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Robert Shankland, VC

​Robert Shankland, soldier, accountant, Victoria Cross recipient (born 10 October 1887 in Ayr, Scotland; died 20 January 1968 in Vancouver, BC). During the First World War, Lieutenant Robert Shankland was one of three soldiers, all from the same street in Winnipeg, to be awarded the Victoria Cross (VC), the highest award for bravery among troops of the British Empire. The three VCs earned by the men of Pine Street — later named Valour Road — was a feat unmatched in any other part of the Empire.


Daphne Marlatt

A writer of densely layered, evocative verse, Daphne Marlatt is perhaps best known for her book length tribute to city of Vancouver, tracing its character both to its Indigenous origins and the complex multicultural forces that have shaped the city and continue to transform it.


Maynard Ferguson

Ferguson went to the US in 1948 and worked in turn in the big bands of Boyd Raeburn, Jimmy Dorsey, and Charlie Barnet until 1950. It was during his term 1950-3 with Stan Kenton that he first received great public acclaim, winning the Down Beat readers' polls for trumpet in 1950-2.


Ray Mead

​Ray Mead, visual artist (born 22 September 1921 in Watford, Hertfordshire, England; died 5 September 1998 in Toronto, ON). A member of Painters Eleven and the Ontario Society of Artists, Mead was included in the Jubilee Year Canadian Art Show at the Art Gallery of Toronto (now the Art Gallery of Ontario) in 1950 and the Painters Eleven show at the Roberts Gallery in 1954. A formative influence on the development of modernism in Canada, Ray Mead is one of Canada’s most celebrated 20th-century painters.


Nonnie Griffin

Nonnie Griffin (née Lorna Margaret Jean Griffin), also known as Margaret Griffin, actor, playwright and director (born 20 October 1933 in Toronto, ON; died 7 June 2019 in Toronto). A gifted mimic blessed with striking beauty, Nonnie Griffin was known for her virtuosity with accents and her ability to play different ages and styles. Her work was distinguished by sensitivity and intelligence, and she excelled as a radio performer. She worked extensively in CBC TV and CBC Radio productions in the 1950s and 1960s and co-starred in the highly successful musical production of Anne of Green Gables. She appeared in numerous Canadian plays, films and TV series, and wrote and starred in her own one-woman shows, right up to her death at the age of 85.


Ingrid Veninger

Ingrid Veninger, producer, director, actor, writer (born 21 August 1968 in Bratislava, Slovakia). The "DIY queen of Canadian filmmaking," Ingrid Veninger is a multitalented filmmaker.


Stories of Remembrance: Vera Frenkel

In 2005, to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War, Canadian celebrities spoke about the meaning of remembrance as part of the Stories of Remembrance Campaign, a project of CanWest News Service (now Postmedia News), the Dominion Institute (now Historica Canada) and Veterans Affairs Canada. This article is reprinted from that campaign.


Lépine Massacre Ten Years After

This article was originally published in Maclean’s magazine on December 6, 1999. Partner content is not updated.

The nightmares that haunted Heidi Rathjen for such a long time seem to have disappeared. For years, she snapped awake at night, tormented by remembered sounds of screams, shouts and the popping of an assault rifle.


Richard Harrington

Richard Harrington, photographer-writer (b at Hamburg, Ger 24 Feb 1911; d at Toronto, 11 Dec 2005). Harrington began photography in 1940 when he was working as an X-ray technician in Toronto and was asked to make slides for


Philip Kives

Philip Kives, business executive and innovative marketer (born 12 February 1929 near Oungre, SK; died 28 April 2016 in Winnipeg, MB).


Douglas Hector Haynes

Elected a member of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1974, Haynes was chairman of the dept of art and design at U of A (1976-80). An exhibition of his work, entitled Cubism Revisited and organized by the Edmonton Art Gallery, was held in 1984.


Hélène Dugal

Hélène Dugal. Organist, teacher, b Verdun (Montreal), 2 Nov 1949; premier prix organ (CMM) 1972. She studied at the CMM with Bernard Lagacé (organ) and Kenneth Gilbert (harpsichord). On a scholarship from the Quebec government, she attended (1972-3) the Geneva Cons.


Frederic Egener

Frederic (Tristram) Egener. Organist, composer, b Hamilton, Ont, 1886, d London, Ont, 17 June 1973; B MUS (Toronto) 1918, D MUS (Potomac) 1920; FCCO 1920s. His teachers were T.J. Palmer, H.A. Wheeldon, F.J. Thomas, and J. Norman in Canada and Frederick Keel and Reginald Goss-Custard in England.


Harold Hamer

Harold (Spensley) Hamer. Educator, organist, composer, b Leeds, England, 9 Mar 1900, d Halifax, NS, 11 Sep 1980; FRCO 1926, honorary D MUS (Mount Allison) 1969. His early musical training was at Durham Cathedral Choristers' School.


Muriel Kerr

Muriel Kerr. Pianist, teacher, b Regina 18 Jan 1911, d Los Angeles 18 Sep 1963. She began her career at seven, performing a Mozart concerto. She studied with Paul Wells in Toronto, with Alexander Raab in Chicago, and with Percy Grainger.