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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).

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Prism

Prism. Vancouver rock band, active 1976-84. It was formed by the producer and trumpeter Bruce Fairbairn with the songwriter and drummer Jim Vallance (using the name Rodney Higgs) for the LP Prism (EMI INS-3014), which included the popular 'Spaceship Superstar'.

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Gary Relyea

Gary (Weston) Relyea. Bass-baritone, teacher, b Highland Park, Mich, 9 Apr 1942, naturalized Canadian 1972. Relyea studied piano at the University of Michigan and voice 1967-71 with Howell Glynne and Louis Quilico at the University of Toronto.

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Percival Price

(Frank) Percival Price. Carillonneur, campanologist, composer, teacher, b Toronto 7 Oct 1901, d Ann Arbor, Mich, 1 Oct 1985; B MUS (Toronto) 1928, carillonneur diploma (Beiaardschool te Mechelen) 1927. His teachers in Toronto included his mother and, later, E. Lois Wilson (theory), Frank H.

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Gary Fjellgaard

Gary Fjellgaard. Singer-songwriter, guitarist, b Rose Valley, central Saskatchewan, of Norwegian descent, 14 Aug 1937. He performed intermittently (eg, in 1958 as Gary "Rock and Roll" Rogers with Evan Kemp and the BC Trailriders) while working in the logging industry near Prince George, BC.

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Pat Patterson

Patterson, Pat (Muriel Welsh). Broadcaster, composer, writer, b Victoria, BC, 4 Dec 1921; LRSM 1937. She studied violin, voice, and piano in Victoria but is a self-taught composer.

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Garnet Rogers

Garnet (Lee) Rogers. Folksinger, guitarist, violinist, composer, b Hamilton, Ont, 3 May 1955. He is the brother of Stan Rogers, for whom he served 1973-83 as accompanist (guitar, violin, flute) and arranger. A self-taught and highly proficient instrumentalist, he also backed Willie P.

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Henry Burr

Henry (b Harry) Burr (b McClaskey). Tenor, b St Stephen, southwest of Saint John, NB, 15 Jan 1885, d New York 6 Apr 1941.

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Robert Rosen

Rosen, Robert (Joseph). Composer, administrator, born in Melfort, Saskatchewan, on 20 May 1956; died in Ottawa, Ontario, on 19 March 2018. B MUS (Alberta) 1977. He studied composition with Violet Archer and Malcolm Forsyth at the University of Alberta, later working privately under Bruce Mather.

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Rita Chiarelli

Rita Chiarelli. Singer, guitarist, songwriter, b Hamilton, Ont, 1950 or 1954? By 15, Rita Chiarelli was singing blues with a local Hamilton band; after high school, she toured with Battleaxe, her nine-piece rhythm-and-blues band.

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Norman Sherman

Norman (Morris) Sherman, composer, bassoonist, teacher (born 25 February 1924 in Boston, Massachusetts; died 30 April 2015 in London, ON).

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The Travellers

Active from 1953 to the 2000s, folk music group The Travellers were icons of Canada’s folk music revival. The first folk group signed by Columbia Records of Canada, The Travellers were best known for the patriotic enthusiasm of their Canadian lyrics for Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land.” The group influenced many in the folk music movement of the 1960s and 1970s and helped spread the messages of left-leaning social movements such as the labour rights movement. They made many popular recordings and often appeared on television and in concert, across Canada and internationally.

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