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George Crum

He retired from the National Ballet in 1984 but continued to appear frequently as a guest conductor, including Karen KAIN's 20th anniversary gala (1988), Veronica TENNANT's farewell performance in Romeo and Juliet (1989) and the company's 40th anniversary gala (1991).

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John Ireland

John Ireland, actor (b at Vancouver 30 Jan 1914; d at Santa Barbara, Ca 21 Mar 1992). John Ireland's career featured many high spots, although his run at accumulating more than 200 on-screen credits landed him in some shabby pictures during the 1970s and 1980s.

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Andrew Paul MacDonald

Andrew Paul MacDonald. Composer, guitarist, conductor, teacher, b Guelph, Ont, 30 Nov 1958; B MUS (Western) 1981, M MUS (Michigan) 1982, DMA (Michigan) 1985. MacDonald began guitar lessons in Guelph at age nine, studying with John Becker, and Bruce French.

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Arnold Spohr

Arnold Theodore Spohr, dancer, choreographer, teacher, director (b at Rhein, Sask 26 Dec 1927, d at Winnipeg 12 April 2010). Arnold Spohr was one of the most respected and best-loved figures in Canadian ballet.

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Allan Gilliland

Allan Gilliland. Composer, arranger, trumpeter, teacher, b Darvel, Scotland 10 May 1965; Honours Diploma in Jazz Studies (Humber) 1985, B MUS (Alberta) 1989, M MUS (Alberta) 1996. Allan Gilliland immigrated to Canada with his family in 1972.

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Ian Prinsloo

In 1989, he co-founded Orange Dog Theatre with Alyson Green. While originally founded to present classical and contemporary plays, Orange Dog (1989-95) largely focused on premiering avant-garde Canadian plays in a fringe or festival context.

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Willard Boyle

Boyle grew up in northern Quebec, his family having moved there from Nova Scotia when he was a small child. His father was a physician in the logging community of Chaudière, and Boyle was home schooled by his mother.

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Frank Augustyn

In 1980 Augustyn joined the Berlin Opera Ballet, returning to the National Ballet in 1981, when he also became permanent guest artist with the Boston Ballet.

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Ralph Bowen

Ralph Bowen. Saxophonist, flutist, composer, b Guelph, Ont, 24 Dec 1961; B Mus (Rutgers) 1989. He studied with Pat LaBarbera first at the Banff Jazz Workshop in 1978, then privately in Toronto until 1983.

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Jane Bunnett

Bunnett's recordings with Pullen and Redman brought her as much favourable critical attention internationally as has been enjoyed by any Canadian jazz musician of her generation.

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Gordon Day

Gordon (Hugh) Day. Flutist, b Toronto 16 Oct 1914, d near Millbrook, Ont, 19 Jun 1962. After playing clarinet and saxophone with a country music band, Billy Hole and the Livewires, in Toronto, he led his own dance band, the Rhythm Knights, and in 1935 joined Horace Lapp's orchestra.

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Jean Derome

Jean Derome. Flutist, saxophonist, composer, arranger, singer (born 29 June 1955 in Montreal, QC). His studies 1972-5 at the St-Laurent Cegep with Michel Perrault (theory) and 1975-9 at the CMM with Jean-Paul Major (flute) and others coincided with the activities of his first important group, Nébu.

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Don Druick

Don Druick. Composer, flutist, b Montreal 23 Jul 1945; B SC mathematics (McGill) 1966. In Montreal he studied flute with Hervé Baillargeon, Jean C. Morin, Harriet Crossland-Edwards, and Gail Grimstead. He later took up baroque flute.

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André-Gilles Duchemin

André-Gilles Duchemin. Flutist, teacher, b Rouyn-Noranda, Que, 31 Jul 1952; premier prix flute (CMM) 1973. At seven he began piano and flute lessons at the Cons de Val-d'Or, where he continued to study until 1966.

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Kevin Martin

Kevin Martin, curler (born at Killam, Alta, 31 Jul 1966). Kevin Martin took up curling early in life, playing in Edmonton, Alta, and won the Canadian Junior Championship in 1985 at the age of 19.

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Fred Eaglesmith

Fred (Frederick John) Eaglesmith (b Elgersma). Songwriter, guitarist, country-folk singer, b near Caistor Centre, Ont, 9 Jul 1957. One of nine children and raised in a religious home, Eaglesmith recalls his childhood as being in one of two places, either working the farm or driving to church.

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Sandra Schmirler

Sandra Marie Schmirler, curler (born at Biggar, Sask 11 Jun 1963; died at Regina 2 Mar 2000). Sandra Schmirler, dubbed "Schmirler the Curler," was considered by many to be the best female curler in the world in 1998 when she led her foursome to the first ever OLYMPIC gold medal in the sport.

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Aisslinn Nosky

At age three she began studying violin with Vivian Pritchard at a community music school in Nanaimo. She then continued at the Nanaimo Conservatory for ten years with Heilwig von Königslöw, whom she credits with inspiring her to pursue a life in music.