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Strain, Marie M. Burlingame

  • Person
  • 1927-2007

Marie M. (Burlingame) Strain was born in Somerville, Massachusetts on March 6, 1927. She received a BS in Education from Framingham State College in 1948 and a Masters in Theological Studies and Pastoral Counsel from Harvard Divinity School in 1979. She worked as a teacher in Somerville public schools and as a part-time lecturer at Suffolk University in Boston. In 1979, she served as student chaplain at Youville Hospital in Cambridge. She founded National Peace Day Celebrations Inc. in Concord, MA in 1980 and served as its president until 1996. She died in Concord on September 28, 2007.

Mansbridge, Peter

  • Person
  • 1948-

Peter Mansbridge was born in 1948 in London, England. In 1954 he and his family moved to Ottawa. Mansbridge attended Glebe Collegiate but dropped out, before completion. He joined the Canadian Navy, where he served for two years before being honorably discharged. By 1968, he had made his way to Churchill, Manitoba where he worked for the airline Transair, announcing arrivals and departures over the PA system. His unique baritone voice caught the attention of CBC Radio producer Gaston Charpentier, who subsequently got Mansbridge a job as a disc jockey. From here, Mansbridge began to make a name for himself in broadcast journalism and with CBC.

Mansbridge propelled CBC Churchill’s first local newscast by creating it, along with producing and hosting. He also began to host popular interviews that stood apart from others due to his conversational style and notable voice. His work was well received, as it was regularly aired on CBC national newscasts. He then moved on to work at CBC Radio and Television in Winnipeg.

Success continued to follow Mansbridge. By 1975, he was the Saskatchewan correspondent for CBC’s The National. The next year, he became Ottawa’s parliamentary news reporter for CBC TV. By 1981, he began to host the weekend editions of The National and worked as a correspondent in Washington and London.

The longest and most acclaimed part of his career began in 1988 when he took over as lead anchor and correspondent of The National where he worked until 2017. During his career, he has reported on many events that have defined the late 20th century and early 21st both around the world and in Canada. Some of these include the ‘boat people’ escaping Vietnam (1979), the Tiananmen Square massacre (1989), the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989), the Oka crisis (1990), the Charlottetown Accord (1992), the 1995 Québec Referendum, the 9/11 terrorist attacks (2001), the war in Afghanistan (starting in 2001), and the Canadian Parliament shooting (2014). He has also covered every Canadian federal election from 1972-2015. He has conducted many notable interviews, from Canadian Prime Ministers, to US Presidents (notably Bill Clinton and Barack Obama), and many other world leaders (Benjamin Netanyahu, Shimon Peres, Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, and the Aga Khan).

Mansbridge has had other journalistic endeavors during his career. He wrote for Maclean’s magazine from 2003 to 2005. He hosted Mansbridge One on One, which was a weekly program on CBC Newsworld. He also collected and published some of these interviews in the book Peter Mansbridge One on One: Favourite Conversations and the Stories Behind Them (2010). After his time at The National, he contined to work, hosting the television documentaries That Never Happened: Canada’s First National Internment Operations (2017), In Search of a Perfect World (2018), and The Future of War with Peter Mansbridge (2019).

Outisde of journalism, he has served as chancellor of Mount Allison University from 2010-2017, and voiced the character Peter Moosebridge in the Disney animated film Zootopia (2016).

Mansbridge is well decorated for his work in Journalism. He has won twelve Gemini Awards for broadcast excellence, including the Gordon Sinclair Award for best overall broadcast journalist in 1990 and 1998. He has also won two Canadian Screen Awards, made an Officer in the Order of Canada (2008), and awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). He has also been the recipient of eleven Honorary Degrees from Universities across Canada.

Artifacts Collection

  • Corporate body
  • 1832 - 2011

The Victoria University Artifacts Collection consists of donated artifacts, artifacts of unknown provenance, and artifacts accumulated by the Archives via the University.

Taylor, Diane M.

  • Person
  • 1934-2019

Sister Diane Taylor, RSM, was born on December 1, 1934. She was a Sister of Mercy for 66 years and was a prominent artist, serving as an art instructor over the years. Sister Diane taught at St. Patrick, Providence; Tyler, Providence; St. Mary, Bristol; Salve Regina University and St. Mary Academy-Bay View. She died on January 4, 2019 in Ohio.

Frost, Henry

  • Person
  • 1816-1851

Henry Frost was active in the musical community of York County, Upper Canada, between the years of 1835 and 1850. Henry Frost taught at a common school where he included music in the curriculum. It is believed that he was also responsible for musical activities in the local Anglican Church, (though the documentary history of the church was lost in a fire). Furthermore, according to established education patterns in upper Canada, he probably also served as a teacher in a singing school for adults.

Bell, Leslie R.

Leslie (Richard) Bell. Choir conductor, educator, writer, arranger, composer, b Toronto 5 May 1906, d there 19 Jan 1962; BA (Toronto) 1930, MA (Toronto) 1931, D MUS (Montreal) 1946. While studying 1917-25 with Frederick Horwood at the TCM (RCMT) and with Louis Waizman, he played clarinet and saxophone in the orchestras of Luigi Romanelli and Joe DeCourcy and later led his own dance band. He taught English, history, and music 1935-9 at Parkdale Collegiate Institute (where his pupils included Howard Cable, later an associate at the CBC) and founded a girls choir there, the Alumnae Singers - later the Leslie Bell Singers. He was president of the music section of the Ontario Education Association (OMEA) 1938-41, chairman of the music department at the Ontario College of Education 1939-48 and also taught summers 1940-6 at Queens U and 1946-52 at the University of Toronto. Later in the 1950s Bell divided his time between conducting (he also formed the short-lived Leslie Bell Gleemen in 1957), writing, and broadcasting. His broad musical interests were reflected in his work as music columnist 1946-62 for the Toronto Daily Star, associate editor in charge of music education 1958-62 for the Canadian Music Journal, contributor to many other publications, and radio commentator for CBC and CFRB, Toronto. He was the co-founder in 1959 and first executive director of the CMEA and editor 1959-62 of its journal, the Canadian Music Educator. In the Canadian Music Journal (Spring 1962), Geoffrey Payzant wrote: 'It was his driving ambition to close the gap between the art of music and the minds of the many. He took the view that there is popular music good and bad and art music good and bad, and that the best of each had more in common than is generally thought to be the case'. Bell wrote Variations on a French Noël for string quartet, several choral works for female and mixed groups published by Canadian Music Sales and Mills, and many folk song arrangements published by Canadian Music Sales, G.V. Thompson, Shawnee Press, and Summy. After Bell's death, the CBC and the CMEA sponsored the Leslie Bell Memorial Choir Competition in 1963-4 and 1965 (won by the Tudor Singers of Montreal and the Acadia Chapel Choir of Wolfville, NS, respectively). The Leslie Bell Prize was established in 1973 to assist a choir conductor in post-graduate training. Administered by the Ontario Choral Federation, it has been awarded to Edward F. Moroney (1973), Robert Cooper (1974), David Christiani (1975), Carole Boyle (1976), Jean Ashworth-Gam. See Ashworth Bartle, Jean (1977), Gerald Neufeld (1978), Brainerd Blyden-Taylor (1981), Richard Dacey (1983), Daniel Hansen (1984), David Fallis (1985), Karen Price-Wallace (1986), Laurence Ewashko (1988), and Andrew Slonetsky (1990). For a full biography see the Canadian Encyclopedia . For a full biography see the Canadian Encyclopedia .

Arlidge, Joseph Churchill

  • Person
  • 1849-1913

J. (Joseph) Churchill Arlidge, flutist, organist, teacher, and composer, was born in Stratford-on-Avon, 17 Mar 1849, and died in Toronto in 1913. Arlidge studied flute with Benjamin Wells and Robert Sydney Pratten, and made his debut in 1859 at the Crystal Palace in a concert given by Sir Julius Benedict for Queen Victoria. In late 1874 he went to Toronto to be married and was immersed into the musical life of that city.

Coatsworth, Vida

  • Person
  • 1888-1964

Vida Coatsworth, pianist and teacher was born on 11 July 1888 in Toronto and died there 23 June 1964. She performed publicly from 1915, and taught at the Toronto Conservatory of Music from 1918.

Toronto Clef Club

  • Corporate body
  • 1894-1916

The Toronto Clef Club was established in 1894 to promote the status of, and friendships among, professional musicians. The last meeting for which minutes exist was in December 1916.

Speranza Musical Club

  • Corporate body
  • 1906-

The Club for women musicians was formally established in 1906, and met in members' homes for musical and social events.

Scholey, Olive

  • Person

Olive Scholey, contralto, was a pupil of F. H. Torrington at the Toronto College of Music, and of Clara de Rigaud in New York.

University of Toronto Music Library

  • Corporate body
  • 1921-

In 1918 Toronto College of Music, founded in 1888, amalgamated with the Canadian Academy of Music, and in 1924 the academy was absorbed by the Toronto Conservatory of Music. The Toronto Conservatory of Music then gained the assets of both its rivals, including over one hundred vocal and orchestral scores. The University had taken over the ownership and operation of the conservatory by 1921, and therefore this collection became the foundation of the University of Toronto's music library.

Hugh Hornby Langton's, (University of Toronto's Chief Librarian, 1892-1922), donated a over a dozen scores from his own collection including orchestral works by Beethoven, Schubert, and Mendelssohn in piano duet arrangements from his courting days, which constitutes the University of Toronto's first efforts in collection building for the Music Library. More significantly, he had just returned from a European buying trip for the library, and its results included the addition of a dozen books on music, plus recent scores such as Stravinsky's Chant du rossignol and Sacre du printemps, and of several early tone poems by Richard Strauss.

Currently the library holds over 300,000 books, scores, periodicals and microforms.

The Sniderman Recordings Collection, 180,000 sound recordings, from cylinders to blu-ray.

The Olnick Rare Book Room, 2,500 volumes exemplifying the history of music and of music editing, performance and printing -- from liturgical manuscripts and early printed treatises, to first editions of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Gershwin, and early Canadian sheet music and tune books. A significant number of 18th- and 19th-century opera full scores, with particular strength in the French repertoire, complements the large libretto holdings of the Central Library.

Le Caine, Hugh

Hugh Le Caine, physicist and instrument builder, was born Port Arthur (Thunder Bay), 27 May 1914, and died in Ottawa 3 July 1977. He worked with the National Research Council in Ottawa from 1940 to 1974, concentrating on musical activities after 1954. He created over twenty electronic instruments, and produced at least fifteen electroacoustic compositions.

Geiger-Torel, Herman

Herman Geiger-Torel, opera director and teacher was born in Frankfurt-am-Main in 1907. He began his career as a stage director in Czechoslovakia and Germany, and after 1934, in South America. From 1948 until his death in 1976 he was based in Toronto, working with the University of Toronto Opera Division and as general director of the Canadian Opera Company.

Hanslick, Eduard

Hanslick was born in Prague and died in Baden in 1904. At the age of eighteen, Hanslick went to study music with Václav Tomášek, one of Prague's renowned musicians. He also studied law at Prague University and obtained a degree in that field. He wrote music reviews for small town newspapers, then the Wiener Musik-Zeitung and eventually the Neue Freie Presse, where he was music critic until retirement. In 1870 he gained a professorship in history and aesthetic of music at the University of Vienna where he later obtained a doctorate honoris causa.

Johnson, Edward

Edward Johnson, tenor and administrator, was born in Guelph, ON, 22 Aug. 1878. He sang in Europe (as "Edoardo di Giovanni") from 1912-1919, and in North America from 1919-1935. From 1935-1950 he was general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, New York City. He died in Guelph in 1959.

University of Toronto. Department of Molecular Genetics

  • Corporate body
  • 1969-current

The Department of Molecular Genetics has undergone several names changes;
-Department of Medical Cell Biology (1969-1973)
-Department of Medical Genetics (1973-1990)
-Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics (1990-1996)
-Department of Medical Genetics and Microbiology (undergraduate) / Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics (graduate) (1996-2007)
-Department of Molecular Genetics (2007-present)

Throughout its history, scientists at the department have been conducting world-class research in areas of molecular microbiology, model organism genetics and human genomics.

Neel, Boyd

Boyd Neel was born in London, 19 July 1905, and died in Toronto, 30 September 1981. In 1932 he formed his own orchestra, performing and recording baroque music, and works by contemporary English composers. From 1953 to 1971 he was Dean of the RCMT, and also founded and conducted the Hart House Orchestra at the University of Toronto.

Hartmann, Arthur

Arthur Hartmann, American violinist, composer and writer was born 7 October 1881 and died 30 March 30 1956. From 1931-1933 he maintained a studio in Toronto.

Parlow, Kathleen

Kathleen Parlow, violinist and teacher, was born in Calgary, Alberta on September 20, 1890 and died in Oakville, Ontario on August 19, 1963. She completed her studies with Leopold Auer at St. Petersburg [Leningrad] Conservatory, made her professional debut in Berlin in 1907 and then toured world wide. Returning permanently to Canada in 1941, she taught at the Toronto Conservatory and founded The Canadian Trio, and the Parlow String Quartet.

Kasemets, Udo

Udo Kasemets, composer, pianist and writer, was born in Tallinn, Estonia, November 16, 1919, and emigrated to Canada in 1951, becoming a leader in the experimental avant-garde in music in Toronto. He passed away on January 19, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario.

Kasemets trained at the Tallinn Conservatory and the Stuttgart Academy of Music, as well as the Kranichstein Institute for New Music in Darmstadt, where he encountered Ernst Krenek, Edgard Varèse and Hermann Scherchen. In 1962-1963, Kasemets organized the first new music series in Toronto, "Men, Minds and Music," followed by the establishment of the Isaacs Gallery Mixed Media Concerts in 1965. In 1968, he directed the first Toronto Festival of Arts and Technology entitled "SightSoundSystems." In 1971, he joined the Faculty of the Department of Experimental Art at the Ontario College of Art, where he taught until his retirement in 1987.

Taussig, Elyakim

Elyakim (Peter) Taussig, pianist, was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, February 27, 1944. He received the first Master of Music (MMUS) in performance granted by the University of Toronto in 1970, and formed the ensemble Camerata in 1973. He has been active as a performer, composer and educator.

Law, Eileen

  • Person
  • 1900-1978

Eileen Law, contralto and teacher, was born in Belfast, Ireland on October 16, 1900, and died in Toronto on November 30, 1978. From 1922 until 1926, she studied with Jenny Taggart (voice) and Ernest MacMillan (piano) at the Canadian Academy of Music, earning her LCAM and ACAM. From 1926 to 1936, she studied privately with Hope Morgan. Primarily an oratorio singer, she performed as a soloist at the Timothy Eaton Memorial Church (1923-1936) and at the First Church of Christ Scientist (1936-1945), and appeared with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Promenade Symphony Concerts, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, the Apollo Musical Club Choir of Chicago, the Ottawa Choral Union, and symphony orchestras in Cleveland, Detroit, and Minneapolis. She appeared in performances of Bach's St. Matthew's Passion in Toronto for over 25 years.

Law taught for the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto from 1938 until 1977, and at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto from 1952 to 1961.

Buczynski, Walter

Walter Buczynski, pianist, composer and teacher, was born in Toronto on December 17, 1933. He studied internationally, with Darius Milhaud and Nadia Boulanger, among others. From 1962 until 1969, he taught piano and theory at the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, before moving to the University of Toronto, where he taught piano, theory and composition at from 1969 until his retirement in 1999. He is a prolific composer, and has often been commissioned by prominent Canadian artists and organizations.

Delamont, Gordon

Gordon Delamont, teacher, author, composer, and trumpeter was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on October 27, 1918, and died in Toronto, Ontario on January 16, 1981. He performed in dance bands and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) radio orchestras, taught harmony, counterpoint, composition, and theory. Important pupils include Peter Appleyard, Gustav Ciamaga, Ron Collier, Jimmy Dale, Hagood Hardy, Paul Hoffert, Moe Koffman, Rob McConnell, Ben McPeek, Birnie Piltch, Fred Stone, Norman Symonds and Rick Wilkins, among many others.

Hawkins, John

John Hawkins, composer, pianist, and teacher was born in Montreal on July 26, 1944 and died in Toronto, January 14, 2007.

Hawkins studied piano with Lubka Kolessa at the Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique and composition with Istvan Anhalt at McGill University. He also attended a conducting seminar with Bierre Boulez in Basel, Switzerland (1969). As a pianist, he performed over 70 new works for both the Montréal’s Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) and New Music Concerts (NMC). He won the Léger Prize in 1983 for new chamber music. He joined the University of Toronto in 1970, and taught analysis and composition until 2006. His compositions are performed throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe, and he wrote music for numerous groups and organizations, including the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Nexus, York Winds, NMC, SMQC, Chamber Concerts Canada and the Banff Centre.

Riley, Doug

Doug (Douglas Brian) Riley was a composer, arranger, pianist, organist, and record producer, born in Toronto on April 12, 1945. Before his death on August 27, 2007 in Calgary, Alberta, Riley relocated to Little Pond, Prince Edward Island. He received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto in 1967.

Riley produced and performed on many recordings with various solo artists and groups (including Ray Charles, Natalie McMaster, David Clayton Thomas, The Brecker Brothers, Molly Johnson, Bob Segar, Ringo Starr, Jake Langley, Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray, and Moe Koffman), both as Doug Riley and under his pseudonym Dr. Music. He also wrote numerous jingles, three ballets for the National Ballet of Canada, a concerto for flute, a string quartet for Moe Koffman, a piano concerto for Mario Bernardi's retirement from the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and much more. He was also the music director for various television, radio, and live productions, including JAZZ.FM91’s annual ‘Jazz Lives' (mid-2000s) and The Famous People Players. He continued to perform with his Doug Riley Quartet until his death. Throughout his life, he received many awards, including The Jazz Report ‘Jazz Organist of the Year’ Award (1993-2000), and, in 2003, he was named a member of the Order of Canada.

Bartel, Lee

Lee Bartel is Professor Emeritus of Music Education and Music and Health, and the founding director of the Music and Health Research Collaboratory (MaHRC) at the University of Toronto.

Imperial, Paul & Lynn

  • Family

The Aron Cinema is Campbellford Ontario, has been owned and operated by Paul Imperial from 1976 to 2011. The theater has been showing movies since 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.

Saltzman, Paul

  • Person
  • 1943-

Paul Saltzman is a filmmaker, photographer, producer, broadcaster, author, and screenwriter. Born in 1943, Saltzman has made a large impact on Canadian film and television from a young age.

After briefly studying engineering science, he became involved in the civil rights movement. Spending time in Washington, DC and Mississippi, Saltzman helped the SNCC with voter registration. He came back to Canada and took a job with CBC in 1965. In this time he held many positions, functioning as a researcher, interviewer, and on-air host. In 1967 Saltzman took a position with the National Film Board, where he was able to interview Buckminster Fuller. 1968 brought great change to Saltzman life. Flying to India to help NFB film the Indian countryside, he fell in love with the country and continued to stay after the shooting was complete.

Needing a personal change in his life, Saltzman approached the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and asked to learn meditation. This experience changed his life, as he not only learnt meditation, but he became friendly with others who were taking the Maharishi’s course (Saltzman was not). Using his personal camera, Saltzman captured intimate photographs of the Beatles, Mia Farrow, Donovan, Mike Love, and others. He began to hang out with Paul, Ringo, John, and George, and saw firsthand as they wrote and perfected many of their famous tunes. Though Saltzman published a few of these intimate photos once he returned to Canada in Maclean’s magazine, the majority remained packed away until 2000 with the publication of his first book The Beatles in Rishikesh.

1968 continued to be an exciting year for Saltzman. Acting as second-unit director and production manager, he helped create Tiger Child, the first IMAX film, premiered at EXPO ’70 in Osaka Japan.

The next decade offered Saltzman many opportunities. With his company Sunrise Films, he produced and directed many acclaimed works including the series Spread Your Wings. In this time he also tried his hand as writer, editor, cinematographer, and sound recordist. In 1984, Saltzman co-created and produced the popular family action-adventure series Danger Bay, which spanned six years, 123 episodes, and was aired by CBC and the Disney Channel.

Saltzman’s first time as a director in a feature-film was in 2008, with the documentary Prom Night in Mississippi. Teaming up with actor and film narrator Morgan Freeman, the film was a success, premiering at 2009 Sundance Film Festival. In 2012, his second documentary feature The Last White Knight premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. This film revisited Saltzman’s time in the 1960’s when he helped the SNCC and the KKK member who beat him in front of courthouse for volunteering to help register Black voters.

In 2011, Patricia Aquino and Saltzman founded the non-profit Moving Beyond Prejudice. Its mission is “to directly and positively impact the attitudes, beliefs, and prejudices of students, youth-at-risk and adults using films, seminars, websites, and Internet ARGs”.

Saltzman’s skill and career has be recognized through many awards and nominations, from as early as 1974. He is a two-time Emmy award winner, and is currently based out of Toronto.

Radelmiller, Nicholas

  • Person
  • 1939-2014

Rev. Nicholas Radelmiller was born William Lawrence Radelmiller on November 18, 1939 in Pasco, Washington. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1962 and from Nashotah House in 1965. He was ordained a deacon in 1965 and a priest in 1966 for the Diocese of Olympia. He joined the Order of the Holy Cross in 1970 and was Life Professed on April 5, 1975. He served as Prior at Whitby House and Holy Cross Monasteries. He was also Prior at Mount Calvary in Santa Barbara from 1981-1983 and from 2008 until June 2014. He died on September 27, 2014 in Santa Barbara, California.

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 (later known as Bush X). Bush had short lived success, with an EP release in 1970, with the band breaking up in 1971. Quickly there after Kenner and Troiano joined American rock group James Gang, replacing Joe Walsh. From there 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.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Bob Revue

  • Corporate body
  • 1874-

The Committee was formed to stage the Bob Revue, an annual presentation in honour of Robert Beare. Bob Beare was a janitor at Victoria and a friend to students. Beginning in 1874 he would invite the freshmen class to meet the rest of the college and out of this evolved the Bob Revue. The Revue was put on by the sophomore class and aimed its barbs at freshmen. It was considered as part of orientation to campus life.

The Bob Revue was traditionally an all male production and in 1949 the Scarlet and Gold revue was created as a co-ed musical revue. Scarlet and Gold co-existed with the Bob for two years (1949 and 1950) before it merged with the Bob in 1951 and the Bob officially became co-ed.

Beckwith, John

John Beckwith (born March 9, 1927 in Victoria, British Columbia) is a composer, pianist, author, and teacher. He moved to Toronto in 1945 to study piano with Alberto Guerrero at the Royal Conservatory. He also studied composition in Paris with Nadia Boulanger (1950-1951) and has a Mus.B. (1947) and Mus.M. (1961) from the University of Toronto, where he studied with John Weinzweig, among others. He began lecturing part-time at the University of Toronto in 1952, taught full-time from 1955 to 1990, and was dean of the Faculty of Music from 1970 to 1977. He was also the director for the Institute for Canadian Music at the Faculty of Music and held the Jean A. Chalmers professorship in Canadian music.

His over 150 compositions include four operas, orchestral, chamber, solo and choral works, and he has published critical and scholarly articles in Canadian music studies. He was also a staff (1953-1955) and freelance (1955-1965) script-writer and programmer for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) music series) and a critic and columnist for the Toronto Star (1959-1962, 1963-1965).

Beckwith holds five honorary doctorates from Canadian Universities, and received the Canadian Music Council’s annual medal (1972) and the Composer of the Year citation (1984), the Toronto Arts award for music (1995), and the Diplome d’honneur of the Canadian Conference of the Arts (1996). He was named a member of the Order of Canada in 1987.

Cogent/Benger Productions

  • Corporate body
  • 1998-

Located in downtown Toronto, Cogent/Benger Productions began in 1998 and has produced a large variety of documentary 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.

Aldeburgh Connection

The Aldeburgh Connection was founded in 1982 by pianists Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata. Former faculty members, pianists, and coaches at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh, England, Ralls and Ubukata moved to Toronto in 1978 for positions at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto.

Starting in 1982, Ralls and Ubukata developed a Sunday afternoon vocal and piano concert series in Walter Hall that featured leading Canadian singers. The Aldeburgh Connection was officially formed as an organization and registered charity in 1986 under the name “The Aldeburgh Connection Concert Society.” Their founding patron was Sir Peter Pears, and Ralls and Ubukata were co-artistic directors.

Each concert in the Sunday afternoon series was based on a theme (musical, literary, or a historical character or period) and integrated music and narration, based on letters, diaries, newspapers, and poetry. In addition to this concert series, which ran from 1982 until 2013, the Aldeburgh Connection also produced a recital series (1993-2013), featuring complete song cycles without a narrative framework; and, the Young Artists Recitals series (1998-2011), renamed the Discovery Series in 2006. The Discovery Series consisted of two recitals per season and featured vocal and opera students from the University of Toronto. Following the success of three annual concerts in Bayfield, Ontario (2004-2006), the Aldeburgh Connection also established the Bayfield Festival of Song (2007-2012), which included masterclasses and concerts. Starting in 2009, they added a tour of Huron and Perth elementary schools to the festival. Ralls and Ubukata also performed with the Aldeburgh Connection at various venues in North America and in the United Kingdom, including two appearances at the Aldeburgh Festival in Suffolk, England (1988 and 1992).

The Aldeburgh Connection regularly commissioned new works by Canadian composers, including John Beckwith, Roger Bergs, John Greer, Derek Holman, Gary Kulesha, James Rolfe, Erik Ross, Harry Somers, and Timothy Sullivan. They also released seven CDs, including the 2008 Judo-nominated Schubert among Friends, with Gillian Keith (soprano), Colin Ainsworth and Michael Schade (tenors), and Gerald Finley (baritone). In 2013, Ralls and Ubukata were both named members of the Order of Canada.

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