Saturday, July 9, 2011

Trudi Le Caine

Advocate for the arts, patronness

Née Gertrude Janowski; born in 1911 in Paussau, Bavaria; died in Ottawa in 1999.

Settled in Ottawa in 1942; her involvement with Le Groupe de la Place Royale, Opera Lyra Ottawa and the Council for the Arts in Ottawa led to recognition and awards such as the Order of Canada in 1991, the Lescarbot Award and the Victor Tolgesy Arts Award.

Helped to establish the Ottawa Children's Concerts in 1946.

Was known as the doyenne of the art patrons in Ottawa.

Convinced the National Capital Commission to open the Rideau Canal during the winter for skating, which has now become famous as the world's longest skating rink.

In her honour, the Community Foundation of Ottawa-Carleton maintains the Trudi LeCaine Fund.

Married Hugh Le Caine, Canadian physicist and pioneer electronic musician.

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