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. Following his studies at New England Conservatory, Argue moved in 2003. In 2005, Argue founded an eighteen-piece big band. In 2009, the group released Infernal Machines, on New Amsterdam Records, an independent, classical music label in New York City. The album received Grammy and Juno Award nominations. It won the top positions in the 2013 Down Beat Critics' Poll. It was included in the Top 10 Albums for the 2013 NPR Music Jazz Critics' Poll.Darcy 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. Best known for her music career, Auf der Maur is also an established photographer and occasional actress. Her photographs have been featured in National Geographic and exhibited at Sotheby's. As an actress, she has appeared in How to Make the Cruelest Month, Beyond Borders and Collaborator amongst other films. Auf der Maur are the owners of Basilica Hudson, New York, United States. Auf der Maur was born to literary translator Linda Gaboriau. As a result, she holds dual Canadian–American citizenship. Auf der Maur's surname translates to English as "on the wall", as "maur" was derived from the German word for "wall". 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 father's identity. 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. 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.Melissa Auf der Maur – Melissa Auf der Maur performing in 2010
3. Georgie Auld – Georgie Auld was a jazz tenor saxophonist, clarinetist, bandleader. Auld was born John Altwerger in Toronto. Auld also played ´ n roll working for Alan Freed in 1959. He can be heard playing sax on the 1968 Ella Fitzgerald album 30 by Ella. He died in Palm Springs, California, aged 70.Georgie 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, teaches at Berklee College of Music. Canadian Grammy Award winning 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 MS in Music Education from Queens College in 1995. It was there that he came under the influence of Dr. Donald Byrd, who became something of a figure for the young trumpeter. He has most recently released Energy In Motion: The Music Of The Bee Gees and Live And Direct 2014. Barrett is currently an Associate Professor in the ensembles and department at his alma mater, Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. "I'm working on my craft, trying to be as proficient as I can be. I'm just trying to concentrate on myself as a performer, bandleader and composer. They all give me the musical platform to pursue anything possible. These are my key principles.”Darren Barrett – dB in Action
5. Justin Bieber – Justin Drew Bieber is a Canadian singer and songwriter. It was certified platinum in the U.S. He became the first artist to have seven songs from a debut record chart on the Billboard Hot 100. Bieber released his first full-length studio album, My World 2.0, in 2010. It debuted at or near number one in several countries and was certified triple platinum in the U.S. It was preceded by his most successful single to date, "Baby". He released his second studio album, Under the Mistletoe, in November 2011, when it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Bieber released his third studio album, Believe, in 2012. His fourth studio album Purpose was released in November 2015. 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. He has won numerous fan-voted awards, including American Music Award for Artist of the Year in 2010 and 2012. In his career, he has received three Grammy nominations, winning one for Best Dance Recording for the song "Where Are Ü Now" at the 2016 ceremony. His fan base, dubbed "beliebers", largely consists of early to mid-adolescent girls. He has been listed four times by Forbes magazine among the top ten most powerful celebrities in the world in 2011, 2012, 2013.Justin 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 Tanzania. 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 Queensway Cathedral School, a Pentecostal evangelical private school. His parents reconciled during his late childhood. Bryk graduated in 1989. A semester spent studying in England in 1992, absorbing the bustling Camden music scene only intensified Bryk's focus on becoming a singer-songwriter. During this period, Bryk was also an occasional participant in Toronto's Serial Diners. Bryk then travelled for some additional recording with Schlesinger and his Ivy bandmate Andy Chase and final album mixing with Jim Rondinelli. Once again independent of major distribution, Scratchie released Bryk's Lovers Leap CD in October 2000 to broad critical acclaim and meagre sales. Oft-regarded as a songwriter's songwriter, Bryk was the recipient of an Ontario Arts Council Popular Songwriting grant in 2002. A promotional video for She Doesn't Mean A Thing received light rotation in Japan. Bryk moved with his life partner Erin McGinn settling in neighbouring Raleigh. Bryk's full-length CD Dan Bryk Christmas Record was released by the Urban Myth Recording Collective in November 2006. Christmas Record received regional college radio airplay.Dan Bryk – Dan Bryk
7. Rufus Cappadocia – Rufus Cappadocia is a Canadian-American cellist. He is best known for his cultural recordings and performances. Cappadocia was raised in Hamilton. He began playing cello at the age of 3. He traveled to the South of France and to Spain, where he played as a street musician. In his travels, Cappadocia continued to pick up new 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 is now based in New York. His musical style blends together "the similarities between seemingly diverse music forms such as blues, Sufi, even Gregorian chant. To him they are all microtonal modes of music." Cappadocia's past collaborations have included participation in the jazz group, the World Music group Trance Mission. He has also produced CDs with singer/songwriter Bethany Yarrow. Rufus Cappadocia's 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. "Shine 4U," received a nomination for the 2010 Juno Award for Dance Recording of the Year. Two, was released in 2006 followed by 2 EPs. The sisters were graduated from Semiahmoo Secondary School in nearby Surrey. John Thomas, currently serves as their professional manager. Carmen holds an Associate in broadcast journalism from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. She appeared 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, where she completed the jazz vocal program. Carmen & Camille displayed a love of performing music from early childhood. They have cited Sheryl Crow, Depeche Mode, Fleetwood Mac, Heart, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd as among their musical influences. As students in elementary school, Carmen played the flute, while Camille joined a choir. Shortly after graduation from high school, they decided to record music professionally. In March 2006, Carmen & Camille released Two, on their own label, TwinSpin Music. Several songs from this record were featured on The Hills, giving the sisters' music widespread exposure for the first time. 4U," co-written with producer Ryan Stewart, won the CHUM Emerging Artist Initiative.Carmen and Camille – Carmen & Camille
9. Nikki Chooi – Nikki Chooi is a Canadian classical violinist. He is the winner of the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition. He will begin his role in New York. Nikki Chooi was born to parents of Chinese descent. In 2003, he began studies in Calgary, Canada. His summer studies included attending 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 Juilliard School of Music. His mentors have included Ida Kavafian, Donald Weilerstein. He has also worked closely with Pamela Frank, Steven Tenenbom, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Pinchas Zukerman. Nikki performs regularly with Timothy Chooi. In 2015, he joined the multi-genre Time for Three. Nikki Chooi has received prestigious awards over the years.Nikki Chooi – Nikki Chooi
10. Timothy Chooi – Timothy Chooi is a Canadian violinist. Timothy Chooi was born in British Columbia, Canada. He started playing the violin at the age of three at the Victoria Conservatory of Music with Esther Tsang. He made his orchestral debut at the age of seven performing with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. His performance was described by Montreal's harshest critic, Claude Gringras. Both of them are constantly on tour. Timothy Chooi has received prestigious awards. In 2010 he was awarded Grand Prize at the OSM Standard Life Competition.Timothy Chooi – Timothy Chooi in the streets of Auckland, New Zealand
11. Deborah Cox – Deborah Cox is a Canadian R&B singer-songwriter and actress. Cox has achieved 12 number-one hits on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart. Cox is often cited as Canada's top R&B artist. Cox entered various talent shows including an appearance on Tiny Talent Time. Cox began to write music around the same time. She entered the industry in the early 1990s, performing as a backup vocalist for Celine Dion for six months. In 1995, she released her self-titled debut album the same year. After middling success, she released a non-album single to the 1997 movie Money Talks, titled "Things Just Ain't The Same". The album went platinum, becoming Cox's biggest-selling album to date. She then recorded a new song, "Absolutely Not", to Dr. Dolittle 2. After One Wish, she appeared on the single "Same Script, Different Cast" from Whitney: The Greatest Hits. Cox's third album The Morning After was released on J Records. She also has been involved in a number of soundtracks. In 2000, Cox played Niko Rosen in Love Come Down. In 2001, her song "Absolutely Not" was featured in Dr. Dolittle 2.Deborah Cox – Cox in June 2011
12. Celine Dion – Céline Marie Claudette Dion, CC OQ ChLD is a French Canadian singer and businesswoman. Following a series of French albums during the 1980s, she signed on to Epic Records in the United States. In 1990, Dion released Unison, establishing herself as other English-speaking areas of the world. With the help of Angélil, she achieved worldwide fame after releasing English albums along with additional French albums. It became the most successful show of grossing US $385 million. Dion's music has been influenced by genres ranging from rock and R&B to gospel and classical. Her recordings are mainly in French and English, although she also sings in Spanish, Italian, German, Latin, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese. While her releases have often received mixed critical reception, she is regarded as one of pop music's most influential voices. Dion has won five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year. She is the 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 one of the best-selling artists of all time with record sales of over million copies worldwide. Dion was born in Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada, the youngest of 14 children of Thérèse, a homemaker, Adhémar Dion, a butcher, both of French-Canadian descent. Dion was raised a Roman Catholic in a poverty-stricken, but, by her own account, happy home in Charlemagne. Thereafter, she continued to perform in her parents's small bar called Le Vieux Baril, "The Old Barrel."Celine 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 founding member of the 1960s musical group the Papas. Denny Doherty was born in Nova Scotia. Doherty started his musical career in Halifax with a band called the Hepsters. With friends Richard Sheehan, Mike O'Connell, 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 Denny's incredible voice. 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 record deal with Columbia Records, they changed their name to The Halifax III. The band had a minor hit, "The Man Who Wouldn't Sing Along With Mitch", but broke up in 1963. 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 his new wife, model Michelle Gilliam. A few months later, The Halifax III dissolved, Zal Yanovsky, were left broke in Hollywood. Elliot convinced her manager to hire them.Denny Doherty – Doherty, second from right, performing on The Ed Sullivan Show
14. Lisle Ellis – Lisle Ellis, is a Canadian composer and bassist, known for his improvisational style and use of electronics. Ellis was born in British Columbia. He used his initials L. S. as his stage name Ellis; he also used the name L. S. Lansall-Ellis professionally. Ellis attended Douglas College in Vancouver. He later studied in New York City from 1975-1979. Ellis lived in Toronto, Canada until 1992. In 1986 Ellis was the first recipient of Canada's Fred Stone Award, given annually to a musician for innovation. One collective in Vancouver's New Orchestra Workshop, is still active nearly thirty years later. After relocating in 1992, he initially settled in San Francisco, working with Glenn Spearman from 1992 until 2001. New York, 2005 to the present. In 1994, he was a member of the Cecil Taylor Unit for a brief tour of California. Kaleidoscopes: The Ornette Coleman Songbook, with pianist Paul Plimley, was given five stars in Down Beat magazine. Since the late 1990s, Ellis has been primarily focused on developing an electro-acoustic interface he calls "bass & circuitry". An Italy-based trio with Alberto Braida, Fabrizio Spera, has been an exclusively acoustic music vehicle for Ellis. Since his arrival in New York, interactions with composer/electronic musician Tom Hamilton have also been important to Ellis's work in electronic music.Lisle 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 formerly to the two-person team of herself and producer Doc McKinney. Esthero's sound characteristically features her voice over a mix of mellow bass lines, jazzy trumpets, hip-hop. She is sometimes compared to artists Björk, Portishead, Sade. She has co-produced the majority of the material she performed. Later female artists who count Esthero among their influences include Res, fellow Canadian Nelly Furtado. Jason Englishman, is also a musician. She was seen singing by manager Beau Ovcaric who set up a showcase for his partner Zack Werner. The two managed her without any legal paperwork until she turned eighteen. 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 demo's reached the ears of the heads of the The WORK Group. Breath from Another, was released to critical acclaim in Spring 1998. Following lukewarm sales of her debut, Esthero was dropped from her label. Some such collaborations were fruitful, such as her work with the Black Eyed Peas on "Weekends", an international hit. On April 20, 2004—without Doc's assistance—Esthero released O.G.Esthero – 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, Mitchell-ish sound." She was one in the 1980s and 1990s. After its dissolution, Fenner continued performing with her former Bourbon bandmate Chris Brown. Between 2006, she sporadically toured and sang with Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip. Fenner released a solo album, Burning Cars, in 2003, followed by her second solo album, Magnet, produced by Chris Brown. Fenner's music was also featured by the New York architecture firm 212box. On January 2005 Kate was invited to be the opening act for blues legend B.B. King at Foxwoods Casino, performing a 30-minute set. Kate Fenner's official website Barclay, Michael. "Chris Brown and Kate Fenner". Eye Weekly. Retrieved 2007-09-03.Kate Fenner – Kate Fenner performing at Barrymore's in Ottawa, Ontario.
17. Jeremy Fisher – Jeremy Fisher is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Fisher was previously based on Vancouver Island, B.C. Montreal, Quebec, in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.. His songs feature accompaniment by acoustic guitar, slide guitar and harmonica. Fisher's mother is from Newfoundland. In 1999, The Obvious put out a self-titled CD. To support Back Porch Spirituals, Fisher spent six months touring from Seattle, across Canada to Halifax, Nova Scotia by bicycle. Fisher has also performed as a busker. Let It his first album on a major label, was released on October 12, 2004. The second single from the album, won wide airplay on Canadian commercial radio and music television in early 2005. In 2006, Jeremy opened for Rex Goudie on Rex's Outports Tour 2006. Jeremy Fisher dueted from their Born 4 album, released in 2006. His third album, entitled Goodbye Blue Monday, with fellow Canadian Hawksley Workman, was released on March 2007 by his new record label, Aquarius Records. The single "Cigarette" was serviced to radio in Canada after a surprise add at Toronto station 104.5 CHUM-FM in early 2007. A home-made video for the song has been viewed over million times on YouTube. On August 2007, Fisher made his U.S. television debut on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.Jeremy Fisher – Jeremy Fisher - 2009
18. David Foster – David Walter Foster, OC, OBC, is a Canadian musician, record producer, composer, songwriter, arranger. He has won 16 Grammy Awards from 47 nominations. Foster is the chairman of Verve Records. He was born in Victoria, British Columbia, Eleanor May Foster, a homemaker. At the age of 13, Foster enrolled in the University of Washington music program. In 1966, Foster joined a backup band for Chuck Berry. In his teens, Foster moved to England with the Strangers, then back to Toronto where he played with Ronnie Hawkins. In 1974, Foster moved with his band Skylark. He was a keyboardist for the pop Skylark, discovered by Eirik Wangberg. "Wildflower", was a top ten hit in 1973. In 1975, Foster played on George Harrison's album Extra Texture. Foster followed up by playing the Fender Rhodes and clavinet on Harrison's album Thirty Three & 1/3 a year later. In 1976 he joined Guthrie Thomas on Thomas' 2nd Capitol Records album, "Lies and Alibis," of many other famed performers. Foster worked on albums for The Tubes: 1981's The Completion Backward Principle, 1983's Outside Inside. These four songs were cowritten with the band’s lead vocalist Peter Cetera.David 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 Canadian singer and songwriter. The single won her a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. In 2003 Furtado was preceded by the lead single "Powerless". Furtado's third Loose became her best selling album with 12 million copies sold worldwide. The album spawned four successful number one singles; "Maneater", "Say It Right" and "All Good Things". Furtado released Mi Plan in 2009 which won her a Latin Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Album. In 2012 she released The Spirit Indestructible. She has sold over million records worldwide, making her one of the most successful Canadian artists. She was born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Nelly was named after Soviet gymnast Nellie Kim. Her siblings are Lisa Anne. They were raised Roman Catholic. At age four, Furtado began singing in Portuguese. Furtado's public performance was when she sang a duet with her mother at a church on Portugal Day. Furtado keyboards.Nelly 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 currently guest stars on Legends of Tomorrow. Garber is of Russian-Jewish descent. His parents were father Joseph "Joe" Garber, mother, Hope Garber, an actress, the host of At Home with Hope Garber. He has a brother, a sister, Alisa. Garber studied at the University of Toronto's Hart House at age 16. When Garber was twelve, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. He attended Ryerson Elementary School. The group enjoyed moderate success, breaking with a version of Bobby Gimby's song "Canada". He played Jesus of Godspell. He opened the Tony Awards program in 1994. In 1998, he co-starred on Broadway in the Tony Award -- winning 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. He played the male lead opposite Donna Murphy. In mid-2007, he played Garry Essendine in a production of Noël Coward's Present Laughter at Boston's Huntington Theatre.Victor Garber – Garber in April 2015
21. Ryan Gosling – Ryan Thomas Gosling is a Canadian actor and musician. Gosling starred in the television series Breaker High as the title role. Also in 2007, Gosling starred in the courtroom Fracture. After a acting hiatus, he starred in Blue Valentine, earning him a second Golden Globe nomination. In 2013, Gosling starred in the crime thriller Gangster Squad, the violent revenge film Only God Forgives. Lost River was released in 2014. In 2015, Gosling joined an cast for the financial drama The Big Short. Dead Man's Bones, released their self-titled debut album and toured North America in 2009. Gosling is a co-owner of a Moroccan restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. His father is of English, French Canadian descent; Ryan's great-great grandfather, George Edward Gosling, was born in Paddington, London, England. Gosling has said that the religion influenced every aspect of their lives. However, Gosling said he "never really could identify with." Because of his father's work, they "moved around a lot" and Gosling lived in both Cornwall, Burlington, Ontario. He was educated at Gladstone Public School, Vocational School and Lester B. Pearson High School. As a child, Gosling was inspired to become an actor.Ryan 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". Hart scored nine US Billboard Top 40 hits. In Canada he has amassed 30 Top 40 hits, including 11 in the Top 10, over the course of 30 years in the industry. Hart has also been honoured by the American Society of the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada. He was born on May 31, 1962, in Montréal, Québec, Bert Hart, both Montréal natives. He grew up in Florida. Hart became fluent due to his upbringing in diverse locations. Hart's parents separated when he was 10 years old. He then returned to Montreal to live with older brother Robbie. He shared an especially close relationship to whom Hart's first album was dedicated. Hart's lack with his father pained him throughout his life and coloured many of his compositions, such as the 1998 song "Reconcile." Hart's first experience as a performing artist came at age 11, when he sang "Ben" for Tom Jones in Miami. Hart also recorded songs during this time period. In 1980 he represented Canada in the World Popular Song Festival in Tokyo, marking his public performance of original material. He also met Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Christopher Cross at the competition.Corey 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 recording contract with American label Partisan Records. Marchant was born in Montreal, Quebec. He was classically trained from the age of seven. In 2008, he recorded songs in Hudson, New York. Marchant has toured with Nathaniel Rateliff, Rogue Wave, Sondre Lerche. He has shared the stage 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, M. Ward. As of 2011, he lived in New York State. Music critic Nick Gunther described JBM's music as instilling a "unique depth of feeling." Mikela Floyd in Filter magazine described the album as "heartfelt compositions" reflecting "a meticulous and carefully crafted sound" from a "handcrafted talent."JBM – Jesse Marchant
24. Carly Rae Jepsen – Carly Rae Jepsen is a Canadian singer, songwriter, actress. In 2007, she placed third in Canadian Idol season five's competition. Jepsen independently released her debut album, Tug of War, in 2008. In 2011, she released the single "Call Me Maybe", followed by her debut EP, her second album, Kiss. "Call Me Maybe" was the year's single worldwide. Emotion, was heavily influenced by songs from the 1980s. Its lead single "I Really Like You" reached the top 5 in the United Kingdom and top 15 in Jepsen's native Canada. As of May 2015, Jepsen has sold more over 20 million records worldwide. Jepsen was born in Mission, British Columbia, the daughter of Alexandra and Larry Jepsen; her stepfather is Ron Lanzarotta. She took barista, other minimum wage work after graduation. She was part of the Canadian Idol Top 3 tour. After the conclusion of the tour, Jepsen returned to British Columbia to focus on completing her band. Her recording attracted the attention of manager Jonathan Simkin, who signed Jepsen to a management deal. Jepsen struck an independent deal with distribution via Fontana North. In June 2008, Jepsen released her debut single and another single, a cover of John Denver's song "Sunshine on My Shoulders".Carly 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. Krall has sold more than million albums in the US and over 15 million worldwide. She is the only singer to have eight albums debuting at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums. To date, Krall has won five Grammy Awards and eight Juno Awards. Krall has also earned nine gold, seven multi-platinum albums. Her mother sang in a community choir. Krall was playing playing jazz in a local restaurant at 15. Krall went to the Berklee College of Music before going to Los Angeles to play jazz. Krall returned to Canada to release her first album in 1993. Krall's mother died of multiple myeloma within months of the pianist's mentors Ray Brown and Rosemary Clooney. Michelle, is a former member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Krall and British musician Elvis Costello were married at Elton John's estate outside London. Dexter Henry Lorcan and Frank Harlan James, were born December 6, 2006, in New York City. In 1993, she released her first album, Stepping Out, which she recorded with Jeff Hamilton. It caught the attention of producer Tommy LiPuma, who produced her second album, Only Trust Your Heart.Diana Krall – Krall at a CD signing in Toronto in September 2007
26. Chantal Kreviazuk – Chantal Jennifer Kreviazuk CM is a Canadian singer-songwriter of the adult contemporary music genre. She is also a classically trained pianist, can play the guitar. The album sold over 150,000 copies in Canada according to SoundScan, fueled mostly by the singles "Surrounded" and "God Made Me". That year, Kreviazuk received her first Juno Award nomination as Best New Artist. She also took part in the 1998 Lilith Fair music festival; "Surrounded" was included in the live compilation album from that year. In 1999, Kreviazuk released her second album. Still, it featured tracks written with Raine Maida, lead singer of Our Peace. Her third album, What If It All Means Something, was released in 2002. This album also featured multiple 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 fourth album in her home studio, with Maida producing. 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: The Best of 1996-2006.Chantal 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. In 2002 Lavigne released her debut album, earned her honorific titles including the "pop punk princess". Since her professional debut, she has sold over 50 million singles worldwide. Let Go made the youngest female soloist to reach number 1 in the UK. As of 2013, it has sold nearly million copies in the United States and over 20 million copies worldwide. "Complicated", peaked at number 1 in many countries around the world, as did the album Let Go. She has scored six number-one singles worldwide, including "Complicated", "Sk8er Boi", "I'm with You", "My Happy Ending", "Girlfriend". She is one of the top-selling artists releasing albums in the US, over 12 million copies certified by the RIAA. Goodbye Lullaby, was released in March 2011. She took a break from music, pursuing careers in feature film acting and designing clothes and perfumes. Lavigne voiced a Virginia opossum, in the animated film Over the Hedge in 2006. She made her on-screen feature film debut in Fast Food Nation. In July 2006, she married her boyfriend of two years, Deryck Whibley, guitarist for Sum 41. The marriage lasted four years. In October 2009, she filed for divorce.Avril Lavigne – Avril Lavigne at the 2007 MuchMusic Video Awards red carpet
28. Joni Mitchell – Roberta Joan "Joni" Mitchell, CC is a Canadian singer-songwriter, record producer and painter. Drawing from folk, jazz, Mitchell's songs often reflect social and environmental ideals as well as her feelings about romance, confusion, disillusionment and joy. Mitchell began singing 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 record her album in 1968. Settling in Southern California, Mitchell, with popular songs like "Big Yellow Taxi" and "Woodstock", helped define an era and a generation. Her 1971 recording Blue was rated the 30th best album ever made in Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time". She engaged in political protest. 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 released her 17th, reportedly last, album of original songs in 2007. With roots in visual art, Mitchell designed her own album covers. She describes herself as a "painter derailed by circumstance". Mitchell was born Roberta Joan Anderson on November 1943, in Alberta, Canada, the daughter of Myrtle Marguerite and William Andrew Anderson. Her mother's ancestors were Scottish and Irish; her father was from a Norwegian family. Her mother was a teacher.Joni 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. Following his success on Glee, Monteith's work included the movie Monte Carlo and a starring role in Sisters & Brothers. Monteith had a troubled adolescence involving abuse from age 13; he left school at age 16. After an intervention by family and friends Monteith entered rehabilitation at age 19. On July 2013, Monteith died of a toxic combination of heroin and alcohol in a Vancouver hotel room. Monteith had an older brother named Shaun. He and his older brother were raised by their mother in Victoria, British Columbia. He had social difficulties at school. From age 13, Monteith started being truant from school. After attending 16 schools, including alternative programs for troubled teens, he dropped out altogether at age 16. He began attending a rehabilitation program. He stated, "I'm lucky on so many counts. I'm lucky to be alive." Monteith eventually received his high school diploma from an alternative school he attended in his youth in Victoria. Before breaking into business, he worked various jobs, including Walmart people greeter, taxicab driver, mechanic, school bus driver, roofer.Cory 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 on the MuchMusic music-video countdown in October 2006. Nozuka released his debut album Believe under the mononym George. The album was released by HC Entertainment Group. Three tracks became hits: "Talk to Me", "Last Time". Music videos for the songs were directed by RT! and appeared on the charts of Canada's specialized music cable channel MuchMusic. In 2012, Nozuka released a mixtape titled Love Me. For later works, he began using his full name. In 2013, he released a album called Beautiful, along with a music video for the first single from the album, called "Don't Go". Through the Canadian section of Plan, Nozuka was involved in a documentary about slave children in Haiti. Nozuka produced the song "Child" for the documentary. "With You Remix" by JDiggz and Drake Nozuka co-wrote "I Love Girls" for Cody Simpson. Nozuka is one of seven children of Canadian mother Holly Sedgwick and Japanese father Hiromitsu Nozuka. Sedgwick raised his six siblings as a single mother. Nozuka is the actor Philip Nozuka.George 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. He is known for his technical stamina. Peart grew up in Ontario. During adolescence, he floated in pursuit of a career as a full-time drummer. Early in his career, Peart's style was deeply rooted in hard rock. As time passed, he began to emulate big band musicians Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. In 1994, Peart became a pupil of jazz instructor Freddie Gruber. It was during this time that Peart decided to revamp his playing style by incorporating swing components. Gruber was also responsible for introducing him to the products of the company whose products Peart currently endorses. In addition to being a musician, Peart has published several memoirs about his travels. Peart is also Rush's primary lyricist. All five of his books are travel-based non-fiction, though they diverge into these subjects as well. Peart currently resides with his wife, photographer Carrie Nuttall, daughter, Olivia Louise. He spends time in Toronto for recording purposes. At this time his father became parts manager for an International Harvester farm machinery dealer.Neil 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, author. Robertson is best known for his career as a solo recording artist. His work with the Band was instrumental in creating the Americana genre. He is ranked 59th in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 greatest guitarists. Robertson received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Songwriters. As composer, Robertson is best known for his numerous collaborations with director Martin Scorsese. Robertson's working relationship with Scorsese continued through numerous dramatic films such as Raging Bull and Casino. Robertson has also worked on other soundtracks for film and television. Robertson, whose full name is Jaime Royal Robertson, was born in Toronto. He was an only child. His mother was a Mohawk, raised on the Six Nations Reserve southwest of Toronto, Ontario. In her early life, Chrysler lived with an aunt in Toronto and worked at a jewelry plating factory. Robertson's biological father was a Jewish professional gambler. Klegerman was killed in a hit-and-run accident as he was changing a tire on the Queen Elizabeth Way. Robertson's mother married a co-worker at the jewelry plating factory.Robbie 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, social activist. Throughout her career in all of these areas, her work has focused on issues of indigenous peoples of the Americas. Her repertoire also includes subjects of love, war, religion, mysticism. In 1997 she founded the Cradleboard Teaching Project, an educational curriculum devoted to better understanding Native Americans. She has won recognition and many honours in education and social activism. Buffy Sainte-Marie was born on the Piapot Plains Cree First Nation Reserve in Saskatchewan, Canada. 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 graduating in the top ten of her class. 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. She married Sheldon Wolfchild in 1975; they have Dakota "Cody" Starblanket Wolfchild. That union also ended in divorce. She married her co-writer for "Up Where We Belong," Jack Nitzsche, on March 19, 1982. He died on August 2000. She currently lives in Hawaii.Buffy 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 raised just outside Victoria in the Municipality of Sooke. He developed his musicianship mostly in his basement with his two brothers and their band. In 2002, he joined AM Radio, under the management of Rivers Cuomo. After Elektra Records folded, AM Radio disbanded. During this time, Tomorrow And Everyday After. In August 2004, Soderberg joined Lifehouse from former member Sean Woolstenhulme. After joining, his bandmates toured and released the self-titled Lifehouse, the band's third album. Their single "Me" was # 1 on American adult contemporary and Hot AC formats. Between touring, Lifehouse released their fourth album, Who We Are, on their fifth Album, "Smoke And Mirrors" in March, 2010. Soderberg sings co-wrote the track "Wrecking Ball" on Smoke and Mirrors. Soderberg plays Rickenbacker and Fender basses through 8x10 cabs. He also performs as the lead vocals on some live performances. Along with members Pelle Hillström and Kris Persson, Soderberg has an alternative project based in Los Angeles called KOMOX. They released Dreaming Awake, Vol 1.Bryce Soderberg – Soderberg performing with Lifehouse in Norfolk, Nebraska in 2013
35. Lucille Starr – Starr was born Lucille Marie Raymonde Savoie in Manitoba. She was raised in Coquitlam's Francophone community of Maillardville, British Columbia, where she learned to play guitar, bass and mandolin. Savoie started her musical career with the local group Les Hirondelles. At A&M Records, Starr recorded a song called "The French Song", produced by Herb Alpert. It was recorded in both French and English. Selling sold over million copies, it was awarded a gold disc. In 1967, her Canadian Sweethearts duo signed a recording contract with Epic Records in Nashville, Tennessee. Divorced from her husband, their musical collaboration ended in 1977. For the most part she sang music, becoming the first female inducted into the Canadian Country Music Association's "Hall of Honor" in 1987. She was hired to do the yodeling for the "Cousin Pearl" character on several segments of the hit TV series, The Beverly Hillbillies. In a street in the city of Coquitlam, British Columbia was named "Lucille Starr Way".Lucille 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". She was born in Marbleton, Quebec. Her father was a doctor. Before she reached the age of six, her family moved to Holyoke, Massachusetts. Her father died soon after. Two years later, Eva Tanguay was touring professionally with a production of a adaptation of the popular novel Little Lord Fauntleroy. Eva eventually landed a spot in 1901. The 1904 show The Chaperons led in popularity. By 1905, Eva Tanguay was also performing as a solo act, where she would spend much of the remainder of her career. Although she possessed only an average voice, the enthusiasm with which the robust Eva Tanguay performed her suggestive songs soon made an audience favorite. "The American Genius," he wrote, "is unlike all others. The'cultured' artist, in this country, is always a mediocrity. ... ... The true American is, above all things, FREE; with all the disadvantages that that implies. His genius is a soul disolate, reaching to perfection in some unguessed direction.Eva Tanguay – Eva Tanguay, ca. 1898
37. Matt Thiessen – Outside of his work with Relient K, Thiessen maintains a low-profile side project called Matthew Thiessen and the Earthquakes. In 2009, he co-produced and collaborated on Owl City's album Ocean Eyes. He recorded the same year. The recording attracted the interest of Toby McKeehan who signed the band to his label Gotee Records. Between the years 2003, Gotee released four EPs with Relient K. In 2004, their fourth album Mmhmm was released on both Capitol Records and Gotee, peaked at number fifteen on the Billboard 200. 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 K's history, he has been the lead vocalist, sometime co-producer. Because of this position of musical leader, he maintains the most creative and artistic control of the band members. He has also been credited with piano in most releases, beginning with The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek in 2001. Since the release of Mmhmm in 2004, he began including a piano well. In addition to being in Relient K, he plays in his own project called the Earthquakes. After the release and supporting tour of Not Slow Down, he announced that he would begin work on a full-length album. Thiessen has occasionally collaborated with Jon Foreman of Switchfoot. He later contributed songwriting and vocals to the Switchfoot release "Rebuild" in 2007, in conjunction for the Appetite for Construction Tour.Matt Thiessen – Thiessen performing at Wonder Jam 2009, at Canada's Wonderland
38. 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 raised in Toronto, Ontario. Soon after picking up the guitar at age 12, he saw Jimi Hendrix perform in Ottawa. While performing with Merge, he was noticed by artist Ronnie Hawkins, who invited Travers to perform with him. In his early twenties Travers signed a recording contract with the Polydor label. His self-titled album was released in 1976, featured bassist Peter "Mars" Cowling, who would become a mainstay in Travers' band for several years. An appearance on the German TV show Rockpalast in November 1976 was later released under the title Hooked on Music. This performance showcases an early version of Travers' band featuring drummer Nicko McBrain. This grouping featured Travers on vocals and guitar, Pat Thrall on guitar, 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 band's next release was a live album entitled Live! Travers and Cowling released Radio Active that same year. The two bands 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, reaching only number 37.Pat Travers – Travers (3rd from left), with the group Azmyth
39. 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 Daniel Vahnke and keyboardist Victor Wulf. Daniel Vahnke was primarily influenced by 20th-century classical and 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, Greek music. Vampire Rodents debuted with an album that showcased their knack for dark humor and experimentation with the pop and industrial music format. Premonition, recorded with cellist Andrea Akastia, revealed the band's artistic ambitious and interest in musique concrète and ambient music. Vampire Rodents' last recodings were made in 1996 when Vahnke was preparing the follow-up to Gravity's Rim. Legal issues with Fifth Colvmn Records unexpectedly halted the project was put on hiatus. After over a decade of inactivity, Daniel Vahnke officially announced the project's abandonment in 2009. Composers Daniel Vahnke and Victor Wulf met while studying anthropology at the university of Toronto. Victor was composing experimental pop track with samplers during the 80s. Daniel had been working based on Chinese character stroke analysis since 1986. They composed several independent films scores together. They named the project Vampire Rodents with two large incisors that Vahnke discovered on an Anthropological dig in Arizona. Recording for War Music was completed in January 1990.Vampire Rodents – Vampire Rodents circa 1993. From left to right: Victor Wulf, Andrea Akastia, and Daniel Vahnke.
40. Indre Viskontas – Indre Viskontas is a Lithuanian-Canadian neuroscientist and operatic soprano. She now serves on the faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Viskontas's parents Viskontas herself grew up in Toronto. She is an atheist. Most recently she has studied creativity in people with neurodegeneration. She has published over book chapters. Viskontas is an editor of the journal Neurocase. Viskontas has 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 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She earned that degree in 2008, again graduating as her class valedictorian. Six episodes aired beginning in January 2011. The show examined mysterious events from both a faith-based view. The show's 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 disrespect."Indre Viskontas – Indre Viskontas
41. Deryck Whibley – Following drummer Steve Jocz's departure on April 17, 2013, Whibley is now the longest-lasting member of Sum 41. He lived with Michelle, who moved to another during his childhood. Finally they stayed in Ajax, Ontario, Canada, where he spent his adolescence. In 1999, the band signed an international record deal with Island Records. The band released their debut album, "Half Hour of Power" in 2000, then All Killer No Filler in 2001. All Killer No Filler was certified platinum in the United States, Canada and in the UK. The band often holds global tours, most of which last more than a year. They have been nominated for seven Juno Awards and have won twice. Screaming Bloody Murder, was released on March 2011. During the Screaming Bloody Murder Tour, the band added Deryck Whibley's cousin Matt Whibley on keyboard. Besides Sum 41, Whibley developed a professional career as manager. Deryck was part of production company. He produced with the company well. Since parting ways with Greig Nori, he sold his part of the company in early 2005. He worked as the producer of We Have The Operation M.D..Deryck Whibley – Deryck Whibley at the Kubana fest in 2012
42. 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. Young had released two albums by the time he joined Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1969. Young's often-distorted electric guitar work, deeply personal lyrics and signature voice transcend his long career. Young also plays harmonica on many albums which frequently combine folk, rock, other musical styles. Famed for emotional outbursts and ripping up live set lists, Young often plays acoustic versions of songs in one show and electric versions in others. His gritty work, especially with Crazy Horse, 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, CSNY/D éjà 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 and in 1997 as a member of Buffalo Springfield. In 2000, Rolling Stone named the 34th greatest rock'n artist. He has lived in California since the 1960s but retains Canadian citizenship. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada on December 2009.Neil Young – Young in 1983