Last updated on January 24th, 2021 at 07:00 pm
Influencers. Creators. DADDY BLOGGERS. Call us what you like, we’re here to change the GAME.
Let’s start with the basics—yes, Canadian dad influencers exist.
While I repeatedly say that dads overall need to do a much better job of sharing their journeys, there’s a handful of us putting in the time and energy to make sure we’re telling our stories instead of having them told for us. It’s easy to believe the hype and think we’re not bringing much to the table, but even if we’re but a mere fraction of the 4.5 million dads we have from coast to coast, we’re hoping it’s enough to start at least changing our narrative.
But while some of us have had moderate success getting those stories out into the world, it only takes a quick Google search to see we’ve got a long way yet to go. Searching any combination of “Canadian” and “dads” gets you results from 2017 in the top ten results at best, with some top tens having results all the way back to 2012 depending on what you combine them with. Are we talking about dads? Are our viewpoints part of the conversation? With so few of us, I figured I could do a little to improve things and at least make us easier to find.
We have a lot of Canadian influencers, but why is hearing more Canadian dad voices so important?
There are definitely some names I wish I had here amongst the Canadian dad influencers, like Shaun Worrell from Milk and Coco or Carl Bainbridge from A Parent’s Perspective, but the fact is that people are busy, and keeping up with a blog often gives way to other priorities. But it’s a list that I hope to see grow, as forty-odd fathers can’t even start to scratch the surface of what fatherhood’s all about.
Even in our group alone, you have BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson, whose Family is About Love explores what “family” looks like regardless of who’s in it. Dale Allen Berg talks about life raising children with special needs and how the complexities of his life don’t stop him from being a great husband and father alike. 2020’s had me struggling with being the Black dad of a mixed family; Joseph Tito continues his truly inspirational life as a single, gay, adoptive father of twins… no two stories are alike, and that’s what we’re really trying to drive home about fatherhood—that it’s not as simple as the world would have us think!
Why does a list of dadfluencers matter, though?
So with all this work put into the list, some people have asked why I didn’t just take all my research and sell it to PR firms as a service instead of putting it online for free.
It’s because making a quick buck’s not the point.
This list is to cultivate a presence for all of our dadfluencers across the country, making them seen in a space they’re often not represented.
Here’s what some have had to say about the list so far:
- Jerry Godinho sent a shout out my way, committing to continue being real, vulnerable, and authentic
- Christopher Sweeney wrote an appreciative post for being included on the list, too!
- One campaign manager even called it “a PR company’s dream” and said it was “laid out perfectly”!
On to the dads, though—some of the BEST Canadian influencers!
But without further ado, let me introduce you to the dads who challenge expectations, making people laugh, cry and do everything in between. Though I spent some time compiling this, I won’t pretend it’s completely exhaustive—make sure to add anyone I’ve missed through the form at the bottom so we can keep showing the rest of Canada what we’ve got!
I hope you find this list useful—thanks for checking it out!
Welcome to the Top Dad Influencers in Canada (Or Rather… ALL the Dad Influencers in Canada!)
|Casey Palmer, Canadian Dad||Casey Palmer, Canadian Dad||Toronto, ON|
|Dale Allen Berg||Dale Allen Berg||Kelowna, BC|
|Dai Manuel||Dai Manuel||Vancouver, BC|
|A Dad in the Burbs||A Dad in the Burbs||New Westminister, BC|
|Stephen Fung Dot Net||Stephen Fung Dot Net||Coquitlam, BC|
|Beyond the Rhetoric||Beyond the Rhetoric||Vancouver, BC|
|Dad Things||Dad Things||Vancouver, BC|
|Dad Camp||Dad Camp||Calgary, AB|
|Dashing Dad||Dashing Dad||Calgary, AB|
|The UnDad||The UnDad||Edmonton, AB|
|The Art of Dad||The Art of Dad||Canmore, AB|
|A Crock of Schmidt||A Crock of Schmidt||Calgary, AB|
|Family Filmmaker||Family Filmmaker||Calgary, AB|
|Canadian Dad||Canadian Dad||Ottawa, ON|
|Goat Roti Chronicles||Goat Roti Chronicles||Mississauga, ON|
|The Urban Daddy||The Urban Daddy||Toronto, ON|
|Big Daddy Kreativ||Big Daddy Kreativ||Oakville, ON|
|Daddy Realness||Daddy Realness||Hamilton, ON|
|Wandering Wagars||Wandering Wagars||Milton, ON|
|Keith McArthur||Keith McArthur||Toronto, ON|
|Dad Goes Round||Dad Goes Round||Ottawa, ON|
|Dad Mode: On||Dad Mode: On||Markham, ON|
|Dad Rock Dad||Dad Rock Dad||Toronto, ON|
|This Daddy Life||This Daddy Life||Toronto, ON|
|They Call Me Dad||They Call Me Dad||Cambridge, ON|
|Life With Benjamin||Life With Benjamin||Calgary, AB|
|A Dad's Adventures||A Dad's Adventures||White Rock, BC|
|Family Is About Love||Family Is About Love||Toronto, ON|
|Canadian Fit Dad||Canadian Fit Dad||Yellowknife, NWT|
|Dads with Attitude||Dads with Attitude||Milton, ON|
|The Dad Diaries||The Dad Diaries||Toronto, ON|
|Rick Campanelli||Rick Campanelli||Burlington, ON|
|Roz Weston||Roz Weston||Toronto, ON|
|BockFive||BockFive||La Salle, MB|
|Just Dad Bloggin'||Just Dad Bloggin'||Northumberland County, ON|
|Pop Culture||Pop Culture||Toronto, ON|
|Answer the Tullyphone||Answer the Tullyphone||Dieppe, NB|
|Parenting to Go||Parenting to Go||Toronto, ON|
|The Baby Gang||The Baby Gang||Cambridge, ON|
|Rad Dads Edmonton||Rad Dads Edmonton||Edmonton, AB|
|Four Columns of a Balanced Life||Four Columns of a Balanced Life||Toronto, ON|
|Nick North||Nick North||Salt Spring Island, BC|
|How to Hockey||How to Hockey||Huntsville, ON|
|The Dad Code||The Dad Code||Windsor, ON|
|The Longest Stride||The Longest Stride||Toronto, ON|
|Eat Famous||Eat Famous||Toronto, ON|
|Bobby Umar||Bobby Umar||Toronto, ON|
|The Unfit Dad||The Unfit Dad||Northumberland, ON|
|Xandrae's World||Xandrae's World||Toronto, ON|
|The Dadventurist||The Dadventurist||Gimli, MB|
|Real Dads||Real Dads||Barrie, ON|