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    Albertine Caron-Legris

    Albertine Caron-Legris (b Caron, m Legris). Pianist, composer, teacher, b Louiseville, near Trois-Rivières, Que, 1906, d Montreal 1972; B MUS (Montreal) 1942.

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    Albertine Morin-Labrecque

    Albertine (Rosalie Odile) Morin-Labrecque (b Labrecque, m Morin, also known as Labrecque-Morin). Pianist, soprano, educator, composer, b Montreal 8 Jun 1886 or 1890, d there 22 or 25 Sep 1957; honorary D MUS (Montreal) 1935.

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    Alberto Guerrero

    Alberto (b Antonio Alberto García Guerrero) Guerrero. Teacher, pianist, composer, b La Serena, Chile, 6 Feb 1886, d Toronto 7 Nov 1959. Alberto Guerrero's early music studies were with his mother and his older brother Daniel; he was otherwise self-taught.

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    Alberto Pérez-Gómez

    Alberto Pérez-Gómez, b 24 December 1949 in Mexico City, Mexico. He obtained an undergraduate degree in architecture and engineering in Mexico City, did postgraduate work at Cornell University, and was awarded a Master of Arts (1975) and a PhD (1979) by the University of Essex in England.

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    Alcibiade Béique

    Alcibiade Béique. Organist, teacher, b St-Jean-Baptiste-de-Rouville, near Montreal, 20 Oct 1856, d Montreal 20 Jun 1896. After organ lessons with Romain-Octave Pelletier, he studied 1877-8 at the Liège Cons and travelled in Italy, France, and England.

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    Alcides Lanza

    Lanza, Alcides (Emigdio). Composer, conductor, pianist, teacher, b Rosario, Argentina, 2 Jun 1929, naturalized Canadian 1976. In Buenos Aires he studied piano with Ruwin Erlich, conducting with Roberto Kinsky, and composition with Julián Bautista and Alberto Ginastera.

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    Alden Nowlan

    Alden Nowlan, poet, dramatist, novelist (born 25 January 1933 in Stanley, NS; died 27 June 1983 in Fredericton, NB).

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    Alessia Cara

    Alessia Caracciolo, singer, songwriter (born 11 July 1996 in Mississauga, Ontario). Alessia Cara is a pop music singer-songwriter. She has sold more than 11 million records in the United States and more than 285,000 in Canada since debuting in 2015. She is perhaps best known for her songs “Here” and “Scars to Your Beautiful.” She was named the Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2016 Juno Awards and the Best New Artist at the 2018 Grammy Awards. Her debut album Know-It-All (2015) won the 2017 Juno Award for Pop Album of the Year. Her album The Pains of Growing (2018) earned her 2020 Juno Awards for Album of the Year, Pop Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. Cara has also won a SOCAN Award, two MTV Video Music Awards and three Canadian Radio Music Awards.

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    Alethea Arnaquq-Baril

    Alethea Aggiuq Arnaquq-Baril, artist, filmmaker, producer, activist (born in Frobisher Bay, NT [now Iqaluit, NU]). Alethea Arnaquq-Baril is an Inuit filmmaker who uses film to record, preserve and share Inuit oral traditions, knowledge, language and culture. Her films promote and advocate for Inuit ways of life and highlight issues that Inuit face. She owns the Iqaluit-based independent film production company Unikkaat Studios Inc., which produces films in Inuktitut and English.

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    Alex Cameron

    Alex Cameron, visual artist (born 1947 in Toronto, ON). Alex Cameron is broadly recognized as one of the most distinguished contemporary heirs of the Group of Seven, Jack Bush, and the Painters Eleven.

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    Alex Cuba

    Alex Cuba (born Alexis Puentes), singer, songwriter, producer, musician (born 29 March 1974 in Artemisa, Cuba). Alex Cuba, who lives in the small, northern town of Smithers, BC, is one of the world’s leading Latin music artists. A multi-instrumentalist who sings in both Spanish and English, he has released nine albums and won a Grammy Award, two Juno Awards and four Latin Grammy Awards. He has also launched his own record label, Caracol Records.

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    Alex Janvier

    Alex Simeon Janvier, CM, AOE, RCA, painter (born 28 Feb 1935 on Le Goff reserve, Cold Lake First Nations, near Bonnyville, AB; died 10 July 2024). A recipient of the Governor General's Award for Visual and Media Arts and a Member of the Order of Canada, Alex Janvier is often referred to as the first Indigenous modernist artist in Canada. Janvier was also one of the founding members of Professional Native Indian Artists Inc., also known as the Indian Group of Seven. His work is held in major museum collections throughout Canada, including the National Gallery of Canada, Canadian Museum of History, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and Winnipeg Art Gallery.

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    Alex Kramer

    Alex (Charles) Kramer. Songwriter, pianist, b Montreal 30 May 1903, d Fairfield, Connecticut, 10 Feb 1998. He studied at the McGill Conservatory, played piano in Montreal movie houses, and conducted orchestras on CFCF and CKAC radio before moving in 1938 to New York.

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    Alex Pauk

    Alex (Alexander Peter) Pauk. Composer, conductor, teacher, b Toronto 4 Oct 1945; B MUS (Toronto) 1970, B ED (Toronto) 1971.

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    Alex Trebek

    George Alexander Trebek, OC, television host, human rights spokesperson, journalist (born 22 July 1940 in Sudbury, ON; died 8 November 2020 in Los Angeles, California). Alex Trebek is a pop culture icon, best known as the long-time host of the TV game show Jeopardy! He began his broadcasting career at the CBC, where he hosted the music variety program Music Hop (1963–64) and the popular teen quiz show Reach for the Top (1966–73). He won five Daytime Emmy Awards from 30 nominations for Outstanding Game Show Host, and he holds the Guinness World Record for the most game shows hosted by the same presenter. An Officer of the Order of Canada, he received a Peabody Award and several lifetime achievement and hall of fame honours, including stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Canada’s Walk of Fame.

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