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Brian Macdonald (Profile)
Peter Jennings was nervous. Inside the rehearsal hall of Ottawa's National Arts Centre, the famed newsman was pacing as he waited to run through his lines as narrator of a special Feb. 21 benefit performance of the opera The Merry Widow.
Ann Meekitjuk Hanson
Ann Meekitjuk Hanson, CM, journalist, broadcaster, philanthropist, commissioner of Nunavut (born 22 May 1946 in Qakutut, Northwest Territories). Hanson has spent much of her professional life in the public sector service, furthering the development of Nunavut and its people through her media and philanthropic work.
Judith Thompson's first play, The Crackwalker (1980), produced at Toronto's THEATRE PASSE MURAILLE, was an extraordinarily bold and yet compassionate depiction of marginalized characters living in Kingston.
Glen Clark (Profile)
On this occasion at least, there was some truth to the B.C. leaders stump hyperbole. Environmentalists greeted the decision to limit development, in a region compared to Africas Serengeti, in glowing terms.
Reno made the first of many appearances at the Place des Arts (PDA) in 1965 and the National Arts Centre (NAC) in 1969, and performed at the Comédie-Canadienne in 1968 and 1969 and at the Grand Théâtre de Québec in 1974 and 1976.
Celtic Music Reels in New Fans
Lamond, best known for Sleepy Maggie - a hit single she performed with fiddler and fellow Cape Bretoner Ashley MacIsaac on his 1995 album, Hi, How Are You Today? - is only one of the latest Celtic acts to receive a major-label release.
The Constantines initially began as a punk rock band but have since combined elements of classic rock and blues to generate their trademark sound.
Herbert Spencer. Conductor, violinist, composer, b Liverpool 28 Feb 1875, d Montreal 24 Dec 1945; Associate, Dominion College of Music. As a child he studied violin with Henry Lawson, piano with Helen Beer, and theory with W.J. Doran.
Peter (John Fortune) Symcox. Director, producer, set designer, critic, b Chelmsford, England, 7 Jun 1925, naturalized Canadian 1964; MA English literature (Oxford) 1947. He studied piano 1932-47 along with French and English literature and fine arts.
(Georges) Alfred Tardif (Father Hilaire-Marie, Order of the Friars Minor). Organist, pianist, composer, b Laconia, NH, 7 Feb 1903, d Montreal 16 Mar 1978; lauréat piano (Montreal) 1929, lauréat organ (AMQ) 1934, D MUS (St Louis, Edmunston, NB) 1959.
Jack Snider (Sniderman). Teacher, composer, drummer, b Russia 1897, d Delray Beach, Fla, 10 Oct 1977. Moving to England and then to Canada, he played drums in pit bands in Toronto and, during the 1920s, at the B.F. Keith Theatre in Ottawa. In Ottawa he formed and conducted the Young Judea Orchestra.
Spivak, Elie. Violinist, b Uman, Ukraine, 2 Feb 1902, d Toronto, 23 Jul 1960. He studied at the Paris Cons 1910-15 with Henri Berthelier and at the Royal College of Manchester 1916 with Adolf Brodsky.
Toronto Bach Choir/Toronto Bach Society
Toronto Bach Choir. Name used by various choirs in Toronto 1922-89.
Jonathan McCully, senator, politician, journalist, lawyer, teacher (born 25 July 1809 in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia; died 2 January 1877 in Halifax, NS).
John Slatter. Bandmaster, composer, arranger, b London 21 Feb 1864, d Toronto 7 Dec 1954. After studies at the British Army Training School of Music, he became a euphonium soloist with the First Life Guards Band in London in 1882. In 1884 he joined the Victor Herbert Orchestra in New York.
Casey Sokol. Composer, pianist, b New York 6 May 1948; BA music (State U of New York) 1970, MA (California Institute of the Arts) 1971.
Geoffrey Waddington. Conductor, administrator, violinist, b Leicester, England, 23 Sep 1904, d Toronto 3 Jan 1966; honorary LL D (Dalhousie) 1956. His mother, Elizabeth, was a pianist, and his father, Frank, appeared in light opera in England.
Nadia Strycek, pianist, teacher (born 20 December 1934 in Herentals, Belgium; died 3 January 2016 in Montréal, QC). Born of Czech parents, Nadia Strycek became a naturalized Canadian in 1972. At the age of 11 she was admitted to the Royal Conservatory of Brussels where she won premiers prix in solfège, dictation, theory, piano and chamber music.
Diane Tell (b Fortin). Singer, songwriter, guitarist, b Quebec City, to a Canadian father and US mother, 24 Dec 1957. Her childhood was spent between Paris, Montreal and Val-d'Or, Que. She studied violin and classical guitar at the CMM, and jazz guitar at Saint-Laurent College.