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Betty-Jean Hagen

Betty-Jean Hagen, violinist, teacher (born 17 October 1930 in Edmonton, AB; died 27 December 2016 in Poughkeepsie, New York). Artist's Diploma (Toronto) 1951.


Juliette Kang

Juliette Kang. Violinist, b Edmonton 6 Sep 1975; B MUS (Curtis) 1991, MA (Juilliard) 1993. A child prodigy, Juliette Kang began violin lessons at age four and soon became a student of James Keene, concertmaster of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. She made her concerto debut in Montreal at age seven.


Hermel Bruneau

Hermel Bruneau. Harpsichordist, gambist, teacher, b St-Félix-de-Valois, near Joliette, Que, 23 Apr 1940; premiers prix harpsichord, chamber music (CMQ) 1972. He first studied piano, then cello with Rolland Brunelle and later harpsichord at the CMQ with Donald Thomson.


Gérard Paradis

Gérard Paradis. Tenor, actor, b Montreal 9 Feb 1921. He studied singing with Céline Marier, Pauline Donalda, Salvator Issaurel, and Albert Cornellier, and piano and solfège with Marie-Thérèse Paquin.


Raymond Lévesque

Lévesque returned to Montréal in 1959 and cofounded the group Les Bozos with other chansonniers. He also became actively involved in the Québec separatist movement.


Joseph-Alexandre DeSève

Joseph-Alexandre DeSève, film distributor and producer, benefactor (b at Montréal 14 Sept 1896; d there Sept 1968). After a diverse career, DeSève began in the 1930s to import, distribute and screen films.


Grand Chantre

Grand Chantre (Precentor). In the 15th century this term was used to refer to a church dignitary in charge of the singing of the choir in cathedrals and collegiate churches. On special holidays he donned the cope and bore the cantor's rod as symbols of his authority.


Alfred Sung

He worked for a Seventh Avenue dress manufacturer, as assistant designer, before moving to Toronto in 1972. After a brief time as a junior designer and freelance artist, Sung opened Moon, a small boutique in Toronto's prestigious Yorkville shopping district.


Benjamin Dunkelman

Benjamin Dunkelman, army officer, businessman, sailor, arts patron (b at Toronto 26 June 1913; d there 11 June 1997). Benjamin Dunkelman was the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants who built Tip Top Tailors, a prominent Toronto haberdashery firm.


Hélène Gagné

Hélène (Marie Gisèle Marcelle) Gagné. Cellist, teacher, b Montreal 30 Jan 1950; performance diploma cello (Lausanne Conservatory) 1968. A pupil of Walter Joachim 1961-6 at the CMM, she also studied 1963-8 with Paul Tortelier and Guy Fallot at the JMC Orford Art Centre.


Michel Pagliaro

Michel Pagliaro. Singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer, b Montreal 9 Nov 1948. Michel Pagliaro sang and played guitar in a succession of Montreal "yé-yé" bands before meeting with success with Les Chanceliers, whose recording of "Le P'tit Poppy" was very popular in 1966.


Robertson Davies: A Farewell

All mortals are replaceable, runs the modern mantra, betraying the ethic of programmed obsolescence that has come to dominate our culture. But there are exceptions, and one of them - Robertson Davies - died last week, leaving a gap in the Canadian conscience that can never be filled.


Michael Levine

In 1984 Levine was a resident designer at the Glasgow Citizen's Theatre, Scotland, where his imaginative costume and set designs first attracted attention for their postmodern evocation of visual styles from the past.