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Lucille Raymonde Marie Savoie (later Regan and Cunningham), popular singer, country singer (born 13 May 1938 in St. Boniface, MB; died 4 September 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada). Lucille Starr was an internationally successful pop music and country singer, and one of a handful of Canadian popular musicians to record in both English and French. Her biggest hit was “The French Song” (“Quand le soleil dit bonjour aux montagnes”). It sold more than 7 million copies in 1964–65, making her the first Canadian woman to sell 1 million records. She was also the first Canadian woman to perform at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and the first Canadian woman inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Country Music Association Hall of Honour.
Guido Nincheri (Profile)
Whether the subject is the nativity scene or Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Nincheri's works are evocative portrayals of well-known biblical stories. Although he received his art education in Italy, his talents flourished in Canada, where he arrived in 1914.
Callixte Lavallée, composer, pianist, conductor, teacher, administrator, soldier (born 28 December 1842 in Verchères, Canada East; died 21 January 1891 in Boston, Massachusetts). A pioneer in music both in Canada and the United States, Calixa Lavallée was considered one of the “national glories” of Quebec. He is best known for composing the music for “O Canada” and was twice president of the Académie de musique de Québec. Despite this vaunted stature, he spent much of his life outside Canada, served with the Union Army during the American Civil War and called for Canada to be annexed by the United States. The Prix de musique Calixa-Lavallée, awarded by the St-Jean-Baptiste Society of Montreal for outstanding contributions to the music of Quebec, is named in his honour.
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.
Grossman began folk dancing in grade school and, by 1960, was studying and performing modern dance with Gloria Unti. In 1963, at a summer course at Connecticut College, he met Paul Taylor, who invited him to join his company in New York City.
Armand La Vergne
Armand La Vergne, lawyer, journalist and politician (b at Arthabaskaville Qc, 21 Feb 1880; d Ottawa 5 Mar 1935).
Jamelie Hassan, artist (b at London, Ont 1 Sept 1948) studied art at the Academy of Fine Arts, Rome, in 1967, the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Beyrouth, Lebanon, in 1968, at the UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR in 1969 and the University of Mustansyria, Baghdad, Iraq, from 1978 to 1979.
Samuel (David) Hersenhoren. Conductor, violinist, b Toronto 2 Jul 1908, d there 18 Aug 1982. After studies in Toronto with Samuel Barshtz and with Mrs S.R. McCully at the Hambourg Conservatory, he made his debut at Massey Hall at 11.
Choirs Ontario (previously known as the Ontario Choral Federation). Organization established in 1971 to promote choral activities in Ontario, with an elected voluntary board, a paid executive secretary, and offices in Toronto.
James (Patrick) Keelaghan. Singer-songwriter, guitarist, b Calgary 28 Oct 1959. Keelaghan began performing at Calgary folk venues while a history student at the University of Calgary in the early 1980s.
Studies in New York with Uta Hagen led to Reid sharing the part of Martha with her teacher for matinee performances of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962). From this date she divided her time between the US and Canada.
Fred (Frederick Ralph Cornelius) Penner. Singer, guitarist, songwriter, actor, b Winnipeg 6 Nov 1946; BA economics and psychology (Winnipeg) 1970.
Carmine Starnino has published four acclaimed books of POETRY. The New World (1997) was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and the QSPELL Prize for Poetry, and was selected as one of QUILL & QUIRE's Best Books of 1997.
Andrea Nann, dancer, choreographer, dance educator, artistic director (b at Vancouver 20 Sep 1966). Andrea Nann's interest in using dance to explore and express human experience stems from her youth, growing up as the youngest child of social workers.
Dwayne Morgan, poet, spoken word artist, motivational speaker (b at Toronto 15 Oct 1974). While Morgan's ancestors are from Jamaica, he grew up in Toronto.
Dolores (Olga) Claman. Composer, pianist, b Vancouver 6 Jul 1927.
George Elliott Clarke
George Elliott Clarke, poet, anthologist (b at Windsor Plains, NS 12 Feb 1960). George Elliott Clarke was born near Windsor Plains, a black Loyalist community, and grew up in Halifax. He earned a BA at the University of Waterloo, an MA at Dalhousie, and a PhD at Queen's University.
Peter Appleyard. Vibraphonist, percussionist, composer (born at Cleethorpes, Eng 26 Aug 1928, died, 17 July 2013 in Eden Mills, ON). After drumming in British dance bands and with RAF bands, he moved in 1949 to Bermuda and in 1951 to Toronto, where he began playing vibraphone.
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.