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Jacob Siskind

Jacob (Kohos) Siskind. Critic, broadcaster, b Montreal 9 Jun 1928, d Ottawa 17 Sep 2010. His first piano teachers included Rose Goldblatt and, 1939-44, Alfred La Liberté. At McGill University 1944-9 he studied mathematics, physics, and music.

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Sidney Robert Blair

Sidney Robert Blair, Bob, industrialist (b at Trinidad 13 Aug 1929). He rose to national prominence in 1977 when his Alaska Highway pipeline proposal defeated a powerful consortium of large oil and gas companies sponsoring a MACKENZIE VALLEY PIPELINE.

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Zara Nelsova

Zara Nelsova, cellist, teacher (b at Winnipeg 23 Dec 1918; d at New York 10 Oct 2002) began playing a converted viola at the age of five with her father, a flutist and graduate of the Petrograd Conservatory.

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Sir William Tyrone Guthrie

Sir William Tyrone Guthrie, stage director, producer (b at Tunbridge Wells, Eng 2 July 1900; d at Newbliss, County Monaghan, Ire 15 May 1971). The great-grandson of the 19th-century actor Tyrone Power, he made his stage debut as

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Eric Cameron

Although he has made conventional paintings and videotapes, Cameron is best known for a series of conceptual objects he calls "Thick Paintings," which he began in 1979 and has subsequently made his life's work.

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Margaret Avison

An Officer of the Order of Canada, two-time winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award, and recipient of the Griffin Poetry Prize, Margaret Avison is one of Canada’s most profoundly influential poets, known for the exploration of Christian themes in her work.

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Charles Gill

Charles Gill, painter, teacher (b at Sorel, Qué 21 Oct 1871; d at Montréal 16 Oct 1918). He began to study design in Nicolet with Abbé Thomas Maurault and continued his art studies in Montréal with William Raphael and then William BRYMNER.

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Robert Gill

Robert Gill, theatre and opera director, teacher (b at Spokane, Wash 19 July 1911; d at Toronto 10 Aug 1974). He studied acting, production and singing at the Cleveland Playhouse on a Rockefeller Foundation scholarship after taking a BA and MFA at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Institute of Technology.

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John Glassco

John Stinson Glassco, poet, writer, translator (born at Montréal, Qué 15 Dec 1909; died there 29 Jan 1981). Glassco will be remembered for his brilliant autobiography, his elegant, classical poems and for his translations.

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Emily Molnar

Molnar is a graduate of the NATIONAL BALLET SCHOOL OF CANADA, where she began her dance training at age 10. She performed as a member of the NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA from 1990-94.

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Claude Gauvreau

Claude Gauvreau, poet and playwright (b at Montréal 19 Aug 1925; d at Montréal 7 July 1971). An unusual character, visionary, iconoclast, polemist and militant AUTOMATISTES, this writer, whose vast body of work was neglected during his lifetime, was a pioneer of modernity in Québec theatre.

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Bruno Gerussi

Bruno Gerussi, actor (born at Medicine Hat, Alta 1928; died at Vancouver, BC 21 Nov 1995). He is well known as the actor who played Nick Adonidas on "The Beachcombers," one of the longest-running and most successful series in CBC television history.

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Carl Ray

Carl Ray, Cree artist, illustrator, editor and art teacher (born January 1943 in Sandy Lake, ON; died 26 September 1978 in Sioux Lookout, ON). Ray was known for his innovative paintings in the Woodlands style and was a founding member of the Indian Group of Seven. Ray’s work has influenced Indigenous art in Canada and can be found in the collections of various galleries and museums across the country.

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Vera Frenkel

Vera Frenkel, multidisciplinary artist, independent video artist, writer (b at Bratislava, Czech 10 Nov 1938). First recognized internationally as a printmaker and sculptor, Frenkel, since 1974, has been in the forefront of the visual, spatial and narrative uses of video and media-based art.