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Our Lady Peace

Our Lady Peace is an alternative rock band that formed after guitarist Mike Turner and singer Michael Maida (who changed his first name to Raine) met in Toronto in 1991.


Sum 41

Sum 41. Rock band, formed in 1996 in Ajax, Ont by Deryck Whibley (vocals, guitar), Dave Baksh (guitar), Jason "Cone" McCaslin (bass) and Steve Jocz (drums).


William Needles

William (Bill) Needles, CM, actor, teacher (born 2 January 1919 in Yonkers, New York; died 12 January 2016 in Alliston, Ontario) William Needles is best known as a founding member of the Stratford Festival, where he appeared in over 100 roles.


Hugh Fraser

Hugh Alexander Fraser, pianist, trombonist, composer, teacher (born 26 October 1958 in Victoria, BC; died 17 June 2020). Two-time Juno Award-winner Hugh Fraser enjoyed great success with his 13-piece big band Vancouver Ensemble of Jazz Improvisation (VEJI, or “Veggie”) and with the Hugh Fraser Quintet. He composed over 200 jazz works, including many commissions, and taught at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Royal Academy of Music in London, and the University of Victoria. He set up the diploma jazz program at the Victoria Conservatory of Music in 2001. Jazz Report named Fraser Canadian trombonist of the year in 1996 and 1998.


Joseph Boyden

Joseph Boyden, CM, author (born 31 October 1966 in Toronto, ON). Joseph Boyden's work focuses on the historical and contemporary experience of First Nations peoples of Northern Ontario. He became widely known in Canada following the publication of his debut novel, Three Day Road (2005), which won numerous awards and was nominated for a Governor General’s Award. His second novel, Through Black Spruce, won the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize. He was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2015. Born in Toronto to Blanche and Raymond Wilfrid Boyden, a highly decorated medical officer who served in the Second World War, Boyden has claimed Indigenous heritage through both his father’s and mother’s ancestry. However, he has been accused of misrepresenting himself by those who say his claims cannot be documented or confirmed.


Canada's Unknown Writers

They write about anything and everything. A Parisian cop and his unlikely Gestapo partner in occupied France. Magical swords in a parallel Tudor kingdom. Tempestuous Regency heroines. Quiet Christian prayer. Guides to fantasy realms.


Ukrainian Writing

Ukrainian Writing in Canada began in the 1890s with the first major wave of UKRAINIANS. The first story was written in 1897 by Nestor Dmytriw while he was visiting Calgary, and the first poem in 1898 by Ivan Zbura near Edmonton.


Victor Brault

(Robert) Victor Brault. Baritone, choir conductor, teacher, b Ste-Martine, near Montreal, 1899, d Montreal 1963. The brother of Cédia Brault, he studied piano in Montreal with Alexis Contant and voice and theory 1919-24 in Paris with A. Landély Hettich and André Gédalge respectively.


The Happy Gang

The Happy Gang. Troupe of musical entertainers heard 1937-59, weekdays at lunchtime, in a CBC radio variety show of the same name.


George Godwin

George Godwin, writer, satirist, lawyer (b at London, UK, 1 July 1889, died at Hastings, UK, 1974). Godwin spent seven years in Canada, first as a fruit grower, then as an officer in the Canadian army.


Charles Yale Harrison

Charles Yale Harrison, journalist, novelist (born at Philadelphia, PA 16 Jun 1898; died at New York, NY 17 Mar 1954). Born in Philadelphia, Charles Yale Harrison spent his childhood and adolescent years in Montreal.


André Turp

André Turp. Tenor, b Montreal 21 Dec 1925, d there 25 Feb 1991. He took voice lessons from Édouard Woolley and Frank H. Rowe and then worked at the CMM with Ruzena Herlinger. He was awarded a Quebec government grant in 1949 and went to Italy to study with Hélène Vita.


William James Richardson

William James Richardson, author, humorist, radio host (b at Winnipeg 11 Aug 1955). Bill Richardson was raised in Winnipeg and graduated from Silver Heights Collegiate. He attended the University of Winnipeg and received a Bachelor of Arts in French Studies in 1976.


Eddie Schwartz

Eddie (Edward Sydney) Schwartz. Songwriter, singer, record producer, guitarist, b Toronto 22 Dec 1949; BA (York) 1976. Eddie Schwartz began writing songs in his teens and fronted the Toronto rock band Icarus in the late 1960s.


Gwethalyn Graham

Gwethalyn Graham, novelist (b at Toronto, 18 Jan 1913; d at Montréal, 26 Nov 1965). Born Gwethalyn Graham Erichsen-Brown, Gwethalyn Graham was raised in TORONTO.


Jim Vallance

Jim (James Douglas) Vallance. Songwriter, drummer, record producer, b Chilliwack, BC, 31 May 1952. Jim Vallance studied piano as a boy and 1970-1 with Frances Marr Adaskin at the University of British Columbia, and cello 1974-6 with Hans Siegrist.