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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

    Geddy Lee

    Age: 66



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  • Neil Young

    Neil Young

    Age: 74


    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Neil Percival Young (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. After embarking... more on Wikipedia

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  • Alex Lifeson


    BirthplaceFernie, Canada

    Alexandar Zivojinovich, (born 27 August 1953), better known by his stage name Alex Lifeson,... more on Wikipedia
  • Leonard Cohen


    BirthplaceWestmount, Canada

    Leonard Norman Cohen (September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016) was a Canadian singer,... more on Wikipedia
  • Avril Lavigne

    NationalityCanada, France

    BirthplaceBelleville, Canada

    Avril Ramona Lavigne (; French: [avʁil laviɲ]; born September 27, 1984) is a Canadian singer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Sarah McLachlan


    BirthplaceHalifax Regional Municipality, Canada

    Sarah Ann McLachlan, (born January 28, 1968) is a Canadian singer and songwriter known for... more on Wikipedia

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  • Bryan Adams


    BirthplaceKingston, Canada

    Bryan Guy Adams (born 5 November 1959) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Jason Hook

    Jason Hook

    Age: 49


    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Jason Hook (born Thomas Jason Grinstead on October 3, 1970) is a Canadian guitarist, record... more on Wikipedia
  • Barry Stock



    Barry Stock is the lead guitarist of the Canadian rock band Three Days Grace.
  • Gaston Gagnon



    Gaston Gagnon has been involved in the music business since an early age. As a teenager, he...
  • Robbie Robertson


    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Jaime Royal "Robbie" Robertson, OC (born July 5, 1943), is a Canadian musician, songwriter,... more on Wikipedia
  • Jeff Healey

    Jeff Healey

    Dec. at 42 (1966-2008)


    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Norman Jeffrey "Jeff" Healey (March 25, 1966 – March 2, 2008) was a Canadian jazz and... more on Wikipedia

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  • BirthplaceOntario, Canada

    Jesse Rivest is a Canadian singer-songwriter currently residing in New Zealand. His main... more on Wikipedia
  • Nick Gilder

    NationalityCanada, United Kingdom

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Nicholas George "Nick" Gilder (born 21 December 1951) is an English-Canadian musician who... more on Wikipedia

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  • Chad Kroeger


    BirthplaceHanna, Canada

    Chad Robert Kroeger () (born Chad Robert Turton; November 15, 1974) is a Canadian musician... more on Wikipedia

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  • Pierre Bouvier


    BirthplaceL'Île-Bizard, Quebec, Canada

    Pierre Charles Bouvier (born 9 May 1979) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, composer... more on Wikipedia

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  • Frank Marino


    BirthplaceMontreal, Canada

    Francesco Antonio Marino (born November 20, 1954) is an Italian Canadian guitarist, leader of... more on Wikipedia
  • Jeff Stinco


    BirthplaceMontreal, Canada

    Simple Plan is a Canadian rock band from Montreal, Quebec. Members are Pierre Bouvier (lead... more on Wikipedia
  • Ben Mink

    Ben Mink

    Age: 68


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    Benjamin Mink (born January 22, 1951) is a Canadian songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and... more on Wikipedia
  • Jim Byrnes

    Jim Byrnes

    Age: 71

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, USA

    James Thomas Kevin Byrnes OBC (born September 22, 1948) is an American blues musician,... more on Wikipedia
  • Amos Garrett

    NationalityCanada, United States of America

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    Amos Garrett (born November 26, 1941, in Detroit, Michigan, United States) is an... more on Wikipedia

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  • Deryck Whibley


    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Deryck Jason Whibley (born March 21, 1980), nicknamed Bizzy D, is a Canadian musician, singer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Pat Travers


    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Patrick Henry Travers (born April 12, 1954) is a Canadian rock guitarist, keyboardist and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Bruce Cockburn


    BirthplaceCanada, Ontario, Ottawa Valley, Ottawa, Americas

    Bruce Douglas Cockburn (; born May 27, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist.... more on Wikipedia

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  • John Kay

    John Kay

    Age: 75

    NationalityCanada, Germany

    BirthplaceSovetsk, Russia

    John Kay (born Joachim Fritz Krauledat, 12 April 1944) is a German-born Canadian rock singer,... more on Wikipedia