Surprised when told Céline Dion was an American singer during a cool chinwag with colleagues in Beijing. People here tend to believe English-speaking non-Asian public figures, especially those big names, are all from the USA. Interestingly, many of them are Canadian artists.

Some popular Canadian names (at random):

  • Céline Dion
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Drake
  • The Weeknd
  • Joni Mitchell
  • Simple Plan (rock band)
  • Paul Anka
  • James Cameron (“Titanic“, “Avatar“)
  • Michael Bublé
  • Shania Twain
  • Neil Young
  • Bryan Adams
  • Justin Bieber
  • Sarah McLachlan
  • k.d. lang
  • Feist
  • Leonard Cohen
  • Carly Rae Jepsen (“Call Me Maybe“)
  • The Tragically Hip (rock band)
  • Alessia Cara
  • Nelly Furtado
  • Diana Krall
  • Marie-Mai
  • Gordon Lightfoot
  • Barenaked Ladies
  • Ryan Gosling (“La La Land“)
  • Sandra Oh (“Grey’s Anatomy“)
  • Jack Warner (Warner Bros.)
  • Ellen Page (“Inception“)
  • Ryan Reynolds (“Deadpool“)
  • Jim Carrey (“The Truman Show“)
  • ……

Incidentally , I hope you’ll enjoy Made in Canada (Apple Music Playlist).

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Mind you, Kylie Minogue, Sia, and Troye Sivan are Australian. Adele, Dido, and Sam Smith are English. Rihanna is Barbadian. Lorde is from New Zealand. None of these talents are American…

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