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Steppenwolf

Steppenwolf, Los Angeles-based blues-rock band (flourished 1967-72) which had its genesis in the Toronto quintet Sparrow (flourished 1964-67), which included German-born singer John Kay (né Joachim Krauledat), drummer Jerry Edmonton (aka Mars Bonfire) and organist Goldy McJohn.

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James Simpson

James Simpson, printer, journalist, trade unionist (b at Lindal-in-Furness, Eng 14 Dec 1873; d at Toronto 24 Sept 1938). In the 1890s Simpson rose quickly from printer's "devil" to a career as a journalist for the Toronto Star.

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Chris Hadfield

Chris Austin Hadfield, OC, OOnt, astronaut, military test pilot (born 29 August 1959 in Sarnia, ON). After a distinguished career as a test pilot, Hadfield became an astronaut in 1992. Over the course of his career, he achieved a series of Canadian firsts: he was the first Canadian to be a space mission specialist, to operate the Canadarm in orbit, to do a spacewalk and to command the International Space Station. He was also the first to record a music video in space — a cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” — adding to his celebrity status. Hadfield retired from the Canadian Astronaut Corps in July 2013. In 2014, he began teaching in the University of Waterloo’s aviation program.

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Omond McKillop Solandt

Omond McKillop Solandt, research director (b at Winnipeg, Man 2 Sept 1909; d at Alliston, Ont 12 May 1993). He studied at Toronto and began a research career in physiology under C.H. BEST before winning a scholarship to England for advanced training in 1939.

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John Sutherland

John Sutherland, writer, editor (b at Liverpool, NS 21 Feb 1919; d at Toronto 1 Sept 1956). Sutherland's formal studies (Queen's 1936-37 and McGill 1941-42) were interrupted by ill health which dogged him all his life.

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Francis Edward Sparshott

Francis Edward Sparshott, professor of philosophy, poet (b at Chatham, Eng 19 May 1926). Sparshott is Canada's leading philosopher of the arts (aesthetics) with an international reputation among scholars.

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Raymond Holmes Souster

Raymond Holmes Souster, poet and editor (born at Toronto 15 Jan 1921, died there 19 Oct 2012). Souster spent his entire life in his native city except for wartime service in the RCAF (See MILITARY AVIATION). In civilian life he was employed by the CANADIAN IMPERIAL BANK OF COMMERCE.

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Freddy Grant

Freddy or Freddie (b Fritz) Grant (b Grundland). Songwriter, pianist, b Berlin 17 Oct 1913, naturalized Canadian 1945, d Toronto 10 Apr 1996. He studied piano, theory, and harmony in Germany, then moved in 1934 to London, where he enrolled at the London School of Music.

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Mark Starowicz

In 1969 he moved to Toronto. There he joined CBC Radio and during the 1970s produced five programs including "Radio Free Friday," "Five Nights" and "Commentary.

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Irving Norman Smith

Irving Norman Smith, journalist, author (b at Ottawa, Ont 28 Oct 1909; d there 28 Jan 1989). He was a newspaperman for more than 40 years, mostly with the Ottawa Journal, where he began 1928. In the 1960s, following his father, E.

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Howie Mandel

Howie Michael Mandel, comedian, actor, writer, television personality, producer (born 29 November 1955 in Toronto, ON).

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Jean-Paul Sévilla

Jean-Paul Sévilla, pianist (b at Oran, Algeria 26 Mar 1934). A graduate of the Paris Conservatoire, he won the Geneva International Competition in 1959. He first appeared in Canada in 1961, at the invitation of the

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Ernest Thompson Seton

In 1906, Seton published Two Little Savages; Being the Adventures of Two Boys Who Lived as Indians and What They Learned. Based on his childhood experience of "playing Indian" in Ontario, it is now considered a classic of children's literature.

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Kathleen Shannon

In 1974 she became the executive producer of Studio D, an NFB production unit primarily staffed by women whose principal function has been to examine the role of women in society. In 1983 she returned to production with the documentary Dream of a Free Country: A Message from Nicaraguan Women.

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Alain Gagnon

Alain Gagnon. Composer, teacher, b Trois-Pistoles, Que, 22 May 1938; B MUS (Laval) 1963, L MUS composition (Laval) 1964. He began teaching himself the piano but continued 1951-8 with Father Philippe-Antoine Lavoie at the Rimouski Seminary.

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Yves Thériault

Yves Thériault, writer (b at Québec C 27 Nov 1915; d at Joliette, Qué 20 Oct 1983). The originality, diversity and importance of his work made Thériault one of Québec's most popular writers, both in Canada and abroad.

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Hilary Radley

Hilary Radley, fashion designer (b at Yorkshire England October 5 1947). Raised in England, Radley began her studies in fashion at Sheffield College with a pre-diploma in Art and Design.