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This curl-haired high schooler would eventually launch a pop career as...
Alanis Morissette, who also played God in Kevin Smith's Dogma.
This unassuming (and perhaps a touch nerdy) girl grew up on the shores of the mighty St. Lawrence, and eventually became...
Avril Lavigne, the Kawaii, Japan-pilfering pop singer who'd eventually marry Chad Kroeger.
These adorable toothless children would eventually morph into...
Two members of boyband trio B4-4, who looked like troll dolls and sang songs about oral sex.
Now, the brothers perform as RyanDan and look like the real estate salesperson who lives in the condo down the hall.
You may recognize this blond child from the untouchable Goosebumps. He'd grow up to be...
A hardcore legend in Ben Cook, who plays in Fucked Up, No Warning, and Yacht Club.
This long-haired fella looks like your high-school metalhead friend who eventually discovered Primus, but...
Instead of studying stage design at the Trebas Institute, he became Bryan Adams.
This coolguy looks like the burnout who taught you all about hot knives, but no, he didn't stay behind in your shitty-ass hometown of Abbotsford, because...
He became ramen-haired (usually, save for special flat-iron occasions) rock god Chad Kroeger.
This well-meaning high-school valedictorian might've given your graduation speech...
But he ended up getting hand tattoos and becoming Dallas Green.
Remember this guy? He was the leader of the glee club at, like, SEE school in Etobicoke, but...
Dave Bidini, a Rheostatic, hockey writer, and famed Joni Mitchell critic.
This adorable toddler? He only became Canada's biggest export...
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You got it: Drake.
This blurry high school photo looks just like Emily Haines...
Because it is Emily Haines, and she hasn't aged a day, seemingly.
This blond-haired, dirty faced child would eventually grow into...
Joel Plaskett, one of Atlantic Canada's favourite songwriters.
This enthusiastic child was hamming it up for the adults...
And now, as Kevin Drew, makes specialty body butters for adults. And adults ONLY.
This college freshman looks like she could've been used on Dalhousie subway advertisements...
But now, the bleached-blond Molly Rankin leads Alvvays, one of Canada's breakout bands in 2014.
This swoop-haired kid looks like he could've been straight from a 1960s baking soda ad...
But he eventually morphed into Rush's Neil Peart.
This cool-as-heck teenager looks like she'd spend class smoking in the girls' washroom, but...
She turned out to be Shania Twain. Also: Shania could've totally passed for Sarah McLachlan in high school.
This photo looks like the pugilist goon from the 1967-68 St. Michael's Buzzers hockey team, but...
Add some mutton chops and decades to him, ad he becomes Neil Young.
This player looks like he could've played alongside Valeri Kamensky on the Quebec Nordiques...
But it's actually Roch Voisine, a francophone music legend.
This trick or treater on the left...
The ageless Chris Murphy of Sloan.
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Do we really need to explain...
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That those photos were of Tegan and Sara?
These dudes look like the frat bros who live next door, all grown up, but...
They're actually the Moffatts.
Geez, high school was an embarrassing time, wasn’t it? Between the braces, the skateboard-carried-as-fashion-accessory, and Sharpie-adorned Chuck Taylors, everyone looked terrible as adolescents. Still, while we won’t judge anyone based off their high school selves, it can be especially funny to revisit old yearbook and childhood photos—because oftentimes, the faces peering back are unrecognizable.
That, too, applies to Canadian musicians—and we’ve found unrecognizable photos of some of our favourites. Like, who knew that the Moffatts would clean up so well as adults? Or that Neil Young looked like a bantam hockey-league goon? Or that Chad Kroeger was a garden-variety Abbotsford burnout? The answer: We knew, and now you do, too.