Universal Canada Donates EMI Music Canada Archive To University Of Calgary
April 1, 2016 at 1:12 PM (PT)
UNIVERSAL MUSIC CANADA has donated the archive of EMI MUSIC CANADA to the UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY's Libraries and Cultural Resources. The UNIVERSITY has also partnered with the NATIONAL MUSIC CENTRE (NMC), which played a leading role in bringing this archive to the city by connecting UMC with the university.
UMC acquired the archive when UMG purchased EMI MUSIC in 2012. Established in 1949, EMI MUSIC CANADA included CAPITOL RECORDS CANADA and was the recording company for a range of CANADIAN artists, including ANNE MURRAY, TOM COCHRANE, SARAH McLACHLAN, NICKELBACK, GLASS TIGER, KIM MITCHELL, HELIX and THE RANKIN FAMILY, as well as the Canadian distributor for major international acts such as THE BEATLES, ROLLING STONES, DAVID BOWIE, DURAN DURAN, FRANK SINTRA, THE BEACH BOYS, HEART, SMASHING PUMPKINS, GARTH BROOKS, PINK FLOYD, QUEEN and IRON MAIDEN.
UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY President And Vice-Chancellor ELIZABETH CANNON commented: "We are delighted to receive this rich business and cultural archive and be entrusted with the safekeeping and preservation of this outstanding testament to CANADIAN ingenuity. We aspire to be the best in order to inspire the best in others. This gift allow us to do just that."
UNIVERSAL MUSIC CANADA President/CEO JEFFREY REMEDIOS added: "Plans for an educational component around music and the ambitions for this archive are tremendously exciting. EMI MUSIC CANADA became the source of the music many CANADIANS grew up listening to. It's such a rich and treasured history and it's terrific that generations to come will have the opportunity to explore that."
In addition to the ARCHIVE, UNIVERSAL MUSIC CANADA will provide substantial funding over several years to support the preservation and management of the collection.
Said NATIONAL MUSIC CENTRE President/CEO ANDREW MOSKER: "We are eager to work with UNIVERSAL MUSIC CANADA and the UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY to explore programming and exhibition opportunities that bring the wealth of this collection to CANADIANS. From our burgeoning music scene, the opening of STUDIO BELL this summer and this incredible archive, it is safe to say that CALGARY is becoming a serious music city."
The collection consists of 5,500 boxes containing more than 18,000 video recordings, 21,000 audio recordings and more than two million documents and photographs. The archive includes master recordings, publicity photos, demo tapes, album cover art, creative outlines for music videos, marketing plans, awards, drafts of song lyrics and correspondence between artists, producers, engineers and EMI MUSIC CANADAexecutives.
The ARCHIVE will be used for research and course work within the SCHOOL OF CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS and in many other disciplines across the campus.
For a virtual exhibit of items from the ARCHIVE, go to www.ucalgary.ca/emi.
Because of the ARCHIVE's size, the collection will be transferred from TORONTO in multiple shipments over the next few years.