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Canadian String Quartet

Canadian String Quartet. First quartet-in-residence (1961-3) at the University of Toronto, established jointly by the university and the CBC to teach advanced students, coach string groups, and give concerts.

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Phyllis Cooke

Phyllis (Angela) Cooke (m Thomson). Soprano, b Winnipeg 14 May 1934. She studied voice in Winnipeg with Doris Mills Lewis and won top honours (Tudor Bowl 1952, Rose Bowl 1956) in the Manitoba Music Competition Festival. Later studies were with Lucien Needham and Victor Martens.

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Bernard R. Laberge

Bernard R. Laberge (La Berge, LaBerge). Impresario, organist, pianist, critic, b Quebec City 11 Oct 1891, naturalized US 1940, d New York 28 Dec 1951. He studied at the Séminaire de Rimouski, NB, and at Laval University.

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Jean-Pierre Hurteau

(Joseph Armand) Jean-Pierre Hurteau. Bass, b Montreal 5 Dec 1924; premier prix (CMM) 1955. He took voice lessons 1947-9 with Sarah Fischer, and a Sarah Fischer Concerts scholarship in 1949 enabled him to make his recital debut at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

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Leonard Ratzlaff

Leonard Ratzlaff. Bass-baritone, conductor, teacher, administrator, b Swalwell, Alta, 27 Jan 1949; B Church MUS (Mennonite Brethren Bible College) 1970, BA (University of Winnipeg) 1971, MA (University of Iowa) 1980, DMA (Iowa) 1985.

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Arthur Garami

Arthur Garami. Violinist, teacher, b Derecske, Hungary, 20 Nov 1921, naturalized Canadian 1955, d north of Montreal, 12 Jan 1979; performance diploma (Franz Liszt Academy, Budapest) 1942.

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John Goss

John Goss. Baritone, teacher, b London 10 May 1894, d Birmingham 13 Feb 1953. A pupil of Victor Beigel and Reinhold von Warlich in London, Goss first performed in Canada at the Vancouver Sea Festival (CPR Festivals) during a North American tour in 1929.

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Michael Conway Baker

He has been the recipient of 3 Genie Awards for best film score, a Juno for best classical composition, a Gemini for best score in a television series and an award for Outstanding Success in Film Music from PROCAN (now SOCAN), the Canadian performing rights society.

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Hugh Pickett

Hugh (Frank Digby) Pickett. Impresario, b Vancouver 11 Apr 1913, d Keriston, BC 13 Feb 2006. Pickett grew up in Vancouver, and first worked briefly in the Port Warden's Office, then for Dingwall Cotts Steamship Co until 1940, when he entered the Canadian Army.

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Don Cowan

Donovan Frankland Cowan, educator, composer (born 22 June 1919 in Outlook, Saskatchewan; died 12 January 2013 in Victoria, BC). B MUS (Saskatchewan) 1948, MA (Minnesota) 1962, ED D (Northern Colorado) 1971.

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Anna Weber

Anna Weber, folk painter, fraktur artist (b in Earl Twp, Lancaster County, Pa 3 June 1814; d in Woolwich Twp, Waterloo County, Ont 12 Oct 1888). Weber immigrated to UC in 1825 and, following the death of her parents, moved from one Mennonite family to another until her own death.

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Kevin Austin

Kevin Austin. Composer, teacher, b London 10 Jul 1948, naturalized Canadian 1984; B MUS composition (McGill) 1970, MMA composition (McGill) 1973. He studied composition and electroacoustics at McGill University with István Anhalt, Paul Pedersen, Alcides Lanza, and Bengt Hambraeus.

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Mireille Lagacé

Mireille Lagacé (nee Bégin), organist, harpsichordist, teacher (b at St-Jérôme, Qué, 8 Jun 1935). Lagacé studied in Montréal with Germaine Malépart (piano), Conrad Letendre (organ), and Gabriel Cusson (theory).

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Yolande Dulude

Yolande Dulude. Soprano, born Montreal 12 Jan 1931, died there 18 Aug 2003; lauréat (Basile-Moreau College) 1948. After studying piano for a number of years, she began voice study in 1944.

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Jane Fair

Jane Fair. Saxophonist, composer, teacher, b Guelph, Ont, 24 July 1948; BA (McGill) 1970. One of the first Canadian women to play jazz, Fair worked in dance bands in Barrie, Ont, before moving to Montreal in 1966 to study French literature at McGill University.

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Ryan Larkin

Ryan Larkin, animator (born at Montréal 31 July 1943; died at St-Hyacinthe, Que 14 Feb 2007). Ryan Larkin, a gifted animator with a unique, fluid style, was once described as "the Frank Zappa of animation films.

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Mark Critch

Mark Critch, comedian, actor, writer (born at St. John's, Nfld 1974). Mark Critch's career in sketch comedy began in St. John's when he was 15.

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Robin Blaser

Robin Blaser, CM, poet, academic, activist (born 18 May 1925 in Denver, Colorado; died 7 May 2009 in Vancouver, BC).