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Lucio Agostini

Lucio Agostini. Conductor, composer, arranger, b Fano, Italy, 30 Dec 1913, naturalized Canadian 1926, d Toronto 15 Feb 1996.

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J.E.P. Aldous

J.E.P. (John Edmund Paul) Aldous. Organist, teacher, conductor, composer, b Sheffield, England, 8 Dec 1853, d Hamilton, Ont, 23 Jan 1934; BA (Trinity, Cambridge) 1876.

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David Fennario

David Fennario, né Wiper, playwright (b at Montréal 26 Apr 1947). David Fennario grew up in Pointe-Ste-Charles, an anglophone working-class area in Montréal.

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William Shatner

William Shatner, actor, author, director (b at Montréal 22 March 1931). William Shatner is best known for his role as Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek television series. The son of a clothing manufacturer, Shatner grew up in Montréal, where he began acting at summer camp at the age of 6.

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Sir Mackenzie Bowell

Mackenzie Bowell, KCMG, editor, publisher, politician and prime minister of Canada 1894–96 (born 27 December 1823 in Rickinghall, Suffolk, England; died 10 December 1917 in Belleville, Ontario). Bowell was a prominent Orangeman and served as Grand Master of the Orange Order in British North America from 1870 to 1878. He was a newspaper editor and publisher before entering federal politics. Bowell represented North Hastings in Canadian Parliament from 1867 to 1892 and was a Conservative senator from 1892 to 1917. He served as Conservative prime minister from 21 December 1894 to 27 April 1896 and was one of only two federal leaders to direct government from the Senate rather than the House of Commons. Pressure from his own Cabinet forced Bowell’s resignation in 1896; he was the only prime minister to suffer that fate. However, he remained a senator until his death.

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The Crash Test Dummies

Crash Test Dummies. A folk-rock band formed in Winnipeg around 1985, the Crash Test Dummies initially played acoustic cover versions of songs by such rock and folk-pop artists as Alice Cooper and the Roches, at the Blue Note Café.

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Canadian Electronic Ensemble

Canadian Electronic Ensemble (CEE). Composer-performers' group founded in Toronto in 1971 by David Grimes, David Jaeger, Larry Lake and James Montgomery, "to promote the live performance of electronic music and thereby the composition of new repertoire for this medium.

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Malajube

Active since 2002, Malajube is an indie rock band from Quebec consisting of Julien Mineau (vocals, guitar), Francis Mineau (vocals, drums, percussion, guitar), Thomas Augustin (vocals, keyboard) and Mathieu Cournoyer (bass). With four studio albums in their discography, this Montreal group (several members of which are originally from Sorel-Tracy) has won several Félix Awards and a Juno Award for Francophone Album of the Year (2012).

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Marie Tifo

Marie Tifo, born Marie Thiffeault, actor (b at Chicoutimi, Que, 26 Sept 1948). This exceptional actor, whose career includes more than 80 theatrical productions, some 30 films and several television series, is among the most outstanding of her generation.

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Bruce Mather

Mather, (James) Bruce. Composer, pianist, teacher, b Toronto 9 May 1939; B MUS (Toronto) 1959, MA (Stanford) 1964, D MUS (Toronto) 1967.

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Adrianne Pieczonka

Adrianne Pieczonka. Soprano, b Poughkeepsie, NY, 2 Mar 1963; B MUS (Western Ontario) 1985, M MUS (Toronto) 1988. Adrianne Pieczonka and her family moved to Burlington, Ont., when she was 2 years old. She was encouraged to take piano lessons at an early age.

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Ilona Kombrink

Ilona Kombrink, soprano, teacher (born 9 November 1932 in St Louis, MO; died 9 August 2013 in Stoughton, WI). Ilona Kombrink studied at the Curtis Institute, and was also a pupil of Weldon Kilburn.

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John Arpin

John (Francis Oscar) Arpin. Pianist, singer, composer, arranger, b Port McNicoll, near Midland, Ont, 3 Dec 1936, d Toronto 8 Nov 2007; ARCT 1953. John Arpin studied piano locally and 1950-3 at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and began his career in Toronto in 1957.

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Philip Candelaria

Philip Candelaria. Guitarist, teacher, b New Haven, Connecticut, 28 Jun 1955; naturalized Canadian 1965; BA (British Columbia) 1977; M MUS (Johns Hopkins) 1980. Philip Candelaria moved to Vancouver with his family in 1965.

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Valdine Anderson

Anderson's opera career blossomed in 1995 with her European debut as the Maid in the premiere of Thomas Adès' Powder Her Face at the Cheltenham Festival.

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John Murrell

John Murrell, playwright, librettist, arts administrator, translator, director, actor, teacher (born 15 October 1945 in Lubbock, Texas; died 12 November 2019 in Calgary, AB). John Murrell was one of Canada’s most successful and respected playwrights. His plays Waiting for the Parade, Farther West and The Faraway Nearby all won the Chalmers Award for best Canadian play of the year. He was an accomplished librettist for operas and earned an international reputation for translating plays into English. He also served as associate director of the Stratford Festival, head of the Banff Playwrights Colony, head of the theatre section of the Canada Council for the Arts and artistic director of theatre arts at the Banff Centre for the Arts. He was a Member of the Alberta Order of Excellence and an Officer of the Order of Canada. He received the Canada Council’s Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts and the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.

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Marc Gagnon

Marc Gagnon, speed skater (born 24 May 1975 in Chicoutimi, QC). Gagnon won five medals at the Olympic Winter Games from 1994 to 2002.