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Marie Uguay

Marie Uguay, poet (born 22 April 1955 in Montréal, Québec; died 26 October 1981 in Montréal). This young poet was truly a shooting star in the firmament of Québec poetry.

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Robert Dickson

Robert Dickson, poet, translator (born 23 July 1944 in Toronto, Ontario; died 19 March 2007 in Sudbury, Ontario). This Franco-Ontarian poet contributed greatly to the artistic renaissance of French-speaking Ontario in the 1970s.

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Freda Ahenakew

​Freda Ahenakew, OC, Cree scholar, author (born 11 February 1932 on the Ahtahkakoop First Nation Reserve in Saskatchewan; died 8 April 2011 at Muskeg Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan). Ahenakew is recognized as one of Canada’s leaders in the acknowledgment and revitalization of the Cree language in Canada.

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Mary Ella Dignam

​Mary E. Dignam (née Williams), painter and founder of the Women's Art Association of Canada (born 13 January 1857 in Port Burwell, ON; died 6 September 1938 in Toronto, ON).

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Lynda Lemay

Lynda Lemay, singer-songwriter (born 25 July 1966 in Portneuf-Station, Québec). A Knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the recipient of numerous Félix Awards as well as one Victoire de la musique award, Québec artist Lynda Lemay showcases French-language music across the French-speaking world.

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Joe Bocan

​Joe Bocan (née Johanne Beauchamp), Québécoise actress and singer (born 8 September 1957 in Montréal, QC).

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Jully Black

Jully Ann Inderia Gordon, singer, songwriter, actor, TV personality (born 8 November 1977 in Toronto, ON). Known as “Canada’s Queen of R&B,” Jully Black is an award-winning R&B and soul singer-songwriter. In 2013, CBC Music named her one of the 25 Greatest Canadian Singers Ever. Her rich and soulful alto voice has garnered comparisons to Tina Turner and Amy Winehouse. Her album Revival (2007) was certified gold in Canada and won the Juno Award for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year. She has written songs for Destiny’s Child, Nas, Sean Paul and Missy Elliott, among others, and started her own recording, management and publishing company. Black has appeared on stage in productions of trey anthony’s play Da Kink in My Hair and Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s Caroline, or Change. She is also a popular television host and panel guest. 

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trey anthony

Trey Anthony (trey anthony), comedian, playwright, screenwriter, producer (born 1974 in London, England).

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Gerald Arthur Pratley

Gerald Arthur Pratley (b at London, Eng 3 Sep 1923, d at Belleville, Ont 14 Mar 2011). A noted film critic and commentator, he was the founder-director of the Ontario Film Institute, established in 1968, an organization with a mandate to preserve, catalogue, publish and exhibit world cinema.

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Peter Cardew

In 1967 Cardew joined Rhone & Iredale in Vancouver, becoming a partner in 1974. In his 13 years with this firm he was project team designer for several award-winning buildings, including the Lignum Forestry Building (1977), the Crown Life Tower (1980) and False Creek townhouses (1980).

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Ken Gass

Ken Gass, director, playwright, producer (born at Abbotsford, BC 10 Sept 1945). Ken Gass is one of the key figures in the development of Canadian theatre.

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Joeffer Caoc

Joeffer Caoc, fashion designer (b at Valenzuela, Philippines, 15 Nov 1971). Joeffer Caoc moved to Canada at the age of two with his civil engineer father and seamstress mother.

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Gisele MacKenzie

Gisele MacKenzie, born Gisèle LaFlèche, actress (born at Winnipeg 10 Jan 1927; died Burbank, Ca 5 Sep 2003). Gisèle LaFlèche, sometimes known as "Canada's first lady of song," began in show business playing the violin in Winnipeg and on a scholarship at the Toronto Conservatory of Music.

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Anton Wilfer

Anton Wilfer. Violin maker, b Luby, Czechoslovakia, 30 Apr 1901, d Montreal 31 Aug 1976. He studied and practised violin making in his home town before travelling in 1946 to Mittenwald, Bavaria, to perfect his work with master craftsmen.

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