Famous Canadians

Canada in all its vast beauty and expansive territories is the birthplace of many great talents. Some of the most famous talent of our time can call Canada home. These famous Canadians include Jim Carrey, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Keanu Reeves, and Avrile Lavigne. What follows is a little bit of trivia of a few of these native Canadians.

Jim Carrey was born in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada on January 17, 1962. He knew, even as a young child, what he wanted to be. He performed his comedy in school as a child and later in comedy clubs throughout Canada until he moved to Los Angeles at the age of 19. Rodney Dangerfield is credited with helping to launch his career after seeing him perform.

Celine Dion was born in Quebec on March 30, 1968. She comes from a large and musically talented family and was widely known in her hometown for her musical abilities. She released a series of albums first to the French Canadian audiences before her first US release in 1990 - only a year after she learned to speak English. She has since performed at the Grammy Awards and at the opening games of the 1996 Olympics. She has sung title soundtracks from several movies including Beauty and the Beast, Sleepless in Seattle, and Titanic.

Another famous Candian, Shania Twain, is a native of Windsor, Ontario. Born Eileen Regina Edwards, she changed her name to Shania, which is an Ojibwa Indian name that means, “I’m on my way.” She grew up in near poverty in Timmins, Ontario where the Shania Twain Museum is now located. She holds the record for the biggest selling country album of all time.

Perhaps newest on the scene, Avrile Lavigne is also a native of Ontario. She moved to Manhattan at the tender age of 16 and dropped out of high school before her senior year after securing a record deal. Her first single, “Complicated” went to number 1 on the Billboard charts and the album “Let Go” from which is was cut went 6 times platinum. Just a little skater girl from Napanee, Ontario, Canada, she achieved superstar status at the age of 19.