Carole Champagne, known as Carole Laure, OC, actress, singer, director, screenwriter, producer (born 5 August 1948 in Shawinigan, QC).
Clémence DesRochers, actress, humorist, singer and author (b at Sherbrooke, Qué 24 Nov 1934). Daughter of the poet Alfred DESROCHERS, she is the most famous female monologist of her generation in Québec.
Deanna Durbin, born Edna Mae Durbin, actress, singer (born at Winnipeg 4 Dec 1921, died April 2013). Deanna Durbin was born in Winnipeg to English immigrant parents, but was raised from infancy in California. She was blessed with a strong and surprisingly mature voice.
Angela Mary Hewitt, OC, OBE, pianist (born 26 July 1958 in Ottawa, ON). Angela Hewitt is an internationally renowned pianist possessed of exceptional authority, polished technique and deeply expressive musicality.
Donald Charles Frederick Messer, fiddler, band leader, radio broadcaster (born 9 May 1909 in Tweedside, NB; died 26 March 1973 in Halifax, NS). Don Messer was an icon of Canadian folk music.
Glenn Herbert Gould (born Gold), pianist, broadcaster, writer, composer, conductor, organist (born 25 September 1932 in Toronto, ON; died 4 October 1982 in Toronto, ON).
The Guess Who was the most successful Canadian rock group of the late 1960s and early 1970s, and Canada’s first rock superstars. The songwriting team of guitarist-singer Randy Bachman and lead singer-keyboardist Burton Cummings wrote such classic songs as “These Eyes,” “Laughing,” “No Time,” “No Sugar Tonight” and “American Woman” (the first song by a Canadian band to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart) before Bachman’s departure in 1970. The string of hits continued with “Share The Land,” “Albert Flasher,” “Rain Dance” and “Clap for the Wolfman,” among others, until Cummings left to pursue a solo career in 1975. The Guess Who won two Juno Awards and a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Canada’s Walk of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame.
Kenneth Lyle Winters, musician, composer, critic, broadcaster, editor (born 28 November 1929 in Dauphin, MB; died 15 February 2011 in Toronto, ON). Kenneth Winters was an accomplished musician, music critic and radio broadcaster.
Jean “Ti-Jean” Carignan, CM, fiddler (born 7 December 1916 in Lévis, QC; died 16 February 1988 in Delson, QC). Jean Carignan was one of the greatest folk fiddlers of the 20th century and the leading exponent of the Celtic tradition in French Canadian fiddling.
David Clayton-Thomas (born David Henry Thomsett), singer, songwriter, producer (born 13 September 1941 in Surrey, England).
Gordon Meredith Lightfoot, CC, O.Ont, singer, songwriter, guitarist (born 17 November 1938 in Orillia, Ontario). Gordon Lightfoot is one of the most acclaimed and respected songwriters of the 20th century, and one of the most significant musicians Canada has produced. The country’s top male recording artist of the 1970s, Lightfoot first drew attention in the early 1960s when songs such as “Early Morning Rain” and “For Lovin’ Me” became hits for artists like Ian and Sylvia and Peter, Paul and Mary. Lightfoot achieved international prominence as a solo artist with a series of pop and country hits, including “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Sundown,” “Carefree Highway,” “Rainy Day People” and “The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald.” Ian Tyson has said that nobody “before or since has had the impact on Canadian culture, through popular music or folk music, that Gordon Lightfoot has had.” Lightfoot’s gold- and platinum-certified albums have combined to sell more than 10 million copies worldwide. He has won 12 Juno Awards from 27 nominations, including Male Vocalist of the Year four times (1971–73, 1975) and Folksinger of the Year five times (1970, 1975–78). A Member of the Order of Ontario and a Companion of the Order of Canada, he has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Canada’s Walk of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, the US Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and Canadian Folk Music Walk of Fame, among many other honours.
Stephen Fearing, singer, songwriter, guitarist (born 12 January 1963 in Vancouver, BC). Stephen Fearing is a singer-songwriter known for his poetic storytelling, rich vocals, skillful guitar playing and deft blending of folk, rock and country.
Allan James Monk, OC, baritone (born 19 August 1942 in Mission, BC). Allan Monk is a lyric baritone acclaimed for the versatility and clarity of his voice, and his characterization and resourcefulness as an actor in opera.
Canada's national anthem was first heard one fine June evening in 1880, on the campus of Laval University in Quebec City. Joseph Keaney Foran and some fellow law students were relaxing in one of the buildings when they heard a commotion at the front door.Feature
A handsome young man walks on stage and takes a furtive glance at his audience. He settles awkwardly into a rickety, cut-down chair, hunches over and reaches for the piano keyboard.
Earl (Carlyle) Heywood. Country singer-songwriter, guitarist, broadcaster, b near Exeter, north of London, Ont, 12 Mar 1917, d Brussels, Ont, 17 Sep 2006. Known as 'Canada's No. 1 Cowboy Singer,' (or 'No.
Earl Stafford. Pianist, conductor, b Thunder Bay, Ont, 12 Sep 1952. Earl Stafford began his music education at eight, debuting with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra at 10. He later attended the University of Toronto, where he studied piano with Pierre Souvairan.
Earle (Roderick) Moss. Teacher, pianist, b Toronto 11 Apr 1921, d 19 Mar 2003; LTCM 1944. He studied piano at the TCM with his father, Cyril, and (after a brief career as a bank manager) with Ernest Seitz and Bela Böszörmenyi-Nagy, and theory with Healey Willan and Charles Peaker.
(William) Earle Terry. Educator, choir conductor, adjudicator, b Toronto 9 Jul 1912, d London, Ont, 10 Mar 1999; BA (Toronto) 1938, B PAED (Toronto) 1940, M MUS (Montreal) 1950, honorary LWCM 1992.
Leonard Norman Cohen, poet, novelist, singer, songwriter (born 21 September 1934 in Montréal, QC; died 7 November 2016 in Los Angeles, California). Leonard Cohen was one of the most iconic Canadian artists of the 20th century. A sage, mystic, bohemian and romantic, he built an acclaimed body of literary work and a revered career in pop music. In his poetry, novels and music, he constantly probed the human condition, exploring themes of love, loss, death and his commitment to his art. As a poetic and unlikely pop star, his narrow-ranged, gruff voice, which deepened and darkened with age, and his reliance on simple, singsong melodies were complimented by the intense imagery and depth of his lyrics. A Companion of the Order of Canada, he was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, the US Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Folk Music Walk of Fame. He also received the Glenn Gould Prize, eight Juno Awards, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and numerous other honours.
William Shatner, actor, author, director (b at Montréal 22 March 1931). William Shatner is best known for his role as Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek television series. The son of a clothing manufacturer, Shatner grew up in Montréal, where he began acting at summer camp at the age of 6.
Zeyda Suzuki (b Ruga). Pianist, teacher, b Havana, Cuba, 29 May l943. She gave her first concert at 5 for the JM in Cuba and then performed on radio and TV. She studied at the Havana Cons.
Michael Ford, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist (born 27 September 1962). Mike Ford was a member of the popular alternative pop-folk group Moxy Früvous, for which he sang and played a variety of instruments from 1990 to 2001.
Aubrey Drake Graham, rapper, singer, songwriter, actor (born 24 October 1986 in Toronto, ON).