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Jacques Israelievitch

  • CA ON00349 2017.05
  • Person
  • 1948-2015

The rare public figure to be named both a Member of the Order of Canada and an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters in France, Juno Award-nominated musician Jacques Israelievitch left an indelible impression on the music scene, both within and beyond the borders of Toronto. Perhaps best known for his two decades serving as concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra – the longest tenure for that position in the organization’s history, running from 1988 to 2008 – Israelievitch also head significant conducting roles with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (assistant concertmaster, 1972-1978) and St. Louis Symphony (concertmaster, 1978-1988). Joining the former at the age of 23, he was the youngest member in the company’s history.

Israelievitch was a prolific artist, performing on more than 100 recordings and working with a number of distinguished artists, including Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, and Yo-Yo Ma. Perhaps one of his most special musical partnerships was his son Michael, a percussionist with whom Jacques combined to form the Israelievitch Duo. In this pairing of generations, one might ascertain a sense of the joy that the elder Israelievitch received from translating his personal skill to the world of teaching. Within the Toronto context, he held faculty positions at University of Toronto, York University, and the Royal Conservatory of Music. He also led master classes at numerous institutions, including McGill University, University of California - Los Angeles, and University of Michigan. Never one to rest on his laurels, he also spent 16 summers teaching at New York’s Chautauqua Institution.

Around the time of his retirement in 2008, Israelievitch was presented with a lifetime achievement award by the Toronto Musicians Associations, marking his distinguished career. True to form, he was creating right up until his 2015 death, at which time he was completing a final project, a comprehensive recording of the Mozart Sonatas and Variations. His legacy lives on through the Jacques Israelievitch Endowment for Violin/Viola and Interdisciplinary Arts, established posthumously by York University.

Willard G. Oxtoby

  • F2087
  • Person
  • 1933-2003

Willard Gurdon Oxtoby was a scholar of religion and a professor at Trinity College from 1971 until 1999. Oxtoby was born 29 July 1933 in Kentfield, California to Gurdon C. Ox-toby and Miriam Burrell Oxtoby. Willard Oxtoby graduated with a B.A. in philosophy from Stanford University in 1955. He then attended Princeton University where he re-ceived an M.A. and a Ph.D. in 1962. From 1958 to 1960 he worked in Jerusalem as part of the team that studied the Dead Sea Scrolls. In 1963 he was ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church.

Oxtoby’s first teaching appointment was in the Faculty of Divinity at McGill University where he taught a course on Jerusalem, among others, from 1960 to 1964. Oxtoby then undertook postdoctoral studies in Ancient Near Eastern Studies and Comparative Reli-gion at Harvard where he also held a teaching fellowship. From 1966 to 1971 Oxtoby was an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Yale and from 1971 until his retire-ment in 1999 he was a professor of the study of religion at Trinity College, University of Toronto. While at the University of Toronto Oxtoby founded the Centre for Religious Studies in the School of Graduate Studies and served as its director from 1976 to 1981. Oxtoby also served as a member of the Advisory Council of the Department of Religion at Princeton University from 1971 to 1984 and served as President of the Canadian In-stitute for Advanced Islamic Research from 1984 to 1992. In 1964 Oxtoby was elected to the American Society for the Study of Religion; he served as the Society’s Vice President from 1984 to 1987 and President from 1990 to 1993.

Willard Oxtoby’s publications include The Meaning of Other Faiths (1983), Moral Enlighten-ment: Leibniz and Wolff on China (1992) (with Julia Ching), World Religions: Western Traditions (1996) and World Religions: Eastern Traditions (1996). Oxtoby also edited the American Academy of Religion’s Monograph Series AAR Studies in Religion (1969-1970) and was a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Religious Pluralism.

In 1958 Willard Oxtoby married Layla Jurji, and they had two children, David (b. 1960) and Susan (b. 1963). Layla Jurji died in 1980 and in 1981 Oxtoby married Julia Ching, a scholar of Chinese philosophy and religion and a professor at the University of Toronto. Julia Ching died on 26 October 2001 and Oxtoby died on 6 March 2003 in Toronto

Cowan, Kathleen

Kathleen Cowan was a student at Victoria University and resident at Annesley Hall, 1907–1910. She was later married to Methodist/United Church minister, Harold Lloyd Morrison.

Ching, Julia

Julia Ching was a Victoria University professor and an internationally recognized expert on neo-Confucian philosophy and religion. Born in Shanghai in 1934, she grew up there and in Hong Kong before fleeing China during World War II. She was a student at the College of New Rochelle in New York, and then became an Ursuline nun for twenty years. She resumed her studies at the Catholic University of America (M.A.), and then at the Australian National University (Ph.D. 1972). After teaching at Columbia University (1973–1975) and Yale University (1975–1978) she joined the faculty at Victoria University in 1978, becoming a Professor of Religious Studies/Study of Religion, 1981–1995, and then a University Professor of Philosophy, 1995 until her death in 2001. Dr. Ching was very active in the academic world, publishing widely and a contributing member of many organizations. She was also in demand as a consultant and interviewee concerning news relating to China. She was survived by her husband and academic colleague, Willard Oxtoby, who died in 2003.

Potts, John

John Potts was a clergyman and co-Bursar/co-Treasurer of Victoria University, 1900–1907.

Born in Ireland and originally an Episcopalian, he was ordained in the Methodist Church in 1861. He served at Thorold, 1859-1861; London, 1862-1864; Toronto Yorkville, 1865-1866; Hamilton West, 1867-1869; Montreal, 1870-1872; and then in Toronto and Montreal until his appointment in 1901 as Secretary of Education in the Methodist Church until his death. In 1901 he was also appointed as President of the Lord's Day Alliance and was a member of the Board and Senate of Victoria College. He was married to Margaret Bredin in 1861.

Kenner, Roy

  • Person
  • 1948-

Roy Kenner is a singer, songwriter, and voice over actor. Born in Toronto in 1948, he gained popularity when he was the lead singer for the Toronto band Mandala, an up and coming R&B band. In 1967 they had their first hit “Love-it is” off of their only album Soul Crusade (1968).

The band dissolved, allowing Kenner and fellow band members Domenic Troiano and drummer Whitey Glan to recruit bassist Prakash John and form Bush. Bush had short lived success, with an EP release in 1970, and the band breaking up in 1971. Quickly there after Kenner and Troiano joined American rock group James Gang, replacing Joe Walsh. They released Bang! (1973) and Miami (1974). This stint with James Gang did not last long, with Kenner leaving and moving back to Toronto. In 1976 he joined the funk-rock band Law, and released Breakin’ It (1977) and Hold Onto It (1978).

Kenner continues to perform and sing after this. In the 1980’s he was the lead vocal for the theme song of the television series Night Heat, and now works in Toronto doing jingle work.

Kelley, Virginia

  • Person

Virginia Kelly is the founder of VK & Associates, a Toronto-based public-relations firm that specializes in film and television events. The company was founded in 1989. Over the years the company has established itself as one of the country’s leading public relations firm. The company has easily transitioned from the late days of print-based promotion, to the now digital and internet publicity. Many successful and well recognized film festivals have worked with VK & Associates, including Toronto’s Hot Docs.

Imperial, Paul & Lynn

  • Family

The Aron Cinema is Campbellford Ontario, has been owned and operated by Paul Imperial from 1976 to 2011. The theater began screening films in 1947. Due to the lack of growth in the rural area, and change in cinema, the Aron was set to close down in 2009. The community rallied together, wanting to save the cinema that had become a major part of their neighborhood over the years. Together, they turned the theater into a not-for-profit co-operative. By selling bonds, fundraising, and the Imperial family taking out a mortgage, the facility was able to re-open in 2011. For their efforts, the Imperial family was awarded a plaque commemorating their 35 years of dedicated service.

With new backers, the theater has continued to be updated, the largest change being the upgrade to a digital projector from a 35mm projector. This has allowed the theater to show mainstream on-release Hollywood films. The theater has also begun to rent the space out to private parties and become a stage for festivals, even partnering with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to bring art and documentary films to the community.

Hose, Ian

  • Person

Ian Hose was a collector of Canadian music. He is the brother-in-law of George Connell.

Historica Canada

  • Corporate body

Historica Canada is Canada’s largest organization working towards educating the public on the Nation’s history and cultural. It is a registered national charitable organization and offers all its programing and information in both English and French.
Historica in its present form began in 2009 after a company merger of the Historica Foundation of Canada and The Dominion Institute, though working under the name of The Historica-Dominion Institute until 2013 when it adopted its present name.
Historica offers many culture enriching programs and information. They are best known for their popular Heritage Minutes. These short 60-second films depict important people or events that have helped shape Canada, often highlighting values that are considered important to the Nation. As of July 2020, they have released 91 episodes since 1991 when the first thirteen minutes were released. They also publish and maintain The Canadian Encyclopedia, a free online resource on Canadian history. Historica Canada offers many educational programs across the country in both languages to promote and aide in the building of Canadian culture.

Healey, Jeff

  • Person
  • 1966-2008

Jeff Healey was born in Toronto on March 25th, 1966 and was adopted by his parents in July of that year. As an infant, Healey developed retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer, and consequently lost his sight at the age of one. At the age of three, his father gave him his first guitar and music became a permanent part of his life. Healey developed a unique way of playing the guitar, which involved laying the guitar on his lap and playing with all five fingers of his left hand, picking the guitar with his right hand. Healey lived and grew up in Toronto’s west end, and started collecting records by the age of ten, collecting 78 format gramophone records.

He formed his first band, Blue Direction, in 1979 at the age of thirteen. In July of 1985 he was invited on stage to play with Albert Collins and Stevie Ray Vaughan at Albert Hall, in Toronto. Soon after, in September of that year, Healey met Tom Steven and Joe Rockman at Toronto’s Grossman’s Tavern, and together, they formed the Jeff Healey Band. The band gained success with the release of singles such as “See the Light” and “Adriana”. By 1987, they had received radio airplay in the U.S. In 1988, Jeff began hosting his first radio show on the University of Toronto’s radio station CUIT, playing jazz records from his now vast collection of 78s. Shortly afterwards the Jeff Healey Band released their breakthrough album See the Light, which resulted in their success across the border, with appearances on television and eventually earning them a Grammy nomination in 1989. Later that year the band appeared in the movie Roadhouse and on its soundtrack, and in 1990 the band won their first Juno award.

In 1991, the band established Forte Records, their own recording studio on Spadina Road in Toronto. In October of 1991, Healey began hosting My Kinda Jazz on CBC radio, a one hour radio show during which he plays jazz music recorded between 1917 and 1942 from his personal music collection. In 1994, Jeff and his wife Cristie Healey, had their first daughter, Rachel. The band continued to remain successful, recording several more albums. In 2001, Jeff Healey opened his first music club in Toronto, Healey’s, where he and his blues band and jazz band would play weekly. Jeff was later awarded a Maple Blues Award for Lifetime Acheivement at the 2001 award ceremony. Jeff soon formed his jazz band, the Jazz Wizards, who he continued to play and record with for the rest of his life. During this time, Jeff also had a blues band, the Jeff Healey Blues Band. Jeff also had his own short lived record label, Healey-O-Phonic, upon which he released his 2004 solo album, Adventures in Jazzland. Later that year he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. In 2005, his son Derek was born.

Over the next few years Healey released more albums, and opened another club, Healey’s Roadhouse, but was also diagnosed with cancer, and underwent surgery and treatment. In February 2008, Jeff performed live for the final time in Goderich, Ontario, with his band the Jazz Wizards. Jeff Healey died at the age of 41 after battling metastatic lung cancer for three years. Only a month later, Mess of Blues was released, and marked his first return to rock and blues music in eight years. In October of 2009, Jeff was inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame, now known Canadian Disability Hall of Fame. Several albums have been released posthumously, and in 2011 Woodford Park, in Etobicoke, Ontario, was renamed Jeff Healey Park.

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.

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