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René Richard

René Richard, artist, painter (b at La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switz 1 Dec 1895; d at Baie-St-Paul, Qué 31 Mar 1982). His family immigrated to Canada and settled in Cold Lake, Alta. He became a trapper to earn enough money to carry out his great dream of becoming an artist.

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Reid Bryce Anderson

Anderson resettled in Canada in 1986 and in 1987 became first co-artistic director and then sole director of BALLET BRITISH COLUMBIA. During his 2-year tenure, Anderson helped give the company a more defined, contemporary image and established its national reputation.

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William Raphael

William Raphael, painter (b in W Prussia in 1833; d 15 Mar 1914 at Montréal, Qué). A graduate of the Berlin School of Art, Raphael came to Canada in 1860, becoming well known for his painting of the Montréal harbour and market life.

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Stéphane Lemelin

Stéphane Lemelin has since distinguished himself with a broad range of talents, earning recognition as a performer, university professor, and artistic director.

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Gloria Sawai

Gloria Ruth Sawai (née Ostrem), writer, teacher (b at Minnesota, US 20 Dec 1932; d at Edmonton, 20 Jul 2011). Sawai moved to Canada as an infant and grew up in Admiral, Sask, Preeceville, Sask, and Ryley, Alta, where her father was a Lutheran pastor.

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Zoe Whittall

Zoe Whittall, novelist, poet, journalist (b at South Durham, Que 16 Feb 1976). After growing up on a sheep farm in the rural Eastern Townships of Québec, Zoe Whittall moved to Montréal at age 18 to attend Dawson College and begin her writing career.

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Céline Marier

Céline (also known as Célina, Célinie, Célanie) Marier. Soprano, teacher, b Montreal 17 May 1871?, d there 4 May 1940.

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Barbara Gowdy

Barbara Gowdy, novelist, short-story writer (b at Windsor, Ont 25 Jun 1950). Barbara Gowdy grew up in Don Mills, a Toronto suburb, and attended York University and the Royal Conservatory of Music.

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Léon Bernier

Léon Bernier. Pianist, accompanist, conductor, arranger, composer, teacher, born Hull, Que, 6 Sep 1936; died at Longueuil, 11 October 2011; premier prix piano (CMQ) 1954. He studied with Hélène Landry at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec (CMQ).

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Gillis Philip Purcell

Gillis Philip Purcell, journalist (b at Brandon, Man 25 Nov 1904; d at Toronto 16 Nov 1987), educated at University of Manitoba and University of Toronto. He was general manager of CANADIAN PRESS from 1945 to 1969, having been No 2 man for 13 years before that.

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Pierre Granche

Pierre Granche, sculptor (b at Montréal 14 Mar 1948 - d there 30 Sep 1997). He was considered the main proponent of resurrecting concepts of public art in Québec.

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Kate Reid

Studies in New York with Uta Hagen led to Reid sharing the part of Martha with her teacher for matinee performances of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962). From this date she divided her time between the US and Canada.

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Al Razutis

Al Razutis, filmmaker, videographer, holographer (b at Bamberg, Germany 28 Apr 1946). Razutis moved to Vancouver from the US in 1968, following graduate studies in mathematical physics.

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Qaqaq Ashoona

Always considering himself a hunter rather than an artist, the simplicity and strength of Qaqa Ashoona's sculptures suggest a continuity between the animal, material, and spiritual worlds.

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John Richard Reppen

John Richard Reppen, "Jack," artist, painter (b at Toronto 17 July 1933; d there 2 June 1964). Studying design at the Ontario Coll of Art in the evening, he was a free-lance cartoonist for the Toronto Star 1952-64 and art director for the Prudential Insurance Co, Toronto, 1952-62.

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Victor Garber

In New York he became a regular on and off Broadway, establishing a singing/acting career in such productions as Deathtrap, Sweeney Todd and They're Playing Our Song. Victor Garber has been nominated 4 times for a Tony Award, for Damn Yankees, Lend Me a Tenor, Deathtrap and Little Me.

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Catherine Robbin

Rich in timbre and resonance, and remarkable for its evenness, focus and range, her voice has been compared to the great Janet Baker's and, by the early 1980s, had brought her to international prominence in the performance of baroque repertoire.