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Canada’s Top 10 Biggest Pop Stars

Victoria is a writer and student from Canada. She has been covering live shows and reviewing artist releases since 2016.

These 10 great artists will forever be remembered as Canadian royalty.

These 10 great artists will forever be remembered as Canadian royalty.

Let's take a look at Canada's 10 biggest pop stars. You may already recognize some of the artists on this list, but you might be surprised to find out who else is from Canada. Let's dive in!

Canada’s Biggest Pop Stars

  • Drake
  • Justin Bieber
  • Alessia Cara
  • Betty Moon
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Nelly Furtado
  • Carly Rae Jepsen
  • Nickelback
  • The Weekend
  • Feist
Drake

Drake

Drake

Born: October 24, 1986

From: Toronto, Canada

Years Active: 2001–present

Age: 32

Almost long-forgotten as a child actor on Canadian television, Drake is now a worldwide celebrity. He is one of the most famous musicians in the pop and hip-hop genres. Prior to being signed to a major label by Lil’ Wayne, Drake was an independent artist. He truly worked his way to the top. The Billboard charting and Grammy-winning rapper and songwriter is known for massive hits including "Hotline Bling," "Take Care," "One Dance," and "Started From the Bottom." With more collaborations, arena tours, and hits than most musicians could dream of, Drake is one of the most famous Canadians who has ever lived.

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber

Born: March 1, 1994

From: Stratford, Ontario

Years Active: 2007–present

Age: 25

While he was once only associated with tween audiences, Justin Bieber has managed to push past the “child star” curse and gain respect as a major long-term artist (a nod to Justin Timberlake, as well). Post “Baby,” his hits in recent years include the instantly recognizable “What Do You Mean?,” “Love Yourself,” and “Sorry.” Perhaps you’ve heard them at the mall, or even in concert. Love him or not, one thing is for sure, his songs are iconic and he will forever be a piece of Canadian music history.

Alessia Cara

Alessia Cara

Alessia Cara

Born: July 11, 1996

From: Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Years Active: 2014–present

Age: 23

Originally from Brampton, pop/R&B songwriter Alessia Cara originally caught our ears with beautiful acoustic covers of many song favorites. After quickly signing to Def Jam before the age of 20, she made impressive leaps with hit songs, topping the charts and collaborating with some of music’s top artists. Superstar Logic also included Cara on his song of the year 1-800-273-8255, which carried impactful purpose with the song’s message and further launched Cara to celebrity status. As I type this, her newly released EP ‘This Summer’ is easily a favorite release of September 19’.

Betty Moon

Betty Moon

Betty Moon

Signed: 1991

From: Toronto , Canada

Years Active: 1991–present

Age 46

The Los Angeles based songwriter, performer, and entrepreneur has strong Toronto roots and has been nominated for multiple CASBY awards. With over nine studio albums and dozens of singles, Moon unintentionally earned the reputation of being the queen of '90s DIY music. Being signed to A&M records was just the launching pad for this fashion-forward songstress, who worked her way to the top and set the example of finding success in an industry typically reserved for major label artists. Moon recently released Hellucination, an album with singles such as “Save My Soul” and “Get Your Gun.”

Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne

Born: September 27, 1984

From: Belleville, Canada

Years Active: 1999–present

Age: 34

While most 16-year-olds are worried about answers to their homework assignments, Avril Lavigne was starting her journey towards becoming the queen of Canadian pop-punk. Although most of her biggest hits were penned in the 2000s, Lavigne continues to reign as a top touring and performing Canadian artist (she’s from Ontario). In addition to her music, she has partnered on successful fashion lines and had multiple acting stints in film and television. Though she's accomplished so much by 34, this award-winning artist is showing no signs of slowing down.

Nelly Furtado

Nelly Furtado

Nelly Furtado

Born: December 2, 1978

From: Victoria, British Columbia

Years Active: 1996–present

Age: 40

The Victoria-based songwriter and pop star burst onto the scene in the late '90s and early 2000s with songs that will never go out of style, including "I'm Like Bird," which set the stage for a barrage of follow-up singles and opportunities. Furtado has been honored on Canada's Walk of Fame, supported philanthropic efforts, collaborated with artists like Timbaland, and, of course, fronted massive performances around the world. Her latest album, The Ride, was released in 2017 and includes the singles “Sticks and Stones” and “Pipe Dreams,” which charted in different regions internationally.

Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen

Born: November 21, 1985

From: Mission, British Columbia, Canada

Years Active: 2007–present

Age: 33

The “Call Me Maybe” songstress has been on the scene since her first go at mainstream music by appearing on Canadian Idol in 2007. The young songwriter and performer has won multiple awards, including a Juno Award, Billboard Music Award, and multiple MTV and Grammy award nominations. Her infectious voice and diverse song style has ranged from folk to synth pop and has earned her longtime radio play and critical praise for much of her catalog. Some of her other singles include "Good Time" (with Owl City), "The Kiss," and "I Really Like You."

Nickelback

Nickelback

Nickelback

Formed: 1995

From: Hanna, Alberta , Canada

Years Active: 1995–present

Mentioning Canadian export Nickelback at a party is sure to get a polarizing array of answers. That said, one thing is for sure, once you check out their live shows, you won't be able to deny their talent. It’s often the love/hate dynamic of both their diehard fan base and naysayers that have earned them extra PR year after year. Unavoidable hit singles include "Photograph," "Rockstar," and (potentially Canada’s biggest rock hit of all time) "How You Remind Me," which has over 500 million views on Youtube alone.

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The Weeknd

Born: February 16, 1990

From: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Years Active: 2010–present

Age: 29

Barely approaching the age of 30, Toronto born The Weeknd has already been making and releasing hit singles for almost 10 years. In recent years, his mass rise to fame has his included writing music for hit films like 50 Shades of Grey. He has also collaborated with worldwide superstar DJs Daft Punk, Skrillex, and hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar. Now one of the biggest artists in the world, his loyal fanbase is curious to see where he heads next. One thing is for sure, whatever he does next will definitely be a hit!

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Feist

Born: February 13, 1976

From: Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada

Years Active: 1991–present

Age: 43

Leslie Feist (AKA “Feist”) is a successful indie-pop songwriter and guitarist, who has released five albums to-date and is regarded as one of Canada’s best musicians. Although her music is most appealing to indie and folk music enthusiasts, she has had much mainstream success, leading to creative collaborations with rock groups like Mastodon and Broken Social Scene. The Nova Scotia born artist has received 11 Juno Awards, including two Artist of the Year awards. Her latest album, Pleasure, was released in 2017 to much media buzz.