Louis Applebaum

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Louis Applebaum
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Louis Applebaum, Dec 1945
Born (1918-04-03)April 3, 1918
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died April 19, 2000(2000-04-19) (aged 82)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Known for Composer, administrator, conductor
Awards Order of Canada
Order of Ontario

Louis Applebaum, CC OOnt (April 3, 1918 – April 19, 2000) was a Canadian composer, administrator, and conductor.

He was born in Toronto, Ontario and studied at the Toronto Conservatory of Music with Leo Smith and the University of Toronto with Boris Berlin, Healey Willan and Ernest MacMillan. He also studied composition privately in New York.

He composed music for numerous films,[1] including the National Film Board of Canada productions Royal Journey (1951), The Stratford Adventure (1954) and Paddle to the Sea (1966).[2]

He was nominated, along with co-composer Ann Ronell, for an Academy Award for the score of the 1945 war film, The Story of G.I. Joe. He won a 1968 Canadian Film Award for his non-feature music score of Athabasca.[3] He won a 1989 Gemini Award in the category Best Original Music Score for a Program or Mini-Series for Glory Enough for All.[3]

He was Executive Director of the Ontario Arts Council and Vice-President of the Canadian League of Composers. He was the first music director of the Stratford Festival. His fanfares have opened every performance since the Festival started in 1953.

In 1976 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.[4][5] Applebaum was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 1989.[6] He was appointed to the Companion of the Order of Canada 15 November 1995.[5][7]


  1. ^ "Louis Applebaum". northernstars.ca. northernstars.ca. Retrieved 13 December 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  2. ^ Wyndham Wise, ed. (2001-09-08). "Paddle to the Sea". Take One's Essential Guide to Canadian Film. University of Toronto Press. p. 159. ISBN 978-0802083982. 
  3. ^ a b "Canada's Awards Database Louis Applebaum". academy.ca. Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 13 December 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ The Right Honourable Jules Léger (18 December 1976). "Canada Gazette Part I, Vol. 110, No. 51" (PDF). gazette.gc.ca. Ottawa: Governor General of Canada. Canada Gazette. Government House. p. 1 (6419 Canada Gazette). Retrieved 13 December 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  5. ^ a b Governor General of Canada. "Louis Applebaum, C.C., Mus.B., LL.D.". gg.ca. Ottawa: Queen's Printer for Canada. Retrieved 13 December 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  6. ^ The Honourable Lincoln MacCauley Alexander, . (1989). "1989 Appointees". citizenship.gov.on.ca. Toronto: Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. Ontario Gazette. Government House Order of Ontario. Retrieved 13 December 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  7. ^ LeBlanc, Roméo (30 April 2009). "Louis Applebaum, C.C., Mus.B., LL.D.". archive.gg.ca. Ottawa: Queen's Printer for Canada. Retrieved 24 May 2010.  External link in |work= (help)

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