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Contemporary Acadia

Contemporary Acadia is best known through the voices and images of its artists and festivals, although a significant francophone population living in the Atlantic Canada region identifies itself with this historic and cultural community and is striving to transform it into a modern society (see Acadian Culture).

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Louis Quilico

In 1954 Louis Quilico made his professional stage debut in the role of Rangoni in Boris Godunov with the Opera Guild of Montreal. He won the 'Metropolitan Opera Auditions of the Air' in 1955, and made his New York debut with the New York City Opera, singing Germont in La Traviata 10 Oct 1955.

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Louis Lortie

Louis Lortie. Pianist, b Montreal 27 Apr 1959. Lortie began to study piano at seven, working successively with Nicole Pontbriand-Beaudoin, and Sister Simone Martin at the École de musique Wilfrid-Pelletier and Yvonne Hubert at the École normale de musique.

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Jacques Ferron

Jacques Ferron, doctor, writer (b at Louiseville, Qué 20 Jan 1921; d at St-Lambert, Qué 22 Apr 1985). His father was a Liberal Party organizer, and Ferron (brother of Marcelle FERRON) was early attracted to political opposition.

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Donald Lautrec

Donald Lautrec (b Bourgeois). Singer, actor, songwriter, TV host, producer, b Jonquière, Que, 13 Jul 1940. He began his career in 1957 as an acrobat, and his singing debut took place in 1963. He made two LPs for Apex, the first - Personne au monde included songs by Cécile Coulombe and Marc Gélinas.

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Ernest Lavigne

Ernest Lavigne, (Tessier dit Lavigne). Bandmaster, cornetist, composer, publisher, b Montreal 17 Dec 1851, d there 18 Jan 1909. The brother of Arthur and Émery, he studied at the Collège de Terrebonne and in 1868 went to Rome with the 4th detachment of the Papal Zouaves.

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Maëlle Ricker

Maëlle Ricker, snowboarder (b at North Vancouver, BC, 2 Dec 1978). Maëlle Ricker is the first Canadian woman to win an Olympic gold medal in SNOWBOARDING and the first Canadian woman to win Olympic gold on Canadian soil.

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Lorraine Pintal

Lorraine Pintal, actor, director, and producer (b at Plessisville, Qué 24 Sept 1951). Current artistic director of the THÉÂTRE DU NOUVEAU MONDE, she made her stage debut with the company in 1973 in Mistero Buffo, directed by André BRASSARD.

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Fabienne Larouche

Fabienne Larouche, (born Saint-André-du Lac-Saint-Jean, QC, 26 Oct 1958- ) A native of Lac-Saint-Jean, Fabienne Larouche grew up in Sainte-Thérèse on the outskirts of Montréal. She quickly discovered that her chosen career of teaching (like her mother and maternal grandmother) did not suit her.

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Kent Stetson

One of Stetson's earliest plays is also one of his best known. Warm Wind in China (1988, 1989) proved a landmark work, both personally for the dramatist and within Canadian theatre.

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Jim Cuddy

Jim Cuddy, singer-songwriter, guitarist, pianist (born 2 December 1955 in Toronto, ON). Jim Cuddy attended Upper Canada College and North Toronto Collegiate Institute, where he met fellow musician Greg Keelor. His early musical influences were Roy Rogers and Gordon Lightfoot.

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Canadian Electronic Ensemble

Canadian Electronic Ensemble (CEE). Composer-performers' group founded in Toronto in 1971 by David Grimes, David Jaeger, Larry Lake and James Montgomery, "to promote the live performance of electronic music and thereby the composition of new repertoire for this medium.

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David MacDonald

David (George) MacDonald. Organist, conductor, teacher, b Port Morien, NS, 9 Jul 1952, d Halifax 9 Aug 2003; B MUS ED (Dalhousie) 1974, MMA performance (McGill) 1977, Diploma, prix d'excellence (Conservatoire de Rueil-Malmaison, Paris) 1979.

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Raymond Perrin

Raymond Perrin. Organist, choir director, teacher, b Cap-de-la-Madeleine, near Trois-Rivières, Que, 10 Mar 1956; premier prix organ (Cons de Trois-Rivières) 1978. He began his musical studies at six and was a member of a children's choir.

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Fabienne Thibeault

Fabienne Thibeault. Singer, songwriter, b Montreal 16 Jun 1952. She studied songwriting with Sylvain Lelièvre at de Maisonneuve College, where she began singing songs by Jeff Lamothe, author of 'Contrecoeur' and 'L'Écureuil'.

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Thérèse Laporte

Thérèse Laporte. Soprano, b Montreal 11 Jun 1932. After taking violin lessons, she studied voice with Albert Cornellier and 1949-50 with Martial Singher at the CMM.