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The following 27 pages are in this category, out of 27 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Bryan Adams – Bryan Guy Adams, OC OBC is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer, guitarist, photographer, philanthropist and activist. Adams also had the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles Heaven, Adams has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. In 2008, Adams was ranked 38th on the list of All-Time top artists in the Billboard Hot 100 50th Anniversary Charts. Bryan Guy Adams was born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, to British parents, Elizabeth Jane and Captain Conrad J. Adams, Adams travelled with his parents to diplomatic postings in Portugal and Vienna, Austria, during the 1960s, and to Israel during the early 1970s. Adams has a brother, Bruce. Before that at age 15–16 he fronted various pub bands like Sweeney Todd that released If Wishes Were Horses and was seen sitting in with other cover bands. He and his guitarist Keith Scott met during those club years, in 1978, at 18, Adams met Jim Vallance through a mutual friend in a Vancouver music store. Vallance was the drummer and principal songwriter for Vancouver-based rock band Prism and had recently quit that band to focus on a career as a studio musician. They agreed to meet at Vallances home studio a few days later, later in 1978, Adams signed to A&M records for one dollar. Some of the first demos written in 1978 have surfaced over the years, most notably Im Ready and Remember, both songs were covered by other artists even before his first album was released. Also recorded during time was the disco song Let Me Take You Dancing featuring Adamss vocal sped up to meet the 122BPM dance tempo. The song made the Canadian RPM chart in March 1979 along with its B-Side Dont Turn Me Away, straight From The Heart was also written during this period. The song was recorded for Adamss third album Cuts Like A Knife in 1983 and released as a single. Adamss self-titled debut album was released in February 1980, and marked the beginning of what was to become a long songwriting partnership between Adams and co-writer Jim Vallance. With the exception of Remember and Wastin Time, most of the album was recorded from 29 October up until 29 November 1979 at Manta Studios and co-produced by Adams, the album was certified gold in Canada in 1986. Adamss second album, You Want It You Got It, was recorded in two weeks and it marked Adamss first album co-produced by Bob Clearmountain. It was released in 1981 and contained the FM radio hit Lonely Nights, Adams also co-wrote songs for other artists during this time including Billboard charted songs like No Way to Treat a Lady for Bonnie Raitt and Dont Let Him Know for Prism. Cuts Like a Knife, which was released in January 1983, was Adamss breakout album due mainly to the lead singles, straight from the Heart was the most successful song, reaching number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100Bryan Adams – Bryan Adams OC OBC
2. 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
3. Donald Brian – Donald Brian was an actor, dancer and singer born in St. Johns, Newfoundland. In 1907, he starred in the hit operetta The Merry Widow, the same year, he was called King of Broadway by The New York Times. Brian is also noted for helping President Theodore Roosevelt act more relaxed in public and teaching Frank Sinatra to dance, troops in England with Bob Hope. Brian, a tenor, was employed in a Boston machine shop and, at the age of 16, when he joined a theatrical troupe in New York City, he was soon in demand as a leading man. He had leading roles in more than 20 Broadway musicals, in 1915 Brian signed with film producer Jesse L. Lasky to do two films, The Voice in the Fog and The Smugglers. After the latter he made no film appearances until the sound era. His first sound film was an excerpt of his role in Peggy OHooligan,1899 – On the Wabash 1902 – Florodora 1904 – Little Johnny Jones by George M. He was married twice, first to a woman named Mrs. Florence Gleason Pope. He and OBrien had one daughter, Denise, Brian died in Great Neck, New York in 1948. Donald Brian with Eugene Walter and Charlotte Walker Donald Brian, the king of Broadway by Charles Foster ISBN 1-55081-214-9Donald Brian – Donald Brian
4. Jonny Craig – Jonathan Monroe Jonny Craig is a Canadian-American singer and songwriter. He is currently working as a solo musician and he has been the lead vocalist for the bands Dance Gavin Dance, Emarosa, Ghost Runner on Third, Slaves, and westerHALTS. As a solo artist, he has released one studio album and he was also a part of the supergroup Isles & Glaciers. Craig possesses the range of a baritenor and his distinct type of soul-based singing has earned him considerable acclaim. Jonathan Monroe Craig was born in Minot, North Dakota, Craig cites some of his early idols as Boyz II Men and New Found Glory. He was put into the choir as a default elective but was ultimately kicked out. As a child, he says that he had a time keeping out of trouble. He would explain later that that was the reason he left school and attained his G. E. D. I just wanted an escape from a lot of the things when I was a child I guess. I just wanted to get away from a lot of the problems that I was dealing with at home and stuff, Craig states in an interview with KLSU radio as his reason for starting his path in music. Prior to forming his first band, Craig was auditioning for bands when entering high school in the United States in 2000, Craig then formed the band westerHALTS in 2000, a garage band from Tacoma, Washington. At age 15, Craig released his first known song with them titled Change, Leisure, in a recent AP Podcast he states that the band was. just for something to pay for weed, something I played over the weekends. He then joined as the lead vocalist for Tacoma based pop punk band Ghost Runner on Third in 2002, Jonny Craig says that he met the guitarist at his secondary college. He received positive reviews with this bands debut EP, Speak Your Dreams, allMusic stated that Craig was, the bands secret weapon, a passionate vocalist. Theres not a bad track to be here, but Craig tends to outshine his bandmates throughout. Dance Gavin Dance has also blamed Sean OSullivans departure on Craigs behavior primarily, despite their past differences, both past and present members of Dance Gavin Dance have since become friends. Consider the Thief, were listed in Emarosas Relativity album on the special thanks section of the booklet. Jonny Craigs singing in Dance Gavin Dances debut EP Whatever I Say Is Royal Ocean and debut album, Downtown Battle MountainJonny Craig – Craig performing at The Knitting Factory in September 2009
5. Pierre Duval (singer) – Pierre Duval was a French-Canadian operatic tenor who had an active international career during the 1960s and 1970s. Possessing a warm voice with a considerable amount of flexibility and stamina, Duval sang mostly roles from the standard French. He particularly excelled in bel canto works, notably singing opposite such lauded bel canto interpreters as Joan Sutherland, Beverly Sills, Pierre Duval was born Ovide Coutu, in Montreal, Quebec, where he took voice lessons with Frank Rowe. He then studied at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal with Dina Maria Narici, while there he began performing on Canadian radio and television. In 1960 he made his opera debut at the Opéra de Montréal in the title role of Charles Gounods Faust. In 1961 Duval left for Italy to study on a scholarship at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome under Alberto Volonnino, the following year he made his European debut as the Fisherman in Igor Stravinskys Le Rossignol at the Teatro dellOpera di Roma to great acclaim. He performed regularly in leading roles at the Rome Opera house for the several years. In 1962 he made a number of appearances in opera houses in Spain and in 1963 he made his debut at the Glyndebourne Festival as the Italian singer in Richard Strausss Capriccio, in 1964 he made his United States debut with the New York City Opera as Faust. He also made appearances at the Pittsburgh Opera during the 1960s and 1970s. In 1967 Duval made his debut with the Philadelphia Lyric Opera Company as Elvino in Bellinis La sonnambula with Renata Scotto as Amina and he returned to that house the following season to perform Arturo to the Elvira of Anna Moffo. In 1969 he made his first appearance with the Philadelphia Grand Opera Company as Edgardo in Gaetano Donizettis Lucia di Lammermoor with Roberta Peters in the title role and he returned to portray the Duke of Mantua opposite Carlo Melicianis Rigoletto at the PGOC the following season. In 1970 Duval sang at the Connecticut Opera and in 1971 he made his debut with the New Orleans Opera as Nadir in Georges Bizets Les pêcheurs de perles and he returned to New Orleans several more time, including portraying the title hero in Gounods Roméo et Juliette. In his home country, Duval was a performer at the Opéra de Québec between 1967 and 1970. He also performed roles with the Théâtre de Nouvell-France, the Canadian Opera Company, the Vancouver Opera and he also performed as a soloist with several orchestras throughout Canada and the United States. He notably took part in a number of CBC opera telecasts, including portraying Macduff in Macbeth, in 1973, opposite Louis Quilico, Duval was also active on the international stage during the 1960s and 1970s. In 1966 he performed the role of Alfredo in La traviata at the Municipal Theater of Santiago in Chile, in 1969 he sang the role of Leicester in Donizettis Roberto Devereux at the Liceu with Montserrat Caballé as Elisabetta. In 1973 he had a triumphant performance at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna in the role of Arturo, Duval, Pierre Biography at operissimo. com Pierre Duval The Canadian EncyclopediaPierre Duval (singer) – Duval in 1971.
6. Lawrence Gowan – Lawrence Henry Gowan is a Scottish-born Canadian musician. Gowan has been both a solo artist and the current lead vocalist and keyboardist of the band Styx since May 1999 and his musical style is usually classified in the category of progressive rock. At the age of 19, he earned an ARCT in classical piano performance from The Royal Conservatory of Music, in Toronto, upon graduation, he enjoyed modest local success with the band Rhinegold in 1976. This album contained the singles Victory, Give In and Keep Up the Fight, the album spawned the hit singles A Criminal Mind, Strange Animal, Guerilla Soldier and Cosmetics. That year he won a CASBY Award for most promising male artist and his 1987 follow up Great Dirty World gave him another hit single with Moonlight Desires, featuring Jon Anderson on backing vocals, as well as Dedication. It produced the singles Lost Brotherhood, All the Lovers in the World and this was Gowans first album for Anthem Records and his first US release. A few bars from The Dragon was heard playing on a car radio in the 1990 movie Navy Seals and appears on the original motion picture soundtrack. He released the more acoustic. but you can call me Larry in 1993 under his name, returning to the Canadian pop charts with When Theres Time for Love, Souls Road. He subsequently released The Good Catches Up in 1995, which featured the single Guns and God, in 1997, Gowan released Healing Waters as a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales after her death. Healing Waters was officially a song from Gowan, though it was used in its original form, in the 1995 Jeff Wincott movie. In 1998, Gowan was the recipient of the National Achievement Award at the annual SOCAN Awards in Toronto and his song A Criminal Mind was covered in 2005 by Canadian hip-hop artist Maestro, Gowan appears in the video and his vocals are sampled on the track. The song was covered by Canadian gypsy jazz music group The Lost Fingers. The song was sampled in a song performed by Akon and Freck Billionaire and he also guest-starred on the Canadian animated comedy series Chilly Beach. In February 2006, Gowan did four orchestra-accompanied concerts in London, Ontario and Kitchener, also in 2006, his home was featured on MTVs Cribs. In March 2010, Gowan released Return of the Strange Animal, in May 2010, Gowan performed two solo shows in support of the 25th anniversary of the Strange Animal album. In May 2012, Gowan re-issued a remastered version of 1987s Great Dirty World, as of 2012, Gowan is currently recording a new solo album which he hopes to have completed sometime in 2013. Gowan appeared on 11 October 2012 episode of John Wants Answers, on 13 October 2013 Gowan played a solo concert, titled In Kilt Tonight at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Canada. All proceeds were donated to McDermott House Canada, a charitable organization, in 1997 during Styxs tour, Gowan performed as a supporting act for Styx at Montreals Molson Centre and Quebec Citys ColiséeLawrence Gowan – Lawrence Gowan performing with Styx on 9 May 2000 at Universal Amphitheatre
7. Stuart Howe – Stuart Howe is an operatic tenor who has become particularly noted for his interpretation of the heroic roles of Rossini and Donizetti. At the age of fourteen, Howe began what became a highly successful, due to his age, his family had to take turns driving his vans to and from jobs, until he was able to obtain a drivers licence at sixteen. Following high school he attended the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton briefly, before leaving to pursue his ambition of the time. His talent was recognized and he landed his first job at CFBC in Saint John. His radio career progressed and took him to Prince Edward Island, British Columbia, north of Edmonton, Alberta in the city of Fort McMurray, Howe discovered his singing talent through a series of unexpected events. Until this time, he had not sung or participated in any theatrical pursuits of any kind. When Howe made his European debut as Nemorino in Donizettis Lelisir damore in Oporto, Portugal in November 1997 and he spent sixteen-hour days learning the role while also rehearsing his movements on stage. Since then, it has become his most performed role, with a total of more than 100 performances and his efforts were such a success that the press revered him as the quintessential Nemorino. Despite what appeared to be the beginning of a career in Europe, he chose to return to Canada. The opera inspired a movie of the same name produced for Canadas Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, both world premieres were recorded and broadcast nationwide on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. After a break of three years to focus on his young family and on teaching, Howe returned to full-time performing in 2011 with a renewed passion for the stage. Such roles have allowed Howe to make use of a remarkably pleasing sustained high D and Db, a rarity for tenors, which until this time were never called upon in performance. Common themes throughout the years have focused not only on the beauty and elegance of his singing, but on his acting and interpretive skills, for example, on September 14,2000, Howe was a crossword clue in one of Canadas national newspapers, the National Post. As Number 47 Across, the clue was Canadian tenor Howe, Howe was also been recipient of several prestigious career development grants and awards from various organizations including The Canada Council for the Arts and the New Brunswick Arts Council. He was a 2001 Dora Award nominee for his portrayal of James Nichol in The Iron Road and was a Toronto winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 1999. In August 2009, Howe entered politics for the first time as a contestant for the Liberal Party of Canadas Oakville electoral district nomination and he lost a very divided contest, but remains very active in various areas of political life. Due to his educational and professional background, Howe had been approached for years to formalize and already active. In 2010, he accepted an opportunity to participate as a teacher at one of Canadas young artist programsStuart Howe – Contents
8. James LaBrie – Kevin James LaBrie is a Canadian vocalist and songwriter, who is best known as the lead singer of the American progressive metal band Dream Theater. Kevin James LaBrie was born in Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada, by his mid-teens, he was a member of several bands as a front man that attempted singing and/or drumming. He stopped playing drums at age 17 and in 1981, at age 18, after stints with various bands, LaBrie became the vocalist for the glam metal band Winter Rose. The group also included Richard Chycki on guitar and bass, Randy Cooke on drums, Chycki had also worked with Bach under the band names Sebastian and Hope. The band recorded a series of demos through 1988 and 1989 with guest musicians Bruce Dies, the tracks were commercially released in 1989 as a self-titled album by InsideOut Music. All the songs on the album were written by Richard Chycki and James LaBrie, in 1990, LaBrie learned that American progressive metal band Dream Theater was looking for a new singer, so he submitted a tape and was quickly flown to New York for a full audition. The trial went well, and he was ahead of 200 other hopefuls to fill the full-time vocalist position in that band. Asked by Prog-Sphere. com what is his favorite Dream Theater song to play live, James says The favorite song for me is Scarred, well, Octavarium, that whole freakin’ thing. With Matt Guillory, LaBrie has released five albums under various names. In an interview from Beyond The Dark Horizon on June 12,2010, James LaBrie stated that his solo album entitled Static Impulse, is in the mixing stages. James stated Its very heavy and Im really excited, on July 27,2010 it was announced on Dream Theaters website that Static Impulse would be released on September 27,2010 through InsideOut Music. It features longtime collaborator Matt Guillory on keyboards, Marco Sfogli on guitars, Peter Wildoer from DARKANE on drums/screaming vocals, James LaBrie stated The release of Static Impulse is one that the whole band is psyched about. This is modern metal and as heavy and relevant as any band out there going in a similar musical direction. There are riffs that will blow your head off and melodies both musically and vocally that are hypnotic, get in the drivers seat and let the ears bleed. Enjoy and see you out there with a tour to follow up, in 2011s interview for Prog-Sphere. com, LaBrie stated that the US tour got cancelled, saying Because it was so disorganized last time. Thats why I basically said, You dont have the visas yet, where were at this point, by the time you get the visas processed, were gonna have one rehearsal and then were gonna go out. And I said, Im not doing that, in July 2013, LaBries album Impermanent Resonance was released. Throughout his career with Dream Theater, LaBrie has lent his voice to other artists records as well as tribute albumsJames LaBrie – LaBrie in 2012
9. Geddy Lee – Geddy Lee Weinrib, OC, known professionally as Geddy Lee, is a Canadian musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush. Lee joined what would become Rush in September 1968, at the request of his childhood friend Alex Lifeson, replacing original bassist, Lees first solo effort, My Favourite Headache, was released in 2000. Along with his Rush bandmates – guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart – Lee was made an Officer of the Order of Canada on May 9,1996, the trio was the first rock band to be so honoured, as a group. Lee is ranked 13th by Hit Parader on their list of the 100 Greatest Heavy Metal vocalists of all time, Lee was born on July 29,1953 in Willowdale, Toronto, Ontario, to Morris and Mary Weinrib. They were about 13 years old when they were imprisoned at Auschwitz concentration camp. It was kind of surreal pre-teen shit, says Lee, describing how his father bribed guards to bring his mother shoes, after a period, his mother was transferred to Bergen-Belsen and his father to Dachau. When the war ended four years later and the Allies liberated the camps, his father set out in search of his mother and they married there and eventually immigrated to Canada. In Canada, Lees parents gave him a Jewish education, with a bar mitzvah at age 13 and his father was a skilled musician, but died the year before from medical problems resulting from his imprisonment. This forced his mother to find work to support three children. He said that losing his father at such an early age made him aware of how life can disappear. He turned his basement into practice space for a band he formed with high-school friends, after the band began earning income from small performances at high-school shows or other events, he decided to drop out of high school and play rock and roll professionally. His mother was devastated when he told her, and he feels that he owes her for the disappointments in her life. All the shit I put her through, he says, on top of the fact that she just lost her husband, I felt like I had to make sure that it was worth it. I wanted to show her that I was a professional, that I was working hard, today, Lee considers himself a cultural Jew. Jweekly featured Lees reflections on his mothers experiences as a refugee, Lees name, Geddy, was derived from his mothers heavily accented pronunciation of his given first name, Gary. This was picked up by his friends in school, leading Lee to adopt it as his stage name, the song, for which Lee wrote the music, was released on the bands 1984 album Grace Under Pressure. The lyrics include the verse, I hear the sound of gunfire at the prison gate Are the liberators here. For my father and my brother, its too late But I must help my mother stand up straight Lee began playing music in school when he was 9 or 10, in school, he first played drums, trumpet and clarinetGeddy Lee – Lee playing his Fender Jazz bass at a 2008 live performance at the Xcel Energy Center
10. Harry Macdonough – John Scantlebury Macdonald was a Canadian singer and recording executive. Under the pseudonym Harry Macdonough, he was one of the most prolific, Macdonald was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. His earliest recorded performances were for the Michigan Electric Company in Detroit and he caught the attention of Edison Records with a demo recording he made in October 1898, and began recording for Edison in the Haydn Quartet. From 1899 until his retirement in 1920, he recorded hundreds of both as a soloist and in ensembles. During the 1900s Macdonald took a job with the Victor Talking Machine Company, as studio manager he oversaw the studio schedule, as well as negotiating contracts with artists and music publishers. Macdonald rose rapidly at Victor, becoming its national sales manager in 1920 and manager of artists and he moved to Columbia Records in 1925 and oversaw the technical development of its studios until his death. Works by or about Harry Macdonough at Internet Archive Discography of Harry Macdonough at Discography of American Historical Recordings, UC Santa Barbara LibraryHarry Macdonough – Harry Macdonough
11. Daniel Panetta – Daniel Panetta, also known as Danny Payne is a Canadian musician, producer, and vocalist for the alternative rock band St. Yesterday. He was born in Angus, Ontario, Panetta began singing at age five inspired by Elvis Presley. In 2008 Panetta was signed by former Canadian Idol judge Farley Flex, a year later in 2012 he was selected to perform at the Una Voce per Padre Pio tribute concert in Pietrelcina, Italy honoring the late Luciano Pavarotti. In addition to English, he sings in Italian, French, Spanish, currently residing in Toronto, Ontario, Panetta graduated from Humber College in 2013. With St. Yesterday Almost There Falling Solo The Closer I Get Unleashed Artist Website Band WebsiteDaniel Panetta – Daniel Panetta
12. Cam Pipes – Cam Pipes is a Canadian heavy metal musician, who performed as the lead vocalist and bassist in the Canadian heavy metal band 3 Inches of Blood. He performs a vocal style reminiscent of Udo Dirkschneider and King Diamond. Pipes was the member of 3 Inches of Blood to have been featured on all of their albums. Pipes influences include Iron Maiden, Twisted Sister, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Accept, Pipes formerly played bass for black metal band Allfather. Pipes was also known for playing El Diablo Azul on all three Meat Market films and he was a guest star in the musical comedy Metalocalypse on Cartoon Networks Adult Swim. 3 Inches of Blood Gallery on Alberta StarsCam Pipes – Cam Pipes, lead singer of 3 Inches of Blood at the 2010 No Sleep Til Festival in Perth
13. David Pomeroy – David Pomeroy is a Canadian operatic tenor. David Pomeroy was born and raised in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Pomeroy is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland, having received a Bachelor of Music. While continuing his studies at the University of Toronto, Opera Division he spent summer semesters at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh and he later entered the Canadian Opera Companys COC Ensemble Studio - Canadas premier training program for young opera professionals. Pomeroy made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2009, portraying the role of Hoffmann in Les Contes dHoffmann opposite soprano Anna Netrebko under the baton of Maestro James Levine. He had previously sung the role of Faust with bass James Morris in the annual Met in the Parks concert series. With the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, he has performed the roles of Faust and Hoffmann as well as Rodolfo, Skuratov Pinkerton. Notably, Pomeroy created the role of Stefano for the premiere of Filumena with Calgary Opera and proceeded to perform remounts in Banff, Ottawa. Also slated are engagements with the Newfoundland Symphony for its French Grand Opera Gala, Orchestre Trois Rivières for Verdis Requiem, Pomeroy is married to Alexandra Lennox, also an opera singer. Lennox is a member of the Canadian Opera Company chorus and has a private voice studio in their hometown, Orangeville. The couple has a 16-year-old daughter, Juliette, who is an accomplished guitarist, singer and dancerDavid Pomeroy – David Pomeroy
14. Henry Small (singer) – Henry Cave Small is an American-born Canadian singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and radio personality. In a career spanning more than 40 years, Small has been a member of three bands, Prism, Scrubbaloe Caine, and Small Wonder. With Prism, Small enjoyed great success and recognition in the early 1980s and his first album with the band was Small Change. It was the bands most commercially successful album on the Billboard 200. The lead single, Dont Let Him Know, inspired by the Kim Carnes song Bette Davis Eyes and it went on to peak at No.1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in 1982, and stayed in the charts for just over four months. Their follow-up, Beat Street, however, was more of an album by Small than a Prism album as it features no founding members of the band. After Prism broke up in 1984, Small worked with the Whos bass guitarist John Entwistle and he has also worked with Eddie Money, Doug Cox, and Richie Zito. Small pursued a career and released his debut album Time in 2002. He is currently working as a radio personality at CIFM-FM in Kamloops. Henry Cave Small was born on February 29,1948, in Beacon and he learned how to play the violin at an early age, but in high school discovered other kinds of music. He was bullied as a child because of his height, which lead to confrontations, in late 1969, Henry Small joined the Calgary band The Gainsborough Gallery. Though he did not appear on their only album Life Is a Song and his vocals and violin playing added a new dimension to the bands overall sound. From 1970–1975, Small was a member of the band Scrubbaloe Caine, other members included Paul Dean later of Loverboy, and the band was produced by David Kershenbaum from RCA. The band released one album, Round One in 1973. They broke-up in 1975, after being unable to find a new recording contract, in 1976, Small formed the band Small Wonder with James Phillips, Jerry Morin, and William King. They released their album, Small Wonder, in the same year. In 1977, they released their second album Growin, Small Wonder brought Small a three-year songwriting contract with Irving Almo Music. During this period, he made a guest appearance on Burt Sugarmans The Midnight Special, from 1981–84, Small was a member of the band PrismHenry Small (singer) – Small in 2015
15. The Tenors – The Tenors are a vocal group consisting of Victor Micallef, Fraser Walters and Clifton Murray. They perform operatic pop music that is a mixture of classical and pop, featuring songs such as The Prayer and Panis Angelicus from the former genre, and Leonard Cohens Hallelujah from the latter. Originating from Canada, Micallef from Toronto, Walters from Vancouver and Murray from Port McNeill, the venues they have performed in include the Tel Aviv Opera House, and the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. They also appeared on the 2009 and 2016 Grey Cup broadcasts and they have shared the stage with Sarah McLachlan, Neil Young, Paul Anka, Justin Bieber, Paul McCartney, Brian McKnight, David Foster, and Natalie Cole. Universal Music Group released their platinum-selling self-titled debut album and double-platinum holiday album, the Tenors filmed a PBS special at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts that began airing in 2012. The Canadian Tenors were renamed The Tenors in November 2012 in advance of their third album, also in 2012, The Tenors signed a US distribution deal with Verve Records. Lead With Your Heart went platinum in Canada in seven weeks, the album garnered a 2013 JUNO Award for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year and a JUNO nomination for the Jack Richardson Producer of the Year Award for Bob Ezrins production of Forever Young. Lead With Your Heart was featured on Katie, Good Morning America, Access Hollywood, ET Canada, CNN Morning Live, e-Talk, the group was the creation of Jill Ann Siemens, originally as a trio and debuted in 2004 in Victoria. Siemens then did a search to find four new voices. They released their self-titled debut The Canadian Tenors in 2008, Walters, Micallef and Pereira sang a repertoire of popular and classical music together for seven years. In January 2009 Clifton Murray replaced Jamie McKnight and the official The Canadian Tenors were formed, the band released their first holiday album The Perfect Gift on November 3,2009, and was later certified platinum by Music Canada. In September of that year, the group toured with David Foster as the opening act and they performed O Canada at the 2009 Grey Cup game. On February 10,2010, the Tenors appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, the album was released in the US October 30,2010, and has since peaked at #7 on the Top Holiday Albums Chart. On December 13,2010, The group performed during a special called Canadian Tenors and Friends. The performance included the Tenors, Justin Bieber, and Jackie Evancho, the Canadian Tenors appeared at the 2011 Emmy Awards, performing a version of Leonard Cohens song Hallelujah. Another special called Season of Song featuring the Tenors aired December 14,2011, the band announced on July 25,2012, that they were signed by David Foster to Verve Records. The groups third album Lead With Your Heart was released in Canada on October 9,2012 through Universal Music Canada, Lead With Your Heart is a 12- track classical crossover album. It includes covers of Forever Young, Amazing Grace and Nessun Dorma, the album also includes new compositions written by The TenorsThe Tenors – Clockwise from top left: Remigio Pereira, Fraser Walters, Victor Micallef, and Clifton Murray
16. 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
17. Rufus Wainwright – Rufus McGarrigle Wainwright is an American-Canadian singer, songwriter and composer. He has recorded seven albums of music and numerous tracks on compilations. He has also written an opera and set Shakespeare sonnets to music for a theater piece by Robert Wilson. Wainwright was born in Rhinebeck, New York, to folk singers Kate McGarrigle and his parents divorced when he was three, and he lived with his mother in Montreal for most of his youth. His father is a descendant of Peter Stuyvesant, the 17th century Dutch governor of New Netherland, Wainwright has dual US and Canadian citizenship. He attended high school at the Millbrook School in New York and he began playing the piano at age six, and started touring at age 13 with The McGarrigle Sisters and Family, a folk group featuring Rufus, his sister Martha, his mother Kate, and aunt Anna. His song Im a-Runnin, which he performed in the film Tommy Tricker and he was nominated for a 1990 Juno Award for Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year. Wainwright identified as gay while a teenager, in 1999, he told Rolling Stone that his father recognized his homosexuality early on. Wed drive around in the car, hed play Heart of Glass and Id sort of mouth the words, just a sign of many other things to come as well. Wainwright later said in interview that his mother and father could not even handle me being gay. We never talked about it really, Wainwright became interested in opera during his adolescent years, and the genre strongly influences his music. During this time, he interested in Édith Piaf, Al Jolson. At age 14, Wainwright was sexually assaulted in Londons Hyde Park after picking up a man at a bar, in an interview years later, he described the event, I said I wanted to go to the park and see where this big concert was going on. I thought it was going to be a walk in the park. Wainwright states that he survived only by pretending to be an epileptic and he has been reported to have stated that he remained celibate for five or seven years after the incident, and eventually became promiscuous. In 2009 the unofficial biography There Will Be Rainbows, A Biography of Rufus Wainwright, through weekly shows at Cafe Sarajevo, Wainwright was on the Montreal club circuit and eventually cut a series of demo tapes produced by Pierre Marchand, who later produced Wainwrights album Poses. The resulting tapes impressed his father Loudon, who passed them on to his friend Van Dyke Parks, Parks sent the recordings to Lenny Waronker, the DreamWorks executive who eventually signed Wainwright to his label. Then I put it on and I said, Oh, my God, the singer moved to New York City in 1996, performing regularly at Club FezRufus Wainwright – Wainwright in 2010 at the Metropolitan Opera opening night of Das Rheingold
18. Colm Wilkinson – Colm Wilkinson, also known as C. T. His versions of both The Music of the Night from Phantom and Bring Him Home from Les Misérables are acclaimed throughout the world, Born in Drimnagh, in 1944, in the downstairs room of his parents house, Colm was one of ten children. He recalls a home that resonated with singing, poetry, both of his parents were skilled musicians. His mother, a native of Crossmolina in County Mayo, was a singer and was involved in dramatics, while the banjo. Colm worked with his father, who was an asphalt contractor, at just 16 years of age, he went to the US on a tour, and soon after quit the family business to become a full-time professional musician. In 1976, Wilkinson sang the part of Che on the album for the musical Evita, instead of auditioning for the role when the production was launched in London, Wilkinson launched a solo career as a singer-songwriter. Wilkinson also featured as Dr. Jekyll in the original Jekyll, by 1977, Wilkinson released his own eponymous album, in his childhood home in Ireland, where he was known as C. T. The album charted in the Irish Charts for eight weeks at Number 1, after his successful solo LP, Wilkinson began to prepare actively for vocal competitions. This led to his representation of Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1978 with Born to Sing, earning fifth place in the European competition for his efforts. Colm starred in Voices, a based on the life and times of Joan of Arc. The shows music and lyrics were written by Derry-based composer, Tommy TC Doherty, with the single Child of Destiny being released at the time and now available on iTunes. In 1985, he collaborated with Andrew Lloyd Webber once again, Wilkinson was offered the role for the shows debut on the West End, but instead chose to play Jean Valjean in Les Misérables. The London production of Les Misérables opened in October 1985, at this, producer Cameron Mackintosh refused to open the show unless Wilkinson played Valjean, and Actors Equity relented. Wilkinson took the role despite the temporary setback. He won the Helen Hayes Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, in 1989, Wilkinson relocated his family to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, when he was offered the title role in the original Toronto production of The Phantom of the Opera playing at the Pantages Theatre. He has lived in Toronto ever since, and became a Canadian citizen in the early 2000s, from August,1998 through January,1999, Wilkinson played Valjean once again, this time in Toronto at the Princess of Wales Theatre. In 1995, Wilkinson played Jean Valjean in the 10th Anniversary Concert of Les Misérables at the Royal Albert Hall, in October–November 2007, Wilkinson undertook a cross-Canada concert tour, Broadway and Beyond, along with Susan Gilmour and Gretha Boston. Wilkinson plays the part of Lord Darcy in the season showing of Showtimes miniseries The Tudors which began airing on 12 April 2009Colm Wilkinson – Wilkinson performing in 2007 in Ontario Canada
19. 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