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Miller Gore Brittain

Miller Gore Brittain, painter (b at Saint John, NB 12 Nov 1912; d there 21 Jan 1968). His early paintings, inspired by life in Saint John, were in the style promoted by the Art Students League, New York, which he attended 1930-32.

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Lorne Michaels

Lorne Michaels, né Lorne Michael Lipowitz, producer (b at Toronto 17 Nov 1944). Lorne Lipowitz earned a BA from the University of Toronto in 1966, and became involved with the underground film scene, running the New Cinema Club at Cinecity, an independent theatre.

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Margaret Miller Brown

Margaret Miller Brown. Pianist, teacher, b Owen Sound, Ont, 22 Apr 1903, d there 15 Feb 1970. Born into a musical family, she studied in her hometown, in Toronto with Frank Welsman and Mona Bates, and in New York with Ernest Hutcheson.

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Orpha-F Deveaux

Orpha-F. Deveaux. Organist, pianist, teacher, b Saginaw, Mich, 24 Jul 1872, d Hartford, Conn, December 1933. His teachers in Montreal were Alexis Contant and Percival J. Illsley. He also studied at the New York College of Music with Mat Schmidt, among others.

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Maynard Ferguson

Ferguson went to New York in 1948, working in quick succession with the Boyd Raeburn, Jimmy Dorsey and Charlie Barnet orchestras before establishing his reputation firmly in the JAZZ world as a featured soloist from 1950 to 1953 with the Stan Kenton Orchestra.

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Alex Kramer

Alex (Charles) Kramer. Songwriter, pianist, b Montreal 30 May 1903, d Fairfield, Connecticut, 10 Feb 1998. He studied at the McGill Conservatory, played piano in Montreal movie houses, and conducted orchestras on CFCF and CKAC radio before moving in 1938 to New York.

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Avrahm Galper

Avrahm (Abraham) Galper. Clarinetist, teacher, writer, b Edmonton, 16 Aug 1921. He lived in Palestine until 1946, studying clarinet there at 17 with Tzvi Tzipine and later in New York with Simeon Bellison and in London at the RAM with Frederick Thurston.

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Gerald Jarvis

Gerald Jarvis. Violinist, b Vancouver, 19 Apr 1930, d Chautauqua, New York, 15 Jan 1996; honorary FRAM 1972. Jarvis studied violin in Vancouver 1935-8 with Frederick Geaves and 1938-48 with Douglas Stewart. He first played with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestrain 1947.

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Jean-Eudes Vaillancourt

Jean-Eudes Vaillancourt. Pianist, conductor, teacher, composer, b Port-Alfred (now La Baie), near Chicoutimi, Que, 16 Aug 1940; B MUS (Laval) 1955. He studied piano 1956-9 at the CMM with Yvonne Hubert and 1959-61 in New York with Rosina Lhévinne.

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John Teague

John Teague, contractor, architect (b at Redruth, Cornwall, Eng 3 June 1835; d at Victoria, BC 25 Oct 1902). Teague left England in 1856, going to California via New York. He found work as a general contractor, erecting buildings for mining companies.

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Shania Twain (Interview)

She's achieved first-name-only superstardom, selling more than 50 million records on the strength of her twangy pop tunes and unabashedly sexy image. On Nov. 19, Shania Twain releases Up!, her first album of new material since 1997's Come On Over.

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Gregori Garbovitsky

Gregori Garbovitsky. Violinist, conductor, teacher, b Kreavri, near Dniepropetrovsk, Russia, 1892, d New York October 1954. He studied violin at the St Petersburg Cons with Leopold Auer (at the same time as Kathleen Parlow and Jascha Heifetz) and composition with Alexander Glazunov.

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Snjolaug Sigurdson

Snjolaug (Anna) Sigurdson. Pianist, teacher, b Arborg, north of Winnipeg, 5 Nov 1914, d Winnipeg 22 Aug 1979; ATCM 1932, LRSM 1933, LMM 1936. She studied with Eva Clare in Winnipeg, and then with Ernest Hutcheson and Muriel Kerr in New York.

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Mariana Paunova

Mariana Paunova. Contralto, pianist, b Kapinovo, Bulgaria, 13 Jun 1951, naturalized Canadian 1975, d Port Jefferson, New York, 27 Jul 2002; diploma (State Music School, Sofia, Bulgaria) 1967, M MUS piano (Conservatorio Santa Cecilia, Rome) 1970, lauréat (Académie de musique du Québec) 1971.

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Montreal Orchestra

The Montreal Orchestra. Seventy-member symphony orchestra founded in 1930 as a co-operative venture by Montreal theatre musicians who banded together under the initiative of clarinetist Giulio Romano to give concerts when the new sound films put them out of work.

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Palmer Cox

Palmer Cox, caricaturist (b at Granby, Qué, 28 Apr 1840; d there 24 July 1924). At the age of 17 Cox left Granby to work in Massachusetts (1957-59), Ontario (1860-63), California (1873-76) and New York City (1876-1904). He

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James McCarroll

James McCarroll, fiction writer, journalist, poet, musician, inventor (b at Lanesboro, Ireland 3 Aug 1814; d at New York City, US 10 Apr 1892). Once one of Canada's most published and praised authors, James McCarroll has been largely forgotten since the 1870s.

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May Agnes Fleming

May Agnes Fleming, née Early, novelist (b at Saint John 15 Nov 1840; d at Brooklyn, NY 24 Mar 1880). She began publishing while still a schoolgirl, her early stories appearing in New York and Boston, Massachusetts, as well as in local papers.

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Nino Ricci

Nino Ricci, novelist (b at Leamington, Ont 1959). Nino Ricci was born and grew up in Leamington, Ont, the new Canadian home of his Italian immigrant parents. His university studies took him to York University, Concordia University, and the University of Florence.

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Lorne Watson

Lorne Watson. Pianist, educator, administrator, b Leamington, near Windsor, Ont, 29 Jul 1919, d Winnipeg, Man, 10 Jan 2010; ATCM 1936, LTCM 1940, BA music (Toronto) 1948, MA musicology (New York) 1958, D MUS performance (Indiana) 1976, honorary FRHCM 1978, honorary D. Mus.