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Lloyd Powell

Lloyd (Ioan) Powell. Pianist, teacher, b Bridgenorth, Shropshire, of Welsh parents, 22 Aug 1888, d Vancouver 25 Mar 1975. At 10 he entered the RCM and later he studied in Berlin and (with Busoni) in Basel.

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Marjan Mozetich

Marjan Mozetich, composer, teacher (b at Gorizia, Italy 7 Jan 1948). Arriving in Canada in 1952, Mozetich took piano and theory lessons in Hamilton with Reginald Bedford. After graduation from the University of Toronto in 1972, he studied in Europe with Luciano Berio.

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Paula Ross

Paula Ross (stage name), choreographer and dancer; born Pauline Cecilia Isobel Teresa Campbell (Vancouver 29 Apr 1941).

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Denis Dion

Dion, Denis. Composer, b Quebec City 2 Sep 1957; B MUS (Laval) 1981, M MUS (Laval) 1983, DMA (Southern California) 1987. He studied with Alain Gagnon, José Evangelista, François Morel, and John Hawkins. In 1988, he resided in Europe on a grant from the Canada Council.

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Doug Riley

Doug (Douglas Brian) Riley. Composer, arranger, pianist, organist, record producer, b Toronto 12 Apr 1945, d Calgary 27 Aug 2007; B MUS (Toronto) 1967.

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Steven Galloway

Steven Galloway is widely known for his international bestseller The Cellist of Sarajevo and for the controversy surrounding his dismissal as head of the creative writing program at the University of British Columbia.

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Loverboy

Loverboy. Vancouver rock band, active 1979-89. It was formed in Calgary by Paul Dean (guitarist, b Vancouver 19 Feb 1946; previously with Streetheart, Scrubbaloe Caine, etc) and Mike Reno (singer, b New Westminster, BC, 8 Jan 1955; previously with Moxy as Mike Rynoski) with others.

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Honoré Vaillancourt

Honoré Vaillancourt. Baritone, actor, director, administrator, b Montreal 25 Nov 1892, d there 25 Jan 1933. His gifts as a singer and actor were evident at the Collège de St-Jean, where he studied solfège.

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Jean-Eudes Vaillancourt

Jean-Eudes Vaillancourt. Pianist, conductor, teacher, composer, b Port-Alfred (now La Baie), near Chicoutimi, Que, 16 Aug 1940; B MUS (Laval) 1955. He studied piano 1956-9 at the CMM with Yvonne Hubert and 1959-61 in New York with Rosina Lhévinne.

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Meg Tilly

Meg Tilly, née Margaret Elizabeth Chan, actor, author (born at Long Beach, Ca 14 Feb 1960). Meg Tilly was brought up on the isolated Texada Island in the Strait of Georgia. She began her career as a dancer but switched to film after a back injury.

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Vic Mullen

Vic (Melvin Victor) Mullen. Banjoist, fiddler, mandolinist, record producer, b Woodstock, Yarmouth County, NS, 28 Jan 1933. He took up guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and banjo in turn, and at 16 toured as a mandolinist with Ned Landry.

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Luc Plamondon

Luc Plamondon. Lyricist, producer, b St-Raymond-de-Portneuf, near Quebec City, 2 Mar 1942; BEd (Laval), honorary D LITT (Laval) 1994. Luc Plamondon grew up listening to the "turlutes" (comic ritornelles) of La Bolduc at his aunt's home in Limoilou; he wrote his first song at age 16.

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Herbert G. Turner

Herbert G. Turner. Teacher, b Oxford, England, 26 Feb 1883, d Edmonton 4 Jul 1963. After voice and trumpet studies in England and a brief period of military service, Turner moved to Edmonton in 1907. There he and his wife opened a voice studio in 1913.

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Mimi Parent

Mimi Parent, surrealist artist (b at Montréal 1924; d at Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland 14 June 2005). She was a student of Alfred PELLAN at the École des Beaux-arts de Montréal, from which she was eventually expelled in 1947 for being undisciplined.

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Anne Simpson

Anne Simpson, poet, novelist, essayist (b 1956). Having taken her BA and MA degrees from Queen's University and a Fine Arts diploma from the Ontario College of Art and Design, Anne Simpson worked as a Cuso volunteer in Nigeria.

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Katherine Ambrose

Ambrose came to Canada in 1951 when Franca, with whom she was collaborating on the book Beginners, Please! (published 1953), accepted a position as artistic director of the National Ballet.