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Carmen Aguirre

Carmen Aguirre, actor, director, playwright and writer (born in Chile, 1967). In 1973 Carmen Aguirre's family emigrated to Vancouver in the wake of the military coup that began Augusto Pinochet's reign of terror.

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Freda Ahenakew

​Freda Ahenakew, OC, Cree scholar, author (born 11 February 1932 on the Ahtahkakoop First Nation Reserve in Saskatchewan; died 8 April 2011 at Muskeg Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan). Ahenakew is recognized as one of Canada’s leaders in the acknowledgment and revitalization of the Cree language in Canada.

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Aziz Ahmad

Aziz Ahmad, novelist, short story writer, critic, translator, historian (born 11 Nov 1914, Hyderabad, India; died 16 Dec 1978, Toronto). Aziz Ahmad arrived in Canada in 1962 as associate professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Toronto where, in 1968, he was promoted to full professor.

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Cora B. Ahrens

Cora B. (Bell) Ahrens. Teacher, lecturer, pianist, b Stratford, Ont, 23 Jan 1891, d there 26 Aug 1964; LTCM 1910, B MUS (Toronto) 1926. Her teachers included Viggo Kihl at the TCM. With Leon Vera and Avram Pratz she played in a trio which accompanied silent movies at Stratford's Theatre Albert.

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William Aide

William (John) Aide. Pianist, teacher, writer, b Timmins, Ont, 27 Mar 1938; LRCT 1959, Artist Diploma (Toronto) 1959, B SC music (Juilliard) 1962.

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Jean-Antoine Aide-Créquy

Jean-Antoine Aide-Créquy, priest, painter (b at Québec City 5 Apr 1749; d there 6 Dec 1780). The first Canadian-born painter, he was the son of a master mason. He was ordained in 1773 and became parish priest at Baie-St-Paul.

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Aiko Suzuki

Aiko Suzuki, fibre artist (b at Vancouver 1937; d there 31 Dec 2005). Although not a weaver or tapestry designer in the traditional sense, she was one of a number of Canadian artists who have used fibres and textile techniques as a medium for expressing abstract concepts.

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Henri-Aimé Delcellier

Henri-Aimé Delcellier. Clarinetist, civil engineer, b Béziers 3 Jun 1902, d Hudson, near Montreal, 16 May 1975. A member of the Mount Royal Hotel orchestra and the Ottawa Philharmonic, he also was a colonel in the Canadian armed forces.

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Marie-Aimée Varro

Marie-Aimée Varro (b Warrot). Pianist, b Brunoy, near Paris, 18 Feb 1915, naturalized Canadian 1960, d Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 14 Sep 1971. A 1930 graduate of the Paris Cons, she studied with Alfred Cortot and Robert Casadesus and later with Emil von Sauer in Vienna.

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Aisslinn Nosky

At age three she began studying violin with Vivian Pritchard at a community music school in Nanaimo. She then continued at the Nanaimo Conservatory for ten years with Heilwig von Königslöw, whom she credits with inspiring her to pursue a life in music.

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Robert Aitken

Robert (Morris) Aitken. Flutist, composer, teacher, conductor, b Kentville, NS, 28 Aug 1939; B MUS (Toronto) 1961, M MUS composition (Toronto) 1964. Aitken studied flute as a child in Pennsylvania and 1955-9 with Nicholas Fiore at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto (RCMT).

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Akeeaktashuk

Akeeaktashuk, sea hunter, sculptor, storyteller (b at Hudson Bay, near Inukjuak River, Qué 1898; d at Craig Harbour, NWT 1954). Akeeaktashuk was a jolly, robust and outgoing man with an astonishing talent for observing and keenly portraying humans, animals and birds in stone and ivory.

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Al Purdy (Obituary)

The man on the phone claimed to be Al Purdy, but I wasn't convinced. I thought it was a friend of mine imitating the famous poet's foghorn voice. But it was Purdy. Astoundingly, he'd read my first book of poems and now wanted to meet me.

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Al Razutis

Al Razutis, filmmaker, videographer, holographer (b at Bamberg, Germany 28 Apr 1946). Razutis moved to Vancouver from the US in 1968, following graduate studies in mathematical physics.

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Al Waxman

Albert Samuel Waxman, "Al," TV and movie performer, director (b at Toronto 2 Mar 1935; d there 17 Jan 2001). As Larry King, the title character of CBC-TV's situation comedy King of Kensington (1975-80), he became one of Canada's most familiar actors.

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Al Purdy

Alfred Wellington Purdy, OC, OOnt, poet (born 30 December 1918 in Wooler, ON; died 21 April 2000 in Sidney, BC).

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Al Cherny

Al (Alexander Peter) Cherny (b Chernywech). Fiddler, b Medicine Hat, Alta, of Ukrainian parents, 1 Nov 1932, d Missisauga, Ont, 23 Aug 1989. As a youth he studied violin with Frank Nowak and in his teens he played country music on CHAT radio, Medicine Hat.

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Al Neil

Al (Alan Douglas) Neil. Pianist, composer, visual artist, author, b Vancouver 26 Mar 1924. He studied with Glenn Nelson and Jean Coulthard but, save for some lessons with Wilf Wylie, was self-taught as a jazz pianist.