Lois Marshall - Dundurn

Lois Marshall

A Biography

Published April 2010


Although she called herself "just a singer," soprano Lois Marshall (1925-97) became a household name across Canada during her thirty-four year career and remains one of the foremost figures in the history of Canadian music. She rubbed shoulders with Canada’s musical aristocracy – Glenn Gould, Sir Ernest MacMillan, Jon Vickers, Maureen Forrester – but Marshall always held first place in the hearts of her adoring fans.

At the height of the Cold War, Moscow and St. Petersburg embraced her as warmly as Canada had. Yet Marshall remained true to her Canadian roots and to Toronto, her lifelong home. This first-ever biography recounts her dazzling career and paints an intimate portrait of the woman, her childhood encounter with polio, and her complex relationship with her teacher and mentor, Weldon Kilburn. Hers is a tale of a warm, courageous woman; it is also the story of classical music in Canada.



James Neufeld

James Neufeld has been going to the ballet for nearly fifty years and has written extensively about dance and the arts in Canada. Previously, he published Power to Rise and Lois Marshall. He recently retired from a thirty-eight year teaching career at Trent University and lives in Peterborough, Ontario.

Book Details

April 2010
336 pp
April 2010
336 pp
April 2010
6x9 in
336 pp