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.
Stephanie Ballard (née Noden), dancer, choreographer, artistic director, company founder, administrator, archivist, educator (born at San Francisco, Ca 14 Feb 1949). Stephanie Ballard was born into an artistic family and as a child she staged what she calls "pageants" for family and friends.
Ray Mead, visual artist (born 22 September 1921 in Watford, Hertfordshire, England; died 5 September 1998 in Toronto, ON). A member of Painters Eleven and the Ontario Society of Artists, Mead was included in the Jubilee Year Canadian Art Show at the Art Gallery of Toronto (now the Art Gallery of Ontario) in 1950 and the Painters Eleven show at the Roberts Gallery in 1954. A formative influence on the development of modernism in Canada, Ray Mead is one of Canada’s most celebrated 20th-century painters.
Jennifer Dickson, OC, visual artist (born 17 September 1936 in Piet Retief, South Africa). In 1965, Dickson was elected to the Royal Society of Painters, Etchers and Engravers (now the Royal Sciety of Painter-Printmakers) and subsequently became the only Canadian in history to be named a Royal Academician by the Royal Academy of Arts in London, England, in 1976.