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Maurice Solway

Maurice Solway, violinist, composer (born 1906; died 2001). Maurice Solway was a violinist who played with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for nearly twenty years.

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W.O. Mitchell

Mitchell spent his childhood in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, but had to move to Florida when he was 12 to aid his recovery from tuberculosis. Returning to Canada in 1931, he studied at the University of Manitoba and the University of Alberta.

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Don Thompson

Don (Donald Winston) Thompson. Pianist, bassist, vibraphonist, drummer, composer, arranger, recording engineer, b Powell River, north of Vancouver, 18 Jan 1940. After childhood piano lessons he took up the string bass and the vibraphone in his teens. He is essentially self-taught on all instruments.

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Colin McAdam

Colin McAdam, novelist. (Born 1971 in Hong Kong) Colin McAdam is best known for his novels, Some Great Thing (2004), Fall (2009) and A Beautiful Truth (2013). His work has also appeared in The Walrus, Harpers and Granta. He has won the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and teaches creative writing at Humber College in Toronto.

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Trailer Park Boys

Trailer Park Boys, the most successful comedy series to be broadcast on Canadian cable television, began life as a 90-minute mock documentary about the lives of 2 petty felons living in a Nova Scotia trailer park.

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Jean Bernard Grand-Maître

His career breakthrough was Frames of Mind, originally created for a 1993 NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA choreographic workshop and taken into the company repertoire to critical acclaim the following year, earning a Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination. NBC included Frames of Mind in a later European tour.

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Guy Laliberté

Guy Laliberté, OC, OQ, street performer, businessman (born 2 September 1959 in St-Bruno, QC). Laliberté is the fire-breathing accordionist and stilt-walking founder of Cirque du Soleil. He transformed a small band of Québec buskers and street musicians into a performing organization of international repute. Laliberté is also the founder of the One Drop Foundation and in September 2009, he became the first Canadian space tourist.

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Roland Leduc

Roland Leduc, (Joseph Augustin Georges). Cellist, conductor, teacher, administrator, b Longueuil, near Montreal, 25 Jul 1907, d 15 Sept 2001; premier prix (Brussels Royal Cons) 1929, prix de virtuosité Van Cutsem (Brussels Royal Cons) 1930.

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Dancers of Damelahamid

The Dancers of Damelahamid are a First Nations dance collective from the Northwest coast of British Columbia, traditional territories of the Gitksan nation. Damelahamid refers to the origins of the first ancestor, Hagbegwatku, and the land granted the Gitksan when their ancestors were placed on earth. It is a geographic location near Hazelton, BC, where the 'Ksan Historical Village and Museum is found.

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Eldon Rathburn

Eldon Davis Rathburn, CM, composer, pianist, organist, teacher (born 21 April 1916 in Queenstown, NB; died 30 August 2008 in OttawaON). Known as the “dean of Canadian film composers,” Eldon Rathburn worked as a composer at the National Film Board (NFB) from 1944 to 1976. He composed over 300 film scores throughout his career, including for canonical NFB shorts (City of GoldUniverse), key English-language features (Nobody Waved Good-byeWho Has Seen the Wind) and several IMAX films. He also taught film score composition at the University of Ottawa (1972–76). A member of the Canadian League of Composers and an associate of the Canadian Music Centre, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada and received the Arts and Heritage Award from the City of Ottawa.

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Béatrice La Palme

(Marie Alice) Béatrice (Béatrix) La Palme. Soprano, violinist, teacher, b Beloeil, near Montreal, 27 Jul 1878, d Montreal 8 Jan 1921; ARCM 1900. She studied violin with Frantz Jehin-Prume and performed successfully in public in 1894.

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Terry Jacks

Terry Jacks. Singer, songwriter, record producer, born Winnipeg 29 Mar 1944. Raised in Vancouver, Jacks pursued his musical interests after trying his hand as a draftsman.

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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.

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Alexandre Da Costa

Da Costa, born to artistic parents of Portuguese background, began his career as a child prodigy on both violin and piano and gave his first concerts at the age of nine.

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Deirdre Piper

Deirdre (Jane) Piper (b David John; referred to by that name until 1996). Teacher, composer, organist, choral conductor, pianist; b Truro, Cornwall, England, 2 Mar 1943, naturalized Canadian 1991; ARMCM 1963, GRSM 1964, B MUS (Manchester) 1965; PH D (Manchester) 1968.

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Donald Patriquin

Donald Patriquin. Composer, organist, choral conductor, teacher, b Sherbrooke, Que, 21 Oct 1938; B SC (Bishop's) 1959, B MUS (McGill) 1964, MA (Toronto) 1970, A MUS (McGill), licentiate (RCCO).

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John Reeves

Reeves, John. Composer, broadcaster, author, b Merritt, BC, 1 Dec 1926; BA classics (Cambridge) 1948. Educated in England, he began conducting Gregorian chant and renaissance polyphony as a teenager and won a choral scholarship to St John's College, Cambridge.