20 Inspiring Canadian Influencers to Follow in 2020
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club”
Have you been feeling uninspired, unmotivated, or simply unphased lately?
For some, the global COVID-19 pandemic has brought nothing but problems since early Spring. For others, (such as those working in influencer marketing or tech), business has never been better. The truth is, feeling stressed during an infectious disease outbreak is completely normal.
You may be anxious about the status or security of your job, or about the health and safety of your friends and family around the world. According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s especially important to check in with your mental health and stress levels during this time of uncertainty.
Some of the best ways to cope with stress during this time include: taking a break, picking up a new hobby, or learning something new! What better way to de-stress during Covid-19 than to get inspired by fellow Canadians making waves online?
Whether you’re looking for inspiration from an artist, fashionista, or unique lifestyle blogger in Canada, we’ve got you covered. Here is our carefully curated list of top 20 Canadian social media influencers to help inspire your next project--whatever that may be.
Here’s your club - now keep on reading to get inspired!
Notable Lifestyle Influencers
#1: Ania Boniecka, a.k.a. Ania B.
Kicking off our list is fashion blogger Ania B. from Toronto!
Ania’s website started out as a humble fashion blog, but it quickly grew to encompass home decor, fitness, finance, and technology. In 2017, she was nominated for the Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards (CAFA) Digital Influencer Of The Year.
Ania now runs the blog with her partner, Tyler Stalman, a professional photographer. Together, they fill the website with beautiful photos and lifestyle tips.
Follow Ania’s blog for fashion, home decor, and fitness inspo!
#2: Musemo Handahu, a.k.a. misslionhunter
Misslionhunter is a fashion lifestyle blogger based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
With bold fashion statements and bright pops of color on her Instagram, she encourages everyone to hunt the majestic within themselves. She’s a writer, stylist and digital content creator, but above all, she is a passionate community leader and role model.
Musemo uses her platform to educate and raise awareness on social issues. She is an advocate for human rights and inclusivity.
#3: Miko Wang
Flight attendant and bi-lingual travel vlogger Miko Wang chronicles her adventures in her YouTube vlogs and Instagram posts in English and Mandarin.
Miko is based in Vancouver, but in addition to local sights, she takes followers overseas with her on her Instagram stories: New Zealand, Korea, Melbourne, Hawaii and more!
#4: Becky Wright and Kelsey MacDermaid, a.k.a. The Sorry Girls
If you’ve ever watched a DIY decor video on Youtube, chances are you’ve heard of The Sorry Girls.
The Sorry Girls use their platform to empower women to create, through their DIY blog and Youtube Channel. They curate affordable, easy-to-follow, home decor tips while promoting sustainability.
It’s no surprise they have over 500,000 blog subscribers and nearly 2 million YouTube subscribers.
#5: Regina Ip
Regina is the foodie behind the Vancouver Pigout blog and Instagram pages. She’s visited and reviewed restaurants all over Vancouver and Toronto. Whether you’re looking for a killer fine-dining experience or the best donuts in town, Regina has it all covered on her blog (conveniently sorted by location so you can find out what’s in your area!).
Since March, she’s been channeling her energy into baking and cooking at home, just looking at her creations has our mouths watering!
#6: Jonathan Cavaliere, a.k.a. Mr. C.
At last, a men’s lifestyle blog!
Mr. C’s blog deep dives into the world of men’s fashion, giving style advice on how to look and feel your best. His blog also discusses travel, finance, and how to brew great coffee--on top of that, it focuses on sustainability in fashion.
Are you looking for the perfect suit? Mr.C can help! Through his website, he also runs a personal styling/tailoring company.
#7: Isabelle Chapadeau
A young Canadian TikTok Influencer based in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Isabelle uses her platform to educate her viewers about racial injustices, systemic racism, and Inuit culture.
With over 38k followers, this 22-year-old is a mental health advocate, artist and educator. Aside from using her platform to inspire and educate others, Isabelle also makes custom jewelry. Follow her on TikTok, and Instagram for more great content, to shop her collection click here!
#8: Abhishek Dekate
A Toronto-based influencer, Abhishek posts on food, home, travel, and everything in between. His posts range from best brunch spots to home decor.
Abhishek’s travel highlights from Portugal, Tobago, Calgary, Paris, London, Montreal, and more, give us serious FOMO.
#9: Mila G.
A Japanese international model currently residing in Vancouver, Mila has been featured in magazines worldwide. She is a lifestyle influencer who reviews products and tries out the latest trends so her followers (almost 300,000!) can stay in the loop.
#10: Boyu Ba
Ho Chi Minh-born, Vancouver-raised Boyu is a beauty and fashion blogger (and self-proclaimed “skincare junkie”).
In the last few years, Boyu has made her mark in the Vancouver fashion industry. She promotes her daily outfits on her dreamy Instagram feed, shares daily style hacks, and makeup tips, as well as career and self-development advice.
Looking for outfit inspo? Boyu is your girl!
Health & Fitness Experts
#11: Justin Yang
Justin is a Vancouver-based RMT at PRE Therapy as well as a Physical Wellness Guru.
On his Instagram page, he aims to inspire better living in everyone through his motivational posts and mini-workout videos. With simple tips and stretches, he helps his followers increase mobility and decrease body pain.
Check out his Instagram for fitness tips!
#12: Beverley Cheng
A fitness coach and the brainpower behind Born to Sweat, Beverley’s goal is to teach women to love their bodies through the power of sweat!
On Instagram, she posts free workout tutorials, fitness tips, and body-positive messages to encourage all her followers to get in shape.
Check out her Instagram page for fitspo, and workout tips.
Gaming & Technology Experts
#13: Imane Anys a.k.a. “Pokimane”
Imane Anys, better known as online “Pokimane”, is a Canadian Twitch streamer & Youtuber who grew past 5 million followers on Twitch mostly playing League of Legends & Fortnite.
Besides for sharing her skills and personality through her live gameplays, Imane also publishes lifestyle videos and regularly posts to her Instagram account.
#14: Linus Tech Tips
This Canadian YouTube channel aims to entertain while informing and educating viewers on consumer technology. Simplifying complicated tech is what they do best!
They create product reviews, step-by-step computer build guides, and a variety of other tech-focused projects!
Follow them on YouTube to see 4 new tech videos a week!
Artists & Designers
#15: Melissa Lehoux
Melissa is a custom calligrapher based in Ottawa, Ontario. She describes herself as “a thirty-something woman, wife, and mom.”
Calligraphy is her creative outlet and passion project. She often blogs about her parenting journey, while battling multiple sclerosis). She is a strong and inspirational woman.
#16: Tayler Grace a.k.a. The Fairy Hippie
Tayler’s handmade jewelry company is based in Calgary, Alberta! Each earring, necklace, ring, and keychain is delicately handcrafted with skill and care.
Her nature-inspired designs are on-of-a-kind, as she picks and dries the plants by hand. Her products have been selling out just hours after each restock, and her business has gained popularity since posting on TikTok.
#17: Char Bataille
Montreal based tattoo artist Char Bataille, is dedicated to making a safe space for tattooing. Their signature style is unique and often features whimsical illustrations and bold colors.
Aside from tattooing, they also commission custom clothing and art.
For more inspiration, follow Char on Instagram.
#18 Hana Shafi
Born in Dubai, but now residing in Toronto, Ontario Hana Shafi, a.k.a Frizzkid is an activist, writer, and artist. Through her art, she teaches about self-love, self-acceptance, and body politics.
Following the success of her first book It Begins With The Body, Hana is set to release her second book Small, Broke, and Kind of Dirty: Affirmations for the Real World in September 2020.
Follow her Instagram for weekly words and illustrations of affirmation, something we could all use during quarantine.
Small Business & Marketing Gurus
#19: Vanessa Lau
Vancouver-based Instagram influencer, and founder of @thebossgramacademy, Vanessa is the ultimate Instagram marketing guru. She offers online coaching to entrepreneurs looking to turn their passion projects into a full-time career.
Vanessa has helped thousands expand their social media reach, and turn followers into clients.
#20: Alex Cattoni
Looking to get started in the Copywriting field? If you found Alex’s Youtube channel during quarantine, you’ve pretty much hit the jackpot. Vancouverite Alex Cattoni shares tips on modern marketing.
With her social media engagement rate through the roof, Alex is the founder and face of The Copy Posse Academy, an online course where you can learn how to build a successful copywriting business - or any business!
That's EFFYDESK's Top Trending List of Canada's Top 20 Social Media Influencers in 2020!
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