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Judith Thompson

Judith Thompson's first play, The Crackwalker (1980), produced at Toronto's THEATRE PASSE MURAILLE, was an extraordinarily bold and yet compassionate depiction of marginalized characters living in Kingston.

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Glen Clark (Profile)

On this occasion at least, there was some truth to the B.C. leaders stump hyperbole. Environmentalists greeted the decision to limit development, in a region compared to Africas Serengeti, in glowing terms.

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John Sopinka (Obituary)

During the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, two Canadians who had become lost on the city’s streets set off in search of a ride. Rounding a corner, they spotted a parked and empty bus, the keys in the ignition.

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Denny Doherty (Profile)

The year is 1966. A 26-year-old Denny Doherty, riding a wave of fame as part of the California foursome The Mamas & the Papas, is enjoying a quiet drink at an exclusive club in the heart of swinging London. Suddenly a member of that other fab four sits down beside him. "Aren't you . . .

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Jack Pickersgill (Obituary)

In the late 1930s, when Jack Pickersgill was a freshly minted civil servant in Ottawa, he decided to take a motorcycle trip to the United States. When he arrived at the border, a customs official asked him to prove his Canadian citizenship by naming his place of birth.

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Ginette Reno

Reno made the first of many appearances at the Place des Arts (PDA) in 1965 and the National Arts Centre (NAC) in 1969, and performed at the Comédie-Canadienne in 1968 and 1969 and at the Grand Théâtre de Québec in 1974 and 1976.

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Constantines

The Constantines initially began as a punk rock band but have since combined elements of classic rock and blues to generate their trademark sound.

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Herbert Spencer

Herbert Spencer. Conductor, violinist, composer, b Liverpool 28 Feb 1875, d Montreal 24 Dec 1945; Associate, Dominion College of Music. As a child he studied violin with Henry Lawson, piano with Helen Beer, and theory with W.J. Doran.

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Peter Symcox

Peter (John Fortune) Symcox. Director, producer, set designer, critic, b Chelmsford, England, 7 Jun 1925, naturalized Canadian 1964; MA English literature (Oxford) 1947. He studied piano 1932-47 along with French and English literature and fine arts.

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Alfred Tardif

(Georges) Alfred Tardif (Father Hilaire-Marie, Order of the Friars Minor). Organist, pianist, composer, b Laconia, NH, 7 Feb 1903, d Montreal 16 Mar 1978; lauréat piano (Montreal) 1929, lauréat organ (AMQ) 1934, D MUS (St Louis, Edmunston, NB) 1959.

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Jack Snider

Jack Snider (Sniderman). Teacher, composer, drummer, b Russia 1897, d Delray Beach, Fla, 10 Oct 1977. Moving to England and then to Canada, he played drums in pit bands in Toronto and, during the 1920s, at the B.F. Keith Theatre in Ottawa. In Ottawa he formed and conducted the Young Judea Orchestra.

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Elie Spivak

Spivak, Elie. Violinist, b Uman, Ukraine, 2 Feb 1902, d Toronto, 23 Jul 1960. He studied at the Paris Cons 1910-15 with Henri Berthelier and at the Royal College of Manchester 1916 with Adolf Brodsky.

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Jonathan McCully

Jonathan McCully, senator, politician, journalist, lawyer, teacher (born 25 July 1809 in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia; died 2 January 1877 in Halifax, NS).

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John Slatter

John Slatter. Bandmaster, composer, arranger, b London 21 Feb 1864, d Toronto 7 Dec 1954. After studies at the British Army Training School of Music, he became a euphonium soloist with the First Life Guards Band in London in 1882. In 1884 he joined the Victor Herbert Orchestra in New York.

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Casey Sokol

Casey Sokol. Composer, pianist, b New York 6 May 1948; BA music (State U of New York) 1970, MA (California Institute of the Arts) 1971.

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Geoffrey Waddington

Geoffrey Waddington. Conductor, administrator, violinist, b Leicester, England, 23 Sep 1904, d Toronto 3 Jan 1966; honorary LL D (Dalhousie) 1956. His mother, Elizabeth, was a pianist, and his father, Frank, appeared in light opera in England.

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Nadia Strycek

Nadia Strycek, pianist, teacher (born 20 December 1934 in Herentals, Belgium; died 3 January 2016 in Montréal, QC). Born of Czech parents, Nadia Strycek became a naturalized Canadian in 1972. At the age of 11 she was admitted to the Royal Conservatory of Brussels where she won premiers prix in solfège, dictation, theory, piano and chamber music.