Canada Eh? 8 Celebrities We Didn’t Know Were Canadian

March 1, 2012  |  

With the exception of a few popular words like “Eh” and a small accent (very small most of the time), Canadian-born folks are pretty much just like Americans. We have a similar culture and similar interests (aside from providing great healthcare…). Many move from the country to the US to achieve massive success in the arts and in other facets, and when they come, they blend in pretty perfectly. That’s why it’s always surprising to find out that certain people are actually from Canada. We know the usual suspects: Drake, Melanie Fiona, Justin Bieber…but this list is for folks (some a bit random) that we had no clue about. And if you did already…*pulls out a cookie*

Check it.

Deborah Cox

*Clears throat*

How. Did. Youuuuuuuuuu get here!? Sorry, I had to do it. Maybe I was born under a rock and everyone and their mothers knew about this, but I truly didn’t know Deborah Cox was a Canadian-born sista. But she is! Born in Toronto by Afro-Guyanese parents, she was raised in Scarborough, Toronto and while trying to make a name for herself out there, she had the chance to be a background vocalist for Celine Dion. But it wasn’t until the early ’90s that she left for LA. Cox is often talked about as Canada’s biggest R&B artist thanks to her massive hit, “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here.” Oooooh they played that song to death.

Rick Fox

Who knew this fine brotha was Canadian? I sure didn’t. Fox was born and raised in Toronto to Bahamian and Italian-Canadian parents. Around three years old though, his family picked up and moved to Nassau where Fox would go on to be a basketball star before moving AGAIN with his family to Indiana.

Cree Summer

FREDDIE! I mean, Cree! One of our favorite chicks from A Different World and probably the hardest working voice actor out there, was actually born in Los Angeles. However, she’s repping Saskatchewan of all places and was raised on a Reservation in the province. I don’t know why, but I really had myself thinking she was born in like…Seattle or some mess. Well slap me silly, she’s a proud Canadian!

Vanity

THROWBACK! Vanity, born Denise Matthews, is a Niagara Falls, Ontario girl, and she had dreams of being a big star like Diana Ross. She entered beauty pageants in Toronto and even tried to compete for Miss Canada. At the young age of 19, she left Niagara Falls (and all that water) behind for the bright lights and big city of NYC.

Fefe Dobson

A very underrated singer/songwriter (who some like to say Rihanna originally swagger-jacked when she became a girl gone bad), Dobson, like Cox, is from Scarborough in Toronto and is everything from French, to English, to Aborigine, and Jamaican. Trying to make it in the industry up there was a struggle though, because Dobson said people were trying to make her into the next Britney Spears or Brandy, when she just wanted to thrash around and act a fool like the punk/pop star she is. Those Scarborough kids I tell you…

Keanu Reeves

Ha! Random, right? By the looks of him, I think a lot of people used to swear up and down that Neo…I mean, Keanu, was a Hawaiian man. While his father was Hawaiian, and he lived all around as a kid, our Matrix man was raised primarily in Toronto. All of a sudden, I have an urge to watch Speed

Tamia

Tamia is repping Windsor, Ontario for all those wondering, and when I found out I was highly surprised. In fact, the singer and Grant Hill’s love grew up in the inner city of Windsor, in an area very close to Detroit. While there, Tamia was already making a name for herself in music as a young woman, winning scholarships because of her vocal capabilities, and also winning the YTV Vocal Achievement Award, a prestigious prize in Canada. “Officially Missing You” is like my favorite song…just felt like saying that…

Melyssa Ford

Famed video model and actress Melyssa Ford is a Toronto chick all day, even studying forensic psychology at York University, Toronto’s famed research university. It wasn’t until the late ’90s that she left to start her career. While working as a bartender in a nightclub in the late ’90s, music video director Little X found Ford getting her Cocktail on and wanted to help her get her start as a video model. The rest is history!

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  • RGJ

    Scarborough is not in Toronto, it’s a part of it…

  • Ayo

    yep i knew it, Melyssa ford was the bar girl at Club Nix in New york back in the day. i have always known that was her i use to see at club Nix.

  • Kjaimarie

    Yall forgot Melanie Fiona

  • Thatscold

    Should change title to:
    “Canadians We Didn’t Know Were Celebrities”

  • Glenjames52

    Canadians of color and otherwise have been gracing the silver screen as well as TV for a long, long time…remember Lorne Green, Bonanza? Yeah, he was Canadian and the list is very long…Nice job showing up Canadians of Color though…Toronto is my all time favorite city…Go Canada…Eh!

  • Guest1

    where are the people we did not know were haitian, or their parent/parents are haitian? Like Blake Griffin

  • Damn_Igot_it1

    Cree summer was raised in TORONTO …. born in Saskatchewan..

    She used to babysit me and my cousins

  • sweetie

    you guys forgot melanie fiona ….. lol

  • MeMe

    Hahaha… “York University, Toronto’s famed research university.”

    Well ok then.

    • t.dot.ovo

       Why the sarcasm?  It is a research uni…

    • Finedime25

      lmao for real

  • ???

    Canada rocks!

  • Tweety_Baby

    I’m from Montreal, Canada and let me tell you : it’s a beautiful place to be.

    • sholla21

      Hi fellow Montrealer. How are you liking the latest snowstorm?

      • Melrause

        i just cant wait for the spring time…can’t take it anymore!

    • Melrause

      Real city is the Coolest city in Canada im tellin you…

    • Valentine Joseph

      Originally repping from Montreal North, still love my home even when I’m away

  • F3ral Anarchy

    i love love loveeeeeeeeeeeeee the sistas in canada!  they are such a breath of fresh air to the sistas living here in the states.  (((gotta get back to toronto soon!)))   

  • Cree, Keanu and Rick Fox were the biggest surprises to me. 

  • Chanda

    Most all of them I already knew were Canadian except for Rick Fox. I knew about Tamia and Deborah Cox being Canadian the minute they came out.

  • Smacks_hoes

    I really would love to live in canada or the uk…

    • LisaLuvless

      Yes you would! I’ve been to the states;Washington,Atlanta,Boston,Pennsylvania,New York,Buffalo and to Manchester,England. Canada’s the clean version of the States to me,I hope that doesn’t sound bad cause that’s not how I want it to.

  • SweetPea

    Ive never heard of the last two people on this list, never mind knowing where they come from lol!!

    • LisaLuvless

      I hope you’re being sarcastic lol , being that the last two ladies are almost known for being Canadian and the first for breaking onto the urban scene.

      • SweetPea

        Unfortunately Lisaluvless, no sarcasm here….i dont pay much attention to celebs, canadian or american, so i must admit that these two slipped under my radar 🙂

  • Yes most say it, I’m not Canadian I’m American been in Canada for 5 years now and I say EH unknowingly

  • hyfr

    Good article. I<3JustinBieber!!

  • RedButterfly81

    What aBOOT Melanie Fiona?

    • They are talking about people we would not know about but people know about Melanie Fiona

    • Sarai

      No one says aboot here…I really don’t know where this stereotype came from

  • LisaLuvless

    Canadians are nothing like Americans… We’re cool 🙂

    • Smacks_hoes

      This is a serious question ….do Canadians really say “aye”? I heard a very canadians speak and they sound just like amerians. I don’t even hear an accent

      • Smacks_hoes

        Excuse the grammatical errors…typing in a hurry

        • LisaLuvless

          No, we really don’t. I actually tried really hard not to comment on that stereotype.. I’m just glad they didn’t talk about igloos..

          Native Indians/Aboriginals speak with the a different accent. Its kind of like the States,accents differ in Provinces.
          People in Toronto,Ontario have a lingo that’s greatly American and Caribbean influenced so its a mix of those. Some loser Canadians will try to talk like either one completely so WE even wonder where they really come from.

          • SweetPea

            And dont forget how they talk `down east`and in the Maritimes. That`s another accent altogether. We are not one homogenous lump as most Americans think we are 🙂

            • LisaLuvless

              Yeah,some have that subtle Queen(British)accent.

          • LisaLuvless

            Mounties,Aboriginals, french speakers say “aye”.. We might do it for fun..that’s about it.
            Canadians are chameleons,they will mirror whoever they’re talking to for some reason…
            Unless this was online, only white Canadians are true to the accent, my black Canadians think they’re New Yorkers or Jamaican lol * kanye shrug *

            • Valentine Joseph

              French speakers DO NOT say aye. We have our own language eccentricities but aye is not one of them

              • Msmykimoto2u

                So where did that word come from then?

      • Damn_Igot_it1

         No we do not all say aye…..

  • Smacks_hoes

    8 pages? Really