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David Foster

David Walter Foster, OC, OBC, record producer, composer, arranger, pianist (born 1 November 1949 in Victoria, BC). David Foster is one of the most commercially successful and influential pop music producers of all time. He has been called “the real king of pop,” the “master of bombastic pop kitsch” and “the Hit Man.” He is perhaps best known for his collaborations with Chicago, Barbra Streisand, Natalie Cole, Céline Dion, Whitney Houston, Josh Groban and Michael Bublé, and for the successful charity single “Tears Are Not Enough.” He has produced such international No. 1 hits as “I Swear,” “The Glory of Love,” “The Power of Love,” “Un-break My Heart” and “I Will Always Love You.” Foster is a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame and the US Songwriters Hall of Fame. An Officer of the Order of Canada and a Member of the Order of British Columbia, he has won five Juno Awards and 16 Grammy Awards.

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Bob Rock

­Robert Jens Rock, record producer, engineer, guitarist, songwriter (born 19 April 1954 in Winnipeg, MB). Bob Rock started out as a recording engineer and enjoyed some success as a core member of the punk/new wave/pop band Payola$ before going on to produce top-selling albums by such artists as The Cult, Mötley Crüe, Metallica, Bon Jovi, Our Lady PeaceSimple PlanMichael Bublé and many others. Known for a big, muscular, radio-friendly sound, highly-polished production values and an ability to play to an artist’s strengths, Rock has produced or engineered some of the most commercially-successful rock records of all time. He has won multiple Juno Awards and been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

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Editorial: The Wit and Wisdom of Sam Slick

Thomas Chandler Haliburton was born on 17 December 1796 in Windsor, Nova Scotia, the son of a judge and grandson of a lawyer. An upper crust Tory, he was also a successful lawyer and businessman and was appointed to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. He held office in England after his retirement from the bench. He was wealthy, respected and influential. But, despite his accomplishments, he was deeply frustrated.

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Lawrence Hill

Lawrence Hill, CM, novelist, journalist, educator, documentary writer (born 1957 in Newmarket, ON). Lawrence Hill is one of the most important contributors to Black culture in Canada, and the publication of his internationally acclaimed novel The Book of Negroes (2007) has placed him among Canada's most successful writers. He is a Member of the Order of Canada.

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Peter Goddard

Peter Darwin Goddard, music writer (born 13 July 1943 in Toronto, ON; died 23 March 2022 in Toronto). B MUS (Toronto) 1967, M MUS (Toronto) 1971. 

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Laura Vinson

Laura Vinson. Singer, songwriter, b Brule, near Jasper, Alta, 23 May 1947. She is of French/Cree and English/Cherokee descent.

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Agnes Nanogak

Agnes Nanogak, graphic artist (b on Baillie Island, NWT 12 Nov 1925, d at Holman [Ulukhaktok], Northwest Territories 5 May 2005).

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Peter Pitseolak

Peter Pitseolak, photographer, artist, writer (b on Nottingham I, NWT Nov 1902; d at Cape Dorset, NWT 30 Sept 1973). A camp leader, he recognized early that traditional Inuit life was disappearing and strove to record its passing, writing diaries, notes and manuscripts, drawing Inuit customs and legends, and photographing the life around him.

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Wilfred Pelletier

Wilfred Pelletier (also Peltier), or Baibomsey, meaning "traveller," Odawa wise man, philosopher, author (b on Wikwemikong Reserve, Manitoulin I, Ont 16 Oct 1927; died at Ottawa 2 Jul 2000).

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John Pangnark

John Pangnark, sculptor (b at Windy Lk, NWT 1920; d at Rankin Inlet, NWT 1980). An inland Kivallirmiut (Caribou) Inuit, Pangnark was relocated in the late 1950s to Eskimo Point (now Arviat), where he spent his later years carving.

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Mungo Martin

Mungo Martin, or Nakapankam, meaning a potlatch chief "ten times over," or Datsa, meaning "grandfather," Northwest Coast carver, painter, singer, songwriter, teacher (b at Fort Rupert, Vancouver Island 1879; d at Victoria 16 Aug 1962), stepson of Charlie James (recognized Kwakwaka'wakw carver), and tutor to Henry Hunt, Tony Hunt, and Bill Reid.

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Davidee Mannumi

Davidee Mannumi, also known as Manumi "B", sculptor, (b Cape Dorset region, SW Baffin Island 9 Sept 1919; d there 1979). Mannumi immigrated to Iqaluit [Frobisher Bay] in the Dew Line construction period of the mid-1950s but later returned to Cape Dorset.

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Lee Cremo

Fiddler, composer, b Barra Head (now Chapel Island), Cape Breton, NS, 30 Dec 1938, d Eskasoni, NS, 10 Oct 1999. A Mi'kmaq person, Cremo was taken at four to Eskasoni, on the East Bay of Bras d'or Lake, Cape Breton.

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Alasua Amittuq Davidialuk

Alasua Amittuq Davidialuk, Inuk artist (b on a small island near Povungnituk, Qué c 1910; d on an emergency evacuation flight near Povungnituk 1 Aug 1976). An indifferent hunter, he lived in poverty until he gained recognition as a folk artist near mid-life.

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Peter Erasmus

Peter Erasmus, interpreter (b at Red River Colony [Man] 27 June 1833; d at Whitefish Lk, Alta 28 May 1931). Of Danish-Cree parentage, he studied to become an Anglican clergyman, but was drawn to the free life farther west.

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Jack Jacobs

Jack Jacobs, "Indian Jack," football player (born at Holdenville, OK, 1920; died at N Greensboro, NC 12 Jan 1974). A Muscogee (Creek) Indigenous person, Jacobs joined the National Football League from University of Oklahoma; playing mostly on defence, he was a sure-handed and solid tackler.