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Jack Sirulnikoff

Jack Sirulnikoff, composer, teacher, clarinetist, computer programmer (born 11 December 1931 in Winnipeg, MB; died 22 December 2017). Associate in music performance (McGill) 1956, B MUS composition (McGill) 1956, MA composition (Bennington) 1960, M MUS (Toronto) 1971.

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Larry Lake

Larry Ellsworth Lake, composer, trumpeter, broadcaster, producer (born 2 Jul 1943 in Greenville, Pennsylvania; died 17 September 2013 in Toronto, ON). Larry Lake was perhaps best known as the long-time host of CBC Radio Two’s flagship new music program, Two New Hours (1978–2007). A founding member of the Canadian Electronic Ensemble, he also performed widely as a soloist and was an accomplished composer. He was a member of the Canadian League of Composers and the Canadian Electroacoustic Community and an associate of the Canadian Music Centre. He received awards from the Canadian Music Council (1982, 1984, 1987) and three Juno Award nominations, as well as the Friends of Canadian Music Award in 2002.

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Daphne Odjig

Daphne Odjig, CM, OBC, visual artist (born 11 September 1919 at Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, Manitoulin Island, ON; died 1 October 2016 in Kelowna, BC).

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Denis Côté

Denis Côté, writer, producer, director, critic (born 16 November 1973 in Grand Falls, NB). Filmmaker Denis Côté has won acclaim and awards in Canada and internationally for his independent features and documentaries. He is known as an uncompromising and prolific maverick who challenges audiences rather than offering crystal clear, classically structured narratives. A former film critic, Côté writes, directs and produces films that are starkly minimalist, strangely poetic, dryly funny and thematically enigmatic. His deadpan style and marginalized characters have earned him an international reputation as one of Canada’s leading auteurs.

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Michael Cera

Michael Austin Cera, actor (b at Brampton, Ont 7 June 1988). Michael Cera is a comic actor who became popular with film and television audiences before he had finished high school. He made his acting debut as a child in an unpaid role in a Tim Hortons commercial.

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Peter Raymont

Peter Raymont, director, producer, editor, writer (born 28 February 1950 in Ottawa, ON). Peter Raymont is one of Canada’s most accomplished and acclaimed documentary filmmakers. After beginning his career at the NFB, he started his own production company in 1978 and co-founded the Canadian Independent Film Caucus (now the Documentary Organization of Canada) in 1982. He has won four Gemini Awards, an Emmy Award, a Genie Award and a Canadian Screen Award, as well as major prizes at the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival, among many others.

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Tantoo Cardinal

Rose Marie “Tantoo” Cardinal, CM, actor (born 20 Jul 1950 in Fort McMurray, AB). Cree and Métis actor Tantoo Cardinal has broken barriers for onscreen representation of Indigenous peoples. She has more than 120 film, television and theatre roles to her credit, including the films Dances With Wolves (1990), Black Robe (1991), Smoke Signals (1998) and Through Black Spruce (2018); as well as the TV series Street Legal (1987–94), Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993–95), North of 60 (1993–97), Moccasin Flats (2003-06) and Mohawk Girls (2010–17). She is known for her strong presence, the depth of her performances and her activism on behalf of the environment. A Member of the Order of Canada, she has won a Gemini Award, the Earle Grey Award for lifetime achievement in Canadian television, a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, and a National Aboriginal Achievement Award.

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Jackson Beardy

Jackson Beardy (also known as Quincy Pickering Jackson Beardy), Oji-Cree artist (born 24 July 1944 at Island Lake, MB; died 8 December 1984 in Winnipeg, MB). Beardy was part of the Woodlands School of Indigenous art, and in 1973 he became part of a group of Indigenous artists popularly known as the Indian Group of Seven. His stylized artworks — sometimes painted on canvas, birch bark or beaver skins — were often concerned with the interdependence of humans and nature. They also tended to depict figures from Ojibwe and Cree oral traditions. From the late 1960s to his death in the early 1980s, Beardy promoted Indigenous art as a valid category of contemporary art. His influence as a Woodland artist has contributed to the development of contemporary Indigenous art in Canada.

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Dolores Claman

Dolores Olga Claman, composer, pianist (born 6 Jul 1927 in Vancouver, BC; died 17 July 2021 in Spain). Dolores Claman and her husband, the writer Richard Morris, wrote the scores for various musicals. They were also one of Canada’s most successful jingle-writing teams. They completed some 3,000 jingles and won more than 40 awards. Claman’s best-known works are “The Hockey Theme,” the theme song for CBC TV’s Hockey Night in Canada; and the title song for the film A Place to Stand (known popularly as “Ontar-i-ar-i-ar-i-o”). “The Hockey Theme” has been considered Canada’s second national anthem. It was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010.

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Douglas Haas

Douglas Haas, organist, choral conductor, teacher (born 25 December 1936 in Kitchener, ON; died 27 December 2020 in Kitchener). Kantor (Stuttgart) 1967.

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Doug and the Slugs

Doug and the Slugs had an upbeat, Motown-influenced pop-rock sound with a subversive bent. Formed in Vancouver and primarily active from 1977 to 2004, they were known for their fine musicianship, lighthearted melodies and exuberant live shows. They gained some exposure in the US thanks to their pioneering music videos, and had four gold-certified albums in Canada.

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Molly Sclater

Mary Lindsay "Molly" Sclater, teacher, author, organist-choirmaster (born 28 December 1912 in Edinburgh, Scotland; died 31 March 2002 in Jackson's Point, ON). ATCM 1938, ACCO ca 1938, B MUS (Toronto) 1939.

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Jean Létourneau

Jean Létourneau, tenor, french hornist, teacher, choir director (born 12 April 1921 in Quebec City, QC; died 20 August 2018 in Lévis, QC). Jean Létourneau first studied piano and organ with his father, Omer, then french horn with Raoul Vézina, and finally voice with Émile Larochelle, Aimé Plamondon, Léon Rothier, and Bernard Taylor. After receiving his diploma from the TCM (RCMT) in 1945, he played french horn with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra and with the Royal 22nd Regiment Band. He then devoted his energies to singing and performed 1948-51 at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

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Garry Neill Kennedy

Garry Neill Kennedy, CM, artist, teacher (born 6 November 1935 in St. Catharines, ON; died 8 August 2021 in Vancouver, BC). Garry Neill Kennedy was an award-winning conceptual artist. His work earned a Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts and was presented at the National Gallery of Canada. Kennedy was also president (1967–90) of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in Halifax. He is credited with transforming the conservative and traditional art school into an energetic and internationally renowned avant-garde institution. Kennedy was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2003.

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Napoléon Crépault

Napoléon Crépault. Organist, pianist, choirmaster, composer, (born 16 December 1848 in Kamouraska, QC; died 28 September 1906 in Quebec City, QC). Lauréat (AMQ) 1871.

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Helmut Kallmann

Helmut Max Kallmann, CM, music librarian, historian (born 7 August 1922 in Berlin, Germany; died 12 February 2012 in Ottawa, ON). A pioneering music historian, Helmut Kallmann was the foremost scholar of Canadian music history.

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Napoléon Aubin

Napoléon Aubin (baptized Aimé-Nicolas), editor, journalist, printer, poet, scientist, conductor and composer (born 9 November 1812 in Chêne-Bougeries, suburb of Geneva, Switzerland; died 12 June 1890 in Montréal, Québec).