|Birth name||Harijs Adaskins|
6 October 1901|
|Origin||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Died||7 April 1994
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
|Occupations||academic, radio broadcaster|
Born to a Jewish family in Riga, Latvia, he emigrated with his family to Toronto. At the age of twelve, he started at the Toronto Conservatory of Music, and at the age of 16 became a member of Frank Welsman's Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He later studied at the Hamburger Konservatorium with Henri Czaplinski. In 1923, he formed the Hart House String Quartet and played second violin.
He was the host of several CBC Radio programs, including Musically Speaking and Tuesday Night.
From 1946 to 1958, he was the head of the new Department of Music at the University of British Columbia and taught there until his retirement in 1973. In 1977, he wrote the first part of his autobiography, A Fiddler's World – Memoirs to 1938 and in 1982, he wrote his the second part to his autobiography, A Fiddler's Choice – Memoirs from 1938 Til 1980.
- The Right Honourable Jules Léger. "Harry Adaskin, O.C., LL.D.". www.gg.ca. Governor General of Canada. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
- Joanne Dorenfeld, Betty Nygaard King. "Adaskin, Harry Biography". www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
- The Right Honourable Jules Léger (21 December 1974). "Canada Gazette Part I, Vol. 108, No. 51" (PDF). www.gazette.gc.ca/search-recherche-eng.html. Governor General of Canada. Government House. p. 1 (4693 in the Canada Gazette). Retrieved 5 February 2011.