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Kenneth Nichols

Nichols, Kenneth (Hugh). Composer, pianist, teacher, b Pincher Creek, Alta, 7 Jun 1936; ARCT 1958, Associate in music (Alberta) 1960, Licentiate Diploma (Toronto) 1961, M MUS (Indiana) 1967, PH D (Minnesota) 1981.

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Thomas D. Hood

Thomas D. Hood. Piano manufacturer, fl Montreal 1848-77. A foreman before 1852 for Mead Brothers piano manufacturers, he took over that operation in 1852 and began building pianos at 29 Notre Dame St, Montreal.

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Marcelle Gagné

Marcelle Gagné (née Duquette) . Mezzo-soprano, administrator (born 27 October 1908 in Montréal, QC; died 10 August 2010 in Montréal, QC). Granddaughter of Ellsworth Duquette and niece of Émile Taranto, she received her voice training from several teachers, including Céline Marier, Sarah Fischer, Pauline Donalda, and Victor Brault.

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Ernest Gagnon

(Frédéric) Ernest (Amédée) Gagnon. Organist, folklorist, teacher, historian, writer, administrator, b Rivière-du-Loup-en-haut (now Louiseville), near Trois-Rivières, Que, 7 Nov 1834, d Quebec City 15 Sep 1915; D LITT (Laval).

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Jean-Josaphat Gagnier

J.-J. (Jean-Josaphat) Gagnier. Conductor, composer, clarinetist, bassoonist, pianist, administrator, teacher, b Montreal 2 Dec 1885, d there 16 Sep 1949; D MUS (Montreal) 1934.

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Jean Laurendeau

(Marie François) Jean Laurendeau. Clarinetist, ondist, teacher, b Montreal 11 Aug 1938; premier prix clarinet (CMM) 1959, premier prix clarinet (Rouen Conservatory) 1964, premier prix chamber music (Rouen Conservatory) 1965, licence de concert (École normale de musique, Paris) 1965.

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Marc Fortier

Marc Fortier. Conductor, orchestrator, composer, b Jonquière, Que, 7 Dec 1940; BA (Laval) 1961. Fortier began studies in harmony with François Brassard in 1958.

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Victor Schultz

Victor Schultz. Violinist, b Winnipeg 3 Jun 1959. He began his musical studies in Winnipeg at seven with Jeanette and Marilyn Slipetz, and was a pupil of Francis Chaplin 1969-71.

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La Chapelle de Québec

La Chapelle de Québec. Professional choir, known as the Ensemble vocal Bernard Labadie 1985-91, founded in Quebec City in 1985 by Bernard Labadie; it existed informally before that year.

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Rachel Browne

Browne danced with the RWB from 1957 until 1961, when she retired as a ballerina to care for her young family. She soon began to teach ballet classes at the Lhotka School of Ballet and to choreograph.

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Robert Charlebois

Robert Charlebois. Singer, actor, songwriter, guitarist, pianist, b Montreal 25 Jun 1944. After studying piano for six years and acting 1962-5 at the National Theatre School in Montreal, Robert Charlebois divided his early career between music and theatre.

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Kate and Anna McGarrigle

Kate and Anna McGarrigle. Folksingers and songwriters. Born of French-Canadian and Irish parents in Montreal, the sisters Anna (b 4 Dec 1944) and Kate (b 6 Feb 1946, d 18 Jan 2010, B SC McGill 1969) studied music at the local convent.

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Adelmo Melecci

Adelmo Melecci. Teacher, composer, organist, b Felonica Po, near Venice, 18 May 1899, naturalized Canadian 1928, d 31 Aug 2004; honorary ARCT (1988).

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Duncan Campbell Scott

Duncan Campbell Scott, poet, writer, civil servant (born 2 August 1862 in Ottawa, ON; died 19 December 1947 in Ottawa, ON). Scott’s complicated legacy encompasses both his work as an acclaimed poet and his role as a controversial public servant. Considered one of the “poets of the Confederation” — a group of English-language poets whose work laid the foundations for a tradition of Canadian poetry — his intense works made use of precise imagery and transitioned smoothly between traditional and modern styles. However, his literary work has arguably been overshadowed by his role as the deputy superintendent of the Department of Indian Affairs. He enforced and expanded residential schools, failed to respond to a tuberculosis epidemic and oversaw a treaty process that many claim robbed Indigenous peoples of land and rights. His oft-quoted goal to “get rid of the Indian problem” became, for many, characteristic of the federal government’s treatment of Indigenous peoples.

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Gilles Lamontagne (singer)

Gilles (Joseph Antoine Émilien) Lamontagne. Baritone, administrator, b Montreal 21 Mar 1924, d Quebec 28 Dec 1993. He studied in Quebec City with Isa Jeynevald-Mercier, at the RCMT with Herman Geiger-Torel (stage skills), in New York with Mario Reichlin-Rubini, and in Milan with Mario Basiola.

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Willie Lamothe

Willie (William) Lamothe. Singer, songwriter, guitarist, harmonica player, b St-Hyacinthe, Que, 27 Jan 1920, d St-Hyacinthe, 19 Oct 1992. He began his career as a teacher of dance and then turned to singing, his act including imitations of Maurice Chevalier and Charles Trenet.

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