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Famous Composers from Canada

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List of notable or famous composers from Canada, with bios and photos, including the top composers born in Canada and even some popular composers who immigrated to Canada. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Canadian composers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These composers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known composer from Canada is included when available.

These people, like Neil Young and Tom Green include images when available.

This historic composers from Canada list can help answer the questions "Who are some Canadian composers of note?" and "Who are the most famous composers from Canada?" These prominent composers of Canada may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Canadian composers.

Use this list of renowned Canadian composers to discover some new composers that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. {#nodes}
  • Tom Green1

    Tom Green

    Age: 49

    BirthplacePembroke, Canada

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  • Neil Young2

    Neil Young

    Age: 74

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

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

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  • Robin Thicke3

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Robin Alan Thicke (born March 10, 1977) is an American singer-songwriter and record...  more
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  • Alan Thicke4

    BirthplaceKirkland Lake, Canada

    Alan Thicke (born Alan Willis Jeffrey; March 1, 1947 – December 13, 2016) was a Canadian...  more

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  • Josh Dolgin5
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  • Glenn Gould6

    Glenn Gould

    Dec. at 50 (1932-1982)

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Glenn Herbert Gould (; 25 September 1932 – 4 October 1982) was a Canadian pianist who became...  more
  • Paul Shaffer7

    BirthplaceThunder Bay, Canada

    Paul Allen Wood Shaffer, CM (born November 28, 1949) is a Canadian singer, composer, actor,...  more

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  • Owen Pallett8

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Michael James Owen Pallett (born September 7, 1979) is a Canadian composer, violinist,...  more

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  • Paul Gross9

    Paul Gross

    Age: 61

    BirthplaceCanada, Alberta, Division No. 6, Alberta, Rocky View No. 44

    Paul Michael Gross, OC (born April 30, 1959) is a Canadian actor, producer, director, singer,...  more
  • R. Murray Schafer10

    BirthplaceSarnia, Canada

    Raymond Murray Schafer, CC is a Canadian composer, writer, music educator and environmentalist...  more
  • Mathieu Soucy11

    BirthplaceSainte-Foy, Quebec City, Quebec City, Canada

    Mathieu Soucy is a professionnal drummer, composer and multi-instrumentist musician based in...  more
  • Colin McPhee12

    Colin McPhee

    Dec. at 64 (1900-1964)

    BirthplaceMontreal, Canada

    Colin Carhart McPhee (March 15, 1900 – January 7, 1964) was a Canadian composer and...  more
  • Claude Vivier13

    Claude Vivier

    Dec. at 35 (1948-1983)

    BirthplaceMontreal, Canada

    Claude Vivier (14 April 1948 – 7 March 1983) was a Canadian composer....  more
  • Loreena McKennitt14

    BirthplaceMorden, Canada

    Loreena Isabel Irene McKennitt, (born February 17, 1957) is a Canadian musician, composer,...  more

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  • Buffy Sainte-Marie15

    Buffy Sainte-Marie

    Age: 79

    BirthplacePiapot, Piapot No. 110, Canada

    Buffy Sainte-Marie, OC (born Beverly Sainte-Marie, c. February 20, 1941) is a...  more


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  • 16

    BirthplaceWinnipeg, Canada

    Victor Albert Davies is an award winning Canadian composer, pianist, and conductor, best...  more
  • 17

    BirthplaceMontreal, Canada

    Arthur Terence Galt MacDermot (December 18, 1928 – December 17, 2018) was a Canadian-American...  more
  • Brenda Russell18

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Brenda Russell (née Gordon; born April 8, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter and...  more

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  • Oscar Peterson19

    Oscar Peterson

    Dec. at 82 (1925-2007)

    BirthplaceMontreal, Canada

    Oscar Emmanuel Peterson, (August 15, 1925 – December 23, 2007) was a Canadian jazz pianist...  more

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  • Howard Shore20

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Howard Leslie Shore (born October 18, 1946) is a Canadian composer who is notable for his...  more

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  • David Foster21

    BirthplaceVictoria, Canada

    David Walter Foster, OC, OBC (born November 1, 1949), is a Canadian musician, record producer,...  more

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    Steve Barakatt (born May 17, 1973) in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada from a family of Lebanese...  more
  • Tamara Bernier23


    Tamara Bernier Evans is a Canadian actress, singer, writer and producer. She obtained a BFA in...  more
  • Barbra Amesbury24

    BirthplaceKirkland Lake, Canada

    Barbra Amesbury (born 1948) is a Canadian philanthropist, singer-songwriter, composer and...  more
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    Normand Corbeil

    Dec. at 57 (1956-2013)

    BirthplaceMontreal, Canada

    Normand Corbeil was a musician, film score composer and composer....  more