This Month in Arts History ? March

March 1 2006: Writer Marie-Louise Gay won the Vicky Metcalf Award for a body of work in children?s literature.

March 2 1945: Songwriter Luc Plamondon was born at Saint-Raymond-de-Portneuf, Quebec. An artist of prodigious output, he wrote hits for such stars as André Gagnon, Céline Dion and Johnny Hallyday.

1985: Jessie Oonark died at Churchill, Manitoba. She grew up north of Baker Lake on the land and began her career as an artist at the age of 54. Her brilliantly coloured images were inspired by a lifetime of cutting caribou skins and sewing them into clothing.