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Mary Riter Hamilton

Mary Matilda Hamilton (née Riter), artist (born 7 September c. 1867 in Teeswater, ON; died 5 April 1954 in Coquitlam, BC). Mary Riter Hamilton was a painter who exhibited her works in Europe and across Canada. Shortly after the fighting stopped, Hamilton travelled to Europe to paint First World War battlefield landscapes before they were cleared (see War Artists). She produced over 350 works in three years, which are a document of the destruction and devastation caused by the war.

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Suzanne Paradis

Suzanne Paradis, poet, novelist, essayist and literary critic (b at Québec City 27 Oct 1936). Though she had already published several poems and stories, it was only in 1962 that she decided to devote herself to writing.

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James Archibald Houston

James Archibald Houston, artist, author, filmmaker (b at Toronto 12 Jun 1921; d at New London, Conn 17 Apr 2005). Houston studied art in Toronto at the Ontario College of Art before serving in WWII.

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Jean-Jacques Nattiez

In 1970, Nattiez became a professor at the University of Montreal, first at the departments of linguistics and French studies, and then at the Faculty of Music where he began to teach musicology in 1972.

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Jean Derome

Jean Derome. Flutist, saxophonist, composer, arranger, singer (born 29 June 1955 in Montreal, QC). His studies 1972-5 at the St-Laurent Cegep with Michel Perrault (theory) and 1975-9 at the CMM with Jean-Paul Major (flute) and others coincided with the activities of his first important group, Nébu.

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Michael Schade

Michael Schade. Tenor, b Geneva, Switzerland 23 Jan 1965; B MUS (Western Ontario) 1988. Michael Schade was born into a musical family; his parents sang in the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and he was given voice lessons from an early age. Schade attended the St. Michael's Choir School.

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Vera Frenkel

Vera Frenkel, multidisciplinary artist, independent video artist, writer (b at Bratislava, Czech 10 Nov 1938). First recognized internationally as a printmaker and sculptor, Frenkel, since 1974, has been in the forefront of the visual, spatial and narrative uses of video and media-based art.

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Bruno Pelletier

Bruno Pelletier had a passion for music and sports, and early on combined the two in his career choices. He was self-taught, began playing the drums when he was thirteen, and learned the guitar at age sixteen. Singing soon followed suit.

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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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John McDermott

John (Charles) McDermott. Tenor, popular singer, b Glasgow, Scotland, 25 March 1955. John McDermott emigrated from Glasgow to Canada with his family in 1965.

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Claudia Moore

Claudia Moore, dancer, choreographer, artistic director (born at Buffalo, NY 14 April 1953). Claudia Moore's exploration of performance and choreography began in the early 1970s and resulted in her creating and becoming artistic director of the Toronto-based MOonhORsE dance theatre in 1996.

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Ernest Myrand

Ernest Myrand. Historian, journalist, librarian, b Quebec City 29 Jun 1854, d there 31 May 1921. After studying at Laval University, he joined Le Canadien as a journalist under the supervision of that Quebec City daily's editor, Israël Tarte.

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Joanna Ruth Nichols

Joanna Ruth Nichols, children's writer (b at Toronto 4 Mar 1948). In A Walk Out of the World (1969) and The Marrow of the World (1972), Nichols portrays the adventures of troubled children transported to alternate universes. The latter was Canadian Children's Book of the Year.

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Sterling Beckwith

(Robert) Sterling Beckwith. Musicologist, teacher, conductor, bass, b New York 14 Aug 1931; BA (Harvard) 1952, MA (Harvard) 1955, PH D (Cornell) 1969.

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Eric Ross Arthur

Eric Ross Arthur, architect, author, educator, heritage conservationist (b at Dunedin, New Zealand 1 July 1898; d at Toronto, Canada 1 Nov. 1982).

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