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Canadian Music Centre Composer Files Collection

  • CA ACU SPC C0060
  • Collection
  • [1980-2019]

Collection consists of information collected about Canadian composers including biographies, newsclippings and articles, newsletters, notes about compositions, performance information, publicity material, program notes, abstracts, curriculum vitae, photographs, and lists of compositions.

EMI Music Canada fonds

  • CA ACU SPC F0215
  • Fonds
  • 1947-2012

The fonds consists of records documenting the history, administration, and activities of EMI Music Canada and its predecessor labels, Capitol Records–EMI of Canada, Capitol Records of Canada, and Capitol Records Distributers of Canada. The records include studio master recordings, demos, photographs, memorabilia, correspondence, business reports, promotional material, press clippings, financial statements, music videos, legal agreements, presentations, and other material reflecting the activities of one of Canada’s largest record labels from approximately 1949 to 2012. It includes four series based on the EMI Music Canada recordkeeping system: President’s Office, EMI Canada 50th Anniversary, Artist & Repertoire (A&R), and EMI Canada head office artwork. The A&R series has been divided into 8 sub-series: Administration files; Audio recordings; Video recordings; Photographs; Record awards; Demo submissions; Artwork; and Commercial releases. The President’s Office series mainly contains subject correspondence files and artist files created and maintained by the company’s president, Deane Cameron, from approximately 1992 to 2012, along with reports, budgets, marketing plans, and presentations. These files provide insight into the executive leadership of EMI Canada over the span of Cameron’s tenure, documenting the range of artists supported by EMI Canada as well as some of the developments in the wider Canadian music industry over the 1990s and 2000s. The files contained in the 50th Anniversary series document the company’s history from 1949 to 1999, and includes photographs, memorabilia, posters, pamphlets, catalogues, LPs, and 45s reflecting celebrations held in 1999 and research that led into the production of a commemorative book and CD box set entitled, Fifty Years of Music: The Story of EMI Music Canada. The administration files in the A&R series primarily consist of artist files and general files. The artist files document the artistic development and recording careers of a wide range of artists signed to EMI Canada and its affiliate labels. The general A&R administration files span a variety of activities in the operation of the department, primarily however documenting business relations with EMI international branches, attendance at music conferences, seeking new talent, commercial releases and catalog listings, and demo assessments. The audio recordings include both released and unreleased material and a wide range of EMI Canada artists’ original studio masters, demos, outtakes, alternate mixes, remixes, instrumentals, live recordings, and production masters. The video recordings are largely edited masters and promo versions of music videos as well as promo clips and live performances by artists on the EMI Canada label as well as Canadian and international artists distributed by the label. There are over 20,000 photographs of EMI Music Canada artists taken by professional photographers for use as album artwork, publicity stills, and promotion. The A&R artwork consists of over 11,000 graphic items used in the creation of album art for EMI Music Canada and related labels. Also included are 672 gold and platinum record awards received by EMI Music Canada, as well as posters, paintings, and photographs that were used as decorative artwork at the label’s headquarters in Toronto.

EMI Music Canada

John P.L. Roberts fonds.

  • CA ACU SPC F0210
  • Fonds
  • [19--], 1942-2018

The fonds consists of John Peter Lee Roberts’ personal papers and records from his professional and academic career and involvement in the art music community spanning the years 1940 to 2015, however, the bulk of the records fall within the 1950s to the 1990s.
Evidenced in the fonds in particular is John Roberts’ work at the CBC, the Canadian Music Centre, the Canadian Music Council and the International Music Council, as well as his advisory role with the CRTC. There are reports and internal correspondence within the CBC documenting Roberts work as architect of programs, policy maker and as decision maker in leadership roles in the development of festivals and performances which include CBC concert programs, from the 1950s to the early 1980s. There is a significant volume of CBC correspondence between him and Canadian composers regarding the commissioning of works, performance and recording of commissioned works and about their developing careers. Among the composers are Murray Adaskin, Bruce Mather, R. Murray Schafer, Norma Beecroft, John Weinzweig, Barbara Pentland, Serge Garant, Istvan Anhalt, Harry Somers, and John Beckwith. There is also correspondence with Yehudi Menuhin with whom he and Gould worked, as well as musicians of note, such as Maureen Forester and Robert Craft.
There are files on Igor Stravinsky’s visits to Toronto in the 1960s which include photographs, correspondence with Stravinsky and Robert Craft, copies of scores, concert programs, news clippings, and articles. As well as, there are files on Roberts’ and Glenn Gould’s development of radio and TV documentaries.
Roberts’s research and writing is documented in files containing reference material, drafts and copies of presentations, papers, and publications, notably from his academic career, and also include research files on his M.A. thesis on the development of music, draft chapters and a copy of the thesis. Roberts’ work to preserve and promote Gould’s legacy after his death are evidenced in numerous research files and correspondence about his Gould’s letter publishing projects, and the establishment of the Glenn Gould Foundation and Prize and its early adjudication. Robert’s involvement as cofounder of the Toronto International Festival is documented in many file containing correspondence, proposals, budgets and reports. There are photographs, both candid shots and professionally produced which show Roberts in company of composers and other members of the Canadian and international music community in the 1960s to the 1980s. There are also files from his work with national and international associations in particular from his work with the Canadian Music Council and Canadian Music Centre and the International Music Council. The series CBC is by far the largest with a volume of 5.2 m and consists mainly of corporate CBC records which Roberts chose to retain and took with him when he left the CBC and which have therefore survived filling large gaps in the administrative records of the CBC acquired by the former National Archives.
The fonds is arranged into sixteen series which reflect a number of recordkeeping systems of the institutions Roberts was part of as well as his own as is particularly evident in the series Correspondence with its three subseries, chronological, alphabetical and personal correspondence. The sixteen series are: Correspondence, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC); Toronto International Festival, Glenn Gould, Igor Stravinsky, Canadian Music Centre, Canadian Music Council, CRTC, International Music Council, International Music Centre Vienna (IMZ), Mediacult, Academic Appointment – Dean, Presentations and Lectures, Reports and Studies, Publications by Roberts, About Roberts, Photographs, Other Service Activities, Sound Discs.

Roberts, John P. L. (John Peter Lee)

Festivals and readings

File consists of materials related to various literary events, festivals, readings, book launches attended and presented at by Ian Hamilton. Includes booklets, programs, correspondence and promotions for events and festivals such as WordFest, Authors at Harbourfront Centre, Arthur Ellis Awards, Frye Festival, Scene of the Crime: A Mystery Lover's Festival, Star Fest, Ottawa International Writers Festival, Vancouver Writers Fest and others.

Paragraph Books speech

File consists of a typescript copy of a speech given by Ian Hamilton at event for Paragraph Books, with handwritten edits. Possibly for Ian Hamilton at Librarie Paragraphe Books and Breakfast (bookstore) in Montreal, Quebec held April 10, 2011.

Original book cover proofs

File consists of scanned colour copies of book cover samples for Ian Hamilton's novels including The Water Rat of Wanchai (2 copies), The Disciples of Las Vegas (3 copies), The Wild Beasts of Wuhan (2 copies). The Red Pole of Macau (3 copies), The Deadly Touch of the Tigress (a.k.a. The Water Rat of Wanchai; 2 designs: 4 copies total), De Waterrat Van Wanchai.

Reviews of Ian Hamilton's novels

File consists of magazine and newspaper clippings and printouts of reviews of Ian Hamilton's Ava Lee novels taken from various publications including Quill & Quire, Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, National Post, Morgenpost, Bucher, The Walrus, The Paris Star, The Brantford Times and others. Also, includes copies of reviews and blurbs published in a number of German magazines in October of 2011.

Interviews with Ian Hamilton

File consists of magazine and newspaper clippings and printouts of interviews with Ian Hamilton taken from various publications. Some interviews are in Q&A format. Publications include Zoomer Magazine, Toronto Star, Burlington Post, The Star, Maclean's Magazine, Ottawa Citizen, National Post and Good Times magazine.

Notebook c2010

File consists of notebook containing handwritten comments and notes related to manuscript drafts and research for novels.

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