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Robin Hopper

​Robin Hopper, ceramist, potter, teacher (born 1939 in Selsdon, Surrey, England). For over a half century, Robin Hopper has been one of Canada’s leading artists and advocates of functional clay.


Ida Krehm

Ida Krehm (m Pick). Pianist, teacher, conductor, b Toronto 24 Feb 1912 of Russian parents, naturalized US 1944, d San Jose, Costa Rica, 12 Aug 1998. In Toronto she studied piano with Ernest J. Farmer, Norah Drewett de Kresz, and Viggo Kihl and theory with Willan.


Barbara Lally Pentland

Barbara Lally Pentland, composer (b at Winnipeg 2 Jan 1912; d at Vancouver 5 Feb 2000). One of the first Canadian composers to use avant garde techniques, she studied at the Juilliard School of Music, New York City, and the Berkshire Music Center, Mass.


Harold Meek

Harold Meek (after ca 1912 Edouard Albion). Baritone, impresario, b Port Stanley, near London, Ont, 24 Mar 1887, d there 27 May 1972. He studied at 18 with Cyril Dwight-Edwards in London, Ont, with Frank King Clark and Oscar Seagle in Paris, and with Vincenzo Lombardi in Florence.


Roch Carrier

Roch Carrier, poet, writer of fiction and drama, essayist, former National Librarian of Canada (born at the Beauce, Qué 13 May 1937).


Howard Engel

Howard Engel, novelist, cartoonist (under the pen name “Foo”), story writer, poet (born 2 April 1931 in Toronto, ON; died 16 July 2019 in Toronto). Howard Engel was raised in St. Catharines, Ontario, and educated at McMaster University and the Ontario College of Education. During his career as a producer of literary and cultural programs at the CBC, Engel published a few stories and poems, but he did not begin to write seriously until he became interested in detective fiction.


Alberto Guerrero

Alberto (b Antonio Alberto García Guerrero) Guerrero. Teacher, pianist, composer, b La Serena, Chile, 6 Feb 1886, d Toronto 7 Nov 1959. Alberto Guerrero's early music studies were with his mother and his older brother Daniel; he was otherwise self-taught.


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.


Thomas Claxton

Thomas Claxton. Publisher, instrumentalist, bandmaster, b Norfolk, England, 15 Mar 1837, d Toronto 19 Jan 1923. He came to Kingston, Canada West (Ontario), in 1850 and joined the Queen's Own Rifles Band, Toronto, in 1863 as a player and temporary bandmaster.


Bobby Breen

Isadore Borsuk (a.k.a. Bobby Breen), actor, singer (born 4 November 1928 in Montréal, QC; died 19 September 2016 in Pompano Beach, Florida). Boy soprano Bobby Breen was one of Hollywood’s most popular child stars of the 1930s. His cherubic appearance, angelic voice and innocent personality earned him a reputation as “the boy Shirley Temple.” After his Hollywood career ended at age 12, he spent his adult years performing in nightclubs, playing piano and running a talent agency. His cult status was secured when his picture was included on the cover of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967).


Timothy Findley (Obituary)

This article was originally published in Maclean’s magazine on July 15, 2002. Partner content is not updated.

When a writer dies, he becomes his words. Timothy FINDLEY, who died on June 20 at 71, left behind an extraordinary body of work. We will read his books differently now, knowing there will be no more of them.


Stewart Lemoine

He staged his first play, All These Heels, at Edmonton's first fringe festival in 1982. He had a breakthrough in 1986 with Cocktails at Pam's, a real-time, on-stage depiction of a cocktail party that goes horribly wrong.


Ernesto Barbini

Ernesto Barbini. Conductor, b Venice 15 Jul 1907, d Toronto 17 Nov 1985; baccalaureate piano and organ (Benedetto Marcello Cons) 1925, master of organ 1927, baccalaureate theory 1928, master of piano 1929, and master of composition 1930 (all at Cesare Pollini Cons), honorary D LITT (York) 1980.


Arthur Davison

Arthur (Clifford Percival) Davison. Conductor, violinist, b Montreal 25 Sep 1918, d Sutton, near London, 23 Aug 1992; LRSM 1947, ARCM 1950, FRAM 1966, honorary M MUS (Wales) 1974.


Marguerite Pâquet

(Jeanne Mathilde) Marguerite Pâquet. Contralto, teacher, b Quebec City 10 Nov 1916, d there 29 Nov 1981; B MUS (Laval) 1939. She began to study voice with Sister Saint-Jean-de-l'Eucharistie at the Collège Jésus-Marie de Sillery and at the same time performed as a soloist at St-Dominique Church.


Howard Leyton-Brown

Leyton-Brown, Howard. Violinist, conductor, administrator, teacher, b Melbourne, Australia, 19 Dec 1918, naturalized Canadian 1963; Associate in music (Australia) 1931, diploma (Melbourne) 1937, LGSM 1952, FGSM 1955, DMA (Michigan) 1972.



Raffi Cavoukian, children's singer (b at Cairo, Egypt 8 July 1948). Raffi's Armenian family came to Canada in 1958 and settled in Toronto. He began his career as a folksinger in coffee houses in 1970, but found his niche playing for young children four years later.