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Ethel Stark

Ethel (Gertrude) Stark. Violinist, conductor, teacher, born Montreal 25 Aug 1910, died there 16 Feb 2012; lauréat (AMQ) 1927, diploma (Curtis) 1934, fellow (Royal Society of Arts) 1980, honorary LL D (Concordia) 1980. Her Austrian-born parents were Adolph and Laura Stark.


Melvin Charney

Charney's first independent project was a school built at Lac Beauport, Qué, in 1964. In 1970 his proposal for the Canadian pavilion for the Osaka World Fair, although not selected, received wide acclaim.


Lionel Kearns

Lionel Kearns, poet and professor (born 6 February 1937 in Nelson, BC). In 1955, Lionel Kearns enrolled at the University of British Columbia, where Earle Birney advised his thesis on prosody and verse notation.


Elijah Harper

Elijah Harper, Oji-Cree politician, consultant, policy analyst (born 3 March 1949 at Red Sucker Lake, MB; died 17 May 2013 in Ottawa, ON). Harper is best known for the role he played in scuttling the Meech Lake Accord, for which he was named the Canadian Press newsmaker of the year for 1990.


Sass Jordan

Sarah (Sass) Jordan, singer, songwriter, actor (born 23 December 1962 in Birmingham, England). A dynamic singer with a sultry, prototypical blues-rock rasp, Sass Jordan had a string of hit songs and platinum-selling albums in the late 1980s and early 1990s.


John de Chastelain

A.J.G.D. (John) de Chastelain, twice Canada's Chief of the Defence Staff, Ambassador to the US, head of the International Commission on Decommissioning in Northern Ireland (b on 30 July 1937 at Bucharest, Romania).


Mark McKinney

In 1989 The Kids in the Hall debuted on the CBC in Canada and on HBO in the US. Along with the other four members, Mark McKinney was responsible for writing the series.


Gerald Finley

Gerald Finley. Bass-baritone, b Montreal 30 Jan 1960. Finley moved to Ottawa in 1968 and sang as a boy soprano in the St Matthew's Anglican Church choir under Brian Law.


Tecumseh and the War of 1812

On October 4, 1813, the eve of the Battle of Moraviantown, the great Shawnee chief Tecumseh had a foreboding. “Our lives are in the hands of the Great Spirit,” he said, “We are determined to defend our lands, and if it is His will, we wish to leave our bones upon them.


Alfonso Gagliano

Alfonso Gagliano, politician (born 1942 in Italy; died 12 December 2020). Alfonso Gagliano was the Member of Parliament for the Montreal neighbourhood of Saint-Leonard from 1984 until 2002. Following the 1997 election, he served as Minister of Public Works and Government Services in the cabinet of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. He was also chair of the electoral commission of the Liberal Party in Quebec. Gagliano resigned from cabinet and the House of Commons to accept a position as ambassador to Denmark. He was fired by Prime Minister Paul Martin in 2004 for his role in the sponsorship scandal.


Frank Stronach (Profile)

Picture this. It is Dec. 26, opening day at Southern California's Santa Anita Race Track. The weather is fabulous: 70°, as they say in the States, and clear enough to see the purply-brown slopes of the San Gabriel Mountains.


Barenaked Ladies

Formed in Scarborough, Ontario, in 1988, the Barenaked Ladies (BNL) first rose to fame in the early 1990s with the release of a demo cassette and a cover of a Bruce Cockburn song, followed by their debut studio album, Gordon (1992), which has since been certified diamond in Canada for sales of more than 1 million copies. Their fourth album, Stunt (1998), sold more than 4 million copies in the United States and yielded the No. 1 hit song “One Week.” Known for their comedic lyrics and quirky alternative rock sound, the Barenaked Ladies were ranked No. 13 on CBC Music’s list of 100 Best Canadian Bands. They have won eight Juno Awards, including three for Best Group, and were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2018.


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.