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Walter Ostanek

Walter (b Ladislav John) Ostanek. Accordionist, composer, b Duparquet, near Rouyn, Que, of Yugoslavian parents, 20 Apr 1935. Raised in St Catharines, Ont, he began playing button accordion at nine and turned to piano accordion at 12.

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Rowland Pack

Rowland (Sterling) Pack. Cellist, organist, choir conductor, b London, Ont, 15 Jul 1927, d Toronto 3 Jan 1964. As a child he studied piano with his aunt, Ruby Pack, organ with Thomas C. Chattoe, and cello with Goldwin Quantz. At 15 he became organist-choirmaster of Robinson United Church, London.

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Raymond Pannell

Pannell, Raymond. Composer, pianist, writer, b London, Ont, 25 Jan 1935. His father played oboe in the Royal Canadian Regiment Band.

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John MacLeod

John (Norman) MacLeod. Trumpeter, composer, record producer, b Toronto 17 Aug 1955. While studying 1974-7 at Humber College with Don Johnson (trumpet), Ron Collier (arranging), and Allen S. Michalek (improvisation), he performed and recorded with the Humber 'A' Band.

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Parlow String Quartet

Parlow String Quartet. Founded by Kathleen Parlow shortly after her return to Canada in August 1941 to take up a teaching post at the TCM. As early as 19 Jan 1941, in a letter to Sir Ernest MacMillan, she had expressed her wish to form a quartet.

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Patricia Parr

Patricia (Ann) Parr. Pianist, teacher, composer, b Toronto 10 Jun 1937; Artist Diploma (Curtis) 1957. She had her first lessons from her mother and studied piano 1942-51 with Mona Bates and composition 1949-51 with John Weinzweig.

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Romain-Octave Pelletier

Romain-Octave I (Jean) (Octave) Pelletier (Peltier). Organist, pianist, composer, educator, writer on music, b Montreal 9 Sep 1843, d there 4 Mar 1927; honorary D MUS (Montreal) 1919. While very young he displayed a quick ear, correcting the errors of his two sisters who were studying piano.

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Edwin Parkhurst

Edwin (Rodie) Parkhurst. Music and drama critic, b Dulwich, near London, 1848, d Toronto 10 Jun 1924. He studied the violin with George Hart in London and moved to Toronto in 1870.

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Salomon Mazurette

Salomon (or Solomon) Mazurette. Pianist, composer, organist, teacher, baritone, b Montreal 26 Jun 1847, d Detroit 19 Sep 1910. As a child he sang for five years as a soloist in Notre-Dame Church.

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Ramón Pelinski

Ramón Pelinski. Musicologist, teacher, pianist, b Corpus, Misiones, Argentina, 31 Aug 1932; L PH (Córdoba) 1959, MA musicology (Munich) 1967, PH D musicology (Munich) 1969.

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Bruce Pennycook

Pennycook, Bruce. Composer, teacher, saxophonist, b Toronto, 5 Oct 1949; B MUS composition (Toronto) 1973, M MUS composition, theory (Toronto) 1974, DMA musicology (Stanford) 1978. He began his musical training with clarinet and saxophone lessons.

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France Dion

(Marie Marguerite Aline) France Dion. Soprano, teacher, born Québec City 16 May 1929; died Boucherville 2 Jul 2011.

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Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey has been compared to Jerry Lewis in his willingness - even eagerness - to embarrass himself and others and to enact a manic-depressive crisis of self-worth in hyperkinetic comic terms.

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James Sommerville

He began his musical education on piano around the age of 7 and switched to French horn by chance in his Toronto high school, where an influential music teacher was John Fautley.

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Shirley and Sharon Firth

Shirley Firth, cross-country skier (born 31 December 1953 in Aklavik, NWT; died 30 April 2013 in Yellowknife, NWT) and Sharon Anne Firth, cross-country skier (born 31 December 1953 in Aklavik, NWT). Twin sisters Shirley and Sharon Firth, members of the Gwich’in First Nation, were among the first Aboriginal athletes to represent Canada at the Olympics, and were members of the first Canadian women’s cross-country ski team at the Olympics.

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Kim Echlin

Kim Echlin, writer (born 1955 in Burlington, ON). Kim Echlin earned a doctorate in Ojibway storytelling from York University, after attending McGill University and the Sorbonne, Paris. Echlin has worked as a documentarian for CBC and served as fiction editor for the Ottawa Citizen.

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Callum Keith Rennie

Callum Keith Rennie, actor (born at Sunderland, England 14 Sept 1960). Callum Keith Rennie, one of Canada's most compelling actors, moved to Edmonton at the age of four.