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Karim Ouellet

Karim Ouellet, Quebec songwriter, composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist (born 8 December 1984 in Dakar, Senegal). He is the standard-bearer of an intelligent brand of pop music flavoured with soul, reggae, folk and electroacoustic elements. His poise, velvety voice and catchy refrains make him a distinctive artist. In 2007, he started working more and more with Quebec City artists (CEA, Webster, Limoilou Starz) and was part of the band Movèzerbe. At the same time, he set the stage for his solo career by taking part in the 5 fois 5 music project at the Théâtre Petit Champlain, a showcase for young, up-and-coming Quebec artists. He later played at the Francofolies music festival in La Rochelle, France. In 2009, he made a strong impression by making it to the finals at the Granby International Song Festival. In 2011, with his first album, Plume, Karim Ouellet caught the eye of both the public and the music industry. He won the Pop Album of the Year award at the Gala Alternatif de la Musique Indépendante du Québec, which recognizes excellence in independent music. In 2012, he had his first hit, “L’amour,” from his album Fox, earning him his first major public recognition.

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Robert Verrall

Robert Verrall, producer, director, animator, administrator (born at Toronto 13 Jan 1928). Robert Verrall is a veteran National Film Board of Canada (NFB) producer who was one of the first to join the NFB as an animator in 1945 under Norman McLaren.

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Frantz Jéhin-Prume

Jéhin-Prume (b Jéhin), Frantz (b François-Henri). Violinist, composer, teacher, born Spa, Belgium, 18 Apr 1839, died Montreal 29 May 1899; premier prix (Brussels Cons) 1852.

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Anvil

Anvil. Heavy metal band, formed in 1978 in Toronto and consisting of guitarist-vocalist Steve “Lips” Kudlow, drummer Robb Reiner and bassist Sal Italiano.

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Brian Maracle

Brian Maracle, also known as Owennatekha, author, journalist and radio host (born in 1947 in Detroit, Michigan). Brian Maracle is a member of the Mohawk First Nation and a passionate advocate for the preservation of the Kanyen’kehaka (Mohawk) language.

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Toronto Consort

Toronto Consort. Performance ensemble formed in Toronto in 1972 to perform early vocal and instrumental music (about 1200 to 1675).

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Erin Wall

Erin Marie Wall, soprano (born 4 November 1975 in Calgary, AB). Erin Wall is a highly versatile and internationally renowned soprano who has performed an extensive opera and concert repertoire.

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André Hamel

André Hamel. Composer, teacher, born 1955. Initially a rock musician, André Hamel turned to composition in the early 1980s, when he began formal studies at the University of Montreal under composer Serge Garant; he received an MA in composition in 1993 under the direction of composer Michel Longtin.

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Sydney Humphreys

Sydney (Ernest) Humphreys. Violinist, teacher, born Chilliwack, near Vancouver, 26 Sep 1926; FRAM 1960, MA (Newcastle) 1969. He studied violin with Gregori Garbovitsky in Vancouver, Kathleen Parlow in Toronto, Thomas Matthews and Frederick Grinke at the RAM, London, and Georges Enesco in Paris.

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Zacharias Kunuk

Zacharias Kunuk, OC, filmmaker, carver, sculptor, visual artist (born 27 November 1957 in Kapuivik, Nunavut). An internationally acclaimed media maker, Zacharias Kunuk has played a crucial role in the redefinition of ethnographic filmmaking in Canada and has been at the forefront of the Inuit’s innovative use of broadcast technology. He is perhaps best known for his debut feature film, Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner), which won six Genie Awards (including Best Screenplay, Best Direction and Best Motion Picture) and was ranked the No. 1 Canadian film of all time in a 2015 poll conducted by the Toronto International Film Festival.

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Zaib Shaikh

His early roles came in the form of a recurring character named Jayesh on the short-lived though surprisingly entertaining nighttime soap opera Metropia, and that of city councillor Shakil Khan on the revamped Da Vinci's City Hall.

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Greg Payce

He draws on history, ancient ceramics, film and photography to animate his expertly thrown pots. Active in ceramics for over 40 years, Payce has participated in over 150 group and solo exhibitions and numerous artist residencies around the world.

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Kate Nelligan

Kate Nelligan, née Patricia Colleen Nelligan, actress (b at London, Ont 16 Mar 1951). Kate Nelligan studied at York University and received her drama training at the Central School of Speech in London, Eng.

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Rosemary Dunsmore

Rosemary Dunsmore, actor, director (born 13 July 1952 in Edmonton, Alberta). An accomplished actor, director and theatre instructor, Rosemary Dunsmore has enjoyed a long and successful career in Canada, the US and Europe.

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Brian Linehan

Brian Richard Linehan, television host, celebrity interviewer (born 3 September 1943 in Hamilton, Ontario; died 4 June 2004 in Toronto, Ontario). When it came to celebrity journalism, Brian Linehan was in a class by himself. Admired by celebrities and audiences for his expertly prepared, in-depth and personal interviews, Linehan hosted Canada’s most popular celebrity talk show “City Lights,” which ran on Citytv and in international syndication from 1973 to 1989.

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Leonard Cohen

Leonard Norman Cohen, CC, GOQ, poet, novelist, singer, songwriter (born 21 September 1934 in Montreal, QC; died 7 November 2016 in Los Angeles, California). Leonard Cohen was one of the most iconic Canadian artists of the 20th century. A sage, mystic, bohemian and romantic, he built an acclaimed body of literary work and a revered career in pop music. In his poetry, novels and music, he constantly probed the human condition, exploring themes of love, loss, death and his commitment to his art. As a poetic and unlikely pop star, his narrow-ranged, gruff voice, which deepened and darkened with age, and his reliance on simple, singsong melodies were complimented by the intense imagery and depth of his lyrics. A Companion of the Order of Canada, he was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, the US Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Folk Music Walk of Fame. He also received a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, the Glenn Gould Prize, eight Juno Awards, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and numerous other honours.

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Karen Kain

Karen Alexandria Kain, CC, OOnt, dancer, artistic director, arts administrator (born 28 March 1951 in Hamilton, ON). Karen Kain is one of Canada's finest and most internationally renowned dancers. In her 28 years of dancing with the National Ballet of Canada (NBC), she won renown for her strong technique, breadth of movement, sensitive musicality, daring attack and versatile dramatic ability. Her exceptionally large repertoire spanned both classical and contemporary works, including all the major full-length ballerina roles and a range of leading roles in shorter works. She continued working with the NBC beyond her retirement as a ballerina, and has served as the company’s artistic director since 2005. She is a Companion of the Order of Canada, an Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de France, and a Member of the Order of Ontario and Canada’s Walk of Fame. She has received a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement and numerous other honours.