Lead guitarist for the Canadian rock band Rush. He has also released solo work, including a project called Victor.
His parents gave him viola lessons as a child, which he hated. His father bought him a guitar for Christmas when he was twelve.
He can play the mandolin and bouzouki.
He married Charlene Lifeson in 1975. They have two children.
His band made an appearance in the comedy I Love You Man, starring Paul Rudd.