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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.

Rambeau, Leonard

  • Person
  • 1946-1995

Leonard T. Rambeau is considered one of the leading figures in developing the Canadian music industry. He is best known as singer Anne Murray’s manager. His work and professionalism in the music industry is annually remembered when the Canadian Country Music Association presents the ‘Leonard T. Rambeau International Award’ to a person who has helped country music artist’s advance their career internationally.

Born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Rambeau grew up on Cape Breton Island. He attended St. Mary’s University in Halifax and began a career with the federal government after graduating. His career with Anne Murray began in 1968 when Rambeau was with the youth group ‘Club ‘45’ in Dartmouth. Murray’s career had already begun to soar, making her a great headliner for a club fundraiser Rambeau wanted to organize. Murray agreed, and the success of the fundraiser and the professionalism and organization Rambeau exhibited left a deep impression on the young singer.

In 1971, Murray’s career had grown, bringing her to Toronto. She realized that to continue to expand and reach new heights in her career she would need help. She reached out to Rambeau in April that year, and convinced him to move to Toronto as her manager. He agreed, knowing this was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Together with Anne, they formed Balmur Ltd. Rambeau was general manager and helped run all aspects of a musical career, planning for tours to running the lights at concerts. By 1977, Rambeau took over Murray’s exclusive management.

Not only did he shape Murray’s career, but he is also credited for helping grow the career of many Canadian musicians and the Canadian music industry. Rambeau, through the help of the company Balmur, shaped the careers of artists like John Allan Cameron, Frank Mills, Rita MacNeil, and George Fox.

The Anne Murray Centre at Springhill, NS was Rambeau’s idea. He encouraged her to save important and memorable items from her career, like the dress from the 1971 Rose Bowl parade she was in to later showcase at the Centre.

Rambeau passed away in 1995 after suffering from cancer. He was awarded the Global Achievement Award by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences at that year’s Juno Awards and was posthumously inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000.

Paragon Entertainment

  • Corporate body
  • 1981 - 1996

Paragon Entertainment was a Toronto based public production and distribution company. Founded in 1981 by Jon Slan and Richard Borchiver, Paragon produced a large variety of material, including TV series, Made for TV Movies, animated TV shorts and TV movies, documentaries, and feature films. At the height of their success, Paragon had 75 employees with activities in three countries. Their Toronto office sat on Spadina Ave, in the heart of the city.
The company was able to break into the U.S. broadcast scene, with an office in L.A. Slan and his family moved to California in the late 1980’s to operate the American side of the company. While aboard, the head office in Toronto was run by Borchiver. This touchstone within the U.S. allowed Paragon to have a large presence there, with productions appearing on USA Network, PBS, HBO, and ABC. As the Canadian market was well saturated with home grown productions, Paragon’s work was not broadcast in Canada until 1992.
Paragon made moves within the film and television scene in 1994 when they purchased the British film library Handmade Films in 1994. They later purchased Lacewood, an Ottawa-based animation company. The productions have been well received by audiences across Canada and the United states, winning multiple awards.
When the production company began to falter, Gary Gladman, president of Octapixx Worldwide purchased the majority of the productions. This also included all the requisite paperwork for the creation and distribution of these productions. Octapixx Worldwide Fonds is also available at the University of Toronto Libraries, Media Archive.
Both Jon Slan and Richard Borchiver have continued to have careers in the film and television field after Paragon Entertainment closed. Since 2002, Slan has been the President of Slanted Wheel Entertainment based out of Toronto and L.A. Borchiver, with real estate entrepreneur Paul Wynn from The Wynn Group started another Toronto-based production company entitled Annex Entertainment in 1998.

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.

Onodera, Midi

  • Person
  • 1961-

Midi Onodera (b. (October 26 1961) is a third generation Japanese-Canadian filmmaker who has been directing, producing, and writing films for over thirty years. Her work includes short and feature length films and videos, and has been exhibited both in Canada and internationally. Born in Toronto, Midi then attended the Ontario College of Art and Design and graduated with an AOCA certificate (1983). She later went back to the college and received a BFA in 2011. Midi was able to enter the Toronto art community not only as a student at OCAD but also as the Equipment Coordinator at the Funnel, a prominent centre for exhibition, distribution and production of experimental films from 1977-1989. She went onto to work in the Canadian film industry as a camera assistant and worked with award-winning Cinematographers, Rene Ohashi and Marc Champion.

Midi has also been a media consultant, director, and producer for almost twenty years at MAC Cosmetics and she founded Daruma Pictures Inc. in 1990. Her works feature various formats ranging from 8 & 16mm film to digital video, and digital toy formats such as modified Nintendo Game Boy Camera, Intel Mattel computer microscope, and the Tyco and Trendmasters video cameras. Midi’s films have been critically recognized and have been included in numerous screenings such as the Toronto International Film Festival; the Berlin International Film Festival; the Rotterdam International Film Festival and a number of screenings at Lesbian & Gay Film Festivals around the world. Her works address individual, collective, national and transnational identities and she takes on issues such as race and gender. A predominant theme in many of Midi’s work highlights a personal diaristic narrative with a focus on the everyday. Midi’s films have won numerous awards such as Best Feature Film: Audience Award for Skin Deep in 1995 at the Hamburg International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival and her Documentary Film The Displaced View was nominated for Best Documentary in 1989 at the Gemini Awards. More recently Midi’s work was celebrated and honored at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2011 with the DVD set Thirty Years: The Moving Image Art of Midi Onodera.

Octapixx Worldwide

  • Corporate body
  • 1995-

Octapixx Worldwide was established in 1995 as a broadcast distribution company. Located in Toronto, Ontario, they represent producers from around the world. As of 2019, they represent over 100 producers, and hosts over 3000 hours of content. Octapixx Worldwide carries programing from a multitude of genres, including factual, military, wildlife, history, science, lifestyle, travel, children’s, animation, sports, educational and other documentaries. Their dedication to quality content has led to partnerships and agreements with broadcasters such as ABC, A&E, Al Jazeera, AMC Networks, American Public Television, Canal+, CCTV, Crime + Investigation Network, Czech TV, Discovery Channel, DR, Fox, Foxtel, France 5, Globosat, Groupe AB, The History Channel, KBS, National Geographic Channels Worldwide, NHK, NRK, PBS, Planete, RAI, Red Bull Media House, RTE, RTL Disney, RTVE, SVT, Ten Network, and TRT.

Newell, Richard

  • Person
  • 1944-2003

Richard Newell, professionally known as King Biscuit Boy, was born and raised in Hamilton Ontario. He is considered Canada’s greatest blues musician, and has a reputation as being a one of the best internationally.

As a child, Newell began to play the harmonica after discovering the instrument from a song heard on the radio. Playing the instrument every day, his skills quickly grew. His musical career began in 1961 as a member of the band the Barons. In 1963, he formed Son Richard & The Chessmen, then later replaced Ritchie Knight in The Mid Kinghts. In 1965 he formed Son Richard and The Gooduns. By 1969, Newell had joined Ronnie Hawkins (and his backup band the Hawks) and formed And Many Others. Hawkins became an important person in Newell’s life; it was Hawkins that dubbed Newell King Biscuit Boy, after the blues radio program “King Biscuit Flour Hour” in Arkansas.

Newell’s musical career was always changing. In 1970 he and Hawkins fired the backup band and formed Crowbar. This only lasted the year, though Newell would continue to do guest appearances with the band. Newell began a solo career, releasing six records as a solo artist, and many more as part of a collaboration or as a guest. Newell found international praise and success, in fans with such names as Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Paul McCartney, and Keith Richard. Newell had battled alcoholism most of his adult life and passed away in 2003 at his home in Hamilton Ontario.

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)

Metalworks Studio

  • Corporate body
  • 1978-

Metalworks Studio is the longest running studio in Canada, founded in 1978 by Gil Moore. Moore, the drummer of the award winning band Triumph, has led the company to success, with the addition of Metalworks Institute, an accredited school training students in music production and engineering. Metalworks has also grown in the direction of live event production, under the title of Metalworks Production Group. Metalworks Studio though, continues to lead Moore’s career. With six studios, Metalworks Studio has recorded many international hit artists like David Bowie, Guns N’Roses, ‘N Sync, and Prince. They have also worked with many successful Canadian artists like Alexisonfire, Anne Murray, Drake, and Nelly Furtado. Many of these albums have been Gold and Platinum Certified.
The studio has been recognized for their talents, winning Canada’s Studio of the Year 17 times at the CMW Canadian Music Industry Awards.

Mercury Films Inc

  • Corporate body
  • 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.

Mendelson Joe

  • Person
  • 1944-

Mendelson Joe (b Birrel Josef Mendelson, often known as Joe Mendelson) was born and raised in Maple, Ontario. He is an active writer, musician, painter, and political activist.
After graduating from the University of Toronto, Joe worked as a blues musician, playing guitar. At this time, he performed using the name Joe Mendelson. By 1968, he had joined fellow Canadian guitarist Mike McKenna and formed the band McKenna Mendelson Mainline. As a band, they entertained fans till 1972 when they split, though they briefly reformed in 1975.

Joe’s music career continued as he performed as a solo artist. It is also then when he adopted the reversal of his names, opting for Mendelson Joe, instead of the previous Joe Mendelson. Since becoming a musician, he has released many titles, including the hit “Dance with Joe”. As a musician he has appeared on Sharon, Lois & Bram's Elephant Show. Albums released include: Women Are The Only Hope, Buried Treasure, Art Is the Healer, Humans, and Canuckian.

1975 was an important year for Joe. Not only did he begin his solo career as a musician, but he also began to paint. After finding some old paint in the garbage, he tried his hand at the visual medium. He is now an internationally recognized contemporary Canadian artist. His work has been shown internationally, and some is housed in the government run Art Bank. Since 2000, he has lived in the Almaguin Highlands north of Muskoka, Ontario.

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 created, produced, and hosted CBC Churchill’s first local newscast. 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 continued 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, was made an Officer in the Order of Canada (2008), and was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). He has also been the recipient of eleven Honorary Degrees from Universities across Canada.

Ling, Elaine

  • Person
  • 1946-2016

Photographer Elaine Ling was born in Hong Kong in 1946, and immigrated to Canada when she was nine with her family. She studied music and medicine, and obtained a medical degree from the University of Toronto. Ling practiced family medicine around the world, including Abu Dhabi, Nepal, and both urban and remote places in Canada.

Ling continued to practice family medicine in the Greater Toronto Area during her life, and played cello in the community orchestra, Orchestra Toronto. She was an accomplished musician who also played the piano, baritone, oboe, and guitar. She was also a fellow at the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. The University of Ryerson offers a Research Fellowship in her name for students perusing photography after receiving a generous donation from Ling. She passed away in 2016 from lung cancer.

Her love for open space, stone, and nature propelled her to seek out places of solitude and places with ancient architecture. Her travels brought her across four continents, capturing the landscapes and beauty of Mongolia, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Timbuktu, Namibia, North Africa, India, South America, Australia, American Southwest; the citadels of Ethiopia, San Agustin, Persepolis, Petra, Cappadocia, Machu Picchu, Angkor Wat, Great Zimbabwe, Abu Simbel; and the Buddhist centers of Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Tibet, and Bhutan.

Lingh’s photography - which is predominantly in Black & White - explored the shifting balance between man-made and nature. Her work has been exhibited all around the world, published in a multitude of collections, and is part of many public institutions' permanent fine art collections. In Canada, her work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Ryerson University, Art Gallery of Ontario, Royal Ontario Museum, and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. She has also published four books of her art: Mongolia, Land of the Deer Stone (2009), Talking Stones (2015), Cuba Chronicles (2015), and Habitacion Cubana (2016).

Levine, Rosie

  • Person

Rosie Levine is a Canadian journalist who has been covering the Toronto social scene since the 1980’s. After graduating from the University of Toronto, she began her career in 1980 as the Director of Guest Relations at the Festival of Festivals, now known as the Toronto International Film Festival. In 1983 she crossed into the world of journalism, writing professionally for Limelight, then later for Close Up, Graffiti, and Network. In these interviews, she would invite writer Perry Stern, so as to add another voice and produce a more conversational feeling piece. This method of interviewing continued for three years, after which Levine began to work freelance for Maclean’s and Flare. In 1988, she became a columnist for Metropolis.
Levine is most well known for her work with NOW Magazine, which she was a part of from 1989-2000. Here, she made a name for herself as the Toronto social columnist. She also covered a variety of other interests including fashion and comedy.
Levine has always been very aware of anti-war movements. Since 2004, she has been taking celebrity photos flashing the signature two-finger peace sign. In 2016, she published these photos in the video Peace Project.

World of Comedy Film Festival

  • Corporate body
  • 2003-2010

The World of Comedy Film Festival was founded by Carla Nolan (1957-2017) in 2003. The Toronto based festival was unique in that there were only two other comedy film festivals in the world when it began. Nolan wanted to create the festival so as to offer “some much needed laughter in the middle of winter”. The World of Comedy Film Festival became the showcase for both Canadian and international filmmakers, especially shorts which often took center stage at the festival.

Kelly, 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.

Naomi McCormack

  • CA ON00349 2019.012
  • Person
  • ?? - present

Although she is rightfully celebrated as an award-winning filmmaker – her 1996 short film The Hangman’s Bride was the recipient of a Canadian Screen (formerly Genie) Award for Best Live Action Short Drama – Naomi McCormack’s oeuvre is truly interdisciplinary in nature. Outside of film/video, she has also made significant forays into the worlds of dance, theatre, installation, and performance.

McCormack comes from a creative family. Her twin sister Thelma is an accomplished author; Thelma’s short story Plural, a fictionalized memoir on the life of twins, was adapted for the screen by Naomi. Another notable figure within the family is the late Thelma McCormack, who gained huge public notoriety in 1979 when she took the stand to defend gay Canadian publication The Body Politic against government censorship. In a Daily Xtra obituary for Thelma, Naomi noted that her mother continuously fostered a home environment of curiosity.

Beyond her own work, Naomi has contributed to the creative world as a professor of film (Humber College, Penn State University). She has also completed significant curatorial and programming stints within Toronto (Harbourfront Centre, Female Eye Festival, Euclid Theatre) and elsewhere (the UK-based WOMAD Festival). Most recently branching out to behind-the-scenes work, McCormack was a credited producer for the 2018 film Keely and Du.

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.

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.

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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

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.

Balfour Bowen, Lisa

  • Person

Lisa Balfour Bowen is a bilingual former 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 helped 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)

Peers, Frank

Canadian Political Scientist and academic Frank Peers was born on January 18, 1918 in Alsask, Saskatchewan. Peers received a Bachelor of Arts in 1936 and a Bachelor of Education in 1943 from Mount Royal College at the University of Alberta, and a Masters of Arts in 1948 and a Doctorate degree in 1966 from the University of Toronto. Throughout the early stage of his career, Peers held a variety of academic posts including Assistant Director of Extension at the University of Alberta (1943-47), and Assistant Director of the Banff School of Fine Arts (1945-47). In 1948 Peers became the Supervisor of CBC’s Public Affairs, a position which he held until 1960. In 1966 Peers joined the faculty of the University of Toronto’s Political Science department where he remained until his retirement in 1983. As an academic, Peers published numerous books and articles including The Politics of Canadian Broadcasting 1920-1951, and The Public Eye: Television and the Politics of Canadian Broadcasting 1952 – 68. Peers also served as Editor of the Canadian Journal of Political Science, and was a member of the Canadian Political Science Association and the Canadian Historical Association.

Peers is perhaps best known for his contributions to the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting (FCB), which was founded in February 1985 as a vehicle to publicly protest against budget cuts imposed on the CBC in 1984. The FCB continues to function as a public interest group, advocating for adequate funds for the CBC, monitoring Canadian broadcasters, making representations to the CRTC, and appearing before parliamentary committees and public inquiries. The FCB has established associations with a variety of organizations including: The CBC, the CRTC, various private broadcasters, the Canadian Conference of the Arts, and labour unions representing broadcast employees. Peers was a long standing member of the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting Advisory Committee and the fonds contains a large portion of records related to the group.

Troiano, Domenic

  • Person
  • 1946-2005

Domenic Troiano was born in 1946, Modugno, Italy. He immigrated with his family to Toronto in 1949, being a naturalized citizen in 1955. Growing up in Toronto, he immersed himself in the music of the time and the sounds Toronto was producing.

At the age of 17, he had taught himself to play guitar and joined Robbie Lane and the Disciples and as the replacement for Robbie Robertson as lead guitarist with Ronnie Hawkins. In 1965 he joined the Five Rogues, who changed their name to Mandala in 1966. With Mandala, Troiano found great success, with songs reaching the Top Ten charts with songs like “Opportunity” and “Love-it is”. They continued to play together until 1969 when the band broke up.

Quickly thereafter, Troiano with previous Mandala band mates Pentti ‘Whitey’ Glan and Roy Kenner, with new musicians Hugh Sullivan and Prakash John formed the band Bush. Here Troiano co-wrote “I Can Hear You Calling”. By 1972, Troiano, along with Roy Kenner, joined the American rock group James Gang. The James Gang recorded two albums with Troiano, but by 1974 Troiano left to join the Guess Who. During this time, Troiano has already begun writing and recording music as a solo artist. In 1980, Troiano joined Bob Wilson and Paul DeLong to form Black Market, eventually turning exclusively to studio work as a composer, producer and guitarist at his own Black Market Records in 1981. Troiano worked as a studio musician, producer, and song writer during the 1980s, through to the early 2000s. In 1980, he was nominated for Producer of the Year at the Juno Awards. Troiano was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1996.

In 1984, Troiano began to expand his music writing, creating themes for television shows Night Heat, Diamonds, Hot Shots, Airwaves, Counterstrike, and True Blue. It is for his work with television that earned him three Gemini Award nominations.

Domenic Troiano passed away in 2005 of cancer. He is considered one of the most important musicians to help define the ‘Toronto Sound’, and left a major mark on the Canadian music industry since he entered in the 1960s and 1970s.

Thornley, Ian

  • Person
  • 1972-

Ian Thornley is a rock singer, guitarist, and songwriter. He has released music as a solo artist and with the band Big Wreck and Thornley. He has also played as a sessional musician for other recording artists.

Thornley grew up in Toronto, and left for Boston to study Jazz music at the Berklee College of Music in the 1990’s. During his studies, he met David Henning, Brian Doherty, and Forrest Williams, and eventually formed the band Big Wreck in 1993. After signing a US record deal, they released their first album In Loving Memory Of...(1997), then later The Pleasure and the Greed(2001). The band broke up shortly thereafter, but Thornley just began to look elsewhere to continue his career in music.

After leaving Big Wreck, Thornley worked as a sessional musician. In 2002, he formed the band Thornley and released two albums. 2012 became an important year, and Big Wreck came back, and released their third album. As of 2019, Big Wreck has released a total of six albums.

White, Jana Lynne

  • Person

Jana Lynne White is a media training instructor and a seasoned pop culture reporter. White has been noted by many as an excellent pop culture interviewer, with notable talks with many A-list celebrities.

Raised in Vancouver, White moved to Toronto in 1990 to host The NewMusic show on Much Music. She gained notoriety in this position, as an excellent storyteller and interviewer. She held this position for 6 year, leaving in 1996. In 1998, White rejoined the CHUM network, becoming the voice and host of the new channel Much More Music (M3).

Currently, White owns and operates Jana Lynne White Media, an upfront media coaching service. Using her knowledge and experience in the media industry, she offers advice on interviewing and promoting oneself through media.

Thompson, Doug

  • Person

Doug Thompson was born in Kingston, Ontario. In 1959 when his family moved to Oakville, Ontario, and he discovered CHUM-AM. This Toronto radio station, a legend at the time and still remembered today, began his love for radio. His career began in 1964 when he became a board operator for CJCA in Edmonton, Alberta. After a short stint there, he was hired by CHUM and was promoted to the production department within two years. Thompson went on to work for CFGM in Richmond Hill as Co-Creative Director after working for CHUM.

Thompson has created, written, and produced many radio shows. His first radio documentary was a one-hour special on the Monkees, which aired in 1967. Other notable works were History of Rock and Roll, Ringo’s Yellow Submarine, and That Radio Show with John Candy.

He has also worked outside radio stations, but still in radio. From 1974 to 1978 he produced radio commercials with The Commercial Place, and he founded Douglas Communications in 1978 where he produced other radio shows and content.

By 1991, his career had taken him to and back from the Unites States. He began as a Creative Director/Executive Director at Telemedia Network Radio. Thompson returned to CHUM in 2000 as Creative Director for the station’s sports network. In 2003, he went on to 1010 CFRB Toronto as a producer for Newstalk, and in 2005, he took on the role of Senior Writer/Director for the Pirate Group Radio & Television.

From there he has continued to work in broadcasting and sound production. Thompson is a part-time professor of broadcasting at Seneca College, and has been presented over 150 awards for his work in radio, broadcasting, and sound production.

McClement, Doug

  • Person

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.

Shimizu, Rev. Kosaburo

  • Person
  • 1893-1962

Rev. Kosaburo Shimizu was born in 1893 in the village of Tsuchida, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. He and his family immigrated to British Columbia in 1907. Shimizu attended public school, then studied at the University of British Columbia. He obtained an MA in English Literature from Harvard University in 1924, and became an ordained minister of the United Church in 1926. His first appointment as pastor was with the Vancouver Japanese United Church on Powell Street in 1926.

Shimizu always worked towards building Japanese Christian fellowship, and strengthening ties between the Nisei and Issei Japanese Canadians, and the Anglo-Saxon Canadian and Japanese Canadians. He worked tirelessly to build positive relations between these groups, even during rising tensions and racist ideologies.

During WWII, Shimizu worked for the Co-operative Committee on Japanese Canadians (CCJC), the United Church Board of Home Missions, and the British Columbia Securities Commission to visit Ontario and Quebec. As before, Shimizu worked to foster better relations between the different communities, including the Japanese Canadians expelled by the Canadian government and Anglo-Saxon Canadians with racist’s ideologies against Japanese Canadians. Shimizu traveled across the country for CCJC, stopping in major cities to report on potential work, housing arrangements, and recreational activities Japanese Canadian may find if they chose to relocate to Eastern Canada. While traveling, he tried to speak and listen to every Japanese Canadian he met, listening to their concerns and offering counseling.

After the war, Shimizu and his family moved to Toronto where he formed the Toronto Japanese Nisei Congregation in 1954. He was married twice, his second wife was Hide Hyoto, CM, an educator and activist. He was conferred by the United Church a Doctorate of Divinity in 1955. Shimizu passed away in Winnipeg in 1962.

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