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Rj Staples

Rj Staples. Administrator, conductor, trumpeter, educator, broadcaster, b Grenfell, near Regina, 1904, d Richmond, BC, 9 Nov 1972; BA (Manitoba) 1931. In his home town he played in the dance and theatre orchestras and directed the band.


John Thrower

Thrower, John (David). Composer, conductor, clarinetist, b North Battleford, Sask, 5 Nov 1951; B MUS (Toronto) 1975. He began to study the clarinet at 8 and became principal clarinet of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra at 16.


Annon Lee Silver

Annon Lee Silver. Lyric soprano, b Glace Bay, NS, 18 Nov 1938, d London 28 Jul 1971; BA (Mount Allison) 1957, B MUS (Mount Allison) 1958.


Rosita del Vecchio

Rosita (Rosa) del Vecchio. Mezzo-soprano, actress, b Montreal 15 Dec 1846, d there 11 Feb 1881. A descendant of an Italian family which settled in Quebec in the late 18th century, she studied at the Sacré-Coeur Convent in Sault-au-Récollet, where she was a friend of Emma Albani.


George Zukerman

George (Benedict) Zukerman. Bassoonist, impresario, b London, of US parents, 22 Feb 1927, naturalized Canadian 1967; MA (Queen's, New York) 1949.


André Villeneuve

Villeneuve, André. Composer, teacher, b Quebec City 10 Mar 1956; premier prix counterpoint (CMM) 1979, premiers prix analysis, composition (CMM) 1983.


Ann Burrows

(Barbara) Ann Burrows. Teacher, critic, b Entrance, west of Edmonton, 16 Jul 1922; ARCM 1945, M MUS (Indiana) 1964, honorary LL D (Alberta) 1987. Her teachers included Frank Merrick and Frank Howes at the RCM 1942-6, Boris Roubakine in Banff, and Raymond Dudley and György Sebök at Indiana U.


Clifford Hunt

Clifford (Onufry) Hunt. Administrator, trumpeter, band conductor, b Hamilton, Ont, 20 Jul 1917, d Burlington, Ont, 13 Jan 2003. He began trumpet lessons at seven when he joined his father's Salvation Army band, and studied piano with Graham Godfrey.


Amédée Tremblay

(Pierre-Joseph) Amédée Tremblay. Organist, composer, teacher, b Montreal 14 Apr 1876, d Los Angeles 1949. He began study at 12 with Father Sauvé, the organist at St-Joseph Church, Montreal, continuing with Alcibiade Béique (piano and organ) and Father Cléophas Borduas (Gregorian chant).


Harry J. Boyle

Harry J. Boyle, broadcaster, author (b at St Augustine, Ont 7 Oct 1915). He worked alternately as a freelance writer and radio reporter in southwestern Ontario before joining the CBC in Toronto in 1942.


Hugh Graham, Baron Atholstan

Hugh Graham, Baron Atholstan, newspaper publisher (b at Atholstan, Canada E 18 July 1848; d at Montréal 28 Jan 1938). In 1863 Graham went to work on the Montréal Daily Telegraph and by 1869 became a partner in the new evening paper, the Star.


Sondra Gotlieb

Sondra Gotlieb, author (b at Winnipeg 30 Dec 1936). Educated in Winnipeg, she has published 2 novels: True Confections (1978), subtitled Or How My Family Arranged My Marriage, which won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, and First Lady, Last Lady (1981), a lively tale of diplomatic life.


Arthur Goss

Arthur Goss documented the poor living conditions of immigrant families and the impact of poverty on the health and welfare of children in impoverished areas of Toronto like St. John’s Ward for the Department of Public Health.


Oliver Goldsmith

Oliver Goldsmith, poet, civil servant (b at St Andrews, NB 6 July 1794; d at Liverpool, Eng 23 June 1861). The son of Loyalists and grandnephew of Irish poet Oliver Goldsmith, he was employed for most of his life in the commissariat of the British army at Halifax.


Drabinsky Moves to the Back Row

Garth Drabinsky should be used to it by now. He makes a decision, or launches a new venture, or sees a company under his command overhauled in one of those headline-grabbing power plays that have become as much a Drabinsky trademark as mega-musicals like Show Boat and Ragtime.