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Famous Guitar Players from Canada

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List of famous guitar players from Canada, listed alphabetically with photos of the guitarists when available. Canada has produced some great guitar players over the years, including guitarists who specialize in rock, metal, jazz, folk, classical, acoustic and more. These are some of the best Canadian guitar players to ever live, so if you're a native of Canada and play guitar then this list should make you proud. If you're searching for a particular popular guitarist from Canada then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

List is made up of many different guitarists, including Ben Mink and Logan Mader.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Canadian guitarists?" and "Which guitar players are from Canada?"

You can click on the names of these legendary guitarists of Canada in order to get more information about each one. If you're a guitar player or just love music you can use this list of talented Canadian guitar players to find some new artists or bands that you might really enjoy.
Geddy Lee is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
Age: 66

Nationality: Canada

Birthplace: Canada

Geddy Lee Weinrib, (born Gary Lee Weinrib; July 29, 1953), known professionally as Geddy Lee, is a Canadian musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and ...more

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#113 of 696 The Best Rock Vocalists #60 of 398 The Best Frontmen in Rock #464 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time

Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
Age: 74

Nationality: Canada

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Neil Percival Young (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. After embarking on a music career in the 1960s, he moved to Los Angeles, where he formed Buffalo Springfield with ...more

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The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time #58 of 311 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #47 of 696 The Best Rock Vocalists

Alex Lifeson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
Age: 66

Nationality: Canada

Birthplace: Fernie, Canada

Alexandar Zivojinovich, (born 27 August 1953), better known by his stage name Alex Lifeson, is a Canadian musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, best known as the guitarist of the ...more

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#18 of 639 The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time #22 of 229 The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams #411 of 1,471 The Greatest Minds of All Time

Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
Age: 85

Nationality: Canada

Birthplace: Westmount, Canada

Leonard Norman Cohen (September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016) was a Canadian singer, songwriter, poet, and novelist. His work explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and romantic ...more

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The Best Leonard Cohen Songs of All Time #117 of 696 The Best Rock Vocalists #121 of 2,040 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

Avril Lavigne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
Age: 35

Nationality: Canada

Birthplace: Belleville, Canada

Avril Ramona Lavigne (; French: [avʁil laviɲ]; born September 27, 1984) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actress. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain and by 16, ...more

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There's An Insane (But Kind Of Believable) Theory Avril Lavigne Died And Was Replaced With A Double #6 of 218 The Greatest New Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years #471 of 2,040 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

Sarah McLachlan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
Age: 51

Nationality: Canada

Birthplace: Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada

Sarah Ann McLachlan, (born January 28, 1968) is a Canadian singer and songwriter known for her emotional ballads and mezzo-soprano vocal range. As of 2009 she had sold over 30 million albums ...more

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The Best Sarah McLachlan Songs #146 of 2,040 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #470 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time

Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
Age: 60

Nationality: Canada

Birthplace: Kingston, Canada

Bryan Guy Adams (born 5 November 1959) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer, guitarist, photographer, philanthropist and activist. He rose to fame in Canada and the United States ...more

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The Best Bryan Adams Songs #59 of 696 The Best Rock Vocalists #102 of 2,040 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

Jason Hook is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
Age: 49

Nationality: Canada

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Jason Hook (born Thomas Jason Grinstead on October 3, 1970) is a Canadian guitarist, record producer, songwriter and session musician. He is best known as the current lead guitarist of the ...more
Barry Stock is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
Age: 45

Nationality: Canada

Birthplace: Asphodel-Norwood

Barry Stock is the lead guitarist of the Canadian rock band Three Days Grace.
Gaston Gagnon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
Age: 67

Nationality: Canada

Birthplace: Saint-Georges

Gaston Gagnon has been involved in the music business since an early age. As a teenager, he learned to play the guitar listening to master guitarists Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and other greats... ...more
Robbie Robertson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
Age: 76

Nationality: Canada

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Jaime Royal "Robbie" Robertson, OC (born July 5, 1943), is a Canadian musician, songwriter, film composer, producer, actor, and author. Robertson is best known for his work as lead ...more

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#44 of 311 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #111 of 639 The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time #291 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

Jeff Healey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
Dec. at 42 (1966-2008)

Nationality: Canada

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Norman Jeffrey "Jeff" Healey (March 25, 1966 – March 2, 2008) was a Canadian jazz and blues-rock vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter who attained musical and personal popularity, ...more

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#82 of 639 The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time #582 of 925 People We Wish Were Still Alive #113 of 229 The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

Jesse Rivest is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
Age: 42

Birthplace: Ontario, Canada

Jesse Rivest is a Canadian singer-songwriter currently residing in New Zealand. His main instruments are voice and guitar. He has toured British Columbia, as well as Australia and New Zealand as ...more
Nick Gilder is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
Age: 68

Nationality: Canada, United Kingdom

Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, England, + more

Nicholas George "Nick" Gilder (born 21 December 1951) is an English-Canadian musician who first came to prominence as the frontman for the glam rock band Sweeney Todd. He later had a ...more

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#284 of 398 The Best Frontmen in Rock #487 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #585 of 1,060 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time

Chad Kroeger is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
Age: 45

Nationality: Canada

Birthplace: Hanna, Canada

Chad Robert Kroeger () (born Chad Robert Turton; November 15, 1974) is a Canadian musician and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the Canadian rock band Nickelback. In ...more

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Things You Didn't Know About Chad Kroeger #194 of 398 The Best Frontmen in Rock #109 of 632 Famous Lead Guitarists

Pierre Bouvier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
Age: 40

Nationality: Canada

Birthplace: Canada, Montreal, Urban agglomeration of Montreal, Québec, Americas

Pierre Charles Bouvier (born 9 May 1979) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, composer and actor who is best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band Simple Plan.
Frank Marino is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
Age: 65

Nationality: Canada

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Francesco Antonio Marino (born November 20, 1954) is an Italian Canadian guitarist, leader of Canadian hard rock band Mahogany Rush. Often compared to Jimi Hendrix, he is acknowledged as one of ...more

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#165 of 639 The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time #117 of 229 The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams #200 of 632 Famous Lead Guitarists

Jeff Stinco is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
Age: 41

Nationality: Canada

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Simple Plan is a Canadian rock band from Montreal, Quebec. Members are Pierre Bouvier (lead vocals), Jeff Stinco (lead guitar), Sébastien Lefebvre (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), David ...more
Ben Mink is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
Age: 68

Nationality: Canada

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Benjamin Mink (born January 22, 1951) is a Canadian songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, best known as a long-time collaborator with Canadian singer k.d. lang. He plays several string ...more
Jim Byrnes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
Age: 71

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

James Thomas Kevin Byrnes OBC (born September 22, 1948) is an American blues musician, guitarist, and actor.
Amos Garrett is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
Age: 78

Nationality: Canada, United States of America

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Amos Garrett (born November 26, 1941, in Detroit, Michigan, United States) is an American-Canadian blues and blues-rock musician, guitarist, singer, composer, and musical arranger. He has ...more

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#13 of 20 The Best Country Singers From Michigan #5 of 125 The Most Famous Blues Guitarists

Deryck Whibley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
Age: 39

Nationality: Canada

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Deryck Jason Whibley (born March 21, 1980), nicknamed Bizzy D, is a Canadian musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, best known for his work as the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, ...more

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#19 of 26 Celebrity Couples With Major Height Differences #31 of 43 Male Celebrities Who Are 5’4" #166 of 632 Famous Lead Guitarists

Pat Travers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
Age: 65

Nationality: Canada

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Patrick Henry Travers (born April 12, 1954) is a Canadian rock guitarist, keyboardist and singer who began his recording career with Polydor Records in the mid-1970s. Pat Thrall, Nicko McBrain, ...more

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#198 of 311 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #218 of 398 The Best Frontmen in Rock #134 of 229 The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

Bruce Cockburn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
Age: 74

Nationality: Canada

Birthplace: Canada, Ontario, Ottawa Valley, Ottawa, Americas

Bruce Douglas Cockburn (; born May 27, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist. His song styles range from folk to jazz-influenced rock and his lyrics cover a broad range of topics ...more

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The Best Bruce Cockburn Albums of All Time #144 of 311 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #241 of 639 The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

John Kay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
Age: 75

Nationality: Canada, Germany

Birthplace: Sovetsk, Russia

John Kay (born Joachim Fritz Krauledat, 12 April 1944) is a German-born Canadian rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist known as the frontman of Steppenwolf.