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Stephen Reid

Stephen Reid, writer, bank robber (born 13 March 1950 in Massey, ON; died 13 June 2018 in Haida Gwaii, BC). Best known for his novel, Jackrabbit Parole (1986) and his collection of essays, A Crowbar in The Buddhist Garden: Writing from Prison (2012), Stephen Reid was a founding member of the infamous Stopwatch Gang.

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Tommy Reilly

Tommy (Thomas Rundle) Reilly. Harmonica player, composer, teacher, b Guelph, Ont, 21 Aug 1919, d Frensham, Surrey, England, 25 Sep 2000. His father, Captain James Reilly (1886-1956), a trumpeter and violinist, led (in Guelph, 1920-5) one of the first jazz bands in Canada.

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William Reimer

William Reimer. Bass-baritone, b Chilliwack, near Vancouver, 8 Apr 1931. He grew up in Yarrow, BC, and studied voice at the Mennonite Brethren Bible College in Winnipeg. At the 1960 Vancouver International Festival he sang Noye in Britten's Noye's Fludde.

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Émiliano Renaud

Émiliano Renaud. Pianist, composer, organist, teacher, b St-Jean-de-Matha, near Joliette, Que, 26 Jun 1875, d Montreal 3 Oct 1932. He studied piano with his mother, later with Paul Letondal, and still later with Dominique Ducharme.

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Renee Rosnes

Renee (Irene Louise) Rosnes. Pianist, composer, b Regina 24 Mar 1962. Rosnes grew up in North Vancouver with her adoptive family.

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Renee Rosnes

Irene Louise Rosnes, "Renee,"jazz pianist (b at Regina 24 Mar 1962). She studied in Vancouver and Toronto for a career in classical music, but turned to jazz circa 1982 and moved to New York in 1985.

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Rosette Renshaw

Rosette (Rose Madelaine) Renshaw. Teacher, ethnomusicologist, translator, born Montreal 4 May 1920, died New Paltz, NY, 13 Mar 1997; BA (McGill) 1942, B MUS (Toronto) 1944, D MUS (Toronto) 1949. She attended the École Vincent-d'Indy 1936-8 and studied with Alfred Whitehead and Claude Champagne.

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Solomon Van Rensselaer

Solomon Van Rensselaer, military general (b at Greenbush, Rensselaer County, NY, 6 Aug 1774; d near Albany, NY, 23 April 1852). Solomon Van Rensselaer was the son of Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, a Revolutionary War general, and a member of a powerful Dutch patroon family.

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René Richard

René Richard, artist, painter (b at La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switz 1 Dec 1895; d at Baie-St-Paul, Qué 31 Mar 1982). His family immigrated to Canada and settled in Cold Lake, Alta. He became a trapper to earn enough money to carry out his great dream of becoming an artist.

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René Simard

René Simard, singer, performer and TV host (b at Chicoutimi 28 Feb 1961). Born into a large family, he was taken on by impresario Guy Cloutier at the tender age of ten. His first recording, L'oiseau, had phenomenal success that propelled him on stage at the PLACE DES ARTS and led to tours in Québec.

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René Simard

René Simard. Singer, TV show host, b Chicoutimi, Que, 28 Feb 1961. René Simard's father was a choirmaster on Île d'Orléans, where he spent his childhood. At nine René was the prize winner on the program 'Les Découvertes de Jen Roger' (CFTM-TV, Montreal).

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Teo Repel

Teo (Teofil) Repel. Teacher, choral conductor, b near Krakow, Poland, 30 Jan 1916, naturalized Canadian 1953. BA (Krakow) 1939, B ED (British Columbia) 1968. Repel studied with B. Wallek Walewski, director of the Krakow Cons.

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Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Rodney Reynolds, actor (born 23 October 1976 in Vancouver, BC). Charming, affable and boyishly handsome, Ryan Reynolds is one of the most recognized Canadian actors in Hollywood. His roles in the ABC sitcom Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place (aka Two Guys and a Girl, 1998–2001) and the college comedy National Lampoon's Van Wilder (2002) established his persona as a charismatic, quirky and quick-witted smart aleck. He has appeared in a wide range of Canadian and Hollywood films, including the heist movie Foolproof (2003), the romantic comedies Definitely, Maybe (2008) and The Proposal (2009), and the action movies X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), Green Lantern (2011), Deadpool (2016) and Deadpool 2 (2018). He has a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has won two People’s Choice Awards, including Favourite Movie Actor in 2017.

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Rheostatics

Rock band, 1980-2007. Formed in Etobicoke, Ont by rhythm guitarist and singer Dave Bidini, bass guitarist and singer Tim Vesely, drummer Dave Clark, and keyboardist Dave Crosby, the band was originally called Rheostatics and the Trans-Canada Soul Patrol and included a horn section.

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Roberta Rich

Roberta Rich, novelist (born at Buffalo, New York, USA, 9 Jan 1946). Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Rich settled briefly in Rochester, New York before immigrating to Canada in the 1960s with her first husband, who had a job teaching at the UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY.

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Richard Verreau

Richard Verreau (Verreault). Tenor, b Château-Richer, near Québec City, 1 Jan 1926, d 6 Jul 2005. Verreau began singing in his parish church. After winning a Québec Symphony Orchestra competition for young artists he decided in 1945 to enter Laval University.

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Richard Semmens

Richard (Templar) Semmens. Musicologist, teacher, b Vancouver, BC, 27 Dec 1950; B MUS (British Columbia) 1973, M MUS (British Columbia) 1975, PH D (Stanford) 1980.

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Richard Williams

Richard Williams, animator, producer, writer (born at Toronto 19 Mar 1933). Richard Williams was born to parents who were illustrators and was teaching animation to children at his local YMCA by the age of 14.