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Wray Downes

Rupert Arnold (Wray) Downes, jazz pianist, composer, arranger, conductor (born 14 January 1931 in Toronto, ON). Downes was the first Canadian to receive the British Empire (Overseas) Scholarship to the Trinity College of Music, London.

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Robert Ford

Robert Arthur Douglas Ford, diplomat, poet (b at Ottawa 8 Jan 1915; d at Vichy, France 12 Apr 1998).

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Jean-Claude Germain

Jean-Claude Germain, writer, theatre producer (b at Montréal 18 June 1939). While attending Université de Montréal (1957-59), he established the Théâtre Antonin-Artaud in 1958 and began work on a production of Ubu roi that had to be cancelled for lack of funds.

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Robert Harlow

Robert Harlow, novelist, teacher (b at Prince Rupert, BC 19 Nov 1923). During WWII Harlow flew as a bomber pilot and was awarded the DFC, retiring at 21.

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Richard Harrington

Richard Harrington, photographer-writer (b at Hamburg, Ger 24 Feb 1911; d at Toronto, 11 Dec 2005). Harrington began photography in 1940 when he was working as an X-ray technician in Toronto and was asked to make slides for

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Robert Harris

Robert Harris, artist and teacher (born 18 September 1849 in Vale of Conway, Wales; died 27 February 1919 in Montréal, QC).

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Ethel Davis Wilson

Ethel Davis Wilson, née Bryant, novelist, storywriter, essayist (b at Port Elizabeth, S Africa 20 Jan 1888; d at Vancouver 22 Dec 1980). Wilson's small but impressive literary output has earned her an important place in Canadian literature.

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Alfred Garson

Alfred (Henrik) Garson. Violinist, teacher, composer, author, b Berthier-en-Haut, (Berthierville), north-east of Montreal, 22 Oct 1924; B MUS (Cape Town) 1950, FTCL 1953, M MUS (Cape Town) 1954, PH D (Montreal) 1970. During his childhood he toured as a violinist in Europe and in South America.

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Rita MacNeil

Rita MacNeil, CM, ONS, singer, songwriter (born 28 May 1944 in Big Pond, NS; died 16 April 2013 in Big Pond, NS). Rita MacNeil was a soft-spoken, independent singer-songwriter in the folk, pop and country genres.

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Jane Bunnett

Maryjane Bunnett, "Jane," jazz musician (b at Toronto 22 Oct 1955). Jane Bunnett studied for a career as a classical pianist before turning at 20 to jazz and to flute and soprano saxophone.

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Colin Low

Colin Archibald Low, film director, producer (born 24 July 1926 in Cardston, AB; died 24 February 2016 in Montréal, QC).

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April Wine

A staple of Canadian classic rock, April Wine was one of the most popular and commercially successful Canadian rock bands of the 1970s and early 1980s.

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William Dempsey Valgardson

William Dempsey Valgardson, short story writer, novelist, poet (b at Winnipeg, Man 7 May 1939). Raised in Gimli, Man, a heavily Icelandic community, he was educated at U Man and the University of Iowa, and now teaches at U Vic.

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Russell Smith

Russell Smith, journalist, novelist, short-story writer (b at Johannesburg, South Africa 1963). After immigrating to Canada in 1967, Russell Smith grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Guido Basso

Guido Basso. Flugelhornist, trumpeter, arranger, composer, conductor, harmonica player, b Montreal 27 Sep 1937.

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Duane Bates

Duane (Adair) Bates. Educator, conductor, b Luseland, west of Saskatoon, 26 May 1940; B MUS (British Columbia) 1962, M SC music education (Illinois) 1964, D ED (Illinois) 1972. He took trumpet lessons in Regina and studied music education at university.

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Rex Battle

Rex Battle. Pianist, conductor, composer, b London 4 Jan 1892 (1895?), d Toronto 27 Jan 1967. A child prodigy, he had his first piano lessons with Vlahol Budmani, who presented him at Buckingham Palace. Battle later studied organ with E.H. Thorne.

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Hugh Griffith Jones

Hugh Griffith Jones, architect, artist (b at Randolph, Wis 3 Dec 1872; d at Montréal 16 Feb 1947). Trained in Minneapolis, he practised in Chicago and New York, and came to Montréal in 1908 to work as a designer and assistant chief architect for the Canadian Pacific Railway.