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Miriam Mandel

Miriam Mandel, née Minovitch, poet (b at Rockglen, Sask 1930; d at Edmonton 13 Feb 1982). An English graduate from the University of Saskatchewan, Mandel began writing poetry in her late 30s, shortly after her 20-year marriage with author Eli MANDEL dissolved.

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Don Messer

Donald Charles Frederick Messer, fiddler, band leader, radio broadcaster (born 9 May 1909 in Tweedside, NB; died 26 March 1973 in Halifax, NS). Don Messer was an icon of Canadian folk music.

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Loverboy

Loverboy, a Vancouver-based rock group, is a top international concert draw. The band - Paul Dean (guitar), Mike Reno (vocals), Matt Frenette (drums), Doug Johnson (keyboards) and Scott Smith (bass) - won 8 consecutive Juno Awards 1977-84.

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John Goodwin Lyman

As a critic (the Montrealer, 1936-42) he showed an awareness of art's elusive quality and rather than dictate to people tried to help them respond to art.

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Muriel Millard

Muriel Millard, singer, actress, dancer, songwriter, painter (born 3 December 1922 in Montréal, QC; died 30 November 2014 in Montréal). Known as “Miss Music-Hall,” Muriel Millard was a famous Québécois cabaret singer who became a radio and television star before embarking on a successful second career as a painter.

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Pierre Mercure

Pierre Mercure, composer, producer, bassoonist, administrator (b at Montréal 21 Feb 1927; d accidentally near Avallon, France 29 Jan 1966). Mercure, always seeking a new, multimedia language, learned French music and became an orchestrator with Claude CHAMPAGNE.

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Brian Macdonald

Brian Ronald Macdonald, dancer, choreographer, director (born 14 May 1928 in Montréal, QC; died 29 November 2014 in Stratford, ON).

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Edmund Assaly

Edmund (Philip) Assaly. Pianist, composer, arranger, teacher, b Rosetown, Sask, of Syrian parents, 4 Jan 1920, d Milwaukee, Wisc, 1 Jan 1983; ATCM 1934, LRSM 1938. He began studying piano at eight, and when his family moved to Saskatoon he studied piano and composition 1937-45 with Lyell Gustin.

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Jean-Aubert Loranger

Jean-Aubert Loranger, poet, storyteller, journalist (b at Montreal 26 Oct 1896; d there 28 Oct 1942). Loranger belonged to a family known for its lawyers (the Lorangers), writers (AUBERT DE GASPÉ) and military officers (Charles de SALABERRY).

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George Luscombe

George Luscombe, stage director (b at Toronto 17 Nov 1926; d at Toronto 5 Feb 1999). One of the seminal figures in modern Canadian theatre, George Luscombe's career focused almost exclusively on Toronto Workshop Productions, the left-wing ensemble he founded in 1958 and directed until 1988.

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John MacIntosh Lyle

Later in the 1920s, through an examination of Canada's architectural heritage, Lyle went on to develop a distinctively Canadian style. His integration of Canadian floral and faunal motifs into the design of his buildings parallels the artistic developments of the GROUP OF SEVEN.

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William Lyall

William Lyall, philosopher (b at Paisley, Scot 11 June 1811; d at Halifax 17 Jan 1890). He arrived in Halifax in 1850 as a minister trained in the classics. Most of his teaching (about 32 hours a week) was done at Dalhousie in Halifax.

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Pegi Nicol MacLeod

In 1936, with Douglas DUNCAN, she helped found the Picture Loan Society. In 1937 she moved to New York but frequently visited Fredericton where she helped found (and taught at) the Observatory Art Centre.

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John Burnett Parkin

John Burnett Parkin, architect (b at Toronto 26 June 1911; d at Los Angeles, Calif 17 Aug 1975). Parkin graduated in architecture from University of Toronto in 1935 and worked in London, England, before returning to Toronto in 1937 to establish a small architectural practice.

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Clarence Horatio Miller

Clarence Horatio Miller, "Big," jazz musician, blues singer, trombonist, educator (born 18 December 1922 in Sioux City, Iowa; died 9 June 1992 in Edmonton, AB). By 1960 Big Miller had sung with the Jay McShann and Duke Ellington orchestras and recorded with Bob Brookmeyer, Rex Stewart and Jon Hendricks.

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Henri Léopold Masson

Henri Léopold Masson, painter (b at Spy, Belgium 10 Jan 1907; d at Ottawa 9 Feb 1996). Largely self-taught, Masson combined his narrative abilities with a fluid GROUP OF SEVEN style. He lived in Ottawa from 1921 and began exhibiting nationally in 1938 and internationally in 1946.

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Samuel McLaughlin

Samuel McLaughlin, photographer, publisher, watchmaker (b in Ire 28 Jan 1826; d at Los Angeles, Calif 26 Aug 1914). McLaughlin issued Canada's first publication of photographs - The Photographic Portfolio (1858-60), a series of his views in and around Québec City.

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SKY Lee

SKY Lee, illustrator, novelist, short-story writer (b at Port Alberni, BC 1952). SKY Lee grew up in Port Alberni, BC. She moved to Vancouver in 1967, where she received a BA in fine arts from the University of British Columbia. She also received a diploma in nursing from Douglas College.

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Robert Tait McKenzie

Robert Tait McKenzie, educator, sculptor, orthopedic surgeon, author (b at Almonte, Canada W 26 May 1867; d at Philadelphia, Pa 28 Apr 1938). He was a student at McGill 1885-92, and became well known for rehabilitative methods he developed as a medical officer during WWI.