Despite its ‘business’ veneer, Calgary is the place of residence for a slew of well-known artists, including athletes, pop stars, actresses, and musicians. We’ve left popular ones off this list for shock value since they’re the poster children for the city. We adore them, know who they are, and swear we haven’t forgotten about them; we thought we’d use this occasion to surprise you! Hold on because there are 10 renowned individuals from Calgary.
1- Taylor Hall is an obvious pick
Taylor Hall was born in Calgary despite having played for the Edmonton Oilers for 5 seasons. Now he’s back in Buffalo, attempting to build something out of nothing. He also shattered a record previously held by Gretzky, which is impressive. The Edmonton Oilers picked him with the first overall choice in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He has played for the Edmonton Oilers, Arizona Coyotes, and Buffalo Sabres in the past.
Hall had an outstanding junior career, leading the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL to two successive Memorial Cup victories in 2009 and 2010. He was named the most valuable player in the Memorial Cup competition. Hall has been in the NHL All-Star Game five times. Hall earned the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player in season 2 with the Devils, becoming the first Devils player to win this award.
2- Tate McRae is number two on the list
“Tate McRae became a national celebrity almost instantly once her song “You Broke Me First” was launched. We don’t believe this 18-year-old songwriter’s popularity will wane anytime soon, with more than 65 million YouTube views on her COVID-produced video (notably displaying the Calgary Tower). She rose to popularity as the 1st Canadian finalist on the American reality TV program “So You Think You Can Dance” when she was thirteen years old. Her first studio album will be released in early 2022.
3- Steven Ogg is number three on the list
It would be difficult to envision him going for a drink at the Ship or hanging out in Olympic Plaza after playing some of the most loveable characters in mega-shows like Westworld and The Walking Dead. Still, he was born and grew up right here in Calgary, so he might have been discovered doing precisely that. He’s also the inspiration for and voice of Trevor in Grand Theft Auto V.
In an interview, Ogg said that he is aware of being stereotyped as “the wild man, the unexpected guy,” but that he does not mind if it leads to consistent employment. However, he said he would like to work on “other personalities [and] various universes,” such as his part as a father in the 2019 drama.
4- Tegan and Sara are number four
Tegan and Sara, the multi-talented indie pop twins, have fully taken over the radio waves on many occasions. We used to be unable to go anywhere or do anything without listening “Closer” on every speaker within a few feet – but we’re not complaining.
5- Elisha Cuthbert is number five
We’ve thoughtfully put this actress here as a palette cleanser on a scale of 0 to 10. This uncomplicated, down-to-earth princess is the nicest of the nice, and while often portraying the ‘all-American girl next door,’ she was born in Calgary, which is a very Canadian place.
Cuthbert featured in the ABC sitcom “Happy Endings” for 3 seasons from 2011 to 2013.” She had a recurring character on Netflix’s The Ranch” from 2016 until 2020 before becoming a full cast member in the second season. She was shortlisted for the Canadian Screen Awards for Best Participation in a Guest Role for her talent shown in the Canadian comedy series Jann (2020).
6- Jessi Cruikshank is number six
Jessi Cruikshank is most recognized for being one of the most famous MTV hosts the company has ever had. She is also Dan Levy’s BFF (though we can’t confirm this). Though she was born in Calgary, Cruikshank grew up in British Columbia, and we believe that qualifies her for our list.
7- Cory Monteit is number seven
Cory Monteith, best known for playing Finn Hudson in the TV musical series, was a fan favorite. Unfortunately, he died in 2009, but those who followed the program will remember him as a familiar and adored face.
Monteith had a rough youth, beginning at 13 when he began abusing substances and dropped out of school. He entered drug treatment at 19 when family and friends intervened. He disclosed his past drug usage as a child in a 2011 interview with a magazine, and he received treatment for addiction again in March 2013. In a Vancouver hotel room in July 2013, he died of a lethal cocktail of drugs and alcohol.
8- Ted Cruz is on number eight
Let’s be clear about something. We don’t want to claim, but facts are facts, and the facts are that 1. Ted Cruz is the ultimate awful, 2. He lives, and 3. He was born in Calgary. Is he in any way our representative? Every city has its share of troublesome ducks, but we’d like to think he doesn’t.
9- Cody Ko is on number nine
Cody Ko is a self-described “actor/comedian/YouTuber/podcaster/rapper.” If you’re a regular on the platform, you’ve probably seen him – whether it’s for his “That’s Cringe” series or that one video where he gets “called out” by Jake Paul, which we’re still trying to figure out. With a more than 5 million-strong audience, we believe it’s fair to say he’s cemented his status as one of Calgary’s most prominent exports.
10- Last but not least Jordan Connor
Connor is best known for his role as Sweet Pea, but some of you may be shocked to learn that he is one of Calgary’s many renowned individuals. Even though he hasn’t lived in Calgary for a long time, we are sure that you can’t take Calgary out of the child. He may disagree, but that’s beside the point for this listicle.
That’s all there is to it, Calgary. Ten well-known persons are technically from Calgary. Who blew your mind the most? Let us know what you think in the comments!
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