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Albert Dumouchel

Albert Dumouchel, printmaker, teacher (b at Bellerive, Qué 15 Apr 1916; d at Montréal 11 Jan 1971). He studied etching and lithography in Paris. In Montréal in 1945, he participated in the "cadavres

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Messenjah

Messenjah, is a reggae group that was formed in 1981 in Kitchener, ON, by Errol Blackwood (vocals, bass guitar) and Rupert 'Ojiji' Harvey (vocals, guitar, alto saxophone), the latter previously with the Toronto reggae bands Crack of Dawn and Inner Fire.

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Cowboy Junkies

The Cowboy Junkies are an alternative country and folk-rock band based in Toronto. Their breakthrough album, The Trinity Session (1988), established their signature sound, a melancholic mix of folk and blues marked by stripped-down instrumentation and lead singer Margo Timmins’s hushed yet haunting vocals. One of the most popular Canadian bands of the late 1980s and 1990s, the Cowboy Junkies have had two platinum and three gold albums in Canada and have sold more than 5 million albums worldwide. They have been inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

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Paul Haggis

Paul Edward Haggis, writer, director, producer (born 10 Mar 1953 in London, Ontario). Within Canada, Paul Haggis may be best known as the creator of the popular TV series Due South, which earned him six Gemini Awards including two for Best Dramatic Series. Internationally, he is renowned for a number of film achievements. He made history in 2006 as the first screenwriter of back-to-back Best Picture Oscar winners — Million Dollar Baby (2004) and Crash (2005). He also won Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay Oscars for the latter and helped rejuvenate the James Bond franchise with his screenplays for Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008). More recently, his reputation has been marred by four allegations of sexual assault: in January 2018, he began defending himself in a civil suit against those allegations.

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Prudence Heward

Efa Prudence Heward, painter (born 2 July 1896 in Montréal, QC; died 19 March 1947 in Los Angeles, California). Heward specialized in portraits of women, despite the popularity of landscape painting during her lifetime.

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Elmore Leonard (Profile)

When it comes to the art of how to Be Cool, Elmore Leonard wrote the book - in every way. First, there's his new novel of the same name, which rocketed to a position near the top of North American best-seller lists almost immediately upon its release last month.

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Robert Bateman (Profile)

This article was originally published in Maclean’s magazine on October 21, 2002. Partner content is not updated.

Robert Bateman has too much respect for his wildlife subjects to burden them with human motives, and yet there is a palpable menace to the three Harris's hawks he portrays in Birds (Penguin Canada), his new coffee table book of art and commentary.

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Steve Smith

Steve Smith, actor, writer, producer, comic (b at Toronto 24 Dec 1945). Blessed with a quick wit, a creative mind and an optimistic determination, the irrepressible Steve Smith is a journeyman entertainer who created one of the most enduring characters in Canadian television history.

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Philip J Thomas

Philip J. (James) Thomas. Folksong collector, composer, singer, teacher, b Victoria, BC, 26 Mar 1921, d Vancouver, BC, 26 Jan 2007; BA English and history (British Columbia) 1948, B Ed (B.C.) 1949. Following a year of war service in India, for most of Philip J.

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Eli Mandel

Eli Mandel, poet, essayist, anthologist (b at Estevan, Sask 3 Dec 1922; d at Toronto, Ont 3 Sept 1992). Born to Russian-Jewish parents who had emigrated from Ukraine in their early teens, Mandel was raised on the Prairies during the Depression.

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Eleanor Calbes

Eleanor Calbes. Soprano, b Aparri, Cagayan, the Philippines, 20 Feb 1944, naturalized Canadian 1967; teacher's diploma (Philippines) 1961.

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Helix

Helix. Rock band. It was formed in 1975 in Kitchener, Ont, by Brian Vollmer (vocals), Brent ('Doctor') Doerner (guitar), Paul Hackman (guitar), and others, and worked the bar circuit first in southern Ontario and then across Canada.

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Robert William Service

Robert William Service, poet, novelist (b at Preston, Eng 16 Jan 1874; d at Lancieux, France 11 Sept 1958). Educated in Scotland, Service worked in a bank after he left school. In 1894 he immigrated to Canada, where, after

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Mimi Parent

Mimi Parent, surrealist artist (b at Montréal 1924; d at Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland 14 June 2005). She was a student of Alfred PELLAN at the École des Beaux-arts de Montréal, from which she was eventually expelled in 1947 for being undisciplined.

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Donald K. Donald

Donald K. Donald (b Tarlton). Producer, impresario, b Montreal 12 May 1943. He studied at Rosemere High School near Montreal, and at Sir George Williams U (Concordia University). As a teenager he organized dances in schools and youth clubs.