1- The History of the EMI Canada Music Archives - Regina Landwehr, Archivist, University of Calgary
4:00 PM, Saturday 25 May 2019 (2 hours)
Guided tour "Montréal in jazz" 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM (2 hours)
Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) - DS-R520
In 2015, the University of Calgary acquired the complete EMI Music Canada archives, dating from the 1950s to 2012 when EMI was bought out by Universal. This massive and unique archive contains audio and video recordings from studio sessions to final mixes for distribution, album cover artwork, music awards, artist photographs, and the administrative records from its core departments. EMI Music Canada and its incorporated label Capitol Records had a significant impact on Canadian popular music culture in the second half of the 20th Century by developing Canadian acts in a range of popular music genre including Tom Cochrane, Stompin’ Tom Connors, Anne Murray,Glass Tiger, Kim Mitchell, Helix, the Rankin Family, Susan Aglukark, The Tea Party and Nickelback. Having been involved in the EMI project from its beginning, I will provide an overview of the factors that influenced the archives coming to Calgary and specifically the University of Calgary, highlight its contents, decisions on what to keep (archival appraisal), prioritizing of processing, copyright, progress on format migration and the process of gaining access to the archives. I will speak to the kinds of research and use the archives has seen so far and our efforts to involve community partners, and also touch on the significant milestone of acknowledgement of the importance of this archives to Canadian identity and narrative through its successful certification as Canadian cultural property.