A Who's Who in Canadian Culture

A Who's Who in Canadian Culture

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Canada has a long history of artistic accomplishments dating back to the 1920s with a famous collaboration of landscape painters knows as the Group of Seven. The Canadian Arts Community of today is more diverse than ever, including highly acclaimed artists in a variety of genres including writing, painting, music, and acting. Here are seven of Canada's most recognised contemporary artists that truly represent the broad range of Canadian arts:

Margaret Atwood
A famous Canadian writer known for her novels, poetry, and literary criticism, Margaret Atwood has gained international recognition over the past thirty years. Her works have been translated into over 20 languages and include "The Edible Woman", "Surfacing", "The Handmaid's Tale", and "Alias Grace". Margaret Atwood has twice won Canada's prestigious Governor General's Literary Award as well as the Booker Prize and Giller Prize. Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa, has lived all over Canada and is now settled in Toronto.

Robert Bateman
One of Canada's favourite painters, Robert Bateman started painting in the 1950s with an abstract and semi-abstract style. However his greatest artistic success, both at home and internationally, has come with his realistic wildlife paintings and sketches. Much of his art features animals facing challenges as they lose their natural habitats. Also a naturalist, Robert Bateman is a spokesman for many environmental issues and uses his artwork and limited edition prints in conservation fundraising efforts. Robert Bateman was born in Toronto but now lives on Salt Spring Island on the West Coast.

Celine Dion
A singer admired by both English- and French-speaking Canadians, Celine Dion first gained international recognition in 1992 with the title track from the Disney movie "Beauty and the Beast". During her career, she has won multiple platinum album awards, Junos, Grammys, Billboards, World Music Awards, and Oscars. Some of her most famous songs include "The Power of Love", "Because You Loved Me", "Pour que tu m'aime encore", and "My Heart Will Go On" from the movie "Titanic". Celine Dion was born in Charlemagne, Quebec.

Jim Carrey
Starting as a stand-up comedian in small clubs in the Toronto area, Jim Carrey has gained international recognition as a comic with a uniquely physical brand of humour and a knack for impressions. He was part of the ensemble cast on the comedy show "In Living Color" before staring in a string of highly successful movies including "Ace Ventura; Pet Detective", "The Mask", "The Truman Show", and the children's classic "How the Grinch Stole Christmas". He has also earned two Best Actor Golden Globes. Jim Carrey was born near Toronto in Newmarket, Ontario.

Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil was formed in 1984 by a troupe of street performers known as "Le Club des Talons Hauts" (the high-heels club). In the beginning, 73 people worked for Cirque du Soleil. Today, the organization has over 2,100 employees worldwide. Since Cirque's founding in 1984, close to 30 million people have attended one of its productions. Cirque du Soleil performers include acrobats, dancers, singers, musicians, clowns and actors at the pinnacle of their art. Audiences worldwide
 

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