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Healey Willan (1880-1968)

Healey Willan, Canada’s first internationally known composer was born in Balham, Surrey, England and came to Canada in 1913. He taught at the Toronto Conservatory of Music and became professor of music at the University of Toronto. From 1921 to … Continue reading

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Johnny Lombardi (1915-2002)

One of this city’s best-known personalities,  John Barbalinardo “Johnny” Lombardi was a pioneer in the promotion of Toronto’s cultural diversity. Born in this city to an Italian immigrant family he became a self-taught trumpeter and entertainer before serving in the … Continue reading

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Monsignor (Pere) Athol Murray (1892-1975)

The son of an affluent Toronto family, Monsignor Athol Murray attended St. Augustine Seminary in Scarborough. A salty priest of unshakeable faith he believed in the development of the individual through rigorous education and sport. He founded Notre Dame College … Continue reading

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“Siamo Number One!”: The Soccer Game that Changed Toronto

[“Siamo Number One!”: Il calcio che ha cambiato Toronto] Written by Riccardo Lo Monaco The history of Italians in Toronto, like that of many immigrants in this city, could be narrated using stories of strife and struggle. Troublesome times have … Continue reading

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