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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*

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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.

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