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Documenting the Second World War

When Canada declared war on Germany on 10 September 1939, tens of thousands of Canadians enlisted to serve in the armynavyair force and supporting services. The military scrambled to buy equipment, train recruits and prepare for war. Little thought was given, at first, to documenting the war effort. By 1940, however, the military was recruiting historians, most notably Charles Stacey, to collect records and write accounts of Canadian operations. In the following years, artists, photographers and filmmakers also served with the various branches of the armed forces. Today, their diligent work provides a rich visual and written catalogue of Canada’s history in the Second World War.

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Janette Turner Hospital

Janette Turner Hospital, novelist, short-story writer (b at Melbourne, Australia 12 Nov 1942). Janette Turner Hospital grew up in Queensland, Australia. She was educated at the University of Queensland, and taught high school in Australia and then worked as a librarian at Harvard University.

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Tom Jackson

Tom Jackson describes music as "the heartbeat" of his early family life. He was given his first guitar at the age of 10. When he was 17, blessed with a fine bass baritone, he began playing the coffeehouse circuit.

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Pierre Duval

Pierre Duval (born Ovide Coutu), tenor (born 17 September 1932 in Montreal, QC; died 31 May 2004 in Laval, QC). He took lessons from Frank Rowe in Montreal and from Rachele Maragliano-Mori 1956-7 in Rome and in 1958 at the Accademia Santa Cecilia. He continued his studies 1958-9 at the CMM with Dina Maria Narici.

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Miklós Takács

Miklós Takács, conductor, teacher, artistic director (born 13 September 1932 in Budapest, Hungary; died 13 February 2015 in Montréal, QC).

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Suzanne Shulman

Suzanne Shulman. Flutist, b Toronto 30 Nov 1946; Artist Diploma (Toronto) 1967. Her teachers were Nicholas Fiore and Robert Aitken at the University of Toronto and (in 1967) Christian Lardé, Michel Debost, Marcel Moyse, and Jean-Pierre Rampal in Paris.

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Claude Savard

Claude Savard. Pianist, teacher, b Montreal 16 Oct 1941, d there 13 Feb 2003; premier prix piano (CMM) 1963. He studied in Montreal with Marie-Louise Boisvert and 1959-63 at the CMM with Germaine Malépart. On a Canada Council grant he worked 1963-9 in Paris with Vlado Perlemuter and Suzanne Roche.

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Philip Candelaria

Philip Candelaria. Guitarist, teacher, b New Haven, Connecticut, 28 Jun 1955; naturalized Canadian 1965; BA (British Columbia) 1977; M MUS (Johns Hopkins) 1980. Philip Candelaria moved to Vancouver with his family in 1965.

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Michael J. Baker

Baker studied harmony, counterpoint, and orchestration at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and conducting with Roman Toi although he was mainly self-taught in composition.

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Harry Rasky

Harry Rasky went on to co-create CBC-TV's documentary/news department and later moved to New York City. From 1957 throughout the 1960s he produced freelance documentaries and current affairs programs for every major US network; then in 1967 he formed Harry Rasky Productions.

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Danièle Desnoyers

Desnoyers studied classical BALLET for a decade from the age of 6, and earned a degree in dance interpretation from the University of Québec in 1989, at the same time dancing professionally in productions of choreographer Jean-Pierre PERREAULT.

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Richard Outram

Richard Outram, poet (born at Port Hope, Ont 9 April 1930; died there 21 January 2005). Richard Outram is often cited as an essential contributor to Canadian POETRY from the second half of the 20th century.

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Emanuel Otto Hahn

Emanuel Otto Hahn, sculptor (b at Reutlingen, Württemburg, Germany 30 May 1881; d at Toronto 14 February 1957). In July 1888 he emigrated with his family to Toronto where he spent most of his life.

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Leslie Nielsen

Leslie Nielsen, actor, author (b at Regina 11 Feb 1926, d at Fort Lauderdale, Fla 28 Nov 2010). Leslie Nielsen was a veteran of more than 100 motion pictures and 1500 television appearances.

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Alpha Flight

Alpha Flight is a Canada-based superhero team created by John Byrne (b 1950) and published by Marvel Comics.

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Shingoose

Shingoose (also Curtis Jonnie), Ojibwe singer-songwriter, guitarist, folk musician, Indigenous activist (born on 26 October 1946 in Winnipeg, MB; died on 12 January 2021 in Winnipeg, MB). Shingoose rose to popularity in Canada and the US in the late 1960s. A well-respected musician, Shingoose was also a strong advocate of Indigenous issues and strove to highlight Indigenous culture on the world stage. (See also Music of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.)

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Ruth Lowe

Ruth Lowe (m Cohen, m Sandler). Songwriter, pianist, b Toronto, of US-Canadian parents, 12 Aug 1914, naturalized US 1937, naturalized Canadian 1942, d Toronto 4 Jan 1981.

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Louis Dulongpré

Louis Dulongpré. Painter, teacher of music and dancing, stage manager, topographer, b probably in Paris, 16 Apr 1759, d St-Hyacinthe, Lower Canada (Quebec), 26 Apr 1843. He came to North America on a French troopship during the American War of Independence.

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Ken Mitchell

Ken Mitchell, playwright, novelist, short story writer, poet, actor, teacher, scriptwriter (b at Moose Jaw, Sask 13 Dec 1940). Mitchell grew up on a farm near Moose Jaw, and attended the University of Saskatchewan, Regina; while a student, he began to write stories and radio plays for the CBC.