Top 10 Canadian Female Singers/Artists

Top 10 Canadian Female Singers/Artists

Joni Mitchell,legend Canadian female artist

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Mon, 03/22/2010 - 18:05

 It’s difficult to have only the top 10 with so many talented, Canadian female artists in the running. I’ve been wanting to do this blog post for ages and have talked with many opinionated people about the prospects.  I can’t justify the particular order of the list, though I don’t think many can dispute Anne Murray as #1 and leading “the way for a whole generations of Canadian divas…”


I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention some of my favorite Canadian, singing gal talent such as Rose CousinsMeaghan Blanchard, Jill Barber, Sarah Harmer, Kathleen Edwards… And even Rita MacNeill, Natalie McMaster, k.d. lang, Diana Krall are legends, known throughout the world.  Arg, this list could go on and on and on!!

I’d love for you to weigh in and let us know of anyone missing or who deserves a mention!

10.  Feist –

9 .  Sarah McLachhlan –

8.  Alanis Morissette –

7.  Avril Lavigne –

6.  Shania Twain –

5.  Serena Ryder – &

4.  Jann Arden – &

3.  Mae Moore – (okay, I’m biased – Mae is my aunt and beautiful godmother!!)

2.  Joni Mitchel –

1.  Anne Murray- and on Twitter! (and she has a great connection to PEI!!)

1. Celine Dion (Anne Murray tweeted me and reminded me that Celine is the most successful recording Canadian female artist of all time).



Anonymous on Wed, 02/06/2013 - 20:01

I found her once on youtube and I loved her! I want to buy her album, but I can't remember her name.

Anonymous on Sun, 09/01/2013 - 01:40

Uh....that would be Joni Mitchell!

Anonymous on Wed, 02/06/2013 - 00:23

So glad to see other posts that mention people like Amanda and Chantal. Oh My Word ... how could they NOT be on the list. Unless I missed it in the comment though, there is one Canadian Female Voice that in my opinion could challenge the best of them today.

So I may be showing my age here but my vote for TOP Female Canadian Singer is LUBA. Anyone else remember that 80's hit "Everytime I See Your Picture I Cry", or when Luba did her cover of the classic hit "When A Man Loves A Woman". I saw her perform live twice and it was simply amazing. What a true talent she is!!

Anonymous on Sun, 01/13/2013 - 01:31
Title: Top 10

SASS JORDAN!!!!!!!!!!!

British born but Canadian

Anonymous on Sat, 01/21/2012 - 20:59

This list is Bullsh*t... lol

i can't even take you serious of professional !!


are you even CANADIAN??

lol she's the next best vocalist only to miss Celine Dion

Anonymous on Wed, 05/23/2012 - 01:22
Title: Indeed

haha Amanda Marshall is amazing. I just googled this to find her cause i havent heard her in so long and I was looking for one of her songs :) ty anonymnous

Anonymous on Wed, 04/25/2012 - 12:36

I can't take Celine Dion seriously, but even if I do admit she has talent, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, in their heyday, would be my choices for good Canadian singers.

Anonymous on Thu, 01/31/2013 - 20:17

Heart aren't canadian.....

Anonymous on Sat, 08/06/2011 - 21:33

Chantal Kreviazuk is a amazing singer/songwriter and a captivating performer. Sounds better than the cd

Anonymous on Sat, 08/06/2011 - 21:27

where is Chantal Kreviazuk? She's amazing and is a captivating performer. Sounds better than the cd.:)

Anonymous on Fri, 07/01/2011 - 14:38

Where is Loreena Mckennitt.

Really depends on your taste of music. No country singers for me please. I may lose everything that I worked so hard to get.

Out of your list here Joni ``her writng music skills ` , Celine `because I love to sing along with her`` are the only ones that I will take and run with. By the way its a guy posting this.

Anonymous on Thu, 06/09/2011 - 14:31

I'm not sure what part of Canada you live in but where I come from
K D Land would rate as #1 or maybe a tie with Anne . . .

Anonymous on Fri, 03/26/2010 - 15:58
Title: great list

Great list,
I would bump Feist up a few notches. My favourite Canadian female artist is Catherine MacLellan. She is a PEI's best kept secret.

Anonymous on Tue, 03/23/2010 - 03:08

I really like Jorane from Quebec. And, then there's an almost unknown artist named Thaneah in Alberta (who happens to know your beautiful aunt and Godmother Mae's hubby Lester!)...(Mae rocks too; the first time i heard "Bohemia", I was blown away!) Also, Chantal Kreviazuk (sp?)

Anonymous on Mon, 03/22/2010 - 19:56
Title: Avril???

Are you serious? Smart chick like you put Avril on your list.....uuugggggggg.

Carol Freaking Baker is better then Avril.

Anonymous on Mon, 03/22/2010 - 19:53

nutritionistPEI @moekerr- great post Another fantastic female #CanadianMusician 2 enjoy is @juliedoiron

Anonymous on Mon, 03/22/2010 - 19:53

Dawner2009 @moekerr @annemurray1 Hey ... what about kd lang??

Anonymous on Sat, 03/16/2013 - 07:04

You would have to be joking not to put K.D. Lang at the top or near the top of your list of Canadian vocalists at least in the popular music categories of jazz, blues, trad r&b, folk and pop absolutely regardless of your take on her philosophy, lifestyle or personal choices. The other notably absent singers that fit in this genre are to my mind Carol Welsman, Jackie Richardson and perhaps Angel Forrest out of Quebec. Don't forget about people like Edith Butler if you are going to talk Ann Murray.

If it is simply a popularity contest fair enough; if you are talking real talent then your list needs to be substantially altered. I also note you are missing some pretty exceptional classical and opera singers but in fairness I don't think that was really within the scope of this opinion piece.

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