What Are The Most Popular Music Artists From Canada?

If your knowledge about Canadian music artists is limited to Carly Rae Jepsen, Drake, The Weeknd and Arcade Fire, then it is the high time to upgrade your list! Despite being a small country, Canada is a hub of creative, multicultural artists and musical festivals. Moreover, it is enriched with fresh-talent either as a musician, musical band, composer or singer. 

Here, we have compiled a list of the most popular music artists of all the time. In fact, you might be listening to one of these without knowing they are originated from Canada. Read on!

1.Shawn Mendes


Shawn Mendes

Here comes a pop-rock star in the making! Shawn Mendes is popular as first artist ever who gave three hit songs on adult contemporary in his teen age. At the age of 16, Shawn was included in the list of “25 Most Influential Teens in The World” by Time Magazine in 2014. After two years, Forbes named him in the list of “30 under 30” influencers. Certainly great achievements at such young age!

Shawn, the Ontario native, self-taught playing guitar through YouTube videos. Later, he covered famous songs by introducing a six-second Vines series. His good looks and great voice made him a hero on the social media platforms in days. Besides singing, Mendes also work for Calvin Klein as a model. Here are some of the hits by this young lad!

  • Stitches” (2015)
  • Señorita” (with Camila Cabello) (2019).
  • “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” (2017)
  • “Treat You Better” (2016)
  • “If I Can’t Have You” (2019) and

2.Michael Bublé


Some people are lucky enough to get what they dream of since childhood, and Michael is one of them! It is said that Bublé was observed enjoying jazz music in his early years and the interest developed with age. His grandfather paid for his lessons so he can achieve his goal of becoming a top music artist.

Michael’s first album was a great success. It managed to make it to the top 10 in Canada as well as the UK. In 2005, he got appreciations from all over the World for his album ‘It’s Time’ and ‘Call Me Irresponsible’ which was listed number one on the US billboard 200, the UK Albums Chart, the Australian ARIA Albums Chart, the Canadian Albums Chart and the list goes on. In 2009, Bublé’s album Crazy Love got number one position on the US Billboard 200. 

His holiday album Christmas was launched in 2011 and took top position on the Billboard 200 for five weeks! It also got into the top 5 listing of the UK. Michael managed to sale more than 40 million records across the globe. He won numerous awards for his services, including multiple Juno Awards and four Grammy Awards. 

Some of his popular compositions are below:

  • Home” (2005)
  • “Everything” (2007)
  • “Haven’t Met You Yet” (2009)
  • Lost” (2007)
  • All I Want for Christmas Is You” (2011)
  • “Hollywood” (2010)
  • “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” / “Jingle Bells” (2012)
  • Baby, It’s Cold Outside” (2014).
  • “It’s a Beautiful Day” (2013)

3.Avril Lavigne


Born on 27 September 1984; Arvil Ramona Lavigne is an actress, songwriter and singer. She shared the stage with Shania Twain at the age of 15, and by the age of 16; Arvil had signed two contracts of album recording with Arista Records worth over $2 million. 

Let Go, her first album was released in 2002 and was chosen as the best-selling album of the 21st Century. Avril singles Sk8er Boi and Complicated earned her fame as “Pop Punk Queen”. In fact, she is known as a key music artist in pop punk music development. In 2004, her second album was launched named Under My Skin. This album made it to the top of Bullboard 200 US chart and sold 10 million copies through the world. 

Arvil enjoyed a lot of commercial success not only in Canada, but Worldwide. In 2019, she presented her sixth album named Head Above Water. Beside music, she worked as a voiceover artist for Over the Hedge ( an animated film) in 2006. Moreover, Lavigne stepped in to acting career with Fast Food Nation in 2006.

A few hits by Avril Lavigne are listed here:

  • Sk8er Boi” (2002)
  • “My Happy Ending” (2004) and
  • I’m with You” (2002)
  • “Girfriend” (2007).

4.Celine Dion

Celine Dion

Celine Dion emerged as a teenage star and her success as a music artist went up with age and time. She gained recognition internationally by winning the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest as well as 1982 Yamaha World Popular Song Festival and represented Switzerland there. 

She learnt to speak English and then signed with Epic Records in the US. Her debut English album Unison was released in 1990. After that, she launched several albums throughout 1990s, including Let’s Talk About Love (1997) and Falling into You (1996). Both of these were bestsellers of that time and certified diamond in the United States. 

Dion also released a couple of French music albums along with English. For example, D’eux was released in 1995 and earned the ‘best-selling French-language album of all the time’ title. Later, S’il suffisait d’aimer was presented in 1998, Sans attendre in 2012 and Encore un soir in 2016. In France, all of there were certified diamond.

A few hits by her are: 

  • Where Does My Heart Beat Now” (1990)
  • “If You Asked Me To” (1992)
  • “Beauty and the Beast” (1991)
  • “The Power of Love” (1993)
  • Because You Loved Me” (1996)
  • “All by Myself” (1996)
  • “I’m Your Angel” (1998) 
  • “My Heart Will Go On” (1997)
  • “That’s the Way It Is” (1999).

5.Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber

Love him or hate him; Justin Drew Bieber never failed to reach to the heart of his listeners with his melodious musical compositions. Born in 1994, this Canadian singer was discovered by Scooter Braun – American record executive. In 2008, Bieber signed with RBMG Records and launched his first seven-track album My World in 2009. With handwork and dedication, he soon got popularity among the teen agers. 

After the commercial success of his first album, Justin introduced My World 2.0 in 2010, which made it to the Billboard 200. He was titled as the “youngest solo male music artist to top the Billboard in 47 years”. Internationally famous “Baby” was also a part of this album, and it made it to one of the highest certified singles of all the time. 

Bieber faced legal issues between 2013-14 due to involvement in some controversies and all these complications drastically affected his public image. Regardless, he has been working on his mental health since 2015, and trying to focus on his career. 

Some blockbuster hits are:

  • “Baby” (2010)
  • “As Long as You Love Me”  (2012)
  • “Boyfriend” (2012)
  • “Where Are Ü Now” (2015)
  • “Love Yourself” (2015)
  • “What Do You Mean?” (2015)
  • I’m the One” (2017)
  • “Let Me Love You” (2016)
  • “Despacito” (2017)
  • “I Don’t Care” (2019)

6.Bottom Line

Above-mentioned were just five popular music artists from Canada. However, the list is as long as you can imagine. Despite being a small country; the musical talent in Canada is matchless. A lot of youngsters are part of the industry and many more are eager to join them.