues Secret Society, an eighteen-piece big band. In 2009, the released their first studio album, Infernal Machines, on New Amsterdam Records. The album received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, the Societys second album, Brooklyn Babylon, was based on a multimedia performance co-created by visual artist Danijel Zezelj and premiered at the BAM Next Wave Festival in November 2011. The album received Grammy and Juno Award nominations and it won the top positions for Arranger and Big Band in the 2013 Down Beat Critics Poll. It was named Best Album of 2013 by The New Republic, the Societys third album, Real Enemies, was released September 2016 by New Amsterdam. It received a Grammy nomination for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album and he is the recipient of grants and fellowships from New Music USA, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the MacDowell ColonyDarcy James Argue – Argue at the 2009 Moers festival
2. Melissa Auf der Maur – Melissa Gaboriau Auf der Maur is a Canadian musician, singer-songwriter, photographer and actress. Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Auf der Maur began performing in 1993 after forming the rock band Tinker while she was a student at Concordia University. She was recruited as the bassist for the American alternative rock band Hole in the summer of 1994 and is featured on several Hole releases, Best known for her music career, Auf der Maur is also a photographer and occasional actress. Her photographs have featured in National Geographic and exhibited at Sothebys. As an actress, she has appeared in How to Make the Cruelest Month, Beyond Borders, Stone and Auf der Maur are the creative directors and owners of Basilica Hudson, an arts and performance center in Hudson, New York, United States. Auf der Maur was born in Montreal, Quebec to journalist and politician Nick Auf der Maur and journalist, Auf der Maur is of Swiss–German descent on her fathers side and American descent on her mothers side, Gaboriau was born in Boston, Massachusetts in the United States. As a result, she holds dual Canadian–American citizenship, Auf der Maurs surname translates to English as on the wall, as maur was derived from the German word for wall. She has stated that her grandmother, Theresia Schaelin-Auf der Maur, was always pounding my heritage down my throat—reminding me that Im the last one in North America to further the name, Auf der Maur did not meet her father until she was three years old. Gaboriau called Nick Auf der Maur after her daughter began questioning her about her fathers identity, reflecting on the encounter, Auf der Maur said realised my mother Linda was the love of his life because shed offered the gift of this child without any demands. He fell madly in love with her pursued her for two years, Auf der Maur and Gaboriau married in 1978 when Melissa was six years old. The couple divorced in 1979 after which Auf der Maur traveled worldwide with her mother, a portion of Auf der Maurs childhood was spent living in a circus caravan in Wales, a red post-office box truck in Morocco, and a hut in Kenya with her mother. During her time in Kenya, she contracted three bouts of malaria and returned to Montreal, in Montreal, Auf der Maur attended the Fine Arts Core Education School and Moving in New Directions High School—both of which are schools of alternative education. At FACE, she was a member of the choir and at MIND, she was part of the small English elite. At school, she became interested in photography and subsequently attended Concordia University, at Concordia at age 19, Auf der Maur began working part-time as a disc jockey at Bifteck, a well known rock club, where she met several musicians including Steve Durand. During her time as a DJ at Bifteck, Auf der Maur met several musicians who frequented the bar, after the bar closed, musicians would often use it as a rehearsal space for late-night jam sessions. During one session, Auf der Maur met fellow Concordia University student Steve Durand, Durand assumed guitar duties and Auf der Maur began playing bass, using a Fender Precision Bass that her father had purchased for her 21st birthday. The duo recruited a second guitarist, Jordon Zadorozny, and a drummer, at a Smashing Pumpkins performance at Les Foufounes Électriques in 1991, Auf der Maur had become friends with vocalist and guitarist Billy Corgan. Auf der Maur explained, My friend Bruce, who became the drummer in Godspeed YouMelissa Auf der Maur – Melissa Auf der Maur performing in 2010
3. Georgie Auld – Georgie Auld was a jazz tenor saxophonist, clarinetist, and bandleader. Auld was born John Altwerger in Toronto, Canada, and moved to Brooklyn, New York, before the family left Canada, Aulds parents gave him a saxophone, which he taught himself to play. Auld was most noteworthy for his work with Bunny Berigan, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Erroll Garner, Dizzy Gillespie, Al Porcino, Billy Eckstine, Tiny Kahn, Frank Rosolino, and many others. Primarily a swing saxophonist, he did many big band stints in his career, Auld also played some rock´n roll working for Alan Freed in 1959. He can be heard playing sax on the 1968 Ella Fitzgerald album 30 by Ella, in 1949, Auld played Carl in The Rat Race in the Ethel Barrymore Theater on Broadway. In 1952, he had a part in the film The Marrying Kind. In 1977 he played a bandleader in the motion picture New York, New York, starring Liza Minnelli and Robert De Niro, Auld died on January 8,1990, in Palm Springs, California, aged 70Georgie Auld – Georgie Auld, c. August 1947
4. Darren Barrett – Darren Barrett is a Canadian jazz musician who won the 1997 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, and teaches at Berklee College of Music. Canadian Grammy Award winning trumpet player Darren Barrett was born to Jamaican parents. ”In 1986, Darren Barrett attended Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship, receiving a BA in Professional Music in 1990. He went on to receive an MA in Jazz Performance in 1993, and it was there that he came under the influence of Dr. Donald Byrd, who became something of a father figure for the young trumpeter. My quest for a Doctorate degree was interrupted by a program that was being developed, called the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance. In 1997, Barrett entered and won first place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, the biggest jazz competition in the world and he has most recently released Energy In Motion, The Music Of The Bee Gees and Live And Direct 2014. Barrett has performed or recorded with Elvin Jones, Jackie McLean, Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove Big Band, Common, Will. i. am, Talib Kweli, Esperanza Spalding and Antonio Hart, among others. Barrett is currently an Associate Professor in the ensembles and brass department at his alma mater, Berklee College of Music in Boston, im working on my craft, trying to be as professional and proficient as I can be. Im just trying to reach people with my music, trying to concentrate on myself as a performer, bandleader and composer, I have many different bands but they all give me the musical platform to pursue anything possibleDarren Barrett – dB in Action
5. Justin Bieber – Justin Drew Bieber is a Canadian singer and songwriter. After a talent manager discovered him through his YouTube videos covering songs in 2008 and signed to RBMG, Bieber released his debut EP, My World and it was certified Platinum in the U. S. He became the first artist to have seven songs from a record chart on the Billboard Hot 100. Bieber released his first full-length studio album, My World 2.0 and it debuted at or near number one in several countries, was certified triple Platinum in the U. S. and contained his single Baby. He released his studio album, Under the Mistletoe, in November 2011. Bieber released his studio album, Believe, in 2012. His fourth studio album Purpose was released in November 2015, spawning three number one singles, What Do You Mean and his U. S. album and singles sales total 44.7 million. He has sold an estimated 100 million records, making him one of the world’s best-selling music artists, Bieber has won numerous awards, including the American Music Award for Artist of the Year in 2010 and 2012. In his career, he has won one Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording for the song Where Are Ü Now at the 2016 ceremony. He has been listed four times by Forbes magazine among the top ten most powerful celebrities in the world in 2011,2012, Bieber also became the first artist to surpass 10 billion total video views on Vevo. Bieber was born on March 1,1994, in London, Ontario, at St Josephs Hospital and he is the only child of Jeremy Jack Bieber and Patricia Pattie Mallette. Pattie raised her son with the help of her mother, Diane and his mother is of French-Canadian descent, his paternal great-grandfather was of German ancestry, and his other roots are English, Scottish and Irish. He has also claimed that he has some undetermined Aboriginal Canadian ancestry, through Jeremy, Bieber has two younger half-siblings, Jazmyn and Jaxon. Pattie worked a series of low-paying office jobs, raising Bieber as a mother in low-income housing. Bieber has maintained contact with his father, Bieber attended a French-language immersion elementary school in Stratford, the Jeanne Sauvé Catholic School. Growing up, he learned to play the piano, drums, guitar and he graduated from high school in Stratford, Ontario, the St. Michael Catholic Secondary School in 2012 with a 4.0 GPA. In early 2007, aged 12, Bieber sang Ne-Yos So Sick for a singing competition in Stratford and was placed second. Mallette posted a video of the performance on YouTube for their family and she continued to upload videos of Bieber singing covers of various R&B songs, and Biebers popularity on the site grewJustin Bieber – Bieber at the 2012 NRJ Music Awards
6. Dan Bryk – Dan Waldemar Bryk is a Canadian-born singer-songwriter and recording artist. Originally from Toronto, Bryk is currently based in Dar Es Salaam, a critically acclaimed songwriter and keyboard player, Bryk has released five full-length albums and a handful of singles, EPs and tracks on compilations. Dan Bryk grew up in suburban Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, where he attended several Public and Catholic schools and Queensway Cathedral School and his parents separated and reconciled during his late childhood. At Age 8, Bryk briefly received piano lessons from Earl Mlotek at the Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music but dropped out due to hyperactivity and unwillingness to practice. Dan explored songwriting and wrote a few primitive songs throughout grade school, while playing flute in his school band and singing in school. Bryk graduated from St. Martins in 1989, Bryk then attended the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario, initially majoring in English literature, but changing to fine art with a focus on photography and extended media practice. A semester spent studying in London, England in 1992, absorbing the bustling Camden music scene only intensified Bryks focus on becoming a singer-songwriter, most notably making Toronto Star music critic Peter Howells Picks for 96 feature. During this period, Bryk was also a participant in Torontos Serial Diners. Bryk then travelled to NYC for some recording with Schlesinger and his Ivy bandmate Andy Chase. Once again independent of major label distribution, Scratchie released Bryks Lovers Leap CD in October 2000 to broad critical acclaim and meagre sales. Bryk was pictured shirtless on the cover of Toronto third wave Ska band King Apparatus Hospital Waiting Room EP after that bands Mitch Girio played on Dan Bryk, Now and Dan Bryk. Oft-regarded as a songwriter, Bryk was the recipient of an Ontario Arts Council Popular Songwriting grant in 2002. Bryk toured extensively to support Lovers Leap throughout Canada and the US, a promotional video for She Doesnt Mean A Thing received light rotation on Muchmusic and wide video play in Japan. Bryks music has been mashed and remixed by The Kendall Mintcake and DJ Morgan David respectively, Bryk moved to Durham, NC in 2003 with his life partner Erin McGinn, settling in neighbouring Raleigh. Bryks third full-length CD Dan Bryk Christmas Record was released by the Urban Myth Recording Collective in November 2006, Christmas Record received enthusiastic reviews and regional college radio airplay. Under the pseudonym Tha Commissioners, Bryk released the song Cherry Berry and he gave the song anonymously to the college radio station WKNC, and it quickly became a local hit. For a time, Bryk avoided being associated with the song, the song would later appear as a hidden track on the Discount Store EP. An occasional sideman and producer, Bryk has also toured and recorded with Down By Avalon, Nova Social, The Bicycles, The American Flag, Bryk is allegedly the inspiration for/subject of David Celias song Cactus and Stubborn Man by The Old CeremonyDan Bryk – Dan Bryk
7. Rufus Cappadocia – Rufus Cappadocia is a Canadian-American cellist. He is best known for his cross cultural recordings and performances and he has released albums in collaboration with guitarist David Fiuczynski, singer Bethany Yarrow, Stellamara with Sonja Drakulich, multi instrumentalist Ross Daly and The Paradox Trio with Matt Dariau. Cappadocia was born and raised in Hamilton and he began playing cello at the age of 3. He left school, and traveled to the South of France and to Spain, in his travels, Cappadocia continued to pick up new sounds and ethnic styles, which he blended into his own. Partly to improve his ability to compete with other street musicians Cappadocia decided to add a register to his cello. He left Europe, and is now based in New York and his musical style blends together the similarities between seemingly diverse music forms such as blues, Sufi, Middle Eastern and even Gregorian chant. To him they are all compatible, microtonal modes of music, Cappadocias past collaborations have included participation in the jazz group, The Paradox Trio and the World Music group Trance Mission. He has also produced CDs with guitarist David Fiuczynski and singer/songwriter Bethany Yarrow, Rufus Cappadocias official website Profile of Cappadocia at NPR Rufus Cappadocia at TED TED Talks, Bruno Bowden folds while Rufus Cappadocia playsRufus Cappadocia – Cappadocia playing at the KPLU studios November 2010
8. Carmen and Camille – Carmen Thomas and Camille Thomas are Canadian musicians and twin sisters who perform as Carmen & Camille. Their hit single, Shine 4U, received a nomination for the 2010 Juno Award for Dance Recording of the Year and their début studio album, Two, was released in 2006 followed by 2 EPs. The sisters were raised in White Rock, British Columbia and graduated from Semiahmoo Secondary School in nearby Surrey and their father, John Thomas, currently serves as their professional manager. Carmen holds an Associate of Arts degree in broadcast journalism from the British Columbia Institute of Technology and she appeared as a host on Tommy Wolski’s Sport of Kings, a weekly Citytv sports news show on horse racing. Camille, who began her studies in design, later transferred to Vancouver Community College. Carmen & Camille displayed a love of performing music from early childhood and they have cited Sheryl Crow, Depeche Mode, Fleetwood Mac, Heart, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, No Doubt, and Pink Floyd as among their musical influences. As students in school, Carmen played the flute, while Camille joined a jazz choir. Shortly after graduation from school, they decided to perform. The sisters, who write their own songs as well as guitars and flute, began singing at clubs and other venues in major cities throughout North America, Europe. In March 2006, Carmen & Camille released their album, Two, on their own label. Several songs from this record were featured on the MTV reality show series The Hills and their 2009 single Shine 4U, co-written with producer Ryan Stewart, won the CHUM Emerging Artist Initiative. Consequently, the song enjoyed national airplay across Canada, and the video was televised on MuchMusic. In March 2010, Shine 4U received additional recognition as a nominee for the 2010 Juno Award for Dance Recording of the Year, Carmen and Camille have sung the Canadian National Anthem at several games for the Canucks hockey team. Carmen & Camille divide their time between Vancouver and Los Angeles, where they set up residence in December 2009Carmen and Camille – Carmen & Camille
9. Nikki Chooi – Nikki Chooi is a Canadian classical violinist. He is the winner of the 2013 Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand, appointed by Maestro James Levine, Nikki serves as Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York for the 2016/2017 season. Nikki Chooi was born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada to parents of Chinese descent. He began the violin at the age of four in the Suzuki method at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and at age nine, he became a protege of noted Canadian violinist, Sydney Humphreys. That same year, aged twelve, he performed Haydns Violin Concerto in C Major with the Sinfonia Toronto Orchestra at the Glenn Gould Studio, in 2003, he began studies with Bill van der Sloot at the Mount Royal Conservatory in Calgary, Canada. His summer studies included attending the Morningside Music Bridge and the Young Artist Programme at the National Arts Centre, in 2007, he was the awarded a Special Prize at International Tchaikovsky Competition held in Moscow, Russia. Chooi attended the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School of Music and his mentors have included Ida Kavafian, Joseph Silverstein, and Donald Weilerstein. He has also worked closely with Pamela Frank, Steven Tenenbom, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Peter Wiley, Nikki performs regularly with his violinist brother, Timothy Chooi. Nikki Chooi has received several awards over the years. cbc. ca Theviolinchannel. com Music. cbc. ca Jmcanada. ca Music. cbc. caNikki Chooi – Nikki Chooi
10. Timothy Chooi – Timothy Chooi is a Canadian violinist. Timothy Chooi was born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and he started playing the violin at the age of three with the Suzuki method at the Victoria Conservatory of Music with Esther Tsang. He made his debut at the age of seven performing with his brother. His performance was described as the miracle violinist by Montreals harshest critic and he has shared the international stage with artists and conductors such as Pinchas Zukerman, Lang Lang, Yuja Wang, Yoav Talmi, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Kent Nagano and Benjamin Zander. Both of them are part of the ensemble The Chooi Brothers and are constantly on tour, timothy Chooi has received several prestigious awards. In 2010 he was awarded Grand Prize at the OSM Standard Life Competition. com Afafestival. com Cbc. ca Cbc. caTimothy Chooi – Timothy Chooi in the streets of Auckland, New Zealand
11. Deborah Cox – Deborah Cox is a Canadian R&B singer-songwriter and actress. Her 1998 song Nobodys Supposed to Be Here held the record for longest-running number one single on Billboards Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart and she has achieved 12 number-one hits on Billboards Hot Dance Club Play chart. She is often cited as Canadas top R&B artist, Deborah Cox was born in Toronto to parents of Afro-Guyanese descent, grew up in Scarborough, Toronto and attended John XXIII Catholic Elementary School and Earl Haig Secondary School. She began singing on TV commercials at age 12, and entered talent shows including an appearance on Tiny Talent Time. She performed in nightclubs as a teenager, and began to write music around the same time, Cox entered the music industry in the early 1990s, performing as a backup vocalist for Celine Dion for six months. In 1995, label executive Clive Davis signed Cox to Arista Records, after middling success, Cox released a non-album single for the soundtrack to the 1997 movie Money Talks, titled Things Just Aint The Same. A dance mix of the song with a remix by Hex Hector topped the U. S. dance charts and was included on her second album, 1998s One Wish. The first single from album, Nobodys Supposed to Be Here, spent fourteen weeks at #1 on the Hot R&B charts in the USA. The album went platinum, becoming Coxs biggest-selling album to date, Cox then recorded a new song, Absolutely Not, for the soundtrack to Dr. Dolittle 2. Remixes of the song repeated the success of One Wishs singles on the charts. After One Wish, Cox appeared on the single Same Script, Different Cast by Whitney Houston from Whitney, Coxs third album The Morning After was released in November 2002 on J Records. On February 17,2004, she made her Broadway debut in the Elton John-Tim Rice musical Aida, Cox also has been involved in a number of movies and soundtracks. In 2000, she played Niko Rosen in Love Come Down, in 2001, her hit song Absolutely Not was featured in Dr. Dolittle 2. In 2005, in the movie Blood of a Champion she played the role of Sharon, and again in 2005, her voice was featured in the movie Hotel Rwanda in the song Nobody Cares. To sustain demand for Coxs club appearances, while focused on her family and new album projects, later in the year, the song Definition of Love was used in the movie Akeelah and the Bee, but was not released as a single. Between 2005 and 2006 Deborah recorded her album, called Destination Moon. It is a tribute to jazz singer Dinah Washington and was released on June 19,2007, Cox performed the Canadian national anthem at the 2008 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans. She contributed the song This Gift to the soundtrack of the 2008 movie Meet the Browns and was part of Cyndi Laupers True Colors Tour 2008, Deborah has also starred in A Good Man is Hard to Find alongside Golden Brooks and Darius McCraryDeborah Cox – Cox in June 2011
12. Celine Dion – Céline Marie Claudette Dion, CC OQ ChLD is a Canadian singer and businesswoman. Dion first gained recognition in the 1980s by winning both the 1982 Yamaha World Popular Song Festival and the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest where she represented Switzerland. Following a series of French albums during the 1980s, she signed on to Epic Records in the United States, in 1990, Dion released her debut English-language album, Unison, establishing herself as a viable pop artist in North America and other English-speaking areas of the world. During the 1990s, with the help of Angélil, she achieved fame after releasing several English albums along with additional French albums. Her albums, Falling into You and Lets Talk About Love, were certified diamond in the US while Deux became the best-selling French-language album of all time. However, in 1999 at the height of her success, Dion announced a hiatus from entertainment to start a family and spend time with her husband and she returned to the top of pop music in 2002 and signed to perform nightly in A New Day. A five-star theatrical show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Paradise and it became the most successful residency show of all time, grossing US $385 million. Dions music has influenced by genres ranging from rock and R&B to gospel. Her recordings are mainly in French and English, although she sings in Spanish, Italian, German, Latin, Japanese. While her releases have received mixed critical reception, she is regarded as one of pop musics most influential voices. Dion has won five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and she is the second best-selling female artist in the US during the Nielsen SoundScan era. In 2003, Dion was honoured by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry for selling over 50 million albums in Europe, Dion remains the best-selling Canadian artist and one of the best-selling artists of all time with record sales of over 200 million copies worldwide. Dion was born in Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada, the youngest of 14 children of Thérèse, a homemaker, and Adhémar Dion, Dion was raised a Roman Catholic in a poverty-stricken, but, by her own account, happy home in Charlemagne. Music had always been a part of the Dion family, indeed, Dion herself was named after the song Céline. Thereafter, she continued to perform with her siblings in her parentss small piano bar called Le Vieux Baril, from an early age, Dion had dreamed of being a performer. In a 1994 interview with People magazine, she recalled, I missed my family and my home, I had one dream, I wanted to be a singer. At age 12, Dion collaborated with her mother and her brother Jacques to write and compose her first song, Ce nétait quun rêve, whose title translates as It Was Only a Dream or Nothing But A Dream. Her brother, Michel Dion, sent the recording to music manager René Angélil, Angélil was moved to tears by Dions voice and decided to make her a starCeline Dion – Celine Dion, 2012
13. Denny Doherty – Dennis Gerrard Stephen Doherty was a Canadian singer, songwriter, musician and actor. He was most widely known as a member of the 1960s musical group The Mamas & the Papas. Denny Doherty was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Doherty started his musical career in Halifax in 1956 with a band called the Hepsters. With friends Richard Sheehan, Eddie Thibodeau and Mike OConnell, the Hepsters played at clubs in the Halifax area, the band lasted about two years. Sheehan recalls that they drew crowds wherever they went due to Dennys incredible voice, in 1960, at the age of 19, Doherty, along with Pat LaCroix and Richard Byrne, began a folk group called The Colonials in Halifax. When they got a deal with Columbia Records, they changed their name to The Halifax III. The band recorded two LPs and had a hit, The Man Who Wouldnt Sing Along With Mitch. Coincidentally, they separated at a hotel called The Colonial in Los Angeles, in 1963, Doherty established a friendship with Cass Elliot when she was with a band called The Big 3. While on tour with The Halifax III, Doherty met John Phillips and his new wife, a few months later, The Halifax III dissolved, and Doherty and their accompanist, Zal Yanovsky, were left broke in Hollywood. Elliot heard of their troubles and convinced her manager to hire them, thus, Doherty and Yanovsky joined the Big 3. Soon after adding even more members, they changed their name to the Mugwumps. The Mugwumps soon broke up due to insolvency. The Mamas & the Papas song Creeque Alley briefly outlines this history, Yanovsky went on to join The Lovin Spoonful with John Sebastian. About this time, John Phillips new band, The New Journeymen, Brickman had left the folk trio to pursue a career in television writing, and the group needed a quick replacement for their remaining tour dates. Doherty, then unemployed, filled the opening, after the New Journeymen called it quits as a band in early 1965, Elliot was invited into the formation of a new band, which became The Magic Cyrcle. Six months later in September 1965, the signed a recording contract with Dunhill Records. Changing their name to The Mamas & the Papas, the band began to record their debut album, If You Can Believe Your Eyes. In late 1965, Denny Doherty and Michelle Phillips started an affair and they were able to keep it secret during the early days of the bands new-found successDenny Doherty – Doherty, second from right, performing on The Ed Sullivan Show
14. Lisle Ellis – Lisle Ellis, is a Canadian jazz bassist and composer who is known for his improvisational style and use of electronics. Ellis was born in Campbell River, British Columbia, Ellis began playing electric bass in his teens and worked professionally from an early age in numerous environments including studios, radio & TV shows, and strip clubs. He was born Lyle Steve Lansall, but used his initials L. S. as his stage name Ellis, Ellis studied at the Vancouver Academy of Music with Walter Robertson and attended Douglas College in Vancouver. He later studied at the Creative Music Studio in New York City from 1975-1979, Ellis lived in Toronto, Canada from 1982 until 1983 and then Montreal, Canada from 1983 until 1992. In 1986 Ellis was the first recipient of Canadas Fred Stone Award, given annually to a musician for integrity and innovation. In the early 1980s in Vancouver, and the late 80s in Montreal, Ellis was a conspicuous activator of musician alliance organizations, performance venues, one collective in particular, Vancouvers New Orchestra Workshop, is still active nearly thirty years later. After moving to the United States in 1992, he settled in San Francisco and he lived in San Diego from 2001–2005 and New York City from 2005 to the present. In 1994, he was a member of the Cecil Taylor band for a tour of California. His 1989 album, Kaleidoscopes, The Ornette Coleman Songbook, with pianist Paul Plimley, was five stars in Down Beat magazine. Since the late 1990s, Ellis has been focused on developing an electro-acoustic interface he calls bass & circuitry. Central to Elliss music, and a vehicle for both his electronic and acoustic experiments, has been his long standing trio with Larry Ochs, di Terra, an Italy-based trio with Alberto Braida, and Fabrizio Spera, has been an exclusively acoustic music vehicle for Ellis. His experimental trio Audible Means with Ellery Eskelin, and Erik Deutsch, was active on the New York scene in 2006 and 2007 and was a point for Elliss bass & circuitry explorations. Since his arrival in New York, collaborations and interactions with composer/electronic musician Tom Hamilton have also been important to Elliss work in electronic musicLisle Ellis – Ellis performing at The Living Theatre in NYC 2008
15. Esthero – Esthero, born Jenny-Bea Englishman, is a Canadian singer-songwriter who currently lives in Los Angeles, California. The name Esthero refers both to the singer and formerly to the team of herself and producer Doc McKinney. Esthero is a portmanteau of Esther the hero, she claims to have gotten the name by combining the name of the heroine and last line of the movie from Sylvia Plaths novel, The Bell Jar. Estheros sound characteristically features her voice over a mix of mellow bass lines, jazzy trumpets, Spanish guitar and she is sometimes compared to artists Björk, Portishead, Billie Holiday, and Sade. She has co-produced the majority of the material she performed, later female artists who count Esthero among their influences include Res, Fergie and fellow Canadian Nelly Furtado. Estheros brother, Jason Englishman, is also a musician and she was seen singing at the Free Times Cafe by manager Beau Ovcaric who set up a showcase for his partner Zack Werner. The two managed her on good faith without any legal paperwork until she turned eighteen, the young duo quickly began recording together, and 6 demos in were being courted on the presidency level by almost every major label in the US. Thanks to then EMI publishing US president Rick Krim their demos reached the ears of the heads of the The WORK Group and their debut album, Breath from Another, was released to critical acclaim in Spring 1998. Following lukewarm sales of her debut, Esthero was dropped from her record label, in 1998, after a remix of one of her songs was used included on the soundtrack for Slam, Esthero received attention from many hip-hop and rap artists, with many requesting collaborations with her. Some such collaborations were fruitful, such as her work with the Black Eyed Peas on Weekends, which was an international hit. In 2001, Esthero collaborated with German producer Ian Pooley on Balmes, on April 20, 2004—without Docs assistance—Esthero released O. G. Bitch, a standalone EP featuring six different remixes of the title track, the song topped the club charts in the US. The following year, she released a second EP, titled We R in Need of a Musical Revolution, the album features contributions from Sean Lennon, André3000, Shakari Nyte, Jemeni, Jelleestone, and Cee-Lo Green of Goodie Mob. It was chosen as one of Amazon. coms Top 100 Editors Picks of 2005, in 2007, Esthero amicably parted ways with Venus Management. She continues to have a bond with Zack and Beau. Esthero also provided the voice of the spaceship J. A. N. E. on Kanye Wests Glow in the Dark tour and appeared on his album 808s & Heartbreak, on which she co-wrote three tracks under her real name. 2008 also saw her take on the role of producer for a track from Dangerous Muses debut album and she is featured on hip hop music producer Timbalands 2009 album Shock Value II on the songs Can You Feel It and Undertow with band The Fray. The latter enetered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 100, giving Esthero her first, on June 5,2012, Esthero released a new single titled Never Gonna Let You Go, which was co-written and co-produced with Adam BravinEsthero – Esthero in 2008
16. Kate Fenner – Kate Fenner is a Canadian musician, currently based in New York City. The New York Times describes her vocal stylings as having a lusty, alternative and she was one of the primary singers and songwriters for the Canadian alternative rock band Bourbon Tabernacle Choir in the 1980s and 1990s. After its dissolution, Fenner continued performing as duo with her former Bourbon bandmate Chris Brown, between 2000 and 2006, she sporadically toured and sang with Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip. Fenner released an album, Horses and Burning Cars, in 2003, followed by her second solo album, Magnet. Fenners music was featured on the soundtrack for the Mystery On Fifth Avenue Apartment project by the New York architecture firm 212box. Salamandre was commissioned and curated as part of the Mystery On Fifth Avenue by architectural designer Eric Clough, her now husband, who fell in love with her during the project. On January 8,2005 Kate was invited to be the act for blues legend B. B. King at Foxwoods Casino. Kate Fenners official website Barclay, MichaelKate Fenner – Kate Fenner performing at Barrymore's in Ottawa, Ontario.
17. Jeremy Fisher – Jeremy Fisher is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Fisher is based in Ottawa, Ontario, and was based on Vancouver Island. Montreal, Quebec, and in Seattle, Washington, U. S. A, fishers work is heavily influenced by folk and blues music, and his songs feature accompaniment by acoustic guitar, slide guitar and harmonica. Fisher was a member of the Hamilton All-Star Jazz Band at Westdale Secondary School, attended Camp Gesher in 1999, in 1999, The Obvious put out a self-titled CD. To support his 2001 independent debut album, Back Porch Spirituals, Fisher spent six months touring from Seattle, across Canada to Halifax, Fisher has also performed as a sidewalk busker. Let It Shine, his first album on a label, was released on October 12,2004. High School, the single from the album, won wide airplay on Canadian commercial radio. In February and March 2005, Fisher toured Canada with Sarah Slean, in 2006, Jeremy toured with Xavier Rudd and opened for Rex Goudie on Rexs Outports Tour 2006. Jeremy Fisher dueted with Canadian industrial music supergroup Jakalope on the track Unsaid from their Born 4 album and his third album, entitled Goodbye Blue Monday, with fellow Canadian Hawksley Workman, was released on March 27,2007 by his new record label, Aquarius Records. The single Cigarette was serviced to radio in Canada after a surprise add at Toronto radio station 104.5 CHUM-FM in early 2007, a home-made video for the song has been viewed over two million times on YouTube. On August 20,2007, Fisher made his U. S. television debut on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, the following night, he again appeared on the Late Late Show but this time with Craig Northey and Pat Steward of Odds. Goodbye Blue Monday was released in the United States on August 28,2007 through Wind-up Records, in April and May 2008, Fisher opened for The Proclaimers on their North American tour. He also opened for several of Great Big Seas Ontario shows in September 2009 and his album Flood was released on October 26,2010, followed in 2012 by Mint Juleps. In June 2012, he launched a Catch and Release series with singer-songwriter Jim Bryson, the first song in the series, The Age of Asparagus, was released on June 7,2012. His 2014 album, The Lemon Squeeze, features a duet with Serena RyderJeremy Fisher – Jeremy Fisher - 2009
18. David Foster – David Walter Foster, OC, OBC, is a Canadian musician, record producer, composer, songwriter, and arranger. Foster has won 16 Grammy Awards from 47 nominations and he is the chairman of Verve Records. Foster was born in Victoria, British Columbia, the son of Maurice Foster, a maintenance yard superintendent, and Eleanor May Foster, in 1963, at the age of 13, he enrolled in the University of Washington music program. In 1966, he joined a band for Chuck Berry. In his teens, he moved to England with the Victoria rock band, the Strangers, in 1974, he moved to Los Angeles with his band Skylark. Foster was a keyboardist for the pop group Skylark, discovered by Eirik Wangberg, the bands song, Wildflower, was a top ten hit in 1973. In 1975, he played on George Harrisons album Extra Texture and he followed that up by playing the Fender Rhodes and clavinet on Harrisons album Thirty Three & 1/3 a year later. In 1976 Foster joined Guthrie Thomas on Thomas 2nd Capitol Records album, Lies and Alibis, with Ringo Starr and a host of many other famed performers. Foster was a contributor to the 1979 Earth, Wind and Fire album I Am. The most noteworthy being the song After the Love Has Gone for which Foster, Foster worked as an album producer on albums for The Tubes, 1981s The Completion Backward Principle, and 1983s Outside Inside. Foster cowrote such songs as Talk to Ya Later, the Top 40 hit Dont Want to Wait Anymore, and these four songs were cowritten with the band’s lead vocalist Peter Cetera. Foster also helped Cetera cowrite his US No.1 solo hit Glory of Love in 1986, Foster cowrote Kenny Logginss songs Forever, from the 1985 album Vox Humana, and Heart to Heart, from the 1982 album High Adventure. In 1985, Rolling Stone magazine named Foster the master of and that year, Foster composed the score for the film St. Elmos Fire, including the instrumental Love Theme from St. Elmos Fire, which hit No.15 on the US pop charts. Another song from the film, St. Elmos Fire, recorded by John Parr, in the following years, Foster continued turning out occasional film scores, including for the Michael J. Foster composed Winter Games, the theme song for 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta. Winter Games is also the soundtrack for fountain shows at the Bellagio resort in Las Vegas, in 1995, Foster signed a deal with Warner Brothers that enabled him to set up his own boutique label,143 Records, as a joint venture with Warner. Foster gave the responsibility for running the label to then manager Brian Avnet, One of the labels first signings was a then-little known Irish folk-rock band, The Corrs, for whom he produced their debut album. Foster, along with Kenneth Babyface Edmonds, composed The Power of the Dream, Foster produced major-label debut albums for Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, Renee Olstead, and Charice, which were released under his 143 Records. Foster, with his then-wife Thompson, composed Light the Fire Within, in 2003, Foster won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for The Concert for World Childrens DayDavid Foster – Foster at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in May 2013
19. Nelly Furtado – Nelly Kim Furtado ComIH is a Portuguese-Canadian singer and songwriter. Furtado first gained fame with her debut album Whoa, Nelly, a critical and commercial success that spawned two top 10 singles, Im Like a Bird and Turn Off the Light. The first single won her a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, in 2003 she released her second album Folklore and was preceded by the lead single Powerless. Furtados third album Loose became her best selling album with 12 million copies sold worldwide, the album spawned four successful number one singles, Promiscuous, Maneater, Say It Right and All Good Things. She released her first Spanish language album Mi Plan in 2009 which won her a Latin Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Album, in 2012 Furtado released her fifth album The Spirit Indestructible. Furtado has sold over 40 million records worldwide, making her one of the most successful Canadian artists. Furtado has a star on Canadas Walk of Fame and was awarded Commander of the Order of Prince Henry on February 28,2014 in Toronto by Aníbal Cavaco Silva, Furtado was born on December 2,1978, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Her Portuguese parents, António José Furtado and Maria Manuela Furtado, were both from São Miguel Island in the Azores and had immigrated to Canada in the late 1960s, Nelly was named after Soviet gymnast Nellie Kim. Her siblings are Michael Anthony and Lisa Anne, at age four, she began performing and singing in Portuguese. Furtados first public performance was when she sang a duet with her mother at a church on Portugal Day and she began playing musical instruments at the age of nine, learning the trombone, ukulele and – in later years – the guitar and keyboards. At the age of 12, she began writing songs, and as a teenager and she has stated that coming from a working-class background has shaped her identity in a positive way. During a visit with her sister Lisa Anne in Toronto, the summer after grade eleven, Furtado met Tallis Newkirk and she contributed vocals to their 1996 album, Join the Ranks, on the track Waitin 4 The Streets. After graduating from Mount Douglas Secondary School in 1996, she moved to Toronto to reside with her sister Lisa Anne, the following year, she formed Nelstar, a trip hop duo with Newkirk. Ultimately, Furtado felt the style of the duo was too segregated. She left the group and planned to back home. In 1997, she performed at the Honey Jam talent show and her performance attracted the attention of The Philosopher Kings singer Gerald Eaton, who then approached her to write with him. He and fellow Kings member Brian West helped Furtado produce a demo and she left Toronto, but returned again to record more material with Eaton and West. Furtados first single, Partys Just Begun, was released that year on the Brokedown Palace, Furtado continued the collaboration with Eaton and West, who co-produced her debut album, Whoa, Nelly. which was released in October 2000Nelly Furtado – Furtado at her Canada's Walk of Fame induction ceremony, October 2010
20. Victor Garber – Victor Joseph Garber is a Canadian film, stage and television actor and singer. He is currently a regular on Legends of Tomorrow as Dr. Martin Stein, playing the same role as a guest star on The Flash. Garber was born in London, Ontario, and is of Russian-Jewish descent and his parents were father Joseph Joe Garber, and mother, Hope Garber, an actress, singer, and the host of At Home with Hope Garber. He has a brother, Nathan, and a sister, Alisa, Garber began acting at the age of nine, and studied at the University of Torontos Hart House at age 16. When Garber was twelve, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and he also was enrolled in the childrens program of the Grand Theatre, and, at age 16, he was accepted at a six-week summer theatre training program at the University of Toronto taught by Robert Gill. In 1967, after a working as a solo folk singer, he formed a folk group called The Sugar Shoppe with Peter Mann, Laurie Hood. The group enjoyed success, breaking into the Canadian Top 40 with a version of Bobby Gimbys song Canada. He played Jesus in Torontos 1972 production of Godspell, in 1985 he appeared in a supporting role in Noises Off at the Aldwych Theatre on Londons West End. He appeared on Broadway in the productions of Deathtrap, Sweeney Todd and Noises Off. He has been nominated for four Tony Awards and opened the Tony Awards program in 1994, in 1998, he co-starred on Broadway in the Tony Award–winning play Art with Alan Alda and Alfred Molina. In 2005, he played the role of Frederic in the Los Angeles Opera production of A Little Night Music and he played the male lead in a critically hailed Encores presentation of Follies, opposite Donna Murphy. In mid-2007, he played Garry Essendine in a production of Noël Cowards Present Laughter at Bostons Huntington Theatre and he reprised the role in the Roundabout Theatres New York production, which opened in January 2010 to generally favourable reviews. His film work includes James Camerons Titanic, in which he essayed a Mid-Ulster accent to play the shipbuilder Thomas Andrews, other movie appearances include Godspell as Jesus, Sleepless in Seattle, Annie, Legally Blonde, and Tuck Everlasting. In 2009, he took on the role of the DC Comics supervillain Sinestro in the animated film, Green Lantern. The same year, Garber played a Klingon interrogator in J. J. Abrams Star Trek film, however, in 2010, Garber had an uncredited cameo in The Town as a bank manager. The film was directed by Alias co-star Jennifer Garners husband, Ben Affleck, also Garber had a credited role in the Ice Quake at the end of 2010. In late 2012, he appeared in Afflecks film Argo, about the Iran hostage crisis and he also co-starred in 2014 Samuel L. Jackson and Felicity Huffman in the Finnish-British Action Thriller Big Game. On television, he has had roles on American and Canadian shows and he had a recurring guest role on CTVs E. N. GVictor Garber – Garber in April 2015
21. Ryan Gosling – Ryan Thomas Gosling is a Canadian actor and musician. He began his career as a star on the Disney Channels Mickey Mouse Club and went on to appear in other family entertainment programs including Are You Afraid of the Dark. Gosling came to the attention of an audience in 2004 with a leading role in the commercially successful romantic drama The Notebook. After a three-year acting hiatus, Gosling starred in the marital drama Blue Valentine, Goslings directorial debut Lost River was released in 2014 to poor reviews. Greater success came to Gosling when he starred in two critically acclaimed films—the financial comedy-drama The Big Short and the musical La La Land, for the latter, he won a Golden Globe Award and received a second Oscar nomination. Goslings band, Dead Mans Bones, released their debut album. He is a co-owner of Tagine, a Moroccan restaurant in Beverly Hills and he is a supporter of PETA, Invisible Children and the Enough Project and has traveled to Chad, Uganda and eastern Congo to raise awareness about conflicts in the regions. Ryan Thomas Gosling was born in London, Ontario, the son of Thomas Ray Gosling, a salesman for a paper mill, and Donna. His father is of English, Scottish, and French Canadian descent, Ryans great-great-grandfather, George Edward Gosling, was born in Paddington, London, Goslings parents were Mormons, and Gosling has said that the religion influenced every aspect of their lives. However, he said he never really could identify with, because of his fathers work, they moved around a lot and Gosling lived in both Cornwall, Ontario, and Burlington, Ontario. His parents divorced when he was 13, and he and his older sister Mandi lived with their mother, Gosling was educated at Gladstone Public School, Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School and Lester B. Pearson High School. As a child, he watched Dick Tracy and was inspired to become an actor and he hated being a child, was bullied in elementary school and had no friends until he was 14 or 15. In grade one, having heavily influenced by the action film First Blood, he took steak knives to school. This incident led to a suspension and he was unable to read and was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, prescribed Ritalin, and placed in a class for special-needs students. Consequently, his mother quit her job and homeschooled him for a year, Gosling has said that homeschooling gave him a sense of autonomy that Ive never really lost. Gosling performed in front of audiences from an age, encouraged by his sister being a performer. He and his sister sang together at weddings, he performed with Elvis Perry, his uncles Elvis Presley tribute act, performing boosted his self-confidence as it was the only thing he received praise for. He developed an idiosyncratic accent because, as a child, he thought having a Canadian accent did not sound tough and he began to model his accent on that of Marlon BrandoRyan Gosling – At the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
22. Corey Hart (singer) – Corey Mitchell Hart is a Canadian singer, best known for his hit singles Sunglasses at Night and Never Surrender. He has sold over 16 million records worldwide and scored nine US Billboard Top 40 hits, in Canada Hart has amassed 30 Top 40 hits, including 11 in the Top 10, over the course of 30 years in the music industry. He has also honoured by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Hart was born on May 31,1962, in Montreal, Quebec and his paternal grandfather was a Ukrainian Jewish immigrant, while Coreys mother was from a Romanian Jewish family. Hart grew up in Montréal, Spain, Mexico City and Key Biscayne and he became fluent in three languages due to his upbringing in diverse locations. Harts parents separated when he was 10 years old, Hart then returned to Montreal to live with his mother and older brother Robbie. He shared a close relationship with his mother, to whom Harts first album was dedicated. Harts lack of contact and intimacy with his father pained him throughout his life and coloured many of his compositions, Harts first experience as a performing artist came at age 11, when he sang Ben for Tom Jones in Miami. He also recorded songs with Paul Anka in Las Vegas during this time period, in 1980 Hart represented Canada in the World Popular Song Festival in Tokyo, marking his first public performance of original material. Hart also met Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Christopher Cross at the competition, Back in Canada, Hart reached out to Billy Joel who was on tour in the Montreal area at the time. Joels backup band contacted him and Hart ended up recording demos with them in Long Island. Hart worked with several other Canadian studio musicians on demos before finally signing to a label, Aquarius Records. Several songs on his first album, such as The World is Fire, Harts debut album, First Offense, was recorded at Revolution Recording Studios in Manchester, England in the spring of 1982. It was produced by Jon Astley and Phil Chapman, released in 1983, First Offense featured the US Billboard Top 10 hit song Sunglasses at Night and Top 20 follow-up single It Aint Enough. The album went platinum in the United States and quadruple platinum in Canada, First Offense initially received a modest response upon its Canadian release. It was only after garnering US success in the summer of 1984 that he became a superstar in his native Canada and it was slow going in Canada when my album was first released. It had sold around 12,000 copies, I remember sitting dolefully in the Capitol offices in Toronto with Deane Cameron and him making an urgent phone call to EMI in Los Angeles. He was pushing and pleading for a rep of the US label to see me perform liveCorey Hart (singer) – Hart in 1990
23. JBM – Jesse Marchant, better known by his stage name JBM, is a Canadian singer-songwriter. In 2011, he signed a contract with American label Partisan Records. Marchant was born in Montreal, Quebec and he was classically trained in guitar from the age of seven. In 2008, he recorded songs in a studio in Hudson. Marchant has toured with Nathaniel Rateliff, Rogue Wave, Avi Buffalo and he has shared the stage with other singer-songwriters, including St. Vincent, Elvis Perkins and Swedish singer The Tallest Man on Earth. His sound has been compared to that of Jim James, Justin Vernon, Nick Drake, Neil Young, as of 2011, he lived in Brooklyn, New York, Los Angeles, and in New York State. Music critic Nick Gunther described JBMs music as instilling a unique depth of emotion, JBMs song Ambitions & War was described as a honey-of-a-song in Future Sounds magazine, with lyrics about a person who is losing their mind in Los Angeles. Mikela Floyd in Filter magazine described the album as heartfelt compositions reflecting a meticulousJBM – Jesse Marchant
24. Carly Rae Jepsen – Carly Rae Jepsen is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actress. In 2007, she placed third in Canadian Idol season fives competition, Jepsen independently released her debut album, Tug of War, in 2008. In 2011, she released the single Call Me Maybe, which was followed in 2012 by her debut EP, Curiosity, Call Me Maybe reached number one in 18 countries during 2012 and was the years best-selling single worldwide. Jepsens third album, Emotion, was released in 2015, the album was heavily influenced by songs from the 1980s and received critical acclaim. Its lead single I Really Like You reached the top 5 in the United Kingdom, as of May 2015, Jepsen has sold over 20 million records worldwide. Jepsen was born in Mission, British Columbia, the daughter of Alexandra and Larry Jepsen and she attended Heritage Park Secondary School in Mission, where she pursued her early passion for musical theatre by appearing in student productions of Annie, Grease, and The Wiz. She studied musical theatre at the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, after graduating from school, Jepsen held several minimum wage jobs, and worked as a barista and a bartender. She placed third in the show and was part of the Canadian Idol Top 3 concert tour, after the conclusion of the tour, Jepsen returned to British Columbia to focus on writing, recording and completing her band. Her demo recording attracted the attention of music manager Jonathan Simkin, Jepsen struck an independent record deal with MapleMusic Recordings and distribution via Fontana North. In June 2008, Jepsen released her single and another single. Jepsens debut album, Tug of War, was released in September 2008 through MapleCore/Fontana North, the album was produced in its entirety by Ryan Stewart and includes the song Sweet Talker, which Jepsen previously performed at her first Canadian Idol audition. Tug of War was re-released via Jonathan Simkins label 604 Records, with distribution from Universal Music Group, and has since sold 10,000 copies in Canada according to Nielsen SoundScan. The title track Tug of War was released the month as the album and received radio airplay in Canada, followed by the singles Bucket and Sour Candy. The former two singles reached the top 40 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart, in early 2009, Jepsen toured western Canada with Marianas Trench and Shiloh. She then went on a tour with Marianas Trench, The New Cities. Jepsen began recording material for her album in 2011 with Josh Ramsay, Ryan Stewart. The release of Jepsens second album was postponed to allow Call Me Maybe to spread in popularity, although 604 Records issued a six-track EP, Curiosity, Call Me Maybe peaked at number one on the Canadian Hot 100, making Jepsen the fourth Canadian artist to top the chart. In the United States, the single spent nine weeks at one on the Billboard Hot 100Carly Rae Jepsen – Jepsen performing at the 2012 Burlington's Sound of Music Festival
25. Diana Krall – Diana Jean Krall, OC, OBC is a Canadian jazz pianist and singer, known for her contralto vocals. She has sold more than 6 million albums in the US, on December 11,2009, Billboard magazine named her the second Jazz artist of the 2000–09 decade, establishing her as one of the best-selling artists of her time. Krall is the jazz singer to have eight albums debuting at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums. To date, she has won five Grammy Awards and eight Juno Awards and she has also earned nine gold, three platinum, and seven multi-platinum albums. Krall was born on November 16,1964, in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, the daughter of Adella A. an elementary teacher, and Stephen James Jim Krall. Her father played piano at home and her mother sang in a community choir and she was playing piano herself at the age of four and playing jazz in a local restaurant at 15. She went to the Berklee College of Music in Boston on a scholarship before going to Los Angeles to play jazz and she returned to Canada to release her first album in 1993. Kralls mother died of myeloma in 2002, within months of the pianists mentors Ray Brown. Dianas only sibling, Michelle, is a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Krall and British musician Elvis Costello were married on December 6,2003 and their twin sons, Dexter Henry Lorcan and Frank Harlan James, were born December 6,2006, in New York City. In 1993, Krall released her first album, Stepping Out and it caught the attention of producer Tommy LiPuma, who produced her second album, Only Trust Your Heart. Her third album, All for You, A Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio, was nominated for a Grammy, Love Scenes quickly became a hit record with the trio of Krall, Russell Malone and Christian McBride. In August 2000, Krall was paired on a 20-city tour with Tony Bennett and they were paired again for a song on the TV series Spectacle, Elvis Costello with. Orchestral arrangements by Johnny Mandel provided the background on When I Look In Your Eyes, the band mix was kept, following arrangements on The Look of Love created by Claus Ogerman, this record achieved platinum status and reached the top 10 of the Billboard 200. The title track from the album, a cover of the Casino Royale standard popularized in the late 1960s by Dusty Springfield and Sérgio Mendes, in September 2001, Krall began a world tour. Her concert at the Paris Olympia was recorded and released as her first live record, the album included covers of Billy Joels Just The Way You Are and Joni Mitchells A Case Of You. The 2001 movie The Score starring Robert De Niro and Marlon Brando, features a recording of Krall entitled and this song accompanies the films ending Credits and was composed by a fellow Canadian, David Foster. After marrying Costello, she worked with him as a lyricist and started to compose her own songs, the album, released in April 2004, quickly rose to the top five in the United Kingdom and made the Australian top 40 album chartsDiana Krall – Krall at a CD signing in Toronto in September 2007
26. Chantal Kreviazuk – Chantal Jennifer Kreviazuk CM is a Canadian singer-songwriter. She is also a trained pianist, and plays guitar. Kreviazuks debut album, Under These Rocks and Stones, was first issued in Canada in August 1996 before being released in the US June 1997 to critical praise. The album sold over 150,000 copies in Canada according to SoundScan, fueled mostly by the singles Surrounded and God Made Me. Three videos from the album received modest play on the video channel MuchMusic and radio, but it was a fourth, Surrounded and that year, Kreviazuk received her first Juno Award nomination as Best New Artist. She also took part in the 1998 Lilith Fair music festival, in 1999, Kreviazuk released her second album. Titled Colour Moving and Still, it featured tracks written with her new husband, Raine Maida and her third album, What If It All Means Something, was released in 2002. This album also featured collaborations with Maida. The first single, In This Life, was a hit in Canada, Kreviazuk performed the song live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Kreviazuk announced via her blog in August 2005 that she was writing and recording her album in her home studio. The first single off the album, All I Can Do, was available on her official website. On July 24 the album premiered on the Canadian music channel Much More Music along with a behind the scenes special, the album, Ghost Stories, was released August 29,2006. On October 28,2008, she released her first compilation album, Since We Met, on October 13,2009, she released her fifth studio album, Plain Jane. She is featured on a song called Over My Dead Body by fellow Canadian recording artist Drake from his 2011 album Take Care and her first live album, entitled In This Life, was released on July 3,2012. She featured on rapper Jay Rocks track Pay for It, which she performed alongside Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar at Saturday Night Live on November 15,2014. In November 2014, Kreviazuk released a new single called I Will Be, speaking to her desire to want to help those who feel alone and she sang the song live on December 12 on the Toronto radio station 104.5 CHUM FM. Kreviazuks work has appeared on soundtracks for films and television shows. In 1998, Kreviazuk scored her only hit to date with a cover of Leaving on a Jet PlaneChantal Kreviazuk – Chantal Kreviazuk during a September 2007 performance at Jackson-Triggs Winery (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada)
27. Avril Lavigne – Avril Ramona Lavigne is a Canadian singer-songwriter and actress. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain, by 16, in 2002 she released her debut album, Let Go, emphasising a skate punk persona which earned her honorific titles including The Pop Punk Princess. Since her professional debut, Lavigne has sold more than 40 million albums, Lavigne is considered a key musician in the development of pop punk music since she paved the way for female-driven punk-influenced pop music. Let Go made Lavigne the youngest female soloist to reach number 1 in the UK, as of 2013, it has sold nearly 7 million copies in the United States and over 20 million copies worldwide. Her breakthrough single, Complicated, peaked at number 1 in many countries around the world, as did the album Let Go. Her second studio album, Under My Skin, was released in May 2004 and was her first album to peak at number 1 on the US Billboard 200, eventually selling more than 12 million copies worldwide. Lavigne has scored six number-one singles worldwide, including Complicated, Sk8er Boi, Im with You, My Happy Ending, Nobodys Home, Lavigne is one of the top-selling artists releasing albums in the US, with over 12 million copies certified by the RIAA. Her fourth studio album, Goodbye Lullaby, was released in March 2011, Goodbye Lullaby gave Lavigne her fourth top 10 album on the US Billboard 200 and the UK Albums Chart and her third number 1 album in both Japan and Australia. Lavigne took a break from recording music, pursuing careers in film acting and designing clothes and perfumes. She voiced Heather, a Virginia opossum, in the animated film Over the Hedge in 2006 and that same year, she made her on-screen feature film debut in Fast Food Nation. In July 2006, Lavigne married her boyfriend of two years, Deryck Whibley, lead singer and guitarist for Sum 41, in October 2009, Lavigne filed for divorce. Whibley and Lavigne continued to work together, with Whibley producing her album, as well as Lavignes single Alice. Lavigne was born in Belleville, Ontario, Canada and her mother is of English, Scottish, and German descent, and her father, Jean-Claude Joseph Lavigne, is of French-Canadian origin. She was named Avril by her father after the French word for the month of April and he and Lavignes mother, Judy, recognized their childs vocal abilities when she was two years old and sang Jesus Loves Me on the way home from church. Lavigne has a brother, Matthew, and a younger sister, Michelle. My brother used to knock on the wall because I used to sing myself to sleep, when Lavigne was five years old, the family moved to Greater Napanee, Ontario, a town with a population of approximately 5,000. In school, she was kicked out of class for misbehaving. When Lavigne was 14 years old, her parents took her to karaoke sessions, Lavigne also performed at country fairs, singing songs by Garth Brooks, the Dixie Chicks, and Shania TwainAvril Lavigne – Avril Lavigne at the 2007 MuchMusic Video Awards red carpet
28. Joni Mitchell – Roberta Joan Joni Mitchell, CC is a Canadian singer-songwriter and painter. Drawing from folk, pop, rock and jazz, Mitchells songs often reflect social and environmental ideals as well as her feelings about romance, confusion, disillusionment, Mitchell began singing in small nightclubs in Saskatchewan and western Canada before busking in the streets and shoddy nightclubs of Toronto. In 1965, she moved to the United States and began touring, some of her original songs were covered by folk singers, allowing her to sign with Reprise Records and record her debut album in 1968. Settling in Southern California, Mitchell, with songs like Big Yellow Taxi and Woodstock, helped define an era. Her 1971 recording Blue was rated the 30th best album made in Rolling Stones list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Mitchell switched labels and began moving toward jazz rhythms by way of lush pop textures on 1974s Court and Spark, her best-selling LP, featuring the radio hits Help Me, around 1975 her vocal range began to shift from mezzo-soprano to more of a wide-ranging contralto. She turned again toward pop, embraced electronic music, and engaged in political protest and she is the sole producer credited on most of her albums, including all her work in the 1970s. A blunt critic of the industry, she quit touring and released her 17th. With roots in art, Mitchell designed her own album covers. She describes herself as a painter derailed by circumstance, Mitchell was born Roberta Joan Anderson on November 7,1943, in Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada, the daughter of Myrtle Marguerite and William Andrew Anderson. Her mothers ancestors were Scottish and Irish, her father was from a Norwegian family and her father was a Royal Canadian Air Force flight lieutenant who instructed new pilots at RCAF Station Fort Macleod, where the Allied forces were gathering to learn to fly during World War II. During those years, she moved with her parents to various bases in western Canada, after the war, her father began working as a grocer, and his work took the family to Saskatchewan, to the towns of Maidstone and North Battleford. She later sang about her upbringing in Song for Sharon. In Maidstone they lived beside the track, where Mitchell waved at the only train that passed through each day. Many of the residents were First Nations people. Mitchell seemed athletic rather than academic, but still responded to her mothers love of literature and her fathers love of music, at age nine, Mitchell contracted polio in an epidemic, and was hospitalised for weeks. No longer athletic, she turned her thoughts to her creative talent, by nine, she was a smoker, she denies claims that smoking has affected her voice. At 11, she moved with her family to the city of Saskatoon and she responded badly to formal education, preferring a freethinking outlook, and was drawn to art, a pursuit often regarded as peripheral at the timeJoni Mitchell – Mitchell performing in 1983
29. Cory Monteith – Cory Allan Michael Monteith was a Canadian actor and musician, known for his role as Finn Hudson on the Fox television series Glee. As an actor based in British Columbia, Monteith had minor roles on television series before an audition tape of him singing Cant Fight This Feeling resulted in him being cast on Glee. Following his success on Glee, Monteiths film work included the movie Monte Carlo, Monteith had a troubled adolescence involving substance abuse from age 13, he left school at age 16. After an intervention by family and friends he entered drug rehabilitation at age 19, in a 2011 interview with Parade magazine, he discussed his history of substance abuse as a teen, and in March 2013, he again sought treatment for addiction. On July 13,2013, he died of a combination of heroin. He had a brother named Shaun. Monteiths parents divorced when he was seven years old, and he and his brother were raised by their mother in Victoria. After the divorce he saw little of his due to Joe Monteiths military service. From age 13, he used alcohol and marijuana and started being truant from school, after attending 16 schools, including alternative programs for troubled teens, Monteith dropped out altogether at age 16. By that time, his drug and alcohol dependency had increased and Monteith turned to petty crimes, such as stealing money from friends and family and his mother and a group of friends staged an intervention when he was 19, and he began attending a rehabilitation program. Monteith stated, Im lucky on so many counts and he eventually received his high school diploma in 2011 from an alternative school he attended in his youth in Victoria. Before breaking into show business, Monteith worked various jobs, including Walmart people greeter, taxicab driver, mechanic, school bus driver, Monteith began his acting career in Vancouver, British Columbia. He played minor roles in Final Destination 3, Whisper, and he had a recurring role in Kyle XY. He also made guest appearances in television such as Smallville, Supernatural, Flash Gordon, Stargate Atlantis. In 2005, he appeared in Killer Bash, about a tormented geeks soul that was taking revenge on his murderers children by taking over a girls twin body, the following year, he made a brief appearance in Urban Legend, a Bloody Mary. Monteith did acting classes with Anthony Meindl, in 2007, he starred in the MTV series Kaya as Gunnar. In April 2010, Monteith was cast in the comedy movie Monte Carlo. In December 2010, it was announced that Monteith would be starring in, in January 2011, Monteith shot the film Sisters & Brothers with Dustin Milligan, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11,2011Cory Monteith – Monteith at Westfield Sydney shopping centre, December 2011
30. George Nozuka – George Nozuka is a Canadian-American R&B singer of mixed Caucasian and Japanese descent. He is best known for his single Talk to Me, which peaked at No.1 on the MuchMusic music-video countdown in October 2006, Nozuka released his debut album Believe in 2007 under the mononym George. The album was produced by Perry Alexander, Roy Royalty Hamilton, and Anthony M. Jones, three tracks became hits, Talk to Me, Lie to Me, and Last Time. Music videos for the songs were directed by RT. and appeared on the charts of Canadas specialized music cable channel MuchMusic, in 2012, Nozuka released a mixtape titled Love Me. For the mixtape and later works, he began using his full name, in 2013, he released a studio album called Beautiful, along with a music video for the first single from the album, called Dont Go. Through the Canadian section of Plan, Nozuka was involved in a documentary about restavecs, Nozuka produced the song Hurting Child for the documentary. With You Remix by JDiggz and Drake Nozuka co-wrote Home This Christmas for Justin Bieber, Nozuka is one of seven children of Canadian mother Holly Sedgwick and Japanese father Hiromitsu Nozuka. Sedgwick raised Nozuka and his six siblings as a single mother, Nozuka is the older brother of the musicians Justin Nozuka and Henry Nozuka, and the actor Philip Nozuka. Nozukas aunt, his mothers half-sister, is the actress Kyra Sedgwick, youTube channel George Nozuka at the Internet Movie DatabaseGeorge Nozuka – George Nozuka
31. Neil Peart – Neil Ellwood Peart, OC, is a Canadian-American musician and author, best known as the drummer and primary lyricist for the rock band Rush. Peart has received awards for his musical performances, including an induction into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1983. He is known for his proficiency and stamina. Peart grew up in Port Dalhousie, Ontario, during adolescence, he floated between regional bands in pursuit of a career as a full-time drummer. After a discouraging stint in England to concentrate on his music, Peart returned home, early in his career, Pearts performance style was deeply rooted in hard rock. He drew most of his inspiration from such as Keith Moon and John Bonham. As time passed, he began to emulate jazz and big band musicians Gene Krupa, in 1994, Peart became a friend and pupil of jazz instructor Freddie Gruber. It was during this time that Peart decided to revamp his playing style by incorporating jazz, Gruber was also responsible for introducing him to the products of Drum Workshop, the company whose products Peart currently endorses. In addition to being a musician, Peart has published several memoirs about his travels, Peart is also Rushs primary lyricist. In writing lyrics for Rush, Peart addresses universal themes and diverse subject matter including science fiction, fantasy, all five of his books are travel-based non-fiction, though they diverge into his life and these subjects as well. Peart currently resides in Santa Monica, California, with his wife, photographer Carrie Nuttall and he also has a home in the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec, Canada, and spends time in Toronto for recording purposes. On December 7,2015, Peart announced his retirement from music in an interview with Drumhead Magazine, Peart was born in a Hamilton hospital to Glen and Betty Peart and lived his early years on his familys farm in Hagersville, on the outskirts of Hamilton. The first child of four, his brother Danny and sisters Judy, at this time his father became parts manager for Dalziel Equipment, an International Harvester farm machinery dealer. In 1956 the family moved to the Port Dalhousie area of the town, Peart attended Gracefield School and later Lakeport Secondary School, and describes his childhood as happy and says he experienced a warm family life. His first exposure to musical training came in the form of piano lessons and his parents bought him a drum kit for his fourteenth birthday and he began taking lessons from Don George at the Peninsula Conservatory of Music. His stage debut took place that year at the schools Christmas pageant in St. Johns Anglican Church Hall in Port Dalhousie and his next appearance was at Lakeport High School with his first group, The Eternal Triangle. This performance contained an original number titled LSD Forever, at this show he performed his first solo. Peart got a job in Lakeside Park, in Port Dalhousie on the shores of Lake Ontario and he worked on the Bubble Game and Ball Toss, but his tendency to take it easy when business was slack resulted in his terminationNeil Peart – Peart performing at the Air Canada Centre on October 16, 2012.
32. Robbie Robertson – Jaime Royal Robbie Robertson, OC, is a Canadian musician, songwriter, film composer, producer, actor, and author. Robertson is best known for his work as lead guitarist and primary songwriter for The Band and his work with The Band was instrumental in creating the Americana music genre. He is ranked 59th in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 greatest guitarists. As a songwriter, Robertson is credited for writing The Weight, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, Up on Cripple Creek, Broken Arrow, Somewhere Down the Crazy River, and many others. Robertson has been inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, as a film soundtrack producer and composer, Robertson is best known for his numerous collaborations with director Martin Scorsese. His working relationship with Scorsese began with the influential rockumentary film The Last Waltz and he has also worked on many other soundtracks for film and television. Robertson was born in Toronto, an only child and his mother, Rosemarie Dolly Myke Chrysler, was a Mohawk raised on the Six Nations Reserve southwest of Toronto, Ontario. In her early life as an orphan, Chrysler lived with an aunt in Toronto. Robertsons biological father was Alexander David Klegerman, a Jewish professional gambler, Klegerman was killed in a hit-and-run accident as he was changing a tire on the Queen Elizabeth Way. Robertsons mother married James Patrick Robertson, a co-worker at the jewelry plating factory, Robertson earned his nickname from teachers and students at school, who started calling him Robbie in reference to his last name. As a child, Robertsons mother would travel with her son to the Six Nations Reserve to visit her family. These two experiences would impact Robertsons view of Americana, influencing The Band song Life is a Carnival and the movie Carny, Robertson began playing in bands in 1957 with his friend Pete Thumper Traynor, who would later found Traynor Amplifiers. Traynor customized Robertsons guitar for The Robots, fitting it with antennae, after Robbie and The Robots, Robertson played with Little Caesar and the Consuls, and with the Traynor-led combo The Suedes, which featured Scott Cushnie on piano. Robertson became a fan of the Arkansas-based rockabilly group Ronnie Hawkins, Hawkins took a liking to Robertson and would have him run errands for the Hawks. Hawkins hired pianist Scott Cushnie away from The Suedes, and took him on tour with Ronnie Hawkins, when The Hawks bass player left the group, Cushnie recommended that Hawkins hire Robertson to replace him on bass. Hawkins invited Robertson to come to Arkansas, and then flew to the UK to perform on television there, meanwhile, Robertson spent his living allowance on records and practiced intensively each day. Upon returning, Hawkins was amazed at Robertsons progress and hired him to play bass, Cushnie left the band a few months after joining them, and Robertson soon switched over from bass to playing lead guitar for The Hawks. Robertson soon developed into a guitar virtuoso, Levon Helm was already a member of the Hawks and soon became close friends with RobertsonRobbie Robertson – Robertson performing on stage at the Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2007
33. Buffy Sainte-Marie – Buffy Sainte-Marie, OC is a Native Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, composer, visual artist, educator, pacifist, and social activist. Throughout her career in all of areas, her work has focused on issues of indigenous peoples of the Americas. Her singing and writing also includes subjects of love, war, religion. In 1997 she founded the Cradleboard Teaching Project, an educational curriculum devoted to better understanding Native Americans and she has won recognition and many awards and honours for both her music and her work in education and social activism. Buffy Sainte-Marie was born in 1941 on the Piapot Plains Cree First Nation Reserve in the QuAppelle Valley, Saskatchewan and she was later adopted, growing up in Massachusetts, with parents Albert and Winifred Sainte-Marie. She attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, earning degrees in teaching and Oriental philosophy and she went on to earn a Ph. D in Fine Art from the University of Massachusetts. In 1968 she married surfing teacher Dewain Bugbee of Hawaii, they divorced in 1971 and she married Sheldon Wolfchild from Minnesota in 1975, they have a son, Dakota Cody Starblanket Wolfchild. That union also ended in divorce and she married her co-writer for Up Where We Belong, Jack Nitzsche, on March 19,1982. He died from an attack on August 25,2000. As of 2007, she lives in Hawaii, in 1992, she appeared in the musical event prelude to the Baháí World Congress, a double concert Live Unity, The Sound of the World in 1992 with video broadcast and documentary. In the video documentary of the event Sainte-Marie is seen on the Dini Petty Show explaining the Baháí teaching of progressive revelation and she also appears in the 1985 video Mona With The Children by Douglas John Cameron. However, while she supports a universal sense of religion, she does not subscribe to any particular religion. I gave a lot of support to Baháí people in the 80s and 90s … Baháí people, … I have a huge religious faith or spiritual faith but I feel as though religion … is the first thing that racketeers exploit. … But that doesnt turn me against religion … Sainte-Marie played piano and guitar, self-taught, in her childhood, in college some of her songs, Ananias, the Indian lament, Now That the Buffalos Gone and Mayoo Sto Hoon were already in her repertoire. Also in 1963, she witnessed wounded soldiers returning from Vietnam at a time when the U. S and she was subsequently named Billboard Magazines Best New Artist. Some of her songs such as Now That The Buffalos Gone, in 1967, she released Fire and Fleet and Candlelight, which contained her interpretation of the traditional Yorkshire dialect song Lyke Wake Dirge. Sainte-Maries other well-known songs include Mister Cant You See, Hes an Indian Cowboy in the Rodeo, in the late 1960s, she used a Buchla synthesizer to record the album Illuminations, which did not receive much notice. It was the first totally quadraphonic electronic vocal album ever, in late 1975, Sainte Marie received a phone call from Sesame Street producer Dulcy Singer to appear on the show for a one-shot guest appearanceBuffy Sainte-Marie – Sainte-Marie in 1970
34. Bryce Soderberg – Bryce Dane Soderberg is a Canadian musician and songwriter, best known as the bassist and vocalist for American rock band Lifehouse. Bryce Soderberg was born in Victoria, British Columbia, and raised just outside Victoria in the Municipality of Sooke and he started playing bass at a young age and developed his musicianship mostly in his basement with his two brothers and their band. In 2002, he joined Elektra recording artists AM Radio, under the management of Rivers Cuomo, after Elektra Records folded, AM Radio disbanded. During this time, as a vocalist/songwriter he performed with The Celebrities, in August 2004, Soderberg joined Lifehouse after a recommendation from former member Sean Woolstenhulme. After joining, Soderberg and his bandmates toured and released the self-titled Lifehouse and their single You and Me was #1 on American adult contemporary and Hot AC formats. Between touring, Lifehouse released their album, Who We Are, on June 19,2007. Soderberg sings lead and co-wrote the track Wrecking Ball on Smoke, Soderberg plays Rickenbacker and Fender basses through Ampeg SVT Classic Heads and 8x10 cabs. He also performs as the vocals for the song Bridges on some live performances. On the bands album, Smoke & Mirrors, he performs the lead vocals on the song Wrecking Ball and shares lead vocals duties on the song Here Tomorrow. Along with members Pelle Hillström and Kris Persson, Soderberg has a side project based in Los Angeles called KOMOX. They launched a Pledgemusic campaign in September 2014 and released Dreaming Awake, during the week of January 3,2016. A reworked version of Soderbergs song Stardust, cowritten with Hillström for the KOMOX project, appears on Lifehouses 2015 album Out of the WastelandBryce Soderberg – Soderberg performing with Lifehouse in Norfolk, Nebraska in 2013
35. Lucille Starr – Lucille Starr is a Canadian Franco-Manitoban / British Columbian singer, songwriter, and yodeler best known for her 1964 hit single, Quand Le Soleil Dit Bonjour Aux Montagnes. Starr was born Lucille Marie Raymonde Savoie in St. Boniface and she was raised in Port Coquitlam and Coquitlams Francophone community of Maillardville, British Columbia, where she learned to play guitar, bass and mandolin. Savoie started her career with the local group Les Hirondelles. She met and married country singer Bob Regan, and, using the stage name Lucille Starr, at A&M Records, Starr recorded a song called The French Song that was produced by Herb Alpert. It was recorded in both French and English, in 1964, at a time when The Beatles dominated the music charts, The French Song was an international success that made Starr the first Canadian artist to have a record sell over a million copies. The popularity of the led to a tour of the United States and appearing on the Louisiana Hayride radio show. Selling sold over one million copies, it was awarded a gold disc, in 1967, Starr and her Canadian Sweethearts duo signed a recording contract with Epic Records in Nashville, Tennessee. Divorced from her husband, their collaboration ended in 1977. Although she never again had a hit of the magnitude of The French Song, Starr enjoyed a long and prosperous career recording primarily in English but also in French and Spanish. For the most part she sang country music, becoming the first female inducted into the Canadian Country Music Association’s Hall of Honor in 1987. A capable yodeler, she was hired to do the yodeling for the Cousin Pearl character on several segments of the hit TV series, The Beverly Hillbillies. Back to You, the Life and Music of Lucille Starr, in her honour, a street in the city of Coquitlam, British Columbia was named Lucille Starr Way. Canadian Records, A Discography & Price Guide of Canadian 45s & LPs from 1955 to 1975, Andre Gibeault,1987 Encyclopedia of Music in Canada - Starr, LucilleLucille Starr – Lucille Starr (1965)
36. Eva Tanguay – Eva Tanguay was a Canadian singer and entertainer who billed herself as the girl who made vaudeville famous. Eva Tanguay was born in 1878 in Marbleton, Quebec, before she reached the age of six, her family moved from Quebecs Eastern Townships to Holyoke, Massachusetts. While still a child she developed an interest in the performing arts, two years later, she was touring professionally with a production of a stage adaptation of the popular novel Little Lord Fauntleroy. Eva eventually landed a spot in the Broadway musical My Lady in 1901, the 1904 show The Chaperons led to her rise in popularity. By 1905, she was performing in vaudeville as a solo act. Although she possessed only a voice, the enthusiasm with which the robust Eva Tanguay performed her suggestive songs soon made her an audience favorite. After seeing her perform, English poet and sexual revolutionary Aleister Crowley called Tanguay Americas equivalent to Europes music hall greats, Marie Lloyd of England, the American Genius, he wrote, is unlike all others. The cultured artist, in country, is always a mediocrity. The true American is, above all things, FREE, with all the advantages and disadvantages that that implies and his genius is a soul lonely, disolate, reaching to perfection in some unguessed direction. Eva Tanguay is the perfect American artist, starry chaste in her colossal corruption. In showbiz circles, she was nicknamed the I Dont Care Girl, after her most famous song, Eva requested that the musical number Moving Day in Jungle Town be taken from rising talent Sophie Tucker and given to her. Despite this, the two became close friends. Tanguay spent lavishly on publicity campaigns and costumes, one obituary notes that a clever manager told Tanguay early in her career that money made money. She never forgot the lesson, buying huge ads at her own expense and, on one occasion, gaining free publicity with outrageous behavior was one of her strong suits. In 1907, Eva shacked up with entertainment journalist and publicist C. F. Zittel in a Brooklyn hotel for nearly a week—despite the fact that Zittel was married, mrs. Zittel uncovered the affair by hiring detectives dressed as room-service bellhops to burst in on their love nest. It made headlines and in no way damaged Evas popularity, reputation and she got her name in the papers for allegedly being kidnapped, allegedly having her jewels stolen, and getting fined $50 in Louisville, Kentucky for throwing a stagehand down a flight of stairs. Her costumes were as extravagant as her personality, in 1910, a year after the Lincoln penny was issued, Tanguay appeared on stage in a coat entirely covered in the new coins. Other costumes included a dress covered in coral which weighed 45 pounds and cost $2000, Tanguay only made one known recording in 1922 for Nordskog RecordsEva Tanguay – Eva Tanguay, ca. 1898
37. The Weeknd – Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, known professionally as The Weeknd, is a Canadian singer, songwriter and record producer. In late 2010, Tesfaye anonymously uploaded several songs to YouTube under the name The Weeknd and he released three nine-track mixtapes throughout 2011, House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence, which were critically acclaimed. In 2012, he released a compilation album Trilogy, thirty tracks consisting of the remastered mixtapes and it was released under Republic Records and his own label XO. In 2013, he released his studio album Kiss Land. The songs have held the top three spots on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart, making him the first artist in history to achieve this. The Weeknd has won two Grammy Awards and nine Juno Awards, in September 2016, the release of the third album Starboy was announced along with the release of the title track single Starboy, which subsequently reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Abel Makkonen Tesfaye was born on 16 February 1990, in Scarborough, Ontario and he is the only child of Makkonen and Samra Tesfaye, who were Ethiopian migrants to Canada in the 1980s. He was raised in Scarborough, a neighborhood within the city. During his youth, his mother would work several jobs to support the family, often as a nurse and caterer, while also attending night school. His father later abandoned the family, prompting his grandmother to take care for him and his paternal cousin Issam Nazar. This allowed him to become fluent in Amharic, with the Semitic language acting as his first language and she would also take him to services at an Ethiopian Orthodox church. He started smoking marijuana at age 11, and later moved on to hard drugs, describing his teenage years as KIDS without the AIDS, he would shoplift from the local supermarket with his cousin Issam, and began using MDMA, Xanax, cocaine, psilocybin and ketamine. He attended West Hill Collegiate Institute and Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute, the spelling was modified to avoid trademark issues with the Canadian band The Weekend. Tesfaye met producer Jeremy Rose, who had an idea for a dark R&B musical project called The Weeknd. After trying to pitch the idea to musician Curtis Santiago, Rose played one of his instrumentals for Tesfaye, who freestyled over it, and they began working on an album. He produced three songs – What You Need, Loft Music, and The Morning – and others that Tesfaye rapped on, Rose let Tesfaye keep the tracks he had produced under the condition that he would ultimately be credited for them. However, in December 2010, Tesfaye uploaded What You Need, Loft Music and The Morning to YouTube under the name The Weeknd, though his identity was initially unknown. The songs drew attention online through word of mouth, including a blog featuring the songs posted by rapper Drake and they subsequently received coverage from outlets such as Pitchfork Media and The New York TimesThe Weeknd – The Weeknd performing at Bumbershoot 2015
38. Matt Thiessen – With Relient K, he has released eight full-length albums, including three that were certified Gold, and three that peaked in the top twenty on the Billboard 200. Outside of his work with Relient K, Thiessen maintains a low-profile side project called Matthew Thiessen, in 2009, he co-produced and collaborated on Owl Citys album Ocean Eyes. Thiessen founded Relient K in 1998, with guitarist Matt Hoopes, and bassist Brian Pittman, the recording attracted the interest of Toby McKeehan who signed the band to his label Gotee Records. Between the years 2000 and 2003, Gotee released three albums, one Christmas album, and four EPs with Relient K. In 2004, their fourth album Mmhmm was released on both Capitol Records and Gotee, and peaked at fifteen on the Billboard 200. After recording another EP in 2005, Mmhmm and Two Lefts Dont Make a Right. but Three Do, their 2003 album, were certified gold, followed by their 2001 album The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek in 2006. In 2007, Gotee, Capitol, and EMI released Relient Ks fifth studio album, Five Score and Seven Years Ago, Thiessen and the other members of Relient K have taken up A&R positions for the label as part of the record deal. For all of Relient Ks history, Thiessen has been the lead vocalist, frontman, guitarist, primary songwriter, because of this position of musical leader, he maintains the most creative and artistic control of the band members. He has also credited with piano in most releases, beginning with The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek in 2001. Since the release of Mmhmm in 2004, his piano playing started becoming more prominent, in addition to being in Relient K, Thiessen plays in his own solo piano project called Matthew Thiessen and the Earthquakes. In 2010, after the release and supporting tour of Forget and Not Slow Down, although he had previously expressed interest in recording a studio release, he had placed his priority on Relient K, and relegated his solo work to his free time. Thiessen has occasionally collaborated with Jon Foreman of Switchfoot, after initial interest in recording vocals for a Switchfoot song, it instead worked out for Foreman to contribute vocals for the Relient K song Deathbed from Five Score and Seven Years Ago. He later contributed songwriting and vocals to the Switchfoot release Rebuild in 2007, in conjunction for the Appetite for Construction Tour. In 2009, he contributed vocals, songwriting, and production to Owl Citys major-label debut Ocean Eyes, lead single Fireflies reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in late October. Thiessen continues to work with Owl Citys Adam Young and contributes vocals to Plant Life and he also co-wrote Good Time with Owl City and Brian Lee. Thiessen has also made guest contributions on a number of releases with other artists, including Blackbear, John Reuben, tobyMac, Thiessen has received piano lessons since he was seven years old, with early interests in ragtime and Scott Joplin, specifically the soundtrack from The Sting. He taught himself guitar at the age of fourteen by learning to play songs by bands like Silverchair. Thiessen does not use guitar picks while playing, he uses his thumbMatt Thiessen – Thiessen performing at Wonder Jam 2009, at Canada's Wonderland
39. Pat Travers – Patrick Henry Pat Travers is a Canadian rock guitarist, keyboardist and singer who began his recording career with Polydor Records in the mid-1970s. Kirk Hammett of Metallica has cited him as one of his favorite guitar players, Pat Travers was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. Soon after picking up the guitar at age 12, he saw Jimi Hendrix perform in Ottawa, Travers began playing in bands early in his teens, his first bands were the Music Machine, Red Hot, and Merge, which played in clubs in the Quebec area. While performing with Merge, he was noticed by rock artist Ronnie Hawkins, in his early twenties Travers moved to London and signed a recording contract with the Polydor label. His self-titled debut album was released in 1976, and featured bassist Peter Mars Cowling, an appearance on the German TV show Rockpalast in November 1976 was later released on DVD under the title Hooked on Music. This performance showcases an early version of Travers band featuring Cowling and this grouping featured Travers on vocals and guitar, Pat Thrall on guitar, Cowling on bass, and Tommy Aldridge on drums and percussion. The band toured heavily, also supporting Rush on their Drive til You Die tour in support of A Farewell to Kings. The guitar Travers most often appeared with on stage and on album covers in the early years was a 1964/65 model double cutaway. The bands next release was an album entitled Live. Go for What You Know, which charted in the Top 40 in the United States and included the tune Boom Boom, snortin Whiskey was a major American radio hit from 1980s Crash and Burn and Travers began the 1980s as a hot item in the hard rock music scene. After an appearance before 35,000 people at the Reading Music Festival in England, Travers and Cowling teamed up with drummer Sandy Gennaro and released Radio Active that same year. A co-headlining tour with Rainbow followed, and the two performed in major arenas across North America. Although the tour was Travers most successful outing, the Radio Active album barely made it into the Top 40. It was much different than Travers previous work, with emphasis on keyboards than heavy guitars. Disappointed with the lack of sales, Polydor dropped Travers from their roster and he won the lawsuit, and was able to release Black Pearl in 1982. Hot Shot was Travers last major release of original music. One of Travers best-recorded projects, it went basically unnoticed and is best remembered for the single Killer, in 1984, Travers was again supporting Rush. Alex Lifeson is one of Travers many admirers, before the release of Hot Shot, longtime bassist Cowling left the band, and Travers would work with several different bassists including Cliff Jordan and Donni Hughes until Cowlings return in 1989Pat Travers – Travers (3rd from left), with the group Azmyth
40. Vampire Rodents – Vampire Rodents was the name of a sound collage and experimental music ensemble based out of Phoenix, Arizona, although its core members originally came from Canada. The creative nucleus of the project comprised vocalist and composer Daniel Vahnke, Daniel Vahnke was primarily influenced by 20th-century classical and avant-garde music, whereas Wulf drew from new age, ambient and synth-driven pop music. Their work also dabbled in big band, bebop, musique concrète, industrial, electro, Indian classical, Vampire Rodents debuted with War Music, an album that showcased their knack for dark humor and experimentation with the pop and industrial music format. Premonition, recorded with violinist and cellist Andrea Akastia, revealed the bands artistic ambitious and interest in musique concrète and ambient music. Considered by some to be the magnum opus, Lullaby Land further expanded the sound with the inclusion of additional musicians, house beats, swing rhythms. The final album, Gravitys Rim, returned to the aggressive and sardonic nature of past work while emphasizing dense string. Vampire Rodents last recodings were made in 1996 when Vahnke was preparing the follow-up to Gravitys Rim, legal issues with Fifth Colvmn Records unexpectedly halted activity and the project was put on hiatus. After over a decade of inactivity, Daniel Vahnke officially announced his musical retirement, in 2016, Vahnke established an official youtube page titled Rodentia Productions and began issuing unreleased material with the suggestion that it would be made available for purchase. Composers Daniel Vahnke and Victor Wulf met while studying anthropology at the university of Toronto, Victor had been composing film music under pseudonyms since 1977 and was composing experimental pop track with samplers during the 80s. Daniel had been working on piano pieces based on Chinese character stroke analysis since 1986. They began collaborating in 1987 and composed several independent films scores together and they named the project Vampire Rodents after an animal skull with two large incisors that Vahnke discovered on an Anthropological dig in Arizona. By 1989, the duo had relocated to Phoenix, Arizona and enlisted the aid of Karl Geist on bass guitar and keyboards, Ivan Koci on guitar, recording for War Music was completed in January 1990. Vahnke chose to compose and record under an alias, and was credited as Anton Rathausen on every Vampire Rodent release and he would use the alias when being interviewed and would ask that the interviewer address Vahnke and Rathausen as separate people. Like other industrial rock at the time, the compositions of War Music made heavy use of sampled movie, because of this, coupled with Vahnkes vocal technique, publications drew comparisons between the Rodents music and that of early Skinny Puppy. The album also received attention for the lyrics, which utilized dark humor to sardonically critique Western culture, Geist left the band after the release of War Music, opting to seek employment with the Bristol-based label Words of Warning. Vahnke and Wulf realized the merit of their project and began moving away from the mock industrial rock of War Music to draw inspiration from musique concrète. In 1991 the duo issued a cassette tape titled Premonition. Premonition was expanded and completed in 1992 with violinist and cellist Andrea Akastia, the album garnered further praise from critics and the band began to receive wider notice, with tracks such as Sitio receiving airplay on the college radio stationsVampire Rodents – Vampire Rodents circa 1993. From left to right: Victor Wulf, Andrea Akastia, and Daniel Vahnke.
41. Indre Viskontas – Indre Viskontas is a Lithuanian-Canadian neuroscientist and operatic soprano. She holds a Ph. D. in cognitive neuroscience and a M. M. in opera, viskontass parents emigrated from Lithuania to Canada just after World War II, and Viskontas herself grew up in Toronto. Viskontass research has explored the neurological basis of memory, reasoning and self-identity and this is an appealing area to study, according to Viskontas, because it allows her to marvel at whats magnificent about the brain rather than just bemoan whats been lost when things go awry. She has published over 30 research articles and book chapters, Viskontas is affiliated with the Memory and Aging Program at the University of California at San Francisco and is an editor of the journal Neurocase. Viskontas has studied opera since she was a child and performed for the Canadian Opera Company when she was only 11 years old. She continued to study music throughout her life even while working towards her Ph. D. in neuroscience, upon receiving her Ph. D. she began working on her Master of Music degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She earned that degree in 2008, once again graduating as her class valedictorian and she is a frequent soloist with many San Francisco chamber groups and is the co-founder and director of Vocallective, an organization of musicians that promotes the art of vocal chamber music. Six episodes aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network beginning in January 2011, the show examined mysterious events from both a scientific view and a faith-based view. The shows topics included claims of supernatural healing and other reported miracles, according to Viskontas, her role on Miracle Detectives was to get people to think more deeply about what they believe without threat or disrespect. In 2012 Viskontas joined Chris Mooney as co-host of Point of Inquiry, The Radio Show, in June 2013 Viskontas, Mooney, and producer show producer Adam Isaak resigned from the Center for Inquiry and announced plans for a new podcast. The first episode of the new podcast, Inquiring Minds, was released in September 2013, Viskontas has appeared on several other television shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Entertainment Tonight, CNN, Access Hollywood, E. and TV Guide. She has contributed to several well-known podcasts including Token Skeptic, This Week in Science, Viskontas participated in a panel discussion on skepticism and the media at the 2011 Committee for Skeptical Inquiry convention CSICon in New Orleans. She participated again at CSICon 2012 in Nashville on a discussion on memory. Personal Web Page Video, The Alissa Grimaldi Performance Series - Come Scoglio featuring Indre Viskontas Clip from Miracle Detectives on The Oprah Winfrey NetworkIndre Viskontas – Indre Viskontas
42. Deryck Whibley – Deryck Jason Whibley is a Canadian musician and producer, best known for his work as the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, keyboardist, main songwriter and producer of the rock band Sum 41. Following drummer Steve Joczs departure on April 17,2013, Whibley is now the member of Sum 41. He lived with his mother, Michelle, who moved from one place to another during his childhood, finally they stayed in Ajax, Ontario, Canada, where he spent his adolescence. In 1999, the signed an international record deal with Island Records. The band released their album, Half Hour of Power in 2000. All Killer No Filler was certified platinum in the United States, Canada, the band has since released four more studio albums, Does This Look Infected. Chuck Underclass Hero, Screaming Bloody Murder and 13 Voices The three albums before Screaming Bloody Murder have been certified platinum in Canada, the band often performs more than 300 times each year and holds long global tours, most of which last more than a year. They have been nominated for seven Juno Awards and have won twice and their fifth studio album, Screaming Bloody Murder, was released on March 29,2011. During the Screaming Bloody Murder Tour, the band added Deryck Whibleys cousin Matt Whibley on keyboard, besides Sum 41, Whibley developed a professional career in the music industry as producer and manager. Deryck was part of Bunk Rock Music, a music management and he produced for No Warning with the company as well. Since parting ways with Greig Nori, he sold his part of the company in early 2005. During the Sum 41 hiatus in 2005 and 2006, he worked with Tommy Lee on guitar and backing vocals for his album, Tommyland, The Ride, and A Million in Prizes, The Anthology with Iggy Pop. He worked as the producer of We Have an Emergency, the album by Sum 41 co-member Jason McCaslins side project The Operation M. D. In 2007, he mixed the album of the band Permanent Me. He was also involved with the Avril Lavigne album, The Best Damn Thing, besides his musical career, he has worked on occasion as an actor. He portrayed the character Tony in the movie, Dirty Love, in November 2007, Whibley suffered a herniated disc while drumming on the song Pain for Pleasure. On the Operation M. D. s second album Birds + Bee Stings and he also played keyboards and piano on the same track. Deryck has also joined the live, playing guitar on this song, on December 21,2010Deryck Whibley – Deryck Whibley at the Kubana fest in 2012
43. Neil Young – Neil Percival Young, OC OM, is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, producer, director and screenwriter. Young began performing in a group covering Shadows instrumentals in Canada in 1960, in 1966, after a brief stint with the Rick James-fronted Mynah Birds, he moved to Los Angeles, where he formed Buffalo Springfield with Stephen Stills, Richie Furay and others. Young had released two albums by the time he joined Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1969, in addition to two as a member of Buffalo Springfield. From his early albums and those with his backing band Crazy Horse, Young has recorded a steady stream of studio and live albums. Youngs often-distorted electric guitar work, deeply personal lyrics and signature tenor singing voice transcend his long career, Young also plays piano and harmonica on many albums which frequently combine folk, rock, blues and other musical styles. Famed for emotional outbursts and ripping up live set lists, Young often plays acoustic versions of songs in one show and his gritty guitar work, especially with Crazy Horse, earned him the nickname Godfather of Grunge and led to his 1995 album Mirror Ball with Pearl Jam. More recently Young has been backed by Promise of the Real, Young directed films using the pseudonym Bernard Shakey, including Journey Through the Past, Rust Never Sleeps, Human Highway, Greendale, and CSNY/Déjà Vu. He also contributed to the soundtracks of the films Philadelphia and Dead Man, Young has received several Grammy and Juno awards. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted him twice, as a solo artist in 1995, in 2000, Rolling Stone named Young the 34th greatest rock n roll artist. He has lived in California since the 1960s but retains Canadian citizenship and he was awarded the Order of Manitoba on July 14,2006, and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada on December 30,2009. Young was born on November 12,1945, in Toronto and his father, Scott Alexander Young, was a journalist and sportswriter who also wrote fiction. His mother, Edna Blow Ragland Rassy Young was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, although Canadian, his mother had American and French ancestry. Youngs parents married in 1940 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and their first son, shortly after Youngs birth in 1945, his family moved to rural Omemee, Ontario, which Young later described fondly as a sleepy little place. Young suffered from polio in 1951 during the last major outbreak of the disease in Ontario, after his recovery, the Young family vacationed in Florida. During that period, Young briefly attended Chisolm Elementary School in New Smyrna Beach, in 1952, upon returning to Canada, Young moved from Omemee to Winnipeg for a year, before relocating to Toronto and Pickering. Young became interested in music he heard on the radio. When Young was twelve, his father, who had several extramarital affairs and his mother asked for a divorce which was granted in 1960. Young went to live with his mother, who moved back to Winnipeg, during the mid-fifties, Young listened to rock n roll, rockabilly, doo-wop, R&B, country, and western popNeil Young – Young in 1983