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Conrad Letendre

Conrad Letendre. Organist, teacher, theorist, composer, b St-Zéphirin-de-Courval, near Trois-Rivières, Que, 9 Jan 1904, d Montreal 20 Nov 1977.

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Pierre Daignault

Pierre Daignault. Actor, folksinger, writer, born Montreal 25 Mar 1925, died Laval 18 Dec 2003. He made his stage debut in 1939 and as a performer and caller of square dances, and was a regular member of the CBC radio folk-music program 'Soirée de chez-nous' in 1947.

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Margaret Millar

Margaret Millar, née Margaret Ellis Sturm, crime novelist (born at Kitchener, Ont, 5 Feb 1915; died at Montecito, California 26 March 1994). Raised in the city of her birth, Margaret Millar attended the Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate Institute, at which she met her future husband Kenneth MILLAR.

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Kenneth Millar (Ross Macdonald)

Kenneth Millar, crime novelist (born 13 December 1915 in Los Gatos, California; died 11 July 1983 in Santa Barbara, California). Best known by his pseudonym Ross Macdonald, Kenneth Millar was born to Canadian parents, and was raised and educated primarily in Canada.

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David Cronenberg

David Paul Cronenberg, CC, OOnt, FRSC, filmmaker (born 15 March 1943 in Toronto, ON). David Cronenberg is Canada’s most influential and internationally celebrated filmmaker. Dubbed the “Baron of Blood” and “the King of Venereal Horror,” he pioneered a commercial genre cinema in Canada with his at times controversial horror movies. His signature “body horror” films such as Shivers (1975), The Brood (1979), Scanners (1981), Videodrome (1983), The Fly (1986), Dead Ringers (1988), Naked Lunch (1991) and Crash (1996) have challenged audiences with provocative, even prophetic explorations of the relationship between sex, technology and violence. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier of the Ordre des arts et lettres de France and a member of Canada’s Walk of Fame.He has won 10 Genie Awards and prizes at virtually every major international film festival, as well as lifetime achievement awards from the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, the Canadian Screen Awards, the Cannes Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival.

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Alex Harvey

Alex Harvey, (born at Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, QC, 7 Sep 1988). Athlete Alex Harvey participated in the winter Olympic Games and made his mark on the World Cup circuit in cross-country skiing.

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Hélène Pedneault

Hélène Pedneault, writer, columnist, journalist, scriptwriter, activist (born 14 April 1952 in Jonquière, QC; died 1 December 2008 in Montréal, QC). Hélène Pedneault was a writer and activist who was deeply involved in causes including environmentalism, feminism and Québec sovereignty.

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Jennifer Tilly

Jennifer Tilly, actor (born at Harbor City, Ca 16 Sept 1958). Jennifer Tilly is known for her bubbly, sexy onscreen persona, distinctive breathy voice and full curves reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe. Tilly has made a career playing airheads with hearts of gold.

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Peter Morris

Peter Morris (born at Blackpool, UK 1937; died at Hamilton, Ont 2 Feb 2011). Peter Morris was an important and influential pioneer of Canadian film studies. He received a BA from the University of Nottingham in 1958 and an MA in science from the University of British Columbia in 1961.

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Jocelyne Montpetit

Jocelyne Montpetit, choreographer, performer, teacher born at Montréal 1 Oct 1952). Jocelyn Montpetit permanently established herself on the fringe of Canadian dance, with her minimalist and sensitive dance in which life and death appear to gently mix.

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Aszure Barton

Aszure Barton, dancer, choreographer (born at Edmonton). Aszure Barton began tap dance classes at age 3 and soon added ballet, highland, musical theatre, jazz and modern dance to her training.

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Atom Egoyan

Atom Egoyan (born Atom Yeghoyan), CC, FRCA, writer, director, producer, artist (born 19 July 1960 in Cairo, Egypt). Atom Egoyan is one of Canada’s most acclaimed and influential filmmakers. Cerebral and unconventional, his films are often told in a non-linear style. They typically tackle such themes as personal and communal displacement, the alienating effects of media and technology, and the lingering effects of trauma and abuse. Perhaps best known for The Adjuster, Exotica and The Sweet Hereafter, Egoyan is a rare Canadian filmmaker to achieve auteur status on an international scale. His numerous accolades include two Oscar nominations, eight Genie Awards, five major prizes at the Cannes Film Festival and a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement. In addition to cinema, he has also excelled at directing theatre and opera and is an acclaimed installation artist. He is an Companion of the Order of Canada and a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la France.

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Émilie Heymans

A 6 time PAN AMERICAN medallist and 3 time OLYMPIC GAMES medallist, success began early for Heymans, who had won 30 national titles by the time she was 19.

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Sarah Selecky

Sarah Selecky, short story writer (b at Hanmer, ON, 17 Sept 1974). Raised in both Hanmer, Ontario and Evansville, Indiana, Sarah Selecky moved to Peterborough in 1993, where she attended TRENT UNIVERSITY and received a BA in Cultural Studies and Spanish.

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Perdita Felicien

Perdita Felicien, track and field hurdler (born 29 August 1980 in Oshawa, ON). Perdita Felicien is the first Canadian woman to win an individual medal in track at the IAAF World Championships.

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Anne Wheeler

Dorothy Anne Wheeler, filmmaker, producer, director, writer (b at Edmonton 23 Sept 1946). Anne Wheeler received a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of Alberta in 1967 and had some experience as an actor before making her first film in 1971. She made documentaries for the National Film Board as a freelancer in the late 1970s and joined the board's Prairie region as a staff member from 1978 to 1981. From this period dates the highly acclaimed A War Story (1981), a documentary-docudrama based on Wheeler's father's diaries as a Japanese prisoner of war.