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Ann Golden

Ann (Frances) Golden. Contralto, teacher, b Ottawa; L MUS (McGill) 1958, B MUS (McGill) 1968. Among her singing teachers at the École Vincent-d'Indy and McGill University were Bernard Diamant and Jan Simons.


Ann Watt

Angela Jean Elisabeth Watt, lyric soprano (born 13 November 1915 in Brandon, MB; died 4 June 2017 in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England). West Coast lyric soprano Ann Watt enjoyed a high profile singing career in Vancouver in the 1940s. She was perhaps best known for her starring roles with Vancouver’s Theatre Under the Stars and for singing on CBC Radio’s wartime broadcasts. She drew praise for her vivacious and charming performances, her rich and lovely lyric soprano voice and her versatile range. She was inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame as a pioneer in 2013.


Anna Malenfant

Anna Malenfant. Contralto, teacher, composer (under the name of Marie Lebrun), b Shediac, near Moncton, NB, 16 Oct 1905, d Montreal 15 Jun 1988; honorary D MUS (Moncton) 1975. She began her singing career in Moncton in Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado.


Anna Russell

Anna Russell, comedienne, contralto, pianist (b at London 27 Dec 1911; d 18 Oct 2006 at Bateman's Bay, Australia). Born Ann Claudia Russell-Brown, her mother was a Canadian, her father a British officer.


Annamaria Popescu

Annamaria (b Maria Caliopi) Popescu. Mezzo-soprano, b Montreal 24 Feb 1961; diploma (Academy of Vocal Arts, Philadelphia) 1987. Annamaria Popescu grew up in a Romanian Canadian family in Montreal, singing in the Orthodox church at which her father was the priest.


Anne Murray

Morna Anne Murray, CC, ONS, singer (born 20 June 1945 in Springhill, NS). Anne Murray is one of Canada’s most successful and iconic singers. She became a household name in Canada and internationally in the 1970s and 1980s with such hit songs as “Snowbird,” “A Love Song,” “Danny’s Song” and “You Needed Me.” A successful crossover artist known for her warm alto voice and girl-next-door image, Murray had 28 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, eight No. 1 hits on the Adult Contemporary chart and 25 Top 10 hits on the Hot Country Songs chart. Named the Female Recording Artist of the 1970s by the Canadian Recording Industry Association, she has sold more than 55 million albums worldwide. She was nominated for or won a Juno Award every year but one from 1971 to 1995, winning 23 in total, more than any other artist. She has also won four Grammy Awards, nine Big Country Awards, two Canadian Country Music Association Awards and three American Music Awards. A Companion of the Order of Canada and a Member of the Order of Nova Scotia, she has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Canadian Country Music Association Hall of Fame, Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and Canada’s Walk of Fame.


Annon Lee Silver

Annon Lee Silver. Lyric soprano, b Glace Bay, NS, 18 Nov 1938, d London 28 Jul 1971; BA (Mount Allison) 1957, B MUS (Mount Allison) 1958.


April Verch

April (Dawn) Verch. Fiddler, composer, b Pembroke, Ont, 7 Apr 1978. Growing up in the Ottawa Valley, where there is a strong tradition of fiddle playing, Verch studied step-dancing at age three, and fiddle (with Rob Dagenais) from age six. Her family were amateur musicians.


Ariane Moffatt

Ariane Moffatt, singer, songwriter and producer (born 26 April 1979 in Saint Romuald, today Lévis, QC). Ariane Moffatt sets herself apart with her urban pop style songs, whose alternately acoustic and electronic sounds lend them an airy, dreamlike quality. The recipient of numerous Félix Awards, including Revelation of the Year in 2003, she also won a Juno Award in 2009 for her album Tous les sens. That album was well received in France, where the singer has built valuable friendships in the artistic community; it also earned her the Grand Prix of the Académie Charles Cros.


Arlene Duncan

Arlene Duncan, actor, singer, songwriter (born in Oakville, Ontario). Arlene Duncan is an award-winning actress and singer who has worked extensively in theatre, television, radio and film, but is perhaps best-known for her role as the conservative and crotchety café owner Fatima Dinssa on the hit CBC Television series “Little Mosque on the Prairie” (2007–12).


Art Hallman

Art (Arthur Garfield) Hallman. Singer, arranger, saxophonist, pianist, b Kitchener, Ont, 11 Jan 1910, d Richmond Hill, Ont, 5 Dec 1994. Raised in Vancouver, Hallman began studying piano at 10 and saxophone at 18, and played on CNR steamship cruises to Alaska, then on radio station CJOR.


Arthur Laurendeau

Arthur Laurendeau. Bass, choirmaster, conductor, teacher, writer on music, b St-Gabriel-de-Brandon, near Joliette, Que, 30 Nov 1880, d Montreal 26 Oct 1963.


Arthur Michaud

Arthur Michaud, tenor, teacher (born 1892 in Northampton, Massachusettes; died 25 February 1942 in Hollywood, California).


Arthur Plamondon

(Joseph) Arthur Plamondon. Tenor, teacher, b Montreal 9 June 1881, d near Paris between 1939 and 1945; lauréat (AMQ). He studied paino with Émery Lavigne and then voice with Guillaume Couture, and became a soloist at the Montreal cathedral. He subsequently studied and gave concerts in Paris.


Arthur Scammell

Arthur Reginald Scammell, CM, teacher, songwriter, singer, poet, writer (born 12 February 1913 in Change Islands, NL; died 28 August 1995 in St. John’s, NL).


Aselin Debison (Profile)

SHE'S JUST 12 years old, so sweet she could make your teeth ache, and cute enough to have her image plastered on young people's bedroom walls. Have I mentioned she can sing a little, too? Yes, Aselin Debison - the anti-Britney, the pride of Glace Bay, N.S.


Audrey Farnell

Audrey (Bernice) Farnell. Soprano, teacher, b Amherst, NS, 28 Jul 1921. She studied 1937-40 at the Mount Allison Cons with Ethel Peake and 1942-5 at the TCM (RCMT) with George Lambert and was a winner in the 1945-6 'Singing Stars of Tomorrow'.


Audrey Mildmay

(Grace) Audrey (Louisa St. John) Mildmay. Soprano, b Hurstmonceaux, Sussex, 19 Dec 1900, d Glyndebourne, England, 31 May 1953. She was three months old when her father accepted a post as vicar of the Church of England parish in Penticton, BC.