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  Helix  Music Many rock bands find success for a few years, but eventually run their course and disband, but Helix keeps going strong!

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  Neil Aitchison Film & Television If you don’t recognize Neil Aitchison’s face, you might recognize his voice. He’s the voice behind many radio and TV commercials and he has been the MC for countless local and national fundraisers.

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  Jason Barry Music Jason is an accomplished musican and producer.

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  Philip Bast Journalism Philip Bast is a multi-media arts journalist documenting the cultural scene in and about Waterloo Region.

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  Michael Bergauer Sr. Music Many musicians in Waterloo Region (both professional and otherwise) count Michael (Mike) Bergauer Sr. among their most influential mentors and teachers.

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  Major Hoople's Boarding House Music There are some bands who hit it big and then disappear. Then there are the bands who stand the test of time and maintain a loyal following. Major Hoople’s Boarding House falls into both of those categories.

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  Jimmy Boudreau Music Drummer Jimmy Boudreau started his professional career in 1987 as a member of The Kats, a house band at Kitcheners internationally known Lulu’s Roadhouse. He spent 6 years performing with Chuck Berry, Sam and Dave, The Mamas and Papas and over 80 others.

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  Summer Brockwell Music Summer Brockwell has the spirit and energy that makes singing & acting an art form. Upon moving to the KW area at the age of 6, Summer began taking vocal lessons with Anita Noel of The Beckett School.

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  Jim Clemmer Literary For over 30 years Jim Clemmer’s practical leadership approaches have been inspiring action and achieving results.

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  Harry Currie Music Harry Currie is a Canadian conductor, vocalist, instrumentalist, composer, music educator, journalist, and novelist.

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  Gabriella Currie Film & Television Co-host of such popular Rogers Television programs as Daytime and One on One - Gabi has had an interesting and varied career.

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  Scott Dietrich Stage & Theatre Scott Dietrich, featured on YTV (Canadian Youth Television), was first recognized internationally at the age of 18.

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  Tim Eaton Film & Television Tim is a visual effects editor whose interest in film started at Forest Heights Collegiate, where he was a member of the Film Club. He has come a long way since then, but still gets home to Waterloo Region a few times each year to visit family.

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  Paddy Gillard-Bentley Stage & Theatre Paddy Gillard-Bentley has been involved in the Kitchener-Waterloo theatre scene since before she was born.

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  Stacey Lee Guse Music Stacey Lee began singing before she could talk. Ever since then her life has been grounded in the music business. She is a sought after session vocalist for lead and backing vocals alike at studios throughout Canada.

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  Shane Guse Music Born and raised in Waterloo, ON, Shane Guse has made a career out of doing what he loves to do. A multi-instrumentalist, step dancer and singer, Shane joined George Canyon's band in 2007 as fiddle and mandolin player.

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  Grant Heywood Music Grant Heywood can’t help but be involved in the country music scene: he grew up right in the middle of it.

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  Frannie Hoffman Literary Frannie Hoffman is a spiritual intuitive, writer, and artist, and an extraordinary facilitator.

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  Jeff Hutcheson Journalism Jeff Hutcheson is the Sports and Weather Anchor for CANADA AM, Canada’s #1 national morning show. Hutcheson was an integral part of CANADA AM’s broadcast team for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

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  Carla Johnson Literary Carla Johnson is an author, educator and public speaker. Her mission is to reveal the extra ordinary in the ordinary. She vividly remembers a moment in her teens when her Mennonite grandmother caught her mom cooking with wine.

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  Kevin Klein Sports Now a defenseman with the Nashville Predators, residents of Waterloo Region will remember when Kevin Klein’s hockey career began to take off.

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  Lisa LaFlamme Journalism For the last decade, CTV National Affairs Correspondent Lisa LaFlamme has been on the road, covering everything from wars and elections, to natural disasters, from some of the world’s most dangerous locations.

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  Frank Leahy Music As well as being a Canadian National Fiddle Champion, Frank Leahy holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Bachelor of Music degree.

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  Tim Louis Music Tim Louis has been described as a triple-threat talent: singer, songwriter and pianist. As a performer, Louis connects with his audience with his warm and inviting personality.

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  Marisa McIntyre Stage & Theatre Marisa is the classic triple threat performer. An accomplished dancer, she started training at the age of three with Jazz, Tap and Ballet.

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  Karen McLaughlin Film & Television Karen (McCall) McLaughlin was born in London , Ontario but her childhood was spread out across North America because her father was in the Air Force.

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  Howie Meeker Sports Before he was a right-winger in the NHL, an inspirational coach or television sports announcer, Howie Meeker began his hockey career in Kitchener, where he was born.

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  Danny Michel Music With two Juno nominations and six solo albums to his credit, Danny Michel is one of the finest and most charming songwriters to grace the stage.

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  Jacob Moon Music Seven albums into his career, Jacob Moon has established himself as an accomplished singer and songwriter.

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  David Morrell Literary David Morrell is the award-winning author of First Blood, the novel in which Rambo was created. He was born in 1943 in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

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  Kenny Munshaw Music Kenny Munshaw is passionate about music. You can hear it in his voice as he sings, read it in the lyrics he writes and see it on his face as he performs.

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  Courage My Love Music Courage My Love is a power punk rock trio from Kitchener, Ontario consisting of 17 year-old twin sisters Mercedes Arn-Horn & Phoenix Arn-Horn with David Blake-Dickson.

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  Kory Nagy Sports In 2007-2008 Nagy completed his second full season of junior with the Oshawa Generals, scoring five goals and 12 assists to go along with 47 PIM's in 57 games.

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  Peter Padalino Music The original guitarist for Major Hoople’s Boarding House, Peter left the group because “it stopped being fun for me,” he says

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  Ed Ringwald Music Ed Ringwald’s musical talent has been called one of Canada ’s best-kept secrets, and it’s hiding in Waterloo Region. But not anymore.

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  Steve Roth Stage & Theatre Steve is the executive producer of Drayton Entertainment, an award-winning, not-for-profit charitable organization.

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  Giselle Sanderson Music Giselle Sanderson recently released Ready When You Are, her first full-length CD, and it features an all-star list of collaborators.

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  Gail Selkirk Music Gail Selkirk is one of the most versatile musicians to come out of Waterloo Region.

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  Darryl Sittler Sports Darryl Glen Sittler (born September 18, 1950) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League from 1970 until 1985 for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Detroit Red Wings.

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  Bob Skura Literary Bob Skura, is a resident of Kitchener. In the 1970’s he obtained a degree at the University of Waterloo, worked in the golf business and played the Canadian Tour.

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  Randy Stewart Rollo Music Well known on the music scene for over 45 yrs- singer- songwriter- musician- Randy Stewart Rollo- aka Randy Stewart- is considered by many- to be one of the best male singers & keyboardists from K-W.

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  The Western  Swing Authority Music In the classic style of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, this sound of classic Americana comes direct from Canada!

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  Ian Tanner Music Ian Tanner credits the success of his first band, Kitchener-based The Awakening, for sparking his music career in the mid 1980s.

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  Dave Thompson Music Dave Thompson has made a career of being a guitarist-for-hire.

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  Scott Thorman Sports Born and raised in Cambridge, Ontario, Scott is a professional baseball player for the Detroit Tigers organization. In the 2000 Major League Baseball Draft, Scott was drafted in the first round by the Atlanta Braves.

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  Ron Van Dam Music Ron is a musically minded man. Hum a few bars and he is quick to learn the tune, “sheet music is great and useful for guidance, but it takes me too long to learn a song that way, just let me hear it and I will get it!”

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  Fitz Vanderpool Sports Fitzroy "Fitz The Whip" Vanderpool is a World Champion Canadian professional boxer.

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  Lloyd Walker Music Lloyd’s a producer and multi-instrumentalist which is where the inspiration came from for the “WireART” series and the inception of Lloyd Walker Design.

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  Jamie Warren Music Jamie lives in Kitchener-Waterloo, but was raised in Hanover Ontario, where he pursued an adolescent dream of playing hockey professionally in the NHL, with music as a background distraction.

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  Tim Wharnsby Journalism Tim Wharnsby is a reporter, plain and simple. He's worked the sports beat at The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Sun, specializing in Canada's one true sporting obsession - hockey.

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  David Wharnsby Film & Television Genie and Gemini award winning film editor David Wharnsby may live in Toronto , but he has roots in Waterloo Region.

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  Elizabeth Wharnsby Film & Television As a young girl growing up in Waterloo, rearranging her room on a weekly basis was a regular occurrence for Elizabeth (Liz) Wharnsby.

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  Scott Wicken Music Scott first performed there after reading Allen Ginsberg’s Howl.

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  Dave Wiffen Music Dave Wiffen received a BMus degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music

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  Mark Willms Music Before Sophia Coppola discovered him playing at the Park Hyatt Tokyo and cast him in her Oscar-winning movie, Lost in Translation, Mark Willms had already established himself as a world-class artist able to play virtually every style of music.

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  Kortney Wilson Film & Television A mother, an artist, a TV show host and the star of her own reality TV series are just a few of the things keeping Kortney Wilson busy these days but her reply to that, “oh I’m just getting started.”

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  Dennis Yanke Literary Dennis Yanke's personal values-based approach in dealing with people and his own marriage have provided him the insight and platform required to release his first self published book “Love your wife – Get better sex.”

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