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54.40

Rock group 54.40 was formed in Tsawassen, BC, in 1979 by former high school classmates Neil Osborne (vocals, guitar) and Brad Merritt (bass). The group took its name from the slogan "54.40 or Fight!," coined in 1848 by US president James Polk for a Manifest Destiny movement that believed the Canada-US border should be moved north to the 54th parallel, 40th minute (the present-day border of Canada and Alaska).

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54.40

54.40 (or 54•40). Rock band. Vancouver (Tsawwassen), British Columbia rock band formed 1979; it took its name from US President James Polk's campaign slogan "54.40 or Fight," which had to do with expanding the Canada-U.S. border northwards in the area of southwestern B.C.

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Jean A. Duquette

Jean (or John) A. (Alfred) Duquette. Violinist, violist, teacher, b Oswego, NY, 15 Mar 1853, d Montreal 10 May 1902. Arriving in Montreal ca 1865, he studied violin 1865-71 with Jules Hone. He spent the next two years at the Boston Conservatory, where he obtained a diploma.

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Herbert A. Fricker

Herbert A. (Austin) Fricker. Choir conductor, organist, teacher, composer, b Canterbury, England, 12 Feb 1868, d Toronto 11 Nov 1943; FRCO 1888, B MUS (Durham) 1893, honorary MA (Leeds) 1917, honorary D MUS (Toronto) 1923. He had lessons with the Canterbury Cathedral organist William H.

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Robertson Davies: A Farewell

All mortals are replaceable, runs the modern mantra, betraying the ethic of programmed obsolescence that has come to dominate our culture. But there are exceptions, and one of them - Robertson Davies - died last week, leaving a gap in the Canadian conscience that can never be filled.

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A. Y. Jackson

Alexander Young Jackson, CC, painter (born 3 October 1882 in Montréal, QC; died 5 April 1974 in Kleinburg, ON). A Companion of the Order of Canada and recipient of a medal for lifetime achievement from the Royal Canadian Academy, A.Y. Jackson was a leading member of the Group of Seven and helped to remake the visual image of Canada.

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A Place to Happen

It has been said that Canadians don’t tell our own stories or celebrate our own myths. Our history is full of epics considered “too small to be tragic,” as The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie once sang.

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Joseph A. Fowler

Joseph-A Fowler. Organist, choirmaster, pianist, composer, teacher, b Montreal 1845, d there 4 Jan 1917. Born of an Irish father and a French-Canadian mother, he was one of the first piano pupils of Paul Letondal.

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Frederick A. Dixon

Frederick Augustus Dixon, playwright, journalist, civil servant (b at London, Eng 7 May 1843; d at Ottawa 12 Jan 1919). Educated at King's School, Canterbury, he came to Canada in the 1870s and worked as a journalist in Toronto.

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Frederick A. Hall

Frederick A. (Albert) Hall. Musicologist, teacher, b Niagara-on-the-Lake 2 Jul 1944; Associate in music (McGill) 1966, B MUS (McGill) 1969, MA (Toronto) 1970, PH D (Toronto) 1978.

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Ethel A. Kinley

Ethel A. (Adams) Kinley. Educator, choir conductor, b Gladstone, near Winnipeg, 3 Jan 1887, d Winnipeg 24 Sep 1967. After teaching in Delta and Killarney, Man, she moved to Winnipeg in 1913, then taught in San Bernardino, Cal, while studying music at the University of Southern California.

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Arthur A. Clappé

Arthur A. Clappé. Bandmaster, composer, writer, b Cork, Ireland, 1850; d 22 Nov 1920. Clappé studied at the Trinity College of Music, London and the Royal Military School of Music (England) (Kneller Hall). He served in Canada as director of the Governor General's Foot Guards Band 1877-84.

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A Tribe Called Red

Electronic group A Tribe Called Red (ATCR) has garnered international acclaim for its politically charged, powwow drum-driven dance music. Featuring the DJs Bear Witness (Thomas Ehren Ramon) and 2oolman (Tim Hill), the group emerged from an Ottawa club party called Electric Pow Wow, which began in 2007. Former members include DJ Shub (Dan General), and founding members DJ NDN (Ian Campeau) and Dee Jay Frame (Jon Limoges). The group has described its “powwow step” music as “the soundtrack to a contemporary evolution of the powwow.” ATCR is part of what broadcaster and educator Wab Kinew has called the “Indigenous Music Renaissance,” an innovative new generation of Indigenous artists in Canada. The group was nominated for the Polaris Music Prize in 2013 and 2017, and has won three Juno Awards, including Breakthrough Group of the Year in 2014 and Group of the Year in 2018.

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Charles A.E. Harriss

Charles Albert Edwin Harriss, composer, impresario, educator, organist-choirmaster, conductor (born 16 December 1862 in London, England; died 31 July 1929 in Ottawa, ON).

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Charles A.E. Harriss

Harriss, Charles A.E. (Albert Edwin). Composer, impresario, educator, organist-choirmaster, conductor, b London, midnight 16-17 Dec 1862, d Ottawa 31 Jul 1929; B MUS (Toronto) 1900, honorary FRAM 1905, honorary D MUS (Cantuar) 1905.