On this day in Canadian pop culture: Nov. 1


Opera singer Emma Albani is born in Chambly, Quebec, a leading soprano of the 19th century and early 20th century, she became the first Canadian singer to become an international star.


Musician David Foster is born in Victoria. The prolific producer has won 16 Grammy Awards and worked with Canadian and international superstars such as Chicago, Céline Dion, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Lopez, Kenny Rogers, Rod Stewart, Donna Summer, Madonna, Barbra Streisand, and many more.


The Toronto Sun began publication with an initial circulation of 75,000 copies.


Composer and conductor Serge Garant, long-time host of Radio-Canada’s Musique de notre siècle and a pioneer of contemporary classical music in Quebec, died at the age of 57.


Former Quebec premier René Lévesque died at the age of 65. He was the first Quebec political leader since Confederation to attempt, through a 1980 referendum, to negotiate the political independence of Quebec.


A lawsuit against singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan began in Vancouver. Producer Darryl Neudorf claimed he co-wrote songs on McLachlan’s 1988 Touch, but his case was eventually dismissed in December 1999.

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