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Deborah Kara Unger

Deborah Kara Unger, actress (born in BC). Deborah Kara Unger moved to Australia to study at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts, where she was cast in her first professional acting roles including Bangkok Hilton (1989), Blood Oath (1990) and Breakaway (1990).

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Jean Bédard

Jean Bédard, philosopher and social supporter (b 1950). Jean Bédard appeared like a meteor on the literary scene. In 1996, at his riverside home at Saint-Fabien-sur-mer near Rimouski, he inaugurated seminars for reflective thought on Western culture and modernity.

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Raoul Blanchard

Raoul Blanchard, geographer (b at Orléans, France, 1877; d at Paris 1965). He was considered the father of modern geography in Québec, and exercised a profound influence on the future founders of geography departments at universities in Montréal and Québec.

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Palenai Piano Duo

Palenai Piano Duo. Established in 1982 in Toronto by pianists Joy Innis and Adrienne Shannon, who had been active as soloists, chamber musicians, vocal accompanists, and teachers.

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Gabriel Arcand

Gabriel Arcand, actor (b at Montréal 4 Jun 1949). His family, originally from the village of Deschambault (Portneuf County), settled in Montréal in 1952.

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Jean Marc Dalpé

Jean Marc Dalpé, playwright, poet, novelist, translator, scriptwriter and actor (b at Ottawa, 21 Feb 1957). Dalpé received his BA in theatre arts from the University of Ottawa in 1976, and his graduate diploma from the Conservatoire d'art dramatique de Québec in 1979.

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David Bergen

David Bergen, novelist, short-story writer (b at Port Edward, BC 1957). David Bergen grew up in the small fishing village of Port Edward and later in the small Mennonite town of Niverville, Manitoba.

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Richard B. Wright

Richard Bruce Wright, novelist, editor, teacher (born 4 March 1937 in Midland, ON; died 7 February 2017). Richard Wright's novels frequently explore lives in urban Canada and crises of personal identity in modern cities.

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Bernice Morgan

Bernice Morgan, writer (b at St John's, Nfld 8 February 1935). Bernice Morgan grew up in St John's, Newfoundland, where she attended and graduated from the Newfoundland Academy, a Seventh-day Adventist school.

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Alan Cumyn

Alan Cumyn, writer (b at Ottawa 1960). Alan Cumyn was born and grew up in Ottawa. He spent one year at Royal Roads Military College in Victoria, BC, and then transferred to Queen's University, where he completed a BA in English and History.

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Monique Bosco

Monique Bosco, author (born at Vienna, Austria 1927, died at Montréal, 17 May 2007). She completed her studies in France and immigrated to Canada in 1948, where she obtained a doctorate with a thesis titled L'Isolement dans le roman canadien-français (Isolation in the French Canadian Novel) (1953).

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Maryvonne Kendergi

Maryvonne Kendergi, Armenian pianist, broadcaster, teacher, musicologist, administrator (b at Aïntab (now Gaziantep) Turkey 15 Aug 1915, naturalized Canadian 1960, d Montreal, 27 Sep 2011).

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Roger Frappier

Roger Frappier left the NFB in 1986 and founded Max Films with Pierre Gendron, producing Jean-Claude LAUZON's Un Zoo La Nuit in 1987; it won a record 13 Genie Awards.

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Earl Stafford

Earl Stafford. Pianist, conductor, b Thunder Bay, Ont, 12 Sep 1952. Earl Stafford began his music education at eight, debuting with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra at 10. He later attended the University of Toronto, where he studied piano with Pierre Souvairan.

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James Doohan

James Doohan, actor (b at Vancouver 3 Mar 1920; d at Redmond, WA 20 Jul 2005). James Doohan, the son of Irish immigrants, was brought up in Sarnia, Ont. He graduated from the Sarnia Collegiate Institute and Technical School in 1938 and joined the Canadian Army shortly thereafter.

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John Beckwith

His paternal forebears settled in Nova Scotia in 1760. Both parents were musical and encouraged the development of his talent. In Victoria he sang in the Anglican Cathedral choir directed by Stanley Bulley and studied piano at the age of six with Ogreta McNeill, then with Gwendoline Harper.

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Edythe Shuttleworth

Edythe (Marjorie) Shuttleworth. Mezzo-soprano b Moosejaw SK, 1907. d Toronto 23 Dec 1983. She studied at the Toronto Conservatory of Music and in Italy under Giovanni Binetti, a coach at La Scala.

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Michel Longtin

Longtin, Michel. Composer, teacher, b Montreal 20 May 1946; BA (Montreal) 1967, B MUS composition (Montreal) 1973, M MUS composition (Montreal) 1975, D MUS composition (Montreal) 1982.

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Stan Mikita

Stan "Stosh" Mikita, hockey player (b at Sokolce, Czech 20 May 1940; died 7 August 2018). Born Stanislaus Gvoth, he took the name of his uncle after moving to St Catharines as a boy. He played junior hockey for the St Catharines Teepees and joined the Chicago Black Hawks for his first NHL season in 1959-60.