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William Baerg

William Baerg. Choir conductor, educator, b Bassano, southeast of Calgary, 24 Feb 1938; ARCT 1961, BA (Goshen College) 1962, M MUS (Peabody Cons) 1971.


William Bartlett

William Acton Bartlett, educator, conductor, consultant, oboist, bassist (born 19 November 1931 in Toronto, ON; died 14 September 2019 in Saint John, NB). Bill Bartlett performed professionally in Toronto before teaching high school music and band from 1956 to 1971. He then taught music education, woodwinds, string bass and conducting at the University of Prince Edward Island. He also performed with and conducted the Prince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra and served as a consultant, adjudicator and vice-president (Maritimes) for the Canadian Music Competitions.


William Berczy

  William Berczy, painter, architect, colonizer (b Johann Albrecht Ulrich Moll in Wallerstein [Germany] and bap 10 Dec 1744; d at New York C 5 Feb 1813).


William Bohrer

William (b Wilhelm) Bohrer. Pianist, teacher, b Stuttgart, 1830s, d Montreal ca 1908. He studied in Stuttgart under Siegmund Lebert and Dionys Pruckner and in Vienna under J.A. Pacher and Simon Sechter. Active in Montreal and Ottawa after 1860, he taught piano, voice, and theory.


William Brown

William Brown, journalist, printer (b at Nunton, Scot c 1737; d at Québec C 22 Mar 1789). In partnership with Thomas Gilmore he published the first issue of the Quebec Gazette/La Gazette de Québec 21 June 1764.


William Brymner

In 1886 he was appointed director of art classes at the Art Association of Montreal. The same year he became a full RCA member. He painted the human figure and interiors in a representational style; he also did watercolours on silk, and murals, as found in the old Porteous house on Île d'Orléans.


William Burke Wood

William Burke Wood, actor-manager (b at Montréal 26 May 1779; d at Philadelphia, Pa 23 Sept 1861). He was the first native-born N American to achieve notable success in the theatre; Wood's parents had immigrated to Canada before the American Revolution and returned to NY c 1784.


William Carter

William Carter. Choir conductor, organist, pianist, composer, b London 7 Dec 1838, d ?. He studied organ with his father and Ernst Pauer and later was organist at several churches in England.


William Cyril Desmond Pacey

William Cyril Desmond Pacey, professor, literary critic (b at Dunedin, NZ 1 May 1917; d at Fredericton 4 July 1975). Educated at University of Toronto and Cambridge he taught English at University of Manitoba (1940-44) before moving to University of New Brunswick, where he remained.


William D. MacGillivray

 In 1980 MacGillivray founded his own production company, Picture Plant, for which he wrote and directed 4 feature films - STATIONS (1983), Life Classes (1987), The Vacant Lot (1989) and Understanding Bliss (1990) - that explore the relationships between art and life.


William Dempsey Valgardson

William Dempsey Valgardson, short story writer, novelist, poet (b at Winnipeg, Man 7 May 1939). Raised in Gimli, Man, a heavily Icelandic community, he was educated at U Man and the University of Iowa, and now teaches at U Vic.


William Dichmont

William Dichmont. Pianist, organist, violinist, teacher, conductor, composer, b Accrington, Lancashire, England, 3 Feb 1882, d Vancouver 17 Jul 1943. He studied piano and violin with Gerhard Kuhnel and later attended the Manchester School of Music.


William Douglas

William (Leslie) Douglas. Composer, bassoonist, pianist, teacher, b London, Ont, 7 Nov 1944; ARCT (piano) 1962, B MUS (Toronto) 1966, M MUS performance and composition (Yale) 1969. He studied bassoon with Nicholas Kilburn at the University of Toronto.


William E. Benjamin

William E. (Emmanuel) Benjamin. Theorist, musicologist, composer, b. Montreal 7 Dec 1944; B MUS (McGill) 1965, MFA (Princeton) 1968, PH D (Princeton) 1975. He studied piano at the CMM and in 1966 won a Woodrow Wilson national fellowship, the first of several such awards.


William Edwin Collin

William Edwin Collin, literary critic (b at Oakenshaw, Eng 9 May 1893; d at London, Ont 21 Dec 1984). His The White Savannahs (1936, repr 1975), a modernist study of 9 Canadian poets, established him as a major Canadian critic. Collin applied the ideas of such writers as T.S.


William Ford Gibson (Profile)

Gibson has become adept at viewing the world from a mind-warping distance. In essence, that is what he does in his writing. The 47-year-old author, who was raised in Virginia but has lived in Canada since 1969, has reinvented the landscape of science fiction.