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Oliver Goldsmith

Oliver Goldsmith, poet, civil servant (b at St Andrews, NB 6 July 1794; d at Liverpool, Eng 23 June 1861). The son of Loyalists and grandnephew of Irish poet Oliver Goldsmith, he was employed for most of his life in the commissariat of the British army at Halifax.

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Drabinsky Moves to the Back Row

Garth Drabinsky should be used to it by now. He makes a decision, or launches a new venture, or sees a company under his command overhauled in one of those headline-grabbing power plays that have become as much a Drabinsky trademark as mega-musicals like Show Boat and Ragtime.

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Linda McCartney (Obituary)

First, she snagged the Beatle most girls idolized. Then they went on to enjoy that rock 'n' roll rarity, a long and, by all accounts, happy marriage. Ordinary folk could be forgiven for envying Linda McCartney before she died of breast cancer on April 17.

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Daniel Swift

Daniel Swift. Conductor, musicologist, b Shawinigan, Que, 14 Jul 1950; Baccalauréat spécialisé en lettres, French literature (UQTR) 1973, BA (Laval) 1977, MA (Laval) 1986.

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Raöul Duguay

Raöul or Raôul Duguay, pseudonym Luoar Yaugud. Poet, singer-songwriter, b Val-d'Or, Que, 13 Feb 1939; L PH (Montreal) 1963.

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Alfred Fisher

Alfred (Joel) Fisher. Composer, pianist, teacher, b Boston 30 Jun 1942, naturalized Canadian 1974; B MUS (Boston) 1968, M MUS (Michigan State) 1967, PH D (Michigan State) 1976.

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Clifford Ford

Clifford (Robert) Ford. Composer, teacher, writer, b Toronto 30 May 1947; B MUS (Toronto) 1970, M MUS (McGill) 1981.

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Diana Krall

Diana Jean Krall, jazz singer and pianist (b at Nanaimo, BC, 16 Nov 1964). She went from Nanaimo to the Berklee College of Music in Boston as a teenager, and later studied piano in Los Angeles with Alan Broadbent and Jimmy Rowles and in Toronto with Don Thompson.

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Hank Snow

Hank (b Clarence Eugene) Snow. Singer-songwriter, guitarist, b Brooklyn, Queens County, NS, 9 May 1914, naturalized US 1958, d Nashville, Tenn, 20 Dec 1999; honorary D LITT (St. Mary's) 1994. He began playing guitar as a child.

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Gerald Stanick

Gerald Stanick. Violist, teacher, administrator, b Winnipeg 9 Nov 1933. He studied in Winnipeg with John Konrad and Richard Seaborn and at the University of Indiana with David Dawson.

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Pierre Trochu

Pierre Trochu. Composer, percussionist, b Montreal 8 Jan 1953; B MUS (Montreal) 1974, M MUS (Montreal) 1977, D MUS composition (Montreal) 1983. He studied 1970-7 with Serge Garant (composition) and Robert Leroux and Guy Lachapelle (percussion) at the University of Montreal.

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Susan Aglukark

Uuliniq Susan Aglukark, OC, singer, songwriter (born 27 January 1967 in Churchill, MB). Susan Aglukark is a Juno Award-winning Inuk singer and songwriter. Her blend of country, world music and easy-listening pop is distinguished by her gentle voice, upbeat melodies and inspirational lyrics sung in English and Inuktitut. Her album This Child (1995) sold more than 300,000 copies in Canada and the lead single, “O Siem,” became the first Top 10 hit by an Inuk performer. She was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for her “powerful songs that relate the stories of Canada’s Inuit” and for her advocacy for the people and communities of Canada’s North. She has also mentored Indigenous artists and students, and received a Governor General’s Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in 2016.

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George B. Sippi

George B. (Buckley) Sippi. Organist, choirmaster, teacher, b Bombay 10 Mar 1847, d London, Ont, 18 Sep 1915. His family returned in 1854 to Ireland from India, where his Italian grandfather had settled. He attended Queen's College in Cork and studied piano and organ with his uncle, John A.

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Philip Thomson

Philip (Gordon) Thomson. Pianist, b Saint John, NB, 11 Nov 1952; B MUS (Toronto) 1974. Thomson studied 1970-4 at the University of Toronto with Pierre Souvairan, 1974-5 in England, performed mainly in Toronto ca 1975-7, then did graduate work in piano 1977-9 with Abbey Simon at the Julliard School.

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JoJo Savard (Profile)

Ever since she burst onto the late, late-night airwaves in May, 1994, a startling apparition in a flurry of blond ponytails and purple ruffles, the Quebec astrologer has become a celebrity of a distinctly 1990s variety.

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Robert Lepage (Profile)

He makes all the world his stage, quite literally. Last spring, in the space of just two weeks, he jetted to London, Paris, Venice, Spoleto, Rome, Tokyo and Montreal before touching down in his home town of Quebec City. Robert Lepage is yet to be a household name.