Fonds F0119 - Music Gallery fonds

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Music Gallery fonds

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  • Sound recording
  • Moving images

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3.06 m of textual records
443 audio reels
567 audio cassettes
263 audio videocassettes : VHS stereotapes
19 prints : posters
71 photographs

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The Music Gallery is a musician-run venue, located in Toronto, for the performance of electronic music, multimedia productions, dance, contemporary jazz and world music. It was established in 1976 by the Canadian Creative Music Collective (CCMC), a composer/improvisor collective initially aligned with the free-jazz movement. The Music Gallery was directed jointly by the CCMC's Peter Anson and Allan Mattes from 1976-1989 and soley by Mattes from 1980-1987. Jim Montgomery assumed direction in 1987, a position he held until 2005 when Jonathan Bruce became its interim director. By 1990, it averaged nearly 65 concerts annually and has hosted up to 150 concerts in a year. Through the 1980's and 1990's The Music Gallery was the home of the CCMC but also served as the home base of the Canadian Electronic Ensemble, the Glass Orchestra, the Evergreen Club Gamelan Orchestra, Hemispheres, New Music Co-op and Sound Pressure among other groups. It produced 'Ear It Live, a traveling festival of improvised music that toured Ontario and Quebec from 1979-1988 and sponsored an annual electronic music festival from 1979-1991. It has hosted residencies by artists including Derek Bailey, Mischa Megelberg and Barre Phillips. It has also operated it own record label, Music Gallery Editions, and is responsible for the issuing of some 27 lps, many of which are live performances taped at the Gallery itself including recordings of the CCMC, Lubomyr Melnyk, The Artists' Jazz Band, John Oswald, Peggy Sampson, Casey Sokol and The Nihilist Spasm Band. Music Gallery performances have also been featured on CBC Radio and CKLN-FM in Toronto.

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The fonds consists of audio recordings in various formats of performances held at The Music Gallery including performances by artists such as James Tenney, Lubomyr Melnyk, Nihilist Spasm Band, Morton Feldman, bp nichol and Casey Sokol, Roy Kiyooka, Gil Evans, Rob Frayne, Nexus, CEE, Ken Vandermark, Michael Brook, Derek Bailey and Ron Sexsmith as well as audio recordings of the CCMC's performances at The Music Gallery and the master recordings for numerous Music Gallery Editions recordings. It also contains office files consisting of financial statements, season reports, contract with performer, sales reports, grant applications, correspondence with outside organizations, programming proposals, publicity material including press releases, programs, media contact lists, clippings, photographs and other material related to the activities and the performances at The Music Gallery.

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Donated by the Music Gallery in 1996, 1999, 2000, and 2019.


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  • English

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To be determined. Some materials stored off-site for preservation, and requests for access must be made in advance of your visit to the archives.

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Copies of the Music Gallery Editions commercial recordings are available at York University Libraries Sound and Moving Image Library under the call number MGE.

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The fonds comprises the following accessions: 1996-003, 1999-008, 2000-039, 2019-006. Further accruals are expected.

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2001/10/18 Last modified.
2002/04/05 Jizi Chen. Created in EES.
2002/10/10 Shannon MacDonald. Update wording in access restrictions, acquisition, and accruals.
2003/04/02 Shannon MacDonald. Add URL for online finding aid.
2003/04/02 Sean Smith. Revised entire fonds level description and added links to series level descriptions.
2019/02/13 J. Grant. Creation in AtoM.
2020/03/26 KCP. Created series. Migrated file inventories from EES to AtoM. Post-migration metadata clean-up. Addition of GMD and accession numbers. Added offsite storage notes. Published description and generated finding aid.

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  • English


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