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Steep Wade

Harold Gordon Pemberton "Steep" Wade, pianist, saxophonist (born 19 January 1918 in Montréal, QC; died 6 December 1953 in Montréal). A jazz musician of considerable legend, Wade is thought to have been largely self-taught.

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Spitfire Band

Spitfire Band. Toronto dance band, formed in 1981 as a studio orchestra by the singer Jackie Rae, with the trumpeter Mickey Erbe as music director and arranger and the trombonist Laurie Bower as vocal arranger.

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Marshall Sumner

Marshall Sumner. Pianist, teacher, b Melbourne 22 Sep 1907, naturalized Canadian 1956; B MUS (Chicago Musical College) 1933. He studied 1923-7 at the University of Melbourne and 1927-33 with Percy Grainger, Rudolph Ganz, and Alexander Raab at the Chicago Musical College.

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Émile Taranto

Taranto, Émile. Violinist, teacher, b Montreal, of Italian parents, 1878, d there 27 Aug 1936. At six he began studying violin with Frantz Jehin-Prume, and by 1894 he was a member of Couture's MSO. He also gave many recitals at that time.

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Heather Thomson

Heather Thomson. Soprano, b Vancouver 7 Dec 1940. A pupil 1954-61 of Phylis Dilworth Inglis in Vancouver, in 1961 she was a CBC Talent Festival winner and a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera regional auditions.

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Ian Tamblyn

His first LP, Moose Tracks, was issued in 1971 on the Barge label. It was followed by two in 1976 (the year he won a Juno award) and 1978 for Posterity, Ian Tamblyn and Closer to Home, respectively.

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Time Warp

Time Warp. Contemporary jazz group, formed in 1980 in Toronto by the self-styled 'Galt Rhythm Machine' - bassist Al Henderson (b Galt, Ont, 16 Apr 1951) and drummer Barry Elmes (b Galt 3 May 1952) - with saxophonist Bob Brough. It took the name Time Warp on the release of its debut LP in 1982.

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K'asho Got'ine (Hare)

The K'asho Got'ine are Athapaskan-speaking people whose ancestors lived in small, nomadic bands along the lower Mackenzie River valley of the NWT. The K'asho Got'ine had a precontact population of 700-800.

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Clara Carey

Clara (Mable) (m Allan) Carey. Contralto, b Millgrove 8 Aug 1879, d Hamilton 26 Dec 1974. She taught singing privately and was a soloist at Centenary United Church in the early 1900s.

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Albert Ham

Albert Ham. Choir conductor, teacher, composer, textbook author, organist, b Bath, 7 Jun 1858, d Brighton, 4 Feb 1940; FRCO 1883, D MUS (Dublin) 1894, honorary D MUS (Toronto) 1906, honorary DCL (Bishop's) 1933.

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Janette Turner Hospital

Janette Turner Hospital, novelist, short-story writer (b at Melbourne, Australia 12 Nov 1942). Janette Turner Hospital grew up in Queensland, Australia. She was educated at the University of Queensland, and taught high school in Australia and then worked as a librarian at Harvard University.

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Louis Lortie

Louis Lortie, pianist (b at Montréal 27 Apr 1959). Lortie's major piano instructors were Yvonne Hubert and Marc Durand in Québec, Dieter Weber in Austria and Menahem Pressler and Leon Fleisher in the US.

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William Henry Anderson

W.H. (William Henry) Anderson. Composer, choir director, tenor, voice teacher, b London 21 Apr 1882, d Winnipeg 12 Apr 1955. He studied in London, first with Battistini and Garcia, then at the GSM on scholarship.

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Paterson Ewen (Profile)

   The electric router screeches and whines as Paterson Ewen, wearing knee pads and ear protectors, crouches on top of his plywood "canvas" - four large sheets mounted together on wooden saw-horses - ready to start a new painting. "Like an athlete, you need to be keyed up," explains the London, Ont.

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Canadian Shares Nobel Prize

Retired Hamilton restaurateur Max Mintz can still recall the two teenage boys. Following the death of their mother in 1956, David and Myron would often visit Mintz’s diner, the Chicken Roost, brought by their father, dentist Jess Scholes.

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Kathy Reichs (Profile)

Kathy Reichs’s Montreal office looks like a typical government-issue cubicle, except for a few startling differences. Above the usual dun-colored filing cabinets and the nondescript desk, several human and animal skulls sit on shelves along the windowless walls.

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Lucie Lacava (Profile)

Lucie Lacava sits on the parquet-wood floor of her small office poring over a box of treasured old newspapers. "Here are some real antiques," she says, gingerly removing a faded yellow 1952 copy of The Toronto Daily Star from a plastic bag.

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Sarah Polley (Profile)

Flush with its triumph in Cannes last May - where it won three awards including second place in the Grand Jury Prize - The Sweet Hereafter opens the 22nd Toronto International Film Festival (Sept. 4 to 13) this week.