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Boris Spremo

Boris Spremo, photojournalist (born 20 October 1935 in Susak, Yugoslavia; died 21 August 2017 in Toronto, ON). Accalimed for his dramatic reportage of Canadian and international current events, Boris Spremo was one of Canada's most acclaimed photojournalists.

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Archibald Roy Megarry

Archibald Roy Megarry, publisher (b at Belfast, N Ire 10 Feb 1937). Megarry was publisher and chief executive officer of the Toronto Globe and Mail from 1978 to 1992 and was responsible for establishing its national edition.

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Adam Gopnik

Adam Gopnik, essayist, author, critic (born at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA 24 Aug 1956). While born in America, Gopnik was raised in Montréal, where he completed a BA at McGill University. He moved to New York, a city that remains his home, to attend graduate school.

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Alice Parizeau

Alice Parizeau, (née Poznanska), journalist, novelist and essayist (born 25 Jul 1930 in Luniniec, Poland; died 30 September 1990 in Montréal).

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Blakeman Welch

Peter Michael Blakeman Welch, composer, journalist, therapist, teacher (born 27 February 1935 in Birmingham, England; died 26 January 2010 in Winnipeg, MB). BA (Durham) 1957, certificate in education (London) 1960, B ED (Manitoba) 1974.

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Gratien Gélinas

Tit-Coq, created in 1948, grew out of Fridolin. The drama of the bastard who did not want to leave bastards behind him, the unemployed conscript, the soldier sent to England who never really came home, contrasted in the play with vivid, moving tableaux of traditional family life.

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Alain Chartrand

Alain Chartrand, director, author (b at Longueuil, Qué 2 Feb 1946). Alain Chartrand did his secondary studies at Collège Marie-Victorin and then enrolled in the Conservatoire de musique du Québec in Montréal, playing trumpet and double bass.

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Aziz Ahmad

Aziz Ahmad, novelist, short story writer, critic, translator, historian (born 11 Nov 1914, Hyderabad, India; died 16 Dec 1978, Toronto). Aziz Ahmad arrived in Canada in 1962 as associate professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Toronto where, in 1968, he was promoted to full professor.

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André Asselin

(Paul) André Asselin. Pianist, composer, writer, born Montreal, 25 Feb 1923, died Montreal 26 Jan 2012. He began piano study with Auguste Descarries and, on two scholarships (1945,1946) from the TCM (RCMT) studied with Ernest Seitz and Lubka Kolessa.

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Nancy Huston

Nancy Louise Huston, novelist, essayist (b at Calgary, Alta, 16 Sep 1953). Nancy Huston grew up in Calgary and Wilton, New Hampshire. In 1973, after attending Sarah Lawrence College, she moved to France, where she studied at the Université de Paris under Roland Barthes.

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Alison Ruth Gordon

Alison Ruth Gordon, novelist, journalist (b at New York, NY 19 Jan 1943). Educated at Queen's University, she worked for CBC radio and television and as a sportswriter for the Toronto Star.

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Agnes Maule Machar

Agnes Maule Machar, novelist, poet, historian (b at Kingston, Ont 23 Jan 1837; d there 24 Jan 1927). An important reformist and literary figure in Victorian Canada, she was a prolific writer who published poetry, several novels and volumes of history and biography.

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Irene Bird

Irene (May) Bird (b Jocelyn). Pianist, conductor, b Stratford 6 Feb 1915; ATCM 1933, LTCM 1936, LRSM 1937, studied piano with Cora B. Ahrens in Stratford and Mona Bates and Viggo Kihl in Toronto.

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Yvan Bienvenue

Yvan Bienvenue, poet, playwright, producer, translator, publisher (b at Saint-Hyacinthe, Qué 14 August 1962). Yvan Bienvenue studied playwriting at the École nationale de théâtre du Canada in the late 1980s and co-founded the Théâtre Urbi et Orbi with Stéphane Jacques in 1992.

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Blodwen Davies

Blodwen Davies, writer (born at Longueuil, Que 1897; died at Cedar Grove, Ont 10 Sep 1966). Born in the Montréal suburb of Longueuil, Blodwen Davies began writing as a journalist for the Fort William newspaper.

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Richard Wagamese

Richard Wagamese, Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) novelist, journalist, mentor (born 4 October 1955 in northwestern ON; died 10 March 2017 in Kamloops, BC). A well-known Indigenous writer in Canada, Wagamese won several awards including the Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize (2013) and the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Matt Cohen Award (2015). His works speak about the historical and contemporary socio-economic issues affecting Indigenous communities in Canada. They also bring attention to issues regarding Indigenous identity, culture and truth and reconciliation. A beloved writer, Wagamese’s works have inspired many Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and writers alike.

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Nelly Arcan

Nelly Arcan, née Isabelle Fortier (born 5 March 1973 in Lac-Mégantic, QC; died 24 September 2009 in Montréal, QC) was a Québec novelist who specialized in autobiographical fiction.