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.
Walter Curtin, photojournalist (b at Vienna, Austria 16 Aug 1911; d at Toronto 21 Oct 2007). One of the most prominent photojournalists and commercial photographers in Canada during the 1950s and 60s, Walter Curtin published his photo essays in the country's most prominent magazines of the time.
Michel Lambeth, filmmaker, writer, photojournalist, teacher, publisher (b at Toronto 21 Apr 1923; d there 9 Apr 1977). He served in the Canadian Army 1942-45, and then studied art in London and Paris. Returning to Toronto in 1948, he supported himself with clerical work and free-lance writing.
David Rabinowitch, sculptor (b at Toronto 6 Mar 1943). Like his twin brother Royden RABINOWITCH, he first came to national attention as a member of the artistic community in London, Ontario, around Greg CURNOE, celebrated in the National Gallery of Canada's exhibition, The Heart of London (1968).
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.