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Richard Harrison

Richard Harrison, poet, essayist, editor (born 1957 in Toronto, ON). Richard Harrison is known for his award-winning poetry, particularly his collection On Not Losing My Father’s Ashes in the Flood (2016), which won the Governor General’s Literary Award. He has published six books of poetry and co-authored two collections of essays. His work covers a wide range of topics, including hockey, comic superheroes, language and loss. He teaches creative writing, comics and graphic novels at Mount Royal University in Calgary.

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Romeo Saganash

Romeo Saganash, lawyer, politician, advocate for Indigenous rights (born 28 October 1962 in Waswanipi, a Cree community southeast of James Bay in central Quebec). Saganash is Quebec’s first Indigenous Member of Parliament and the province’s first Cree person to receive an undergraduate law degree. He is believed to be the first Indigenous leader in Canada to run for the leadership of a major political party. For the last 20 years, Saganash has represented the Cree at numerous national and international forums concerning Indigenous issues. He spent 23 years helping to negotiate the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples — a resolution that provides a framework to implement treaty rights between First Peoples and Canada and to fulfill other obligations in international agreements. He has spent his life furthering the economic, environmental, legal and constitutional rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada, particularly the Cree in the James Bay region.

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Quebec City Mosque Shooting

The Quebec City mosque shooting took place in 2017 at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City, located in the suburb of Sainte-Foy. The gunman, 27-year-old Alexandre Bissonnette, pleaded guilty to six counts of first-degree murder and six counts of attempted murder. It was one of the deadliest mass shootings in Canadian history, described as an act of terrorism by both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard. The event prompted widespread public debate around Islamophobia, racism and the rise of right-wing terrorism in Canada. 

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Caro Lamoureux

Caro (Marie Julienne Pauline Caroline) Lamoureux. Soprano, b Montreal 3 Jan 1904, d there 11 Aug 1998. She studied voice with Céline Marier and stage technique with Jeanne Maubourg and Albert Roberval.

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Roland Poulin

Poulin was strongly marked by his early experience of abstract canvases of Paul-Émile Borduas, as well as by the rigorous abstraction of the Plasticiens, particularly Guido Molinari, of the generation before him.

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William Baerg

William Baerg. Choir conductor, educator, b Bassano, southeast of Calgary, 24 Feb 1938; ARCT 1961, BA (Goshen College) 1962, M MUS (Peabody Cons) 1971.

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Véronique Béliveau

Véronique Béliveau (b Nicole Monique). Singer, actress, b Montreal 24 Jan 1955. She began recording at 17 under the name Véronique and made her first tour in Quebec at 18 with René Simard.

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Tim Brady

Timothy Wesley John Brady, "Tim," composer, guitarist (b at Montréal 11 Jul 1956). He studied guitar and composition at the New England Conservatory in Boston and began his career in Toronto in 1980 before returning to Montréal in 1987.

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Canadian String Quartet

Canadian String Quartet. First quartet-in-residence (1961-3) at the University of Toronto, established jointly by the university and the CBC to teach advanced students, coach string groups, and give concerts.

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Phyllis Cooke

Phyllis (Angela) Cooke (m Thomson). Soprano, b Winnipeg 14 May 1934. She studied voice in Winnipeg with Doris Mills Lewis and won top honours (Tudor Bowl 1952, Rose Bowl 1956) in the Manitoba Music Competition Festival. Later studies were with Lucien Needham and Victor Martens.

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Bernard R. Laberge

Bernard R. Laberge (La Berge, LaBerge). Impresario, organist, pianist, critic, b Quebec City 11 Oct 1891, naturalized US 1940, d New York 28 Dec 1951. He studied at the Séminaire de Rimouski, NB, and at Laval University.

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Jean-Pierre Hurteau

(Joseph Armand) Jean-Pierre Hurteau. Bass, b Montreal 5 Dec 1924; premier prix (CMM) 1955. He took voice lessons 1947-9 with Sarah Fischer, and a Sarah Fischer Concerts scholarship in 1949 enabled him to make his recital debut at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

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Leonard Ratzlaff

Leonard Ratzlaff. Bass-baritone, conductor, teacher, administrator, b Swalwell, Alta, 27 Jan 1949; B Church MUS (Mennonite Brethren Bible College) 1970, BA (University of Winnipeg) 1971, MA (University of Iowa) 1980, DMA (Iowa) 1985.

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Arthur Garami

Arthur Garami. Violinist, teacher, b Derecske, Hungary, 20 Nov 1921, naturalized Canadian 1955, d north of Montreal, 12 Jan 1979; performance diploma (Franz Liszt Academy, Budapest) 1942.

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John Goss

John Goss. Baritone, teacher, b London 10 May 1894, d Birmingham 13 Feb 1953. A pupil of Victor Beigel and Reinhold von Warlich in London, Goss first performed in Canada at the Vancouver Sea Festival (CPR Festivals) during a North American tour in 1929.

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Michael Conway Baker

He has been the recipient of 3 Genie Awards for best film score, a Juno for best classical composition, a Gemini for best score in a television series and an award for Outstanding Success in Film Music from PROCAN (now SOCAN), the Canadian performing rights society.

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Hugh Pickett

Hugh (Frank Digby) Pickett. Impresario, b Vancouver 11 Apr 1913, d Keriston, BC 13 Feb 2006. Pickett grew up in Vancouver, and first worked briefly in the Port Warden's Office, then for Dingwall Cotts Steamship Co until 1940, when he entered the Canadian Army.

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Don Cowan

Donovan Frankland Cowan, educator, composer (born 22 June 1919 in Outlook, Saskatchewan; died 12 January 2013 in Victoria, BC). B MUS (Saskatchewan) 1948, MA (Minnesota) 1962, ED D (Northern Colorado) 1971.

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Denis Potvin

Denis Charles Potvin, hockey player (b at Ottawa 29 Oct 1953). After a junior career with the Ottawa 67s, Potvin was the first player chosen in the 1973 NHL draft.

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Anna Weber

Anna Weber, folk painter, fraktur artist (b in Earl Twp, Lancaster County, Pa 3 June 1814; d in Woolwich Twp, Waterloo County, Ont 12 Oct 1888). Weber immigrated to UC in 1825 and, following the death of her parents, moved from one Mennonite family to another until her own death.