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Prisoner spouses documentary

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Theresa Burke during the production of a CBC "Fifth estate" documentary about the spouses of prisoners, "The devil you know" (Feb. 2011). These records document research about the subjects of the documentary, the organization of interviews, and the construction of a final program script. The records in this series include correspondence, notes, draft scripts, interview transcripts, legal and court documents, photographs, and newspaper and journal articles.

Reddick family videos

Series consists of footage captured by an African Nova Scotian documenting the celebrations of and interviews about Kwanza, New Years, and a Christmas tree lighting.

Reddick family

Archie Alleyne Scholarship Fund

Series consists of records pertaining to Archie Alleyne's role as the sponsor of the Archie Alleyne Scholarship Fund, which provides funding for music students in post-secondary studies.

Global College (University of Winnipeg) files

Series consists of records created and accumulated by McPhedran during her tenure as Principal of the University of Winnipeg’s Global College (2008-2012) and as a faculty member at Global College. Records in this series document her involvement with the work of the College, including special events and conferences, include audiovisual materials, conference materials, photographs, a transcript and correspondence.

Mozartballs

Series consists of scripts, interview scripts, research material and original film and audio elements of a “light-hearted tribute” to Mozart. Directed by Larry Weinstein, the project was also known during production as “Mozart Balls” and “Mozart Lives!”. The documentary interviews eccentric and unique individuals, including a retired Swiss school teacher, an ex-pop musician in Oklahoma who believes her body is inhabited by Mozart’s spirit, an Austrian astronaut who carried a score of “The Magic Flute” and a chocolate Mozartkugein into space
and a computer genius whose software has created a new Mozart cello concerto. Produced by Rhombus Media.

Snow Cake

Series consists of scripts, posters and audiovisual material of Toronto casting interviews, a promotional kit and a Turkish dub of the film “Snowcake”. Directed by Marc Evans, “Snow Cake” is a story of love and the unorthodox friendship that develops between an autistic woman Linda (Sigourney Weaver) and Alex Hughes (Alan Rickman) who is responsible for the death of her daughter. Also stars Carrie Ann Moss. Co-Produced by Rhombus and Revolution Films.

Burnt Toast

Series consists of scripts, casting notes, production materials, film and audio elements, posters and production stills of the 2005 comedic production “Burnt Toast”, directed by Larry Weinstein. The 52 minute production features eight operatic vignettes depicting a different stage of a romantic relationship set in contemporary settings. Developing out of an earlier short film “Toothpaste”, “Burnt Toast” is co-produced by Rhombus and marblemedia, featuring original music and libretti and performances by Mark McKenney, Sean Cullen, Peter Wellington, Dan Redican, Jessica Holmes, Scott Thompson, Leah Pinsent, Colm Feore, Paul Gross, Colin Mochrie, Cathy Jones, and Debra McGrath.

Five Days in September (aka See The Music)

Series consists of interview transcripts, musician schedules, original film and audio elements for the ‘reality-style’ documentary exposing the inner workings of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the institution’s efforts in 2004 to launch a new season under a new Maestro, Peter Oundjiian. Directed by Barbara Willis Sweete, the 72 minute documentary features candid footage of celebrity soloists such as YoYo Ma, Emanuel Ax and Renee Fleming as they rehearse, prepare and interact with fans during the week leading up to the premier performance with the orchestra. Produced by Rhombus Media.

Wayne Carlson documentary

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Theresa Burke as producer for a Fifth Estate program titled "You be the judge" (2006) about Wayne Carlson, a convicted bank robber and thief, his rehabilitation and re-arrest, and his appearance before the National Parole Board. These records, which include correspondence, scripts, interview transcripts, production materials, and video cassettes, pertain to Burke's research and interview work for this project and the production of the program.

Remembrance files

Series consists of correspondence relating to Hans Mohr’s death, photographs of his personal library, a collection of poems entitled Memento mori: paintings and poetry published after Mohr’s death, and a book of friends and family’s notes from the funerals of Hans and Ingeborg Mohr.

Glenn Gould Hereafter / Glenn Gould : Au delà du temps

A retrospective of the life and work of Glenn Gould, the film draws heavily on archival material from various sources, some previously unreleased. Made as if narrated by Gould himself. Directed by Bruno Monsaingeon and 106 minutes long, the documentary was co-produced by Rhombus and Idéale Audience.

Silk

Series consists of scripts and one digital betacam tape relating to François Girard’s adaptation “Silk”. Based on the novel by Alessandro’s Baricco’s novel, Silk follows to struggles of Herve Joncour (Michael Pitt) a nineteenth century French silkworm smuggler, who is caught between his wife Helene (Keira Knightely) and the Japanese concubine (Sei Ashina) he encounters while traveling in Japan. Also stars Koji Yakusho. Co-produced by Rhombus, Fandango, and Bee Vine Pictures.

Childstar

Series consists of production notes, post-production ADR reports, production stills, posters, a ‘making-of’ featurette and original film elements of the 2004 feature film “Childstar”. Written and directed by Don McKellar, the film centers on sitcom icon Taylor Brandon Burns (Mark Rendall), the world’s most famous child actor who disappears while filming in Canada. Don McKellar stars as Rick, the boy’s driver and Jennifer Jason Leigh as ruthless stage mother.

Baksh family videos

Series consists of home videos documenting her friends and Guyanese family in Toronto and overseas, including the Mahaica Market in Guyana.

Shenaz Baksh family

Clean

Series consists of two scripts and one oversize European poster of the 2004 feature film “Clean” written and directed by Olivier Assayas
The film follows the efforts of Emily Wang (Maggie Cheung) to rebuild her fractured life after the death by overdose of her washed-up rock star lover Lee Hauser (James Johnston), and her imprisonment on charges of drug possession. She returns to Vancouver where her son Jay lives with Lee’s parents Albrecht (Nick Nolte) and Rosemary (Martha Henry).

Beethoven’s Hair

Series consists of scripts, interview transcripts, research material and correspondence, as well as original film elements of the 2005 documentary “Beethoven’s Hair”. Directed by Larry Weinstein, the 84 minute film traces the journey of a lock of hair cut from Beethoven’s corpse and efforts of two enthusiasts Ira Brilliant and Che Guevara to reveal medical evidence to explain the composer’s tortured life and death. Set to score of some of Beethoven’s best compositions, the film explores forensic testing, 19th Century Vienna and 20th century Nazi Germany. Based on Russel Martin’s best selling book, “Beethoven’s Hair” was co-produced by Rhombus and Dor Films and includes archival footage of Nazi-era Germany and Denmark.

Long family videos

Series consists of home movies documenting the Chinese family's everyday life including footage of children playing, riding horses, and performing at a school recital.

Long family

Javeed family videos

Series consists of digitized home movies documenting an Indian family in Canada communicating via video letters to family in India. Video letters include Indian nursery rhymes, biryani songs, and footage of children practicing Urdu and memorizing the Quran in Arabic.

Project and donor contributed description follows: "In the Javeed family’s apartment in Scarborough ON, two boys aged between 3 and 7 create a video letters to their grandmother who resides overseas in India. Both boys are born and live in Canada. The videos document shifts in communication technologies, at a time prior to the use of communication apps like WhatsApp, used to keep in touch with family. Scarborough was quite diverse by the early 2000s, and the boys generally felt connected to their peers, although their mother remembers they had experienced racism and some issues at school. She attests that they grew up differently than she did as a first generation immigrant, wherein she felt like an outsider in Toronto in the early eighties. The family had a lot of discussions as they were growing up about these issues, and ensured the boys were familiar with current affairs."

Javeed family

An Idea of Canada

Series consists of original film and audio footage, including masters and news clippings of the 90 minute documentary directed by Kevin McMahon “An Idea of Canada”. The documentary follows Governor General Adrienne Clarkson across the country during her summer 2002 tour. Officially a trip to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of her position, what Clarkson discovers during her visit to a string of tiny aboriginal outposts in the north is a post-modern Canada struggling to integrate cultural tradition with the wired world. A coproduction between Rhombus Media and the National Film Board.

Elizabeth Rex

Series consists of scripts, lighting design notes, production binders, set and costume designs, production stills, props and original film and audio elements for the 2002 adaptation of Timothy Findley’s award-winning play “Elizabeth Rex”. Directed by Barbara Willis Sweete, the 90 minute production creates a fictional encounter between William Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth I on a historic night in 1601. Seeking distraction from the imprisonment of her political foe and former lover the Earl of Essex, the queen summons Shakespeare and his troupe of actors to perform a play. Co-produced by Rhombus, the CBC, and Bravo! Canada.

Firebird

Series consists of a production binder, production stills, original film elements (including one fine cut and a behind-the-scenes featurette) of Barbara Willis Sweete directed adaptation of Stravinsky’s “The Firebird”. Adapted from James Kudelka’s classical ballet, the 51 minute television special features visual affects complimenting the performances of the top dancers of the National Ballet of Canada, including Rex Harrington, Rebekah Rimsay, Greta Hodkinson, Aleksander Antonuevic, Victoria Bertram, Lorna Geddes and Ryan Boone. Co- produced by Rhombus, the CBC and others.

Aselin Debison: Sweet Is The Melody

Series consists of a production binder, original film footage, promotional documents and production masters of 52 minute televised concert performance by Aselin Debison, a young singer from Cape Breton. The project was also known in the early stages as “Glace Bay Girl”. With a Nova Scotian harbour as background, the concert, directed by Barbara Willis Sweete, was broadcast in 2002, and co-produced by Rhombus and Topsail Entertainment Productions.

Stormy Weather : The Music of Harold Arlen

Series consists of production notes, narration scripts, correspondence, production stills and original film and audio elements for the 2002 performance special “Stormy Weather : The Music of Harold Arlen”. Directed by Larry Weinstein, the 78 minute long celebration of the American popular composer
Harold Arlen (1905-1986) features highly stylized performances of songs such as “Stormy Weather”; “Over the Rainbow”‚ “Paper Moon”‚ and “Get Happy” by the likes of Debbie Harry, Sandra Bernhard, David Johansen, Hawksley Workman and Rufus Wainwright. Interwoven throughout the program is a dramatic treatment of Arlen’s life (Paul Soles playing the role), filled with public success and great personal sadness. Co-produced by Rhombus, BBC, SBS-TV Australia, and others. Material includes numerous contact sheets of each performance set, with artist approvals, as well as original 24 track masters of each performance.

Wong family videos

Series consists of a home movie filmed in Winnipeg documenting a Hong Kong-Chinese family's Red Packet (hóngbāo) ceremony taking place at Mr Wong’s 70th birthday celebration in 2002.

Wong family

Slings and Arrows

Series consists of scripts, production documentation, props, set designs, promotional material and original film and audio elements (including episode masters, original film and dialogue overdubs) of the Rhombus-produced television series “Slings & Arrows”. Early drafts of scripts by Susan Coyen, Bob Martin and Mark Mckinney refer to the project as “St. Ratford” and “Shakespeareville”. Other writing credits are attributed to Tecca Crosby and Sean Reycraft for Season 3 of the production.
Directed by Peter Wellington, the plot revolved around “legendary theatrical madman” Geoffrey Tennant (Paul Gross) who returns to the New Burbage Theatre Festival (a thinly veiled Stratford Festival) to assume the Artistic Directorship after the sudden death of his mentor Oliver Welles (Stephen Ouimette). Geoffrey is haunted by Oliver throughout all three seasons of Slings & Arrows in which he stages and directs Hamlet, Macbeth and King Lear. Also starring Martha Burns as Geoffrey’s former flame/problematic lead actress Ellen Fanshaw and Mark McKinney as the festival’s scheming General Manager Richard Smith-Jones. Also stars Geraint Wyn Davies, William Hutt, Colm Feore, Sarah Polley, Rachel McAdams, Luke Kirby, Sean Cullen and Don McKellar.
Each season featured a musical number sung written by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison by actors Michael Polley and Graham Harley.
Slings & Arrows was broadcast in Canada on Movie Central and The Movie Network channels in 2003, 2005 and 2006. It was later broadcast on the Sundance Channel in the United States.
The production received Gemini Awards for the best dramatic series and best writing in a dramatic series in 2006 and 2007, best direction in a dramatic series for Peter Wellington in 2006, and acting awards for Paul Gross (2004 and 2007), Martha Burns (2006), Susan Coyne (2006), Rachel McAdams (2004), Mark McKinney (2006) and Stephen Ouimette (2007). The series also received awards from the Writers Guild of Canada Awarded for best drama series in 2004, 2006 and 2007 and awards from the Directors Guild of Canada for picture editing (2006 and 2007), sound editing (2004) and outstanding television series drama (2006).

“VIVA! Community arts and popular education in the Americas” project files

Series consists of records pertaining to the research, organization and writing of Barndt’s book “VIVA! Community Arts and Popular Education in the Americas”. These records document the involvement of project partners, as well as the funding for and editing of the book. Records in these files are correspondence, e-mail, notes, proposals, pamphlets and brochures, video and audio recordings, papers, reports, and manuscripts.

Tabobondung family videos

Series consists of home movies from an Anishinaabe family in Parry Sound, Ontario. The footage features an annual Pow Wow at the SkyDome in 2001, a book launch for “Nation to Nation: Aboriginal Sovereignty and the Future of Canada,” a protest against the First Nations Governance Act (FNGA) at Parliament Hill in 2003 including a speech from Six Nation Chief Roberta Jamieson and the National Chief Matthew Coon Come, a road trip to the United States, and visiting the cabin for the summer.

Tabobondung family

Crossing Bridges

Series consists of production notes, correspondence, production stills, candid photographs on location and original film elements of the documentary “Crossing Bridges”. When Israeli-born Maestro Pinchas Zukerman and Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra embarked on a concert tour of the Middle East, it was to be a triumphant homecoming for Zukerman, as well as his first-ever performance in an Arab country. Instead the latest out break of Middle East violence resulted in the cancellation of several planned activities including a concert in Jordan and master classes in the Palestinian town of Ramallah. Mozart’s 41st Symphony, commonly known as The Jupiter, provides the musical backbone for this provocative and emotional documentary. The National Arts Centre Orchestra’s spectacular Tel Aviv performance of the piece, serves as a counterpoint to the escalating chaos in the region. Co-produced by Rhombus, the CBC, and Bravo Canada.

Foreign Objects

Series consists of scripts for all six episodes, production notes, media clippings, production stills and original film and audio elements as well as stock footage relating to “Foreign Objects”, a miniseries broadcast on CBC, based on Ken Finkleman’s popular series “The Newsroom”. Finkelman reprises the role of George, a documentary filmmaker, who is forced to confront issues of evil, greed and the human condition (despite his preference for less complex commercially lucrative projects) in a series of six 30 minute episodes which aired on CBC in 2001. Particular material focuses on civil war in Kosovo, Western culture’s fixation on media and… Includes stock footage from CBC, the National Archives and other sources. Co-produced by Rhombus, Showcase Television and the CBC.

Saddest Music in the World

Series consists of scripts, correspondence, production notes, original film and audio elements, promotional material and props from the 2003 film “The Saddest Music in the World”. Directed by Guy Maddin, The Saddest Music in the World was co-written by Guy Maddin and George Toles based on the original screenplay by Kazuo Ishiguro. Maddin adapted the screenplay to suit his early twentieth century film aesthetic of grainy black and white photography and slightly out-of-sync sound. The film features a number of film formats and techniques, with black and white 16 and 8mm original film negatives and some colour film imitating early Technicolor.

Described by some critics as a ‘sort-of’ musical, the film is set in Depression-era Winnipeg, with beer baroness, Lady Port-Huntly (Isabella Rossellini) hosting a competition to determine the saddest music in the world (in hopes of increasing her profits). With the tagline “If you’re sad, and like beer, I’m your lady”, the film centers on the men of the Kent family who confront the secrets of their past while locked in the competition for the prize of $25,000.Younger brother Chester (Mark McKinney), the cynical and failed Broadway producer, is ready to mesmerize his former lover with American bravado, assisted by his nymphomaniac amnesic muse, Narcissa (Maria de Medeiros). Older brother Roderick (Ross McMillan), a cellist returning from post-war Serbia, is inconsolable over the disappearance of his beloved wife. Their despairing but patriotic father Fyodor (David Fox) is tormented with guilt over the accidental amputation of the legs of his one true love, Lady Port-Huntly.

Co-produced by Rhombus and Buffalo Gal Pictures, the film won the Directors Guild of Canada’s outstanding achievement in production design (Mathew Davies) and the Genies for costume design (Meg McMillan), editing (David Wharnsby) and original musical score (Christopher Dedrick) in 2004. Guy Maddin also received the Film Discovery Jury Award for best director from the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival the same year. Maddin and and Toles received the Chlotrudis Award for best adapted screenplay in 2005.

Non-Air Farce - XPM

Series consists of records documenting a proposed sitcom project about a former Prime Minister to be played by Don Ferguson. Records include the project proposal, contracts and budget documentation, press, publicity and audience test information, outline, pilot and scripts, as well as videotapes of the first two episodes that were shot. The project was subsequently shelved.

Helena and Sandy Munroe documentary

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Theresa Burke in her role as a producer for the CBC's The Fifth Estate. These records pertain specifically to a 2007 program titled "The lady vanishes," which examines the relationship and separation of Nova Scotia couple Helena and Sandy Munroe, and document Burke's research work, interviews conducted, and travel plans made for the production of this program. Also included are viewer complaint letters sent to the CBC after the program aired. Records in this series include interview transcripts, newspaper articles, production materials, scripts, correspondence, copies of legal documents, travel itineraries, police records and audiovisual materials.

Italian Canadian mosaicists, sculptors, and painters research compiled by Angelo Principe

Series consists of records generated in the course of Principe’s scholarly research on the subject of Italian Canadian artists. Principe researched mosaicists and sculptors working in Ontario and Quebec, especially from a workshop situated in the town of Spilimbergo in the province of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, (Walter Del Mistro, Alex von Svoboda, the Connolly family, Remo de Carli, Giovanni Gerometta, De Spirt family, and Luigi Nasato). This research coincided with an exhibition of Italian mosaics at the Royal Ontario Museum, entitled “The New Mosaic: Selections from Friuli, Italy” (2002-2003), which he helped to organize. Principe researched the Italian Canadian painter Albert Chiarandini in conjunction with celebration of the 75th anniversary of the cultural organization, the Famee Furlane held on 29 May 2007. The records include drafts and offprints of published essays, research notes, newspaper clippings, artist catalogues, correspondence, photographs, a reel of film and a DVD.

William Sampson documentary

Series consists of records pertaining to a Fifth Estate program titled "A state of denial: the Bill Sampson story" (2002), about the arrest and detention of Canadian William Sampson in Saudi Arabia, on which Theresa Burke worked as a producer. The records in this series, many of which were obtained through Access to Information requests made by Burke, are copies of federal government correspondence, interview transcripts, correspondence, newspaper articles, a video cassette, and digital photographs. These records document the government and public response to Sampson's incarceration as well as Burke's research and interview work for the program.

Don Giovanni Unmasked (aka Leporello)

Series consists of production notes, promotional material, production stills and original film and audio elements of the 2000 production reinterpretation of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”. Directed by Barbara Willis Sweete, the 55 minute production presents the opera from the perspective of Don Giovanni’s servant Leporello, employing a ‘film within a film’ framework to reveal his master’s true identity. Starring the Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, the production reveals the dark side of the opera with a provocative ending. Co-produced by Rhombus, CBC, Bravo Canada, Channel 4 Television and Thirteen/WNET.

Ryerson University teaching material

Series consists of teaching material, including course-handouts and administrative material, related to James Weyman's appointment as an instructor at Ryerson University's School of Radio and Television Arts. Series includes "pitch books" created by students in BRD044: Business Aspects of Independent Television Production, which are detailed proposals for independent television programs presented to industry players at the "Annual Independent Television Proposal Competition."

Canadian military and post-traumatic stress disorder documentary

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Theresa Burke during the production of CBC "Fifth estate" documentary "Broken heroes" (Oct. 2009), on the subject of Canadian Forces soldiers dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder. These records primarily concern the research and interviews conducted for this production. Also included are research materials and interview transcripts concerning veteran soldiers with cancer and their exposure to depleted uranium on tours of duty. The records in this series include interview and meeting transcripts, correspondence, notes, newspaper and journal articles, audio cassettes, and DVD-Rs.

Publications

Series consists of serial publications in which Alison Pick's poetry and short fiction were published between 1999 and 2010. These publications include "The New Quarterly," "The Fiddlehead," "Arc," "Fireweed," "Contemporary Verse 2," "Exile," "Prairie Fire," and others.

Four Seasons

Series consists of production binders, musical scores, production stills and original film and audio elements (including a colour-corrected master) of the 2000 performance piece “The Four Seasons” directed by Barbara Willis Sweete. The 56 minute ballet, set to Vivaldi’s score and choreographed by James Kudelka, featured performances by the principal dancers of the National Ballet of Canada, including Rex Harrington.

The Lanza Sessions

Series consists of original film elements of “The Lanza Sessions”, a 2000 celebration of the work of popular operatic singer Mario Lanza. Directed by David Mortin, the 55 minute television special features archival footage, interviews with contemporaries and performances by Richard Margison, (as the voice of Lanza), soprano Cassandra Riddle, and Tom Burlinson (portraying Lanza’s friend Frank Sinatra). Co-produced by Rhombus, Lanza Music Ltd. And Chairman Robert Girdwood.

Marcelo Alvarez : In Search of Gardel

Series consists of translations, production notes, research materials and original film and audio elements of the Niv Fichman-directed musical documentary special featuring Marcelo Alvarez, an Argentine accountant, whose meteoric rise to the stage after winning a song contest. In “Marcelo Alvarez : In Search of Gardel”, Alvarez returns to Argentina to perform and record the tango music of legendary crooner, Carlos Gardel. Includes some archival footage. Co-produced by Rhombus, Sony Classical, La Sept Arte and NHK. The film won an award at the International Film and Video Award.

Asian Development Bank project files

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Marilou McPhedran while employed as an international consultant for Cowater International, hired to conduct a study and prepare a final report about the work of the Asian Development Bank's RETA 6008: Gender and Governance Issues in Local Government project. The records in this series document McPhedran's contract negotiations with Cowater; her preliminary research; her travel to the Philippines, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh; but primarily her work with Asian Development Bank staff to prepare the final report. The files in this series include correspondence, reports, drafts, contracts, notes, notebooks, programmes, presentation slides (paper copy), financial documents, and outlines.

Joudaki family videos

Series consists of an Iranian-Canadian family's home video of a father and daughter visiting Iran and includes footage of Shiraz, the Takht-e Lamshid, Isfahan, the Great Mosque (Shah Mosque), and Naghsh-e Jahan Square.

Joudaki family

Editing files

Series consists of submissions, manuscripts, correspondence, notes and published materials related to Rachel Zolf's work as a literary and poetry editor. Series documents Zolf's approaches to editing as a freelance editor and in her capacity as poetry editor of The Walrus magazine. Files include information about the submission and editing process at The Walrus during Zolf's tenure. Records document Zolf's correspondence and editorial work with numerous poets, including Leonard Cohen, Lynn Crosbie, Dennis Lee, George Elliott Clarke, M.NourbeSe Philip, Christopher Dewdney, Michael Turner, P. K. Page, Robert Kroetsch, Sharon Thesen, Marilyn Hacker, Juliana Spahr, Billy Collins, Robert Creeley and Nicole Brossard.

Toothpaste : A Domestic Opera

Series consists of a libretto script by Dan Redican for the Larry Weinstein- directed 6 minute short film, “Toothpaste”, a ‘domestic opera’ about the marital difficulties between a couple centered on crusty toothpaste. Starring Mark McKinney and soprano Barbara Hannigan, the music was composed by Alexina Louie, and the production was produced by Rhombus in association with maplemedia.

Master of Laws files

Series consists of records created by Marilou McPhedran during her completion of a part-time LL.M degree in Comparative Constitutional Law through the Professional Development Program at Osgoode Hall Law School, which she began in 2002 and completed in 2004. The records in this series document McPhedran's participation in and written work for a number of courses, including: Aboriginal Peoples and the Canadian Constitution (GS LAW 6727); Constitutional Law and the Charter (GS LAW 6640); Federalism and Institutions of Government (GS LAW 6721); and Freedom of Expression and the Press (GS LAW 6722). Also documented in this series is a trip taken by McPhedran to South Africa to attend a conference on constitutional law. Records in this series include correspondence, conference materials, papers, notes, course outlines, essays, drafts, presentation notes, pamphlets and brochures, and newspaper articles.

Balachandran family videos

Series consists of home movies documenting a Tamile family in their home Scarborough and their hometown of Jaffna in Sri Lanka to witness the cultural practice of thuku kavadi.

Balachandran family

Gay athletes documentary

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Theresa Burke during the production of CBC "Fifth estate" documentary "The legacy of Brendan Burke" (Nov. 2010), on the subject of gay athletes. These records concern the organization of interviews and shooting schedules with members of Brendan Burke's family and the other athlete subjects of the documentary, as well as background research on gay male and female athletes in different sports. The records in this series include correspondence, interview transcripts, newspaper and journal articles, production materials, audiovisual materials, and draft scripts.

Last Night

Series consists of scripts, production notes, media reviews, production stills and movie posters for the 1998 feature film “Last Night”. Written and directed by Don McKellar, the film follows a cast of characters as they struggle through the petty details and minor complications of the final few hours of existence, trying to arrange the perfect end. Features performances by McKellar himself, David Cronenberg, Sandra Oh, Callum Keith Rennie, Tracey Wright and Sarah Polley. Co-produced by Rhombus, CBC, La Sept Arte and Haut et Court.

SketchCom productions

SketchCom was a project developed by Abbott and Ferguson to provide opportunities to promising new comedians and comedy troupes to develop and broadcast their work with the assistance of experienced and successful mentors. The SketchCom series was broadcast on the CBC network during 1998-1999. New comedic talent included several persons who went on to national prominence including Shaun Majumder, Gavin Crawford, and Bob Martin. Records include creative and production files, contracts, sketch ideas, audio/visual recordings of the productions, etc.

Homewood Health Care files

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Marilou McPhedran in her capacity as a consultant to Homewood Health Care, a company providing behavioural, addiction and psychiatric services. The records in this series pertain to McPhedran's contract with Homewood, her participation in company meetings and a roundtable for Homewood employees based on a paper titled "Quest for empathy: human health in the post-deficit society." Files in this series include research notes, correspondence, memoranda, briefing notes, draft documents, reports, pamphlets, presentation slides (paper format), annual reports, invoices, conference materials, and journal articles.

National Network on Environments and Women's Health files

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Marilou McPhedran while executive coordinator of York University's National Network on Environments and Women's Health (NNEWH) from 2001 to 2003. The records in this series document McPhedran's participation in a number of NNEWH's initiatives, particularly the preparation of a report titled "Rural and remote women's health : research and policy directions" and the organization of conferences, focus groups and research pertaining to that project. Also included in this series are records pertaining to McPhedran's administrative work for NNEWH and her management of work plans, budgets, and personnel. Some of these records relate to McPhedran's departure from NNEWH in 2003. Files in this series include reports, pamphlets, journal articles, correspondence, financial statements, memoranda, minutes, work plans, agendas, newspaper clippings, conference materials, and presentation slides (paper version).

Dhoré family videos

Series consists of an Indo-Afro-Carribean family’s home movies featuring visits to a family farm and the birth of a younger brother.

Dhoré family

Yo-Yo Ma : Inspired by Bach

Series consists of 2 film reels, photographic material and supporting correspondence and documentation for the series of six short films conceived by cellist YoYo Ma. The episodes, directed by Atom Egoyan Niv Fichman François Girard, Kevin McMahon, Patricia Rozema and Barbara Willis Sweete, feature Yo-Yo Ma performing Johann Sebastian Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied cello in collaboration with artists (including Julie Moir Messervy, Piranesi, Mark Morris, Tamasaburo Bando, and professional ice skaters Torvill and Dean) and through the filter of gardening, architecture, dance, kabuki and ice skating. The project was critically acclaimed, receiving the Gold Plaque from the Chicago International Television Competition, and a special festival award from the Sao Paulo International Film Festival. The projects were broadcast on Canadian television as a miniseries in 1997.

Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Series consists of photographic stills and six large-scale mounted photographs used for the promotion of the 1996 televised production of Eugene O’Neill’s play “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” (part of the television series ‘Great Performances’). Directed by David Wellington, the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic unfolds over the course of a day while the Tyrone family confronts their haunting secrets. James Tyrone, the master of the house is played by William Hutt, while Edmund, the consumptive son is played by Tom McCamus. Morphine-addicted mother Mary is played by Martha Henry while Jamie, the elder alcoholic son is played by Peter Donaldson. Martha Burns appears as Cathleen. Coproduced by Rhombus, CBC and Bravo! Television.

Perfect Pie

Series consists of scripts, production binders, correspondence, production stills and all the major film elements of the feature film, including original footage, release prints (one for the India Film Festival), interpositives, optical sound tracks and trims. Directed by Barbara Willis Sweete, the film covers the course of a weekend’s reunion between two estranged ‘best friends’ : a bright and popular beauty who married her high school sweetheart and became a farm wife and a sensitive ugly-duckling who fled her alcoholic mother and recreated herself to become an opera diva. Together they decipher the fragmented memories of a horrifying event that separated them as children and kept them apart. Co-produced by Rhombus and Odeon Films.

Transformation project records and other material

Series consists of records that document Don Simpson's work through the Innovation Expedition (IE), mentoring both public sectors and private organizations in their transformation processes. Transformation processes were usually an application of IE's Challenge Dialogue System and included such things as consultation; strategic planning; continuous improvement; leadership development; searching for innovations in systems, networks and operations; organizational integration; professional development; knowledge management; and personal mentoring. Tools used by Innovation Expedition in their projects included customized toolkits, presentations, workshops, retreats and conferences. Simpson mentored transformations in the agriculture sector, human resources sector, health sector, and departments of the Alberta government. He worked with Alberta's agriculture and food industry on AgSummit, a five-month consultation process for agriculture stakeholders addressing concerns, current issues and emerging opportunities. In the health sector, Simpson guided discussions of the future of health care and long term care, and was involved with international organizations including the Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED), Essential National Health Research (ENHR), Asian Health Research Forum and Coalition for Global Health Research. Africa-based health groups included AfriAfya, a consortium of health non-governmental organizations, for which Simpson has been a key advisor and supporter since its formation in 2000; AMREF, the African Medical Research Foundation; AfHRF, the African Health Research Forum; and the Triple A Health Alliance of AMREF, AfriAfya and Action Africa Help International (AAH-I). Work in Canada included collaborations with Educating Future Physicians for Ontario (EFPO) and the Centre for Global Health at the University of Ottawa. In government, Simpson worked with the Alberta Agricultural Research Institute and Alberta Economic Development. In the corporate world, he was a mentor and facilitator in the transformation work of Canadian Oxy Occidental Petroleum Ltd; AVCO Financial Services of Canada and later its parent company, Textron; Bayer Pharmaceuticals (formerly Miles Canada); Alberta Science Research Authority (ASRA); Maple Leaf Foods; and AVAC Ltd, which represents Alberta's "agri-value industry." A significant portion of the records in the series pertain to Simpson's project with Textron: a Fortune 100 company with divisions in aircraft, finance, automotive and industrial products, Textron engaged IE from 1996 to 1998 with developing and running leadership forums, a professional development program for its Internal Consultants, mentoring Director of Change Pat Tod, and creating the Textron Global Operations Improvement Centre (GOIC). The records in the series are comprised of the contents of resource, planning and program binders, articles, notes, correspondence, reports, memoranda, presentation slides (print-outs of Microsoft PowerPoint), overhead transparencies, newsletters, workshop packages and support materials, business plans, challenge papers, critical issues documents, IE "travel guides," toolkits and backgrounders. There are also the contents of many project or client binders created over the course of a project. These project records may consist of any or all of the following: client information, work-tracking records, meeting notes, invoices, budget materials, contracts, correspondence, internal memoranda and background information. In addition the series contains four sound recordings from the Bayer Health Congress in 1996, and a CD-ROM presenting the continuous improvement vision for Textron.

Canadian Firearms Program Advisory Committee files

Series consists of records accumulated by Marilou McPhedran pertaining to the work of the Program Advisory Committee of the Canadian Firearms Program, formed in February 2003, on which McPhedran served as a member until its disbandment in 2005. The records in this series document the general activities of the committee, particularly its quarterly meetings held in Ottawa, Ontario. Also included in this series are records pertaining to the Coalition for Gun Control, with which McPhedran was associated prior to and during her time on the Program Advisory Committee. These records include correspondence, reports, government documents, agendas, notes, news releases, fact sheets, briefs, newspaper clippings, and presentation slides (paper version).

Khan family videos

Series consists of home movie videos from a Pakistani family in Toronto and includes footage of the subway, visits to Ontario Place, a relative's wedding, breakfast, and Ridley college.

Khan family

Red Violin

Series consists of scripts, multilingual translations, media coverage reports, photographs and the central prop for “The Red Violin”, arguably, Rhombus’ most ambitious and successful production to date. Written by Don McKellar and directed by Francois Girard, The Red Violin features scenes in French, English, Mandarin, Italian and German, requiring significant translation and subtitling.
Filmed on location in Chicheley Hall and Oxford in England, China, Cremona, Italy, Vienna, Austria and Montreal, the film traces the life and travels of the famous ‘red violin’, from its creation in 17th century Italy by the master Nicolo Bussotti (Carlo Cecchi), through it’s exodus from an 18th century Austrian monastery to 19th century Oxford, Cultural Revolution-era China to a Montreal auction house, where an appraiser (Samuel L. Jackson) and conservator (Don McKellar) try to establish its authenticity and provenance.
The film features actors Jean-Luc Bideau, Jason Flemyng, Sylvia Chang, Julian Richings and Colm Feore. Violin solos used in the musical score were performed by Joshua Bell.

The Red Violin received significant critical acclaim. The film swept the 1999 Genie Awards, picking up trophies for art direction (Francois Séguin), cinematography (Alain Dostie), costume design (Renée April), musical score, sound (Claude La Haye, Jocelyn Caron, Bernard Gariépy Strobl, Hans Peter Strobl), best screenplay (Don McKellar and Francois Girard), direction (Froncois Girard) and best motion picture. For the Jutra Awards of 1999, the film also took awards in the areas of art direction, best cinematography, editing (Gaétan Huot), best supporting actor (Colm Feore) score, sound, screenplay, direction, and best film.

It also won the 2000 Oscar for best original musical score (John Corigliano).

Rahi family videos

Accession consists of home videos documenting Azada Rahi's participation in the Junior Toronto Raptors Dance Pak including rehearsals and performances at the YTV Achievement Awards.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "Around 1994, 9-year old Azada Rahi living in a nearby co-op auditioned at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre to be part of the junior Toronto Raptors Dance Pak. The choreographer was Clarence Ford, who auditioned kids, teens and young adults from all over the city, and ran the Pak once the crew was established. He was a delight to work with, was extremely kind, and was great at keeping so many young people organized and focused.

For Azada, the years she spent in the Pak, encountering Canadian athletes and entertainers were "fun and weird". These tapes are the sole recordings of her dancing that she has had access to. Looking back at the footage proved surprisingly, hilarious, and a chance to reflect on herself as an uninhibited young dancer."

Rahi family

Liberty Health files

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Marilou McPhedran as a consultant to Liberty Health, a supplementary health care provider, from 1996 to 1997. The records in this series document Liberty Health's plans to transition from a not-for-profit corporation to a marketing and sales-driven organization and pertain to McPhedran's work to design and coordinate internal and external working groups to facilitate this process. Also documented in this series is McPhedran's involvement with the Liberty Health-sponsored 1996 Health Matters Expo. The files in this series consist of agendas, memoranda, correspondence, speaking notes, transcripts, draft documents, briefing notes, presentation slides (paper version), press releases, magazine articles, receipts and invoices, executive summaries, and newsletters.

Fund raising and membership campaign records

Series consists of contact lists of members, participants, performers and supporters of Desh Pardesh as well as fund raising planning documents, promotional flyers, mailing packages, and member cards for various fund raising, membership and support campaigns for Desh Pardesh.

Andrea Bocelli : Under Tuscan Skies

Series consists of script notes, song and musical scores, production notes as well as original film and sound elements for the Larry Weinstein directed 60 minute special “Andrea Bocelli – Tuscan Skies”, featuring old and new songs based on the Italian tenor’s own memories of his home province on Tuscany. Released in 2001.

Articles and other writing

Series consists of draft and published copies of articles, reports and book chapters written or co-written by Marilou McPhedran. The records in this series reflect the scope of McPhedran's research and professional interests, which includes women's health, the sexual abuse of patients, women and the law, and international development.

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation files

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Theresa Burke pertaining to her employment at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). The records in this series document Burke's progression from contract researcher to permanent staff producer for "The fifth estate" as well as the nature and extent of her research and production work. Also included are records documenting her participation in CBC professional training courses, labour union agreements and other human resources topics. These records include contracts, correspondence, memoranda, income tax forms, benefit forms, booklets, handbooks, course materials, and production credits.

Human resources and building administration records

Series consists of job advertisements, correspondence, job applications, employee evaluations, legal documents, working files, and resumes for Desh Pardesh staff members, as well as correspondence and administrative records related to the Desh Pardesh offices located at 401 Richmond Street, Toronto, Ontario.

Dido and Aeneas

Series consists of six stage designs for the 1995 critically acclaimed and provocative dance production by Mark Morris of Henry Purcell’s 1689 opera Dido and Aeneas. Dido, the noble Queen of Carthage, has fallen in love with the Trojan Prince Aeneas. While the court celebrates the imminent union of the two monarchs, the evil Sorceress with her coven of witches plots their downfall.
Romance leads to heartbreak and tragedy. Dido & Aeneas stars Mark Morris himself as Dido and the Sorceress, while supporting roles are performed by the Mark Morris Dance Group. Tafelmusik, (the award winning Toronto based Baroque orchestra) provides the accompaniment to a superb cast of vocal soloists including the great mezzo Jennifer Lane. The production was well received in the international film festival junket and received several awards.

Program and project files

Series consists of organizational records, promotional material, correspondence and programmes for on-going programming administered by Desh Pardesh committees and staff, including: film retrospectives; industry-related workshops; community conferences; the publication of the Desh Pardesh zine, 'Avec Pyar'; memorials for Desh Pardesh participants; theatre tour productions and other events sponsored or co-sponsored by Desh Pardesh.

Photographs

Series consists of photographs of or by Alison Pick, taken in the 1990s and 2000s. These photographs pertain to canoe trips taken by Pick; her attendance at literary workshops, writing retreats and readings; publicity photographs; research for her book "The Sweet Edge"; and social gatherings with Canadian writers including Michael Crummey, Michael Winter, Christine Pountney, Steven Heighton, David Seymour, Karen Solie, and many others.

Witness protection research materials

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Theresa Burke on the subject of witness protection, specifically the case of Canadian police informant Tami Morrisroe. These records, including correspondence, interview transcripts and audio cassettes, document Burke's preliminary research and interview work on this subject for an unidentified project.

Financial records

Series consists of correspondence, invoices, expense accounts, banking statements, cheque receipts, yearly auditors' reports, budgets, bankruptcy records and policy manuals related to the financial activities of Desh Pardesh.

Correspondence

Series consists of personal and professional correspondence sent and received by Alison Pick. These records include handwritten letters and greeting cards but are predominantly e-mail correspondence. Most of the e-mail correspondence in this series was exchanged between Pick and a number of other Canadian writers and poets, her editor, literary agent and publishers. These records pertain to personal topics as well as Pick's literary career, including the writing, editing, publication, promotion and sale of Pick's 2010 novel, "Far to Go", her 2014 memoir, "Between Gods", and her 2017 novel, "Strangers with the Same Dream".

York University and Faculty of Environmental Studies files

Series consists of records pertaining to Barndt’s involvement with a number of York University/Faculty of Environmental Studies projects, including the YUFA Women's Testimonies Project, curriculum diversity and equity workshops, and the Transforming Space into Place project. These records include research materials, correspondence, reports, notes, proposals, e-mail, memoranda, workshop materials, meeting minutes and agendas, budgets, transcripts, photographs and video cassettes.

Pedagogical research and publication files

Series consists of records created or accumulated by Janice Newton as a result of her involvement with the York Assessment Forum and as chief editor of the anthology Voices from the Classroom: Reflections on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Garamond, 2001). Records include reports, minutes, correspondence, and other administrative and planning documents. Records also include teaching surveys completed by York faculty members, as well as notes, audio recordings, video recordings, and transcriptions created as a result of faculty focus groups organized and administered by Newton.

Lu family videos

Series consists of an Eritrean Canadian family's home movies documenting a family meal and the observation of Assumption of St. Mary.

Lu family

Shaken baby syndrome documentary

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Theresa Burke during the production of a CBC "Fifth estate" documentary about shaken baby syndrome, "Diagnosis murder" (Jan. 2012). These records primarily document the legal case of Jeffrey Smith and the death of his infant daughter, as well as research about controversy concerning the diagnosis of shaken baby syndrome. The records in this series include court transcripts and legal documents, medical records, draft scripts, correspondence, interview notes, and newspaper and journal articles.

Kevin MacKinnon research materials

Series consists of research materials accumulated by Theresa Burke pertaining to the 1994 murder conviction of Kevin MacKinnon, the legal case against him, and his claim of innocence. These records include legal and court documents, correspondence, newspaper articles, and photographs.

Shipbreaking documentary

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Theresa Burke in her role as a producer for the CBC television program The Fifth Estate. The records in this series pertain to the production of a 2005 documentary titled "The big break," on the topic of shipbreaking. These records, which include interview transcripts, production materials, newspaper and journal articles, research materials, scripts, court transcripts, video cassettes, and photographs, document Burke's research work, interviews, and production preparations for a film shoot in India in 2004. Video cassettes in this series consist of stock footage for use in the documentary.

University of Waterloo and Pragma Council files

Records in this series pertain to Marilou McPhedran's association with the University of Waterloo and her two terms, in 1994 and 2000, as Planner-in-Residence at the University of Waterloo's School of Planning. These records predominantly document McPhedran's work at the University of Waterloo during the fall of 2000, when she taught a seminar course titled "Building healthy communities : local to global human rights." Also included in this series are records pertaining to conferences of the Pragma Council, with which McPhedran became involved through her association with the University of Waterloo. Files in this series include notes, course materials, correspondence, conference materials, memoranda, newspaper clippings, journal articles, a student paper, and a CD-ROM.

Audiovisual material submitted to Desh Pardesh

Series consists of video cassettes and audio cassettes submitted to Desh Pardesh for consideration, including material from: film makers; spoken word and performance artists; comedians; dancers and choreographers; musicians and vocalists. For the most part, these tapes contain audition material, and it does not appear these materials were actually used or screened in the Desh Pardesh festival proper.

Thirty-two Short Films About Glenn Gould

Series consists of 5 posters for the critically-acclaimed 1993 experimental film “Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould”. Running 98 minutes, the film directed by Francois Girard and co-written by Girard and Don McKellar was well- received in Canada and abroad.

Mefloquine documentary

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Theresa Burke as a producer for the CBC program The Fifth Estate. These records pertain to the production of a 2002 documentary titled "The nightmare drug," which examined the effects of anti-malaria drug Mefloquine. The records in this series focus on the use of the drug in the Canadian military mission in Somalia and its possible neuropsychiatric side effects. These records document Burke's extensive research work on this topic, the process of interviewing subjects, and other aspects of the production of the program. Records in this series include correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports, production notes, interview transcripts, newspaper articles, copies of autopsy reports, journal articles, copies of military correspondence, legal documents and contact lists.

Parole board documentary

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Theresa Burke in her role as a producer for the CBC television program The Fifth Estate. These records pertain to a documentary project that followed prison inmates through their National Parole Board hearings. The records in this series document Burke's research work, the process of selecting subjects for the program, and preparations for filming. Included in this series are interview transcripts, notes, correspondence, production materials, newspaper clippings, parole board reports, audiovisual materials, photographs, forms and applications, and copies of court and prison records.

Tectonic Plates

Series consists of four posters for the 1992 film “Tectonic Plates”. The 104 minute staged performance uses continental drift as a metaphor for the evolution of human culture. Staged in actual location in Venice and a sparse stage and pool, Tectonic Plates was critically acclaimed for its dreamlike imager, theatrical staging and philosophical intent. The production received the Christopher Columbus Award for most original and creative submission, and the most innovative award at the Figueira da Foz International Film Festival in Portugal.

Audiovisual material screened at and recordings of Desh Pardesh

Series consist of video cassettes of films screened at the Desh Pardesh festival or an affiliated event; commercial shorts created specifically for the festival; and audio and video recordings of various events, workshops and performances at Desh Pardesh.

Manuscripts, notebooks, and other writing

Series consists of records pertaining to the research for and writing, editing and promotion of Alison Pick's published works, including novels "The Sweet Edge" (2005), "Far to Go" (2010) and "Strangers with the Same Dream" (2017), poetry collections "Question & Answer" (2002) and "The Dream World" (2008), and her memoir "Between Gods" (2014). Also included in this series are records relating to Pick's work as a freelance writer of articles, interviews and literary reviews, her artist residencies and participation at literary events, her submissions to poetry journals, her writing while a student at the University of Guelph, and her work as a creative writing instructor. The records in this series include notebooks, notes, poetry drafts, draft and edited manuscripts, galley and page proofs, computer disks, a DVD, correspondence, speaking notes, royalty statements, invoices, research materials and grant application materials. Editorial commentary from Pick's editor Lynn Henry is included with some manuscripts. Copies of manuscripts and uncorrected novel proofs by other authors and sent to Pick are also included in this series.

Memorabilia

Series consists of records accumulated by Alison Pick pertaining to her literary career, including reviews of her books, interviews she gave about her writing, items from literary events and workshops she attended, and awards she received. Some personal memorabilia is also part of this series.The records in this series are magazine and newspaper articles, book reviews, invitations, event programs and name tags, speaking notes, correspondence, e-mail, certificates and plaques, an audio cassette, compact discs, a DVD, medals, posters, a photograph, and Pick's high school yearbooks.

Articles and published reports

Series contains drafts, manuscripts, correspondence, and research material pertaining to the publication of articles and reports.

Additional material regarding articles and published reports; including research data, drafts, and correspondence can be found in associated files in the Research series and the Lectures, Conference and Workshop Presentations series.

Background research and literature may also be found in the Subject Files series.

Correspondence pertaining to articles and published reports may also be located the Professional and Professorial series.

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