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Ethel Davis Wilson

Ethel Davis Wilson, née Bryant, novelist, storywriter, essayist (b at Port Elizabeth, S Africa 20 Jan 1888; d at Vancouver 22 Dec 1980). Wilson's small but impressive literary output has earned her an important place in Canadian literature.

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Alfred Garson

Alfred (Henrik) Garson. Violinist, teacher, composer, author, b Berthier-en-Haut, (Berthierville), north-east of Montreal, 22 Oct 1924; B MUS (Cape Town) 1950, FTCL 1953, M MUS (Cape Town) 1954, PH D (Montreal) 1970. During his childhood he toured as a violinist in Europe and in South America.

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Rita MacNeil

Rita MacNeil, CM, ONS, singer, songwriter (born 28 May 1944 in Big Pond, NS; died 16 April 2013 in Big Pond, NS). Rita MacNeil was a soft-spoken, independent singer-songwriter in the folk, pop and country genres.

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Jane Bunnett

Maryjane Bunnett, "Jane," jazz musician (b at Toronto 22 Oct 1955). Jane Bunnett studied for a career as a classical pianist before turning at 20 to jazz and to flute and soprano saxophone.

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Colin Low

Colin Archibald Low, film director, producer (born 24 July 1926 in Cardston, AB; died 24 February 2016 in Montréal, QC).

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April Wine

A staple of Canadian classic rock, April Wine was one of the most popular and commercially successful Canadian rock bands of the 1970s and early 1980s.

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William Dempsey Valgardson

William Dempsey Valgardson, short story writer, novelist, poet (b at Winnipeg, Man 7 May 1939). Raised in Gimli, Man, a heavily Icelandic community, he was educated at U Man and the University of Iowa, and now teaches at U Vic.

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Russell Smith

Russell Smith, journalist, novelist, short-story writer (b at Johannesburg, South Africa 1963). After immigrating to Canada in 1967, Russell Smith grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Guido Basso

Guido Basso. Flugelhornist, trumpeter, arranger, composer, conductor, harmonica player, b Montreal 27 Sep 1937.

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Duane Bates

Duane (Adair) Bates. Educator, conductor, b Luseland, west of Saskatoon, 26 May 1940; B MUS (British Columbia) 1962, M SC music education (Illinois) 1964, D ED (Illinois) 1972. He took trumpet lessons in Regina and studied music education at university.

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Rex Battle

Rex Battle. Pianist, conductor, composer, b London 4 Jan 1892 (1895?), d Toronto 27 Jan 1967. A child prodigy, he had his first piano lessons with Vlahol Budmani, who presented him at Buckingham Palace. Battle later studied organ with E.H. Thorne.

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Hugh Griffith Jones

Hugh Griffith Jones, architect, artist (b at Randolph, Wis 3 Dec 1872; d at Montréal 16 Feb 1947). Trained in Minneapolis, he practised in Chicago and New York, and came to Montréal in 1908 to work as a designer and assistant chief architect for the Canadian Pacific Railway.

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Helen Kalvak

In the print Kidnapper (1973), Helen Kalvak portrays Arnakafaluk, the legendary woman who appears out of the sea to kidnap children who wander away from their parents' camp. A recurring theme in her work is the interrelationship between the human and animal worlds.

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Nickelback

Nickelback. Rock band formed in Hanna, Alta, with Chad Kroeger (vocals, guitar), Ryan Peake (guitar, vocals), Mike Kroeger (bass) and Ryan Vikedal (drums), and moved to Vancouver in 1996.

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Henry Kreisel

Henry Kreisel, novelist, professor, administrator (born 5 June 1922 in Vienna, Austria ; died 22 Apr 1991 in Edmonton, AB). He was one of the first people to bring the experience of the immigrant to modern Canadian literature.

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Alexander Knox

Alexander Knox, actor, novelist, playwright (b at Strathroy, Ont 16 Jan 1907; d at Berwick-upon-Tweed, UK 25 Apr 1995). Alexander Knox was educated at the University of Western Ontario, and first appeared on the American stage with the Boston Repertory Theatre in 1929.

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Michael Schade

Michael Schade. Tenor, b Geneva, Switzerland 23 Jan 1965; B MUS (Western Ontario) 1988. Michael Schade was born into a musical family; his parents sang in the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and he was given voice lessons from an early age. Schade attended the St. Michael's Choir School.