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Jean Adair Born Violet McNaughton June 13, 1873  Hamilton, Ontario.  Died May 11, 1953 New York, New York, U.S.A. Jean studied acting in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. Most of her life she was a stage actor traveling with local stock companies and also appearing on the vaudeville in one-act plays.  In 1922 she had a starring role in the comedy hit, It's a Boy. She was seldom out of work after this performance. Later in life she appeared in numerous films in the 1940’s working with such greats as Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor. Perhaps she is best remembered as one of the sweet, but murderous aunts in  the film Arsenic and Old Lace in 1944. It was a role that she had originated on Broadway. In the early 1950's she would appear in some minor television roles. (2018)
Marguerite Martha Allan Born Montreal, Quebec 1895. Died March 31, 1942. She organized the Montreal amateur dramatic group which would come to be known as the Montreal Repertory Theatre and would become one of the most successful amateur dramatic groups in Canada. In 1935 she received the Canadian Drama Award for outstanding service in the development of the Canadian theatre. At the annual Dominion Drama Festival the Martha Allan Trophy is awarded in her memory for the best visual performance. She also wrote three plays: What fools we mortals be; All of a summer's day; and Summer solstice.
Mae Ames Born Manchester, England 1920. She was a shy child but family soon coaxed her to sing and dance and she even began to appear in local productions. A student in fashion design at the beginning of World War ll she worked in an aircraft factory and then became a Red Cross Nurse eventually meeting and marring a young Canadian forces man, Frank Ames. In 1946 she and her infant daughter were aboard the Queen Mary on their way to Canada with other war brides and 750 babies!!! The family moved to Prince Edward Island in 1961 and Mae became involved actively in the Charlottetown Little Theatre. When Frank was next posted to Halifax Mae retained her interest in Theatre in Halifax and also taught at the Ladies College. In 1979 with the death of her husband, Mae moved back to PEI to be close to her daughter and reunited with the Theatre. She eventually active with a seniors theatric group, The Venerable, touring group traveling across Canada to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, farther west to Victoria and even to New York City. She has also appeared on the TV Series Emilie of New Moon. Source: : Making History ::a Celebration of Prince Edward Island Women of the 20th Century. Compiled by the Zonta Club of Charlottetown, 2000.
Mary Margaret Anglin.

Born Ottawa, Ontario April 3, 1876 Died January 7, 1958, Toronto, Ontario. Margaret was actually born in the Houses of Parliament Speaker’s Chambers  . Her father Timothy Warren Anglin(1822-1986) was, at that time, Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons. A strong willed individual she headed for a career in acting in New York City in the 1890’s much against the wishes of her family. In 1894 she graduated from the Empire School of Dramatic Acting. By 1896 she was touring on stage in the U.S.A. and Canada. By 1905 she had earned wide recognition for her dramatic skills and was invited to work with the renowned Sarah Bernhardt. In 1911 she married a colleague Howard Hill who had little reputable acting talent. By 1913 she was appearing in Shakespearian performances of her own acting group. When her husband did not receive roles she was absent from the stage for many years. She did return to the stage however with her last Broadway appearance was in 1936. The Encyclopedia Britannica called her one of the most brilliant actresses of her era. Sources: The Canadian Encyclopedia Online Accessed 2000. : Encyclopedia Britannica online. Accessed 2000. Suggested reading Margaret Anglin: A stage life by John Levay 1989.

Julia Arthur. née Ida Lewis. Born May 3,1869 Hamilton, Ontario. Died March 28,1950 Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.  She chose her stage name for her acting career from her mother's family name.  As a youth of 11 she played in some amateur theatricals in her home. She had her stage debut at the age of 14 in the United States performing in Shakespearian plays with the Bandmann traveling theatre. After three seasons she was off to Berlin to study the violin but soon changed to voice and theatre. In 1895 she went to act in London, England. having secured an engagement at the Lyceum Theatre.  Back in North America after her European tour she accepted a position with a company in California, U.S.A.  and eventually headed to New York City, U.S.A. and toured the eastern coast. In 1889 and 1890 she was back to stages in Canada. After more time in the United States she was back with success appearances in London England  and while with the Lyceum Company she earned an international status. In the summer of 1897 she returned to the U.S. as the star of her own company financed by her brother and the wealthy Bostonian Benjamin Cheney.   She married Benjamin Pearce Cheney on February 23, 1898 and took a few years reprieve from the stage. In 1914 she returned to the stage doing a benefit performance at the Boston Theater for the European Actor's Relief Fund. In 1924 she had a very successful tour of her beloved Canada. As well as her stage appearances she was the star of such movies as Napoleon, The Man of Destiny and Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Mabel Barrington Died November 1, 1912.A prominent stage actor who debuted on stage in 1902 and achieved "star" quality by 1905. She had great success in 1908 in New York with he BLUE MOUSE. By 1911 she was forced to retire from the stage because of serious ill health.
Nanette Bordeau Born April 3, 1911 St. Georges, Quebec. Died September 20, 1956 Los Angeles, California. Her birth name was Hélène Olivine Veilleux. She moved with her family to New York City, U.S.A. in the 1930’s and she began to audition for theater work. In 1938 she did a screen test for Hal Roach Studios and won out over 50 other actors. She had several small roles in the 1940’s using the stage name Francine Bordeaux.  In 1949 she was hired by Columbia Pictures where she began appearing with the famous comedians, the Three Stooges. Since she had a natural French accent when was often cast as Fifi in these films. She also learned to mask her accent to be more American for additional roles.
Ester Evalyn Sera Owen Bowen. Born June 18, 1911. Died 1999. She left her native Wales to go to theatre in London and later, while working in a touring theatre, she would be introduced to Canada.  She immigrated to Canada in 1956 and found work in Montreal acting and writing. It would however be Nova Scotia that she chose to live. In 1967 she was appointed Artistic Advisor for the Nova Scotia Centennial celebration.  She organized and directed the first all Negro drama group in Canada. She wrote plays, directed and taught drama to the youth of her chosen home province. To learn more about this talented woman read Great Dames, edited by Elspeth Cameron and Janice Dickin, [Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 1997].
Doris Buckingham

Born 1910 (?) Died February 1, 1988. A stage and radio actress she created Vancouver’s Theatre Under the Stars. Through the 1940’s and 1950’s the group saw her in more than 50 productions. She also worked in CBC productions. Along with her husband William the pair were known as Mr. and Mrs Theatre. They had one son. The couple was honoured in the British Columbia Entertainment Hall of Fame Starwalk at the Orpheum which honours BC residents who have made outstanding contributions to entertainment on the local, national and international scene.

Kate M. Horn Buckland née Horn. Born 1826? Ireland. Died September 10. 1896 Montreal, Quebec. Kate made her stage debut in Charleston South Carolina, U.S.A.. In 1841 she acting in New York City, U.S.A. where she had her 1st breakthrough on March 24, 1845 at the Park Theatre. She married John Wellington Buckland (  -1872) a theatre manager in 1862. John accepted a position as director of the new Royal Theatre in Montreal where he worked with English language productions. Kate spent time in productions in Montreal and New York City. After the death of her husband, Kate assumed control of the management of the theater in Montreal and served there until 1879-80. She continued her interest id theatre life until her death in Montreal.  She was considered a popular and accomplished actress.
Joy Dorothy Coghill-Thorne nee Coghill. Born May 13, 1926 Findlater, Saskatchewan. Died January 20, 2017 Vancouver, British Columbia. Some of her early education occurred in Scotland and then Kitsilano High School in Vancouver, British Columbia. In 1949 she earned a bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia and followed this in 1951 with a Master of Fine Art from the Art Institute of Chicago, U.S.A. In 1953 she and Myra Benson founded Canada’s 1st professional touring children’s theater called Holiday Theatre. She would marry John Thorne, a producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the couple had three children. Joy enjoyed writing and her bet play was the Song of This Place about Emily Carr. Joy acted on stage and in several Canadian television shows. She earned four Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards for her work including Outstanding Performance by and actress in a leading role in 1991. In 1994 she founded the Western Gold Theatre Company in Vancouver. She earned a Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, the Gemini Humanitarian Award, the Dominion Drama Festival acting award and a Canadian drama award. On October 25, 1990, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada
Dorothy Davies

Born July 26, 1920, Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A. Died March 27, 2002, Victoria, British Columbia. As a child she moved with her family to British Columbia.  At the age of 18, Dorothy received a Licentiateship in Speech Arts and Drama from Trinity College of Music, London. Ten years later, she was named a Fellow of that College. Also while in her teens, she became secretary to Major William Bullock-Webster, superintendent of schools in British Columbia and an ardent supporter of school drama. In her position, Dorothy was instrumental in the foundation of the British Columbia Drama Association (now Theatre BC).She played “Mary” on “The Carson Family” CBC radio serial 1947-65 and other radio and TV roles through 1984. She was an original member, Totem and Everyman Theatres. She earned an award as Best Director in the 1955 Dominion Drama Festival. She was the 1st recipient, Jessie Richardson Award for lifetime achievement. She also won the  Sam Payne Award for developing young talent and is a  charter member of the British Columbia Entertainment Hall of Fame . In 1988 Dorothy and her husband moved to Victoria, where she produced a CD of nonsense poems called "The Other Day ...", performed by herself, with musical settings by Amanda Lince. Sources: Canadian Encyclopedia of Theater online accessed January 2013; Vancouver Hall of Fame on line accessed December 2012.

Katherine 'Katie' Paula De Mille née Lester. Born June 29, 1911, Vancouver, British Columbia. Died April 27, 1995 Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A. Katherine's father was killed at the Battle of Vimy Ridge during World War 1. Her mother died of tuberculosis when she was just 9 years old. She was adopted at 11 from an orphanage by famed movie director Cecil De Mille (1881-1959) and his wife Constance. Attending high school in Santa Barbara, California she played roles in school theatre productions and just knew she wanted to be an actor. Her 1st movie role was in 1930. On October 3, 1937 she married actor Anthony Quinn (1915-2001) and the couple had 5 children. Tragedy struck the family when their oldest son, Christopher drowned in a friends pool at 3 years of age. In 1959 she decided to retire from the film industry. In 1965 she and Quinn divorced.
Hazel Desbarats née Rickets. Born September 15, 1936 London, England. Died December 20, 2015 London, Ontario. Hazel studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in London, England and started her career in British television. In the early 1950’s she immigrated to Canada with her 1st husband Ray Bidwell and she continued to work in television and was a reporter for current affairs programs at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and Global Television Network. Divorced by 1961 she married Anthony Snowsill a CBC technician. This marriage dissolved shortly after the birth of their daughter. In 1968 she married Peter Reilly and the family settled in Ottawa where Hazel worked a new anchor at CJOH and another daughter and a son were born.  At home she co-authored a cookbook with friends.  In September 1979 she married for the 4th time to Peter Hullett Desbarats, Dean of Journalism, University of Western Ontario and the family relocated to London, Ontario. It was hear that she would begin her second career as an actress.  A Dora Award winning actress she performed on stages across the country including the Soulkeeper Theatre Company, the Canadian Stage in Toronto and the Stratford Theatre. Sources: Obituary The Toronto Star December 22, 2015; Susan Ferrier Mackay, From Newswoman to celebrated actress. Globe and Mail January 6, 2016. Suggestion submitted by June Coxon, Ottawa, Ontario.
Dannica D'Hondt Born May 29, 1939 London, England. At 9 years of age, in England, Danica appeared in her 1st movie. While still in schools she relocated with her family to Montreal, Quebec where she appeared on television, stage and was heard on radio. She attended the University of British Columbia and returned to England to continue her career on stage, television and in movies. Back in Toronto she found work at the CBC television as a games show personality and did summer stock theatre in the U.S.A. In 1959 she participated and won the Miss Canada pageant. By 1960 she was in Hollywood where she appeared in ‘B’ movies and on numerous television programs until 1990. From 1966 through 1971 she taught at her own school called The Actor’s Lab. In 1971 she began directing stage productions and continued directing in television and movies. She also worked as a television journalist. She married Nello Olivo and became a real estate investor and raised her 6 children. The couple owns a vineyard and a large banquet facility in California
Fifi D’Orsay. Born Montreal, Quebec April 16, 1904. Died December 2, 1983. Could you guess that this is a stage name? Her real name is Marie-Rose Angelina Yvonne Lussier. After several successful acts in Vaudeville, she began her Hollywood movie career in 1929. She was in movies and television as well as live stage for 40 years and worked with famous male stars like Will Rogers. Billed as a French bombshell from Paris, she never even traveled outside of North America. Her life story was featured on the TV show This is your life.
Shirley Douglas Born Weyburn, Saskatchewan. 1934. As a youth she had been involved in church dram and music activities. At 16 she began to take acting seriously and attended the Banff School of Fine Arts in Alberta. She also attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London England prior to acting in British stage and television. Her second marriage to Donald Sutherland took her and her family of three children, including twins Kiefer and Rachael to California to live. It was here that she threw her energies into the American protest movement of the 1960's and 1970's. Returning to Toronto as a single mother in 1977 she resumed a successful stage, television and movie career. In 2000 she received a Gemini Award for Best Featured Actress followed in 2001 with a Diamond Award from the Variety Club. In October 2003 she was presented the Order of Canada and in 2004 she received her own star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto along with her son, actor Kiefer Sutherland who became a star on the Walk in 2005.
Marie Dressler. (real name Leila Marie Koeber) Born Cobourg, Ontario. November 9, 1869(?)  Died July 28, 1934) Marie made it to Broadway in 1892 and became a vaudeville star comedienne headliner shortly after 1900. She stared in films with such top actors as Charlie Chaplin . She easily made the move to ‘talkies’ .when many top silent film heroines did  not survive. More homely than beautiful she was also an over-weight woman. This was an unlikely star material. However, she was talented and she won the Academy Award in 1930. She became the first woman to ever appear on the cover of Time magazine. For information try: http://mdle.com/ClassicFilms/FeaturedStar/dresslra.htm There is some dispute as to her true birth date with various sources using 1868, 1869 and her grave using 1871.
Maude Eburne-Riggs Born  November 10, 1875 Bronte-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Died October 15, 1960 Hollywood, California. . she  embarked on her acting career after the death of her father in 1901 as he would not have approved of such a profession for his daughter. She began her acting career on stage in Buffalo, New York, U.S.A. and by 1914 she had made her Broadway debut in the play A pair of Sixes. In 1905 she married Eugene J. Hall and the couple had one daughter.   She switched to a movie career in 1930 appearing in  the move ”The Bat Whispers”.  She would, in her career,  over the next 21 years appear in more than 100 movies. She retired from acting in 1951.
Lily Evangeline Born August 3, 1979, Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. Since she was a teenager she has been an active volunteer. She was ‘discovered’ by the Ford Modeling Agency. She decided not to pursue a career as a model but worked with the Ford agency to earn funds to attend the University of British Columbia. In addition to help pay for university she worked as an extra on film sets. In 2003 she RaDragon but the marriage was ended the following year. In 2004 she stared on the Television series Lost and was voted one of the breakout stars by Entertainment Weekly Magazine. In 2005 she was names second on the Hot 100 of the Year. Returning to modeling she earned a position of Super Model with L’Oreal starting in 2009. In 2011 she gave birth to a son with her boyfriend Norman Kali.
Margot Finlay Born January 30, 1980. Born in London she moved to Vancouver in 1989 and studied with the Vancouver Youth Theatre. She has acted in numerous films including: Misery Harbor, Opposite Sex, In Cold Blood, and The Adventures of Yellow Dog. 
Marie Gignac Born Quebec City, Quebec. Marie had it seems always wanted to act even when she was still a child but put aside her dreams and ambitions to concentrate on school. She studied at Laval University. In her 20s and in university the urge to perform returned, specifically to work on the stage. Marie is a two-time Genie Award–nominated actress. Gignac has been nominated twice in the category of Best Supporting Actress each for The Confessional (Le Confessionnal) in 1995 and La Vie secrète des gens heureux in 2006. In 2011, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada "for her contributions to the performing arts as an actress, director, playwright and artistic director of Québec’s Carrefour international de théâtre. She has also been nominated for the Prix de l’institut canadien de Quebec. Marie has served as co-artistic director of the Carrefour International de théâtre de Québec. (2017)
Joanna Gleason née Halprin. Born Winnipeg Manitoba June 2, 1950. As a daughter of TV game show host Monty Hall she was exposed to TV life. She first received a taste of TV work as a child in repeat appearances in the TV series Different Strokes. She took time to study at the University of Manitoba and then acted on Broadway where she received a Tony Award as best actress in a musical. Her main exposure is still TV with numerous appearances on programs such as Friends and West Wing most recently. Movies are also a form of work she enjoys. Check out www.imdb.com for a list of her works.
Linda Pauline Griffiths Born October 7, 1953, Montreal, Quebec. Died September 21, 2014. As a youth she did puppet shows for her brother and in High School participated in the Drama Club. She attended Dawson College in Montreal and was accepted into the National Theatre School’s acting program. She dropped out and felt she had failed and obtained a teaching certificate at McGill University instead of acting. However she decided to give acting another try. She relocated to Saskatchewan in 1973 and helped to found the 25th Street Theater. It was here that she began to write and create plays. Back east in Montreal near the end of the 1970’s she played the personality of Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. In 1980 her play Maggie and Pierre became an instant hit and eventually she was doing a cross country tour with the play. She would go on to create additional plays and give memorable performances on stage. Source: J. Kelly Nestruck Leading Lady liked to showcase outsiders, Globe and Mail October 4, 2014.
Tammy Grimes Born January 30, 1934 Lynn, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Died October 30, 2016 Englewood New Jersey, U.S.A. Tammy graduated from Stephens College in Missouri. She worked for West Port County Playhouse in Connecticut. In 1955 she saw a young Canadian actor, Christopher Plumber in a Broadway comedy and fell in love. They  married in 1956. By 1958 she was on stage at the Stratford Theatre, Ontario with her husband Christopher Plumber. The couple had one daughter, Amanda who is also an actress. Sadly they were divorced in 1960. In 1964 she stared in High Spirits with the incomparable Canadian Beatrice Lilly (1894-1989). At 26 she was the winner of her 1st Tony Award for her role in The Unsinkable Molly Brown By 1969 she had a 2nd Tony Award for her role in the Noel Coward play Private Lives. In 1966  she married actory Jeremy Slate and was divorced a year later. Her 3rd marriage was in 1971 to musician and composer Richard Bell (  -2005). Source: Anita Gates, Obituary, Globe and Mail November 3, 2016. Suggestion submitted by June Coxon, Ottawa, Ontario.
June Havoc Born Vancouver, British Columbia November 8, 1916. Died March 28, 2010 Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.A. Her mother wanted stardom for June and her older sister Louise (who would become known professionally as Gypsy Rose Lee) June was featured on Vaudeville as Baby June and her Farmboys and the act continued into the 1920's when her name 'Dainty June" June resented Vaudeville and at 13 she married on of the boys in the chorus line to escape. June's mother simply regrouped her energies around her older daughter. Although her marriage did not last she gathered her talents and enjoyed life. June would remain on the edge of the industry and was nominated for her work as a director on Broadway in 1964
Jane Watson Heffelfinger née Sayler. Born Fargo, North Dakota, U.S.A. Died June 22, 2011, Victoria, British Columbia. Jane graduated from the University of Minnesota, U.S.A. She would later enroll in special studies at the University of Manitoba and the University of Victoria in British Columbia. She also attended Université Laval, Quebec and studied at L’Alliance française in Paris, France. In 1951 she moved to Winnipeg with her husband George. The couple had 5 children. She began her career as a puppeteer and producer with the Winnipeg Children’s Theatre and went on to act on stage at the Manitoba Theatre Centre and for many ears she was an actor and broadcaster on the CBC Radio and Television in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 1958 she was known for her role in the Bird in a Gilded Cage a made for TV movie. She was enthusiastic about her adopted country and ran twice for political office. She shared her passions for the Pacific Opera in Victoria and charity work with the Greater Victoria Hospital foundation. She was a member of the University of Victoria Foundation Board and was a member of the Television Association Board of the Public Broadcasting Station KCTV in Seattle Washington, U.S.A. In 1992 she received the Confederation Medal marking the 125th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. She also received a Certificate of Merit Award from the McPherson Foundation and was named Arts leader of the Year in 1989 from CFAX Community Awards.
Martha Henry.  née Buhs. Born February 17, 1938 Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.  Martha adopted the legal surname of her 1st husband Donnelly Rhodes. She graduated from the National Theatre School, Montreal, Quebec and as one of Canada’s leading actresses she has long been associated with the Stratford Festival in Ontario.  She worked as artistic director of the Grand Theatre, London, Ontario from 1988 through 1994. In 1993 she starred in the film Mustard Bath which was filmed in Guyana, South America. It was in this film that she earned her 1st Genie Award as best supporting actress. She went on to win Genie Awards for her work in films in , 1984, 1994, and 1996. She has also earned Gemini Awards for her work in TV. She has received the Order of Ontario in 1994 and promoted to Companion in the Order of Canada 1990. She received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for lifetime contribution to Canadian Theatre in 1996.  In 2007 she was appointed director of Stratford's Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre Training.
Victoria Hopper Born May 24, 1909 Vancouver, British Columbia. Died January 22, 2007 Romney Marsh, Kent, England. In 1922 she immigrated to England with her family. In the 1930’s she appeared on stage and was mentored by actor, director and producer Basil Dean (1888-1978( . She Married Mr Dean in August 1934 and continued with her successful career. She was a popular actor on stage and in film. She appeared in a dozen films between 1933 and 1948. She had the leading role in the film Lorna Doone in 1934 and again leading role in Laburnum Grove in 1936. Her career became somewhat stalemated after her divorce in 1948. She dis some made for television movies in 1950’s but was largely ignored as an actress. In 1951 she married actor Peter Walker (1915-1993). In the last years of her life she lived as a recluse.
Kate M. Horn See Kate M. Horn Buckland
May Irwin. (Real name Georgina May Campbell) Born Whitby, Ontario June 27, 1862. Died October 22, 1938. As early as 1872 she and her sister Flora were singing on stage. Once the sister act split up, May would go on and become a well known Broadway performer. Her movie career was short but historically significant. Thomas Edison, the famous inventor, placed May in the staring role in his pioneering one minute moving picture called The Kiss. It was the first kiss of the movies!!! It was considered scandalous by early movie audiences and the clergy! It is considered to be the first moving picture to ever be shown in Canada! May would make only one other movie Mrs. Black is Back before she retired to live with her husband and two children. She is also credited with having named the famous Thousand Island Salad Dressing. She and her family owned a vacation home in the 1000 islands.
Margo Gwendolyn Kane Born August 21, 1951 Edmonton, Alberta. As a child she was the only First Nations child adopted into a white working class home which left her having and identity crisis. She studied acting, voice, and dance at Grant McEwan College, Edmonton, the Banff Centre, Alberta, and the Square Theatre, New York City, New York, U.S.A. She is considered the ‘Mother of Canada in a native performance arts’. In 1992 she founded and served as artistic director of Full Circle: First Nations Performance in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her performances blend storytelling, song, dance, poetry and often the latest hint of technology. She is known for her one-woman show Moonlodge which premiered in 1990 and has toured Australia in 1997. In 1991 she received a Canadian Achievement Award from the National Capital Commission in Ottawa.
Ruby Keeler. Born Halifax, Nova Scotia August 25, 1909. Died February 28, 1993. A former speakeasy dancer and Broadway lead, she married musical star Al Jolson in 1928. After several films she retired from the screen in 1941. She charmed audiences again in 1971 with a return to Broadway in the musical "No No Nanette". She always contended that she had a horrible singing voice, could not act, and that her dancing skills were not that good either. Even so she was popular on screen.
Barbara Kent

née Cloutman. Born December 16, 1907 Gadsby, Alberta. Died Palm Desert, California October 13, 2011.Barbara and her family moved to California when she was a teenager. In 1925 she won the Miss Hollywood Beauty pageant. Described as gorgeous , full-figured, and baby faced, and even though she had never acted previously, she was signed up by Universal Studios. Her debut was as the only woman in the western Prowlers of the Night, batting her eyelashes as she nursed the wounded sheriff back to health. In the landmark 1926 film Flesh and the Devil, opposite Greta Garbo, the lovelorn Kent displayed her broken heart in an Oscar-worthy supporting performance. She starred in Lonesome , the last great silent American film in 1928.   Kent's natural voice was a bit too “tinny” and her career in the  talkies was in doubt. Determined she took voice lessons. Her career peaked when she played superstar Harold Lloyd's love interest in his first two talkies, Welcome Danger and Feet First. In 1932 she married  Harry Edington, a longtime Hollywood producer He tried to revive his wife’s career in the late 1930s, but her roles became smaller and films less prestigious. Her last film was Guard That Girl in 1935.  After her husband died in 1949, Barbara retired from  show business retreating from public view and refusing all demands for photographs and interviews.  She married a second time to engineer Jack Monroe who died in 1998. She had been living in a retirement home in Sun Valley, where  neighbors were unaware she had once graced the silver screen.  At the age of 103 she was one of the last surviving silent screen actors. Sources: Bergan, Ronald “Alberta –born silent film star transitioned to talkies, then retired”  The Globe and Mail October 31, 2011 page R9 :  NNDB.com (Accessed November 2011. )  Suggestion submitted by June Coxon, Ottawa.

Mia Kirshner Born January 25, 1975 (some sources say 1976) Toronto, Ontario.  Mia studied Russian literature and movie industry history at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec. Mia made her debut in film in 1993 in the film Love and Human Remains. By 2001 she appeared in episodes of the TV series 24 as well as in movies. From 2004 through 2009 she was part of the cast of the drama series The L Word. In 2006 she successfully stared in The Black Dahlia. In 2008 she published the book; I live Here, stories of woman and children refugees and gave the proceeds to Amnesty International.  In 2011 she voiced the title character in Bear 71 from the National Film Board of Canada. In 2012 she was on the series Defiance and in 2013 she was guest staring on the TV series Lost Girl (2018)
Florence Lawrence Born Hamilton, Ontario January 1 1890. Died December 28, 1938. This petite Canadian born actress is universally acknowledged as the world’s first movie star. At age 4 she was performing as “Baby Flo, the Wonder Whistler” on vaudeville. In the pioneer days of filmmaking, credits with the names of actors were not important. She became known simply as the "Biograph Girl". In 1915 she tried to help someone in a studio fire and was badly burned.  She never achieved her former active career.  At the time of her death she had appeared in 250 films! For more information check out http://www.biographcompany.com. or read Florence Lawrence, the Biograph Girl : America's First Movie Star by Kelly R Brown (McFarland, 1999).
Viola Léger See Politicians - Senator Viola Léger
Carla Lehmann Born February 29, 1917 Winnipeg, Manitoba. Died December 1 1990 Berkshire, England.   She appeared in little theatre productions from the time she was 15 years old. She trained to be an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), London, England and joined the Croydon Repertory Company. In 1941 she Married George Anderson McDowell Elliot but the marriage ended in di During World War ll she stared in war films with American male counterparts. In 1947 she married John R. Townsend and the couple had three sons.  In 1952 she played in the BBC TV series The Three Hostages. (2018)
Marti Maraden Born El Centro, California, U.S.A.  June 22, 1945. Marti came to Canada with her then husband in 1968 to avoid the draft for the military in the U.S.A. She took up the stage and from 1974—1979 she appeared at the famous Stratford Festival Theatre in Ontario. Her roles provided a Variety of experience and even played Reagan apposite the renouned Peter Ustinov.  Taking on New York City in 1980 she did some off Broadway work and was encouraged to try directing. She liked it. Returning to Canada in the late 1980’s and 1990’s she acted and directed at the Shaw Festival Theatre at Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario. She went all to productions in numerous Canadian stages with the Canadian Stage Co., the Grand Theatre, Montreal Theatre Centre, Children’s Theatre Co., and the National Arts Centre. From 1997 through 2005 she was the Artistic Director, English Theatre at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa. Source: Canadian Who’s Who (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005)
Sheila McCarthy Born January 1, 1956, Toronto, Ontario. At ten years of age she was on stage as the Wicket Witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz. She soon learned that she could be funny and enjoy the laughter of the audience. She attempted university on the west coast but soon returned to acting. She went off to New York City with a Canada Council Grant to study acting. She Married actor Peter Donaldson and the couple had two daughters. She began her adult acting career in the 1970’s working at regional theatres across Canada including the Vancouver Theatre and Ontario’s Shaw Festival Theatre. She has twice won the Dora Mavor More Award for the best actress in Toronto. In 1987 she won the Genie Award for Best Actress for I’ve heard the mermaids singing. That same year she won the People’s Choice Award at the international Cannes Film Festival. In 1994 she again earned a Genie Award for her performance in the Lotus Eaters. She spent four seasons on the CBC television series Emily of New Moon for which she won a Gemini as best actress in 1999. In 2000 she won another Gemini for Best Featured Actress in Swane Street. She starred in the popular television Comedy series Little House on the Prairie as a white woman married to a Muslim. She says she tried to make the character Sara the Laura Petrie ( of Dick Van Dyke Show, played by Mary Tyler Moore) of the Muslim world. As well as television and movie work she continues doing live theatre at the famous Canadian Stratford Shakespeare Theatre Festival. Source: “Profile: Little Mosque Big Talent” by Peter Femal in Good Times July/August 2007.
Clara Morrison. (née La Montagne) Born Toronto March 17, 1848. Died November 20, 1925. Her stage name was Clara Morris and she was known as the “Queen of the Melodrama”. She is said to have had the ability to bring a whole audience to tears with her acting.  She would later write her life story in three volumes of memoirs.
Marigold "Goldie" Semple

Born Richmond, British Columbia. December 11, 1952. Died Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario December 9, 2009. She studied at the University of British Columbia where she met her husband, Lorne Kennedy. The couple had one daughter. The young couple continued their studies and began their career at the Bristol, England, Old Vic Theater. After traveling to gain roles the couple settled in Ontario where Goldie honed her craft and gained a solid reputation garnering lead stage roles at Stratford Festival and the Shaw Festival. She combined unequalled grace beauty and elegance on stage. Although diagnosed with cancer she continued on stage. Her last performance was in a Noel Coward play,  Brief Encounters in 2009. Source: Goldie Semple by Richard Ouzounian, The Toronto Star December 9, 2009 online accessed August 2011.

Daphne Katherine Kate Reid. Born November 4, 1930 London, England.  Died March 27, 1993 Stratford, Ontario. As a child she immigrated with her family to Canada settling in Oakville, Ontario. After high school she attended University in London and the studied acting at a performance art school in Canada. This warm and vulnerable performer thrived while working live theatre. She is well known for her role as Lady MacBeth in Macbeth and Katharina in the Taming of the Shrew and Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe on stage. She has also appeared in some 50 movies from the 1960's through the 1980's.  did numerous television productions. She was nominated for Tony and Emmy Awards and holds many Canadian awards including an A C T R A. In 1974 she was inducted as an Officer in the Order of Canada.
Jean Roberts Born 1926,  Perth, Scotland. Died December 12, 2012 France. She studied in Belgium and at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1949 she joined what is now the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford on Avon, England working on stage set up and earning promotions to the level of assistant director. In Canada she worked at the Crest Theatre, Toronto, and the Red Barn Summer Theatre at Jackson Point, Ontario. In Ottawa she established the theatre section at the National Arts Centre where she worked from 1971-1977. At the NAC she preferred not to import talent but rather use our own Canadian talent. She became Director of Theatre and Artistic Director of English Theatre at the NAC before moving to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to develop and produce television drama. She also taught directing and production of plays as a freelancer. She received the Maggie Basset Award and the Toronto Theatre Alliance Award in 1984. In the mid 1990’s she retired to France. She was inducted as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2006. Upon her death the flags at the NAC were flown at half staff in her honour. Source: Jean Roberts by Kate Taylor, the Globe and Mail January 2, 2013. Suggestion submitted by June Coxon, Ottawa, Ontario
Anna Claudia Russell Born December 27, 1911, London, England. Died October 18, 2006, Rosedale, New South Wales, Australia. Her mother was Canadian and in 1939, after the death of her father the family settled in Toronto. Anna married twice: John Denison from 1934- 1946 and Charles Goldhamer 1948-1954 but sadly both marriages ended in divorce. Although she had appeared as a fold singer on the British Broadcasting Network in England in 1931 it was not until the family was in Canada that she found success. By 1940 she was successful on stage as a solo artist. Her one woman comedy show debuted in New York City in 1948 and there as a U.S., Britain and Australian tour that would be one of many English Language country tours. By 1953 “Anna Russell’s Little Show” was on Broadway, the 1st of several Broadway shows. She also appeared on the Ed Sullivan television show, performed at Carnegie Hall as well as for the Canadian and Metropolitan Opera Companies. Her operatic parodies were famous. Some even said she was the funniest woman in the world. In the 1960’s she retired to Unionville, Ontario , living on a street names in her honour. In the next 2 decades she would come back to the stage in several farewell tours to satisfy public demand. In 1985 her auto biography was published under the title;  I didn’t make this up you know. She spent the last years of her life in Australia. Source: Obituary  by Patrick O’Connor, The Guardian, October 24, 2006.
Eva Tanguay Born Marbleton, Quebec August 1, 1879 * Died January 11, 1947. She began her career on stage at the age of 8. Her true medium was vaudeville and musical comedy. She would become known as the "I don't care girl" after a song "I don't care what happens to me" that she sang in a show called the Chaperons in 1904. In 1912 she was one of the most highly paid women actors in the United States. She made a couple of musical recordings and was the star of two movies Energetic Eva (1916) and The Wild Girl (1918). In 1929 she suffered from ill health and was losing her eyesight forcing her to retire from acting in 1930. In 1953 a movie The I don't care girl was loosely based on her life and career. Evidently her ghost spends time just off stage left in the centre of balcony row at Cohoes Theatre in Albany New York, U.S.A. * Her birth year is sometimes reported as 1878
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Sharon Acker Born Toronto, Ontario April 2, 1935. An actress in movies and television her career spans from the 1950"s through to the late 1980's. A supporting actress she has appeared in such TV shows as Star Trek, Mission Impossible, Cannon, McMillan and Wife, Barnaby Jones, The Rockford Files, Quincy and Murder She Wrote. She also played Della Street in the TV Movie the New Perry Mason.
Pamela Denise Anderson. Born July 1, 1967 Ladysmith, British Columbia. Pamela was an official. Canadian Centennial baby. Sadly she was repeatedly sexually abused by her baby sitter and raped when she was 12 only to be followed by a gang-rape by her boyfriend and his friends when she was just 14.She became a vegetarian in hr teens when she saw her father cleaning an animal he had hunted.  In 1988 she moved to Vancouver, British Columbia to work as a fitness instructor.  Spotted at a football game she was hired by Labatt's Brewing Company as a spokes model In October 1989 she appeared on the cover of Playboy magazine and moved to Los Angeles to further her career as a model. She married muscien Tommy Lee on February 19, 1995 and took the professional name Pamela Anderson Lee until their divorce in 1998. The couple had two sons.  February 1998 she was Playboy's Playmate of the Month and appeared in the magazines centerfold. After augmenting her bust size she would appear in Playboy numerous times in the 1990's and 2000's including a nude pose in January 2016.  Pamela  has been involved with movies and been a popular doing “guest appearances “ on popular TV programs. In 2005 as spokesperson for MAC Cosmetics, MAC AIDS Fund she raised money internationally  for AIDS victims. She has also servd as the celebrity spokesperson for the American Liver Foundation. She had two broken engagements before marrying Kid Rock (Robert J. Ritchie in 2006. but by November she had sued for divorce. She married film Producer Rick Solomon but they parted two months later and yet remarried him only to divorce him again in 2015. She is a vegan and staunch advocate of animal rights. In April 2009 she wrote Vladimir Putin, The Russian President to thank him for banning the slaughter of baby seals. A second letter in 2015 asked him to save the whales and even traveled to Russia to share thoughts on endangered species meeting with Kremlin officials that year and again in 2016. December 2015 she became a Board member of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. In 2018 she starred in a video
Frances Bay Born Dauphin, Manitoba January 1, 1918. Died Tarzana, California, U.S.A. September 15, 2011. She was a young stage actress in Winnipeg and during World War ll she hosted CBC Radio's weekly Everybody's Program for the Canadian Troops. This radio stint earned her the title "Girlfriend of the Canadian Forces". After the war she and her husband Charles lived in New York an Boston where she did more stage work. The couple had one son who committed suicide when her was 23. It was not until she was 60 did Frances find herself immersed in the world of TV and movies. In 1978 she played a small part in the movie Foul Play and both she and the industry became ‘hooked’ on each other. She would go on to become “Hollywood’s Granny” in such movies as The Karate Kid, Twins, Little Red Riding Hood (Faerie Tale Theatre) and Happy Gilmore with Adam Sandler. Her TV Granny appearances were also numerous and included Happy Days, Hill Street Blues, Touched by an Angel and The Golden Girls. In total she has played in over 140 roles. She has also played roles both on and off Broadway stage and regional theatre. Her work has won her 2 Drama Lodge Awards and a Gemini Award for her role in Road to Avonlea. In 2002, as the result of an auto accident, she had to have part of a leg amputated. That same year she suffered the death of her husband Charles. Once recovered and walking with an artificial leg she is back at work and in 2008 she had a star placed on Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto. Source: Online Canada’s Walk of Fame ( accessed July 2008) ; Obituaries. Globe and Mail September 23, 2011
Kirsten Bishopric

Born September 1963, Montreal Quebec. Died  April 15, 2014. As a youth she and her brother Thor both worked as models. Kirsten made her acting debut on the stage at Stratford Theatre, Ontario. At 11 years of age she had a role in a David Croninburg thriller movie. She studied drama at Dawson College, Montreal and in 1983 she spent a year at Stratford. She had a distinctive voice and had numerous jobs doing voice over animation as well as her screen roles for movies and television. Some of her role credits appear under the name Kirsten Bishop. For 20 years she helped others learn acting  in The Monday Night Group in Toronto. She married but did not use her married name Roberts professional. The couple had two sons. Source: Kirsten Bishopric, A distinctive Voice Silenced Too Soon by Fred Langan. The Globe and Mail June 4, 2014. Suggested by June Coxon, Ottawa, Ontario.

Rachel Blanchard. Born March 19, 1976 Toronto, Ontario, She started her career in a McDonald’s commercial! She appeared in “Are You Afraid of the Dark? ” before she landed her current role in the series “Clueless". Other movies she has appeared in are "Road Trip" , "Nailed" (2001) and "Wild Dogs" (2002).
Nanette Bordeaux. Born St Georges, Quebec April 3, 1911. Died September 20, 1956. Her real name was Helene Olivine Veilleux. She was an actress who is perhaps best remembered for roles she played in a series of movies with the Three Stooges in the early 1950's. 
Genevieve Bujold. Born July 1, 1942 Montreal, Quebec. She trained at the Quebec Conservatory of Dramatic Art and began her acting career in French Canadian theater makin her debut in 1962. During a trip to Europe she was 'noticed' by French director Alain Resnais who placed her in several of his films. Returning to Canada she married film director Paul Almond in 1967.The couple had one son.  Her husband placed her in three films including Isabel in 1968 and the Act of the Heart in 1970 which won the Canadian Film Award for Best Actress. She has received recognition for her dramatic talents with a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama) and an Oscar nomination for the role in Anne of a Thousand Days. released in 1969. In 1973 she again won Best Actress from the Canadian Film Awards for her role in Claude Jutra's Kamouraska. Divorced in 1973 the couple worked again in Final Assignment in 1980 and The Dance Goes On in 1991. She won a Genie Award in 1980 as Best supporting Actress and in 1981 for Performance by an Actress in a leading role which she earned again in 1989, 1994, and1998.   She acted in numerous films in the 1970's and early 1980's with top male stars of Hollywood. After a long departure she returned to Quebec to be in two films by Michael Brault. She has continued to work mainly in independent films. In 2010 she earned the Best Performance by a Female from the Canadian Comedy Awards for The Trotsky. In 2013 The Canadian Screen Awards honoured her with Performance by and Actress in a Leading Role in Still Mine.
Neve Campbell. Born Guelph, Ontario October 3, 1973. This Canadian starlet is making a name for herself in acting in television (Party of Five) and some 30 movies. She has even played a real princess, Elizabeth Windsor in Churchill: the Hollywood years.(2004) .She has also written scripts for movies and is a known producer of movies.
Tantoo Cardinal Born July 20, 1950 Fort McMurray, Alberta. Tantoo has become one of North America’s most widely recognized Métis actors. In 1968 she married Fred Martin.  She has earned a Grammy award for her work as a guest appearance on the TV program North of 60, one of numerous television shows in which she has appeared. She has also appeared in numerous films including Dances With Wolves. She has also won the American Indian Festival, Best Actress, and the 1st Rudy Martin Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Native American in film for Legends of the Fall. In 1991 Maclean’s Magazine declared her Actress of the Year. In 2002 she was inducted as a Member of the Order of Canada 'for her contributions to the growth and development of Aboriginal performing Arts in Canada, as a screen and stage actress, and as a founding member of the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company. Tantoo has her hands in cement on Neka'new'ak: The Aboriginal Walk of Honour, Edmonton, Alberta. On August 3, 2011 she and fellow Canadian actor Margot Kidder (1948-2018) were arrested with others for protesting the proposed extension of the Keystone Pipeline. In 2017 she received the Earle Grey Award for lifetime achievement from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.
Kim Victoria Cattral Born August 21, 1956 Mossley Hill, Liverpool, England. She immigrated as an infant with her family to Courtney, British Columbia. At 11 she lived with her grandmother in England and studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Returning to Canada she completed High School and earned a scholarship at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. She made her movie debut with director Otto Premanger in Rosebud in 1975. She then worked in television series including Quincy, Columbo and The Hulk before returning to the movies and live theatre. She has enjoyed stage work in both the U.S.A and in England. She has been married three times: 1977 to Larry Davis; in 1982 to Andre J. Lyson and in 1998 through 2004 to audio designer Mark Levinson. She has earned numerous awards including a Genie Award for best leading lady in 1980, 2 Gemini Awards (2006 and 2010) ad a 2010 Razzie award with co-stars for worst actresses in Sex in the City 2. On September 9, 2009 she received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto.
Sarah Chalke. Born Ottawa, Ontario August 27, 1976. Beginning with children's television shows, Sarah got her break in 1996 when she became Becky # 2 on Roseanne, the popular television show about the Connor family . She has appeared in movies and television, including Ernest Goes to School;  Beyond Obsession;  Dead Man's Gun; and Neon Rider. When not acting Sarah can be found on the ski slopes where she is a qualified instructor.
Rae Dawn Chong  Born February 28, 1961 (sometimes reported as 1962) Edmonton, Alberta.  She began her movie career with a movie in which there was no dialogue! Quest for Fire which premiered in 1981. She has appeared in numerous movies including the Color Purple in 1985 and Far Out Man in 1990. She married Owen Bayliss and the Couple had one son divorcing in 1982. In 1989 she married actor C. Thomas Howell, a co-star in the movie Soul Man. Divorced she married Nathan Ulrich but again the marriage ended in divorce in 2014.  She also appeared with her father in Cheech & Chong's the Corsican Brothers. Her career to 2013 had spanned roles in some 40 movies. and numerous appearances on TV show including many recurring. (2017) 
Elisha Cuthbert

Born Calgary, Alberta November 30, 1982 Raised in Vancouver the family moved to Montreal when she was 11. She had begun to model children’s cloths when she was seven and by 11 she knew she wanted to act. She became noticed on TV at 15 when she landed a globe trotting reporting role with Popular Mechanics for Kids. After high school she headed for Los Angeles and Hollywood. It was not long before she was cast as the daughter, Kim Bauer in the series 24. Her photos began to appear on the covers of magazines. In 2001 she earned a Gemini Award for her work in the movie Lucky Girl. In 2004 she landed her first staring role in the innocent comedy movie The Girl Next Door. In 2004 she filmed in Australia for the move House of Wax. 2005 found her at the Toronto Film Festival with the premier of The Quiet  and 2007 found her in another horror film Captivity. 2008 brought her back to TV with the mini series Guns. Being brought up in Canada she loves hockey. In fact her mother and brother are active players. She prefers to stay off the ice and enjoys seasons tickets to Kings Games.

Dorothy Davies Born Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A. Died March 27, 2002. She worked as a radio actress, script writer and director on the CBC radio serial The Carson Family from 1947 through 1965. She was an original member of the Totem and Everyman Theatres which were early professional troupes. In 1955 she won the Dominion Drama Festival Award with a UBC Alumni production of The Crucible. She was the first recipient of the Jessie Richardson Award for lifetime achievement. She also won the Sam Payne Award for developing young talent. She was a charter member of the British Columbia Entertainment Hall of Fame. Source. The History of Metropolitan Vancouver – Hall of Fame http://www.vancouverhistory.ca (accessed June 19, 2009.)
Yvonne De Carlo. née Middleton. Born September 1, 1922 West Point Grey (now Vancouver), British Columbia. Died January 8, 2007 Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.. Her mother was Marie De Carlo who was an aspiring actress. Her father abandoned the family when Yvonne was 3 years old and she went to live with her grandparents. At ten she and her mother were in Hollywood, California and she began dance school until their visas expired and they returned to Vancouver. Mother and daughter made many trips to Los Angeles where Yvonne entered beauty pageants.  In 1941 with dancer and showman Nils Granlund pledging his sponsorship and offer of steady work Yvonne was back in the U.S.A. Within the year she quite dancing and landed her 1st movie role in Harvard, Here I Come.  She never looked back and had sang, danced and acted her way through 95 movie roles during her career. Television roles were also numerous on westerns Bonanza and The Virginian, but she perhaps left her most distinctive mark as Lily on the TV hit show The Munsters. In 1957 she earned a BoxOffice Blue Ribbon Award for her role in the Ten Commandments and again in 1964 for McLintock. In 1960 she was awarded two stars, one for movies and one for TV, on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Yvonne had a daughter from her 1st marriage and she married for a second time Bruce Ross in 1955 and the couple had two sons, they divorced in 1974. In 1987 she won the Fantafestival Award as Best Actress in American Gothic.
Adelaide 'Laddie' Dennis

Born Adelaide Margaret Eleanor Marie Boissonearu, Winnipeg Manitoba May 7, 1920 Died February 22, 2009. The outgoing young Laddie took courses and performed at the Montreal Repertory Theatre. Moving to Toronto,. Adopting  her mother’s maiden name. she  took a fashion model position which  lead her to fashion commentary. She  became a writer and on-air-host for the Laura Secord Music Box show,  CFRB Radio. She worked with Monty Hall (later a famous U.S. game show host of Let’s Make a Deal) and acted in CBC radio dramas along with doing hundreds of radio commercials. In 1946 Laddie wore dark pancake make-up, brown lipstick and green nail polish to provide the best image on demonstration Television sponsored by Eaton’s Department Stores. In 1951 she married novelist/editor James Burke  The romance lasted 55 years. She became the first Canadian woman to appear on Canadian TV, September 8, 1952.  Laddie was named  Liberty Magazine’s 1955 TV Demonstrator of the Year. After a brush with cancer, Laddie found a job with regular hours from 1970-1985 as Director, Public Relations  Scarborough Public Libraries. On vacation she travelled to Morocco. Upon return she sold her travel story. Thus began a journalistic career that would cover 80 countries.  She was presented with the first Lifetime Achievement Award , 2001 by the Travel Media Association of Canada. Sources: Northern Stars.ca (accessed March 2009): Canadian Broadcast Museum Foundation Http://www.cbmf-fmcr.ca/Newsletter/march 2009/laddie.php (Accessed March 2009) ; Personal knowledge.

Susan Douglas Born Vienna, Austria. March 13, 1928. As an actress she has enjoyed a highly successful Broadway career where she won the Donaldson Award for Best Supporting Performance in 1946. Breaking into American TV she played the character "Kathy" for ten years on the daytime drama Guiding Light. Moving to Canada with her husband Jan Rubes she continued her acting career while raising her family of three sons. She also returned time to her profession and founded the Young Peoples Theatre in 1965. In 1979 she became head of Radio Drams for CBC Drama Canada. She was aboard member of the St Lawrence Centre in Toronto and the Ontario Arts Council. She was awarded the Order of Canada in 1977 and was Woman of the Year of the Toronto B'nai Brith in 1979.
Edna Mae "Deanna" Durbin. Deanna Durbin. real name Edna Mae Durbin.  Born December 4, 1921 Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Died April 20, 2013. Known as 'Winnipeg’s Sweetheart', this glamour actress of the 1930’s and 1940’s had a real star status in Hollywood. She began her career in 1926 and had 23 credits behind her by 1948. In 1938, at 17, she was awarded at he Academy Juvenile Award. IN 1941 Deanna married assistant movie director, Vaughn Paul  and they divorced in 1943. In 1945 she married a second time to writer/actor Felix Jackson (1902-1992) and the couple had one daughter but were divorced by 1949. Then she simply dropped out of the Hollywood life.  In 1950 she married producer/director Charles Henri David (died 1999) and the couple lived in a farmhouse near Paris, France with her daughter and their son.  She has not given an interview of any kind since she “dropped acting” up until her death  fan mail was still sent to the reclusive actress..
Denise Filiatrault. Born May 16, 1932. An actress, director and writer, most of her work has been done in the French language. One of her TV series Moi et l'autre was considered the biggest comedy hit in the History of Quebec TV. Her stage productions earned her acclaim and awards. Her first film C't'a ton tour Laura Cadieux was so successful that it required a sequel, Laura is Back or Laura Cadieux...la suite!
Megan Elizabeth Laura Diana Follows. Megan Elizabeth Laura Diana Follows. Born March 14, 1968 Toronto, Ontario. Megan began her career when she was nine years old and earned a spot in a Bell Canada commercial. She went on with TV roles and in 1883 she starred in a short film, Boys and Girls which won an Academy Award for Best short Subject. In December 1985 Megan became a household name in Canada as six million viewers tuned in to the CBC to watch her Gemini Award winning performance as Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables and two of its sequels. Since then she has appeared in numerous TV and screen movies, as well as live theatre and documentaries .In 1990 she earned a Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.  In 2000 she returned to the role of Anne in a controversial adaptation of the life of the adult Anne in a CBC mini series. That same year she took on live stage rolls with the Toronto Soulpepper Theatre Company. She married Christopher Porter in 1991 and is the mother of a son and a daughter. She has been in a long term relations ship with Stuart Hughes which broke up in 2010. She has been active as a spokesperson for World Vision Canada and in 2007 she was in Cambodia to film Small Voices: Stories of Cambodia's Children documenting children living on the street and in garbage dumps.  From 2013-2017 she stared in the TV series Reign.  In 2015, 2016 and 2017 she was awarded from the Canadian Screen Awards, Best performance by and Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series  and Best Performance by and Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role. 
Diane Foster Born Edmonton, Alberta October 31, 1928. In the 1950's and 1960's she established herself as an actress in some 20 movies. In the 1960's she was in demand to appear in guest roles in television. She appeared in some 50 different roles in such main time shows as The Wild Wild West, Parry Mason, The Big Valley, My Three Sons, Ben Casey and The Fugitive. By the 1970's she became more interested in play the role of mother to her three children. She has also expressed her talents as an artist and an accomplished musician.
Rosemary Forsyth. Born July 6, 1943  Montreal, Quebec. This actor has appeared in numerous movies since she began her career in 1965 in the role of Bronwyn apposite Charleton Heston in The War Lord and James Steward in Shenandoah. That year she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year - Actress. She married three times.1966 to 1975 she married Michael Tolan and the couple had a daughter. In 1972 to 1975 she was married to Ron Waranch. In 1980 to 1983 she was married to  Alan Horowitz;  Maternity leave caused a crimp in her career but she maintained her career with numerous guest appearances with day time drama in TV series such as Days of Our Lives and General Hospital and with prime time evening television shows such as NYPD Blue, Monk, and Without a Trace. In 2003 she was elected to the Board of Directors of the Screen Actor's Guild. (2018)
Nicole Germain née Marcelle Landreau. Born November 29, 1917. Died February 11, 1994. Nicole began her acting career in 1939 on radio and was voted the French Canadian Miss Radio in 1946. She enjoyed a successful career in French language films in the 1940’0 and 1950’s. By the mid 1950’s she was a television journalist and moderator. She was co-chairman of the 1960 Christmas Gift Campaign for the Quebec Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association which raised gifts for Quebec's hospitalized mentally ill. For her efforts to promote the French Language she was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 1974. (2017)
Luba Goy Born November 8, 1945 Haltern, Germany. Luba's family immigrated to Canada in 1951 and settled in Ottawa, Ontario. This petite (she is only 1.5 meters tall) comedienne  graduated from Montreal's National Theatre School. She began her acting career on stage at the Stratford Theatre in Ontario. In the 1980's she was featured in an education series of TV shows on computers called Bits and Bites which aired throughout north America on Public Television stations. She went on and worked on such shows as Bizarre and did some of the voices in Care Bear animated features. She became a welcome addition to Air Farce where she is known for her impersonations of Sheila Copps, Pamela Wallin, Hanna Gartner,  Queen Elizabeth, Kim Campbell, and even Donald Duck. . As part of the Air Farce tem she has won 15 ACTRA Awards, a Juno, the Maclean's Honour roll and was one of the 1st Canadians inducted into the International Humour Hall of Fame. In 1996 she received the Outstanding Achievement Award from Women in Film and Television  Air Farce won in 1998 the Governor General's Award for Performing Arts. for Lifetime Artistic Achievement. She speaks Ukrainian fluently and has been featured in Ukrainian films.  In May 2012 she debuted he one-person show LUBA, Simply Luba at the Berkeley Street Theatre in Toronto, Ontario. She does not like to publish the year of her birth.
Shalom Harlow Born December 5, 1973 Oshawa, Ontario. As a child she studied dance, mainly ballet and tap but knew that this was not for her. She began a successful modeling career right out of high school. She was the 1st winner of the Vogue/VH1’s Model of the Year Award. She is the spokesperson for Channel’s Coco fragrance. In 2007 Forbes named her on of the World’s 15 top earning supermodels. In 1997 she began appearing in movies and has appeared in numerous films to date, would you believe in 2007 she appeared in Alvin and the Chipmunks! She Has also appeared on television.
Ocean Hellman Born Victoria, British Columbia November 8, 1971. Her full name is actually Crystal Ocean Supri Heavenly Blue Sky Hellman! She began her career at 3 years of age when she appeared on a television commercial. She progressed to a brief child's role in a TV film with actress Jane Seymour that was filmed in Vancouver. Her first lasting and notable role would be as Nicole Roberts in the Canadian TV series Danger Bay in the 1980's. She continued her career, being in demand for numerous TV guest appearances in such successful shows as Northern Exposure, The Highlander, The Outer Limits and Crossing Jordan.
Jillian Hennessy. Born November 25, 1969 Edmonton, Alberta.  Jillian has an identical twin sister Jacqueline. The girls were partially raised in Kitchener, Ontario by their grandmother. She is multi lingual speaking Italian, French, Spanish, and German. The twin girls played call girls in 1988 film Dead Ringers. but it was Jillian who became an actress of several movies, such as Robocop and TV presence on in  dramatic roles in Law & Order and Crossing Jordan which ran for 6 seasons. In 1990 she debuted in the Broadway musical Buddy.- the Buddy Holly Story. In 2000 she wrote, produced and co-directed the independent film The Acting Class. That same year she married Paolo Mastropietro. The couple has two children. In 2001 she played Jackie Kennedy in the film Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot. June 9, 2007 she received a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto. She plays guitar and as a singer cut her 1st album in 2003 and she had brought out her second album I DO  in 2011 for which she wrote all the songs.
Natasha Henstringe. Born Springdale, Newfoundland August 15, 1974.  To begin her career as a model in Paris, France she had to leave home at the age of 14. She burst onto the movie scene in 1995 in the film “Species”.  She had 2 roles in 1992 and 5 roles, including “Species II” in 1998. “Caracara” is a 1999 release and  in 2000 is the “The Whole Nine Yards”.
Allison Hossack. Born January 26, 1965 Steinbach, Manitoba. Allison graduated from Brandon University in Manitoba in 1988 earning a Bachelor of Music. After graduation she was offered a part in the daytime TV series Another Word which she appeared in to 1992. She also has had roles in Cobra, Profit, Hope Island, and in 2004 Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital. She has also appeared in such Canadian productions Da Vinci's Inquest, and Falcon Beach in 2006. She has made guest appearances through the years in numerous TV shows including The Killing and in 2017 The Good Witch. Allison makes her home in Toronto. (2018)
Catherine 'Cathy' Theresa Mary Andrea Jones Born April 6, 1955 St. John’s, Newfoundland. At 17 she worked touring for the summer with the Newfoundland Traveling Theatre Company and the following year she relocated to Toronto, Ontario for more theatre work. In 1973 she and her thespian friends for med CODCO, a Canadian comedy troupe. In 1992, along with Rick Mercer, she was part of the group that created the TV series This Hour has 22 Minutes. She has played numerous roles of both men and women on the show. She has earned 18 Gemini Awards and three Canadian comedy awards for Best Writing in a Comedy Series for her work on 22 Minutes and CODCO. From 1996 through 1999 she was married to Paul Hannon and the couple had two children. She toured with a one woman show; Wedding in Texas and Me, Dad and The Hundred Boyfriends. In film  in made for TV films Secret Nation and Bruce McDonald’s Wierdos. In 2006 the TV series on CBC Life and Times aired Keeping up with Cathy Jones. (2017)
Stana Kastic Born April 26, 1978, Hamilton, Ontario. Her family moved several times between the U.S.A. and Canada. She attended the University of Toronto studying international law and global economics. No doubt her ability to speak fluently four languages, English, French, Italian and Serbian was a help in her studies. In 2000-2002 she attended the De Paul University Goodman School of Drama. She earned bit parts in numerous TV series such as The Shield, JAG and ER. In 2009 she took lead role as detective Kate Beckett in the crime drama series Castle. In 2008 she established her own production company Sine Tinmore Productions which means “without fear”. She has earned numerous awards and been on many red carpets in the business At the 40th People’s Choice Awards she won Favorite Dramatic TV Actor and the show Castle won Favourite TV Crime Drama. In 2010 she started a global initiative The Alternative Travel Project, encouraging and challenging  people to be car free just for one day.
Tina Keeper Born March 20, 1962 Winnipeg,  Manitoba. In 1982 she had her 1st introduction with theatre when her sister recruited her to help with wardrobe in a First Nations theatre group. She attended the University of Manitoba earning a degree with a double major in theatre and history. Appeared in the acclaimed CBC TV series North of 60 winning three Gemini Award nominations for her role and in 1997 winning a Gemini for Best Actress in a Continuing Television Series. In 1998 she won the American Indian Film Festival Award for Best Actress for the same character played in a movie In the Blue Ground. Tina has also hosted the Sharing Circle for the Manitoba Television Network and Hot Topics for the Woman’s Television Network. She had also directed documentary films for the National Film Board. In 2006 she was elected as the Candidate for Churchill, Manitoba in the Canadian parliament and served as the Official Opposition Critic for Public Health and Canadian Heritage and as Special Advisor for aboriginal Outreach. She had served as chairperson of the board of trustees for the Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Foundation as well as being a member of the advisory committee to Red Cross Manitoba, the order of Manitoba and Canadians for a New Partnership. She is a member of the Order of Canada. Leaving politics in 2008 she has served as president of Kistikan Pictures and produced the residential school themed ballet Going Home Star and the APTN series Cashing in.  In 2017 she was named Woman of the year by ACTRA, the union for professional performers.
Julie Khaner. Born Montreal, Quebec December 5, 1957. This accomplished actor played Alana on Street Legal (CBC series) and Emily on Jake and the Kid ( Global TV Series). She is also a regular on the CBC series Newsroom. Her TV guest roles have included Aderly, Night Heat, My Secret Identity and many more. She also enjoys live stage work and has played various roles at the famous Stratford Festival located in Ontario.
Margaret Ruth Kidder. Born Yellowknife, Northwest Territories October 17, 1948.  This youth from the Northwest Territories was to date  Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau in real life and become the girl friend of Superman in the movies. She appeared in all IV of the Superman movies. She has over 80 movie and major TV productions to her credit.  Did you know that the comic book characters of Superman and Lois Lane were the idea of a young Canadian artist? Look it up!
Mia Kirshner Born January 25, 1975 (some sources say 1976) Toronto, Ontario.  Mia studied Russian literature and movie industry history at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec. Mia made her debut in film in 1993 in the film Love and Human Remains. By 2001 she appeared in episodes of the TV series 24 as well as in movies. From 2004 through 2009 she was part of the cast of the drama series The L Word. In 2006 she successfully stared in The Black Dahlia. In 2008 she published the book; I live Here, stories of woman and children refugees and gave the proceeds to Amnesty International.  In 2011 she voiced the title character in Bear 71 from the National Film Board of Canada. In 2012 she was on the series Defiance and in 2013 she was guest staring on the TV series Lost Girl (2018)
Marilyn Iris 'Mimi' Kuzyk Born February 21, 1952 Winnipeg, Manitoba. As a child she loved dance and joined the Russia Folk Ensemble where she danced and was a choreographer for fifteen years and briefly studied Jazz dance at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. Happiest when she was on the stage she relocated to Toronto in 1977 to pursue acting as a career. She first appeared in commercials which led to small TV roles and then relocating to Los Angeles in 1983 she landed recurring TV roles on successful TV shows such as Hill Street Blues. She also had a successful movie career beginning in 1984 with the film He’s Fired, She’s Fired. Her career has  included earning a Genie nomination for Best Supporting Actress. In 2013 she entered the would of video games. She has married twice to Don Cilinsky and in 1996 to Manolin Kourtikakis and has one daughter. In 1994 she relocated to Toronto appearing with Donald Sutherland in a made for TV movie. She also returned to police presence on TV in the 2001-2004 series Blue Murder where she earned two Gemini Award nominations again for best supporting actress. She continues to work on TV shows and movies in Canada. (2018)
Micheline Lanctot Born May 12, 1947 Frelighsburg, Quebec. After high school Micheline attended the College Jésus-Marie d’Outremont and then the Université de Montréal. She began acting in 1972 winning an Etrog Award for best female performance for her work in the film La vrai nature be Bernadette. She continued to have major roles in both French and English language movies and form 1977 through 1980 she starred in the TV series Jamais deux sans toi.  In 1976 she directed an animated film for the National Film Board of Canada and began directing live action films in 1980. Her work as a director has been recognized with a Genie a Silver Lion Award from the Venice Film Festival in 1994.  In 1994 she directed the film Oleanna. She has also written about her industry and the role of women in Quebec. She has also author novels and film scripts. In 2003 she received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for lifetime achievement. (2018)
Carole Laure. Born August 5, 1951, Shawinigan, Quebec. She began a career as a teacher but did not find it to her liking. In 1971 she appeared in her 1st movie Mon enfance à Montréal and has a distinguished career not only in French language films and television but also in English language films. In 1980 she appeared in a dinging role in the filmmsical Fantastica. Here solo singing career is like her acting, bilingual with single discs and LP’s in both languages. (updated Sept 1, 2014)
Ruta Lee. née Kilmonis. Born May 30,1936 Montreal, Quebec. In 1948 she moved to Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. where she studied at Hollywood High School and Los Angeles City College and the University of California. Her 1st TV appearance was as a guest on the George Burns and Gracie Allen show and then the Roy Rogers Show.  This actress began her career in films in 1954 in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.  She has mainly appeared in lesser-known films such as Pterodactyl Women from Beverly Hills. She also continued to appear in numerous TV shows and was popular on TV western and TV detective shows. She made regular appearances on Game shows such as Hollywood Squares. In 1974 she hosted the show High Rollers for two years.In 1976 she married Webster B. 'Webb' Lowe Jr., a restaurant executive.  During the 1980's she did voice for cartoon shows such as the Flintstones and the Smurfs. Turning to the live stage she performed extensively in such musicals as Peter Pan. In the 1990's she once again did numerous guest appearances on TV .In 1995 a Golden Palm Star was placed for her on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.  In 2002 she earned a Golden Boot Award for her work on western TV shows. In 2006 she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In the 2000's she once again took to stage work. On August 24 she was inducted into the National Lithuanian American Hall of Fame.
Anne Marie Loder Born St John's, Newfoundland August 3, 1969. An accomplished TV and Movie actor, she always wanted to act. She took local classes in St John’s Newfoundland until she discovered theatre school. After university she attended the Ryerson Theatre School for Acting in Toronto.
Mari-Lou MacDonald

Born circa 1941, perhaps in Toronto, Ontario. She was a model and actress who in the mid 1960’s was introduced to skydiving by Canadian champion  skydiver Darrell Henry. In May 1964 she placed second in several women’s sky diving events at the National Championships and in July 1966 she was overall Champion woman skydiver. In September 1964 she became the 1st woman skydiver to perform in the Royal Canadian Air Force’s international Air Show at the Canadian National Exhibition. She was not only an actor but she was a stunt woman for movies, television and commercials. In 1970 Life magazine did a photo layout of some of Mari-Lou’s achievements.  Sources: Mari-Lou MacDonald TV.Com (Accessed June 2015) ; Life Magazine September 25, 1970 Online, (accessed June 2015) ; Ottawa Citizen September 2, 1962 Online, (accessed June 2015) Suggestion submitted by Bernard Pelletier.

Andrea Martin Born Portland, Maine U.S.A. January 15,1947. This mother of two boys is well remembered for her work on Second City TV, Kate and Allie and Sesame Street.  She has had guest appearances since the 1950’s in such series as Maverick, Carol Barnet Show, Superman and doing voices on The Simpson’s. She has won two Emmy awards for her program writing and she won a Tony award for  My favorite year.
Lois Maxwell. Born Kitchener, Ontario February 14, 1927. During her acting career she also used the name Lois Hooker. While she is credited with some 68 roles in movies and TV she will perhaps be best remembered for her portrayal in the Ian Fleming James Bond films as Miss Moneypenny.
Rachel Anne McAdams Born November 17, 1978, London, Ontario. She began to show an interest in acting at the age of 7 but her artistic talents were originally brought out as a competitive figure skater. By the age of 13 she was performing Shakespeare at summer theatre camp. In high school she was active on the Student Council, participated in Crimestoppers and was a member of the Per Help Group. In the summers she worked at McDonald’s  fast food restaurants. In 1995 she received an award for appearing in an one act school play at the Sears Drama Festival. In 1998 she was working  on a Disney series. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from York University, Toronto, in 2001. She starred in the Time Traveler’s Wife which won  Best Breakthrough movie award at the National Movie Awards and in 2011 Sherlock Holmes which won the Best Action / Thriller Award. Well her career became noticed by the fans in Mean Girls she has appeared in numerous comedy and romantic comedy films. An active environmentalist she is a co-founder of www.greenissexy.org which helps raise awareness about the environment. She lives in Toronto, preferring to travel rather than live in Los Angeles when required to work there. Sources: imdb.com Accessed February 2012
Allyn Ann McLerie. Allyn Ann McLerie. Born December 1 1926 Grand Mere, Quebec. Allyn and her widowed mother moved to the United States when she was just one year old. Allyn  become an actress having made films from the 1940's through to the 1980's. A listing of her TV appearances is like a listing of the classics, Bonanza, The Walton's and Dynasty to name a few of the shows in which she appeared. She married Adolph Green a lyricist in 1945 but they divorce in 1953. She married a second time to actor George Gaynes (1917-2016) and the couple had two children. She retired from acting in 1993.
Monique Mercure. Born Montreal, Quebec November 14, 1930. This actress who now heads up the national Theatre School has acted the classics but also retained an active interest in new works of our writers and directors.  She has won the Palm d’Or for best actress at the world famous Cannes film festival. In 1992 she won a Genie for best supporting actress in “Naked Lunch”.  She is an Officer in the Order of Canada.
Ramona Milano. Born November 9, 1969 Nobelton, Ontario. Before entering the Drama program at Humber College she worked on stage at Canada’s Wonderland theme park located just outside of Toronto, Ontario. On June 25, 1994 she married Fabio D'agostino and the couple have one  child. She has appeared mainly on Television and maybe best known for work  as Francesca on the TV series Due South for which she was nominated twice for Gemini Awards in 1997 an 1998.   She has appeared in roles in addition TV series as well as commercials for various Canadian companies. Ramona has co-hosted Living Romance on the W Television network. She has also enjoyed appearing on state in Sudbury, Ontario, Hamilton, Ontario  and Toronto, Ontario.
Gabrielle Miller Birth name Gabrielle Sunshine Miller. Born Vancouver, British Columbia November 9, 1973. As a teen she worked at many odd jobs including being a gas station attendant. She gave up working at her mother’s house cleaning business and attended the Breck Academy of the Performing arts in B.C. By 2008 she has had over 50 different TV and movie credits, won 3 Leo awards and had maintained key roles in Robinson Arms and the Award winning Corner Gas, the highest rated television program in Canadian history. She shares her time between Los Angeles and Vancouver for her work and yet finds time to do charity time as well. In 2007 she travelled to Mali with World Vision and handed out trees, piglets and clean water to villages. She is also the spokes person for the VELA Association, a non-profit organization helping people with disabilities. She enjoys time with her dog Duncan and regularly works out with a boxing coach. Definitely a rising Canadian star to watch. Source: Official Gabrielle Miller web site www>gabriellemiller.ca (accessed June 2008)
Ilana Miller Born Toronto, Ontario January 21, 1979. This Toronto actress began her career in the 1989 revitalization of Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Club.  She has also appeared as Cindy "Mac" MacNamera in the TV series Emerald Cove. Watch for this up and coming talent. 
Belinda Montgomery Born July 23, 1950 Winnipeg, Manitoba. When she was 11 her family moved to England for a couple of years before settling in Highland Creek, a village east of Toronto, Ontario. She and her brother modeled for the Sears catalogue as children and did some work for the CBC TV. While still a teen she was in Hollywood as a popular youth actor. One of her earliest appearances was in the TV Western the Virginian. She became popular on the TV – Movie circuit and shared billing with some of the top talents such as George Pepard, Pernell Roberts, Jessica Walter, and Ida Lupino. She had numerous appearances on the top TV series of the 1970’s and 1980’s; Marcus Welby, Medical Centre, Love Boat, Man from Atlantis, Trapper John MD , to name a few. She had a recurring role as the ex-wife of the character Crockett (Don Johnson)  in Miami Vice and played the mother on Doogie Houser, M.D.  She appears less often in T. V. series in the 1990’s and 2000.s. From the time she sold her first piece of art work at 11, Belinda continued to relax and express herself with painting. She works in both acrylic and watercolours and now enjoys having shows of her works.  Sources: Belinda Montgomery web site (Accessed January 2012) ; imdb.com (Accessed January 2012)
Margaret 'Maggie' Glenesk Beal Morris

née Morris. Born December 10, 1925 Died September 4, 2014, Toronto, Ontario. At 14 she was sent from England to Winnipeg, Manitoba as an evacuee child to protect her from the ravages of World War ll. She was chosen to participate in a Christmas telephone hook –up between refugee children in Canada and their British parents back home in England. At 18 she returned to the United Kingdom and completed studies as a nurse and midwife. While visiting Winnipeg to be a bridesmaid for a friend she met and fell in love with the grooms brother Victor Morris and they married in 1950. She became involved with the local theatre and radio drama at CBC Winnipeg. Resettling in Ottawa but the marriage broke down and she became a single mother to her two daughters. She worked on the CBC TV show Diplomatic Passport interviewing foreign diplomats. She won a position with CBC Toronto on the TV quiz show Flashback and held that position from 1962-1968. She became popular with her audiences and received five fan mail letters to one received by male counterparts. In 1970 she was let go from CBC because of her “Precious pronunciation” and strange style. She worked in Public Relations at Bell Canada and was the voice for the message “ the number you have dialed…”In 1971 she married for a second time to Stanley Smolensky and the couple settled in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A. Sadly Stanley died within 5 months of their marriage and Maggie returned to work in Public Relations for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. In later years she worked recording audio books. Source: Globe and Mail September, 2014. Suggested By June Coxon, Ottawa, Ontario.

Carrie-Anne Moss. Born Vancouver, British Columbia August 21, 1970. While modeling in Europe she obtained a movie role in a film being done in Spain. This actress is just beginning her career with appearances in TV and movies since 1991.  She was in the TV series “Dark Justice” (19910, “Matrix” (1993). “Models Inc.” (1994) and F/X the Series (1996).
Kate Patricia Colleen Nelligan. Born March 16, 1950 London, Ontario. Kate began studies at York University but switched to the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England. .  She was born in London, Ontario, and studied at York University and in London, England. She began her stage career in Bristol, England. and appeared in the British TV series The Onedin Line. In 1974 she joined the Comedy Theatre and later the National Theatre Company.  As an actress, she has appeared in films for over 30 years. She is at home in both cinema and TV. In the movie Up Close and Personal she worked along side of leading actor Robert Redford. A count shows 29 movies and TV productions since 1990 alone! In 1991 she earned a British Academy of Film and Television Arts  (BAFTA) for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. In 1993 she won a Gemini Award. She has also received Toni nominations for her work on Broadway. She has also worked on several TV specials including the mini series A Wrinkle in Time in 2002.
Sandra Oh Born Nepean (Ottawa) Ontario November 30, 1970. She began her career as a ballet dancer and eventually studied drama at the National Theatre School in Montreal. She then starred in a London Ontario stage production before moving to television in 1993. She has been recognized with several awards including the FIPA d'Or for Best Actress in 1994 Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels at Cannes, France, two Genie awards, a Cable Ace Award, A theatre World Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. In 2003 she married writer-director Alexander Payne and in 2004 there were in their first film together, the Oscar-winning Sideways. In 2005 she began a TV series called Gray's Anatomy. She has a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto.
Catherine Anne O’Hara. Born March 4,1954 Toronto, Ontario. She was a waitress at the Firehall Theatre in Toronto when she convinced Canadian actor John Candy to listen to her comedy routine. She joined the Second City TV troupe in 1973.  She began her film career in 1980 and has appeared in such films as Beetlejuice, Dick Tracey, Home Alone, and such TV series as Tales From the Crypt. In 1981 she won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series. In 1988 she had the staring role in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice. In 1992 she married production designer Bo Welch and the couple have two sons. She has also stared in additional Tim Burton productions including the Nightmare Before Christmas and Frankenweenie. In 2000 she won a Genie Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in the film the Life Before This. She played the mother in the two Home Alone movies. After 2000 she has done mainly voice over work for animated stories. In 2001 she won the Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture from the American Comedy Awards. In 2006 she won the National Film Board Review for Best Supporting Actress in For Your Consideration.  In 2016 she was playing in the series Schitt's Creek.  and won the Canadian Screen Award for Bst Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role for this series. Her role also garnered her an ACTRA Toronto Award for Outstanding Performance.  She has won two Canadian Screen Awards for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, at the 4th Canadian Screen Awards in 2016 and the 5th Canadian Screen Awards in 2017.

Anna Paquin. Born July 24, 1982 Winnipeg, Manitoba. She lived in New Zealand when her family moved there in 1986. She left Columbia University, New York, U.S.A. after a year of studies to focus on her acting career. This young actress won her 1st Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at 11 years old for her 1st film The Piano in 1993.  By 2018 she had appeared in some 20 movies since her debut. She graduated from Windward School in West Los Angeles, California in June 2000. She completed the school's community service requirement by working in an LA soup kitchen and at a special education center. In 2001 In 2001 she receive an Award from the Online Film Critics Society for her role in Almost Famous. In 2005 she earned the Gotham Independent Film Award for the Squid and the Whale. In 2008 she way the Satellite Award for her performance in True Blood and in  2009 she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance in by an Actress in a Television Drama Series, True Blood. Anna enjoys music and she plays both the piano and the cello. August 21, 2010 Anna married actor, Stephen Moyer, becoming stepmother to his two children. (2018)
Mary Pickford Born Toronto, Ontario April 8, 1892 . Died May 29, 1979. She began her screen career in the silent films in 1909.. As an actress she stands above the rest of her era and earned herself a Best Actress Academy Award (1929) at the second annual event.. Her sweet girlish looks and her long ringlets endeared her to the the fans who knew her as "America's Sweetheart". Her dedication to realism in her work sometimes meant getting down into real mud! Her talents went beyond her sincerity and heart melting appearance. She entered the film industry and became Hollywood's first female businesswoman "movie mogul" creating with her colleagues United Artists Studios. She was the first woman to make $1,000,000.00 a year!!! She remained to the end of her life, proud of her Canadian heritage.
Amanda Michael Plummer Born March 23, 1957 New York, New York, U.S.A. Amanda is the daughter of Canadian actor Christopher Plummer. Amanda attended Middlebury College and as a young adult she studied acting at the Neighbourhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City. Following her fathers love for acting she won a Tony in 1982 in Agnes of God.  She has starred in such films as The Fisher King, The World According to Garp, Pulp Fiction, Dallmake, The Last Angel, and Triggerman. In 1996 she won a Cable Ace Award for The Right to Remain Silent and an Emmy Award for her guest appearance on The Outer Limits TV show. With movies and TV she has had some 9 appearances in 2002 alone! In 2005 she was awarded a second Emmy for her appearance on in Miss Rose White, a Hallmark made for television film. She has also had success on Broadway and off Broadway stage performances.
Sarah Polly Born Toronto, Ontario January 8,1979.  This actress became best known in Canada for her role in “Road to Avonlea”. She had however been working with Disney Studios since she was 4 years old. She is currently making the rare successful change from a child actor to adult actor.  She is pursuing her education and has strong pacifist political views
Louise Portal . née Lapointe. Born May 6, 1951 Chicoutimi, Quebec. A Twin, both she and her sister Pauline too to being actors. This actress has be recognized with nominations for Best Actress Genie Award in1980 and won the Best Supporting Actress Genie Award in 1987 for the film The Decline of the American Empire. In the film Sous-sol in1996 she won the Guy-L'ecuyer Award for Best Actress. She has also won two Gemini Awards in 1994 and 1996 for her work on TV. As if this was not enough she has written an novel, Jeanne Janvier and has written plays. Composing some 40 songs she has released 4 successful albums. In 2015 she had a staring role in the TV Series Marie-Louise and from 2012- 2015 Lance et Compte. She has been successful appearing in French language series for TV. (2018)
Susan Douglas Rubes Born March 13, 1925, Vienna, Austria. Died January 23, 2013, Toronto, Ontario. Her actual birth name was Zuska Zento Bernstein. She and her mother immigrated to New York to escape the oncoming ravages of World War ll. She Americanized her name and began a long distinguished career on stage, TV and film. She married Czech – Canadian opera star and actor Jan Rubes (1920-2009) September 22, 1950. The couple had three children. She played on TV soap opera the Guiding Light for 10 years as well as numerous movie credits and a Tony Award for best debut on Broadway. She joined her husband to settle in Canada in 1959. She was the founder of the Young People’s Theatre in 1966, an organization she worked with for the rest of her live. In 1982 to 1986 she was head of the CBC Radio Drama and from 1987 -1989 she was president of Family Channel. She was also a Board Member of the St Lawrence Centre. In 1975 she was inducted into the Order of Canada. Source: Obituaries. Globe and Mail, January 26, 2013  Suggestion submitted by June Coxon, Ottawa Ontario.
Margaret 'Meg' Ruffman Born February 28, 1957, Richmond Hill, Ontario. Although she studied physical Education at the University of Toronto it was acting that became he main interest. In 1980 she won the Du Maurier Search For The Stars’. In 1985 she had a role in the movie Anne of Green  Gables followed in 1987 with Anne of Avonlea. From 1990 through 1996 she had a major role in the TV series Road to Avonlea. During this time she commuted to San Francisco, California U. S. A. to work at construction with her husband Daniel Hunter. Meg became a licensed in construction and this second main interest in her life led her to a career as a TV handy woman. She hosted shows on home improvement for W network TV, the Canadian Women’s Network. From 1999-200 she hosted A repair to Remember. She launched her won series Anything I Can Do.. She also writes a home improvement column for the Toronto Star newspaper. She founded Ruffman Entertainment and has produced a video series of fun colourful projects that families can build together. In 200-2001 she hosted the TV show Men on Women. She has also maintained her acting career and made an appearance on the acclaimed Canadian TV series Murdoch Mysteries. She narrated My Grandmother Ironed the King’s Shirt which was an animated film nominated for a Jutra Award and an Oscar. She is the National spokesperson for Habitat for Humanity.
Camilla Scott. Born  June 12, 1962 Toronto, Ontario. A childhood dream of becoming a dancer helped propel this native Torontonian to fame as an actor, singer and noted talk show host.  Her 1st lead role was in Evita at the Limelight Dinner Theatre. She worked on soap operas in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. then returned home and kept busy acting in a variety of guest spots on television shows and a couple of movies. She also performed in musical theatre in Toronto.  From 1996-1998 she had her own TV Talk show but it was cancelled after receiving a poor critical reception.  Her role in the TV hit series Due South which ran from 1995 through 1999 was much more successful. In 2002 she married actor Paul Evans and that same year she was the voice of Mamma Bear in the Berenstain Bears.  In 2008 she starred as Khashoggi, a role usually played by a man in the Toronto production of the Queen musical We Will Rock You. As her acting career wound down she took a position with Arbonne, a multi lever marketing company  becoming Executive National Vice President.
Helen Shaver

Born St. Thomas, Ontario February 24, 1951. As a child she was not very health and spent a lot of time in hospital. However as a teen she was of good health and attended the Banff School of the Fine Arts. She also studied drama at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. In 1978 she got her big break when she won the Canadian Film Award as Best Lead Actress in the film In Praise of Older Women. In 1985 she won the Bronze Leopard Award at the Locano International Film Festival for her work in Desert Hearts. In 200 she earned a Genie Award for her portrayal of a drug addicted prostitute in We All Fall Down and another Genie Award in 2003 for Just Cause. She also appeared in numerous TV episodes in various top rated Television dramas. In 2004 she was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto. Source: Canada’s Walk of Fame online accessed July 2009

Edith Norma Shearer  Born Montreal, Quebec August 10, 1900 or 1902. Died June 12, 1983. The parents of Edith Norma and Athole (pronounce Ethel) registered the birth of both daughters but did not include their first names. Norma would go on to become an actress of great repute and would always claim to be the youngest of the sisters. The family moved from Montreal to New York working as performers and models.  It was tough times but eventually Norma would make it to Hollywood where she would become one of the great stars at MGM. She would marry the famous studio executive Irving Thalberg. She was the presented with the third top Actress Academy Award for her work in the film The Divorcee. She was the second Canadian woman to receive this award. A good biography is located at:   http://mdle.com/ClassicFilms/guest/shearerb.htm
Madeleine Louise Helene Sherwood

née Thornton Born November 13, 1922 Montreal, Quebec. Died April 23, 2016 Lac Cornir, Quebec. Her 1st stage appearance was at the age of 4 in a passion play at church. In 1950 she studied acting under lee Strasberg at the Actor’s Studio, New York, U.S.A.. In 1952 she made her Broadway debut and went on to work in such hits as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Camelot. She also had numerous film roles and day time TV roles. She played the Mother Superior in the hit TV series the Flying Nun from 1967 through 1970. She had been black listed during the U.S.A. McCarthy era for active participation in the Civil Rights Movement. She was arrested during a Freedom March in Alabama. She was also a staunch supporter of the women’s right movement in the 1970’s. In the 1980’s she became the 1st woman to direct a short film for the American Film Institute. In the early 1990’s she retired to Victoria, British Columbia and later relocated to Saint-Hippotyte, Quebec. In 2010 she released a short film called Madeleine’s Method for the Actor’s Studio. She married Robert Sherwood and the couple had one daughter. Source: Mike Barnes, “Madeleine Sherwood; Star of Tennessee Williams Classics on Stage and Scene Dies at 93.” The Hollywood Reporter April 25, 2016.  

Joanna Shimkus. Born Halifax, Nova Scotia October 30, 1943. Joanna began he film career in the mid 1960's with some 14 movies to her credit by the mid 1970's. In 1976 she married actor Sidney Poitier and abandoned her career to devote herself to her family of two daughters. Currently she is immersed in a successful career in Interior decor.
Nell Shipman. (née Helen Foster-Barham) Born Victoria, British Columbia 1892. Died January 23, 1970. This actress was a pioneer of the silent film era. She was one of the first women in the world to direct her own films and she even established her own production company. She was the first actress to do a nude scene in a film. It was a silent film entitled God's Country which was filmed on location in the Canadian north, snow and all!
Gladys Alexis Smith Born June 8, 1921, Penticton, British Columbia. Died June 9, 1993, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.. She began her long acting career as a teen ager in summer stock in Canada before relocating to the U.S.A. “Discovered” while studying at college she was signed on to act for Warner Brothers Studios. In 1944 she married actor Craig Stevens. She was a leading lady in movies of the 1940’s and 1950’s playing opposite such leading men as Errol Flynn in Gentleman Jim 1942 and San Antonio in 1945; Cary Grant in Night and Day, 1946 and Clark Gable in Any number Can Play in 1949. She won a TONY Award in the musical Follies in 1971/72 and played in the TV series Dallas from 1984 -1990. She died just before the release of her final film, The Age of Innocence.
Jessica Steen. Born Toronto, Ontario December 11, 1965. There was a lot of time to practice acting in Jessica's house.  There was always an annual Christmas skit, and trips to the theater with her director father. She had her first TV role at the age of  8.  In the mid 1960's she appeared in a TV movie with Lindsay Wagner and schoolmate Keanu Reeves.  Lately she has had roles in Touched by an Angel; The Outer Limits; ER;  and Due South. If her busy schedule between TV and movies allows it, she enjoys kayaking and rock climbing.  She is also a volunteer with environmentalist David Suzuki. Check out her web page:  http://www.jessicasteen.com 
Cree Summer. Born Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. July 7, 1970. Her father wanted to raise his children away from the hustle and bustle of American society and he moved his young family to rural Saskatchewan where Cree would live for eight years. This actress is more known for her voice than her face.  She has been doing voices for animated movies since 1985. She began with the “Care Bears Movie” and can also be heard in the cartoon shows of “Inspector Gadget”,Rugrats”, and “Tiny Toons” among others.
Cardinal Tantoo. Born Fort McMurray, Alberta July 20, 1950.  One of North America’s most widely recognized Native actresses she has won a Grammy award for her work as a guest appearance on the TV program “North of 60”. She has also won the American Indian Festival, best actress, and the 1st Rudy Martin Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Native American in film (“Legends of the Fall”) In 1991 Maclean’s Magazine declared her Actress of the Year.
Jennifer Ellen Tilly.
née Chan. Born September 16 1958, Harbour City, California, U.S.A. Her parents divorced when she was 5 and she moved with her mother to Texada Island, British Columbia. At 16 they were living in Victoria, British Columbia. She studied for her B.A. in Theatre at Stephens College, Missouri, U.S.A. By 1883 she had roles in TV series such as Hill Street Blues, Cheers and Frasier. In 1984 she married Sam Simon, producer of The Simpson’s. The couple separated in 1991.  Her breakthrough in movies was in the Fabulous Baker Boys. She has worked with Richard Dreyfuss, Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, and Jim Carey.  In 2001 she portrayed gossip columnist Louella Parsons in The Cat’s Meow. And starred in the Broadway revival of The Women. In other theatre she has won the Theater World Award for the off-Broadway play One Shoe Off. She is a popular choice for voice over for animated features such as Family Guy, Monsters, Inc., Stuart Little and others. In 2004 she became life partner with Phil Laak. In 2005 In 2005 she won the World Series of Poker and later that same year she won the World Poker Tour Ladies Invitational Tournament.  After the series Out of Practice in which she appeared was cancelled in 2006 she began only to return to TV in 2008. Dividing her time between films and professional poker. In 2005 she won the World Series of Poker and later that same year she won the World Poker Tour Ladies Invitational Tournament. In 2006 she began dividing her time between films and professional poker. She has appeared in several online TV poker events. In 2008 she retired from her poker career with the idea of treating it more like a hobby.  In 2012, she returned to Broadway in Don't Dress for Dinner and the following year she appeared on the London stage in Grasses of a Thousand Colors. Among the awards she has won  she has earned the   Golden Gate Award GLAAD Media Award for media professionals who increase the understanding of the LGBT community.
Margaret 'Meg' Elizabeth  Tilly.  née Chan. Born  February 14,1960 Long Beach, California. In the mid 1960's her parents divorced and she lived with her mother and stepfather in Texada Island, British Columbia later moving to Vancouver. . As a youth she wanted to be a dancer and studied at the Connecticut Ballet Company and later at the Throne Dance Theatre.  However her career turned to acting with  a back injury after her debut in 1980 when she appeared in “FAME”  The following year she began acting career with a small part in the hit TV series Hill Street Blues. In 1983 to 1989 she was married to Tim Zinnemann and the couple had two children. in 1993 she dropped out of the acting scene. In 1994 she published her 1st novel Singing Songs which is about a young girl and her sisters living in the Northwest who are molested by their stepfather. Meg has stated that she had been abused by her own step father. In 1995 through 2002 she was married to John Calley. In 2002 she married Don Calame. In 2010 she was once again acting in a TV series. Her sixth novel appeared in 2007, Porcupine which was a finalist for the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize. In 2011 she appeared at the Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre in Victoria, British Columbia. In January 2012 she stared in the Global Television mini series Bomb Girls winning a Canadian Screen Award for Best Lead Actress in 2013.
Shannon Lee Tweed Born March 10, 1957 Placentia, Newfoundland.  The family moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan after the father fell into a coma after a car crash. After appearing in the Canadian TV series Thrill of a Lifetime where she won a sitting for photographs for Playboy magazine she was chosen Playmate of the Month for November 1981 and was Playmate of the Year in 1982. She would life at the Playboy Mansion for over a year where she met her future husband musician, best known for being part of the rock group Kiss, Gene Simmons. This native Newfoundlander has been busy with appearing in 60 movies  since 1978. She made her debut in  Of Unknown Origin” and she has been on the TV series Falcon Crest from 1978-1983, daytime drama with Days of Our Lives as well as Pacific Blue in 1996 and more recently Diaries of Darkness and My Guide to Becoming a Rockstar. From 2006 through 2012 she, along with her family, had a reality TV show, The Gene Simmons Family Jewels. It was during the show that Gene proposed to Shannon after some 20 years of being together. They married October 1, 2011.  Saskatoon City Council named Tweed Lane in her honour.  She has a video game featuring her voice and appearance called Shannon Tweed's Attack Of The Groupies. She has also narrated the reality TV Show Ex-wives of Rock
Mary Cynthia  Walsh

Born St John’s Newfoundland May 13, 1952. Mary caught pneumonia as an infant and was taken to live with two aunts and an uncle with whom she remained.  A bit of a rebel as a teen she became engaged to an American service man and took off to the U.S.A. When things did not work out she returned to Newfoundland and was in the right place when a Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) had a local opening. Her natural quick wit and vivacity meant she would never look back. She joined a the Newfoundland Traveling Theatre Company and ended up moving to Toronto to study theatre. However, another opportunity opened up and she left school to join a young group that would become well known as CODCO from 1987-1992. There followed in 1993 This Hour Has 22 Minutes. In 2003 she hosted May Walsh’s: Open Book and went on to create Hatching Matching and Departing for the CBC which won a Gemini Award. On a personal front she was fighting alcoholism which had began in her early teens. By 2005 she was awarded the Courage to Come Back Award by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She also wanted to participate in helping others and became the spokesperson for Oxfam Canada (an international aid agency). She became a member of the Order of Canada in 2000. Mary suffers from Macular degeneration, a condition that usually affects older adults and results in a loss of vision in the center of the vision field. From time to time she has served as a spokesperson for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. In 2012 she was presented with the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement, Canada’s highest honour in the performing arts. Source Mary Walsh: an inferno of wit by Peter Feneck Good Times February 2007 pg 8-14 : Library and Archives Canada. Canadian Women in Theatre and Dance. www.collectionscanada.gc.ca (accessed March 2008)

Chandra West Born December 31, 1970 Edmonton, Alberta. Chandra relocated with her family to Oakville, Ontario just outside of Toronto where she attended High School. She also enjoyed 10 years of ballet classes. At 16 she went to England to attend a summer theatre event at Oxford University and decided that acting was the career she wanted. She studied at the Theatre Performance Program at Concordia University in Montreal. Since 1991 she has appeared in numerous popular TV series such as Lonesome Dove, Highlander, Viper, CSI Crime Scene Investigations and Castle. She has also garnered many roles in made for TV movies. March 12, 2000 she married Don Callis but unfortunately life did not work well for the couple who divorced in February 2002. Her film breakthrough came with a role opposite Val Kilmer in 2002 in the Salton Sea.  In 2005 she married Mark Tinker (1951-  ) a producer and director of numerous TV police series. Source: IMDB online (accessed October 2015); ‘Chandra West: Happy to be alive in latest role.’ Victoria Times Colonist, April 1, 20016
Tonya Lee Williams Born London, England July 12, 1967. As a child she lived in Jamaica and England ( where she was a Brownie) before settling with her mother in Canada. At 14 she won a pageant and loved the feeling of being on stage. At 16 she was taking modeling classes and joined the model agency after her classes. She appeared in several TV commercials and even "wore a moustache" for milk. She studied theatre at Ryerson University and had several spots on Canadian TV including the children's show Poka Dot Door. In 1987 she headed for Los Angeles in California trying hundreds of auditions to find one or two small parts. In 1990 she was chosen for a part on the daytime show the Young and the Restless as Dr. Olivia Barber Hastings Winter. She won the NAACP Image Award in 200 for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series.
Fay Wray. Born September 15, 1907 Cardston, Alberta. Died August 8, 2004, Manhattan, New York, U.S.A. . She and her family relocated to Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A. in 1912 and then to Hollywood where Fay attended high school. At 16 she appeared in her 1st movie, a short historical film sponsored by a local newspaper. She went on in movies having uncredited bit parts until 1926 when she became one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars, a group for up and coming starlettes. She came under contract to Universal Studios and had parts in low budget westerns. In 1927 she was with Paramount Pictures where she had her 1st lead role in the Wedding March. She remained with Paramount
as Hollywood entered the era of the ‘Talkies”. Leaving Paramount she worked for numerous companies including RKO Radio Pictures where she found her most famous role in the movie King Kong. She became a naturalized Citizen of the U.S.A. in 1933. While she continued to star in various films through to the 1940’s. She retired in 1942 but with financial constraints returned to acting in films and television in bit parts. She played in individual episodes of the show Perry Mason, Playhouse 90, Alfred Hitchcock presents and 77 Sunset Strip to name a few. In 1988 she published her biography entitled On The Other Hand; a Life Story. She married three times to John Monk Saunders (1897-1940), with whom she had a daughter, Robert Riskin (1897-1955) with whom she had a daughter and a son and she had 3 children and Dr. Sanford Rothenberg (1919-1991). She was a special guest at the 70th Academy Awards, where she was introduced as the "Beauty who charmed the Beast". She was the only 1920s Hollywood actress in attendance that evening. In 1991 she was a special guest at the 60th anniversary of the Empire State Building. 2 days after her death, the lights of the Empire State Building were extinguished for 15 minutes in her memory.  Along with numerous other awards she received a posthumous star on the Canadian Walk of Fame in 2005. A small park in the city of Cardston, Alberta has been named in her honour. In May 2006, Wray became one of the first four entertainers to ever be honored by Canada Post by being featured on a Canadian postage stamp
Sources: Fay Wray, IMDB Online (Accessed 2005); Adam Bernstein, ‘Fay Wray Dies at Age 96’, Washington Post, Online (accessed 2004); Fay Wray, Canada’s Walk of Fame Online (Accessed 2005)
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Peggy Laurayne Baker nee Smith. Born October 22, 1952 Edmonton, Alberta. Peggy studied at the University of Alberta where she was introduced to modern dance. She married Michael J. Baker and then in 1971 she moved to Toronto, Ontario to study at the School of Toronto Dance Theater. In 1974 she co-founded the Dancemakers Dance Company. In 1980 she relocated to New York, City, U.S.A. working with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. In 1990 she joined Mikhail Baryshnikov’s dance company which re-launched her career as a dancer and choreographer. In 1990 she married a second time to Ahmed Hassan (  -2011) In 1993 she joined the National Ballet School of Canada as their 1st artist-in-residence. In 2006 she was inducted into the Order of Canada and in 2007 she became the 1st person to receive the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 2010 she earned the Walter Carsen Prize.
Patricia Beatty Born May 13, 1936 Toronto, Ontario. Patricia studied modern dance at Bennington College in Vermont, U.S.A. in 1959 and at the Martha Graham School in New York City, U.S.A. In 1966 she founded the New Dance Group of Canada. In 1968 she was a co-founder of the Toronto Dance Theatre.  She was an inspirational teacher and mentor who played a seminal role in fostering the growth of modern dance performance and choreography in Canada. She retired in the early 1990’s but continued to present occasional performances focusing on spiritual themes. In 2004 she became a Member of the Order of Canada.
Louise Bédard Born Montréal May 26, 1955. She turned to dance later in live with the Group Nouvelle Aire in Montréal in 1979. She studies various forms of dance, including modern dance, butch, ballet and she also studied voice. In 1981 she performed in Linda Robin’s O’Parade and the intensity of her dancing did not go unnoticed. In 1983 she began work as a choreographer with Pulsions et Dérisions. In 1987 she helped found Circuit-Est a co-op which assured a consistent rehearsal venue. She formed her own Louise Bédard Dance in 1990. She has also worked beyond the live stage in numerous film and video productions for Television, the National Film Board as well as dozens of productions where she dances for others in the story lines of movies. Source: Louise Bédard by Linda Howe-Beck The Canadian and World Encyclopedia [Toronto: McClelland & Stewart Inc., 1997]
Helen Birdsall

Born Toronto, Ontario 1906. Died November 19, 1988 She and her sister Fanny had a lifelong interest in dance and teaching young performers in their art. . From 1923-1983 the sisters operated a ‘legendary’ dance studio in Toronto. In the 1920’s and 1930’s she was choreographer for the grandstand show at a the Canadian National exhibition. The 1931 CNE production featured a cast of 1,500! She was also well known for the annual spring dance review that were held each year at Massey Hall and the CNE.

Debra Brown She earned her BA from York University, Toronto and moved to Canada’s west coast. Her work is a fusing of gymnastics and dance and she has travelled all over the world with her job. In 1987 she joined the famous Cirque du Soleil as Principal choreographer. In 1999 She won a Golden Clown Award at the World Circus Festival for her work on Quidam’s Banquine Act. In 2002 She earned an Emmy Award for her production of the 74th Academy Award show. She has choreographed operas in Chicago, New York, Vancouver and Toronto. She has also worked with such performers as Madonna and Aerosmith. Her film work includes such movies as Catwoman and VanHelsing. In 2008 she was inducted onto Canada’s Walk of Fame. Source: Canada’s Walk of Fame. Online. Accessed 2009.
Yvonne Millicent Firkins

Born Worcester, England. Died January 6, 1966, Vancouver, British Columbia. During World War I, she  lived in Birmingham, England, where she was introduced to theatre. She immigrated to Vancouver in 1920. Her husband was magistrate Walter H.C. Firkins, a police court clerk for 31 years. Yvonne was a founding member of the Vancouver Little Theatre, Vancouver Ballet School and Vancouver Dance Festival. She served as president of the British Columbia Drama Association and was a  founder of the  British Columbia  Dance Festival. She was also a  member, Community Arts Council and a  director of Theatre Under the Stars. From 1939 throughout World War ll she was  production manager of service shows for Pacific Command. In 1964 she opened the Arts Club Theatre and produced the controversial Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. She is considered B.C.'s first lady of the theatre. Source: Vancouver Hall of Fame on line accessed January 2013.

Judy Jarvis Born June 6, 1946 Ottawa, Ontario. Died November 1, 1986 Toronto, Ontario. Judy devoted her life to introducing a distinctively European aesthetic to the Canadian dance scene. She was recognized as a brilliant dancer and this allowed her strength in her teachings. From 1967 through 1983 she was the force behind a series of companied teaching classes and hold workshops at Canadian universities. The Judy Jarvis and Theatre Company toured in Canada, Berlin, Germany and Edinborough, Scotland. In 1983 her company lost it’s government funding forcing Judy to attend teachers’ college. At the time of her death she was teaching dramatic arts at a Toronto high school. In 1988 the Judy Jarvis Foundation was established to promote and protect her work.
Menaka Thakkar. Born March 3, 1942 Bombay, India.  She studied dance as a child in Bombay and performed with her older sister. She learned classical styles of Indian danced and Japanese dance. In 1963 she earned her BA in visual arts. She came to Canada in 1972 to visit her brother and to perform classical dance of India.  Her acceptance was so warm that she  made Canada her home. In 1974 she founded the Menaka Thakkar  dance company and was director of Nrtyakala: the Canadian Academy of Indian Dance. She been a major influence in the development and appreciation for Indian classical dance in Canada. In the 1980's students at York University, Toronto could earn credits for taking her dance classes. She soon became an adjunct professor of dance. She has taught dance across Canada. Her dance company has traveled to Asia, Europe and Australia.  She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her work both in Canada and in India including the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in Performing Arts from the Canada Council of the Arts in 2012. The following year she received the Governor General's Award in Performing Arts.  (2018)
Yoné Young (née Kvietys) Born Kaunas, Lithuania. Died July 17, 2011, Calgary, Alberta. As a child she enjoyed music and dance and loved to express herself with experimental moves. In the early 1940’s she participated in early European contemporary dance and moved to Hamburg, Germany, training in modern dance movement. In 1948, after touring as much as possible during the war, she was a refugee camp in a post-war Germany. Eventually the family landed in Toronto. She worked in dance briefly in Toronto before heading to Montreal to teach at McGill University. She also ran a dance company and began dancing in New York City, Chicago and performing for CBC Television. Moving back to teach at the University of Toronto she had her only child, a son. She broke up with her common la husband Giliaras Urbonas in 1966.  And shortly after married Ray Young and the family settled in Calgary. She became an importer of contemporary dance for the city and worked at the Drama Department at the University of Calgary where she laid the basis for the Dance Department. In 1970’s she was disillusioned with government sponsorship and cut all ties with dancing turning to visual arts and painting for her artistic release. She worked with paints, stained glass and mixed media often being inspired by the animal world and celestial themes. Her works were displayed at numerous showings at galleries in Alberta and beyond. Source: An experimental dance pioneer who found a second life on canvas by Philip Fine. Globe and Mail September 10, 2011 Suggestion submitted by June Coxon, Ottawa, Ontario
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Annette av Paul Born  February 11, 1944 Stockholm, Sweden. She began her ballet career in Sweden training at Swedish Ballet School from 1953 to 1961. In 1964 she married Canadian choreographer Brian Macdonald. In 1973  she joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal. She brought beauty, vast experience and artistic maturity to the many roles that were created for her. She retired from the stage in 1984. and two years later founded the Ballet British Columbia and served as artistic director. Leaving Vancouver in 1987 she as worked as a guest teacher throughout Canada and in Sweden.  She has also served as director of the dance program at the Banff Centre in Alberta.
Margaret Ruth Pringle Carse. Born Edmonton, Alberta December 7, 1916. Died November 14, 1999. This ballet dancer was a true pioneer of her profession in Western Canada. She founded the Alberta Ballet Company and it's associated school of dance.  She studied with several leading institutions including the National Ballet of Canada and in New York City. An injury in 1954 forced her to retire from the stage.  She turned her talents to teaching the youth of Western Canada. She was winner of the Dance Canada Award in 1989 and she holds the Order of Canada. 
Ludmulla Chiriaeff (née Otzoup-Goeny). Born Riga, Latvia January 10,1924. Died September 22, 1996. Founder of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens she was a strong force in the development of dance in Quebec and Canada.  
Betty Farrally (née Hey) Born May5, 1915, Bradford, England. Died April 9, 1989 Kelowna, British Columbia. She trained in dance at a studio in Leeds, England. In 1938 she emigrated to Canada with her former dance teacher Gweneth Lloyd. The two women opened the Winnipeg Dace Club in 1939 and changed the name to Winnipeg Ballet in 1941. In 1945 the dance company began to tour and in 1953 they received Royal patronage as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Betty was the Ballet Mistress training and rehearsing the dancers as well as being a principle dancer. When Gweneth Lloyd relocated to Toronto in 1950, Betty remained to work with the RWB. Betty also worked with Gweneth as co-head of the Banff School of the Arts summer dance program for many years. In mid 1950’s she moved with Gweneth to Kelona , British Columbia where they founded a branch of the Canadian Ballet School.  In 1970 she received the Manitoba Centennial Medal celebrating the 100 years of the Provincial history. In 1981 she was inducted into the Order of Canada and in 1984 she received the Dance in Canada Award. Sources: Memorable Manitobans Online (Accessed April 2014) ; The Canadian Encyclopedia Online (Accessed April 2014). Book: The Royal Winnipeg Ballet: the first forty years (1979).
Celia Franca Born Celia Franks June 25, 1921 London, England.  Died February 19, 2007 Ottawa, Ontario. . Celia was introduced to dance when she was just four years old.  She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal Academy of Dance. She made her professional debut when she was 14. In 1947 she joined the Metropolitan Ballet of Britain as a soloist and ballet mistress. and began choreographing for television. In 1950 she was offered a position to stat a Canadian classical company. To support herself at this time she worked as a file clerk at Eaton's department store. The new company opened on November 12, 1951.  She became in 1959 the founding artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada. She was strong willed and determined ballet dancer traits required to face the many trials  over the 23 years as she helped the young ballet company to succeed.  She was appointed to the Order of Canada in 1967 and in 1985 she was promoted a Companion in the Order.  In 1994 she received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.   In 1979 she joined the School of Dance in Ottawa as a co-artistic director. She was a member of the board of governors of York University, Toronto and the board of directors of the Canada Council. She later served on the Board of Directors for the Canada Dance Festival Society. Her biography The Pursuit of Perfection: A Life of Celia Franca by Carol Bishop-Gwyn was published in 2011.
Margie Gillis. Margie Gillis.  Born July 9, 1953 Montreal, Quebec. She began taking gymnastic and ballet lessons when she was just three years old.  She is a solo artist who has presented modern ballet around the world. She has hip-length chestnut hair and wears remarkable costumes. In 1881 she founded the Margie Gillis Dance Foundation to support and present her artistic work.  She introduced modern dance to contemporary China. She has performed in Asia, India, Europe and the Middle East as well as throughout North and South America. She was named Canadian Cultural Ambassador in 1981 and in 1986 Quebec Cultural Ambassador. When she is not on stage she had been dedicated to the fight against AIDS and a strong supporter of OXFAM and the Planned Parenthood Foundation.  In 1988 she was appointed to the Order of Canada, the 1st modern dance artist to receive this honor. In 2001 she she received a Career Grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for her exceptional contribution to Quebec culture. In 2004 she was named as one of the 25 to Watch by Dance Magazine. In 2008 she received the 1st MAD Spirit Award from the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York, City, New York, U.S.A. for her involvement in various social causes. That same year she was awarded the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts from the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2009 she was inducted as a Knight in the National Order of Quebec. On March 3, 2011, Gillis was named a 2011 laureate of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards for Lifetime Artistic Achievement. Two months later she received a Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award from the Governor Generals Performing Arts Awards. In 2013 she was upgraded to Officer of the Order of Canada. 
Evelyn Anne Hart Born April 4, 1956, Toronto, Ontario. Evelyn studied balled at the Dorothy Carter School of Dance, London, Ontario and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) School before auditioning for the National Ballet School of Canada (NBSC) . At this time she did not enter the NBSC training as she was battling anorexia nervosa, a pathological eating disorder and she returned to the RWB School. In 1976 she joined the RWB Company and was promoted to soloist in 1978 and principal dancer in 1979. In 1980 she was the 1st westerner and 1st Canadian to win gold at the Varna International Ballet Competition in Bulgaria. Her career would allow her to perform on stages around the world. In 1983 she was inducted as an officer of the Order of Canada which was upgraded to Companion level in 1994. From 1990 through 1994 she danced ½ time with the RWB and ½ time with the Bayerische Staatsbalelet in Munich Germany.  In 2000 she earned her star on Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto. In 2001 she was presented with the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement. In 2005 she retired from the RWB to dance freelance. During her last year with the RWB CBC cameras filmed her performances for a Life and Timed television documentary. She completed her 33 year dance career with a guest artist performance with the ProArtDanza. In 2006 she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and inducted into the Order of Manitoba.
Vanessa Clare Harwood-Scully Born June 14, 1947, Cheltenham, England. In 1959 she was one of the 1st pupils of Betty Oliphant at eh National Ballet School of Canada in Toronto. In 1965 she joined the National Ballet of Canada and became a soloist in 1967 and principal dancer from 1970 through 1987. Her performance in the ballet Swan Lake garnered her the nickname of ‘Superswan’. Vanessa married noted surgeon Dr. Hugh Scully whom she met on a blind date on June 14, 1980.   In 1984 she became an Officer in the Order of Canada. In 1992 she received the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation.  She also holds both the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. She also worked as an actor with roles in the Canadian Television series Road to Avonlea and Due South. She has served as the President of the Board of Directors” Fund of Canada 1996-98. In 2001 she appeared in the film Betty Oliphant: A Life in Dance.
Melissa Hayden. (real name Mildred Herman). Born Toronto, Ontario April 25, 1923. This ballerina who trained as a young girl in Toronto, became an internationally known dancer.  She danced with the New York City Ballet. Upon retiring as a dancer she opened her own teaching studio in New York City.
Karen Kain. Born March 28 1951 Hamilton, Ontario. Karen trained at the National Ballet School, Toronto, Ontario. She joined the Corps de Ballet of the National Ballet of Canada in 1969. A prima ballerina, Karen has won international recognition for her dancing. At 19 years of age she was the principal dancer of the National Ballet of Canada. In 1973 she earned the silver medal in the Women's category at the International Ballet Competition in Moscow, Russia. In 1983 Karen married Ross Petty, a stage and film actor.  In 1991 she was elevate to the level of Companion of the Order of Canada. In 1997 after her fair well tour she became Artist-in-residence at the National Ballet. She has been named an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters of France. In 1997 she received a Governor General's National Arts Centre Award and received a Governor General's Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award in 2002. From 2004 to 2008, she was Chair of the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2007, she was presented with the Barbara Hamilton Memorial Award for demonstrating excellence and professionalism in the performing arts. In 2008, the Karen Kain School for the Arts officially opened,She is the founding president and president for life of the Dancer Transition Centre which is dedicated to helping retrain retiring professional dancers. In 2005 she was named Artistic Director of the National Ballet. In 2011 she received the Distinguished Artist Award from the International Society for the Performing Arts.  Her Biography Movement Never Lies may be found at your library.
Judith Rose Marcuse (née Margolick). Born March 13, 1947. A versatile dancer who has danced with les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Bat-Dor of Israel, and the Ballet Rambert of England. She now prefers choreography.
Betty Oliphant. Born London, England  August 5, 1918. Died July 11, 2004. She is a founder of the National Ballet School of Canada and founding director 1959-1979. She has also worked for ballet schools in Sweden, Denmark, and Russia.  She is an Officer of the order of Canada as well as many additional awards from the City of Toronto, France and the 125 Anniversary of Confederation Medal. She has also published her autobiography.
Paula Ross. Born Vancouver, British Columbia April 29, 1941.  Her real name is Pauline Cecilia Isobel Teresa Campbell.  She began to study ballet at 5 years of age. . At 15 she left home to join a traveling performing group from Montreal.  By the early 1960's she had returned to western Canada and had become a principal dancer in a Vancouver company.  In 1965 she opened her own Paula Ross Dance Company.  The Company, although well presented in western Canada and the United States, dissolved due to financial problems in 1987. Paula was known for her dance creativity and continues to work in Canada, Japan, and France. 
Geneviève Salbaing née  Nehlil. Born February 2, 1924 Paris, France Died May 8, 2016 Montreal.  She was brought up in Casablanca Morocco and this is where she received her early ballet training. She won 1st prize as a ballerina at the Casablanca conservatory and continued her training in Paris She met her husband in Casablanca during World War ll. She also studied at the Sorbonne in France to earn her BA in philosophy but left after a year to be married. She went on to study with great Russian dancers in Paris . She and her husband emigrated to the US before settling in Montreal in 1946. Although trained as a classical dancer she turned to jazz as a less restrictive form of dance. She became co-founder of Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal. Her style blends classical ballet with the free form of jazz. She was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 1987. In 2012 she received the National Order of Quebec. (2018)
Berta Lynn Seymour née Springbett. Born Wainwright, Alberta March 8, 1929. She studied ballet in Vancouver and England. In 2959 she was a principle dancer with England's Royal Ballet. Between 1966-1969 she was with the Deutsche Opera Ballet of Berlin, Germany. In 1978-9 she was director of the Bavarian State Opera Ballet in Munich, Germany. In Canada she has danced with the Royal Ballet, the Western Dance theatre and the National Ballet of Canada. In 1984 she published her autobiography.
Victoria Tennant Born London, England January 15,1947. This prima ballerina of the National Ballet of Canada won international acclaim for her extraordinary versatility and dramatic power as she danced herself around the world for 25 years.  Retired from dance she turned her talents to writing and producing for television and theatre. She has written books for children and is doing freelance writing for notable Canadian magazines. She volunteers for charity and has bee chairperson for UNICEF.  She belongs to the Order of Canada. 
Eva Von Gencsy

Born March 11,1924, Hungary. Died April 11, 2013 Montreal, Quebec.  She studied ballet at the Trognoff Russian Ballet Academy as a young girl. She won a scholarship to study at the University Mozartium Saltzberg in 1924. The next year she made her solo debut. In 1948 as she entered Canada a customs officer, seeing she was a dancer, suggested she move to Winnipeg, Manitoba. Working as a domestic servant to fulfill the requirement of working for a year in order to stay in Canada she studied with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. In 1954 when the RWB was destroyed by fire she moved to Montreal to continue dancing. She worked in Banff and taught jazz dance for 13 years. Often summers vacations were spent in New York City taking ballet and jazz classes. She specifically loved jazz-ballet as a celebration of the soul. In Montreal she formed a jazz ballet group Les Jazz-Ballet Contemporaines but left in 1978 after a disruptive collision of ideas with others in the group. She spent the next 35 years as a freelance teacher. In 2003 Mireille Dansereau completed a documentary feature EVA about the talented dancer. She had married at one time but did not relish the role of homemaker and definitely loved dance more than married life which also carried the treat of motherhood. She had a love of learning often taking courses at local institutions. At 80 years of age she discovered and embraced life with a computer Source: Her legacy is all that bale-jazz by Paula Citron, The Globe and Mail, April 30, 2013.  

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Maud Allan (real name Ulla Maude Durant) Born Toronto, Ontario August 27, 1873. Died October 7, 1956. A true pioneer of modern dance. She was educated in the U.S.A., Germany and England but her career would take her around the world. Her autobiography was published in 1908, "My life and dancing."
Patricia Beatty. Born May 13, 1936. Born in Canada, her early dance training was in the United States. She soon brought her talents back to Canada and founded the New Dance Group of Canada.
Rachel Browne. Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. November 16,1934. Although trained in classical ballet, Rachel became one of the most important figures in Canadian modern dance. She created Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers.
Nancy Lima Dent Born Toronto, Ontario 1919. She had her introduction to ballet in Toronto as a child and studied modern dance in New York City. In the 1940’s and 1950’s she worked with the Toronto New Dance Theatre establishing the Nancy Lima Dent Dance Theatre in the 1960’s. She created a body of over 30 dance works, many of which were a commentary on social issues of the day. She also performed, choreographed and organized modern dance festivals in 1960’s Toronto. Her last original choreographic work was presented in May 1974. In 1986 there was a production of her work Heroes of Our Time originally performed in 1952.
Saida Gerrard

Born Toronto, Ontario  April 9, 1913. Died May 4, 2005. Her Russian immigrant parents passed on to her the love of music as a child and she studied at the Toronto Conservatory of Music., and then on to New York City. In the 1930’s she would make significant contributions to the early establishment of modern dance in Canada. In 1951 she and her pianist husband, Aube Tzerko moved to work in Los Angeles where she formed her own dance company.

Jacqueline Lemieux Born November 13, 1957 East Angus, Quebec. By the age of 13 she knew she would be a professional dancer. 1978-1979 she trained at the Ecole de dance Pointepiernu and then with the Groupe nouvelle aires’s school in 1980. 1981-1982 found her training in New York City, U.S.A. In the 1980’s she toured internationally as a performed and artistic collaborator with several groups. After ten years of touring she returned to Montreal, Quebec working with various choreographers. In 1993 she was working with Danse Cite Volet Interpretes. She is known for her modern jazz techniques. She teaches actors and circus performers to enhance their physical expressiveness. (2018)
Ginette Laurin Born Montreal, Quebec January 3, 1955. She began her choreographic career in 1979. She founded her own company in 1984. The company appeared at Expo 86 and won the Jean A. Chalmers Award. Since 1986 the company has returned to appear in Europe, the United States of America, Denmark, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan.
Katherine E. Bellamy

Born Bay Roberts, Newfoundland. She earned her BA at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At 18 she entered the Sisters of Mercy of Newfoundland. She became an educator of music serving in numerous schools. Under her tutelage the Our Lady of Mercy Glee Club was the first Newfoundland Junior choir to with the Matheson Trophy, a national award. She has spent more than 20 years as organist and choir director at the Basilica of St. Jon the Baptist. She has also demonstrated a commitment to serving the less fortunate in areas where she has taught. In 2006 she was inducted into the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador and in 2007 she was appointed to the Order of Canada. Sources: Order of Newfoundland and Labrador online : Order of Canada Online (accessed November 2011)

Helen Arlene Dahlstrom

(née Underbakke). Born Regina Saskatchewan June 5, 1917. She married Alton Dahlstrom and the couple had two children. It was however her love of music which she would best known for. She received her piano teachers certificate from the Toronto Conservatory of Music. In 1934 she received he Licentiate for Music Diploma at the University of Saskatchewan. She actually started her piano career at 16 when she played with the Regina Symphony Orchestra. She toured, played on radio and accompanied notable musicians at recitals. In 1950 she moved to Rossland, British Columbia and began her lifetime work at St. Andrew’s United Church. She also shared her leadership and management skills  by holding numerous positions of local, provincial, national and international music organizations for 70 years. She was paramount in the organization of Canada Music Week for which she chaired for 25 years. In 1998 she received the Order of British Columbia in recognition of her contribution to the enrichment of the love of music in the province. Sources: Canadian Women of Note , Media Club of Canada (Toronto: York University, 1994) # 189 page 208; Trail History Society online accessed August 2011.

Joyce Margaret McCulloch Brooker Born 1921,  Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. Died 1991, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. She was educated locally and served as secretary-manager of the Portage la Prairie Chamber of Commerce for many years. With her husband she led, and played piano in, the Brookers Bombshells, a leading dance band in southern Manitoba. She also helped found the Portage Music and Arts Festival. Source: Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted University of Manitoba Press, 1999
Eleanor Reed Townsend

Born Dungannon (near Stratford) Ontario January 8, 1944 Died December 31, 1988. Eleanor studied classical violin as a youth before choosing fiddle music as her preferred art form. She won the women's Class Canadian Open Old Time Fiddler's Competition four times from 1967 through 1974. In 1979 she became the first woman to win the Open Class Competition (competition open to both men and women). When she was not touring with her music she taught fiddling at the boards of education in Scarborough and Simcoe Ontario. She cut four albums of music and published the Townsend Old-Time Fiddle method (1996) She is a member of the Fiddler's Hall of fame (1984) in Oceola, New York and also the Canadian National Fiddling Hall of Fame.

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Judith Crawley. Born Ottawa April 21, 1914 Died September 15, 1986. A film producer, director, and scriptwriter, she and her husband Frank “Budge” Crawley formed Crawley Films, which became one of Canada’s foremost independent production companies.  She was also president of the Canadian Film Institute.
Sarindar Dhaliwal Born Punjab, India 1955. A feminist of Sikh descent s he came to Canada with her family as an infant. She has earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Falmouth School of Art at Cornwall, England in 1978. She returned to school at York University in Toronto for her masters in 2002. Her paintings combine fragments from the past such as photographs and mementos with paper made from organic plants in geometrically arrangements. She has also tried her talents as an author of short stories. Since 1983 she has participated in solo and group exhibitions throughout Canada. Her works resides in major public collections across Canada as well.
Madeline Hombert Born Shoal Lake, Manitoba. October 4, 1944. She attended school in Rivers, Manitoba before heading off to Ryerson University in Toronto. Her education also included hands on training through cable television, commercial video, television and film productions. She has applied herself as a newspaper columnist, book editor, and a writer of screenplays. She has worked in most areas of film and television productions, from setting up equipment through budgeting and production management to songwriting. Through this experience she had gained insight to cost control and financial accountability while still appreciating the artistic demands of production. In 1989 she received a CTV Fellowship Award. She has always taken an active interest in her community and expressed herself in politics by running as a federal Liberal Candidate in the elections in 1979 and 1980 in Calgary. Her work in her community, her volunteer efforts and her political involvement earned her the nomination as a Woman of Distinction in Calgary 1981. The award encouraged her and she continues her volunteering with such organizations as the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Variety Club and the Canadian Fund for the Support and Assistance of Lung Transportations.
Annette Mangaard Born March 26, 1955. After studies at the Ontario College of Art she began her career as a filmmaker. She has earned recognition as a strong independent filmmaker. She has also returned her time to her profession by participating in various associations for Canadian filmmakers and has served as a board member for the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto. She earned the Award of Merit at the Charleston International Film Festival in 1994.
Marta Nielson Born March 23, 1961, Ottawa, Ontario. Died April 29, 2014, Toronto, Ontario. Evan as a child Marta wanted to be a filmmaker, Rather than a formal institutional education Marta choose to become apprentice with Bruce Nyznik and Peter Tilley. In 1991 her 1st film, The Train of Thought, appeared just after Via Rail cancelled the last regularly scheduled transcontinental passenger train in Canada. In 2006 she brought out Shattered Dreams, a documentary about disadvantaged youth in Toronto. This was followed by Saviour of Ceylon showing the heroism of RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force) officer Leonard Birchall. There was also a 7 part TV series, Being 80 with Jean Vanier. In all she edited or directed 30 films with Jean Vanier the founder of the international Organization, L’Arch that assists developmentally handicapped. Diagnosed with cancer she faced her disease with courage and face on. Marta had one son with Peter Hastings. Source: Richard Nielson, Lives Lived, Martha Nielson, the Globe and Mail, July 8, 2014. Suggestion submitted by June Coxon, Ottawa, Ontario.
Anne-Claire Poirier. Born June 6, 1932 St-Hyacinthe, Quebec. A film director and producer, she joined the National Film Board in 1960.  Her efforts allowed female film producers their first organized platform for expression. In 1968 her documentary Film Du Mere en fille was the 1st feature film ever directed by a French-Canadian women. In 1996 her documentary film, Tu as Crie: Let me go. was made to help her understand the events leading to the murder of her daughter. In 2001, Poirier received a Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in film. She was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2003.
Linda Marie Gillingwater Rainsberry

Died January 10, 2009. She was a writer, editor, educator, TV and film producer, philanthropist and a businesswoman. She studied at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia for her Bachelor of Education and earned her masters frat the University of Toronto. She won a Gemini Award for best shot dramatic program: Saying goodbye: the first snowfall, which was a ten part drama/documentary series on grief and bereavement. She was the director of the Ambassador program which is an educational program for 16-24 year old youth who lived on Toronto’s streets. She was the mother of two sons. Source: Toronto Star, January 17, 2009 pg. CL9

Kathleen Shannon. Born November 11, 1935. She joined the National Film Board in 1956 as an editor and by 1962 had 115 films to her credit. She became a film editor and executive producer for the National Film Board of Canada using film to examine the role of women in society.
Mina Suingai Shum. Born Hong Kong December 12, 1965.  Mina studied for a degree in Theatre and then Film and TV Production at the University of British Columbia. She is a writer and producer of films and is perhaps best known for her work in short films. In 1993 her work Me, Mom and Mona, won a special Jury Citation for Best Canadian Short Film. She has won a Genie Award for Best Actress and Best Editing and she has been nominated for seven Genies in the categories of Best Picture, Best Direction and Best Screenplay.
Laura Sky

Born 1947 Montreal, Quebec. Laura was born with an undiagnosed learning disability but she had she had unstoppable determination. She learned things in her won way.  At 14 she joined the Peace Movement and learned to research events, debate ideas and calculate strategies. She became a single parent and stared her career in 1979 with the National Film Board of Canada Challenge for Change Program. She would be one of the women film makers who laid the ground work for the famous “Studio D” a special unit of the National Film Board dedicated to films about women’s issues. In 1983 she established SKYWORKS, a charitable foundation that is a community based not-for-profit educational documentary production organization. Sources: Herstory, the Canadian Women’s Calendar 2006 Coteau Books, 2005

Anne Wheeler.  Born Edmonton, Alberta September 23, 1946.  Actress, filmmaker, producer, director and writer are her professions.  She worked for the National Film Board of Canada in the 1970’s working on numerous documentaries.  Her film “Bye Bye Blues” made in 1990 won 3 Genie Awards.
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Noreen Young She studied drawing and painting at the Ontario college of art but it was something more along the line of sculpting that would capture her attention and career. She began to hone her skills as a puppet builder and puppeteer. In 1979 she formed Noreen Young Productions. While she has been involved in several productions for the younger audiences it was her Under the Umbrella Tree television show that is perhaps the best remembered. It was aired on CBC, YTV, Canal Famille and the Disney Channel. In 1995 she received the Order of Canada for her achievements in children's television. Her political character puppets have been a constant source of entertainment for Canadian adults.
Vocalists - singers - children's songs
Charlotte Diamond Born July 31, 1945, Nanaimo, British Columbia. In 1983 Charlotte graduated from University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Secondary Education. She continued French language studies at Laval University, Quebec before teaching science, French and Music at Junior High school in New Westminster Secondary School for ten years. Charlotte loved to sing and performed with local fold groups. She wrote songs and entertained her own children and also developed a preschool music program which resulted in requests for workshops and school concerts around Vancouver and around the province. In 1986 her recording of 10 Carrot Diamond , which would become a Gold Record, won the Canadian Juno Award. She has become a frequent headliner for the Vancouver International Children’s Festival. Her popular son Octopus (Slippery Fish) became a book in 2013: Slippery Fish in Hawaii. In 2015 she released with her son Mat, Diamonds by the Sea. Trilingual, English , French and Spanish, she as released recordings in all three languages. Her works have garnered her Parents’ Choice Awards and American Library Association Awards. She tours throughout North America, Costa Rica. She has been awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Commemorative Medal and has been named as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. In 2016 she was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada.
Vocalists - singers - folk music and country music      back
Angèle Arsenault. Born Abrams, Prince Edward Island October 1, 1943. With a sincere love of Acadian folk music as incentive she writes and sings her own songs in both of Canada’s official languages.  Her albums have earned her many awards. She uses her music to express her own special brand of humor.
Hélène Baillargeon-Coté

Born Sainte-Marie-du-Beauce, Quebec  August 28, 1919. Died Montréal, Québec September 25, 1997 As a child she loved singing folk songs. As an adult she studied voice and researched folk songs. She recorded 10 albums of her beloved folk music. In 1944 she married André Coté and the couple had three children. From 1959 through 1973 she galvanized Anglophone children to their television sets with her show Chez Hélène. She spoke only French to her English speaking mouse friend, Suzie.  To the children it was endearing, in reality she was bridging tow national cultures. In the 1970’s she became a celebrity Canadian Citizenship judge accepting new immigrants who had succeeded in there quest to gain citizenship to their new country. In 1973 she received the Order of Canada. Source: Herstory: The Canadian Women’s Calendar 2000 (Silver anniversary edition) Coteau Books, 1999. Page 54.

Carroll Ann Baker. Born March 4, 1949 Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. Carroll was performing at the age of 4. At 16, Carroll and her family relocated to Toronto. Carroll had her 1st single song hit in 1970.    She dominated the country music scene in the 1970's winning several Juno Awards as Country Female vocalist in 1977, 1978 and 1979. In 1976, she won a Big Country Award for best album of the year, and in 1978 and 1977 she was named top female country singer at the same awards. She produced over 20 albums of her music. In the summer of 1983 she hosted her own television show and was always a welcome guest on the long running Tommy Hunter show. She decided to take partial retirement in the early 1990's. She was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992. In 1997 she received a lifetime achievement award from the Nova Scotia Country Music Association. In 2010 she became a Member of the Order of Canada for her singing and songwriting.
Anita Best Born Merasheen Island, Newfoundland. Her interest in Newfoundland oral history let her to a career as a performer. She had made numerous television and radio appearances and several recordings of songs and stories of the province. She has served as President of the Newfoundland Folk Arts Society of which she has been involved for over 30 years.  In 2011 she was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada for ‘ensuring this priceless cultural legacy’ of son and stories of Newfoundland and Labrador. She has explored, researched, catalogued the lifestyle and culture of Newfoundland. She is considered one of the province’s most prominent traditional singers. In 2015 she won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Folk Fest at Bannerman Park.
Heather Bishop Born Regina, Saskatchewan April 25, 1949. She went to university for her BA at the University of Saskatchewan in 1969. She had studied piano as a child but decided she enjoyed guitar more when she was a teen. She also studied voice in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 1976 she began her solo career at the Regina Folk Festival. By the 1980's she was one of Canada's leading performers in both feminist and children's music and was touring throughout North America. She has some 5 albums of music as well as a recordings of songs for children.
Marie Bottrell Born London, Ontario January 16, 1961. To her it seems she has always written and sang. When she was a teen, her brothers sent he son tapes to various country and western groups and she was soon hired as a writer and then she began recording and singing herself. Her first album, Just reach out came out when she was 17 years old. She has toured all over North America doing public and TV appearances. After a tour of Germany in 1980 she has maintained a loyal fan base there.  She received the Best Country Awards for outstanding performance, country female singer in 1979 and best single recording for the Star in 1980. She was the Canadian Country Music Awards best female vocalist of the year in 1983 and 1984. She was nominated annually from 1979 through 1986 for Juno Awards. In 1991 she made a comeback with the hit Lasso your Love recorded in Nashville, U.S.A.
Edith Butler Born July 27, 1942 Paquetville, New Brunswick.  Learning music in her home town of Caroquet, New Brunswick, she applauds the Acadian culture wherever she entertains. She has a strong singing voice and is a well rounded entertainer combining humor with her own music. Edith was one of the first songsters to promote Acadian culture in Canada and internationally. She was able to launch her career on Radio-Canada in Moncton, New Brunswick. By 1962 she was singing with CBC TV Halifax on Singalong Jubilee. In 1969 she graduated from Laval University, Quebec City. In 1970 she was a featured performer at the Canadian Pavilion at Expo '70 in Osaka, Japan.  She won the award of the Académie Charles-Cros, in Paris, France and  she was induced as a Chevalier de l'Ordre de la Pléiade 1978 in France. In 1999 France presented her with the Chevalier de l'Ordre Nationale du Mérite de la République française  She was made a Member of the Order du Mérite de la culture française by the Canadian Senate and was induced  an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1975.  She has recorded some 27 albums of her Acadian music and in 2007 her song, Paquetville, was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. July 2, 2009 she was one of four musicians who had their picture on stamps issued by Canada Post. The following year she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society Of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN). In 2012 she was given the Lieutenant-Governor's Award for High Achievement in the Arts for Performing Arts. and in 2013 she was inducted as a Member of the Order of New Brunswick.
Connie Campagne Born September 8, 1959  Willow Bunch, Saskatchewan. Carmen is a singer  and children's entertainer and in the 1970’s she was a member of the folk music band Folle Avoine. She, along with Connie Kaldor, received a Juno Award at the 1989  in the category Best Children's Album for Lullaby Berceuse. In 2013, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada "for her contributions as a singer, songwriter and composer enhancing music for young children and using music in French-language education". Source: Order of Canada.


Emma Enid Maude Caslor née Carmichael. Born December 18, 1913 Chilliwack, British Columbia. Died December 25, 1977. She enjoyed piano lessons as a child and as a youth too voice in San Francisco, U.S.A., Vancouver and Halifax. She was introduced to the joy of folk music in 1930 while living on Canada's east coast. Until 1948 she used the professional name of Nina Finn when singing and playing public and radio performances. In the 1940's she worked for the National Film board in Ottawa. After 1948 she took the professional name of Emma Caslor and began her own career as a singer. Her music embraced at first the Celtic roots but soon took on the folk cultures of Canada's full diversity from aboriginal music to Elizabethan songs.
Terri Clark.  (real name Terri Lynn Sauson) Born Montreal, Quebec  August 5, 1968.  At age 9 she began playing guitar. She has always been obsessed with Country Music. She headed to Nashville in the U.S.A. to follow her dream. She worked and sang anywhere she could, "paying her dues" as a new singer for seven years. Her first album went triple platinum in Canada and platinum in the U.S.A. The Canadian Music Association declared her Top New Female Artist in 1995 and she won album and song of the year in 1996. She loves to rollerblade and collects guitars.
Louise Forestier

née Belhumeur. Born August 10, 1942. Louise studied acting at the National Theatre School, Montreal, Quebec but she preferred singing to acting. In 1966 she received the Renee Claude Trophy from Le Matriote and was ‘discovery’ of the year for radio-Canada. In 1968 she was part of an successful revue which also toured France in 1969. She continued to sing and act doing Rock music and then turning folk music. In 1976 she received the Manteau d’Arlequin prize from France for the best presentation of a French language song. In 1984 she was the woman of the year in Quebec in the arts field. In 2013 she received the SOCAN (Society for composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) and was presented with the Order of Canada. (2017)

Connie Isabel Kaldor Born May 9, 1953 Regina, Saskatchewan. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater at the University of Alberta in 1976. She worked performing with various theatre groups until 1979 she she began a full-time music career. In 1981 she founded her own independent record label, Coyote Entertainment. She won her 1st Juno Award with Carmen Campagne in 1989 for the Best Children’s Album, Lullaby. She earned two more awards for Best Children’s Album in 2004 and in 2005. She do-wrote a song for the animated television series based on the comic strip For Better of For Worse which debuted in 2000. She married music producer and Hart-Rouge member Paul Campagne. In 2003 her television show @Wood River Hall debuted on Vision TV. In 2006 she became a Member of the Order of Canada. She continues to write music and to tour.
k. d. Lang (Kathryn  Dawn) Born November 2, 1961 Consort, Alberta. This country singer has real country roots.  She grew up in Consort, Alberta, which has a population of 700.  In 1981 she became a vegetarian. In 1985 she won her 1st Juno as Most Promising Female Vocalist of the year followed in 1987 with a Juno as Country Female Vocalist of the year.  She has been very outspoken against cattlemen . Her natural joy of country music is evident in the songs she sings. In June 1992 she 'came out' as a lesbian.  In 1995 she was awarded the International Solo Artist Award. This multiple Grammy winner is considered an innovator in her field, she performs from the heart and is an inspiration to all. In 2005 she received the National Art Centre Award and that same year she won her 6th Juno this time for Artist of the year.  In 2008 she received a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto, Ontario. In 2011 she was inducted to the Q Hall of Fame Canada in recognition of the work she has done to further equality for all peoples around the world. In 2014 she made her Broadway debut as a 'Special Guest Star' in After Midnight. She has also appeared in movies and numerous television programs over the years.
Rita MacNeil Born Big Pond, (Cape Breton) Nova Scotia May 28, 1944. Died April 13, 2013. As a child she suffered from shyness and endured surgery for a cleft palate. She loved to sing for her mother who encouraged her to Higher goals. Rita is mother of two children but her marriage did not ad to nor survive her budding career. She began writing her own heartfelt songs. An early title, Born a Woman, composed to protest beauty pageants, would become the name of her first album in 1974. She has recorded more than 20 albums since then, setting sales records, and outselling such icons as Garth Brooks in 1990’s Canada. In the late 1970’s after a slow start to her career, she was invited to sing with the all male miners choir, Men of the Deep. It was a successful and long lasting musical relationship. In 1987 she won the first of her 3 career Juno awards. She also holds 4 Canadian Country Music Awards and 7 East Coast Music Awards. Her 1990’s CBC TV show, Rita and Friends, garnered her a Gemini Award. As an entrepreneur the family runs Big Pons publications and productions as well as her big Cape Breton tourist attraction Rita’s Tea Room. She holds 5 honourary degrees from Universities, the Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award, honouring her contribution to Atlantic Canada Music and holds the Order of Canada (1992) and the Order of Nova Scotia (2005). Her autobiography is On a personal note, written with Anne Simpson Toronto; Key Porter Books, 1998. Flying on her own is a a musical play of her life through her songs by Charlie Rhindress (Playwrights press, 2008)Suggested Sources: Rita MacNeil web site www.ritamacneil.com (accessed June 2011) ; Profiles from a century of Canadian Music by Alex Barris and Ted Barris Toronto; Harper Collins.
Beverly Mahood. Born November 2, 1974 Belfast, Northern Ireland.  She began performing in 1980, at the age of 6, when her family moved to the Kitchener-Waterloo area of Ontario. The child performer really took to the stage and has loved it ever since. Her song “Girl Out of the Ordinary” was #1 in Country Music by a Country Artist in 1998 Rising Star, Female Vocalist, Group or Duo Single from the Ontario Country Music Association. . She had produced several albums, a couple of successful Christmas albums and a partnership with David Foster on the female trio, Lace. She is highly recognized as a song writer have written songs for Celine Dion and others. In 2016 she song Chariots of Fire was used in the U.S.A. presidential campaign. She has performed for the G8 World Leaders, for the military in Afghanistan, the Royal Family and the G20 Canadian Women of Distinction luncheon. As well as her singing career Beverley has been a celebrity model,,, appeared in movies and numerous TV shows including a year with City TV's Breakfast Television. She has been spokesperson for the Pink Mitten Campaign for Cancer Research and in 2016 she celebrated her 20th year with Saskatchewan's CTV Telemiracke and Canada's Food Banks. Her humanitarian efforts have garnered her the 2-14 Sleight Music Humanitarian Award.
Anna McGarrigle.  Born December 4, 1944  Montreal, Quebec.  Along with her sister and singing  partner, Kate McGarrigle (1946-2010) , she began singing in coffee houses in Montreal in the 1960's. Anna studied at the Ecole des Beaux-arts de Montreal from 1964-1968. In 1976 they produced a record album together and won the Melody Maker Best Record of the Year.  Other albums followed including an all French album in 1982 and the duo would win Juno Awards for their works. Anna married journalist Dane Lanken and the couple have two children.  The McGarrigles were named to the Order of Canada in 1994. In 1999 the sisters received the Women of Originality Awards. In 2006 the singers received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN).
Kate McGarrigle Born February 6, 1946 Montreal, Quebec. Died January 18, 2010 Montreal, Quebec. Kate was the youngest of three sisters who grew up in St-Sauveur-des-Monts, Quebec. Along with her sister and partner, Anna, she began singing folk music in coffee houses in Montreal in the 1960’s. From 1963 to 1967 she joined Jack Nisserson and Peter Weldon to form the Mountain City Four. Kate studied engineering at McGill University before she began writing songs.  In 1976 they produced a record album together which won Best Record of the year from Melody Maker. Kate married Loudon Wainwright lll and the couple had two children, Rufus  Martha who themselves became acclaimed musicians.  After a brief solo experience in New York, Kate rejoined her sister and more albums followed including a French language collection in 1982. n 1998 the sisters won Juno Awards for two albums. The McGarrigles were named to the Order of Canada in 1994.In 1999 Kate and Anna earned Women of Originality Awards. In 2006 the sisters received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN).  In 2008, after a diagnoses of cancer Kate established a Fund at the McGill University Health Centre to raise awareness of the rare cancer called Sarcoma. May 12-13, 2011 a tribute concert was filmed and released in June 2013 as:  Sing Me the Songs: Celebrating the Works of Kate McGarrigle Place Kate McGarrigle was inaugurated August 7, 2013 in Montreal.
Verna Marguerite 'Marg' Osborne Born December 29, 1926 Moncton, New Brunswick. Died July 16, 1977. Marg began her singing career in a community choir and won a local radio contest. She earned the nickname ‘ the girl from the singing hills. In 1947 she was travelling in her home province she was heard by Orchestra leader Don Messer and was hired as part of the ‘Don Messier and his Islanders. The program was broadcast by the CBC  from Prince Edward Island She was often performing duets with Charlie Chamberlain. The show appeared on Television in 1956 running until 1969 becoming Don Messer’s Jubilee. In 1960 she was named the most popular female personality on television by CFRN in Edmonton, Alberta. In 1967, as part of the Canadian Centennial the show performed live across the country. After the Television show was cancelled Marg performed as a night club singer, and a fairs including the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto. She was also a guest on several CBC shows such as Juliette and the Tommy Hunter Show. In 1977 she hosted a half-hour variety program called That Maritime Feelin’.
Buffy Sainte-Marie. Born February 20, 1941 Piapot Reserve, Craven, Saskatchewan. (Sometimes recorded as 1942) This orphaned aboriginal child was to become a moving force in the international emergence of folk music. She was adopted and grew up in Massachusetts where she attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, U.S.A. As a child and teen she taught herself to play piano and the guitar. In 1962 she was touring with her music at music festivals across North America. In 1963 her song The Universal Soldier was one of her most popular works and she was named Billboard Magazines Best New Artist.  In 1964 she attended a Powwow on the Piapot Cree reserve where she was adopted by the her people and where she learned of her culture. In 1968 she married Dewain Bugbee of Hawaii but sadly the marriage ended in divorce in 1971. In 1975 she married Sheldon Wolfchild of Minnesota and the couple had one child. It was in 1975 that she 1st appeared on Sesame Street after which she was always a welcome guest. Once again divorced she married a third time to Jack Nitzsche (died 2000). In the 1980's she began used Apple Inc., Apple ll and Macintosh computers to record her music and visual arts. Many of her songs have been used in movies and TV  including the son Up were we belong  in An Officer and a Gentleman which received the Academy Award for Best Song in 198 and a Golden Globe Award for Best original Song in 1983. In addition the song received an BAFTA Award for Best Original Song Written for a Film. That same year she was honoured as Best International Artist in France. .In 1989 she wrote and performed the music for Where the Spirit Lives, a film about native children being abducted and forced into residential schools. She took leave from the profession returning in 1992 after 16 years releasing a new album followed by another album in 1996. As an artist her works have been exhibited at the Glenbow Museum, Calgary, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, The Emily Carr Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, and the American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A. In 1996 she started a philanthropic fund Nihewan Foundation for American Indian Education and in 1997 she founded the Cradleboard Teaching Project devoted to better understanding Native Americans. She earned a Juno Award, a Gemini Award, a Dove Award and became an Officer in the Order of Canada. The following year she received a Star on Canada's Walk of Fame, Toronto. In 2003 she became the spokesperson for the UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network in Canada. In 2009 she was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and won a Juno Award for Aboriginal Recording of the Year for Running for the Drum. In 2010 she earned the Governor General's Performing Arts Award. In 2015 she received the Spirit of Americana/Free Speech in Music Award. In 2016 she earned two Juno Awards.
Sylvia Tyson. née Fricker.  Born CHATHAM, Ontario September 19, 1940.  At age 15 Sylvia knew she would be a folk singer.  She moved to Toronto where she met Ian Tyson. The duo became full time singers with their 1st recording in 1961.  They were among the leaders of the 1960’s North American fold music boom. Sylvia wrote songs such as “You Were On My Mind”.  In 1970 they had the their own TV show “Nashville North”. In the 1970’s Sylvia headed out on a solo career. She hosed a CBC Radio show, recorded albums, and formed her own company “Salt Records”.  She still enjoys performing today.  She has teamed up only three times with Ian to do special performances, preferring to concentrate on her solo efforts.
Patricia Lorraine Tutty. Born April 12, 1953.  Known as Paddy, she and her sister began performing folk music in the late 1960's. She developed a serious interest in English and Celtic traditional music.  She traveled to England to perform and collect fold music.  She is and active member of the Canadian Fold Music Society and has produced albums of this popular and growing form of music. 
Vocalists - singers - classical music      back
Frances Adaskin Born February 3, 1903, Saint John, New Brunswick. Died August 22, 1988. She studied music and voice in Montreal, Toronto, and New York City. She made her debut in the 1920’s and appeared on CBC. From 1931-1941 she was a recitalist for the Canadian Pacific Railroads Hotels. She was a pioneer in supporting Canadian composers. For her efforts she received the Canadian Music Council Medal for “outstanding contribution to the life of Music in Canada”. She would become a teacher of music at the University of Saskatchewan from 1952 through to 1967.
Stella Irene Boyd Born December 23, 1891 Winnipeg, Manitoba. Died 1945.  Daughter of William J. Boyd, she was a leading contralto soloist and vocal teacher in Winnipeg, having studied in France, Germany, and England. She was a vocal examiner for many years. She was an executive member of the Women’s Musical Club and the Registered Music Teachers’ Association. Sources: Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted  (University of Manitoba Press, 1999) ; Memorable Manitobans Online (Accessed December 2011)
Marguerite Cecile Craigie née Homuth. Born February 24, 1895 Wingham, Ontario. Died August 20, 1986, Toronto, Ontario. Marguerite would be her debut as violinist at a church concert when she was a child. In 1915 while a student at the Ontario Ladies College, Whibty, Ontario she won a gold medal for her singing. In 1918 she graduated from the Toronto Conservatory of Music and sang in Massey Hall, Toronto. July 5, 1919 she married Edward Craigie ((1894-1984) and the couple had one daughter. While traveling with her husband in Spain she gained an enduring enthusiasm for Spanish music. She did research and always enjoyed performing Spanish songs. In the 1940’s she gave public concerts and performed on radio. Source: Canadian Women of Note, Canadian Womens Press Club, York University, 1994.
Ida Joséphine Phoebe Eva Gauthier. Born September 20, 1885 Ottawa, Ontario. Died December 26, 1958 New York, U.S.A.  As a child she took piano lessons and at 13 she began voice lessons.  As a mezzo-soprano she made her Ottawa debut in 1902 as a contralto voice at the Ottawa Basilica participating in a service commemorating the death of Queen Victoria. Sir Wilfrid and Lady Laurier assisted her to leave for Europe in July 1902. She studied at the Paris Conservatoire with an interruption in her studies when she had an operation for nodules on her vocal cords. In 1905-6 she toured the British Isles and Canada with Dame Emma Albani (1847-1930).  1907-08 was spent in study in Italy with her stage debut at Pavia in the role of Michaela in Carmen. She performed with orchestras in Holland and Belgium, including a concert with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1910 she performed with an orchestra at the Royal Palace in Copenhagen. It was about this time that she gave up the stage to devote herself to the more intimate art of recital and concert. On a tour of the Orient she married Franz Knoote, who worked as a plantation manager in Java. She toured throughout Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Divorced in 1911 she continued touring. During World War 1 she returned to America where she made her New York recital in May 1915. On November 1, 1923 in New York she sang music of Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin and George Gershwin with none other than Gershwin himself at the piano to accompany her. This performance is considered historically significant as she would continue to help introduce more than 700 new songs in concerts or recitals after this event.  In 1927 for the celebration of Canada’s 60th Anniversary since Confederation she performed in Ottawa. After the 1936 season in New York and Boston she devoted herself to teaching giving master classes, and serving on juries for important competitions. She was a founding member of the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA). In 1949, received a citation from the Campion Society of San Francisco for her contribution as an interpreter and teacher. Her library and her personal documents were acquired by the New York Public Library. Additional documents and photographs are held in the National Library of Canada. It is fortunate that recordings as early as 1914 have been preserved and have been featured in retrospectives of Canadian performers
Doreen Hume. Born July 14, 1926, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. An operatic soprano, she started performing on CBC radio in the late 1940’s and in 1954 she moved to England to become principal soprano soloist in the BBC’s light Music Department for 15 years. She made 12 albums of light classical music and musical comedy before returning to Toronto in 1970.
Portia May White. Born June 24, 1911,Truro, Nova Scotia. Died February 13, 1968. As a child she sang in her Baptist church choir. Her professional career began its assent i1941 with an appearance at the Eaton Auditorium in Toronto. In 1944 she became the first black Canadian woman to appear in the New York Town Hall, where she was touted as the “Canadian Marion Anderson”. She toured in Canada, the U.S.A. and Latin America before returning for further studies in Toronto. She would teach at the all girls school of Branksome Hall and eventually open her own studio. She was very proud to perform before Queen Elizabeth II in a Command Performance in 1964. Even though she was an extraordinary contralto, her career was hampered by racial prejudice shown against black artists at the time. In 1999, some 30 years after her death, her family released a private CD “First You Dream”. Canada Post released a special stamp in her honour as part of it millennium celebration series.
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Salome Bey Born 1944, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A.  From 1957 through 1966 she toured with her sister and brother as the Bay Sisters throughout the North America. The family made their 1st appearance in Toronto in 1961. On April 7, 1964 she married Howard Berkeley Mathews. Returning to the city in 1966 she chose Toronto to live and raise her three children. . She appears at night clubs, on radio and television singing jazz blues and spirituals. She has also been a featured entertainer at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto. In 1972 she earned an Obe Award for her performance in the New York production, Justine, also called Love Me, Love My Children. In the 1970’s and 1980’s she was well received in numerous musicals in New York, Toronto and Washington, D.C. In 1978/9 she wrote and starred in Indigo, a Dora Mavor history of the blues. She has appeared at several benefits with her daughters, Jacintha Tuku and Saidah Talibabh. She has performed at Ontario Place, Toronto and at Expo 86, the World fair held in British Columbia. She has recorded several albums of her music. In 1991 she was presented with a Toronto Arts Award in the Performing Arts Category. In 1995 she did the Salome Bey Christmas Show for national Television. In 1996 she received the Martin Luther King Award for lifetime achievement from the Black Theatre Workshop in Montreal, Quebec. She has celebrated on February 22, 2002 with a performance for Canada’s Black History Month. She was inducted as an honourary Member of the Order of Canada in 2005. Source: The Canadian Encyclopedia Online Accessed May 2013.
Holly Cole. Born November 25, 1953 Halifax, Nova Scotia. Holly resettled in Toronto, Ontario in order to further a musical career. In 1986 she founded the trio and in 1989 they released their 1st album. A jazz singer who has produced several music albums that have made her one of the best-selling jazz artists ever to emerge from Canada. In 1995 she left the Holly Cole Tri and followed with two jazz albums solo. She is also very well liked in Japan where she toured in 2020-2013. (2017)
Fanny Helen Felker-Facault née  Leech. Born August 16, 1875 Victoria, British Columbia. Died March 24, 1955 British Columbia. Fanny was the daughter of Mary Macdonald (1837-18920), a 1862 ship bride, and Peter Leech an architect in Victoria. The family was a neighbor of Emily Carr (1871-1945) and Fanny and Emily became friends. In 1899 she married William Philip Felker (1866-1902). The couple settled on the Felker Ranch on the Cariboo Trail and had two children. In 1904 she married Alphonse Facault (1866-1946) and they settled in Walhchin where they had a child to grow up with the children from Fanny's first marriage. When a new grand piano arrived in the new hall in Walhchin Fanny packed the hall with prople coming to hear her play the piano. She played classical jazz, ragtime and other popular music of the era. She would also travel to perform in towns like Kamloops and Williams Lake. She continued to perform up until the 1940's.
Judith 'Jude' Marian Johnson Born January 6, 1954, Hamilton, Ontario. She began performing at the age of 3 in commercials. She attended the Sheridan College School of Design, Oakville, Ontario and took courses at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. She has been a full time musician shine 1980. Jude is one of Canada’s finest vocalists and jazz singers and performers for both adults and children. She has sung back up to artists such as Raffi and Stan Rogers as well she has released multiple albums and CDs.  In 1985 she was the founder and director of the MAD Creative Arts School and has helped over 9,000 children explore their creativity through music, art and drama. She has participated in MAD camp for over 30 years. In 1992 she received the Canada 125 Medal and was named Hamilton’s Woman of the year in Arts. 1993 she was given the Hamilton Arts Award. In 2009 she was inducted into the Hamilton Gallery of Distinction and in 2011 she received the Hamilton Arts Award for Arts Education.  
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Pierrette Alaire. Born November 9, 1921 Montreal, Quebec. Died July 10, 2011 Victoria, British Columbia . A famous soprano singer born in Montreal she was Winner of the Prix de Musique Calixa-Lavallée among many awards. She married Leopold Simoneau (d 2006) and the couple had two daughters. She was inducted as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1967 and became a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1995.She founded with her husband the Canada Opera Piccola in Victoria, British Columbia in 1982. In 1997 she became a Knight of the National Order of Quebec. She not only ang at the famous Metropolitan Opera, New York City, New York U.S.A. but performed at opera houses across North America and Europe..After retiring from singing, Alarie became active as a teacher, she taught 1st at the Ecole Vincent d'Indy in Montréal and later at the Banff Centre in Alberta. In 2003 she received a Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.
Dame Emma Albani. Dame Emma Albani Dame Emma Albani.  (Marie-Louise-Cecile-Emma Lajeunesse). Born November 1, 1847 Chambly, Canada East (Quebec). Died April 3, 1930.  She became a world famous soprano opera singer performing on stages across Europe and throughout North America. In 1852 the family moved to Plattsburgh, New York. U.S.A. where she gained musical instruction. On August 24 1860 she was a soloist in the world premiere of Charles Wugk Sabatier's Cantata in Montréal, to honour the visit of the Prince of Wales. She became a popular singer at her home in Albany New York by 1865. By 1868 she travelled to Paris to continued her musical studies. In Italy she took the name Emma Albani and on March 30, 1870 she made her operatic debut. She rise to stardom was swift and she was soon performing in England as well. By 1874 she was touring the U.S.A. She married Ernest Gye (died 1925) on August 6, 1878. The couple would have one son. By 1880 she was once again touring in Europe and England.  She made her Canadian Operatic debut on February 13, 1883.  Her final season of tours was in 1896. By the 1920's the couple were financial strapped and Dame Emma gave musical lessons to earn an income. She became the 1st Canadian born artist to distinguish herself in the international world of opera and concert singing. Note: Some authors place her birth in 1848 or 1850.  
Nancy Argenta née Herbison. Born January 15, 1957, Nelson, British Columbia. She spent her early years in the settlement of Argenta, near Nelson, which she would later take as her professional name. Raised in a musical family where her mother taught piano, she soon found herself studying voice in Vancouver. Canada Council Grants allowed her to continue her studies in Europe. In 1983 she had her first major international performance at Aix-en-Provence, France. In 1989 she was performing farther afield in the Middle East and Japan. In 1992 she recorded with Tafelmusic in Toronto and won a Juno Award. Her strong soprano voice and her hard work have allowed her to work with most of the leading Early Music conductors on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
Rosa Anthony

Rosa received her musical training at the Royal Conservatory of Music. She earned her B.A. in Fine Arts from York University, Toronto and a diploma in Operatic Performance from the University of Toronto. She also holds a diploma in Contemporary Music Theatre Performance from the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts in Alberta. In addition Rosa holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. With certification in Intermediate/Senior Music and drama and Primary Education and Montessori FCE training. She has performed with various groups including the Canadian Opera Company and Tapestry Music Theatre in Toronto. While raising her family she has taught voice to adults and youth in Orangeville, Ontario. She has formed her own Community Opera Theatre group called Opera Plus producing several shows. Her shows have supported Theatre Orangeville, the Salvation Army Food Bank, Hillside House/Family Transition Place and the Orangeville Concert Association. In 1996 she wrote and performed her own one woman play League of Notions about the life of Dr. Minerva Ellen Reid (1872-1957), the 1st woman in North America to be a Chief of Surgery. She has returned to University to earn her master in Theological Studies at Tyndale University, Toronto and is involved in the Lay Chaplaincy program at Headwaters Health Care Centre. Source: Orangeville and District Music Festival. Online (Accessed February 2014)

Rhoda Pendleton Baxter Born 1928, Calais, Maine, U.S.A. Died November 30, 2012, Ottawa, Ontario. She attended Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick and went on to study at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Ontario. She married Start Baxter moving in 1959 , then in 1969 to Kingston, Ontario and finally settling in 1972 back in Ottawa. The couple had two children. She has a career as a prominent Canadian soprano performing throughout North America. She also performed on CBC. She performed well into her 70’s at various Ottawa churches with the Choral Society and the Cantata Singers of Ottawa. Source: “Rhoda Pendleton Baxter. Powerful gift beyond the norm”. by Tony Lafaro, the Ottawa Citizen, January 20, 2013. Suggestion submitted by June Coxon, Ottawa, Ontario.
Donna Brown Born Renfrew, Ontario February 15, 1955. She studied near home in Ottawa and then at McGill University in Montreal before heading for in depth voice study in France, Austria and Italy. She made her European debut on the professional opera stage in 1982 and toured extensively in Europe. She moved back to Canada in 1997. She is in international demand, performing an extensive repertoire of opera, recital and oratorio works covering music from the baroque to 20th century works. She has graced the opera and concert stages of London. Paris, Tokyo, Geneva, Berlin, Vienna, Rome, Sao Paulo, Caracas, Tel Aviv, Toronto, Vancouver, San Francisco, and Los Angeles!! Many of her opera and concert performances have been recorded for television broadcast in North America, Europe and Asia.
Measha Bruggergosman

née Gosman. Born Fredericton, Nova Scotia June 28, 1977 As a child she sang in her Baptist Church choir. From the age of 7 she would study voice and piano. As a teen summer holiday time found her studying on scholarships at the Boston Conservatory in the U.S.A. She obtained a Bachelor of Music at the University of Toronto and then off she went to Germany for a 5 years Masters degree program at the Robert Schumann Hochschuls in Dusseldorf. In 1998 at 20 years of age, she premiered in the title role of a new opera Beatrice Chancy and her career was launched into orbit. In 1999 she married her high school beau who was an exchange student.  Measha and Mark Brugger combined their surnames to form their family name. She has performed around the Globe. She has been across her native Canada, been on CBC TV and earned an Gemini Award nomination. In 1998 she won the Canada Council for the Arts Award. In 2000 she debuted at Carnegie Hall in New York City before moving on to Japan, Switzerland, German, and other U.S.A. destinations. The Grand Prize of Jeunesse Musicales Montreal Internationale Musical Completion was won by Measha.  In 2007 she found time between performances to serve as the Goodwill Ambassador for the African Medical and Research Foundation working for better health in Africa. A Juno Award was hers in 2008 for her classical Album of the year. She has taken international awards in London, England, New York City, U.S.A., Oslo, Norway and Munich, Germany just to name a few countries. In June 2009 she was forced to take time off to have open heart surgery. Never one to be kept down she returned to perform again in September 2009 at the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2010 she wan a Juno Award for  Classical Album of the Year. Om 2015 she appeared in the television documentary series Songs of Freedom.

Fernande Chiocchio Born Montréal, Québec May 29, 1929. A talented mezzo-soprano she studied music with Canada's top teachers such as Pauline Donalda and made her debut with the Opera Guild in 1952. After a dozen major roles in opera she joined a vocal quartet and made a 50 concert tour in France in 1958. In 1960 she was performing on radio and television and was featured at EXPO 67. She has the reputation as one of Canada's top musical interpreters of her generation ( Montreal, La Presse, December 11, 1963) She enjoys teaching voice privately to select talented students.
Tracy Elizabeth Dahl. Born Winnipeg, Manitoba November 13, 1961. She enjoyed music as a child and studied music and theatre at the Banff School of Fine Art and after making her opera debut in 1982 transferred to the schools opera program. She launched her career at the San Francisco Opera, made her European debut in 1987and appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in 1991. She has made several recordings.
Pauline Donalda. née Lightstone. Born March 5, 1882 Montreal, Quebec. Died October 22, 1970. Pauline was educate at Royal Victoria College, McGill University, Montreal. In 1902 she went to study at the Conservatoire de Paris, France on a grant from Donald Smith (1820-1914), Lord Strathcona. It was here that she adopted the stage name Donalda in honour of her patron. In 1904 she made her singing debut in Nice, France. In November 1906, Returning to Montreal with her husband Paul Seveilhac, to make her North American debut. In December 1906 she began a season with Oscar Hammerstein's Manhattan Opera House in New York City, U.S.A. By 1907 she was once again singing in Europe. She remained in North America during World War l returning to Paris in 1917 to marry her second husband, Mischa Leon in 1918. 1n 1922 she opened a teaching studio in Paris, France returning to Montreal only in 1937 to open her studio there. She founded the Montreal Opera Guild in 1942 where she served as president and artistic director until 1969. In 1967 she became an Officer in the Order of Canada.
Mary Louise 'Mary Lou' Fallis Born April 22, 1948 Toronto, Ontario. She was educated in singing by her grandmother Jennie Bouck. She studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and made her operatic debut when she was just 15 years old on CBC television. She also sang with the St George’s Youth Choir and the Festival Singers of Canada. She graduated in music from the University of Toronto. In 1972 she married musician Peter Madgett.  In 1973 she won the CBC Talent Festival and the following year won the Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions. She performed at the famous Stratford Festival and at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. While she performed internationally in dramatic opera and as a classical singer she is perhaps best known for her comedic theatre.  She developed the character in Primadonna, a satirical one-woman concert in 1982 which earned her an ACTRA Award was a huge success. She performed at Expo ’86 in Vancouver and at the Roy Thomson Hall and even at the federal penitentiary for women in Kingston, Ontario. In 1989 she presented her shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. In 1990 she did a three month tour of Great Britain. In 1991 she celebrated the bicentennial of Mozart’s death with the character Ms. Mozart, again a one-woman show which was followed by the show Primadonna on a Moose. Several additional tours of Primadonna shows followed. She has taught at York University, the Royal Hamilton College of Music, Queen’s University and the University of Western Ontario.  In 2006 she was a judge on the reality TV series Bathroom Divas: So you want to be an Opera Star? In 2011 she was awarded the Order of Canada for her contributions in making classical music more accessible for Canadians.
Sarah Eugéne (Nini) Fischer. Born Paris, France February 23, 1896. Died May 3, 1975. Her family came to Canada when she was 12 and it was not until after World War I that she would train her soprano singing voice in London. She was made an honorary member of the Royal College of Music in London. In 1941 she opened a studio in Montreal helping many young Canadian artists to make their debuts.
Claire Gagnier Born March 28, 1924 Montreal, Quebec. In 1944 she won the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) program Singing Stars of Tomorrow. She studied at the Julliard School in New York City, U.S.A. and in 1945 appeared at the Metropolitan Opera. She has appeared regularly on CBC radio and television .In the 1950’s she performed in the television series Folio and in the 1960’s in the series Festival.  In 1972 she received the Calixa Lavallée Award from the Saint-Jean Baptiste Society. She earned the nickname as ‘The Canadian Nightingale.’.  In 1990 she was inducted into the Order of Canada and in 1966 she was included into the Canadian Opera Hall of Fame. (2017)
Maureen Forrester. Born July 25, 1930 Montreal, Quebec 1930. Died June 16, 2010 Toronto, Ontario. An internationally famous soprano, Maureen has sung all over the world in such sites as the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Whenever she was performing a series of songs she would always include a song by a Canadian artist. In 1957 she married Eugene Kash (1912-2014) and the couple  had five children. In 1967 she became a Companion of the Order of Canada. In 1979 she received the Loyola Medal from Concordia University, Montreal and the following year she received the Diplôme d'honneur from the Canadian Conference of the Arts. In 1983 she received the Sanford Medal from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A. From 1986 through 1990 Maureen served as Chancellor for Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario and the recital hall was named in her honour. In 1990 she was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame followed in 1995 with the Governor General's Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2000 she earned a star on Canada's Walk of Fame, Toronto. She was inducted an Officer in the National Order of Quebec in 2003 and in 2004 she became  a MasterWorks honouree of the Audio Visual Preservation Trust of Canada. (2018)
Barbara Hannigan Born 1971. As a youth growing up in Waverly, Nova Scotia, she became enthralled with music having been energized by her teachers at school. At 17 she moved to Toronto where she saw an Opera for the 1st times. She fell in love with the singing the story and the costumes. Graduating from the University of Toronto in 1993 she went on to earn her Master in Music in 1998. She continued her musical studies at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Steans Institute for Young Artists the Centre d’arts Orford and a year at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, The Netherlands. She sang her world premiere at 17. She enjoys contemporary compositions and has premiered some 75 contemporary compositions.. Composer Hans Abrahamsen wrote a symphonic song Let Me Tell You especially for her strong clear voice. At one point in her career, having been told that she actually conducted the music while she sang she took an interest in conducting and now she is particularly noted for her singing while conducting. Renowned internationally for her voice and additionally now for being one of the few women conductors she had worked with the Bavarian State Opera, the Prague Philharmonic, L’Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome, and the Opéra National de Paris, France. She made her North American début as a singing conductor with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Roy Thompson Hall, Toronto in October 2015.  Her husband is a Dutch theatre director Gijs de Lange and the two worked together in 2006 on a stage production of The Mikado.  Source: Barbara Hannigan Biography, Barbarahannigan.com. (Accessed October 2015).
Edith Doreen Hume Born July 14, 1926 Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. An operatic soprano, she started performing on CBC radio in the late 1940’s. In 1954 she moved to England to become principal soprano soloist in the BBC’s light Music Department for 15 years. She made 12 albums of light classical music and musical comedy before returning to Toronto in 1970.In 1965 she represented Canada at a special liberation anniversary concert in the Netherlands in May 1965.  In 1990 she returned to Sault Ste. Marie and was appointed to Algoma University and became a voice teacher at the Algoma Conservatory of Music. In 2009 she was inducted into the Sault Ste. Marie Walk of Fame. (2018)
Claire Gagnier Born March 28, 1924 Montreal, Quebec. In 1944 she won the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) program Singing Stars of Tomorrow. She studied at the Julliard School in New York City, U.S.A. and in 1945 appeared at the Metropolitan Opera. She has appeared regularly on CBC radio and television .In the 1950’s she performed in the television series Folio and in the 1960’s in the series Festival.  In 1972 she received the Calixa Lavallée Award from the Saint-Jean Baptiste Society. She earned the nickname as ‘The Canadian Nightingale.’.  In 1990 she was inducted into the Order of Canada and in 1966 she was included into the Canadian Opera Hall of Fame. (2017)
Gillian Keith Boron Toronto, Ontario. A talented soprano, her first training was in piano at McGill University in Montreal. She did her post graduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England. As a chamber music musician she has performed throughout the United Kingdom. She is also in demand as an opera, recitalist and oratorio concert singer. She is particularly know for her interpretations of Baroque music for which she has received several awards. She has performed in the United Kingdom and across Europe, North America, Turkey and Israel.
Maria Knapik Born Pradnik, Poland. She has loved and been surrounded by music all her life. At 7 she was playing the violin and at 13 the guitar, piano and trumpet. At 16 she began voice lessons. She performed with her 7 sisters in some 4000 concerts in Poland and the rest of Europe and United Kingdom as a youth. She attended the Karol Szymanowski Academy of vocal and acting Arts. While at university she met her future husband, Richard Sztramko of Hamilton, Ontario. The couple are married and in 2009 were the proud parents to a son. Maria founded in 2006 and is artistic director of the Ottawa Classical Choir and the group with Maria as soprano soloist have produced their own CD’s. She performs not only throughout North America but also in Europe. She also gives her talent for concerts to raise funds for charities, especially those involved with helping children. She has received the Gold Cross of Merit from her homeland, Poland, in recognition not only of her professional efforts but also for her continued dedication for the Canadian –Polish cultural association. In 2005 she won the award for International Rising Star from the American Institute of Polish Culture. As well as the organization’s 2011 Gold Medal. Source: Power of her voice by June Coxon, Ottawa Family Living, March 2012.
Marie Anne Béatrice LaPalme- Issaurel Born July 27, 1878 Beloeil, Quebec. Died January 18, 1921, Montreal, Quebec. In 1881 her family relocated to Montreal. She enjoyed learning music from her mother and the nuns who taught at her convent school. She studied violin and gave her 1st concert on March 5, 1844. She was the 1st recipient of the Strathcona Scholarship to attend the Royal College of Music in England for five years. In 1900 Béatrice was the 1st French Canadian woman to be made a corresponding member of the Royal College of Music. On advice of the famous Canadian opera singer, Mme Emma Albani, Béatrice devoted herself exclusively to singing. She presented a vocal recital in Montreal on October 17, 1902 and began her international career the following year in the Royal Opera House in London, England. She met her future husband, Salvador Issaurel, also an opera singer, while performing in Paris, France in 1905. The couple was married on October 14, 1908 and they settled in Montreal in 1911 where she joined the Montreal Opera Company. The company went bankrupt in 1913 and Béatrice tried singing in the New York City but with the clouds of world war l gathering she returned to Montreal she returned to Montreal. The couple taught in their studios and she gave her last performance in Montreal on November 14, 1919. Salvador continued to teach as their studio in Montreal until his death in 1944. Source: Marie-Thérèse Lefebvre, “LA PALME, BÉATRICE (Issaurel),” in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 15, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003–, accessed July 27, 2014, http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/la_palme_beatrice_15E.html.
May Lawson Born March 29, 1901, West Calder, Scotland. Died April 28, 1965, Winnipeg, Manitoba.  May emigrated to  Canada in 1914 with her parents. A musical child she singing in Winnipeg Thomas, and in Toronto as well she was  coached in voice in New York City. May was soloist at various churches in Winnipeg as well as soloist with the Winnipeg Philharmonic Chorus, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Choristers. She appeared in productions by the Winnipeg Light Opera and was a frequent guest on CBC Radio. She retired from public performance in the late 1940s. She gave private lessons throughout her career and from 1958 through 1965 she taught at the Canadian Mennonite Bible College, Winnipeg. Source: Canadian Encyclopedia Online (Accessed February 2014)
Anna Malenfant Born October 16, 1905, sometimes reported as1902, Shédiac, New Brunswick. Died June 15, 1988, Montreal, Quebec.  Anna became one of the most famous Acadian performers. Growing up in a musical family, she enjoyed a musical childhood studying both piano and voice. At age 15, Anna gave her 1st public performance before an English audience. She then went to Paris and worked with some of the finest instructors of the time developing her talent for opera.  In 1930 she sang for a Boston radio station for a year under the name of Louise Malmont. Returning to Canada she sang in stage and radio productions. Anna also composed many songs depicting her Acadian heritage under the pen name of Marie Lebrun. In her later years, she opened a music school in Montreal. There are two schools named for her in her home province as well as a street in Dieppe, New Brunswick. In 2001 Telefilm Canada produced a documentary film on her life and works. Source: New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Celebrating Achievers; Behind Every Successful Woman Are All the Women Who Came Before Her., September 2002. Online (accessed January 2016)
Nora McLellan. Born October 29, 1954. This actor and singer made her stage debut at age 9 in La Boheme produced by the Vancouver Opera Association. She has appeared in more than 50 roles on stages in Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto, London, Victoria, Saskatoon and Seattle. Her TV appearances have included such hit shows as X-Files. In 1987 she was co-founder, with Michael Dobbin, of the Aids-Relief Fundraising for the Actors' Fund of Canada.
Lois Catherine Marshall. Born Toronto, Ontario January 29,1924. Died February 17, 1997. Though she suffered from Polio as a child it did not stop this opera singer. Her career too her all over the world to sing in the world’s greatest operatic productions and for solo appearances.  She received many acknowledgements for her contributions to Canadian society including the Molson Prize and being a companion in the Order of Canada.
Mary Louise Morrison Born Winnipeg, Manitoba November 9, 1926. She studied voice in Winnipeg, Vancouver and Toronto. In the mid 1940's she was acclaimed the talented sweetheart of Winnipeg. She appeared at festivals and on radio. By the end of the 1940's she was appearing with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She moved to perform for C B C Opera and the Canadian Opera Company. Her personal Canadian Centennial project in 1967 was the role of Sara Riel in the opera Louis Riel. She has toured throughout North America and Europe as an advocate of 20th century music. Married to composer Harry Freedman, her voice as graced his works in several movies. She has held positions on numerous boards and committees for the Canada Council, the Sir Ernest Macmillan memorial Foundation, the Toronto Arts Council and has taught at McMaster University in Hamilton and the University of Toronto. She became an Officer in the Order of Canada in 1983.
Anna Maria Pellegrini Born July 15, 1943, Pretoro, Italy. Maria arrived in Canada in 1958 with her family. Two years later she was attending the Royal Conservatory of Music (RMC) studying voice for 4 years. She also studied in London, England. She made her profession debut in 1963 with the Canadian Opera Company. She debuted in London, England with the Royal Opera in 1965. In 1977 she appeared in Madame Butterfly on CBC television and is considered by some critics as the best Madame Butterfly of her generation. Her life partner is Antonio Barone de Pinna and the couple have one son. In 1980 she was performing at the Ottawa Opera, and across Canada. In 1982 she was in New York City and earned leading roles in other American companies. Internationally her voice is well known in Italy, Santo Domingo, as well as Scotland and Wales. Her life partner is Antonio Barone de Pinna and the couple have one son.  She has received numerous awards including the Carvella D’oro from Italy, the Puccini Madallion from Italy, the Friend of Rome Citation and Ambassiatrice Della Cultura Italiana. She has received the Award of Merit from the City of Ottawa and in 1995 she was woman of the Year with the Canadian Ethnic Press Council. In 2004 a one hour documentary: Canada’s Butterfly: Maria Pellegrini was produced. In addition to private voice coaching and master classes at McGill University and University of Ottawa, Maria, in 2004, founded Pellegrini Opera, was the Artistic Director until 2013, and continues now as the recognized Founder and Executive Consultant in all areas of the company.
Catherine Robbin Born September 28,1950 Toronto, Ontario. This mezzo-soprano studied in Toronto, Vancouver, London, Paris and New York City. She made her debut as a singer in 1972 in Messiah with the St Catharines Niagara Symphony in Ontario. She won the Caplet Award in 1978 at the Concours international de chant in Paris, France and won a silver medal that same year at the Geneva Concours International in Switzerland. The following year she took the Gold Award at the Benson & Hedges International Competition for Concert Singers. Her rich voice is in demand throughout North America and Europe.  She has made several classical recordings that have brought her acclaim. It was in 1978 that she began to perform in a trio with John Dodington, bass and Jane Coop on piano. In March 1981 she made her New York recital debut. In 1982 she was performing in the Stratford Festival production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, in Stratford, Ontario. She has appeared in recital with major Canadian Orchestras and has sung with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Nation Symphony Orchestra and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra in the U.S.A. She has been heard on the BBC, the CBC and Radio France and has produced many recordings.  Upon retirement in May 11, 2003 she dedicated her time to teaching privately and most especially as Director of Vocal Studies at York University. She is President of the Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation, an organization that supports young Canadian Artists studying and performing in the Britten- Pears Young Artists programme in the UK. She holds the Order of Canada. Source: The Canadian Encyclopedia Online (accessed 2006)
Henriette Schellenberg Born Backnang, Germany August 9, 1947. She immigrated to Canada as a child with her family. She studied voice and music first in Winnipeg, Manitoba and then in Europe. This young soprano made her debut in 1979 in Canada and in 1988 she made her debut in the U.S.A.  Since then she as performed with leading orchestras across North America , Europe and Israel.
Georgina Ann Stirling Born April 3, 1866, Twillingate, Newfoundland. Died April 23, 1935, Twillingate, Newfoundland. Georgina’s father, William, believed that all 10 of his children should have a well-rounded education which included music. At 15 Georgina began playing the organ at church as well as playing and singing at local concerts. Leaving home in 1873 she spent 2 years at the Toronto’s Ladies College before returning home. In 1888 she was in Paris, France for Voice training and began training at Marchesi’s School of Music. In 1890 she was invited to join the Milan Opera Company in Italy. Back in Newfoundland in 1892 she sang at church concerts before returning to Europe for additional studies and appearances at the Paris Grand Opera. In 1896 after an extended visit home and doing local appearances she was at the New Imperial Opera Company of New York, U.S.A. for a year prior to touring in the United States. While making appearances in Italy between 1898 and 1901 Georgina damaged her vocal cords and was prescribed total rest. Unfortunately she never recovered enough to do extensive foreign tours again. She would give a rare concert appearances in Newfoundland but she was hampered by depression and bouts of alcoholism. In 1904 she went to England to recover from her alcoholism. Back in Newfoundland in 1925 she helped organize charity events and rarely performed at some of the conferences. Source: Bert Riggs, Nightingale of the North, The Gazette, November 16, 1998. Suggestion submitted by Nora Phillips.
Teresa Stratas. née Anastasia Stratakis. Born May 26, 1938 Oshawa, Ontario. As she entered her teens Teresa was performing Greek songs on the radio. She attended the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto and made her professional opera debut in La bohème  at the Toronto Opera Festival when she was 20. In 1959 she was the co-winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and appeared that year at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, New York, U.S.A. In 1961 she was appearing at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in England. Teresa began her singing career by singing Greek pop songs.   Her beautiful soprano voice has been heard all over the world and she is considered one of the foremost singing actors of the 20th century.  In 1972 She was inducted into the Order of Canada.  The Canadian Music Council named her artist of the year in 1980. She won Grammy Awards for Best Opera Recording and for Best Classical Album in 1981 and again in 1984. In 1987 she was given the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress. In 2000 she earned the Governor General's Performing Arts Award. In 2001 she was given a Star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto. (2018)
Pauline Vaillancourt Born February 2, 1945 Arvida [Jonquière] Quebec.  Pauline made her debut as a soprano soloist in 1970. Pauline earned her Masters in Music from the University of Montreal in 1976.  Pauline is active in classical as well as contemporary music. She has performed in Europe and throughout North America. She founded and is artistic director of the lyric company “Chants Libres” she has been artistic director since 1990.  In her career she has won the Prix d’excellence Victor-Martyn-Lynch-Staunton from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Prix d’interprète de musique contemporaine Flandres-Québec. She has been a member-researcher at Hexagram, since 2006. In 2009 she was named an ambassador of the Canadian Music Centre for her contribution to new music in Canada. In 2015, she was awarded the Opera America Service Award for her 25 years as Artistic and General Director of Chants Libres. (2017)
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Jann Arden. Born  March 27, 1962 Calgary, Alberta. Her full name is Jann Arden Richards. As a youth she wanted to be a teacher but preferred life as a musician. She would fight off alcoholism at age 26 and use her talents to release her first album in 1993. She has been recognized with 19 Juno Award nomination and received 8 including Songwriter of the Year in 1995 and 2002, and Female Artist of the Year in 1995 and 2001.  In 2006 she received a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto. November that year she  received the National Achievement Award from the Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) for having six singles reach the 100,000 airplay mark on Canadian radio. In November 2007, Arden was inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and was the winner of the International Achievement Award at the 2007 Western Canadian Music Awards. December 29, 2017 she became a Member of the Order of Canada not only for her music but also in recognition of her extensive charitable works. She has published her memoirs several times in 2002, t2004, 2011 and 2017.
Susan Aglukark Born Churchill, Manitoba January 27, 1967. Her Inuit name is Uuliniq. She is one of six children. She actually worked as a civil servant at the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs in Ottawa for awhile but gave it up to be able to sing. She had produced three albums and two hit singles by 1999. The music video for Searching won best cinematography honors at the 1991 Canadian Music Video Awards. She is a committed family person and does motivational talks to youth advising that "staying in school is cool ." She Received the order of Canada in 2005.
Edith Butler Born Paquetville, New Brunswick July 27, 1942.  Learning music in her home town of Caroquet, New Brunswick, she applauds the Acadian culture wherever she entertains. She has a strong singing voice and is a well rounded entertainer combining humor with her own music.  She has toured Europe and Japan. She won the award of the Académie Charles-Cros, in Paris.  She was made a member of the Order du Mérite de la culture française by the Canadian Senate and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.  She has recorded some 20 albums of Acadian music. 
Juliette  Augustina Sysak Cavazzi (née Sysak) Born August 27, 1926, St Vital, Manitoba  As a youngster in Winnipeg Juliette sang at the Ukrainian Hall and at amateur talent shows. When she was just a teenager her family relocated to Vancouver. At 13 she was singing at the Hotel Vancouver making more money than her father earned at his job as a cook for the Canadian Pacific Railway.  She was appearing on CBC radio at 15 and was headed to Toronto to appear on TV’s Holiday Ranch. Known as Juliette, this singer and entertainer used only her first name on stage. She married manager Tony Cavazzi. She had regular appearances on the Billy O’Connor CBC TV late show. By 1956 she had her own national TV program where she was known as “Our pet, Juliette”. The show was third in the popularity rating only behind Hockey Night in Canada and CBC National News! Two of her favourite guests were Tony Bennett and Jack Jones. From 1969 through 1971 she hosted a day show called ‘After Noon’ and from 1973 through 1975 she hosted ‘Juliette and Friends’. She also had a successful recording career which included 5 LP 9Long Playing records) albums. In 1975 she was appointed a member of the Order of Canada. In 1999 she was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame. In 1994 She became a member of the British Columbia Entertainment Hall of Fame. She was often criticized for her choice of music, she hair style and the clothing she wore. However she is hailed as a trailblazer for female entertainers who wish to control their own image and Career.  Sources: John Einarson. ‘Juliette’ in Manitoba Music Museum . (accessed August 2014 : The Canadian Encyclopedia Online (Accessed August 2014)
Carmen Champagne

Singer of Children's songs.
Born September 8. 1959 Willow Bunch, Saskatchewan. Died July 4, 2018. In the 1970’s Carmen formed a musical group with her brothers and sisters called Folle Avoine and later known as Hart-Rouge. When the group originally broke us Carmen became a teacher but soon yearned to return to music. She began performing for children. She soon earned the nickname Diva des Petits. Her French language works have won the Prix Felix and a Juno Award for best children’s album in 1989. She has performed throughout North America and Europe. In 2014 she was inducted into the Order of Canada for her contribution to French language music  for children.
Renée Claude. Renée Claude. née Bélanger. Born July 3,1939  Montreal, Quebec. As a youth Renée studied piano at Ecole de musique Vincent-d'Indy. She also studied dramatic arts and voice. In 1955, while still just a teen she made her debut on CKVL in Verdun, Quebec. She has performed in the US, France, Belgium, Poland, USSR, Japan just to name a few countries. In 1963 she produced her 1st album and each successive year she produced albums 2,3,& 4. In 1965 she earned the Stéphane Venne et François Dompierre prix de la meilleure chanson de l'année (best song of the year). In 1967 she signed a contract with Columbia records but switched to Barclay in 1969 until 1974. By 1976 she had produced 14 successful albums. In 1980 she made her stage debut in  a production of songs, monologues and poems in homage to her friend Clémence Desrochers. 1986 saw yet another album. In 1990 she was appearing on television and two years later she was back to the stage and doing films.
Dorothy Collins. (née Marjorie Chandler) Born Windsor, Ontario November 18, 1926. Died July 21, 1994. This singer had the nick name of "Lucky Strike Girl" after the cigarette sponsor of a TV show on which she sang. She appeared on the Canadian television show Your Hit Parade (1950-1957). She also had her own record label in the 1950's.She worked on setting up gags on the show Candid Camera. In 1971 she appeared in a Broadway musical and continued her singing by presenting jazz in nightclubs. 
Helen Maude Dallas Born April 12, 1898, Hastings, England. Died May 26, 1993, Winnipeg, Manitoba. She arrived in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1919.  She studied music at Wesley  College and began  musical career that spanned six decades. In 1920 she married Joseph Dallas and the couple had 2 children. She performed regularly with various choirs and  on local stages ranging from the Walker Theatre to Rainbow Stage. During the depression of the 1930’s she often sang for causes to help the homeless and unemployed.  In the 1940s she hosted a radio show on CKY. During world War ll she regularly performed for troops and continued doing weekly recitals at Deer Lodge Hospital well into her eighties. Later in life she became a green space activist in her Omand’s Creek neighbourhood. Source: Manitoba Lives: Helen Dallas, West End Dumplings, Online Blog of Christian Cassidy (accessed February 2014
Céline Dion. Born March 30, 1968. She is an internationally known recording artist and superstar. She began performing with her family when she was only five years old! Her first song composed when she was 12 caught the eye of manager René Angelil who financed the recording. Her career advanced with the Gold Medal at the Yamaha World Song Festival in 1982. There was no looking back. She became the first Canadian singer to receive a Gold Record in France. She recorded the sound track for Disney's Beauty and the Beast which would win and Academy Award and a Grammy. Other movie hit songs have been in Sleepless in Seattle and Titanic. She married her manager and has chosen to slow her career to have private time devoted to her family. She is a member of the Order of Canada.
Diane Dufresne Born September 30, 1944 Montreal, Quebec. Diane studied voice in Paris, France from 1965-1967. In 1987 she was awarded the Felix Award for best pop show. She is the 1st feamale singer to perform rock songs in French. She show are popular for her music and her eccentric costumes. In 2001 she earned the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award which is Canada’s highest award in the performing arts. In 2002 she was made a Knight in the National Order of Quebec. She was presented with the Felix Hommage for her lifetime achievements in 2006. In 2008 she was presented with the Legion of Honour frm France. In 2015 she was appointed as a member of the Order of Canada for advancing the widespread distribution of the music of Quebec at home and abroad. She also enjoys painting and her works of art have been exhibited in Canada and abroad.
Susan Jacks.  (née Pesklevits)  Born Saskatoon, Saskatchewan August 19, 1948.  Susan and her husband Terry formed a popular 1970’s singing group called “The Poppy Family”. Together they produced several albums of music. She would go on to have a single performer career in the 1980's. She moved to Nashville to continue her career in music but ended up turning to a career in publishing. She is currently executive Vice President of a successful telecommunications firm in Nashville.
Pauline Julien. Born May 23 1920, Trois Rivières, Quebec. . Died October 1, 1998. She pursued a career in acting in Quebec City. From 1950 through 1961 she was married to actor Jacques Galipeau. The couple had two children. In 1952 she was in Paris, France where she began singing on French radio and television. In 1961 she recorded her 1st two albums. In 1969 she represented the CBC at an international song festival in Poland where she placed 2nd. Back in Canada she appeared regularly on stage and worked sporadically in Europe. In 1965 she hosted the CBC television show, Mon pays, mes chansons. She toured the USSR, Cuba, France, Nepal and Rwanda prior to marring Gérald Goden, a Member of the Quebec legislature and cabinet minister in the Parti Québec. In the decade from 1965-1975 she was featured in six movies. In 1994 she was presented with the Chevalier des arts et des letters from France.  In 1997 she was invested as a Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec. The Montreal Centre des arts de la scène Pauline Julien is named in her honour. Source: The Canadian Encyclopedia Online Accessed 2010.
Chantal Thelma-Ramuprlya Kreviazuk

Born Winnipeg, Manitoba May 18, 1973. She began to play the piano just after she learned to walk at three years of age! She attended conservatory for training but did not continue. And even seemed to give up the idea of ever pursuing a career in music as a teenager. However in the early 1990’s she registered at the university of Manitoba in art studies. During  a family vacation in Italy in 1994 she was involved with a disastrous moped accident leaving her with numerous scars and little feeling in part of her face. It was at this time she returned to her love of music. In 1866 she met her husband Raine Martin. By 200 she had earned Best Pop Album and Best Female Artist Juno Awards. In 2001 Genie Awards came for Best Achievement in Music Original Song, Century Hotel. Back to the Juno’s in 2004 she won with her new album. In 2005 her first son, Lucca was born followed in 2008 with a second son. Source: Canada Kicks Ass – Famous Canadians online accessed September 2004.

Avril Lavigne

Born September 27, 1984 Belleville, Ontario. At the age of two she showed that she could sing when she began to sing church songs with her mother. In 1998 she won a competition to sing with fellow Canadian Shania Twain on tour. At 16 she signed with Artista Records. She was tagged the Best New Artist in 2002 and 2003 she won 4 Juno Awards and was nominated for 8 Grammy Awards. Her first album Let go, releases June 4, 2002 sold 18 million copies and was 6 x Platinum in the U.S.A. She has at least ½ dozen number 1 songs worldwide. Her music has been described as modern rock, pop punk, pop rock, power pop, alternative rock or pos grunge.  She married Deryck Whibley July 15, 2006 and continued to rise in her career. In December 2007 she ranked #7 in the Forbes Top 20 Earners under 25 years of age, earning 12,000,000.00. Also in December 2007 her third album, The Best Darn Thing had sold 6.1 million copies. Her movie debut came with the DreamWorks animated feature Over The Hedge and she recorded the Theme song or the Sponge Bob Squarepants Movie. She works with various charities on health issues such as AIDS/HIV, UNICEF and is involved with environmental concerns. (Avril R suggested that Avril Lavigne be included on this site. Thanks. Don’t know how she was overlooked for so long!! ed.)

Katee Lee

Born 1992, Brampton, Ontario. Katee always enjoyed singing . In 2002 she was awarded the Best Junior Vocalist solo and Most Promising Performer by the Brampton Performing Arts. She began working as a model and did several commercials for television in 2003. At the age of 13 she co-founded a musical group DAME which became Brampton’s Band of the Year in 2006. By 2008 In-Tune magazine awarded DAME Female Act of the Year/Rock Act of the Year and Band most likely to succeed. The group was also Band of the Year at the Toronto Independent Music Awards in 2008. In 2010 Katee formed the group KARMA Keeps with herself as front singer. They are the only Canadian Female group in the international YOBISing Top Ten. Submitted by Velvet Karma (VelvetKarma@rogers.com) April 2011.

Monique Leyrac. née Tremblay.  Born February 26, 1928 Montreal, Quebec. Monique was just 13 when she first acted on radio. Monique would go on to become the 1st great international star from French Canada. Using her natural gifts of music and drama she started her acting career on radio in 1943.In 1950 she was appearing in French language movies. In 1952 Monique married French actor Jean Dalmain (1915-2010) and briefly work in theatre in Paris.  In 1965 she won the grand prizes at the international festival of Song in Sopot, Poland and at the Festival de la Chanson at Ostende, Belgium. She would also tour in France, Russia. and North America. She appeared in numerous TV shows in both French and English networks. In the 1980's she began to write and stage one-woman shows where she sang and acted. She was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1967. In 1972 she appeared on stage in Threepenny Opera at the Stratford Festival.  She received the 1979 Prix de musique Calixa-Lavallée. In 1988 she was inducted as a Knight in the National Order of Quebec.  In 1997 she earned the Governor General's Performing Arts Award. Monique married French actor Jean Dalmain (1915-2010)
Lois Ada Goldberg Lilienstein

Children's entertainer and singer.
Born July 10, 1936, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. Died April 22 2015. Music was part of her system. She learned to play piano at 5 and she loved singing and dancing. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Michigan, U.S.A. in 1958. In 1966 she moved with her husband Ernest and son to Toronto, Ontario. She brought music to schools children and participated in the program ‘Music For Children, working with public libraries. In 1978 she joined friends Sharon Hampson and Bram Morrison to record an album ‘One Elephant, Deux Elephants’. It became the fastest selling collection of children’s songs ever produced in Canada. The album launched a thriving career for the trio who have since done 16 albums some of which are gold and platinum. They also made a children’s TV series .  Beginning in 1988 she became Canadian Ambassadors for UNICEF and were active in campaigns to end child hunger around the world. (2018)
Beatrice Gladys Lillie Bea Lillie. (Real name Constance Sylvia Gladys Munston). Born 1894. She would become known as the “Funniest woman in the world.” She has a sweet voice and when singing she would add jokes between her songs until she was better known for the jokes than her music. She won a Tony in 1953,. She married Sir Robert Peel and became Lady Peel in 1920 Source: Canadian Encyclopedia Online Accessed June 2003
LUBA Born Lubomir Kowalchyk 1958, Montreal, Quebec. She was performing on stage at 13 and recording since she was 15 years old. She studied at Concordia University, Montreal. She formed a band called Luba in 1978, but agencies only wanted her as a solo artist. In 1983 after the death of her father she wrote Every time I See Your Picture and sang it with pure emotion. It has become her signature song. She hold 5 Juno awards as female vocalist of the year, three of which were 1985,1986 and 1987. She has also won 3 Felix Awards, and a Casby. In 1991 she was the featured artist for the half time show at the Grey Cup football game. In 1989 she put her career on hold as she went through a divorce, death of close family members and caring for her ill Sister. As a solo artist she has made 6 albums. In 2000 she made a comeback album From The Bitter To The Sweet. She wrote all 11 songs and c0nsiders this album her most honest. She is nor doubt one of Canada’s most successful artists and yet she has never charted in the U.S.A. She now lives in Anguilla.
Gisele Mackenzie Born Winnipeg, Manitoba 1927. Died September 5, 2003. Marie Marguerite Louise Gisele La Fleche began showing her musical talent by playing the piano at age 2!. As she grew into her music she preferred the violin and she performed her first public appearance at 12. During World War ll she entertained the troops where she met he future husband. After her violin was stolen she began to concentrate on her singing career where she would earn the informal title of Canada's first lady of song. She had her own radio show on CBC and was 'discovered' in the early 1950's and was on her way to Hollywood where she changed her name to Mackenzie. She appeared on numerous TV shows and toured with comedian and violinist Jack Benny. She also recorded for Capital Records. Her song Hard to Get was on the 1955 hit parade for 16 weeks! She starred in musicals, TV shows and the movies. She is a member of the Canadian Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Lorraine McAllister Born April 15, 1922, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Died. April 27, 1984, Vancouver, British Columbia. She was a singing star of radio and TV in 1950s, headlining CBC Toronto's Holiday Ranch and Vancouver's Burn's Chuckwagon, Some of Those Days and Meet Lorraine. She was also a headline performer for Theatre Under the Stars. Performed in Johnny Holmes' orchestra, as well as singing from 1950-1965 with her bandleader Dal Richards at the Panorama Roof of the Hotel Vancouver. Source: The Vancouver Hall of Fame online (Accessed November 2012)
Kate McGarrigle Born St-Sauveur-des-Monts, Quebec February 6, 1946.  Along with her sister and partner, Anna, she began singing in coffee houses in Montreal in the 1960’s.  In 1976 they produced a record album together. After a brief solo experience in New York, Kate rejoined her sister and more albums followed including a French language collection in 1982. The McGarrigles were named to the Order of Canada in 1994.
Catherine McKinnon. Born May 14,1944 Saint John, New Brunswick. . This singer and actress began her career on radio at age eight. By age 12 she had appeared on TV. After studies at Mount St. Vincent College, Halifax, Nova Scotia,  she appeared on the CBC TV series Sing-along Jubilee, Don Messer's Jubilee, and Music Hop. Her 1st and biggest selling album was entitled Voice of an Angel, was a collection for folk songs. She would also have her own radio show on the CBC called That McKinnon Girl. On stage she excelled in musical productions. March 12, 1969 she married actor and comedian Don Harron becoming step mother to two children. Catherine often appeared with her husband, until they divorced in 2003. Catherine continued to record and make albums until 2007.
Sarah McLachlan Born Halifax, Nova Scotia January 28, 1968.  She studied classical guitar, piano and voice as a child.  As a teen she was a member of a new wave band. Since releasing TOUCH in 1988 she has explored her own unique musical interests being indifferent to current trends and fads. Her songs convey a passionate honesty rarely found in today’s music.
Amanda Meta Marshall. Born Toronto, Ontario August 29, 1972.  Amanda began performing when she was just 16 years old.  Her powerful voice landed her a contract with Columbia Records in New York City but it was Sony Music Canada that released her first album in 1995. Her song “This could take all night” was part of the sound track of the movie Tin Cup.  She has also had a strong endorsement from Elton John.
Denise Katrina Mathews Born January 4, 1959, Niagara Falls, Ontario. She was abandoned by her mother and abused by her father but she rose from these circumstances as a youth Model becoming Miss Niagara Hospitality in 1977 and competing for the Miss Canada title the following year. She headed for New York to further her career and did several TV commercials. She hooked up with the entertainer PRINCE who renamed her Vanity and placed her in a singing group of three girls called Vanity 6 (the number of breasts the girls had in total) who always performed in lingerie. The group has a couple of albums. She also appeared in several B rate movies in the 1980’s through the mid 1990’s. She posed for Playboy magazine in 1995 and again in 1998. She was not only reportedly linked with PRINCE but also Billy Idol and Adam Ant while becoming the sex idle of the 1980’s. She was a drug addict and this life style cased severe health problems. She was married for a year in 1994/1995 to Adam Smith but soon divorced when her health continued to deteriorate. In 1997 she survived a kidney transplant and after a religious re birth she has renounced all connections of her former life and established her own evangelical ministry. In 2010 she wrote and published her autobiography entitled Blame it on Vanity.
Alannah Myles Alannah Myles née Byles  Born December 25, 1958.  When she was just nine years old she began writing her own songs. This rock singer began playing the guitar at age 11. At 19 she changed her name to Myles while appearing in TV commercials.   She was unable to gain the attention of Canadian companies for her music so she released her records through a New York company in the United States  By the time she was in her mid 20's she had produced her debut album. She appeared in guest spots on Canadian television and film productions. She won a Grammy for her first album. An album in 1995 was simply called Alannah. In August 2007 she released a solo album which was a tribute to Elvis on itunes to commemorate the 30th anniversary of his death. April 2008 she released her 5th studio album Black Velvet.  August 2013 for her 25th anniversary   her Black Velvet album was retiled 85bpm and repackaged with new images.
Joni Mitchell. (real name Roberta Joan Anderson).  Born November 7, 1943 Fort Macleod, Alberta. Joni began her singing career in small nightclubs in her hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and then moved east to the busking on the streets of Toronto, Ontario. By 1965 she was living in the U.S.A. and began touring and introducing some of her own songs. Her songs were covered by folk singers and she cut her debut album in 1968.  Moving to Southern California her works such as Big Yellow Taxi and Woodstock helped define an era of folk music. Her 1971 album Blue made the list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time produced by Rolling Stone magazine. A pop singer who is famous for her folk songs of the 1960’s with The Circle Game an Both Sides Now. She switched to jazz and in 1969 when her album Clouds won a Grammy Award.  She retired from touring and released her 17th album of original songs in 2007. During her career she earned eight competitive and one honorary Grammy Awards, receiving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. She became a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1981. and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.  In 1996 she was presented with Canada's highest honour in the performing arts, The Governor General's Performing Arts Award. In 2000 Joni received a Star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto, Ontario followed in 2002 she was inducted as a Companion of the Order of Canada. By 2007 she had been inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and in June of that year Canada Post featured her on a postage stamp. In 2008 Rolling Stone once again listed her this time as one of the 100 greatest singers. To celebrate Mitchell's 70th birthday, the 2013 Luminato Festival in Toronto held a set of tribute concerts entitled Joni: A Portrait in Song – A Birthday Happening Live at Massey Hall in Toronto, Ontario on June 18 and 19 2013. In 2015 she was the recipient of the San Francisco Jazz Lifetime Achievement Award and at the same time Rolling Stone listed her as one of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of all time!
Alanis Morissette. Born Ottawa, Ontario June 1, 1974. As a child in Ottawa she liked to sing, dance, and act. She took dance lessons at 7, began writing songs at 9, and played in a TV series on Canadian TV (“You Can’t Do That on Television”) at 11. Her first album is “Alanis” released in 1991. She has won awards and produced “Jagged Little Pill” before moving to Brentwood California.
Anne Murray. Born June 20, 1945 Springhill, Nova Scotia.  She has sung her way into the hearts of fans all over the world. She was the 1st Canadian female solo singer to reach number 1 on the music charts in the U.S.A. and the 1st woman to earn a Gold record for her song, Snowbird in 1970.  She is also the 1st  woman and 1st Canadian to win the Album of the Year Award from the Country Music Association Awards in 1984. In 1975 she married music producer Bill Langstroth  (died 2013) and the couple have two children. She has record sales of over $25,000,000. She has won 4 Grammies and 32 Juno Awards. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. and on Canada's Walk of Fame, Toronto, Ontario .All of these things make her the most successful female recording artist in the history of Canadian entertainment.  She has been inducted into the Juno Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Canadian Broadcast Hall of fame as well as the Country Music Hall of Fame Walkway of Stars, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A. Companion of the Order of Canada. In May 2007 Golf for Women magazine named Anne the world's best female celebrity golfer. June 29, 2007 Canada Post issued a Commutative Anne Murray stamp. In 2008 she retired from singing saying that she only sings for her grandchildren now. In 2008 she appeared as a mentor for the TV programme Canadian Idol. In 2009 she published her biography All of Me.  In 2010 she was one of the eight notable Canadians to carry the Olympic Flag as the opening ceremonies.  In 2011 Billboard listed Anne as number 10 on their list of the 50 biggest adult contemporary artists. The Anne Murray Centre, Springhill, Nova Scotia which opened July 28, 1989 houses her memorabilia collection. Revenue generated from the Centre is used to provide local employment. She is the Honorary National Chairperson for the Canadian Save the Children Fund. In 2009 Colon Cancer Canada launched the Anne Murray Charity Gold Classic. She has also bee a public supporter for the environment and David Suzuki's Nature Challenge.
Ginette Reno née Raynault Born Montreal, Quebec April 28, 1946. She loved to sing even as a child. This chanteuse puts warmth and passion into her renditions of sentimental ballads that have won her an adoring fan base not only in her home province of Quebec, but from across Canada and abroad. Her first recording appeared in 1961. She has earned several Juno Awards  in 1969 and the 1970's  and was presented with the ADISQ lifetime achievement award in 1995.  She was invested as an officer of the Order of Canada October 20, 1982. In 2012 the Canada Post Office honoured her with a feature postage stamp.
Jane Siberry. Born Toronto, Ontario August 12,  1955.  During her college years, studying microbiology, she began performing at local coffee houses.  She used her tip money to fund her 1st album. She has not looked back. She has now formed her own record label “Sheeba” to produce her records.
Amy Sky

Born September 24, 1960. She is a graduate in music theory from the University of Toronto. She expanded her skills while living in Nashville and Los Angeles, where she wrote for artists such as Diana Ross, Cyndi Lauper, Sheena Easton and Canadian performers such as Anne Murray and Roch Voisine. She has returned to Toronto where she now centers her own performing artist career. She is a wife and mother of two who has found a working balance suited to her. Her first CD was Cool Rain which was followed closely by Burnt in the Sun (1998), Phenomenal Woman (2001) and With a Kiss (2003). Her music is a mainstay on Canadian radio and has earned Juno nominations, SOCAN Awards and Canadian Independent Music Award nominations. She is also known for her numerous contributions and support for charitable causes. This mini profile was nominated by Nikki Harris.

Juliette Augustina Sysak.  Born St Vital, Manitoba August 27, 1927. Known as Juliette, this singer and entertainer used only her first name on stage. She debuted on CBC radio at 15 years of age.  From 1956 to 1975 she had her on TV program where she was known as “Our pet, Juliette”.
Margo Timmins

Born Montreal, Quebec January 27, 1961. In 1977 the family relocated to Etobicoke on the edge of Toronto.  Margo remembers music as always being part of her life. She even sang as a child when washing dishes! (Source: Paolo Car(?) ‘Ultimo Buscadero, no. 207 November 1999)  She studied social work at university and then she joined her two brother and some friends helping to  form a rock group that produced their first album in their garage. In 1985 her brother Michael convinced his shy but talented sister to sing to the group. Margo became a welcome working member of the group.  The Cowboy Junkies have not looked back and have since produced many more million selling albums such as Pale Sun, Crescent Moon (1993), 200 more miles (1995) and Lay it down (1996) as well as In the time before llamas (2003) and One soul now (2004) , At the end of paths taken.  They have a very active tour schedule playing across the country. Margo married Graham Henderson, an entertainment lawyer in 1988 and they have one son. When not on the road with the group she enjoys being home with her family and  their pets, doing whatever she wants to relax like reading a good book and some slithery. The town of Timmins Ontario was founded by her Grandfather.

Marie (Mary)-Rose-Anne Travers-Bulduc.

La Bulduc
Born June 4, 1894 Newport, Gaspésie, Quebec. Died February 20, 1941. She is best known as Madame Bulduc or LA BULDUC in the 1930's. She would become Canada's premier chansonère (singer), and as the Queen of Canadian Folk Singers,  composing and singing songs of ordinary daily life of Quebec. La Bulduc is often considered to be Quebec's 1st  female singer/songwriter. She combined the traditional folk music of Ireland and Quebec the two acquired music genres of her parents. By 1908, when she was just 13, She was giving public performances playing the according at the logging camp where her father worked as a cook. That same year she went to live in Montreal with family where she worked as a maid for $15.00 a month plus room and board. A few years later she was working in a textile mill. 60 hours a week. On August 17, 1914 she married a plumber, Edward Bolduc. Mary had twelve pregnancies but only four children reached adulthood.  In 1921 the family moved to Springfield Massachusetts, U.S.A. to look for work but a year later they were back in Montreal. Mary it seems always entertained family and friends and sometimes  performed with the Veillees du bon vieux temps at the Monument-National. The small payment from her entertaining was useful for the family and by 1928 she was performing regularly. She was signed up with the Compo company on Star records and earned $25.00 per side of a record. She made her 1st recording April 1929. and her second recording for Christmas of that same year. The second record more than 12,000 copies! Much of her music were comedic songs. She went on to become  a French language singing  legend in her home province. By the end of 1930 she had recorded more than 30 songs and had collaborated with 56 recordings of other artists. ! In March 1931she was headlining a burlesque company at Theatre Arlequin de Quebec. She began touring in 1932. giving 50 shows from August through December. She went on to tour in New England in the U.S.A. in 1934 and the French speaking areas of Northern Ontario in 1935. By 1936 she had produced 33 records and the family could afford a nanny to take care of their children. In June 1937 she was injured in an automobile accident and while in hospital it was discovered that she had cancer. Her insurance would not pay for treatments of the cancer. She could not write songs due to a concussion that cause memory loss. In 1938 she was again on tour but only in Montreal. She did do radio broadcasts and  and made two new recordings in 1931. About 100 recordings survive but she also wrote songs for special occasions that were not recorded. Canada Post issued a stamp in her honour on August 12, 1994. There is a museum exhibit in her home town of Newport. In April 2018 a bographical film, La Bulduc was released.
Shania Twain née Eileen Regina Edwards. Born Windsor, Ontario August 28, 1965. She took the name of her step father and went through school as Eileen Twain in Timmons, Ontario. She enjoyed music and her family recognized her talent when she was young. So did the CBC who had her appear at 13 on the popular Tommy Hunter Show. When she was 21 her parents were killed in an auto accident and she took on the responsibility for her brothers and sisters by working in a lodge in Huntsville, Ontario where she had a chance to perform as part of her work.  In 1990 when she signed her first recording contract with Mercury Nashville Records she changed her first name to Shania, which is from the aboriginal Ojibwa language , meaning 'I'm on my way'.  She was indeed! Her 1995 album, The Woman in me sold 12 million copies and her 1998 release Come on over produced 8 world wide single  hits. Her singing and her original writings of songs have won Grammy Awards, Juno Awards, Canadian and American Country Music Awards and World Music Awards. In 2001 she took time from her busy career to give birth to a son and in 2003 returned to touring and performing to her adoring fans. In 2004 she and her husband purchased a ranch in New Zealand as a get away from their home in Europe. . She has been honoured in her home town of Timmins with museum dedicated to her life and career.
Vocalists - singers - Rock
Sarah 'Sass' Jordan Born December 23, 1962 Birmingham, England. When she immigrated as a chile to Canada the family settled in Montreal. She left home at 14 when her parents broke up. She originally worked as a backup singer for the Montreal Pop group, The Box. She earned a Juno for her debut album; Tell Somebody in 1988. In 1989 she won a Juno Award for Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year. In 19900 she moved to Los Angeles California, U.S.A.  In 1992 she was names Album Rock’s Top Female Artist of the Year by Billboard Magazine. She stared in the TV series Sisters and the Canadian hit comedy Corner Gas. She played Janis Joplin in the off Broadway hit Love Janis in 2001.  Sass married musician Derek Sharp, a lead singer with the Guess Who. From  2003 to 2008 she served as a judge on the CTV TV show Canadian Idol. In 2012 until 2016 she was the honorary colonel of 417 Combat Support Squadron. (2017)
Vocalists - singers - Rhythm and Blues
Deborah Cox Born July 13, 1974, Toronto, Ontario.  She began singing on TV Commercials when she was only 12 and her mother helped her enter various talent shows. As a teenager she performed in nightclubs and began to write music. In the 1990’s she performed as backup for Celine Dion. In 1994 she relocated to Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. with her producer and songwriting partner, Lascelles Stephens.  The couple would marry and have 3 children. The following year she released her 1st album. In 1996 she won a Juno Award for Best R&B soul recording.  She sang for the soundtrack for the 1997 movie Money Talks and a dance mix of the song topped U.S. dance charts. In 1998 she produced a second album One Wish which included the single Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here which was #1 on the Hot R&B charts for 14 weeks. That year she won a Juno Award for Best R&B/Soul Recording and won the Soul Train Award for best R&B/Soul Single.  In 1999 there was another Juno Award. Her 3rd album was released in 2002. While she has done a number of movie soundtracks she has also acted in movies since 2000. In 2006 she released her 4th album as a tribute to jazz singer Dinah Washington. Her 5th album was released in 2008. That same year she received a star on the Canadian Walk of Fame. On September 7, 2012 she debuted in a musical, Jekyll and Hyde and debuted on Broadway April 5, 2013. In 2014 she was 1 of the performers at the opening ceremonies of World Pride in Toronto.
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Carmen Elizabeth Clarke

Song writer

Born 1911, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Died July 1960, Vancouver, British Columbia. As a child she enjoyed music but it was not to be her career. She studied to become a nurse and worked with Children at the Vancouver Hospital for Children.  In 1947 she wrote a poem “There’s a Bluebird on your windowsill for one of her small patients  and later added music to her lyrics. She was encouraged by friends and colleagues to perform the son on the local radio. The song would published by Empire Music and it was performed locally in British Columbia by the Rhythm Tones and nationally by Don Murphy.  American singers Doris Day and Tex Williams made the song a hit in 1949. Elizabeth became the first woman to write a son that sold over 1, 000,000 copies! She donated all royalties to Canadian hospitals for sick children. In 2010 the song was inducted into the Canadian Song Writers Hall of Fame. Source: The Canadian Encyclopedia online (Accessed January 2013) ; The History of Metropolitan Vancouver Online Accessed December 2012)
Nadine Gagne

Aboriginal drummer

Born Vancouver, British Columbia. She is from the Métis Nation (Cree/French Iroquois/English ancestry) She works as an Infant Development Consultant and Early Childhood Education for kla-how-eya Aboriginal Centre. While she holds a diploma in Early childhood Education from the University of British Columbia, she is also a composer and performer using traditional drumming in contemporary children’s music. Her spiritual name is Metoni-Apihtaw-Achkos. In 2003 she was honoured with her first Eagle Feather. In 2005 she earned the Aboriginal Childcare Award from the British Columbia Ministry of Children and Families. She also receive a Métis sash from the Métis Family Services and was declared a National Aboriginal Role Model for Canada. In 2006 she was one of twelve National Aboriginal Youth Role Models for the Aboriginal Health Organization for her Lead your Way Program. In 2007 she was an Aboriginal Leading Lady on the Calendar by Samaya Photography. In 2008 she produced a music album, My Moccasins for Children. Nadine has one daughter. Source: Herstory: A Canadian Women’s Calendar 2008 (Coteau Books, 2007)

Ann Meekitjuk Hanson

Film Maker

Born 1946, Eastern Canadian Arctic. Her official name was Annie E 7 – 121. Her Christian name was Annie. The E stood for Eastern Arctic, 7 denoted her birth community and 121 was the number assigned by the federal registry. Her peoples still lived on the land when she was born. After the death of her parents she moved to Toronto to live with an aunt. She too the name of her new family becoming Ann Cotterill to attend high School. She was never officially adopted so she took her father’s name Meekitjuk as a legal surnamed before she started working for the Federal Government in Ottawa and later in Iqahuit when it was still known as Frobisher Bay, Northwest Territories. She had an additional name change when she married Robert Hanson. The couple had four children. She worked for CBC Radio providing Inuit programming. Her shows actually provided oral histories, legends, songs, food facts, and other cultural aspects of far North life and they helped preserve these aspects of life. In 1973 she was in Hollywood to be part of a movie The White Dawn and she became intrigued with the process of filming. She has daringly produced a film on spousal abuse in the North and after the premier of the film the first women’s shelter opened in her community.  She enjoys doing films on the life around her in the North and as such is continuing the tradition of the women who have for generations told stories and sung songs of the culture of the people. She has served as Deputy Commissioner of the Northwest Territories and she has been inducted into the Order of Canada. Source. Herstory: A Canadian Women’s Calendar 2006, Coteau Books, 2005.
Mary Livingstone

Born June 23, 1904,Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.  Died June 30, 1983, Hollywood, California, U.S.A. .Her birth name was Sadie Marks (sometimes Marx) Sadie was raised in Vancouver and as a teen she first met her future husband Benny Kubelsky, better known as the famous comedian Jack Benny (1894-1974) at a Passover Seder at her family's home in 1922. They Met again in 1926 when she worked at The May Company Department . store in Los Angeles. The couple were married 1927 and the couple adopted a daughter, Joan. Taking the stage name of Mary Livingstone she played as Jack wisecracking partner for 21 years on his radio show and later on his TV. show. The character proved to be so popular with fans that she took the name Mary Livingstone legally. She was awarded a star on the walk of fame for her role but the name was misspelled with no “e’ at the end. Mary was somewhat insecure and developed severe stage fright appearing less and less and finally retiring from performing in 1958. Sources: The Vancouver Hall of Fame online : Find-a-Grave.com ; IMDB<COM (accessed November 2012)

Gweneth Lloyd



Born September 15, 1901 Eccles, England. Died January 1, 1993, Kelowna, British Columbia. Gweneth originally trained in England as a physical education teacher before she became interested in dance. She opened a dance studio in Leeds, England in 1927. In 1938 she immigrated to Canada with one of her students , Betty Farrally. The two women settled in Winnipeg where in 1939 they opened the Winnipeg Ballet Club. In 1941 it was renamed Winnipeg Ballet and by 1953 they had received royal patronage and became the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Gweneth would produce 35 original ballets before she retired from the RWB in 1955. Unfortunately in 1954 a fire destroyed the building housing the Ballet and sets, costumes and archives were all destroyed including Gwyneth’s works. In 1950 she relocated to Toronto for a short time and finally settled in Kelowna, British Columbia with Betty Farrally. From 1946 through 1965 she directed the Banff School of Fine Arts (Banff Centre) summer school of Dance. In 1962 she and Betty founded the Canadian School of Ballet branch in Kelowna. In 1968 she was inducted into the Order of Canada followed in 1970 with the Manitoba Centennial Medal. In 1984 she received the Dance in Canada Award. In 1992 she was presented with the Governor’s General Performing Arts Award. Sources: Memorable Manitobans Online (Accessed April 2014) ; The Canadian Encyclopedia Online (Accessed April 2014). Book: The Royal Winnipeg Ballet: the first forty years (1979).
Pat Muriel Welsh Patterson

Broadcaster, Children's entertainer, composer

Born December 4, 1921 Victoria, British Columbia. She studied violin, voice and piano in Victoria. In 1946 she relocated to Toronto, Ontario where she became a radio program writer for two years and then the host for Pat’s Music Room from 1948 through 1964. And for the Children’s show Musical Playroom in 1951. With the introduction of children’s television programs Pat became involved in the 1950’s with CBC children’s programs. From 1962 through 1969 she hosted and then co-hosted with Helen Hutcheson for CBC radio’s Trans-Canada Matinee. In 1972 she composed the music and co-wrote the lyrics for the theme of TVOntario’s The Polka Dot Door which was in use 1971 to 1993. She also wrote for the TV program Fred Penner’s Place, a TV musical program for pre-school children. She collaborated with Dodi Robb (1920-2012) to write several children’s works and composing music for CBC Radio. She has also written several documentary films and radio plays and published three children’s books. In 1986 she received the John Drainie Award for distinguished broadcasting.