Ontario Independent Music Archive – Aboriginal

Hello friends of independent music! Maybe you are here by chance or maybe I’ve already spoken to you and talked about my current gig. As the title Ontario Independent Music Archive suggests, that is precisely what I am involved with. The project is directed by the National Campus and Community Radio Association [NCRA] in conjunction with the newly formed Ontario Independent Music Archive [OIMA]. As per their Media Release, the mandate for the project is to provide ” a place for musicians to post and share their work with the public, but will also collect and provide new life for independent music that was originally produced in small batches on vinyl, cassette and CD. ” As a lover of the vinyl format, this very much interests me. However, that is not to say that I will not actively seek out older music on cassette and CD. Moreover, NEW releases that is already available in the digital domain will be welcome too! Furthermore, I will be seeking not only fully-produced releases but I will be on the look out for one-off singles too! As for my involvement in this initiative, I will be acting as Curator or the “go-between”, as it were, to assist YOU – the artist – on the website. My job will be seek out music between mid-June until December 2012 when it is expected the Ontario Independent Music Archive [OIMA] will launch. As for my part of this involvement, I will be the contact for the Aboriginal component of this project. Incidentally, there are five other Curators working representing the English and French component of OIMA. In short, I will be seeking out “Independent’ music from Aboriginal musicians in Ontario only – for now anyways. This music can be in any genre imaginable from hip-hop to fiddle, traditional drum to blues, alternative to ______? – well you fill in the blank. Read on, but just for example here’s one my faves from the past courtesy of David Deleary of his former Ottawa-based band, Seventh Fire! Enjoy!

Personally, it is my hope that I will be able find as many recordings as possible to add to the archive. The benefit for contributors will be to have yet another place where their music will live to be available for public consumption. The benefit will be to provide access to a wider audience from both the general public to the many community and campus radio stations that are almost always the first to embrace independent music prior to going mainstream. In terms of some legalities that will need to be address, there are presently entertainment lawyer types out there working on Creative Commons type agreements that give options on how YOU – the artist – will prefer to licence your work to the Ontario Independent Music Archive. These will be available soon in the coming days for your perusal and consideration. This is presently being looked at by the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC). In short, CIPPIC, is the organization that works with other interests who lobby for protecting copyright issues as it pertains to how your art is proliferated on the internet.

In closing, I want to avoid getting too technical and keep your attention as to what I believe is most important here. That being, that musicians in Ontario – like you – now have a great opportunity to partake in a project that will preserve and promote your music for posterity such that future generations can enjoy it once again! Well that’s it for now. I’ll keep you posted in the coming days, weeks and months. For me this is a dream gig and I am very happy to help this initiative along. Any questions can be directed to me and michonmedia@yahoo.ca of via the facebook group “Ontario Aboriginal Musicians Music Group“.

As a final note, I wanted to share this tune a dear friend of mine, Clarence Louttit, who represented the finest of all the great “James Bay Fiddlers. I first met Clarence in Moose Factory, Ontario in 1993 while working up there. Aside from the obvious name association, Clarence took me to school as a musician and made me an admirer of classic fiddle tunes. Thank you Clarence for the kinship! In closing, though Clarence passed a few years ago, his music still manages to live on in the digital domain, [YouTube] thus giving opportunity for future generations to come to discover and hear his amazing talent. Like YouTube, OIMA’s initiative is also aimed at and will strive toward assisting making independent music available to people everywhere! Watch this space!


To learn more about the Ontario Independent Music Archive initiative headed up by The National Community Campus Radio Association you can read the initial announcement via Media Release here.

Furthermore, you can hear a testimonial by independent musician Sarah Mangle explaining how she foresees how the Ontario Independent Music Archive will benefit her via this audio PSA. Listen now! Click here.

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