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John Tiktak

John Tiktak, sculptor (b at Kareak, a small camp between Eskimo Point (now Arviat) and Whale Cove, NWT 1916; d at Rankin Inlet, NWT 9 June 1981). At first a hunter, he moved to Rankin Inlet in 1958 to work at the nickel mine.


Sarain Stump

Sarain Stump, Indigenous name Sock-a-jaw-wu, meaning "the one who pulls the boat," painter, poet (b at Fremont, Wyo 1945; d by drowning near Mexico City, Mexico 20 Dec 1974).


Gregory Scofield

Gregory Scofield, poet, playwright, teacher, social worker (b at Maple Ridge, BC 20 July 1966). A Métis of Cree, Scottish, English, French, and Jewish descent, Gregory Scofield was raised by his mother, an aunt, and in several foster homes in northern Manitoba, northern Saskatchewan, and the Yukon.


Willie Seaweed

Willie Seaweed, or Hiamas, a formal address meaning "right maker," or more commonly Kwaxitola, meaning "smoky-top," Northwest Coast artist, singer, dancer (b at Nugent Sound, BC c 1873; d at Blunden Harbour, BC 1967).


Tina Keeper

Tina Keeper, politician, actor, social activist (b at Norway House, Man 20 March 1962). Tina Keeper is an award-winning actor whose work on- and off- screen has raised public awareness of several issues facing contemporary Indigenous Canadians.


John Kavik

John Kavik, sculptor and potter (b in Gjoa Haven, NWT 1897; d at Yellowknife, NWT March 1993 ).


George Arluk

George Arluk, artist (b in the Keewatin region, NWT 5 May 1949). An Inuit sculptor now living in Arviat, Nunavut, Arluk began to teach himself how to carve soapstone at age nine.


Raymond Moriyama

Raymond Moriyama, CC, O. Ont, architect, planner (born 11 October 1929 in Vancouver, BC). A Companion of the Order of Canada and winner of a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, Raymond Moriyama is recognized for several landmark buildings both in Canada and abroad. He is renowned for his sensitivity in considering and addressing human scale, for his humanistic approach to design, and his ability to connect architecture with nature and landscape.


Eleanor Collins

Elnora Ruth Collins (née Procter), CM, singer, actor (born 21 November 1919 in Edmonton, Alberta). Canada’s “first lady of jazz,” Eleanor Collins was the first Canadian woman and the first Black entertainer in Canada to have her own national television show, CBC TV’s The Eleanor Show (1955). Often compared to American singer Lena Horne, Collins performed on many television and radio variety shows, as well as in clubs. She is a member of the Order of Canada and the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame and the recipient of numerous lifetime achievement awards. Canada Post released a commemorative stamp in her honour in January 2022.


Catherine Lafortune

Catherine Lafortune, ballet dancer (born 17 February 1961 in Montreal, QC). At the age of seven, Catherine Lafortune enthusiastically responded to the call of dance and took courses in the Cecchetti method at the La Volière studio. Completing her examinations with distinction, she entered the dance academy of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. Through the years of her apprenticeship (ages 15 to 17) she undertook intensive training at York University, where her talent was noticed by the teaching staff.


Claude Lagacé

Claude Pierre Édouard Lagacé, organist, choirmaster, educator (born 1 May 1917 in Sorel, QC; died 7 February 2019 in Quebec City). BA (Laval) 1938, B PH (Laval) 1939, B MUS (Laval) 1954, Associate American Guild of Organists 1957.


André Lortie

André Lortie, tenor (born 11 May 1930 in Montreal, Quebec). André Lortie handled tragic roles as easily as comic parts. His performances of Beppe in I Pagliacci and Spoletta in Tosca established his reputation in Canada as a singer of character roles.


Jeanne Landry

Jeanne Landry, pianist, accompanist, teacher, composer (born 3 May 1922 in Ottawa, ON; died 2 August 2011 in Quebec City, QC.)


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.


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.


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.