From high profile athletes to Grammy award winning musicians, quite a few incredibly talented individuals have grown up in the Maritimes.  We put together a list of some Nova Scotian celebrities that Canadians may or may not have known grew up on the East Coast.

Sarah McLachlan

Juno and Grammy award winner Sarah MacLachlan went to Queen Elizabeth High School in Halifax before being discovered at a Dalhousie concert.  MacLachlan opened a show at Dal with her band The October Game before being approached by a record producer who was in the audience.

Ellen Page

Before starring in Hollywood blockbusters like Inception and Juno, Page played small roles in Trailer Park Boys and independent Halifax feature Hard Candy, for which her performance won great praise.

The cast of Trailer Park Boys

You’ve likely seen one of the cast members from this hilarious eleven season mockumentary hanging out around the HRM – Trailer Park Boys used to film in Dartmouth, and many of their cast and crew members are local Haligonians.

Nathan MacKinnon

MacKinnon was drafted first overall to the Colorado Avalanche in the 2013 NHL entry draft, after winning the Memorial Cup with the Halifax Mooseheads in the same year.  During his minor hockey career MacKinnon played in the system of Cole Harbour which is just outside the HRM.


Chris Murphy and Andrew Scott, who make up half of Canadian based rock quartet Sloan, met while studying at NSCAD before Patrick Pantland and Jay Ferguson joined the band.  Since their first EP was released in 1991 Sloan has put out eleven albums, and won multiple awards for their work.


Originally from Enfield, Canadian rapper Luke Boyd a.k.a “Classified” has often worked out of Halifax, collaborating with other East Coast musicians and producers to create ten albums over the course of his career.  You’ve likely hear his take on “Oh…Canada,” which went viral in 2011 and received a Juno nomination for “Single Of The Year.”

Brad Marchand

Marchand played four season in the QMJHL between the Moncton Wildcats, Val-d’Or Foreurs and the Halifax Mooseheads before being selected by the Boston Bruins in the third round at the NHL 2006 Entry Draft.

Ryan Hemsworth

Native Haligonian and University of King’s College alumni Ryan Hemsworth has been releasing some unreal electronic music since 2013, selling out shows all over the world and receiving the SOCAN Breakout Award in Toronto for his work.

The cast of Picnicface

Halifax based sketch comedy collective Picnicface is made up of east coasters Mark Little, Andrew Bush, Kyle Dooley, Cheryl Hann, Brian MacQuarrie, Evany Rosen, Scott Vrooman and Bill Wood.  The troupe started releasing videos on Youtube in 2006, having garnered tens of millions of hits since then.

Sidney Crosby

Born and raised in Cole Harbour, legendary Canadian hockey player Sidney Crosby got his start playing hockey out east with the Rimouski Océanic, before winning the Ed Chynoweth Trophy and being drafted first overall to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2005.

April Wine

Originally a rock quartet based out of Waverly, Nova Scotia, April Wine formed in 1969 and since then has produced more than 20 albums.  The band was awarded an East Coast Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003, and became inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame in 2009.

Anne Murray

Canadian songstress Anne Murray was originally from Springhill, Nova Scotia, and went on to become the first female solo singer to reach number one on the U.S Billboard charts, having sold a totally of 55 million albums throughout the course of her lifetime and winning a record 24 junos.

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