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Maitland Farmer

Maitland (Adam Ernest) Farmer. Organist, choirmaster, teacher, pianist, harpsichordist, b London 24 Feb 1904, naturalized Canadian 1969, d Eastern Passage, NS, 12 Jun 1995; LRAM 1921, FRCO 1936, B MUS (Toronto) 1947, honorary DCL (King's College, Halifax) 1963, honorary FRCCO 1984.


Elsie Park Gowan

Elsie Park Gowan (née Young), playwright (b at Helensburgh, Scotland 9 September 1905; d at Edmonton 2 Feb 1999). Gowan immigrated with her family to Edmonton in 1912 and worked as a rural teacher prior to attending the University of Alberta to acquire an Honours BA in History (1926-30).


Paul Loyonnet

Paul Loyonnet. Pianist, lecturer, writer, teacher, b Paris 13 May 1889, d Montreal 12 Feb 1988. He studied at the Paris Cons with Charles-Wilfride de Bériot, J.-B. Ganaye, C.-M. Widor, and Isidor Philipp.


Vladimír Jelínek

Jelínek, Vladimír. Conductor, composer, b Nove Strašeci, Czechoslovakia, 16 Aug 1923, naturalized Canadian 1975, d Montreal 23 Nov 1989; diploma in orchestra conducting (Prague Academy of Music) 1951.


Charles A.E. Harriss

Charles Albert Edwin Harriss, composer, impresario, educator, organist-choirmaster, conductor (born 16 December 1862 in London, England; died 31 July 1929 in Ottawa, ON).


Kathleen Edwards (Profile)

KATHLEEN EDWARDS had a serious classical musical upbringing, of the sort suitable for the daughter of a senior Canadian diplomat. She played violin from age 5 to 17, studied with National Arts Centre Orchestra violinist Karoly Sziladi and was part of the Ottawa Youth Orchestra.


Robert James Campbell Stead

Robert James Campbell Stead, writer, civil servant (b at Middleville, Ont 4 Sept 1880; d at Ottawa 26 June 1959). Raised in Manitoba, Stead began his writing career as a journalist and poet but he is best known for his novels.


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. 


Saidye Rosner Bronfman

Saidye Rosner Bronfman, OBE, community leader, philanthropist (born 9 December 1896 in Plum Coulee, MB; died 6 July 1995 in Montreal, QC). Saidye Bronfman was a leader in the Jewish community who generously supported the arts and various charities. She received the Order of the British Empire for her work with the Red Cross during the Second World War. Saidye and her husband, Samuel Bronfman, drew from their fortune in the liquor business to create a foundation that continues to fund community groups today.


Olive Dickason

Olive Patricia Dickason (née Williamson), CM, Métis journalist, historian, university professor, author (born 6 March 1920 in Winnipeg, MB; died 12 March 2011 in Ottawa, ON). Dickason was the first scholar in Canada to receive a PhD in Indigenous history. Her ground-breaking research and books about Indigenous and Métis history and culture transformed how Canadians perceive the origin of their country and Indigenous peoples. Dickason’s work inspired a new generation of scholars, helping to launch Indigenous studies as an area of scholarly research. She received an Order of Canada in recognition of her achievements.


Renee Rosnes

Irene Louise Rosnes, "Renee,"jazz pianist (b at Regina 24 Mar 1962). She studied in Vancouver and Toronto for a career in classical music, but turned to jazz circa 1982 and moved to New York in 1985.


Nancy Richler

Nancy Richler, writer (born 16 May 1957 in Montreal, QC; died 18 January 2018 in Vancouver, BC). Nancy Richler began writing at seven years of age. She graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in History, then completed an MSW and worked with youth for several years.


Gerhard Brunzema

Gerhard (Friedrich) Brunzema. Organ manufacturer, b Emden, Germany, 6 Jul 1927, d Fergus, Ont 7 Apr 1992. He grew up in Menden, an industrial community on the Ruhr river, and apprenticed and worked as a journeyman organ builder 1948-52 for Paul Ott in Göttingen.


Angèle Dubeau

Awards and distinctions have included first prizes in the Canadian Music Competition, the CBC National Competition, the MSO competition, and the Tibor-Varga International Competition in Switzerland. For her recordings, which number over a dozen, she has been awarded several ADISQ Felix prizes.


James Campbell

James (Kenneth) Campbell. Clarinetist, teacher, b Leduc, near Edmonton, 10 Aug 1949; B MUS (Toronto) 1971. He studied at the Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, Cal, and in Paris 1971-3 with Yona Ettlinger.


Jean Ashworth Bartle

Jean Ashworth Bartle (formerly Gam). Choral conductor, teacher, b Little Borough, Lancashire, Eng, 7 Mar 1947, naturalized Canadian 1968; ARCT (performance) 1970, ARCT (teaching) 1973, BA Honours (Toronto) 1977.


Roger Sinha

Roger Sinha studied karate, then came to dance at 23 and devoted himself to it passionately after studying economics at the University of Toronto (BA 1984). A 1983 stint at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's summer school was followed by attendance at Toronto Dance Theatre's school from 1984-86.