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Ace Foundation

  • glen-4
  • Corporate body
  • 1968-1974

Ace Foundation of Calgary was incorporated in 1968 to provide mobile educational and cultural exhibits throughout the province of Alberta for the benefit of school pupils and the general public. The name was changed to Candev Foundation and the original organization was dissolved in 1974.

Acheson, William

  • yuk

William Acheson was one of the Acheson family who mined in Atlin. His parents were born in Grand Forks in 1902, and William and his brother Jack were born in Alaska. They mined on Pine Creek in 1936, for a few years before selling out to Carl Beal of Northern Resources. The family then joined with Ernest Patty and General McRae to form Spruce Creek Placers, which operated until 1947. Jack re-opened Spruce Creek after the war with his partner Maynard Wilson. William was later with Associated Construction and Management Co., San Francisco, California, and was married to Wilma Acheson.

Acme Feeder Association

  • glen
  • Corporate body

The Acme Feeder Association was established in the 1950s to purchase livestock for its members to feed. The association then cooperatively sold the animals to obtain the best possible price. The organization had members from the Acme and Linden areas of Alberta.

Acorn, Ted

  • paa
  • Person

Ted Acorn is a musician from Claresholm, Alberta.

Action Poetry

  • pfla
  • Corporate body
  • 1993-1994

John Sobol, Program Director for Action Poetry '94, had worked in the performing arts in a wide variety of capacities. His career prior to 1994 had included being a Canadian poet, performer, musician, composer and music critic. Sobol recorded several albums, including "Blue History", by the John Sobol Poetry Band. Sobol ran a loft space in Montreal called "The Crossroads", which presented video and film screenings, dance performances, live music, art exhibitions and poetry readings.

In late 1992, John Sobol met with Vice President and Director Carol Phillips to discuss the potential for a program called Action Poetry ‘94. With his background in music and poetry, he recognized that there was an isolation of sorts between all forms of oral traditions. Therefore, he wanted to bring together multiple disciplines in one forum as a cross-cultural exchange of the many traditions of spoken word performance. This would occur in the form of a three-week workshop for the performers, which would culminate in a filmed presentation of their works.
Once the program was approved, John Sobol began scouting in Canada and the United States for artists he would like to include in the workshop. The participants would be from various performance backgrounds, including: poets, rappers, dub poets, monologists, performance artists, street entertainers, storytellers of various persuasions, and stand-up comedians from all backgrounds and cultures. Performers included: Lillian Allen, Uma Rao, Erik Belgum, Aaron Williamson, Sean “Spaz” Zitello, Deanna Ferguson, Judy Radul, Jeannette Armstrong, Jill Batson, Terrence Crane, Diane Wolkstein, Desaz Tempo and Richie D., Bob Holman, Wendy Berner, Tim Lander, Paul Dutton, Adeena Karasick, Gunargie, Greg Young-Ing, Mary Dalton, Tom Henihan, Kedrick James, Clifton Joseph, Tracie Morris, John Giorno, Alex Ferguson, Jayne Cortez, Meryn Cadell, Pine Trio,Shawna Dempsey, Tuong, Djewel (Don) Davidson, Darryl Keyes, Isobeau Miller, Lori Weidenhammer, Peter McPhee, Sheri D. Wilson, Stephen Humphreys, Murdoch Burnett, Ahdri Mandiela, John Sobol, and Flex Plan Nine (Harold Carr, Marilyn Lerner, Peter Valsamis and Tim Posgate).

The artists not only worked on their craft at the Banff Centre, but also participated in the Nat Christie Poetry Day and subsequent Nat Christie Poetry Jam. John Sobol organized these events that would see the artists visit various high schools in Calgary to work with students in performance workshops. Schools included: St. Francis High School, Forest Lawn High School, Bishop Carroll High School, Ernest Manning High School, Queen Elizabeth High School, and the Plains Indians Cultural Survival School. Chosen students would then perform their works on stage, along with the Action Poets, at the Nat Christie Poetry Jam at the Uptown Stage and Screen in Calgary.

Acton, J.A.

  • paa

J.A. Acton was from Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England.

Adair, Robert Nichols

  • glen
  • Person
  • 1922-2007

Robert Nichols Adair, 1922-2007, was born in Maysville, Kentucky, USA. He was educated at the Kentucky Military Institute and Cornell University. He started in the oil industry in Texas in 1946 and moved to Calgary, Alberta in 1950. He worked for Stanolind Oil and Pathfinder Oil and Gas before forming his own companies, R.N. Adair Oil Management and Zorayda Oil Company. He started writing the R. Adair Oil Memorandum (a weekly publication) for a client in 1964 and published it until his death in 2007.

Adam James Davidson

  • EDM
  • Person

Adam James Davidson was born in Galt, ON in 1864. He worked as a farmer and teamster in Ontario and became Superintendent of Public Works in Galt before moving to Edmonton, AB in 1912, after a brief period in Calgary AB. He operated a real estate firm in partnership with George D. Robertson, ca. 1912-1922 and operated a coal mine in the Beverly district, ca. 1918-1928. He began raising purebred Holstein-Friesian dairy cattle east of the Highlands district in Edmonton and was president of the Provincial Holstein Friesian Breeders' Association. He married Delle ?, ca. 1892 and they had five children. He died July 15, 1945.

Adam, Cliff

  • MED

Cliff Adam is a well known local business man, having owned and operated C.E. Adam Jewellers from 1953-54 to the present. C.E. Adam Jewellers was first located at 671 2nd Street before it was relocated, about a year later, at their present location at 652 3rd Street. Cliff's wife Pauline, is also active in the family business as well as one of the couples two daughters, Lynn Adam-Hertz. Mr. Adam has also served as a City of Medicine Hat Alderman from 1958 to 1966, and as an active member of Medicine Hat's Cypress Club.

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