Year on Twitter: Canadian Entertainment in 2018

By Michael Palombo
Wednesday, 5 December 2018

From the stage to the screen, top personalities from music, film and television played a leading role in Twitter conversations in 2018. Our Canadian insights show that amongst Canadians on Twitter, it was a mix of global sensations and homegrown talent that owned the entertainment conversation this year.

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Here is a rundown of the personalities that kept Canadians talking about music, movies, television and trends on Twitter in 2018.

Global Superstars

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K-Pop sensations BTS (@BTS_twt) took Canadian Twitter by storm in 2018. The South Korean boy band was the most-mentioned Twitter account by Canadians in the past year, more than U.S. president Donald Trump or Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau.

Furthermore, our Twitter Canada Moments Tweet showing the groupexploring Niagara Falls was the most-liked Tweet sent by Twitter Canada in 2018.

Amongst individual entertainment personalities, actor/musician Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) was the most-mentioned talent on Twitter by Canadians in 2018. She edged out hip-hop star Kanye West (@kanyewest) and Toronto’s own Drake (@Drake) for those top honours.

Canadian Music in 2018

Buoyed by the June 2018 release of Scorpion and a series of high-profile concerts (and cancellations), Drake (@drake) dethroned Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) as the most-mentioned Canadian musician on Twitter for the year. 2018 also marks the first year that Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) earned more Twitter mentions than Justin Bieber.

Montreal’s Grimes (@Grimessz) and Toronto’s Tory Lanez (@ToryLanez) also entered the Top 10 most-mentioned Canadian musician list for the first time.

 

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These were the most-mentioned Canadian musical artists on Twitter in 2018

  1. Drake (@drake)
  2. Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes)
  3. Justin Bieber (@justinbieber)
  4. The Weeknd (@theweeknd)
  5. Sebastian Olzanski (@sebtsb)
  6. Avril Lavigne (@AvrilLavigne)
  7. Grimes (@Grimezsz)
  8. Daniel Caesar (@DanielCaesar)
  9. Tory Lanez (@ToryLanez)
  10. Celine Dion (@CelineDion)

Film and Television

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Moving over to the silver and small screens, Ryan Reynolds (@VanCityReynolds) was the most-mentioned Canadian male actor on Twitter in 2018. He inherits that title back from fellow BC-native Seth Rogen (@sethrogen) who held the honour in 2017. Reynolds was Canada’s most-mentioned actor on Twitter in 2016.

Amongst females, Shay Mitchell (@shaymitch) was once again the most-mentioned Canadian female actor on Twitter for the third year in a row.

These were the most-mentioned Canadian male actors on Twitter in 2018

  1. Ryan Reynolds (@VanCityReynolds)
  2. Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey)
  3. Seth Rogen (@sethrogen)
  4. Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell)
  5. Finn Wolfhard (@FinnSkata)

These were the most-mentioned Canadian female actors on Twitter in 2018

  1. Shay Mitchell (@shaymitch)
  2. Nina Dobrev (@ninadobrev)
  3. Sandra Oh (@IamSandraOh)
  4. Stana Katic (@Stana_Katic)
  5. Evangeline Lilly (@EvangelineLilly)

NOTE: All data insights contained in this blog are based on Twitter data collected between January 1, 2018 and November 30, 2018.

 

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