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Portia White on life in Toronto in 1958

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In the studio of the CBC-TV program Tabloid, contralto Portia White talks with host Max Ferguson about what she’s doing in Toronto, her family, and her Nova Scotia roots. Follwing that interview, co-host John O’Leary interviews Ron Collier about the music White is to perform with Collier's band in Toronto the following night.

Medium: Television
Program: Tabloid
Broadcast Date: Nov. 12, 1958
Interviewers: Max Ferguson, John O’Leary
Guests: Portia White, Ron Collier
Duration: 2:50

Did You know?


• Portia White was born on June 28, 1911 in Truro, N.S. and died in Toronto on Feb. 13, 1968. The renowned contralto also taught voice, and in 1995 she was named by the government of Canada as a "Person of National Historic Significance." 

• Ron Collier was born July 3, 1930, in Colman, Alta., and died in Toronto on Oct. 22, 2003. He composed, arranged, and taught music, as well as playing jazz trombone, and was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2003.


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