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Lorne Munroe

Lorne Munroe. Cellist, teacher, b Winnipeg 24 Nov 1924. At three he took his first cello lessons on his father, Walter's, violin, to which his teacher, Dezsö Mahalek, had attached a 'leg,' and at 10 he won the senior cello class at the Manitoba (Winnipeg) Music Competition Festival.

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Sir George Robert Parkin

Sir George Robert Parkin, educator (b at Salisbury, NB 8 Feb 1846; d at London, Eng 25 June 1922). In his own words, the "wandering evangelist of Empire," Parkin was a successful teacher at New Brunswick high schools

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Walter Murdoch

Walter (Mackenzie) Murdoch. Union administrator, bandmaster, b Kingston, Ont, 1888, d Toronto 11 Apr 1972. As a boy in Hamilton, Ont, he played alto horn, then cornet and trumpet.

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Jean-Jacques Nattiez

In 1970, Nattiez became a professor at the University of Montreal, first at the departments of linguistics and French studies, and then at the Faculty of Music where he began to teach musicology in 1972.

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Yannick Nicholas Nézet-Séguin, CC, OQ, conductor, pianist (born 6 March 1975 in Montréal, QC). Known for brilliance, energy and consummate skill from an uncommonly young age, Yannick Nézet-Séguin made a meteoric rise to prominence as a conductor, particularly of operas. His appointments as music director of Montréal’s Orchestre Métropolitain (2000–) the Philadelphia Orchestra (2012–) and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (2008–18) made him an international star. He was made a Companion of the Order of Canada at age 37 and an Officer of the Ordre national du Québec at 40. In 2016, he was named music director of The Metropolitan Opera, a position he officially began in September 2018. His many honours include numerous Félix Awards, the National Arts Centre Award, the Virginia Parker Prize and the Prix Denise-Pelletier.

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Louise Bombardier

Louise Bombardier, actor, author (b at Sherbrooke 11 Jul 1953). After leaving the CEGEP de Saint-Hyacinthe in 1973, she took part in the theatre revolution of the time, known as jeune theatre.

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Boris Roubakine

Pianist, teacher, b Clarens, Switzerland, of Russian parents, 9 May 1908, d Calgary, 30 Apr 1974. He studied piano with his mother 1916-20 and with Mathilde de Ribaupierre in Lausanne.

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Bernard Naylor

Bernard (James)Naylor. Composer, conductor, organist, b Cambridge, England, 22 Nov 1907, d Bassenthwaite, Cumbria, England, 19 or 20 May 1986; B MUS (Oxford) 1930, honorary LLD (Manitoba) 1980, honorary LLD (Winnipeg) 1980.

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John Neilson

John Neilson. Publisher, politician, b Balmaghie, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland, 17 Jul 1776, d Quebec City 1 Feb 1848.

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Hawksley Workman

Workman's music has been described as "glam-rock" and "cabaret-pop." His tracks feature soaring melodies and poignant lyrics, and can range from upbeat pop productions to tender folk- and country-influenced ballads.

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Roger James Rossiter

Roger James Rossiter, biochemist, neurological scientist (b at Glenelg, Australia 24 July 1913; d at Helsinki, Finland 21 Feb 1976). Rossiter pioneered studies of the nervous system's chemical composition and was prominent in the development of biochemistry in Canada.

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Jean-Pierre Ferland

Jean-Pierre Ferland. Singer, songwriter, b Montreal 24 Jun 1934. Jean-Pierre Ferland began his music career as a clerk for CBC Montreal during the years 1954-8, where his colleagues encouraged him to develop his singing talent.

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Kornelius Neufeld

Kornelius (Herman) Neufeld. Choir conductor, educator, administrator, composer, b Nikolajewa, south Russia, 10 Dec 1892, d Winkler, Man, 14 Jan 1957. As a youth he studied voice at the Moscow Cons and with Max Pohl in Berlin and sang in Moscow's Simin Opera Chorus.

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John Newmark

John (Hans Joseph) Newmark (Neumark). Pianist, accompanist, chamber musician, b Bremen, Germany, 12 Jun 1904, naturalized Canadian 1946, d Montreal, 14 Oct 1991; honorary D MUS (McGill) 1975.

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Frederick Newnham

Frederick (Laurence) Newnham. Baritone, teacher, organist, b Ryde, Isle of Wight, England, 3 Apr 1901, d Tacoma, Wash, 11 Aug 1986; ARCM 1928, LRAM 1929, ARAM 1934, FRAM 1962.

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Patrick Norman

Patrick (b Yvon) Norman (b Éthier). Singer, songwriter, b Montreal 10 Sep 1946. His father taught him how to play the guitar. He also studied singing with Roger Larivière and dance with André Rousseau. It was on the radio program 'Découverte,' on CKVL, that he made his debut in 1954.

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Norwegian Music in Canada

It is believed that the Norse (Vikings) visited North America around the year 1000. However, people from modern Norway, the western kingdom of the Scandinavian peninsula, immigrated to Canada from the USA during the 1890s and moved into the Prairies and particularly to British Columbia, whose coastline so closely resembled that of their homeland.

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Irene (Todd) Baird

Irene (Todd) Baird, novelist, columnist (b at Carlisle, England 9 Apr 1901; d at Victoria, BC, 19 Apr 1981). Born in England, Irene Baird immigrated to Vancouver with her parents in 1919, where she later met and married Robert Baird. In 1937 she and her family moved to Victoria.

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