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Otto-Werner Mueller

Otto-Werner Mueller, conductor, teacher, pianist (born 23 June 1926 in Bensheim, Germany; died 25 February 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina). Otto-Werner Mueller was one of the world’s most respected conducting teachers. After immigrating to Montreal in 1951, he worked for CBC Radio and TV. He also served as chorus master for the opera class of the Conservatoire de musique du Québec (CMM). He founded the Victoria School of Music in 1963 and conducted the Victoria Symphony Orchestra from 1963 to 1967. He conducted the premieres of works by André Prévost, S.C. Eckhardt-Gramatté and Malcolm Forsyth before relocating to the United States. He also taught conducting at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the Yale School of Music, the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music.

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John Norris

John Norris. Critic, editor, broadcaster, promoter, record producer, b West Clandon, Surrey, England, 9 Jan 1934; d Toronto 31 Jan 2010. While a clerk in London, he operated his first jazz club. Moving to Canada, he operated the Montreal Traditional Jazz Society 1956-7.

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Amanda Forsyth

Amanda Forsyth. Cellist, b 12 Oct 1966. Daughter of composer Malcolm Forsyth. Forsyth began to study cello in Edmonton at age 3 and at 11 began 18 months of study in England with William Pleeth.

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Chicho Valle

Chicho (Amador) Valle. Bandleader, singer, guitarist, b Cienfuegos, Cuba, 2 Jul 1922 or 1924, naturalized Canadian 1961, d Toronto 14 Oct 1984.

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Shelton Brooks

Shelton L. Brooks. Songwriter, pianist, comedian, actor, b Amherstburg, near Windsor, Ont, 4 May 1886, d Los Angeles, California, 6 Sep 1975. Brooks played organ and piano at home as a boy, and attended his preacher father's Nazery African Methodist Episcopal Church.

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April Verch

April (Dawn) Verch. Fiddler, composer, b Pembroke, Ont, 7 Apr 1978. Growing up in the Ottawa Valley, where there is a strong tradition of fiddle playing, Verch studied step-dancing at age three, and fiddle (with Rob Dagenais) from age six. Her family were amateur musicians.

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Gayle Young

Young, Gayle. Composer, writer, editor, designer of musical instruments, performer, b St Catharines, Ont, 22 Mar 1950; BFA (York) 1977.

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Will R. Bird

William Richard Bird, novelist (b at East Mapleton, NS 11 May 1891; d at Sackville, NB 28 Jan 1984). Bird had a diverse career while at the same time publishing almost annually for 4 decades.

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The Beau-Marks

The Beau-Marks. Montreal rock group established in 1958; their hit single "Clap Your Hands" was the first hit rock recording made entirely in Canada. Under the name The Del-Tones, the group first released the rockabilly single "Rockin' Blues/Moonlight Party" in April 1959.

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Marilyn Harrison

Marilyn (Ann) Harrison (b Hill). Piano teacher, producer, b Sydney, NS, 4 Mar 1939; ATCL (Trinity College of Music) 1969, LTCL (Trinity) 1975. Marilyn Harrison was raised in Nova Scotia. She married the pianist Robin Harrison and moved to Saskatoon, where she taught piano privately.

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Paul-Émile Borduas

Paul-Émile Borduas, painter (b at St-Hilaire, Qué 1 Nov 1905; d at Paris, France 22 Feb 1960). Leader of the Automatistes and main author of the manifesto Refus Global, he had a profound influence on art in Québec.

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Kimberly Barber

Kimberly Barber. Mezzo-soprano, teacher, b Guelph, Ont, 21 Dec 1959; B MUS (University of Toronto) 1983. Kimberly Barber studied voice with Patricia Kern at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music, graduating in 1983, and earned a diploma from the Opera Division in 1985.

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Barenaked Ladies

Formed in Scarborough, Ontario, in 1988, the Barenaked Ladies (BNL) first rose to fame in the early 1990s with the release of a demo cassette and a cover of a Bruce Cockburn song, followed by their debut studio album, Gordon (1992), which has since been certified diamond in Canada for sales of more than 1 million copies. Their fourth album, Stunt (1998), sold more than 4 million copies in the United States and yielded the No. 1 hit song “One Week.” Known for their comedic lyrics and quirky alternative rock sound, the Barenaked Ladies were ranked No. 13 on CBC Music’s list of 100 Best Canadian Bands. They have won eight Juno Awards, including three for Best Group, and were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2018.

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Roy Royal

Roy Royal. Baritone, teacher, producer, administrator, critic; b Edmonton 6 Mar 1895, d Montreal 5 Mar 1968. He studied voice in Edmonton with Eva Gagné-Saint-Germain, a pupil of Guillaume Couture and Romain Bussine. He also studied 1919-21 at the Paris Cons with A.L.

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Vianney Décarie

Vianney Décarie, philosopher (born at Montréal 28 Nov 1917, died there 6 Sep 2009). He studied in Montréal and Paris, where he received the degree of Docteur d'État.

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Ralls, Stephen

Stephen Ralls. Pianist, producer, vocal coach, b Hertford, England, 1 Jul 1944; MA (Merton College, Oxford) 1967, LRAM (London) 1969. Stephen Ralls studied privately with Frederick Jackson, Rex Stephens, and Geraint Jones.