The winners were Yolande Lagrenade (soprano) and Gilles Lamontagne (baritone) 1947-8 (on the basis of a single audition), Louise Roy (soprano) and Jean-Pierre Comeau (bass) 1948-9, June Kowalchuk (soprano) and William Blaine Williams (baritone) 1949-50, Constance Lambert (soprano) and James Milligan (baritone) 1950-1, Margaret Kerr (mezzo-soprano) and Jon Vickers (tenor) 1951-2, Rolande Garnier (mezzo-soprano) and Louis Quilico (baritone), as well as Monik Grenier (piano) and Carolyn Gundy (violin), winners of the instrumental category 1952-3, Joan Maxwell (mezzo-soprano) and Don Garrard (bass) 1953-4, and Lesia Zubrack (soprano) and Pierre Boutet (tenor) 1954-5.
The CBC replaced the program with 'Concours de la chanson canadienne' in 1956.
Author Suzanne Thomas
Besides hockey and the maple leaf, there is little as symbolically Canadian as the CBC – the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. It grew out of a developing nation's need to express its identity and find its voice.