Alessia Cara is from Brampton, Ontario where she attended Cardinal Ambrozic Catholic Secondary School. She is of Italian descent. Her father was born in Canada, to Italian parents while her mother was an Italian immigrant. As a child, she wrote poetry, and did theatre. She began playing guitar at the age of 10 and taught herself how to play various songs. At the age of 13 she began her own YouTube channel where she posted covers of songs that she performed.