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Katherena Vermette

Katherena Vermette, Métis poet, short-story writer, novelist, filmmaker, teacher (born 29 January 1977 in Winnipeg, MB). Métis writer Katherena Vermette is a rising star of Canadian literature. In her poetry, prose and film, she explores some of the most vital issues facing Canada today: the search for identity and the ongoing effects of historical and institutional prejudice. She won the Governor General’s Award in 2013 for her first collection of poems, North End Love Songs, and is the author of the acclaimed 2016 novel The Break.


Ève K. Tremblay

Ève Kateri Tremblay, multidisciplinary artist (born 1972 in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, QC). Ève K. Tremblay’s exhibits can be found in various artistic institutions, notably in Montréal, Toronto, New York, Zurich and Basel. Her work is included in the collections of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and the Musée national des beaux-Arts du Québec (Québec City).


Scott Symons

​Hugh Brennan Scott Symons, writer (born 13 July 1933 in Toronto, ON; died 23 February 2009 in Toronto, ON).


Patrice Desbiens

Patrice Desbiens, poet (born in 1948 in Timmins, Ontario). One of the most important poets in French-speaking Ontario, Patrice Desbiens is also among the most highly regarded by francophones across Canada.


Afua Cooper

Afua (Ava Pamela) Cooper, educator, historian, performance artist, poet (born 8 November 1957 in the Whithorn district of Westmoreland, Jamaica), is considered one of the most influential and pioneering voices in the Canadian dub poetry and spoken word movement. Her poems are published in numerous regional, national and international journals and anthologies. Afua Cooper also has CDs of her performances that make her work well known to the global community. In addition to her renown as a performance artist, she is an internationally-ranked historian. She has taught Caribbean cultural studies, history, women's studies and Black studies at Ryerson and York universities, at the University of Toronto and at Dalhousie University.


Corrine Hunt

Corrine Hunt, artist (born in 1959 in Alert Bay, British Columbia). She is a member of the Raven Gwa’wina clan from Ts’akis, a Komoyue village on Vancouver Island.


30 Canadian Painters

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, The Canadian Encyclopedia created 30 lists of 30 things that make us proud to be Canadian, from famous people and historic events, to iconic foods and influential artists.


Beaver Hall Group

​The Beaver Hall Group (also known as the Beaver Hall Hill Group) was a group of artists (both male and female) who shared studio space at 305 Beaver Hall Hill in Montréal and exhibited together; A.Y. Jackson was the first president.


Serena Ryder

Serena Ryder, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist (born 8 December 1982 in Millbrook, ON). Folk-rock singer-songwriter Serena Ryder is known for her raspy, soulful vocals, raw, emotional lyrics and engaging stage presence. She first gained attention with her gold-certified albums If Your Memory Serves You Well (2006) and Is It O.K. (2008). She won the Juno Award for New Artist of the Year in 2008 and achieved international stardom with her fifth album, Harmony (2012), and her smash hit “Stompa,” which went triple platinum in Canada. She has won a Canadian Screen Award, a MuchMusic Video Award, a SOCAN Award and six Juno Awards, including Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year in 2014.