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Tutchone

The fluctuating fauna and subarctic climate, with warm summers and very cold winters, required a seminomadic way of life. Families gathered in spring and summer fish camps, at autumn meat camps, and clustered for part of the winter near dried food supplies and at good fish lakes.

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Ukrainian Writing

Ukrainian Writing in Canada began in the 1890s with the first major wave of UKRAINIANS. The first story was written in 1897 by Nestor Dmytriw while he was visiting Calgary, and the first poem in 1898 by Ivan Zbura near Edmonton.

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UZEB

UZEB. Montreal jazz band in the fusion style. It was formed in 1976 in Drummondville, Que, by the guitarist Michel Cusson (b there 22 Jan 1957) and others. Following its debut 14 Aug 1976 at St-Euzèbe, Que, it took the name Eusèbe-Jazz, subsequently shortened to UZEB, and soon moved to Montreal.

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Valdy

Valdy (b Valdemar Horsdal). Singer-songwriter, guitarist, b Ottawa, of Danish parents, 1946. Valdy began his career playing guitar in rock and country groups. In 1966 he made his home in British Columbia, where he farmed for several years near Sooke.

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Valérie

Valérie (1969), the first of a group of erotic films now known as "maple-syrup porno," launched the career of director Denis HÉROUX.

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Étienne Verrier

Étienne Verrier, military engineer (b at Aix-en-Provence, France 4 Jan 1683; d at La Rochelle, France 10 Sept 1747). After 17 years with the engineer corps, Verrier served at LOUISBOURG as chief engineer 1724-45.

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Vic Vogel

Vogel's big band, established in 1968 under the influence of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, has been an important forum for many young Montréal musicians.

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Vic Vogel

Emerging during the 1960s as a musician of considerable influence, bluster, and colour, Vogel has moved freely between jazz, pop and, occasionally, symphonic assignments.

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Victor White

Victor White. Tenor, administrator, b London 7 Aug 1918, d Vancouver 20 Sep 1984. Raised in Prince Albert, Sask, and in the Fraser Valley, BC, he studied during World War II with Ernesto Vinci in Halifax and Pauline Donalda in Montreal. Studies continued 1947-52 with Vinci at the RCMT.

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Yolande Villemaire

Yolande Villemaire, teacher, writer (b at St-Augustin-des-Deux-Montagnes, Qué 28 Aug 1949). After studying dramatic arts at UQAM, where she received her BA (1970) and MA (1974), she taught creative literature at the Rosemont CEGEP.

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Zacharie Vincent

​Zacharie Vincent, known as Telariolin, was an Aboriginal artist (born 28 January 1815 in the village of Jeune-Lorette, Québec — formerly Village-Huron, today the Wendake Reserve; died 9 October 1886 in Québec City).

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Voyageur

A worker, minor partner in a company or independent contractor involved in the fur trade. Today, the word voyageur, like the term coureur des bois, evokes the romantic image of men canoeing across the continent in search of furs and living a life full of perilous adventure, gruelling work and cheerful camaraderie.

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William Wakeham

William Wakeham, physician, public servant (b at Québec 30 Nov 1844; d at Gaspé, Qué 20 May 1915). William Wakeham was educated at the School of Military Instruction of Québec and McGill College in Montréal, graduating with a medical degree in 1866.

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Wen Wei Wang

Despite his parents' attempts to guide him into the painting or music, Wen Wei Wang felt called to dance from an early age. His professional training began at the school of the Langzhou Regional Dance Company in 1978, and 4 years later he joined the professional troupe.

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William Waterhouse

William (James) Waterhouse. Violinist, teacher, born Winnipeg 15 Aug 1917, died Saint-Boniface, Man. 22 Nov 2003; LAB (London) 1933, B MUS (Boston) 1950, M MUS (Boston) 1950, honorary RAM 1976. He began his musical training at four with his father, John, and Bernard Naylor.

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Wilfred Watson

Wilfred Watson, poet, playwright, professor emeritus of English literature at the University of Alberta (b at Rochester, Eng 1 May 1911; d at Nanaimo 25 Mar 1998).

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William Watson

William Watson, "Whipper Billy," professional wrestler (b at Toronto 25 June 1915; d at Orlando, Fla 4 Feb 1990). It is claimed that he won 99% of his 6300 matches during a 30-year career. He was popular in the Toronto area and frequently drew capacity crowds.