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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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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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Michael I. Asch

Michael I. Asch, anthropologist, ethnomusicologist (b at New York City, NY 9 April 1943). A graduate of Columbia University, he joined the University of Alberta in 1971.

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John Dembeck

John Dembeck. Violinist, violist, b New York 1914, naturalized Canadian, d Toronto 14 Mar 1993. Dembeck studied violin from age six, going on to graduate from Juilliard.

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Canadian War Art Programs

Since the First World War, there have been four major initiatives to allow Canadian artists to document Canadian Armed Forcesat war. Canada’s first official war art program, the Canadian War Memorials Fund (1916–19), was one of the first government-sponsored programs of its kind. It was followed by the Canadian War Art Program (1943–46) during the Second World War. The Canadian Armed Forces Civilian Artists Program (1968–95) and the Canadian Forces Artists Program (2001–present) were established to send civilian artists to combat and peacekeepingzones. Notable Canadian war artists have included A.Y. Jackson, F.H. Varley, Lawren Harris, Alex Colville and Molly Lamb Bobak.

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Kevin McMillan

Kevin (John) McMillan. Baritone, teacher, b Listowel, north of Stratford, Ont, 17 Apr 1958; B MUS (Western) 1983, M MUS (Juilliard) 1986, honorary L MUS (Conservatory Canada) 2002.

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Diana McIntosh

Diana McIntosh (b Lowes). Pianist, composer, performance artist, b Calgary 4 Mar 1937; ARCT 1957, LMM 1961, B MUS (Manitoba) 1972.

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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.