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Simms, George Richard

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Dr. George R. Simms is Professor Emeritus of Family and Community Medicine at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine; he was a family physician for 39 years and Medical Director of Pinnacle Health Hospice for 10 years. He earned a Ph.D. in Human Behavior from the United States International University, a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a fellowship in Medical Ethics from Harvard University.

Sidorak, Stephen J., Jr.

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  • 1950-

The Rev. Stephen J. Sidorak Jr. is a United Methodist clergyman who attended Yale Divinity School, earning his Master of Divinity degree in 1975 and a Master of Sacred Theology degree in 1976.

Blachford, Frank

Franck Blachford was a violinist, teacher, conductor, and composer. He was born on December 28, 1879 in Toronto, Ontario and passed away on June 24, 1957 in Calgary, Alberta. He studied at the Toronto Conservatory of Music (TCM) with Bertha Drechsler Adamson and graduated with his ATCM in 1897, before continuing his studies at the Leipzig Conservatory with Hans Sitt and Carl Reinecke, graduating in 1901 with the Helbig prize. He then studied in Geneva, Switzerland with Henri Marteau and in Berlin, Germany. He returned to Canada in 1901 and taught at the TCM until his death. He was also concertmaster of the Conservatory Orchestra (1906-1908) and the Welsman Toronto Symphony Orchestra (1908-1918), and was a first violinist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (1932-1946). He also performed as a solo violinist. As a chamber musician, he founded the Toronto String Wuartet in 1907; performed with the Schumann Trio (1902-1905), the Conservatory Trio (1926-1928); and, conducted the Conservatory String Orchestra (1914-1925) and the Victoria College Orchestra (1920-1930). In 1932, he formed the Blachford String Symphony, a group of 16 musicians from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Blachford's compositions include pedagogical works for violin, and transcriptions of baroque and romantic music for string quartet and orchestra. He also wrote a number of songs.

Hart House String Quartet

The Hart House String Quartet was founded by violinist Geza de Kresz, violist Milton Blackstone (formerly Blackstein), cellist Boris Hambourg, and violinist Harry Adaskin. They gave their first performance in 1924 at Hart House Theatre, and its success of the concert led to the groups permanent establishment with funding by the Massey Foundation. The quartet continued to perform internationally until 1945. They performed 10 annual concerts at Hart House and 10 annual concerts at Convocation Hall, University of Toronto, as well as performing across Canada, the United States, and two tours of Britain and Europe.

Geza de Kresz left the quartet in 1935 and was replaced by James Levey; Harry Adaskin was replaced by Adolph Kodolfsky in 1938, and then Henry Milligan in 1942; and Milton Blackstone was replaced by Allard de Ridder in 1941 and Cyril Glyde in 1944. Boris Hambourg remained with the quartet throughout its existence.

Guerrero, Alberto

Alberto Guerrero was a pianist, teacher, and composer. He was born in La Serena, Chile on February 6, 1886, and came to Canada in 1918. He died in Toronto on November 7, 1959.

In the early 1900s, his family moved to Santiago, Chile where he established himself as a composer and solo pianist. Between 1908 and 1915, he wrote music for four or five operettas and zarzuelas; contributed to the newspaper E diario ilustrado; and published a treatise La armonia moderna (1915). This treatise and his operetta scores are now lost, but some of his early chamber works and piano solos survived and are held in the University of Toronto Music Library Archives.

In 1915, he went on tour with cellist Michael Penha, travelling through Bolivia, Peru, Panama, Costa Rica, and Cuba, before arriving in New York in January 1916. He remained there until the fall of 1917, when he returned to Chile, before moving to Toronto in 1918, where he replaced Mark Hambourg in the Hambourg Trio and taught at the Hambourg Conservatory. In 1922, he moved to the Toronto Conservatory of Music, where he taught until his death in 1959. He also taught at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto starting in the late 1940s. His students included William Aide, John Beckwith, Helmut Blume, Gwendolyn Duchemin, Ray Dudley, Dorothy Sandler Glick, Glenn Gould, his second wife Myrtle Rose Guerrero, Stuart Hamilton, Paul Helmer, Horace Lapp, Edward Laufer, Gordana Lazarevich, Pierrette LePage, Edward Magee, Ursula Malkin, Bruce Mather, John McIntyre, Gordon McLean, Oskar Morawetz, Arthur Ozolins, George Ross, R. Murray Schafer, Oleg Telizyn, Malcolm Troup, Neil Van Allen, and Ruth Watson Henderson.

Murray, Anne

  • Person
  • 1945-

Anne Murray is a Canadian pop and country singer. She has had an extensive career, with multiple Canadian and international awards, over 30 studio albums, and many chart topping hits.

Murray was born in 1945 in the small coalmining town of Springhill, NS. She was the only daughter of Dr. James Carson Murray and Marion Margaret (née Burke) Murray, and had five brothers. Growing up, the whole family enjoyed singing, and Anne learnt piano and took singing lessons. Murray attended the University of New Brunswick and taught physical education at a high school in Prince Edward Island after graduation.

While still attending University, Murray auditioned for CBC’s musical variety show Singalong Jubilee. She was not awarded a contract then, but instead was called back the next year. She left teaching after only one year and began her musical career. In 1968 she moved to Toronto and recorded her first album “What About Me”. From there she continued to gain momentum in the music industry. Her first career milestone was the hit single ‘Snowbird’ from her second album “This is My Way”, which reached #1 on the Canadian pop charts and #8 on Billboard’s US Adult Contemporary charts. The single’s popularity also caused Murray to be the first Canadian ever to be awarded a gold record in the United States.

Her career has opened space for many Canadian divas to follow. Her albums have continued to dominate the charts and she has spent much of her career on the road touring. She had been awarded four Grammys, 24 Juno Awards, the Governor General's Performing Arts Award, and made a Companion of the Order of Canada. She has had two children, William (born 1976) and Dawn (born 1979) with Bill Langstroth (married 1975-1998).

Discography (Studio albums):
What About Me (1968)
This Way Is My Way (1969)
Honey, Wheat and Laughter (1970)
Straight, Clean and Simple (1971)
Anne Murray / Glen Campbell (1971) (with Glen Campbell)
Talk It Over in the Morning (1971)
Annie (1972)
Danny's Song (1973)
Love Song (1974)
Highly Prized Possession (1974)
Together (1975)
Keeping in Touch (1976)
There's a Hippo in My Tub (1977)
Let's Keep It That Way (1978)
New Kind of Feeling (1979)
I'll Always Love You (1979)
Somebody's Waiting (1980)
Where Do You Go When You Dream (1981)
The Hottest Night of the Year (1982)
A Little Good News (1983)
Heart over Mind (1984)
Something to Talk About (1986)
Harmony (1987)
As I Am (1988)
You Will (1990)
Yes I Do (1991)
Croonin' (1993)
Anne Murray (1996)
What a Wonderful World (1999)
Country Croonin' (2002)
I'll Be Seeing You (2004)
Duets: Friends & Legends (2007)

Ross Parmenter

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  • 1912-1999

Ross Parmenter was born in 1912 May 30, Toronto Ontario. He graduated from Trinity College in 1933 briefly working for the Toronto Evening Telegram before moving to New York in 1934 to work for the New York Times. There he worked as an investigative reporter, and later a reviewer and editor for their music department until his retirement in 1964. Mr. Parmenter’s career was briefly interrupted by the outbreak of World War II, where he served as a medic for 3 years under contentious objector status. Aside from his career with the New York Times Mr. Parmenter was also an accomplished author who published 12 books, several of which focused on Mexico, where he owned a residence and had spent a large portion of his life. On October 18, 1999 Ross Parmenter died in Manhattan New York.

McClement, Doug

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Doug McClement was born and raised in Kingston, Ontario. He is a graduate of Queen’s University with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce. Throughout his time in high school and university, McClement played in various rock bands and became a recording enthusiast, so much so that he assembled a four-track recording studio in his parent’s basement called Comfort Sound in 1973.

After university, McClement moved to Toronto and began to work for TD Bank as a computer programmer. After work and on weekends, he ran a home studio. By 1978, the studio was so busy that he was able to leave TD Bank and expand to recording eight-track. Comfort Sounds continued to grow as he was often contacted to record various musicians on location.
McClement expanded again in the early 1980’s, from 16 then 24-tracks. He was working primarily with the use of his cube truck, traveling for on location recordings. He recorded many live radio broadcasts for CHUM-FM, Q107, CFNY, and some of the early stereo television programs in the CHUM/CITY simulcasts. In 1984, McClement moved to Queen St. W and focused on audio post production for television. He picked up MuchMusic as a client which quickly became his biggest for 16 years. Comfort Sound was also often hired for overseas recordings, as far as the Middle East, Nigeria, Jamaica, and part of Europe.

In 1994, McClement sold his studio and began to focus on location multi-track recording under the name LiveWire Remote Records. Over his distinguished career, he has earned many awards, and mixed many world events. He is currently (as of 2019) a Chairman of the Producing and Engineering Program at The Harris Institute in Toronto, while also instructing there since 1992.

Mercury Films Inc

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  • 1998-present

Founded by Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier in 1998, Mercury Films Inc is a documentary production company. Productions have been well received both within Canada and internationally, winning awards at the Toronto International Film Festival, The Canadian Screen Awards, Hot Docs, and the Geminis. Their work focuses on political and social change, bringing in diverse voices to better understand class systems, climate change, and our changing world.

Collier, Ron

Ron (Ronald William) Collier was a composer, arranger, conductor, trombonist, and teacher. Born near Lethbridge, Alberta on July 3, 1930, he received his early musical training in the Kitsilano Boys' Band in Vancouver, British Columbia (1943-1950). He then studied composition in Toronto with Gordon Delamont (1951-1954) and in New York with George Russell and Hall Overton (orchestration) (1961-1962).

In the 1950s, Collier played trombone in various Toronto dance bands, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Ballet, the Canadian Opera Company orchestras, and for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) radio and television groups. He was also a member of Norman Symonds' jazz octet, and formed his own jazz group in 1954, which started as a quartet (1954-1957), then a quintet (1957), dixtuor (1960), and, for Expo '67 and other special occasions, a big band.

In 1972, Collier became the composer-in-residence at Humber College in Toronto, and continued to teach there from 1974 until 1979. His students included Pete Coulman, Scott MacMillan, Jim McGrath, John Roby, Ilmars Sermulis, and Doug Wilde. Collier composed several works within the Third-Stream idiom, wrote scores for the plays, various films, and the ballet Aurora Borealis, and many works for big band.

Collier was named an officer of the Order of Canada in 2003. He passed away in Toronto, Ontario on October 22, 2003.

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