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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.

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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

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Philip Kives

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ralph Horner

Ralph (Joseph) Horner. Conductor, composer, teacher, b Newport, Monmouthshire (now in Gwent, Wales), 28 Apr 1848, d Winnipeg 7 Apr 1926; B MUS (Durham) 1893, D MUS (Durham) 1898. He studied 1864-7 at the Leipzig Cons and returned ca 1868 to London, where he conducted choirs and operatic productions.

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Romain-Octave Pelletier II

Romain-Octave II Pelletier (Peltier). Producer, critic, violinist, b St-Lambert, near Montreal, 26 Aug 1904, d there 11 Jan 1968; BA (Montreal) 1924, LL B (Montreal) 1927. After studies in law 1924-7 at the University of Montreal he became a notary and practised that profession 1928-33.

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Eleazer Williams

Eleazer Williams, Protestant Episcopalian minister, pretender to the French throne (b at Lake George, NY, about 1788; d at St Regis Reservation, NY 28 Aug 1858). Williams was of mixed Haudenosaunee and white ancestry from the Caughnawaga (now Kahnawake) Reserve near Montréal.

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Bonnie Burnard

Bonnie Burnard, short story writer (born 15 January 1945 in Petrolia, ON; died 4 March 2017 in London, ON). Burnard wrote two books of short fiction and one novel.

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W. Davidson Thomson

W. (William) Davidson Thomson. Baritone, choir conductor, teacher, b Perth, Scotland, 22 Jan 1886, d Winnipeg 3 Jun 1961. Emigrating to Canada in 1903 he worked as a hired hand in Oak Lake, Man, where he was remembered for his lusty open-air renditions of Scottish songs.

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Adam Schott

Adam (Joseph) Schott. Bandmaster, b Mainz, Germany 1794, d Poona, India, 4 Aug 1864. This son of the founder of the German publishing house B. Schott's Söhne became a bandmaster in the British army.

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Jean Réti Forbes

Jean Réti Forbes (b Sahlmark, m Réti, m Forbes). Pianist, teacher, musicologist, editor, b Saltcoats (near Yorkton), Sask, 19 May 1911, naturalized US 1965, d Athens, Ga, 7 May 1972; ATCM 1930, LRAM 1933.

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The Paupers

The Paupers. Toronto rock band. It was formed in 1965 as the Spats by the drummer Ronn (Skip) Prokop, the guitarists Bill Misener and Chuck Beal, and the bass guitarist Denny Gerrard.