Most Underrated Canadian Music Artists


The Top TenXW

1AnnihilatorAnnihilator is a Canadian thrash metal band founded in 1984 by vocalist, guitarist, bassist, songwriter, engineer, producer, mixer and mastering engineer Jeff Waters and former vocalist John Bates.

They are known in some segments of the international metal community but they are not known in Canada (outside the metal fanbase). - Metal_Treasure

2HeadpinsHeadpins are a Canadian rock group, founded as a side project in the late 1970s by then Chilliwack members Ab Bryant and Brian MacLeod.

Pure 80s hard rock with a female singer - Darby Mills. Her powerful and raspy voice rocks.
Songs: Don't It Make You Feel, Mine All Mine, Turn It Loud - Metal_Treasure

3Into Eternity

Prog metal, melodic death metal, thrash - Metal_Treasure

4VoivodVoivod is a Canadian heavy metal band from Jonquière, Québec. Their musical style has changed several times since the band's origin in the early 1980s.

They are really good but quite heavy and complex so mostly metal fans can appreciate them. I was surprised that Dave Grohl likes them. - Metal_Treasure

I really think they should be number 2 - gemcloben

5David FosterDavid Walter Foster is a Canadian musician, record producer, composer, songwriter, and arranger, who has won 16 Grammys.

He won 16 Grammys out of 47 nominations but who knows his name? Nobody. - Metal_Treasure

6LoverboyLoverboy is a Canadian rock group formed in 1979 in Calgary, Alberta. Loverboy's hit singles, particularly "Turn Me Loose" and "Working for the Weekend", have become arena rock staples and are still heard on many classic rock and classic hits radio stations across the United States and Canada.

They are a rock band. Songs: Turn Me Loose, Working for the Weekend - Metal_Treasure

7Paul AnkaPaul Albert Anka, OC is a Canadian American singer, songwriter, and actor. Anka became famous during the late 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s with hit songs like "Diana", "Lonely Boy", "Put Your Head on My Shoulder", and " Having My Baby".

Not many people know that Frank Sinatra's signature song "My Way" exists thanks to Paul Anka.
Paul Anka wrote English lyrics to a French song he heard in Paris (Comme d'habitude). He contacted the authors and bought the song's publication and adaptation rights for ONE dollar.
So "My Way" is actually a cover song.
Paul Anka has his own songs, too - he's a singer and songwriter. - Metal_Treasure

8TriumphTriumph is a Canadian hard rock power trio that was popular in the late 1970s through the 1980s. Between the band's 16 albums and DVDs, Triumph has received 18 gold and 9 platinum awards in Canada and the United States.

Songs: Lay it on the Line, Fight The Good Fight, Magic Power, Somebody's Out There, Follow Your Heart - Metal_Treasure

9Honeymoon SuiteHoneymoon Suite is a Canadian hard rock/glam metal band formed in 1981 in Niagara Falls. The band's name was a nod to the fact that Niagara Falls is the unofficial honeymoon capital.

A rock band. Songs: Burning In Love, Feel It Again, New Girl Now - Metal_Treasure

10deadmau5Joel Thomas Zimmerman (a.k.a. deadmau5) is a Canadian DJ producer, formerly a web developer, who produces a wide variety of electronic musical genres, such as electro and dubstep, but is best known for pioneering work in the areas of progressive house and electrohouse. Notable songs include Ghosts n' more.

Certainly deserves more recognition for his multitudinous musical talents. He can make a track for literally any mood, and they are often surprising, addictive, and have hidden meanings. - PositronWildhawk

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11HelixHelix is a Canadian hard rock/heavy metal band. They formed in 1974, and are best known for their 1984 single "Rock You".

Hard rock/metal band, formed in 1974. One of the first Canadian acts to experiment with heavy metal.
Songs: Heavy Metal Love, Rock You - Metal_Treasure

12Glenn GouldGlenn Herbert Gould was a Canadian pianist who became one of the best-known and most celebrated classical pianists of the 20th century.

This is from wiki: "He was a Canadian pianist who became one of the best-known and most celebrated classical pianists of the 20th century. He was particularly renowned as an interpreter of the keyboard music of Johann Sebastian Bach."
However, most of the people don't even know his name, let alone his works. - Metal_Treasure

13Devin TownsendDevin Garret Townsend is a Canadian musician, songwriter and record producer. He was the founder, songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist in extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad from 1994 to 2007 and has an extensive career as a solo artist.

He's known for his work in the musical Notre-Dame de Paris and the #1 hits "Belle", "Seul", "Sous le vent", and "La Rivière de notre enfance". He currently holds the SNEP record for most weeks at #1.

His first album Seul became the best-selling French album of 2001 and remains one of the best-selling French albums of all time, achieving 2 million sales in Europe and going three times platinum in Canada. - Metal_Treasure

15Lee AaronLee Aaron is a Canadian rock and jazz singer. She had several hits in the 1980s and early 1990s such as "Metal Queen", "Whatcha Do to My Body" and "Sex with Love".

She sings rock and metal, and recently - jazz. - Metal_Treasure

16Marianas TrenchMarianas Trench is a Canadian rock band from Vancouver, British Columbia, formed in 2001. The band consists of members Josh Ramsay, Matt Webb, Mike Ayley, and Ian Casselman.

They make up for Justin Bieber.. awesome pop punk band! - soulpunk

17Carly Rae JepsenCarly Rae Jepsen is a Canadian singer and songwriter from Mission, British Columbia, and later based in Vancouver.

Listen to her last album, it's incredible! - TheEvilNuggetCookie

18Justin BieberJustin Drew Bieber (born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer, song writer, and record producer. He currently resides in Ontario, Canada (despite once claimed that he was Part-Indian) and he's Christian. He's the son of an author, Pattie Mallet. more.

Uh, everyone knows him. And everyone hates him!

His music has always been brilliant

19AnvilAnvil are a Canadian heavy metal band from Toronto, Ontario, formed in 1978. The band consists of Steve "Lips" Kudlow, Robb Reiner and Chris Robertson.
20Dead Brain CellsDead Brain Cells are a Canadian thrash metal band from the late 1980s. Called DBC for short, the band started in 1985 in Montreal as a small project named Final Chapter by guitar players Eddie Shahini and Gerry Ouellette, who put an ad in a magazine looking for a drummer.

Technical/prog thrash metal - Negative Reinforcement, Root of All Evil, The Genesis Explosion, Deadlock - Metal_Treasure

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