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Tom Brandon

Tom Brandon. Folksinger, b Midland, Ont, 1927. He learned many Irish songs from his parents and uncles and, after he began working at 16, picked up others from the sailors on Great Lakes boats in the summer and from the men in lumbercamps in winter.

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Bernard Diamant

Bernard Diamant. Baritone, teacher, b Rotterdam 11 Oct 1912, naturalized Canadian 1955, d Holland Aug 1999; honorary LL D (Dalhousie) 1988. A son of the choir conductor and composer Bernard Diamant and the operatic soprano Marie Taverne, he began playing cello and piano as a child.

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Colin Mochrie

Colin Andrew Mochrie, actor, comedian, writer, director (b at Kilmarnock, Scotland 30 Nov 1957). Colin Mochrie has a dry, languid approach to comedy that few of his contemporaries can match or even imitate.

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Edith Wiens

Wiens is especially renowned as a lieder singer, and her recordings of songs by Richard Strauss, Schubert and Schumann have received superlative reviews, noting the tenderness of her voice in the upper register and her scrupulous interpretation of the texts.

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William Brown

William Brown, journalist, printer (b at Nunton, Scot c 1737; d at Québec C 22 Mar 1789). In partnership with Thomas Gilmore he published the first issue of the Quebec Gazette/La Gazette de Québec 21 June 1764.

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Joyce Anne Marriott

Joyce Anne Marriott, poet (b at Victoria 5 Nov 1913; d 1997). Marriott was a productive poet and poetry-educator in the 1940s, when she was also on the board of the famous pioneer literary magazine CONTEMPORARY VERSE and otherwise active as an editor.

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John Metcalf

John Metcalf, short story writer, novelist, essayist, anthologist (b at Carlisle, England 12 Nov 1938; Canadian citizen 1970). Metcalf was educated at Bristol University, receiving his BA in 1960 and a Certificate in Education in 1961.

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Quatuor Bozzini

The Quatuor Bozzini had its origins in 1994 when sisters Stéphanie (viola) and Isabelle (cello) Bozzini, then students at the Université de Montréal, formed a chamber group with other colleagues.

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Miriam Mandel

Miriam Mandel, née Minovitch, poet (b at Rockglen, Sask 1930; d at Edmonton 13 Feb 1982). An English graduate from the University of Saskatchewan, Mandel began writing poetry in her late 30s, shortly after her 20-year marriage with author Eli MANDEL dissolved.

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Don Messer

Donald Charles Frederick Messer, fiddler, band leader, radio broadcaster (born 9 May 1909 in Tweedside, NB; died 26 March 1973 in Halifax, NS). Don Messer was an icon of Canadian folk music.

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Loverboy

Loverboy, a Vancouver-based rock group, is a top international concert draw. The band - Paul Dean (guitar), Mike Reno (vocals), Matt Frenette (drums), Doug Johnson (keyboards) and Scott Smith (bass) - won 8 consecutive Juno Awards 1977-84.

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John Goodwin Lyman

As a critic (the Montrealer, 1936-42) he showed an awareness of art's elusive quality and rather than dictate to people tried to help them respond to art.

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Muriel Millard

Muriel Millard, singer, actress, dancer, songwriter, painter (born 3 December 1922 in Montréal, QC; died 30 November 2014 in Montréal). Known as “Miss Music-Hall,” Muriel Millard was a famous Québécois cabaret singer who became a radio and television star before embarking on a successful second career as a painter.

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Pierre Mercure

Pierre Mercure, composer, producer, bassoonist, administrator (b at Montréal 21 Feb 1927; d accidentally near Avallon, France 29 Jan 1966). Mercure, always seeking a new, multimedia language, learned French music and became an orchestrator with Claude CHAMPAGNE.

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Brian Macdonald

Brian Ronald Macdonald, dancer, choreographer, director (born 14 May 1928 in Montréal, QC; died 29 November 2014 in Stratford, ON).

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Edmund Assaly

Edmund (Philip) Assaly. Pianist, composer, arranger, teacher, b Rosetown, Sask, of Syrian parents, 4 Jan 1920, d Milwaukee, Wisc, 1 Jan 1983; ATCM 1934, LRSM 1938. He began studying piano at eight, and when his family moved to Saskatoon he studied piano and composition 1937-45 with Lyell Gustin.

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Jean-Aubert Loranger

Jean-Aubert Loranger, poet, storyteller, journalist (b at Montreal 26 Oct 1896; d there 28 Oct 1942). Loranger belonged to a family known for its lawyers (the Lorangers), writers (AUBERT DE GASPÉ) and military officers (Charles de SALABERRY).

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George Luscombe

George Luscombe, stage director (b at Toronto 17 Nov 1926; d at Toronto 5 Feb 1999). One of the seminal figures in modern Canadian theatre, George Luscombe's career focused almost exclusively on Toronto Workshop Productions, the left-wing ensemble he founded in 1958 and directed until 1988.

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John MacIntosh Lyle

Later in the 1920s, through an examination of Canada's architectural heritage, Lyle went on to develop a distinctively Canadian style. His integration of Canadian floral and faunal motifs into the design of his buildings parallels the artistic developments of the GROUP OF SEVEN.