Calixa Lavallée, composer, pianist, conductor, teacher, administrator (born 28 December 1842 in Verchères, Canada East; died 21 January 1891 in Boston, Massachusetts). A pioneer in music both in Canada and the US, Calixa Lavallée was considered one of the “national glories” of Québec.
Paul Demers, singer, songwriter, composer and teacher (born 9 March 1956 in Gatineau, Québec; died 29 October 2016 in Orléans, Ontario). Recipient of two SOCAN awards, Demers was one of the founding members of the Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique (APCM) and wrote the song “Notre place” (Our Place), the official anthem of the Franco-Ontarian community. His body of work and artistic contribution shaped the next generation of francophone artists in the music industry.