Quiz: Identifying Canadians in the Arts

I developed this quiz for English 208H, Arts Writing at St. Jerome’s University, University of Waterloo.

Match the name on the left with the description of the person, on the right. If you recognize the name but can’t describe what the person does, simply circle the name.

I would have students do this in class, then take the tests away to be marked and graded. Class average was four out of 40.

You can use Ms Google to find out who all these people are. But first take the quiz without googling – how many do YOU know?


1. Karen Kain 1. architect, known for museums and concert halls
2. David Cronenberg 2. Tony-Award-winning stage actor; also in movies
3. Jackie Maxwell 3. classical violinist
4. Ben Heppner 4. novelist and poet, lives in B.C.
5. Djanet Sears 5. opera singer (tenor)
6. R. Murray Schafer 6. opera singer (soprano)
7. Mary Pratt 7. Realist painter, lives in Newfoundland
8. Christopher Plummer 8. modern dance choreographer La La La Human Steps
9. Lara St. John 9. playwright, Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God and Harlem Duet
10. Robbie Robertson 10. film director
11. Diana Krall 11. Former Artistic Director, Shaw Festival
12. Peter Oundjian 12. novelist and poet, lives in Ontario
13. Measha Brueggergosman 13. composer
14. Rex Harrington 14. ballet dancer (male)
15. Margaret Atwood 15. Aboriginal musician
16. Edouard Lock 16. Quebec director, playwright, filmmaker and performer
17. Joy Kogawa 17. Director, National Ballet of Canada
18. Frank Gehry 18. actress and stage director
19. Martha Henry 19. jazz pianist and singer
20. Robert Lepage 20. Conductor, Toronto Symphony Orchestra


1. Jean-Claude Riopelle 1. opera singer (soprano), 19th century
2. Celia Franca 2. Nova Scotia folk artist
3. Sir Ernest MacMillan 3. .jazz trumpeter, died in 2006
4. E. Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake) 4. painter, member of “Group of Seven”
5. Glenn Gould 5. Haidan sculptor
6. Margaret Laurence 6. writer, known for Anne of Green Gables
7. Maynard Ferguson 7. Founder, National Ballet of Canada
8. Maud Lewis 8. conductor, organist and composer
9. Bill Reid 9. playwright, The Ecstasy of Rita Joe
10. Florence Wyle 10. abstract expressionist painter, Quebec
11. Lawren Harris 11. First World War poet, “In Flanders’ Field”
12. Maureen Forrester 12. pianist
13. Robertson Davies 13. director, actor, co-founder National Theatre School
14. Lucy Maud Montgomery 14. Mohawk poet, writer and performer
15. George Ryga 15. theatre director
16. Emily Carr 16. sculptor
17. John McCrae 17. singer (contralto) – still living but retired
18. Emma Albani 18. novelist, Fifth Business, What’s Bred in the Bone
19. Jean Gascon 19. West coast painter and writer
20. Dora Mavor Moore 20. novelist, The Stone Angels and The Diviners

 Main image: Charles Pachter, Leaf Radiant, 2015, acrylic on canvas, for sale through the Oeno Gallery.