About Barbara Clague

Barbara Clague (24 September 1940 – 18 March 2012)

Barbara Clague lived as an outstanding humanitarian and a passionate advocate for the arts and social justice. The daughter of a professional singer, she grew up in North Bay, Ontario, in a home rich with musical and creative expression. Barbara’s early love of the arts saw her pursue ballet, tap, figure skating, piano, and singing. Barbara sang with a clear and beautiful soprano voice. Singing was an integral part of her identity – something she was passionate about throughout her life.

While studying at Queen’s University, she sang in various musical productions, and after moving to Vancouver in the early 1970s, she continued to sing with Theatre Under the Stars, The Greater Vancouver Operatic Society, The Broadway Chorus, and The Brock House/ Kerrisdale Senior’s Choir.

Barbara lived her life with curiosity, joy and with a deep love for people. She touched the lives of many with her warmth, friendship, humour, and her genuine concern for their well-being. Barbara spent many hours at the Vancouver Academy of Music encouraging her grandchildren to develop a love of music. The Clague family is very grateful to Barbara’s many friends and to the Vancouver Academy of Music for helping to turn a dream into reality. The Barbara Clague Festival of Song is such a fitting way to remember a woman who loved singing and helping others. Barbara would be thrilled to know that her memory continues to be a catalyst and an inspiration for young singers.