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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
Geddy Lee Weinrib, OC, known professionally as Geddy Lee, is a Canadian musician and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush. Lee ...more
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
age 74
Neil Young is a singer-songwriter, Musician,film score composer, film producer, film director, actor and screenwriter.
Alex Lifeson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
age 66
Aleksandar Živojinović OC, better known by his stage name Alex Lifeson, is a Canadian musician, best known as the guitarist of the Canadian rock band Rush. In 1963, Lifeson co-founded the band ...more
Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
age 85
Leonard Norman Cohen, CC GOQ is a Canadian singer–songwriter, musician, poet, and novelist. His work has explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. Cohen has ...more
Avril Lavigne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
age 35
Avril Ramona Lavigne is a Canadian-French singer and songwriter. She was born in Belleville, Ontario, and spent most of her youth in the town of Napanee. By the age of 15, she had appeared on ...more
Sarah McLachlan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
age 51
Sarah Ann McLachlan, OC, OBC is a Canadian musician, singer, songwriter, and pianist. Known for her emotional ballads and mezzo-soprano vocal range, as of 2009, she has sold over 40 million ...more
Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
age 60
Bryan Guy Adams, OC OBC is a Canadian singer, musician, producer, actor, social activist, and photographer. Adams has been one of the most successful figures of the world of rock music during ...more
Jason Hook is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
age 49
Jason Hook is a Canadian guitarist, record producer, songwriter and session musician. He is best known as the current lead guitarist of the heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch.
Barry Stock is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
age 45
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
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
Robbie Robertson, OC is a Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist best known for his work as lead guitarist and primary songwriter within The Band. As a songwriter, Robertson is credited for ...more
Jeff Healey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
Dec. at 42 (1966-2008)
Norman Jeffrey "Jeff" Healey was a blind Canadian jazz and blues-rock vocalist and guitarist who attained musical and personal popularity, particularly in the 1980s and 1990s.
Jesse Rivest is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
age 42
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
Nicholas George "Nick" Gilder, is an English-Canadian musician who first came to prominence as the frontman for the glam rock band Sweeney Todd. He later had a successful solo career ...more
Chad Kroeger is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
age 45
Chad Robert Kroeger is a Canadian musician and producer best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the Canadian rock band Nickelback. In addition to his work with Nickelback, Kroeger has ...more
Pierre Bouvier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
age 40
Pierre Charles Bouvier is a Canadian musician and composer who is best known as the lead singer and occasional guitarist of the pop punk band Simple Plan.
Frank Marino is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
age 65
Francesco Antonio "Frank" Marino is an Italian Canadian guitarist, leader of Canadian hard rock band Mahogany Rush. Often compared to Jimi Hendrix, he is acknowledged as one of the ...more
Jeff Stinco is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
age 41
Jean-François "Jeff" Stinco is a French-Canadian musician, who is best known as the lead guitarist for pop punk band Simple Plan.
Ben Mink is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
age 68
Benjamin Mink is a Canadian songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, best known as a long-time collaborator with Canadian singer k.d. lang.
Jim Byrnes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
age 71
James Thomas Kevin "Jim" Byrnes is a blues musician, guitarist, and actor.
Amos Garrett is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
age 78
Amos Garrett is an American-Canadian musician, performer, and author. He holds dual citizenship and was raised in Toronto and Montreal. He is best known for his guitar solo on Maria Muldaur's ...more
Deryck Whibley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
age 39
Deryck Jason Whibley is a Canadian musician and producer, best known for his work as the guitarist, lead vocalist, songwriter and producer of the Juno Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated ...more
Pat Travers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
age 65
Patrick Henry "Pat" Travers is a Canadian rock guitarist, keyboardist and singer who began his recording career with Polydor Records in the mid-1970s. Pat Thrall, Nicko McBrain, Mick ...more
Bruce Cockburn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
age 74
Bruce Douglas Cockburn OC is a Canadian guitarist and singer-songwriter whose career spans over 40 years. His song styles range from folk to jazz-influenced rock and his lyrics cover a broad ...more
John Kay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Canada
age 75
John Kay is a German-Canadian-American rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist known as the frontman of Steppenwolf.