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Richard B. Wright

Richard Bruce Wright, novelist, editor, teacher (born 4 March 1937 in Midland, ON; died 7 February 2017). Richard Wright's novels frequently explore lives in urban Canada and crises of personal identity in modern cities.

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Bernice Morgan

Bernice Morgan, writer (b at St John's, Nfld 8 February 1935). Bernice Morgan grew up in St John's, Newfoundland, where she attended and graduated from the Newfoundland Academy, a Seventh-day Adventist school.

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Alan Cumyn

Alan Cumyn, writer (b at Ottawa 1960). Alan Cumyn was born and grew up in Ottawa. He spent one year at Royal Roads Military College in Victoria, BC, and then transferred to Queen's University, where he completed a BA in English and History.

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Monique Bosco

Monique Bosco, author (born at Vienna, Austria 1927, died at Montréal, 17 May 2007). She completed her studies in France and immigrated to Canada in 1948, where she obtained a doctorate with a thesis titled L'Isolement dans le roman canadien-français (Isolation in the French Canadian Novel) (1953).

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Maryvonne Kendergi

Maryvonne Kendergi, Armenian pianist, broadcaster, teacher, musicologist, administrator (b at Aïntab (now Gaziantep) Turkey 15 Aug 1915, naturalized Canadian 1960, d Montreal, 27 Sep 2011).

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Roger Frappier

Roger Frappier left the NFB in 1986 and founded Max Films with Pierre Gendron, producing Jean-Claude LAUZON's Un Zoo La Nuit in 1987; it won a record 13 Genie Awards.

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Earl Stafford

Earl Stafford. Pianist, conductor, b Thunder Bay, Ont, 12 Sep 1952. Earl Stafford began his music education at eight, debuting with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra at 10. He later attended the University of Toronto, where he studied piano with Pierre Souvairan.

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James Doohan

James Doohan, actor (b at Vancouver 3 Mar 1920; d at Redmond, WA 20 Jul 2005). James Doohan, the son of Irish immigrants, was brought up in Sarnia, Ont. He graduated from the Sarnia Collegiate Institute and Technical School in 1938 and joined the Canadian Army shortly thereafter.

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John Beckwith

His paternal forebears settled in Nova Scotia in 1760. Both parents were musical and encouraged the development of his talent. In Victoria he sang in the Anglican Cathedral choir directed by Stanley Bulley and studied piano at the age of six with Ogreta McNeill, then with Gwendoline Harper.

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Edythe Shuttleworth

Edythe (Marjorie) Shuttleworth. Mezzo-soprano b Moosejaw SK, 1907. d Toronto 23 Dec 1983. She studied at the Toronto Conservatory of Music and in Italy under Giovanni Binetti, a coach at La Scala.

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Michel Longtin

Longtin, Michel. Composer, teacher, b Montreal 20 May 1946; BA (Montreal) 1967, B MUS composition (Montreal) 1973, M MUS composition (Montreal) 1975, D MUS composition (Montreal) 1982.

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Stan Mikita

Stan "Stosh" Mikita, hockey player (b at Sokolce, Czech 20 May 1940; died 7 August 2018). Born Stanislaus Gvoth, he took the name of his uncle after moving to St Catharines as a boy. He played junior hockey for the St Catharines Teepees and joined the Chicago Black Hawks for his first NHL season in 1959-60.

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Tom Jackson

Tom (b Thomas Dale) Jackson. Singer, songwriter, guitarist, actor, writer, broadcast producer, social activist.

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Peter Allen

Peter Allen. Composer, organist, keyboard player, producer, b Ottawa 18 Feb 1952; B MUS (Manitoba) 1975.

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Wishart Campbell

Wishart Campbell. Baritone, songwriter, pianist, b Oro Station, near Lake Simcoe, Ont, ca 1905, d Islay, The Hebrides, Scotland, 5 Nov 1983; ATCM voice 1927.

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John Fodi

John Fodi. Composer, b Nagyteval, Hungary, 22 Mar 1944, d Toronto 2 Nov 2009, naturalized Canadian 1961; B MUS (Toronto) 1970, M MUS (Toronto) 1972, MLS (Toronto) 1990. The family emigrated to Canada in 1951.

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Raoul Roy

Raoul Roy. Folklorist, collector, singer, b St-Fabien-sur-Mer, near Rimouski, Que, 6 Jan 1936, d Montreal, 30 Jan 1985. He attended the École de Marine in Rimouski 1954-6, after which he studied the oral tradition of folk literature at Laval University.

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Rosario Forget

Rosario Forget. Violin maker, b Montreal 10 Jan 1893, d there 14 Aug 1983. During the summer of 1905 he worked as a messenger boy for Télesphore-Octave Dionne, a Montreal violin maker. Three years later, having completed his primary education, he joined the firm as an apprentice.

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Jacinthe Couture

(Marie Jeanne Henriette) Jacinthe Couture. Pianist, teacher, b St-Gédéon, near Chicoutimi, Que, 4 Nov 1950; M MUS piano (Laval) 1971. Jacinthe Couture studied piano 1967-71 at Laval University with Anna-Marie Globenski and Robert Weisz.