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Crone, Robert & Violet

  • Family

Robert and Violet Crone are Canadian pioneers in the film and television industry. They have each had very influential careers and have worked across the globe. Their resumes are extensive, each with their own long list of awards.

Robert (Bob) Crone grew up in Peterborough, Ontario as the son of a minister. It was in high school where he began to take steps towards his future career behind the camera. He made his first film there, but quickly moved to Toronto to work for CBC, which had just begun national television broadcasting. After a short time there, Robert began to work as a free-lance cameraman, and then a film producer. He would supply publicity shots, news stories, and interviews to Pan-American Airways, Time-Life, CBC, and other Canadian magazines.

His career then took him across the globe. He spent seven years traversing Asia, Africa, Europe, and coming home to Canada every so often. He covered news, and was often calmly entering divided cities, and politically charged situation to capture each areas story on film. With a custom-made sound mixing console in his Toronto home basement, he was able to produce a complete audio-visual package for his clients.

In 1964, Robert decided, with the support of his wife Vi, to open a film processing house. At the time, there were no film laboratories in Canada. Film House Limited began, serving visiting film producers and Canadians alike. Film House sales took off, doubling about every 18 months. By 1968, they were processing 75 to 125 orders a day. After ten years of success, Robert Crone sold the company to an ad agency and returned to shooting.

Robert Crone, along with help from his son David Crone, has been credited for bring the Steadicam to Canada, being the top operators of the invention. The entry of the Steadicam to the film scene revolutionized how many shot, as the camera stabilizing system allowed for free camera movement.

Violet (Vi) Crone grew up in Peterborough, Ontario. She was the first female camera operator in Canada and has studied at the New York Institute of Photography

Crawford, Dorothy

  • Person

Dorothy Crawford is from Port Hope, Ontario, and collected a variety of 16mm films from public institutions when they deaccessioned them to make room for digital content.

Constantines

  • Corporate body
  • 1999-

The punk-rock group from Guelph, Ontario, formed in 1999, with members Bryan Webb (vocals, guitar), Steve Lambke (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Doug MacGregor (drums), and Dallas Wehrle (bass guitar, backing vocals). In 2002, the band briefly had Evan Gordon join, playing keyboard, though he was replaced by Will Kidman (keyboards, guitar, percussion, backing vocals) when Gordon went to work on a solo career.

The band was founded in 1999 after the collapse of Cambridge and London, Ontario bands Captain Co-Pilot and Shoulder. From these bands, Lambke, Wehrle, Webb, and MacGregor came together to form The Constantines. For the first three years the band was based out of Guelph, but eventually moved to Toronto by 2001, after a brief stint in London, Ontario. Their debut album, self-titled Constantines was nominated for a Juno Award for Best alternative Album. The next year they added keyboardist Gordon, then later Kidman. The band has released numerous albums and has been nominated for various awards, including the top rock album of 2008 by the Associated Press and a Juno nomination in 2009 for artwork design of the year.

Discography:

  • The Constantines (Three Gut Records, 2001. Reissued by Sub Pop, 2004)
  • The Modern Sinner Nervous Man EP (Suicide Squeeze Records, 2002)
  • Shine a Light (Three Gut Records/Sub Pop Records, 2003)
  • Nighttime Anytime EP (Sub Pop, 2003)
  • Tournament of Hearts (Three Gut Records/Sub Pop Records, 2005)
  • Kensington Heights (Arts & Crafts, 2008)
  • Too Slow For Love EP (Arts & Crafts, 2009)

Cogent/Benger Productions

  • Corporate body
  • 1998-

Located in downtown Toronto, Cogent/Benger Productions was founded in 1998 and has produced a large variety of documentaries and specials. The focus on many of their documentaries are major social issues, thus creating a large appeal to their work. Robin Benger and Christopher Sumpton are the founding partners of the company. Benger had experience in Canadian journalism and documentary filmmaking, and Sumpton had worked at CBC editing and working on documentaries. Together they made In Security (Hot Docs 1998 nominee best political/social issue documentary) and Eastside Showdown (Gemini Awards 1999 nominee best social/political documentary) before finally teaming up to make Cogent/Benger Productions.

Cee, Joey

  • Person
  • 1946-

Joey Cee has been a figure in the Canadian music scene since his high school days. Starting weekly shows at the Three Star Club Hall in 1963, Cee introduced many up and coming Rock ‘n’ Roll and R&B artists to eager listeners. His success in being able to identify groovy new sounds also led him to become a CHUM-AM High School Picker around the same time. This solid background in the music industry from such a young age has led Cee to the many careers he’s held over the years.
From 1967-1969, Cee was Music Director at CKFH, which allowed him more control over what music hit the airways. His focus was always bringing more new content to Toronto that other stations might not pick up.
He spent the 1970’s releasing multiple singles under different labels and pseudonyms. ‘Joseph’, ‘Artsy’, and ‘The Puppies’ where all names he has recorded music under. During this time he also published multiple magazines and articles: Snowmobile Track & Trail Magazine, Anne Murray: Annie … A Point of View Magazine, Music Canada Quarterly/Flipside Magazine, Glitter Magazine, All About The Stampeders Magazine, Record Week Music Industry, Weekly Trade Magazine, Record Month Magazine, Record Week Music Industry, Weekly Trade Magazine, and many others. He slowly began to produce music as well, and began to focus more on that during the 80’s. The Hot Spots Reports, Toronto CKFM led him to do similar programs for Montreal, New York, and Los Angeles. It then became a magazine, the longest job Cee has had.
It is also in the late 80’s that Cee began to help produce festivals. Though he began this work producing pageants, he also worked on the Beaches International Jazz Festival. From there his career in festivals took off. The 90’s brought in many new opportunities. Cee became the regular producer and editor for HOToronto Magazine, and co-producer for the annual New Country Music Festival – CISS-FM.
Today, Cee continues to work in the entertainment industry, producing many chocolate festivals, and still publishing HOToronto online, now titled, WOW (What’s On Where) Magazine On-line.

Bulman, Alan

  • Person
  • 1926-

Alan Bulman was born in 1926 in Cyprus. During the Second World War, he fought for the British Royal Navy and began to be interested in photography. After the war, he started work at British Films Limited where he preserved film. Bulman immigrated to Canada in 1963 and restored old films and provided stock images for Graphic Consultants Ltd. He continued to work with film and photography throughout his career. His interest and skill in preservation eventually allowed him to open his own company, Colour Prints (1974-1994), which worked with both contemporary and archival prints. Bulman collected photos, text, and film over his lifetime.

Brazeau, Raymond

  • Person

Raymond Brazeau is a collector of French Canadian and Quebecois culture. He taught French at the University of Toronto.

Big Coat Media

  • Corporate body
  • 2000-

Created in 2000 by Catherine Fogarty and Maria Armstrong, Big Coat Media is an award winning television and digital media production company based in Toronto, Ontario. With a focus on un-scripted entertainment, they have produced many beloved programs. Big Coat Media's solid reputation has allowed them to build relationships with many of North America’s major broadcasters.
Their most popular program is Love It or List It, which has had two direct spin offs: Love It or List It Vancouver, and Love It or List It Vacation Homes. The success of Love It or List It can be seen through its longevity, reaching 9 seasons (2008-2015). The program was nominated for two Gemini Awards.

Bakht, Baidar

  • Person
  • 1940-

Dr. Baider Bahkt is a civil engineer and poetry enthusiast. He has contributed greatly to both fields. In his professional life - he spent over two decades with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation - he contributed greatly to Canada’s engineering field through multiple publications and research. He has contributed to the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code and wrote and edited many books on the engineering of bridges. His contributions to the field of engineering has been recognized through being awarded the Moisseiff Award, of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Prately Award, from the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering.
Dr. Bahkt has also greatly contributed to Urdu and Hindu poetry and made it accessible to the Canadian public. His work in translating and editing Urdu and Hindu poetry is well received and has been peer reviewed in academic journals. Besides poetry, Dr. Bahkt is an avid collector of Hindustani vocal music. His work in both the field of civil engineering and poetry was recognized in 2014 when appointed a member of the Order of Canada.

Guilfoyles, Norm

  • Person

Norm Guilfoyles was a journalist and fundraising consultant. He is an early alumni of Ryerson’s Radio & Television Arts program, graduating in 1964. From there he began his career in Auckland, New Zealand at a radio station. He traveled after that stint and eventually became a CBC traveling journalist, during the 70s and 80s. He also headed the magazine, Radio Guide. After his career in journalism and writing began to fizzle out, he switched to fundraising, and began to work for Ketchum and other organizations. He continued to be an active philanthropist for Ryerson University and their alumni associations.

Good Earth Productions

  • Corporate body
  • 1991-

An award winning production company, Good Earth Productions makes television documentaries about Canada’s natural landscape. The company was formed in 1991 and has now reached well outside the boarders of Canada. Their shows have been distributed in over twenty-two countries. Good Earth has constantly been recognized for its overall quality. It has won multiple Gemini Awards and other major titles. The company focuses on nature documentaries, with emphasis on National Parks, and the Canadian landscape.

Falke, Walter & Olga

  • Family

Avid collectors of the Golden Age of Radio and the early years of the American film industry.

Easterbrook, Ian

  • Person

Ian Easterbrook is an author, audio-visual technician, and an active volunteer in the preservation of Canadian history. Born in Sarnia, Ontario, he grew up in Moore Township Labton and graduated from Upper Canada College. He received a combined degree in Philosophy and Anthropology. He has worked for BBC Television, moving to London in the 1960’s where he met his wife Jane Elisabeth Daintry. After his time in England, he moved back to Canada to work in the audio-visual department at Guelph University. He has sat on multiple boards including the French Immersion Association and the rural Learning Association. He has co-authored two books: The Travellers (1989), and Canada and Canadians in Feature Films (1996). Easterbrook is a regular volunteer with the Wellington County Museum and Archives, and the Wellington County Historical Society. His volunteer efforts were recognized in 2005, being named ‘Fergus Citizen of the Year’ and in 2018 with the Senate of Canada 150th award.

Dymock, Laura

  • Person

Laura Dymock is a collector of Canadian music, specializing in the late 1990s and 2000s. She hosted the radio show The Investigative Musicologist which was produced for the University of Toronto's campus radio station, CIUT 89.5FM. The show was described as "an indiscriminately jumbled, multi-directional show of new and old music spanning all across the musical universe – popular, classical, international, and a bunch of stuff in between."

Dworkin, Sol

  • Person

Sol Dworkin was born and raised in Winnipeg, MB, to a Russian-Jewish immigrant family. By 1930, his father was forced to relocate the family to Ottawa where Dworkin attended high school. The family spoke Yiddish, and chose to continue to live in a primarily Jewish neighborhood.

Dworkin attended the Ontario Agricultural College in Guelph, ON, returning to Ottawa after graduation. He worked for the National Research Council, but his love for photography led him to take a position at the National Film Board in 1943. At the NFB, he began working in the stock shot library, finding various footage requested. He also put together news compilations that he pieced together from foreign news reels about the war. It was here where he learned about film production and editing. Dworkin became a director the same year when other directors were too busy and NFB wanted an agricultural film. He, with a very small crew, made Farm Front. In 1945, he followed up with Just Weeds.

After World War II, Dworkin moved to the United States and obtained a Master Degree in Education from Indiana University and PhD in Education from Syracuse University. After working as an independent documentary film maker for many years in the US, he eventually moved back to Canada to teach at Sheridan College.

Dodd, Cal

  • Person
  • 1956-

Cal Dodd is an Irish-Canadian voice actor and singer. Dodd grew up in Port Dover, Ontario after moving from Ireland. His career began in 1975 with his first solo album New Horizons. In the mid 70’s, Dodd joined the band Déjà Vu and released two albums with them: Songs For Everyone (1976), and Get It Up For Love (1977). The next year in 1978 marked the second stage of his career when he began to host the CTV television show Circus. His television career quickly flourished and his voice-acting career began. Lending his talents to Fraggle Rock (1984), Goosebumbs (1997), and King (2003), he is best known for his work on X-Men: The Animated Series (1992-1997) as popular character Wolverine. Because of the success of the animated franchise, Dodd continued to voice Wolverine on multiple video games and lend his skills to other character voices. When the popular program ended, Dodd still chose to work in voice-acting, taking on new rolls. He has also gone back to spending time on his musical career, appearing on The Ron James Show (2014) as a singer and releasing a self-titled album, Cal Dodd (2007). As a major part of the Canadian media, his voice has also been used on many commercial campaigns including Molson Canadian, Air Canada, Coca Cola, and Raisin Bran making him known as the ‘Jingle King’.

Curran, Andy

  • Person

Andy Curran has been in the Canadian music scene since his first band Coney Hatch in 1982. Curran was a founding member, playing with Dave Ketchum, Steve Shelski, and Carl Dixon. Together they released three albums: Coney Hatch (1982), Outta Hand (1983), and Friction (1985). After the band broke up in 1985, Curran formed Soho 69 as the lead singer and bassist. Though the band included Michael Borkosky, Simon Brierley, Glenn Milchem, and later Eddie Zeeman, their debut album was titled Andy Curran (1990). They released a second album, Scatterbrain (1993), and in 1998, they released Caramel, under the band’s new name Caramel. He’s played under the names: Drug Plan, Trailer Park, and Leisureworld. Coney Hatch reunited in 2010, and released a new album, Four, in 2013. Curran never left the music world, as he’s composing music for TSN, CTV, and Inside Sports.

Crawford, Dorothy

  • Person
  • ??

Dorothy Crawford is from Port Hope, Ontario, and collected a variety of 16mm films from public institutions when they deaccessioned them to make room for digital content.

Story, Richard

  • 2019.018
  • Person
  • 19?? - present

Richard Story is a writer, director, producer, cinematographer and educator of Coast Salish and Kanaka-Hawaiian descent, based in Toronto. He has been shooting & directing since 1980, focusing mainly on script-based drama. Richard is very involved in the Canadian Aboriginal media community.

He has written and directed over seventy short films and two feature-length movies, Some Letters to a Young Poet and Echo Lake. His work has screened at film festivals around the world and aired on TMN, Superchannel and Vision TV. He has served as artistic director for the imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, as well as programmer for the environmental film festival Planet in Focus. Richard is the author of the book The Portable Film School and founder and president of the Society of Independent Digital Moviemakers.

Richard has lectured in the US, Denmark, Germany, New Zealand, Australia and across Canada, and has taught digital filmmaking courses at OCAD Ontario College of Art & Design and George Brown College, as well as on Reservations across Canada. Richard Story is currently the professor of Digital Cinematography at Canadore College in Northern Ontario. In addition to teaching, Story has worked on numerous film and personal digital archive donations for clients in Canada and the US.

Feniak, Peter

  • 2019.013
  • Person
  • 19?? - present

Peter Feniak was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and holds a B.A. (Hons) from the University of Manitoba and an M.A. from the University of Minnesota. After a move to Toronto in 1976, Feniak worked as a host, interviewer, writer and producer on national television talk-shows such as Global TV’s That's Life, CTV's Lifetime, YTV's Today's Parent, as well as freelance broadcast work for CBC Radio, 90 Minutes Live, and televised charity events.

As a print journalist, Feniak has interviewed many notable figures in entertainment, sports and politics, with features appearing in the Globe and Mail, Good Times magazine, Toronto Star, Saturday Night and the Winnipeg Free Press. He continues to work as a broadcaster and media training consultant in Toronto.

Robson, John Mercel

John Mercel Robson was born on May 26, 1927, in Toronto, to William Renton Mercel Robson and Christina Henderson Sinclair. He studied at Swansea Public School and Runnymede Collegiate Institute and received his B.A. (1951), M.A. (1953), and Ph.D. (1956) from University of Toronto. His PhD thesis, “The Social and Political Thought of J.S. Mill” was supervised by A.S.P. Woodhouse.

In 1953, he married Prof. Ann Provost Wilkinson Robson, and they had three children: William Bertie Provost (born August 9, 1959), John Sinclair Petifer (born December 9, 1960), and Ann Christine Wilkinson (born December 24, 1962).

Robson served as a teaching fellow in the Department of English, University College, from 1952–1954; researcher under G. Tillotson at Birbeck College, University of London, 1954–1956; and instructor with the Department of English, University of British Columbia, 1956–1957. He then joined the Department of English at Victoria College, serving as Assistant Professor from 1958–1963, Associate Professor from 1963–1967, and became Professor in 1967. He also served as Principal of Victoria College from 1971–1976.

Robson's most recognized academic accomplishment was his general editorship of the 33 volume Collected Works of John Stuart Mill.

He sat on many committees within Victoria University and the University of Toronto, serving as chair of the SGS Dean’s Advisory Committee on Admission to the Graduate Faculty and sitting on the Department of English Graduate Planning Committee. In addition, he served as Chairman of the Manuscript Review Committee at the University of Toronto Press from 1975 until his death. He also served as the general editor of the collected papers of Northrop Frye, until his death in 1995.

His other scholarly offices include: Advisory Editor, Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals; Board of Directors, Research Society for Victorian Periodicals; Advisory Board, Victorian Periodicals Review; Advisory Board, Scholarly Publishing; Chairman, Editorial Committee, Disraeli Project, Queen’s University; Bentham Committee, University of London; Advisory Board, Bertram Russell Edition, McMaster University; Advisory Board, Centre for Editing Early Canadian Texts, Carleton University; Advisory Board, A.M. Klein Edition, Trent University; and Trustee, Dickens Society. He became a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1974, served as its Vice-President from 1980-1982, and its honorary editor in 1984.

McLaughlin, John Fletcher

  • Person
  • 1863-1933

John Fletcher McLaughlin was born in Cavan Township in 1863. He attended Victoria University from 1885 to 1888 and then entered the Methodist ministry. In 1891, he was appointed to the Chair in Hebrew at Victoria and lectured in Biology for the 1891-1892 year before spending two years at Oxford University preparing for his teaching career. From 1892 to 1932 he was Professor of Oriental Languages and Literature at Victoria, also teaching Old Testament. He was Dean of the Faculty of Theology from 1920 to 1928 and Registrar at Emmanuel College from 1928 to 1931. His daughter, Roberta Irwin, is also his biographer.

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