Kate McGarrigle(February 6, 1946 – January 18, 2010).
Canadian folk singer, born in Montreal, but grew up in the Laurentian Mountains village of Saint-Sauveur-des-Monts, Quebec. Kate wrote and performed as a duo with her sister Anna McGarrigle.
Kate and Anna’s 1975 self-titled debut album was chosen by Melody Maker as Best Record of the Year. Their albums Matapedia in ‘97 and The McGarrigle Hour in ‘99, won Juno Awards. In 1993,
Kate was made a Member of the Order of CanadaIn and in 1999 Kate and Anna both received Women of Originality awards and in 2006 SOCAN Lifetime Achievement awards. Kate is also the mother of singers Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright.
She died of clear-cell sarcoma on January 18, 2010, aged 63 at her home in Montreal.