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Spirit of the West

Spirit of the West. Folk (later folk-rock) group. It was formed in 1983 in Vancouver by Geoffrey Kelly (flute, whistle, bodhran) and Jay Knutson (guitar, bouzouki) with John Mann (guitar, vocals). Knutson left in 1987; Hugh McMillan (bass, mandolin) was a member 1986-8 and returned in 1989.

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Barry Truax

Truax, Barry (Douglas). Composer, soundscape researcher, b Chatham, Ont, 10 May 1947; B SC (Queen's) 1969, M MUS (British Columbia) 1971.

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Theodor Zoellner

(Herman) Theodor Zoellner. Conductor, teacher, organist-choirmaster, b Dornburg, Saxony, Germany, 13 Apr 1854, d West Indies after 1922. The Zoellner family settled in Berlin (Kitchener), Ont, in 1861, and the father, Hans A.

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Raymond Perrin

Raymond Perrin. Organist, choir director, teacher, b Cap-de-la-Madeleine, near Trois-Rivières, Que, 10 Mar 1956; premier prix organ (Cons de Trois-Rivières) 1978. He began his musical studies at six and was a member of a children's choir.

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Joseph Piché

Joseph Piché. Organist, teacher, b Montreal 1877, d there January 1939. He was a pupil of Alexis Contant (piano), Romain-Octave Pelletier (organ and piano), and Achille Fortier (harmony).

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David Ouchterlony

(Guy) David Ouchterlony. Organist, teacher, administrator, b Guelph, Ont, 2 Apr 1914, d Toronto 20 Jun 1987; honorary D LITT S (Victoria U, Toronto) 1964. A pupil of Willan, he also studied with Carl Weinrich in New York and with G.D. Cunningham in London.

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Connie Kaldor

Connie (Isabelle) Kaldor. Singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist, b Regina 9 May 1953; BFA (Alberta) 1975, hon DFA 2009.

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Paul Robinson

Paul (Evans) Robinson. Broadcaster-writer, conductor, administrator, double-bassist, b Toronto 21 Mar 1940; BA philosophy (Toronto) 1962, MA philosophy (Toronto) 1965. At the RCMT 1955-7 he studied theory with Weinzweig, double bass with Charles Rose and Gurney Titmarsh, and piano with Dolin.

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Paul Roussel

Paul (Joseph Wilfrid Paul-André) Roussel. Critic, writer, radio producer; b Montreal 5 Nov 1924, d there 12 Sep 1977. After teaching himself piano, he studied theory at the CMM 1943-5 with Jean Vallerand. He was Vallerand's successor as critic 1946-54 on the Montreal daily Le Canada.

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Tommy Reilly

Tommy (Thomas Rundle) Reilly. Harmonica player, composer, teacher, b Guelph, Ont, 21 Aug 1919, d Frensham, Surrey, England, 25 Sep 2000. His father, Captain James Reilly (1886-1956), a trumpeter and violinist, led (in Guelph, 1920-5) one of the first jazz bands in Canada.

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The Rhythm Pals

The Rhythm Pals. Country music trio formed in 1946 in New Westminster, BC, by the accordionist and baritone Marc Wald (b Bismarck, ND, 1922), the bass player and tenor Mike Ferbey (b Saskatoon 1926), and the guitarist and tenor Jack Jensen (b Prince Rupert, BC, 1925).

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Herbert Sanders

Herbert Sanders. Organist, choir conductor, composer, teacher, writer, pianist, b Wolverhampton, England, 20 Sep 1878, d Montreal 18 May 1938; ARCM 1896, FRCO 1900, D MUS (McGill) 1912. A pupil of Charles Swinnerton Heap and Charles W. Perkins (organ) and of Charles H.

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William Reimer

William Reimer. Bass-baritone, b Chilliwack, near Vancouver, 8 Apr 1931. He grew up in Yarrow, BC, and studied voice at the Mennonite Brethren Bible College in Winnipeg. At the 1960 Vancouver International Festival he sang Noye in Britten's Noye's Fludde.

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Otto Morando

Otto Morando. Tenor, teacher, b Prague 1869?, d Los Angeles 16 Nov 1953. After study in Austria and Italy he sang in opera in various European centres before turning to teaching.

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Renee Rosnes

Renee (Irene Louise) Rosnes. Pianist, composer, b Regina 24 Mar 1962. Rosnes grew up in North Vancouver with her adoptive family.

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Guy Bélanger

(Joseph Gabriel) Guy Bélanger. Tenor, orchestra and choir conductor, b Quebec City 24 Nov 1946; B MUS (Laval) 1973. Son of Edwin Bélanger. He studied 1965-6 at the CMQ with Guy Lepage and 1966-72 at Laval University with Marthe Létourneau (singing) and Françoise Aubut (theory).