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Adaskin, Harry, 1901-1994

  • Person
  • 1901-1994

Harry Adaskin was born in Riga, Latvia, in 1901, and later emigrated with his family to Toronto. As a child he learned to play the violin, and at the age of twelve he entered the Toronto Conservatory of Music. In 1923 he and three colleagues formed the Hart House String Quartet, in which Adaskin played second violin. Sponsored by Vincent and Alice Massey, it the first Canadian musical quartet to make an international reputation. The Quartet made many concert tours of North America and Europe, and in 1928 played at Maurice Ravel's New York debut. In 1938 he resigned from the Quartet, and as a freelance musician combined musical performance with a broadcasting career. He and his wife, pianist Frances Marr Adaskin, undertook a number of concert tours throughout Canada and the United States. For several seasons in the 1940's Adaskin was intermission commentator for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra's Sunday afternoon concerts, heard throughout Canada. He also hosted several CBC Radio programmes, including "Musically Speaking" and, later, "Tuesday Night". In 1946 he became head of the new Department of Music at UBC, a post which he held until 1958 he continued as a professor until his retirement in 1973. His circle of friends and acquaintances included Emily Carr, members of the Group of Seven, Vincent Massey, and Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as other prominent artists. Adaskin received the Order of Canada in 1974, and honorary doctorates from Simon Fraser University in 1979 and UBC in 1980. He died in 1994.

Adderson, Caroline, 1963-

  • Person
  • 1963-

Caroline Adderson was born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1963. After finishing high school, she entered Katimavik, a Canadian youth volunteer-service program, and travelled across Canada, partaking in such activities as working on a sheep farm and building log cabins on a reservation. Adderson completed an education degree at UBC in 1986, and a year later she settled in Vancouver and started teaching ESL. She has spent most of her adult life in Vancouver, B.C., but has also lived for brief periods in New Orleans and Toronto. Her first book of short fiction, <i>Bad Imaginings</i> (1993) won the 1994 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, was shortlisted for the 1993 Governor Generals Award and Commonwealth Book Prize, and in audio format the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) Talking Book of the Year. These stories have since appeared in many anthologies and have been broadcast and adapted for radio.

Her first novel, <i>A History of Forgetting</i> (1999) was nominated for the 2000 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and the 2000 Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize.

Her second novel, <i>Sitting Practice</i> (2003) was shortlisted for the VanCity Book Prize for best book pertaining to women's issues by a B.C. author as well as the City of Vancouver Book Award. It won the 2004 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize.

Her works of fiction and non-fiction have been widely published in literary magazines and newspapers. One story, "Oil and Dread", was selected by the <i>Journey Prize Anthology 5</i>. She has three times won prizes in the CBC literary competition. She has had radio plays broadcast on CBC Radio's <i>Morningside</i> and <i>Sunday Showcase</i>, amongst other radio broadcasts.

Her feature-length screenplay <i>Tokyo Cowboy</i> (1994) was the co-winner of the Federal Express Award for Most Popular Canadian Film at the 1994 Vancouver International Film Festival.

Adderson's recent publication <i>Pleased to Meet You</i> (2006), a collection of short fiction, was longlisted for the Giller Prize.

Some of the themes Adderson poignantly illuminates in her work include the endurement of grief and pain in different forms and contexts, the construction and power of memory and its connection to history and freedom, essences, physical movement through time and space, interconnectedness, sexuality, love, and longing.

She is married to film director Bruce Sweeney, and has one son, Patrick

Addington, Herbert

  • Person

Herbert Addington was a well known photographer and a parishioner of St. Philip's Parish, Vancouver, B.C. He documented important celebrations at Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, such as: installation of Douglas Hambidge as Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster (1980) and Metropolitan (1981); Diocesan ordinations held at Christ Church Cathedral (1985-1987); portrait of Archbishop David Somerville taken in 1981 in the same church.

Addison (family)

  • Person

George and Jane Addison (b. 1888) were born in Scotland. Married in 1912, the Addisons came to Nanaimo in 1913 and George initially worked in the coal mines although he was trained as a plumber in Scotland. George eventually set up his own plumbing business in Nanaimo. The Addisons had three children. George Addison was very active in civic affairs and served as a school trustee from 1936 to 1953 and as an alderman from 1941 to 1953. Jane was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and George was longtime member of the Kiwanis Club, the Grand Lodge AF and AM of Scotland (Freemasons) and on the board at St. Andrew's United Church. George and Jane represented the City of Nanaimo at Queen Elizabeth's coronation in England in 1953.

Addison, Al

  • Person

Al Addison had the undersurface rights to and operated the Big Flame Mine in the Cinnabar Valley from 1955 to 1957. Addison subsequently sold the rights to Doug Webber.

Adey, Lionel

  • Person

Dr. Lionel Adey was a former professor of English at the University of Victoria and is the author of several books and articles. His writings include: C. S. Lewis's "Great War" with Owen Barfield (1978), Hymns and the Christian "Myth" (1986) Class and idol in the English Hymn (1988), Affirmations (1989) and C. S. Lewis, Writer, Dreamer, and Mentor (1998).

Adilman, Tamara

  • Person

Tamara Adilman was a researcher associated with Simon Fraser University.

Adolph, Val

  • Person

Val Adolph was a researcher who actively used oral history techniques.

Advisory Board of Women's Institutes of British Columbia

  • Corporate body
  • 1911-

The Advisory Board of Women's Institutes of British Columbia was established in 1911. The board advised the Superintendent of Institutes on issues relating to women and women's institutes.

Affleck, Edward L.

  • Person
  • 1924-2003

Edward (Ted) Lloyd Affleck was born on April 5, 1924 in Nelson, BC and died in Vancouver in 2003. He was married to Jean Galbraith in 1963, remaining married until her death in 1989. They had two children, Carolyn and David. He grew up in Nelson, moved to Vancouver to attend the University of British Columbia, where he graduated with honours in Chemistry. He established the Alexander Nicholls Press.

At university he developed an interest in acting and amateur theatre.

Agassiz Baseball Club

  • Corporate body

The Agassiz Baseball Club administered local baseball in the Agassiz area of the Fraser Valley.

Agassiz Central School

  • Corporate body

Agassiz Central School was situated in Agassiz, B.C. and was administered by the Kent School Board.

Agassiz United Church (Kent, B.C.)

  • Corporate body
  • 1925-

Methodist and Presbyterian activity in Agassiz dates back to the early 1890s. The Methodists formed a Quarterly Official Board in Agassiz in 1895, and a Presbyterian congregation was formally organized in 1900. The latter came to be called Geneva Presbyterian Church, by 1908. In 1925 the two congregations joined together to form Agassiz United Church. This constituted a pastoral charge in Westminster Presbytery from 1925 to 1959, when it was absorbed by the newly created Fraser Presbytery. In 1969, Agassiz United Church joined Rosedale United Church in a two-point charge known as Agassiz-Rosedale Pastoral Charge. This arrangement continued until 2013, when the congregations became separate charges once again.

Agassiz Women's Institute

  • Corporate body
  • 1909-

The Agassiz Women's Institute was established in 1909 and promoted community activities in the Agassiz area, as well as acting as an advocacy group on family and women's issues.

Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society

  • Corporate body

The Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society operates the Agassiz-Harrison Museum in Agassiz, B.C. The society began acquiring archival records in 1979. Its museum opened in its present location in 1986.

Agassiz-Harrison Hospital Association

  • Corporate body
  • 1946-

The Agassiz-Harrison Hospital Society was established in 1946 to acquire buildings and equipment and to operate a general hospital in the Agassiz-Harrison District. The society later changed its name to the Agassiz-Harrison Hospital Association.

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