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Arcade Fire

Montreal’s Arcade Fire are an eclectic indie rock band with baroque and pop undertones. They are known for their expansive membership and almost orchestral instrumentation, serious lyrical and thematic concerns, an anthemic yet iconoclastic sound and dramatic build-ups to moments of catharsis. The band’s breakthrough debut album, Funeral (2004), is widely considered one of the best rock albums of the 21st century. Their third album, The Suburbs (2010), won Juno Awards, a Grammy Award and the Polaris Music Prize. Their theatrical, exuberant live shows have made them a popular touring act and enhanced their worldwide popularity. They have been nominated for nine Grammy Awards and more than two dozen Juno Awards, winning twice for Songwriter of the Year and three times each for Alternative Album of the Year and Album of the Year.

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Marc-Aurèle Fortin

Marc-Aurèle Fortin, painter, engraver (b at Ste-Rose, Qué 14 Mar 1888; d at Macamic, Qué 2 Mar 1970). Fortin's work, devoted entirely to landscape, demonstrates his love for a rich and bountiful nature.

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Éva Plouffe

Éviola (Marie) Plouffe (Plouf). Pianist, b Sorel, Que, 7 Mar 1877, d ?. She studied piano with the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre-Dame in Sorel and, beginning in 1893, in Montreal with Victoria Cartier, Arthur Letondal, and Romain-Octave Pelletier.

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de Rimanoczy Quartet

de Rimanoczy Quartet. First major Vancouver string quartet, founded in 1947 by Jean de Rimanoczy (first violin), with John Chlumecky (second violin), Smyth Humphreys (viola), and Audrey Piggott (cello). Piggott was succeeded in 1955 by Malcolm Tait.

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Peter Collins

His early life and career were marked by a series of geographical displacements. Born in England, Collins developed a passion for French architecture. During World War II, he joined the Yorkshire Hussars as a trooper and served as an intelligence officer in the Middle East and Italy.

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Pierre Beaudet

Pierre (Hugues) Beaudet. Pianist, producer, b Thetford-Mines, Que, south of Quebec City, 20 Jan 1924. Brother of Jean-Marie Beaudet. He first studied piano with Léo-Pol Morin in Montreal. At the CMM 1943-6 his teachers were Germaine Malépart (piano) and Gabriel Cusson (ear training).

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Percy Faith

Percy Faith, conductor, arranger, composer, pianist (born 7 April 1908 in Toronto, ON; died 9 February 1976 in Los Angeles, California).

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William James Topley

William James Topley, photographer (b at Montréal 13 Feb 1845; d at Vancouver 16 Nov 1930). He learned photography from his mother. In 1864 he joined the studio of William NOTMAN in Montréal. Three years later he opened Notman's new Ottawa studio and purchased the business in 1872.

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Claude Beausoleil

A prolific author, Beausoleil has published more than 25 titles since his first book, Intrusion ralentie, appeared in 1972, and he received the Prix Émile-Nelligan (1980) for his collection Au milieu du corps l'attraction s'insinue.

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Denise Fujiwara

She created Fujiwara Dance Inventions in 1991 to continue her solo projects. Notably in 1993, she began studying butoh with master choreographer and performer Natsu Nakajima. Nakajima created her interpretation of Motomasa's 15th century Noh play, Sumida River, for Fujiwara.

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Leslie Grossmith

Leslie Grossmith. Pianist, conductor, violinist, composer, teacher, b Birmingham, England, 19 May 1870, d Victoria, BC, 27 Aug 1957. He received his training in Australia from Henri Kowalski and Max Vogrich and became a violinist in the Municipal Orchestra in Melbourne.

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Rex Deverell

Rex Deverell, playwright (b at Toronto 17 July 1941). With a degree in divinity from McMaster University, Deverell was pastor of a rural Ontario Baptist congregation before turning to playwriting in 1970.

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Wendy Tilby

Tilby made Strings (1991), a charming tale about an elderly man living in an apartment below a woman his own age. The woman is working on a model of the Titanic while the man plays a violin in a string quartet with friends. A leak from the woman's apartment sends the man upstairs.

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Jeremy Sturgess

 Jeremy Sturgess's designs are characterized by striking, unusual geometries, bright colours and thoughtful attention to site features and the larger urban context.

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Abraham De Sola

A prolific author, editor and translator, and concerned chiefly with the contemporary debate on religion and science, De Sola's own writings included studies on Jewish history, cosmography and medicine.

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Sandra Birdsell

Sandra Birdsell (née Sandra Bartlette), CM, Mennonite-Métis, short-story writer, novelist (born 22 April 1942 in Hamiota, MB). Birdsell’s fiction often investigates the lives of small-town characters, especially women. She has written novels, plays, radio dramas and scripts for television and film. Appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2010, Birdsell has been nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award for English Language Fiction three times, and for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2001.

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Dixie Dean

'Dixie' (George William) Dean. Accordionist, teacher, composer, b London 25 Sep 1916, d Toronto 16 May 1987. Taken to Canada in 1923, Dixie Dean began his career in Toronto on radio (CFRB and CBC) and in dance bands during the 1930s.