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William James Topley

William James Topley, photographer (b at Montréal 13 Feb 1845; d at Vancouver 16 Nov 1930). He learned photography from his mother. In 1864 he joined the studio of William NOTMAN in Montréal. Three years later he opened Notman's new Ottawa studio and purchased the business in 1872.

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William Jordan

Jordan, William (Sheldon). Composer, teacher, b Athens, Ga, 19 Nov 1951; B MUS (Georgia) 1971, MA (Pennsylvania) 1973, PH D (Florida State) 1976. In 1971 he went to France for two months' study with Nadia Boulanger and Jean Casadesus, and completed courses in composition and music theory.

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William Kaye Lamb

William Kaye Lamb, librarian, author, archivist (born at New Westminster, BC 11 May 1904; died at Vancouver, 24 Aug 1999). Educated at UBC (BA, 1927, MA, 1930), the Sorbonne and London School of Economics (PhD, 1933), Lamb served as provincial librarian and archivist in BC 1934-1940.

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William Keith Rogers

Rogers, William Keith. Composer, b Charlottetown 16 Mar 1921; M MUS (Juilliard) 1948. Early success in competitions encouraged Rogers to enter the Juilliard School in 1939 where he studied piano with Arthur Newstead and composition with Vittorio Giannini, Bernard Wagenaar, and Frederick Jacobi.

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William Kirby

William Kirby, novelist, journalist (b at Kingston-upon-Hull, Eng 23 Oct 1817; d at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont 23 June 1906).

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William Kuinka

William Kuinka, mandolinist, bassist, guitarist (born 28 January 1916 in Anyox, BC; died 7 April 2008 in Toronto, ON). ARCT 1951.

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William Kurelek

Returning to Toronto, he was established by the early 1960s as an important painter, alternating realistic works depicting his prairie roots with didactic series. In the 1970s he began to publish his paintings with simple texts.

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William Lewis Wright

William Lewis Wright. Teacher, organist, administrator, b Nova Scotia 16 Apr 1878, d Robson, BC, 1970; BA (Acadia) 1903, honorary D MUS (Acadia) 1946, honorary D MUS (Brandon) 1969. He was the first music graduate of Acadia University, then studied for four years in Germany with Leopold Godowsky.

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William Littler

William (Richard Arthur) Littler. Critic, teacher, b Vancouver 12 Jul 1940; BA (British Columbia) 1963. He began piano lessons at 11 with Dorothea Limpus, a pupil of J.D.A. Tripp, and studied theory with Limpus, A.B. Hendrickson, and Desmond Burdon-Murphy.

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William Lyall

William Lyall, philosopher (b at Paisley, Scot 11 June 1811; d at Halifax 17 Jan 1890). He arrived in Halifax in 1850 as a minister trained in the classics. Most of his teaching (about 32 hours a week) was done at Dalhousie in Halifax.

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William McCauley

McCauley, William (Alexander). Composer, arranger, conductor, trombonist, pianist, administrator, b Tofield, near Edmonton, 14 Feb 1917, d Alliston, Ont, 18 May 1999; ATCM 1947, B MUS (Toronto) 1947, M MUS (ESM, Rochester) 1959, DMA (ESM, Rochester) 1960.

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William McFarlane Notman

William McFarlane Notman, photographer (b at Montréal 1 Nov 1857; d there 1 May 1913). At age 15 he started to work for his father, photographer William NOTMAN, and was made a partner in the business at about age 25. His

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William Morton

William Morton. Tenor, teacher, b Deloraine, south of Brandon, Man, 27 Sep 1912. First trained as a violinist - he played in a dance orchestra at 13 - Morton studied voice in Regina with Alicia Birkett and in 1933 made his radio debut on CKCK.

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William Needles

William (Bill) Needles, CM, actor, teacher (born 2 January 1919 in Yonkers, New York; died 12 January 2016 in Alliston, Ontario) William Needles is best known as a founding member of the Stratford Festival, where he appeared in over 100 roles.