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The Top Five Trending Female Canadian Recording Artists

Updated on March 29, 2017

Five of Canada's brightest female singers:

When most of us think of female Canadian exports over the past few decades, many obvious picks come to mind such as Alanis Morrisette, Shania Twain, Joni Mitchell and Sarah McLachlan. Canada has historically produced worldwide superstars, and in 2017 the list of trending female artists remain strong. From legends keeping their brand in the news, to up and comers about to explode on the scene, here are the top 5 female Canadian artists making a buzz in 17’.

1. Carly Rae Jepsen

While many could have written her off after her infectious hit “Call Me Maybe”, Jepsen has held strong in the music scene with constant touring and follow-up singles. Since blasting on the scene in 2012, she has gained worldwide attention by an online push by Justin Bieber and follow-up performances on Ellen DeGeneres the Billboard Music Awards. Since become a worldwide icon, she has released hit singles including “I Really Like You” with a music video starring Tom Hanks and a notable cameo in the critically acclaimed 2016 Blood Orange video for “Better Than Me”. Jepsen is currently putting the final touches on her 2017 new album, which is highly anticipated by media and fans alike.

2. Alesia Cara

Toronto breakout artist Alesia Cara had a busy 2016 with the success of her third single “Scars to Your Beautiful”. Taken from her 2015 debut album ‘Know It All’, Cara has since collaborated with artists such as Zedd and made appearances on Jimmy Kimmel, Saturday Night Live and the 2016 Nickelodeon Halo Awards with Nick Cannon. 2017 brings more stepping stones to icon status with her new single “Fame”, which features international superstar DJ Zedd.

3. Betty Moon

Not all artists have had the career that Toronto born artist Betty Moon has enjoyed. With most recording artists quick to rise and fall, Moon has continued to grow in popularity with fans made every minute in Canada and beyond. With 7 albums under her belt, Moon has released her charting new single “Sound” and is poised to trend through 2017 with the upcoming release of Moon’s new album ‘Chrome’. Her unforgettable sound can be heard through her diverse catalog of releases, and past hit singles have included “Amourphous”, “Thunder”, “Time To Move On” and “Who You Talkin’ To Man”, which was featured in the worldwide hit John Wick.

4. Grimes

The Juno award winning artist rides just beneath the mainstream with her artful blend of electronic, pop and experimental sounds that have won her a massive fanbase with critical acclaim. As sources like Stereogum, Exclaim! and Pitchfork rave about her music, she also was named as having a top 500 album of all time by NME Magazine. Since dropping her first wave of music in 2010, Grimes’ dreampop sensibility and massive synthwave sound is infectious and equally matched by her larger than life music videos. In a world of safe pop music, Grimes is without a doubt a rebel and continuously off the beaten path. As she gears up for her new 2017 album, Fact Magazine quotes Grimes as saying it will be a “slow and reflective” effort.

5. Avril Lavigne

With a career spanning well over 15 years, the still young Ontario based songstress burst onto the scene in 2002 with her sticky as glue hit “Sk8er Boi”. 40 million albums later, the 31 year old singer/songwriter continues to evolve as a creative and during a musical break pursued acting, and ventures such as releasing a perfume and designing clothing. With continued festival performances and a guest vocal performance on One Ok Rock’s popular track “Listen”, Lavigne is heading back into the studio in 2017 to make her latest album. Fuel to her PR buzz has included relationships with Sum 41 vocalist Deryck Whibley and Nickelback rocker Chad Kroeger, but time has proven her brand expands solely due to her songwriting skills and infectious live performances.


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