The game is six degrees of Canadian history. Take two seemingly unrelated pieces of Canadian culture and connect the dots through various people, places and events to discover how they’re distantly — or maybe not-so-distantly — related. Along the way, we visit the quizzical and curious, the tragic and comic, and everything in between.
Joseph-Arthur Homier, photographer, pioneer filmmaker (b at Montréal 1875; d there 1934). A professional photographer and amateur playwright, Homier started a film career late in life. He was led into the world of cinema by the success of his first film, the farcical comedy Oh! Oh! Jean (1922).
Kenneth John Macklin, sculptor (b at Edmonton, Alta 1952). One of several constructivist sculptors who emerged in Edmonton during the 1980s, Macklin studied sculpture and ceramics at the University of Alberta from 1972-78 and advanced sculpture at St Martins School of Art in London, England in 1979.
Louis Jobin, sculptor (b at St-Raymond, Qué 26 Oct 1845; d at Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré, Qué 11 Mar 1928). In 1870, after 4 years of apprenticeship in Québec City and New York, Jobin opened his own studio in Montréal. He filled many naval and commercial orders: ships' figureheads, signs and furniture.
Louise Bédard, choreographer, dancer, director, teacher (b at Montréal 26 May 1955). A latecomer to dance, Louise Bédard forged a relationship with GROUPE NOUVELLE AIRE in Montréal in 1979, studying with a variety of modern dance, butoh, ballet and voice teachers from all parts of the world.
Will Ogilvie, painter (b at Stutterheim, S Africa 30 Mar 1901; d at Toronto 30 Aug 1989). The first official Canadian war artist (appointed January 1943), Will Ogilvie painted many of his war works under fire, for which he was awarded the OBE. In Johannesburg, Ogilvie studied with Erich Mayer.
Philip Thomas Timms, commercial photographer, printer, amateur archaeologist, musician (b at Toronto 16 Sept 1874; d at Vancouver 8 Aug 1973). Perhaps Vancouver's best early photographer, Timms concentrated on postcards, prints and lantern slides which he processed and printed himself.
Nina Raginsky, photographer (b at Montréal 14 Apr 1941). Educated at Rutgers University in New Jersey, Raginsky turned to photography seriously in 1964, doing freelance work for the National Film Board. She worked first in black and white but later began to sepia tone and hand-colour her prints.
William James Topley, photographer (b at Montréal 13 Feb 1845; d at Vancouver 16 Nov 1930). He learned photography from his mother. In 1864 he joined the studio of William NOTMAN in Montréal. Three years later he opened Notman's new Ottawa studio and purchased the business in 1872.
Leslie Alan Reynolds, sculptor (b at Edmonton 16 May 1947). Like many contemporary sculptors, Alan Reynolds works in a "constructivist" idiom. His initial work in wood was encouraged in 1973 by American sculptor Michael Steiner, whose influence suited Reynolds's personal vision.