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Orbyt Media

  • Corporate body

Orbyt Media, now a division of Bell Media, is Canada’s leading radio content syndication group. It provides a variety of programs and broadcast services to over 380 stations in 155 markets across Canada. Orbyt’s programs extend outside of radio to web, mobile, and other emerging technologies, although Orbyt is considered a world leader in integrated radio solutions, including productions, branding opportunities, media programming strategies, writing and production facilities, and nationally syndicated programs and online services. Some of Orbyt’s entertainment properties include: On Air with Ryan Seacrest, The Secret History of Rock with Alan Cross, The 80s Show with Stu Jeffries and “KCC”, and Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx, amongst others. As well, Orbyt represents leading production and imaging brands, such as Wise Buddah, ReelWorld, and Production Vault.

Dymock, Laura

  • Person

Laura Dymock is a collector of Canadian music, specializing in the late 1990s and 2000s.

Hose, Ian

  • Person

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

Kenneson, Claude

Claude (Emile) Kenneson was a cellist, writer, and teacher. Born in Texas on April 11, 1935, he completed his Bachelor of Music (B Mus, 1957) and Master of Music (M Mus, 1959) at the University of Texas before moving to Canada in 1959. He was a member of the Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Montreal orchestras, and taught at the University of Alberta (1965-1990 and the Banff School of Fine Arts. In 1969, he was a founding member of the University of Alberta String Quartet. Kenneson passed away on October 9, 2013 in Edmonton, Alberta.

Brazeau, Raymond

  • Person

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

McConnell, Rob

Rob McConnell was a trombonist, composer, and arranger. He was born in London, Ontario on February 14, 1935 and died in Toronto, Ontario on May 1, 2010. McConnell grew up in Toronto before moving to Edmonton, Alberta in 1954 to play with Don (DT) Thompson's band. He later performed as a pianist with Alex Lazaroff's Rhythm Rockets; with Gordon Delamont's rehearsal band; and as a trombonist with Bobby Gimby. In 1964, he worked in New York with Maynard Ferguson's big band, before returning to Toronto. In 1968, he formed the Boss Brass, one of Canada’s most successful jazz ensembles. In 1997, he reorganized the Boss Brass into the Rob McConnell Tentet, with whom he release three recordings (Rob McConnell Tentet, 2000; Thank You, Ted, 2002; and, Music of the Twenties, 2003).

Klein, Lothar

Lothar Klein, composer and teacher, was born in Hanover, Germany, on January 27, 1932, and died in Toronto on January 3, 2004. His family emigrated from Germany to England in 1939, and then to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1940. Klein studied piano with Olga Samaroff-Stokowsky and received his doctorate in musicology and composition from the University of Minnesota, where he studied composition with Dimitri Mitropoulos, Antal Dorati, and Goffretto Petrassi. He also studied with Boris Blacher and Luigi Nono. After teaching at universities in the United States, he joined the University of Toronto Faculty of Music in 1968 and retired in 1996. His compositions include an opera (Tale of a Father and Son); various orchestral and chamber works; solo piano pieces; and vocal and choral compositions.

Cusack, Andrew T.

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Rev. Monsignor Andrew T. Cusack, a Catholic priest for the Diocese of Bridgeport (Connecticut) for 44 years, died on January 20, 2004, in Brick, N.J.

Kenins, Talivaldis

Talivaldis Kenins, a composer and teacher, was born in Liepaja, Latvia on April 23, 1919. He received a Bachelier des lettres from the College de Menton and Lycee de Grenoble in France in 1939, before studying composition at the State Conservatory in Riga with Joseph Wihtol. During the second Soviet occupation of Latvia following World War Two, he returned to France, and entered the Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris in 1945, where he studied with Simone Plé-Caussade, Tony Aubin and Olivier Messiaen, among others. There, he received the Perilhou, Gouy d'Arcy and Halphen music prizes, and graduated in 1950 with the Grand Prix Laureate in composition.

Kenins emigrated to Canada in 1951, where he was the organist and music directory at St. Andrews Latvian Lutheran Church in Toronto. In 1952, he joined the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, where he taught composition and contrapuntal techniques until his retirement in 1984. Kenins composed chamber music, eight symphonies, twelve concertos, three cantatas, an oratorio, several choral works, and various educational pieces. His awards and honours include: the Champollion Silver Medal (Grenoble), Officer of the National Three-Star Order of the Republic of Latvia, and Honourary Professor by the Music Academy of Latvia.

Kenins passed away in Toronto on January 20, 2008.

Falke, Walter & Olga

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

Welsman, Frank Squire

Frank Squire Welsman, conductor, pianist and teacher, was born in Toronto, December 20, 1873, and died in Muskoka, Ontario, July 2, 1952. After studies in Germany, he founded the Toronto Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, which in 1908 became the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

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.


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  • 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 began 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 Juno nomination in 2009 for artwork design of the year.

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)

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 NFB, he began working in the stock shot library, finding various footage requested. He also put together news reels 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.

G. Ricordi & Co. Ltd.

  • Ricordi
  • Corporate body
  • 1954-1999

G. Ricordi & Co. (Canada) Ltd. was the Canadian branch of the Italian firm (Casa Ricordi, established in Milan in 1808). In the early 1950s, Gordon Wry was Ricordi's agent, before Bruno Apollonio (a former music publisher in Trieste) took over this position in 1953. In 1954, he established G. Ricordi & Co. (Canada) Ltd. in Toronto. He served as the managing director of the company until his death in 1983. His wife, Wally Apollonio, was in charge of promotion for the publishers. As well as distributing and promoting works by the parent firm, Ricordi (Canada) also published orchestral works by Canadian composers, including Murray Adaskin, Robert Aitken, Harry Freedman, Steven Gellman, Otto Joachim, Pierre Mercure, Oskar Morawetz, Francois Morel, André Prévost, and Harry Somers.

In 1963, Leeds Music (Canada) took over sales of Ricordi's printed music, including Canadian publications, followed by Boosey & Hawkes in 1980.

Palanti, Giuseppe

Giuseppe Palanti was born on July 30, 1881 in Milan, Italy and died on April 23, 1946 in Milan. In the early twentieth century, he worked as a costume and set designer for the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.

Benois, Nicola

Nicola Benois was born in Lomonosov, Russia on May 2, 1901 and died in Codripo, Italy on March 31, 1988. He was the principal set and costume designer at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy, starting in 1935. He studied art and design with his father Alexandre Benois, and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Prior to working at the Teatro alla Scala, he designed several Mariinsky opera and ballet productions; worked for Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes; and, designed for the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma.

Balfour Bowen, Lisa

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Lisa Balfour Bowen is a former bilingual Canadian journalist, who is best known for her political correspondence in Quebec. She has had a 35 year career, having been published in The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The Toronto Sun, The Gazette, Montreal Star, Maclean’s, Canadian Art, and others.

Balfour Bowen was born in Hamilton, ON, and studied at the University of Toronto, the Sorbonne, and Harvard. One of the most notable periods in her career was during the 1960s when she reported on political and social issues facing Quebec in the defunct Montreal Star. She was then appointed political correspondent in Quebec City’s National Assembly, making her the first female Anglophone political correspondent appointed to this position. Due to her strong belief in supporting bilingualism, she worked as a bilingual policy adviser to the Government of Ontario’s Federal-Provincial Affairs Secretariat under Premiers John Robarts and Bill Davis.

Her philanthropic work has also been great and far reaching. She has help found French for the Future, and is a former director of the Toronto French School and the Alliance Française de Toronto. Balfour Bowen has had a great impact in the Toronto Arts community, helping to found and/or establish the Toronto Arts Awards, Tarragon Theatre and the Friends of the Library, Trinity College.

Awards and honoraries she has received:

  • Ordre de la Pléiade (2001)
  • Ordre du Mérite Francophile (2001)
  • Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2002)
  • Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques (2004)
  • Honorary Doctorate, Laurentian University (2008)
  • Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012)
  • Senior Fellow of Massey College (2012)
  • Honorary Doctorate, Université Sainte-Anne (2015)
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