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Willie Lamothe

Willie (William) Lamothe. Singer, songwriter, guitarist, harmonica player, b St-Hyacinthe, Que, 27 Jan 1920, d St-Hyacinthe, 19 Oct 1992. He began his career as a teacher of dance and then turned to singing, his act including imitations of Maurice Chevalier and Charles Trenet.

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Willie O'Ree

​Willie O’Ree, OC, ONB, hockey player (born 15 October 1935 in Fredericton, NB). On 18 January 1958, O’Ree became the first Black hockey player to play a National Hockey League game when he debuted with the Boston Bruins against the Montreal Canadiens at the Montreal Forum. O’Ree played a total of 45 games in the NHL with the Bruins. Since 1998, he has been the NHL’s Director of Youth Development and ambassador for NHL Diversity, and has led the Hockey is for Everyone program. He was named to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2018.

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Willie P. Bennett

Willie P. (William Patrick) Bennett. Singer-songwriter, guitarist, mandolin and harmonica player, b Toronto 26 Oct 1951, d Peterborough, Ont, 15 Feb 2008. Willie P. Bennett began writing songs in his teens; 'White Line,' first recorded in 1973 by David Wiffen, was an early effort.

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Willie Seaweed

Willie Seaweed, or Hiamas, a formal address meaning "right maker," or more commonly Kwaxitola, meaning "smoky-top," Northwest Coast artist, singer, dancer (b at Nugent Sound, BC c 1873; d at Blunden Harbour, BC 1967).

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Willy Amtmann

William (Willy or Willi) Amtmann. Historian, violinist, b Vienna 10 Aug 1910, d Ottawa 22 Jul 1996; B MUS (Toronto) 1950, M MUS (ESM, Rochester) 1952, D LITT musicology (Strasbourg) 1956. He received a diploma after studying 1924-30 at the Vienna Academy of Music and arrived in Canada in 1940.

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Wilson Duff

Wilson Duff, anthropologist, museologist (b at Vancouver 1925; d there 8 Aug 1976). Wilson Duff's entire professional career centered on the study of the Northwest Coast First Nations.

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Wilson Nichols Stewart

Wilson Nichols Stewart, palaeobotanist, educator (born at Madison, Wisconsin 7 Dec 1917; died at Kootney, BC, 2 Apr 2004). An imaginative and creative scientist, Stewart strongly influenced the field of BOTANY during his tenure at the University of Alberta (U of A).

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Wilson-McAllister Guitar Duo

Wilson-McAllister Guitar Duo. Duo active 1977-89 and comprised of Donald (William) Wilson (b Elrose, Sask, 21 Feb 1952; B MUS Toronto 1975), and Peter McAllister (b Collingwood, Ont, 19 Aug 1954; B MUS Toronto 1977). Both were students of Eli Kassner.

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Winifred Bambrick

Winifred (Estella) Bambrick. Harpist, novelist, b Ottawa 21 Feb 1892, d Montreal 11 Apr 1969. She grew up in Ottawa and Chelsea, Que, and made her debut as a harpist at the Aeolian Hall, New York, 22 Oct 1913. The New York Times reviewer praised her 'decided virtuosity' and 'vigor of style'.

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Winifred Lugrin Fahey

Winifred Lugrin Fahey (b Lugrin, m Fahey). Soprano, teacher, composer, b Fredericton 22 Sep 1884, d Victoria, BC, 28 Oct 1966. Of United Empire Loyalist stock, she studied with R. Thomas Steele in Vancouver.

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Winnie Roach-Leuszler

Winnie Roach-Leuszler, swimmer (b at Port Credit, Ont 3 Feb. 1926; d at Surrey, BC 1 May 2004). Leuszler was the first Canadian to swim the English Channel. As a child she excelled in a wide range of sports both on land and in water but swimming soon emerged as her special talent.

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Winnifred Sim

(Margaret) Winnifred Sim, (b Johnston). Pianist, organist, teacher, b Winnipeg 28 Jun 1930; AMM piano 1949, AMM organ 1954, ARCCO 1965, ARCT 1966, FTCL 1973.

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Wintering Partner

A wintering partner (also "winterer") was an inland trader and shareholder, most notably in the North West Company. The wintering partner system evolved in New France, where fur merchants divided their profits with associates conducting the trade.

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Wishart Campbell

Wishart Campbell. Baritone, songwriter, pianist, b Oro Station, near Lake Simcoe, Ont, ca 1905, d Islay, The Hebrides, Scotland, 5 Nov 1983; ATCM voice 1927.