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    Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner)

    Based on an ancient Inuit folktale, Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner) is the first Inuktitut-language feature film ever made. A critically-acclaimed commercial success, it won numerous awards worldwide, including the Camera d’or for best first feature at the Cannes Film Festival and five Genie Awards, including Best Screenplay, Best Direction and Best Motion Picture, as well as the Claude Jutra Award (now the Canadian Screen Award for Best First Feature). It is widely considered one of the best Canadian films ever made, and in 2015 was ranked No. 1 of all time in a poll conducted by the Toronto International Film Festival (see Top 10 Canadian Films of All Time).

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    Atlantic Canadian Composers' Association/Association des Compositeurs Canadiens de l'Atlantique

    Atlantic Canadian Composers' Association/Association des Compositeurs Canadiens de l'Atlantique (ACCA). Organization formed in 1979, through the initiative of Clifford Ford, at that time on the faculty of Dalhousie University.

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    Atlantic City

    Atlantic City (1980) has the distinction of being the only Canadian dramatic feature ever to be nominated in the best picture category at the Oscars.

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    Atlantic Symphony Orchestra/Orchestre symphonique de l'Atlantique

    Atlantic Symphony Orchestra/Orchestre symphonique de l'Atlantique. Canada's first and only full-time regional orchestra, active 1968-83. The orchestra was formed 12 Jun 1968 with the support of committees in Halifax and Sydney, NS, and Saint John, Moncton, and Fredericton, NB.

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    Atlantic Theatre Festival

    Since the Stratford Festival is the model for the Atlantic Theatre Festival, Bawtree invited Michael Langham, former Stratford artistic director, to direct Kentville native Peter Donat in the Festival's first performance of Shakespeare's The Tempest, which opened on 16 June 1995.

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    Austrian Music in Canada

    The pre-1914 Austrian-Hungarian Empire created a socio-political mix which has made it difficult to estimate the number (probably close to 50,000 in 1960) of true Austrians in Canada.

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    Authors and Their Milieu

    Contemporary Canadian writers have won prestigious awards and honours at home and abroad. Among the most publicized of these events was Prix Goncourt awarded to Antonine Maillet for Pélagie-la-Charette.

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    Autobiographical Writing in English

    Letters, journals, diaries, memoirs and autobiographies are all ways of saying to the reader, "I was there.

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    Autobiographical Writing in French

    The golden age of personal literature (littérature intime) in the Western world occurred in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Examples of the genre are not found in Québec before the mid-19th century.

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    Honours which have not been applied for or competed for, but which have been bestowed in recognition of extraordinary merit, achievement, leadership, or munificence.

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    Aykroyd and the Making of <TV>The Arrow</TV>

    It is the the original cutbacks story. A prototype for downsizing the National Dream. Canada's AVRO ARROW, the most advanced jet fighter of its day, was a Fifties dream, a warplane forged from the giddy paranoia of the Cold War.This article was originally published in Maclean's Magazine on January 13, 1997

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    Ayorama Wind Quintet/Quintette à vent Ayorama

    Ayorama Wind Quintet/Quintette à vent Ayorama.

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    Bach Elgar Choir of Hamilton

    The Bach Elgar Choir (BEC) of Hamilton is a large concert choir established in 1946 as an amalgamation of the Elgar Choir (founded in 1905) and the Bach Choir (founded in 1931). The BEC is currently led by artistic director Alexander Cann.

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    Bachman-Turner Overdrive

    Bachman-Turner Overdrive, also known as (Brave Belt 1970-2, Bachman-Turner Overdrive 1972-7, BTO from 1978).

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    Ballads Old Popular Ballads The most prized in the first category are those published in The English and Scottish Popular Ballads (1882-98), the compilation of 305 ballads (words only) commonly called Child ballads after the scholar Francis James Child of Boston, who assembled and classified them, working mainly at the library of Harvard U. Bertrand Harris Bronson edited the complementary four-volume work The Traditional Tunes of the Child Ballads (Princeton 1959-72). Early British immigrants brought...

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