Millions of people including famous Canadian expatriates have left Canada to live in other countries such as the United States. Figures from the American Community Survey show that the United States is home to more than 822,000 Canadians. While the majority lead quiet lives, a few have become notable public figures and celebrities. Here are a few of the most famous Canadian expatriates.
The phrase "blockbuster movie" is synonymous with films such as Titanic and Avatar. Coincidentally, the film director responsible for these two top-grossing movies is Canadian-born James Cameron. Unlike many of his peers in Hollywood, James Cameron taught himself cinematography. He has been living in the United States since 1971.
When it comes to architecture, Frank Gehry is arguably one of the best brains in the business. Born in Toronto on February 28, 1929, the award-winning architect today lives in Los Angeles. Some of his world-renowned works include the The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain and the The Dancing House in Prague.
Justin Bieber is a Canadian pop music entertainer with a large following especially among teens and young adults. Born in the city of Ontario, he has received many music awards including Best Pop Vocal Album at the 53rd Grammy Awards and Artist of the Year at the 2010 and 2012 American Music Awards.
Although Keanu Reeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon, he is a Canadian national by naturalization. He has starred in a number of successful films including Speed, Adventure, The Matrix trilogy, and Point Break. He received a star on the Hollywood walk of fame on January 31, 2005.
Celine Dion is a highly successful Canadian singer who is perhaps best renowned for her song, "My Heart Will Go On," which is the soundtrack to the 1997 blockbuster movie "Titanic." Born into a family of 14 children, Celine started singing at an early age and made her first record in 1981. Since then, she has gained worldwide fame that has enabled her to sell over 200 million albums to date.
Shania Twain was born Eilleen Regina Edwards in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. To date, she has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide and won 5 Grammy Awards. She also holds the distinction of being the only female to have three consecutive albums certified diamond by the RIAA.
Pamela Anderson has gained fame and showbiz notoriety for appearing on Playboy magazine, acting on Baywatch, as well as modeling.
Whether you are planning to relocate abroad to gain fame or to lead a quiet life, we at Canuck Abroad can help. We have helped scores of ordinary as well as famous Canadian expatriates relocate and settle abroad by providing advice on a wide range of issues such as accommodation, employment, and taxation.