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Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake)

Emily Pauline Johnson (a.k.a. Tekahionwake, “double wampum”) poet, writer, artist, performer (born 10 March 1861 on the Six Nations Reserve, Canada West; died 7 March 1913 in VancouverBC). Pauline Johnson was one of North America’s most notable entertainers of the late 19th century. A mixed-race woman of Mohawk and European descent, she was a gifted writer and poised orator. She toured extensively, captivating audiences with her flair for the dramatic arts. Johnson made important contributions to Indigenous and Canadian oral and written culture. She is listed as a Person of National Historic Significance and her childhood home is a National Historic Site and museum. A monument in Vancouver’s Stanley Park commemorates her work and legacy. In 2016, she was one of 12 Canadian women in consideration to appear on a banknote. (See Women on Canadian Banknotes.)


Goodwin's Latest Show

Signs of Life is a powerful collection of 33 mixed-media works, drawings, sculptures and a major installation by Goodwin who, at 72, is one of Canada's most outstanding artists.


Margaret Avison

An Officer of the Order of Canada, two-time winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award, and recipient of the Griffin Poetry Prize, Margaret Avison is one of Canada’s most profoundly influential poets, known for the exploration of Christian themes in her work.


John Avison

John Henry Patrick Avison, CM, conductor, pianist (born 25 April 1914 in Vancouver, BC; died 30 November 1983 in Vancouver).



Juliette Augustina Cavazzi (née Sysak), CM, singer, entertainer, television host (born 26 August 1927 at St. Vital, MB; died 26 October 2017 in Vancouver, BC). With her folksy pop style and easy rapport with an audience, big band and country singer Juliette made her CBC Saturday night music variety program Juliette (1956–66) one of Canada’s most popular television shows. Known as “our pet Juliette,” she was the country's most successful television entertainer for more than a decade. She was a Member of the Order of Canada, the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame and Canada’s Walk of Fame.


Percy Faith

Percy Faith, conductor, arranger, composer, pianist (born 7 April 1908 in Toronto, ON; died 9 February 1976 in Los Angeles, California).


Elizabeth Simcoe

Elizabeth Posthuma Simcoe, née Gwillim, author and illustrator (baptized 22 September 1762 in Northamptonshire, England; died 17 March 1850 in Devon, England). Elizabeth was the wife of John Graves Simcoe, the first lieutenant-governor of Upper Canada. She was an author and illustrator, renowned for her detailed diary and pictures depicting life in early Upper Canada.


Tom Cochrane & Red Rider

Tom Cochrane & Red Rider. Toronto rock band, active 1976-90. Formed by the guitarist Ken Greer and others, it was initially active in local clubs such as the El Mocambo. Tom Cochrane (singer, songwriter, guitarist, b Lynn Lake, Man, 14 May 1953; D MUS (Brandon) 2005) joined in 1977.


Michel Perrault

Perrault, Michel (Brunet). Composer, conductor, percussionist, teacher, b Montreal 20 Jul 1925. He first studied theory and timpani with Louis Decair at the McGill Conservatory 1941-3 and later enrolled at the CMM where he studied oboe 1943-4 with Réal Gagnier.


Morris Surdin

Surdin, Morris. Composer, arranger, conductor, b Toronto 8 May 1914, d there 19 Aug 1979. At six he began violin lessons with Louis Gesensway in Toronto, and soon the lessons were expanded to include counterpoint and harmony.


Ron Collier

Ron (Ronald William) Collier. Composer, arranger, conductor, trombonist, teacher, b Coleman, near Lethbridge, Alta, 3 Jul 1930, d Toronto 22 Oct 2003. Ron Collier received his early training 1943-50 in Vancouver, where he played trombone in the Kitsilano Boys' Band.


Mary Walsh

Mary Cynthia Walsh, actor, writer, producer, TV host, director (born 13 May 1952 in St John's, Nfld ).


Charlie Major

Charlie Major, singer, songwriter (born 31 December 1954 in Aylmer, QC). Charlie Major is a journeyman singer-songwriter who achieved breakthrough success after years of hardscrabble persistence. His roots-rock tales of working-class life are cut from an aspirational blue-collar cloth similar to that of John Mellencamp and Bruce Springsteen. He has had 10 singles hit No. 1 on the Canadian country chart, including six from his debut album, The Other Side (1993), which was certified double platinum in Canada. He has won three Juno Awards for Country Male Vocalist of the Year and seven Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards. He was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2019.


Sarah McLachlan

At the urging of her adoptive parents, McLachlan rejected an initial offer from Vancouver-based Nettwerk Productions in 1985, but accepted a second one 2 years later and relocated to the West Coast.


Don Garrard

Don (Donald) Garrard. Bass, born Vancouver 31 Jul 1929; died Johannesburg, South Africa, 21 Sept 2011.