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Banff Centre Indigenous Arts Program

  • pfla
  • Corporate body
  • 1993-Present

The Indigenous Arts program at The Banff Centre was established in 1993 in partnership with the Aboriginal Film and Video Art Alliance (AFVAA). The goal of the program was to provide Indigenous artists with access to resources and spaces to develop their skills, technological expertise, and forms of creation within the principles of self-government in the arts. Artists included writers, musicians, dancers and choreographers, visual and new media artists, and others. The program produced collective, multidisciplinary programs using a variety of forms and approaches, in both traditional and contemporary voices. Programs have included: the Indigenous Choreography and Dance Residency program, the Aboriginal Women's Voices program, An Aboriginal Journey with Brecht...A Theatre Workshop, the Creation of New Works Residency program, Writing for Series Television: A Screenwriting Workshop for Aboriginal Storytellers, the Indigenous Writing Program, Diverse As This Land, Hi-Rez Storytelling, and Re(Claim). Other programs included self-directed residencies and work studies in arts management, audio, curatorial, media production and post-production, theatre design and stage management. The Indigenous Arts Program also organizes events and performances for National Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Originally known as the Aboriginal Arts Program, the program underwent a name change as of October 1, 2012. The program became the Indigenous Arts Program to reflect and honour its international impact and connections to Indigenous communities. The name change was initiated five years prior by director Sandra Laronde.

Directors of the Indigenous Arts Program:
1995 to 2003 – Marrie Mumford (Chippewa-Cree)
2003 to 2004 – Lou-Ann Neel (Mamalillikulla, Da’naxda’xw, Mumtagila, and Kwagiulth)
2008 to 2016 – Sandra Laronde (Teme-Augama-Anishinaabe)
2017— Present – Reneltta Arluk (Inuvialuit, Dene, Cree)

Banff International String Quartet Competition

  • pfla-SQC
  • Corporate body
  • 1981 -

The Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC) is a triennial event, open to string quartets of all nationalities whose members meet the competition’s age requirements. Participating groups perform works from the string quartet canon, as well as a specially commissioned imposed piece. The competition was initially conceived as a one-time event to mark the 50th anniversary of the Banff Centre in 1983. It was proposed by Kenneth (Ken) Murphy (Manager of Extension Services) to the institution’s Anniversary Committee in November, 1980, and officially approved in 1981. Its proposed advantages were that it was “…closely related to the School’s activities, not something artificially conceived as an anniversary project”, while also bringing international recognition to the School and its anniversary, helping to promote the music program, and fulfilling a general need for more ensemble music competitions. Following the 1983 competition, it was decided to establish it as a recurring event, to take place every three years. In 1984 BISQC was accepted as a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions.

Executive Directors: Ken Murphy (1983 – 1996), Peter Gardner (1996 - 2006), Barry Shiffman (2006 - )


April 24 - 30, 1983

Movement for String Quartet by Harry Somers (commissioned by the Canada Council)

Lorand Fenyves
Thomas Rolston
Zoltan Székely

Ede Banda
Andrew Dawes
Piero Farulli
Raphael Hillyer
Emanuel Hurwitz
Mischa Schneider

Brodsky Quartet (United Kingdom)
Colorado Quartet (United States)
Da Vinci Quartet (United States)
Eder Quartet (Hungary)
Hagen Quartet (Austria)
Harrington Quartet (United States)
Lydian Quartet (United States)
Manchester Quartet (United States)
Mendelssohn Quartet (United States)
Vermilion Quartet (United States)

Colorado Quartet (1st place)
Hagen Quartet (2nd place)
Lydian Quartet (3rd place and best performance of the imposed piece)
Mendelssohn Quartet (4th place)
Eder Quartet (5th place)


April 13 - 19, 1986

Three Archetypes by John Hawkins (commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

Thomas Rolston
Lorand Fenyves
Zoltan Székely

Thomas Brandis
Andrew Dawes
Felix Galimir
Sidney Griller
Raphael Hillyer
Bretislav Novotny
Jaap Schröder

Amati Quartet (Switzerland)
Carmina Quartet (Switzerland)
Cavani Quartet (United States)
Coull Quartet (United Kingdom)
Debut Quartet (Canada)
Franciscan Quartet (United States)
Jagdish Mistry Quartet (United Kingdom)
Lark Quartet (United States)
Quatuor Parisii (France)
Vanbrugh Quartet (United Kingdom)

Franciscan Quartet (1st place)
Carmina Quartet (2nd place)
Lark Quartet (3rd place)
Cavani Quartet (4th place)
Quatuor Parisii (best performance of the imposed piece)


April 2 - 8, 1989

Arche II by Allan Bell (commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

Zdenek Konicek
Eugene Lehner
Gerald Stanick

Serge Collot
Andrew Dawes
Sandor Devich
Koichiro Harada
Martin Lovett
Scott Nickrenz
Artur Paciorkiewicz

Augustine Quartet (United States)
Beijing Quartet (China and Belgium)
Brindisi Quartet (United Kingdom)
Cassatt Quartet (United States)
Keller Quartet (Hungary)
Ludwig Quartet (France)
Manfred Quartet (France)
New Zealand Quartet (New Zealand)
Sierra Quartet (United States)
Westbrook Quartet (United States)

Manfred Quartet (1st place)
Cassatt Quartet (2nd place and the best performance of the imposed piece)
Keller Quartet (3rd place)
Brindisi Quartet (4th place)


April 19 – 25, 1992

Lament in the Trampled Garden by Marjan Mozetich (commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

Lorand Fenyves
Jaroslav Karlovsky
Martha Strongin Katz

Earl Carlyss
Andrew Dawes
Philip de Groote
Sandor Devich
Jaroslav Karlovsky
Julie Rosenfeld
Milan Skampa

Amati Quartet (Switzerland)
Amernet Quartet (United States)
Artaria Quartet of Boston (United States)
Quartetto Fonè (Italy) – withdrew from competition
Harrington Quartet (United States)
Quatuor Joachim (France)
Mandelring Quartet (Germany)
Miami Quartet (United States)
St. Lawrence Quartet (Canada)
Ying Quartet (United States)

St. Lawrence Quartet (1st place and best performance of the imposed piece)
Ying Quartet (2nd place)
Amati Quartet (3rd place)
Mandelring Quartet (4th place)


August 27 – September 1, 1995

Phantoms by Heather Anne Schmidt (commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

Lorand Fenyves
Sydney Humphreys
Dennis Simons

Andrew Dawes
Rostislav Dubinsky
Bretislav Novotny
Martha Strongin-Katz
Gábor Takács-Nagy
David Takeno
Georges Zeisel

Amernet Quartet (United States)
Cracovia Quartet (Poland)
Eleonara Quartet (Russia)
Everest Quartet (United States)
Henschel Quartet (Germany)
Maia Quartet (United States)
Minguet Quartet (Germany)
Montclaire Quartet (United States)
Quartetto Elisa (Italy)
Quartetto Fonè (Italy)

Amernet Quartet (1st place)
Everest Quartet (2nd place)
Henschel Quartet (3rd place and best performance of the imposed piece)
Montclaire Quartet (4th place)


August 16 – 22, 1998

String Quartet No. 2 by Chan Ka Nin (commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

Lorand Fenyves
Paul Katz
David Takeno

Andrew Dawes
Stephanie Gonley
Bonnie Hampton
Geoffrey Nuttall
Christoph Poppen
Dennis Simons
Jean Sulem

Amar Quartet (Switzerland)
Avalon Quartet (United States)
Belcea Quartet (United Kingdom)
Quatuor Castagneri (France)
Contempo Quartet (Romania)
Quatuor Diotima (France)
Fry Street Quartet (United States)
Quatuor Johannes (France)
Miró Quartet (United States)
Quinten Quartet (Russia)

Miró Quartet (1st place and best performance of the imposed piece)
Castagneri Quartet (2nd place)
Belcea Quartet (3rd place)
Avalon Quartet (4th place)


August 28 - September 2, 2001

Test Run by John Estacio (commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

David Takeno
Wolfgang Laufer
Jean Sulem

Andrew Dawes
Lorand Fenyves
Keith Harvey
Marina Hoover
Josef Kluson
Katherine Murdock
Donald Weilerstein

Daedalus Quartet (United States)
Delancey Quartet (United States)
Diabelli Quartet (Canada)
Ensō Quartet (United States)
Herold Quartet (Czech Republic)
Kuss Quartet (Germany)
Penguin Quartet (Czech Republic)
Quartet Excelsior (Japan)
Quatuor Johannes (France)
Quatuor Satie (France)

Daedalus Quartet (1st place, best performance of the imposed piece, and the Székely Prize)
Kuss Quartet (2nd place)
Delancey Quartet (3rd place)
Quatuor Satie (4th place)


August 31 – September 5, 2004

String Quartet No. 2, “Banff Variations” by Stewart Grant (commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

Martin Beaver
Keith Harvey
Jean Sulem

Andrew Dawes
Levon Chilingirian
Sadao Harada
Doris Lederer
Philippe Muller
Barry Shiffman
Sung-Won Yang

Alma Quartet (France)
Carmel Quartet (Israel)
Ensō Quartet (United States)
Fry Street Quartet (United States)
Jupiter Quartet (United States)
Matangi Quartet (Holland)
Penguin Quartet (Czech Republic)
Quince Quartet (United Kingdom)
Royal Quartet (Poland)
Tokai Quartet (Canada)

Jupiter Quartet (1st place and the Székely Prize)
Ensō Quartet (2nd place and best performance of the imposed piece)
Royal Quartet (3rd place)
Fry Street Quartet (4th place)


August 28 – September 2, 2007

Dark Energy by Kelly-Marie Murphy (co-commissioned by the Banff Centre and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

Christopher Costanza
Heime M üller
Daniel Phillips

Henk Guttart
Paul Katz
Lesley Robertson
Gerhard Schulz
Mariana Sirbu
Simon Standage
Jacqueline Thomas

Afiara Quartet (Canada)
Ariel Quartet (Israel and United States)
Attaca Quartet (United States)
Koryo Quartet (United States)
Rubens Quartet (Netherlands) - withdrew from competition
Rusquartet (Russia)
Talisker Quartet (Denmark)
TinAlley Quartet (Australia)
Tokai Quartet (Canada)
Zemlinsky Quartet (Czech Republic)

TinAlley Quartet (1st place)
Zemlinsky Quartet (2nd place)
Ariel Quartet (3rd place and the Székely Prize)
Tokai Quartet (4th place)
Koryo Quartet (Canadian Commission Prize)


August 30 – September 5, 2010

Commedia dell’arte by Ana Sokolovic (co-commissioned by the Banff Centre and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

Denis Brott
Marka Gustavsson
Ian Swenson

Terrence Helmer
Eric Höbarth
Louise Hopkins
Hsin-Yun Huang
Joel Krosnick
Tim Vogler
Timothy Ying

Afiara Quartet (Canada)
Amaryllis Quartet (Germany and Switzerland)
Asasello Quartet (Germany)
Atrium Quartet (Russia)
Cecilia Quartet (Canada)
Hausmann Quartet (United States)
Noga Quartet (France)
Peresson Quartet (United States)
Quatuor Zaïde (France)

Cecilia Quartet (1st place and the Canadian Commission Prize)
Afiara Quartet (2nd place and the Székely Prize)
Quatuor Zaïde (3rd place)


August 26 – September 1, 2013

String Quartet No. 3 by Vivian Fung (co-commissioned by the Banff Centre and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

Norman Fischer
Jerzy Kaplanek
Roger Tapping

Miguel da Silva
András Fejér
Kikuei Ikeda
Garth Knox
Nicholas Kitchen
Richard Lester
Scott St. John

Anima Quartet (Russia and China
Attaca Quartet (United States)
Calidore Quartet (United States and Canada)
Dover Quartet (United States)
Gémeaux Quartett (Switzerland)
Linden Quartet (United States and Canada)
Navarra Quartet (United Kingdom, Ireland, and the Netherlands)
Noga Quartet (France and Israel)
Quatuor Cavatine (France)
Schumann Quartett (Germany)

Dover Quartet (1st place, the Canadian Commission Prize, Székely Prize, R.S. Williams & Sons Haydn Prize, and the Esterházy Foundation Prize)
Quatuor Cavatine (2nd place)
Navarra Quartet (3rd place)


August 29 – September 4, 2016

String Quartet No. 1 by Zosha Di Castri (co-commissioned by the Banff Centre, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and Americas Society)

Clive Greensmith
Douglas McNabney
Philip Setzer

Philip Setzer
Vera Beths
Denis Brott
Isabel Charisius
Yoshiko Nakura
Geoffrey Nuttall
Peter Salaff
Alasdair Tait

Aeolus Quartet (United States)
Argus Quartet (United States)
Castalian Quartet (United Kingdom)
Omer Quartet (United States)
Quartet Arpa (Japan)
Quartet Berlin-Tokyo (Israel and Japan)
Rolston Quartet (Canada)
Tesla Quartet (Russia, South Korea, and the United States)
Ulysses Quartet (Canada, the United States, and Taiwan)
Verona Quartet (Canada, the United States, and Singapore)

Rolston Quartet (1st place, Esterházy Foundation Prize, and the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance Prize)
Tesla Quartet (2nd place, the Canadian Commission Prize, and the R.S. Williams & Sons Haydn Prize)
Castalian Quartet (3rd place)

Breckon, Michael R.

  • pfla
  • Person
  • 1936-

Michael Breckon was Air Canada’s Director of Advertising and Promotions at the time of the Everest expedition. Born and educated in Britain, he emigrated to Canada at 26 in order “to escape the shackles of British class society” and further his experience in his chosen field of marketing communication. He believed in the power of corporate promotions - linking the airline’s name to sporting and artistic events whose objectives reflected those of the airline.

Michael had been fascinated by Mount Everest since it was first climbed in 1953, the news of which he heard whilst sleeping on the pavement outside Buckingham Palace the night before the coronation of Elizabeth II. The mountain and those who climbed it became special to him. In 1979 he had just returned from a meeting with the airline’s management where the subject of promotions had been discussed, when he read in "The Globe and Mail" that the fledgling Canadian expedition was seeking sponsorship. He phoned John Amatt: his opening words were “I think you and I are looking for each other.” Three years later, to the day, a Canadian climber sponsored by Air Canada, stood atop the world’s highest mountain.

Irene Prothroe

  • pfla
  • Person
  • 1925-1989

Irene Prothroe (née Powlan, 1925-1989) is an actress, teacher, director, and producer who taught at the Banff Centre from 1958 to 1970, and served as the Head of the Theatre (1969-1970) and the Musical Theatre Division (1970-1974).

Irene was born on March 19th, 1925 in Winnifred Alberta to father Frank Yuen Powlan (b. 1887) and mother Mary Organ. Frank immigrated to Canada from Sunwui (Guangzhou, China) in his late teens, and is described by his son Henry as one of Alberta’s original Chinese herbalists. Mary was born in Liverpool England and met Frank in Raymond, Alberta. Irene has eight siblings, including Vi and Ron, both of whom also worked in the theatre.

Raised in Calgary, Prothroe was an original member of Workshop 14, organized by Dr. Betty Mitchell in classroom 14 of Western Canada High School. Prothroe continued her studies at the American Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles (1946-1949), where her tutors included Russian actress and teacher Maria Ouspenskaya. Prothroe was subsequently invited to join Charles Laughton’s Shakespeare Foundation in Los Angeles (1949), and later studied with Morris Carnovsky, and the dance instructor Hanja Holm in New York (1950). While visiting home during her studies in America, she married Jack Prothroe, a lawyer based in Calgary.

Irene taught drama at the University of Alberta (1951 to 1954); and at the University of British Columbia (1954-1957; 1970-1974). She received a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Alberta (1960) and a Bachelor’s of Education at the University of Calgary (1963).

As the recipient of two Canada Council Senior Arts Fellowships (1965, 1967), Prothroe was able to survey international theatres and theatre schools as well as attended conferences as the Canadian Representative of the International Theatre Institute.

While engaged at the Banff Centre during summers, Prothroe served as Artistic Director at the Calgary Arts Centre Theatre (1960-1964), and as a drama advisor to the University of Calgary (1961-1974). She worked the Radio Drama Producer for CBC Calgary (1974-1981) and founded the 85th Street Players, a touring dinner theatre group, and Powlan Productions with her brother Ron, in Calgary in the early 1980s.

Irene died of a brain aneurysm on October 11, 1989.

Leighton, David & Leighton, Peggy

  • pfla
  • Family
  • 1928 -

David Leighton was appointed President of the Banff Centre in 1970 and remained so until 1982. He and wife Peggy came to the Centre from Ontario, and immersed themselves in all events and aspects of the school, from gallery openings to car rallies. They actively participated in a range of extra-curricular activities involving members of the staff, faculty and students, many of whom they knew personally.

Peggy Leighton was born in Guelph, Ontario. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Physical Education from Queen’s University. During David’s presidency, Peggy generally acted as hostess to the many guests of the Banff Centre. In addition, she was responsible for the organization of the student services division, her efforts contributing to the development of many of the services offered today. Within the larger Banff community, Peggy played a leading role in establishing the town's Recreation Master Plan and was an original member of Preventative Social Services. For the 50th Anniversary of the Banff Centre, Peggy researched and documented the history of the Centre for the publication of the book “Artists, Builders and Dreamers: 50 years at the Banff School” in 1982.

David Leighton was born in Regina, Saskatchewan on February 20, 1928. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University and both his Master and Doctor of Business Administration from Harvard University. During David’s presidency, the Banff Centre became a fully independent post-secondary institution. A number of key programming decisions also took place during his time at the Centre. Cultural Resources Management programs were introduced, and the School of Management grew to house many new programs, ranging from health administration to the environment to The Facility for Computer Assisted Management. Leighton also oversaw the establishment of the Banff International Television Festival, and the Banff Festival of Mountain Films. The overall focus of arts programming was shifted towards more advanced artists, and an audition/adjudication process was introduced for most programs. An artist colony was planned and initiated during the Leighton's tenure, and though he stepped down before it was officially opened, the Leighton Artist Studios was named in their honour.

Mountain Culture

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  • Corporate body

The Banff Festival of Mountain Films began in 1976 under the sponsorship of the Centre's School of the Environment and The Alpine Club of Canada. The festival continued as an annual event within the School of Management, presenting a juried selection of international films and awards, as well as seminars and guest speakers. A North American touring program was established in 1986 to show the award-winning films. The Centre for Mountain Culture was established in 1996 to continue the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival and Banff Mountain Book Festival as well as to sponsor research, events, and educational programs on international alpine activities including an annual photography competition. In 1997, the name was shortened to Mountain Culture. Festival directors include John Amatt (1976 – 1987), Bernadette McDonald (1988-2006), Shannon O’Donoghue (2006 – 2008), David Cox (2009), Joni Cooper (2010-2013), Deb Smythe (2014-2018), and Joanna Croston (2019 -).

The 1982 Canadian Everest Expedition

  • pfla-EV
  • Corporate body
  • 1978-1982

In 1978, a Canadian team of climbers was granted permission for an autumn 1982 expedition to climb Mt. Everest via the Nepal side of the mountain. The objective was to put a Canadian team on the summit for the first time, via a new route on the mountain’s South Spur. In 1981, the Montreal-based company CanEverEx was formed to facilitate the marketing, promotional, and licensing aspects of the expedition. Montreal-based Programmed Communications Limited was subsequently contracted by CanEverEx and the Canadian Mount Everest Society to further act as an administrator and curator of the photographs and other media produced during the expedition. Air Canada joined as a primary sponsor for the expedition, and extensive press coverage and promotional opportunities were planned. In 1979 The Calgary Herald and Southam News bought the newspaper rights for the expedition coverage and the television rights were acquired by the CBC and ABC. Teleglobe Canada was engaged to provide a satellite configuration that would provide the first-ever live video links between Everest and Canada, and further video and photographic documentation was enabled through sponsorships from Hitachi, Leica and Kodak.

A specially-chartered Air Canada cargo plane delivered expedition supplies to Nepal via India in April 1982, accompanied by a small advance party of climbers and photographers. The full team departed for Nepal in July 1982, under the leadership of expedition leader Bill March. Several months in to the expedition, on August 31, an avalanche hit in the Khumbu Icefall, killing 3 of the expedition’s Sherpa team members, including Ang Chuldim Sherpa (age 18), Pasang Sona Sherpa (age 40), and Dawa Dorje Sherpa (age 40). A second Icefall accident occurred on September 2, killing expedition cameraman Blair Griffiths (age 33). Following this, 6 climbers left the expedition, including Tim Auger, Rusty Baillie, James Blench, Jim Elzinga, Dave McNab, and Don Serl. Team doctor David Jones also left due to health reasons. The planned South Spur route was changed to the South Col route, and on October 5, 1982, Laurie Skreslet became the first Canadian to summit Mount Everest with Sherpa team members Sungdare Sherpa and Lhakpa Dorje. Two days later, on October 7, team member Pat Morrow reached the summit with Lhakpa Tshering and Pema Dorje. Upon their return to Calgary, Programmed Communications Limited greeted the team and members of the press with a welcome home slideshow presentation, using photographs that the team members had taken along the way. The team was subsequently honoured in Ottawa by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.


John Amatt, expedition business manager (36 at time of climb, based in Canmore, AB)
Timothy Auger (36 at time of climb, based in Canmore, AB)
Stephen Bezruchka, High altitude physician (38 at time of climb, based in Seattle, WA)
Rusty Baillie, climber (41 at time of climb, based in Calgary, AB)
James Blench, climber (26 at time of climb, based in Canmore, AB)
Alan Burgess, climber (33 at time of climb, based in Kathmandu, Nepal)
Dwayne Congdon, climber (25 at time of climb, based in Invermere, BC)
Jim Elzinga, climber (27 at time of climb, based in Calgary, AB)
Lloyd Gallagher, deputy leader (42 at time of climbed, based in Canmore, AB)
Blair Griffiths, expedition cameraman (33 at time of climb, based in North Vancouver, BC)
David Jones, Base Camp physician (50 at time of climb, based in Calgary, AB)
Bill March, expedition leader (40 at time of climb, based in Calgary, AB)
David McNab, climber (26 at the time of climb, based in Invermere, BC)
Pat Morrow, climber (29 at time of climb, based in Kimberley, BC)
Dave Read, climber (33 at time of climb, based in Calgary, AB)
Don Serl, climber (34 at time of climb, based in Vancouver, BC)
Laurie Skreslet, climber (32 at time of climb, based in Calgary, AB)
Gordon Smith, climber (36 at time of climb, based in Golden, BC)
Peter Spear, Base Camp manager (age 41 at time of climb, based in Calgary, AB)

Kurt Fuhrich, Base Camp cook (33 at time of climb, based in Banff)

Gyaljen Sherpa and Nawang Karma Sherpa, expedition sirdars
Sungdare Sherpa, high altitude Sherpa
Nuru Sherpa, high altitude Sherpa
Tenzing Tashi Sherpa, high altitude Sherpa
An Rinzing Sherpa, high altitude Sherpa
Lhawa Nima Sherpa, high altitude Sherpa
Pasang Tenzing Sherpa, high altitude Sherpa
Pema Dorje Sherpa, high altitude Sherpa
Sonam Chottar Sherpa, high altitude Sherpa
Namgyal Sherpa, high altitude Sherpa
Ang Chuldim Sherpa, high altitude Sherpa
Lhakpa Tshering Sherpa, high altitude Sherpa
Pasang Sona Sherpa, high altitude Sherpa
Ang Chumbi Sherpa, high altitude Sherpa
Pasang Nuru Sherpa, high altitude Sherpa
Dawa Dorjee Sherpa, high altitude Sherpa
Dawa Nuru Sherpa, high altitude Sherpa
Gyaljen Sherpa (Phortse), high altitude Sherpa
Ang Lhakpa Sherpa, high altitude Sherpa
Lhakpa Dorje Sherpa (Phortse), high altitude Sherpa
Ang Nima Sherpa, high altitude Sherpa
Ang Rita Sherpa, high altitude Sherpa
Ang Phurba Sherpa, high altitude Sherpa
Mingma Sherpa, high altitude Sherpa
Ang Pemba Sherpa, high altitude Sherpa
Pemba Tshering Sherpa, high altitude cook
Dendu Sherpa, high altitude Sherpa
Chewang Sherpa, high altitude Sherpa
Phuri Sherpa, kitchen
Palden Chosang Sherpa, Base Camp cook
Lhakpa Sona Sherpa, mail runner
Sona Dendu Sherpa, mail runner
Ang Gyaljen Sherpa, mail runner

Bruce Patterson, expedition press officer
Andy Bako, photographer hired by PCL
Jean Becq, photographer hired by PCL
Bob Warren, photographer hired by PCL

Jim Muir, President, Programmed Communications Limited (PCL) (Montreal)
Brian Smith, Partner at PCL
Lynn Muir, Jim Muir’s daughter, worked at PCL during the summer of 1982
Lynn Huntley, PCL

Nevil Pike, president of CanEverEx
Robin Palin, CanEverEx
Michael Breckon, director of advertising at Air Canada and executive producer of Everest radio serial

Bobby Chettri, Mountain Travel in Nepal

The Tuning of the World Conference

  • pfla

The Tuning of the World was an international and interdisciplinary conference that took place between August 6th-29th 1993 at Banff Centre. The conference was concerned with acoustic ecology, namely: the relationship between sound and the environment. The conference was co-sponsored by Banff Centre and the University of Calgary and consisted of exhibitions, performances, lectures, and panel discussions. Artistic events were interspersed within the conference program, with a number of performances taking place in the natural environment of Banff National Park. Among these featured a performance of R. Murray Schafer's ritual outdoor opera, "The Princess of the Stars," which took place during sunrise at a mountain lake, with archetypal characters represented by giant canoe-driven puppets. The conference represented the culmination of the R. Murray Schafer's World Soundscape Project, initiated nearly twenty-five years earlier at Simon Fraser University. Exhibitions at the Nickle Arts Museum, curated by Katherine Ylitalo, ran contiguously from August 6th to 29th. Conference participants included, but were not limited to: R. Murray Schafer, Ursula Franklin, Louis Dandrel, Marisa Fonterrada, Pauline Oliveros, Victor Flusser, Violeta Hemsy de Gainza, Steve Feld, Hildegard Westerkamp, David Lowenthal, and Edward Poitras. Major contributors to the conference included the Government of Canada's Cultural Initiatives Program and Monique Landry, Secretary of State of Canada and Minister of Communications. The conference received further support from the University of Calgary, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Rex Foundation, and the Calgary Region Arts Foundation. Timothy Buell served as the Conference Director; Carol Holmes as the Conference Coordinator; Gerald Rex Luthy as the Conference Manager, with technical support from Arnold Brookhaus and Martin Finnerty.

Walter Phillips Gallery

  • pfla
  • Corporate body

The Walter Phillips Gallery opened on August 3, 1976 with the mandate to commission, exhibit, and collect contemporary Canadian and international art. Gallery directors during the period covered by these records include Barry Morrison (1976-1979); Lorne Falk (1979-1985), Daina Augaitis (1986-1994), Catherine Crowston (1995-1997), Jon Tupper (1998-2001) and Anthony Kiendel (2002-2006). The Walter Phillips Gallery presented some 400 original exhibitions from its opening until 2004, showing works of contemporary art in all media including audio and video art, performance art and conceptual art as well as ceramics, fibre art, sculpture and painting and drawing. The exhibition themes were often chosen to complement the research and interests of artists in thematic residencies at The Banff Centre, and often included aboriginal artists. The gallery organized educational programs for most exhibitions, such as community outreach, artist's presentations and other special events, many of which were recorded on audio or videotape. It also produced catalogues for over half the exhibitions. The fonds includes records of exhibitions held at The Banff Centre prior to the establishment of the Gallery.

Women in Music

  • pfla
  • Corporate body
  • 1990-?

In the 1980s, Ina Dennekamp founded a British Columbia wing of the Association of Canadian Women Composers (ACWC). Along with about a dozen BC women composers this organization produced an annual concert series. However, in the early 1990s, Ina decided there was a need to broaden the base of the organization beyond composers, and to represent the interests of all women involved in the music world (musicians, composers, journalists, etc). Furthermore, the members of the BC wing were feeling alienated from a Toronto-based organization, and hoped a local organization would better suit their needs.

With these concerns in mind, the BC wing of the ACWC was formally dissolved in June 1990, and replaced with the Society for Women in Music. The founding members of the organization were: Jeannie Corsi, Ina Dennekamp, Bonnie Ferguson, Sherilyn Fritz, Anita Perry, Sylvia Rickard, and Anita Sleeman.

The new group was established to be “a resource and education organization that aims to increase the contribution and recognition of women in all aspects of music”. To that end, the Society created a bursary fund, produced (or co-produced) several public musical events which promoted the work of women composers and musicians, hosted workshops and conferences, produced a newsletter and established a resource centre.