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Celebration '90 Gay Games
CA SVE MAM-MAM-GG · Series · 1990
Part of Mary Anne McEwen fonds

The series consists of moving images, textual records, and graphic materials from Mary Anne McEwen's documentation of The Gay Games 1990, held in Vancouver, B.C from August 4 through August 11th, 1990. McEwen production company, Forward Focus Productions, was the official videographer for the games.

CURRENT Symposium fonds
CA SVE CS · Fonds · 11 Jun. 2017 - 17 Sep. 2017

Fonds consists of administrative records, event documentation (photographic and moving images), artist information, and publicity created by CURRENT organizers and volunteers, from June to August 2017.

CURRENT Symposium
John Grayson fonds
CA SVE JG · Fonds · 1884, 1957-1983

Fonds contains books from the personal library of John Grayson. The fonds contains 24 publications (primarily books and journals) on the topic of music theory, sound sculpture and soundscape, and unorthodox musical creations/instruments. The majority of the publications in the fonds were published by Grayson's organization The Aesthetic Research Centre. Some of the publications include sheet music, and one publication includes an accompanying musical recording on tape cassette. Titles and authors/editors are as follows:

  1. An Environment of Musical Sculpture - ed. John Grayson
  2. Biofeedback and the Arts: Results of Early Experiments - ed. David Rosenboom
  3. Computer Music Journal, Vol. 4, No. 2
  4. The UNESCO Courier, November 1976
  5. Cultures, Vol. 1, No. 1
  6. Desert Plants: Conversations with 23 American Musicians - Walter Zimmermann
  7. Environments of Musical Sculpture You Can Build - ed. John Grayson
  8. Five Village Soundscapes - R. Murray Schafer
  9. The Gitalamkara: L'ouvrage Original de Bharata sur la Musique
  10. Handbook for Acoustic Ecology - ed. Barry Truax
  11. Interval: Exploring the Sonic Spectrum, Fall 1983
  12. Journal of Experimental Aesthetics, Vol. 1, No. 1
  13. The Music of the Environment - ed. Murray Schafer
  14. La Musique du Cambodge et du Laos - Alain Danielou
  15. New Directions, Nos. 24 & 25
  16. Paysage Sonore Urbain: Deux Journees d'Exposition, d'Ecoute, et de Communications - Plan-Construction
  17. Pieces: An Anthology - ed. Michael Byron
  18. Recherches sur l'Histoire de la Gamme Arabe - J.P.N. Land
  19. Sound Sculpture - ed. John Grayson
  20. Sound/Sculpture - ed. John Grayson
  21. Sound : Space - Bernhard Leitner
  22. Soundings, Nos. 7 & 8
  23. Toning: The Creative Power of the Voice - Laurel Elizabeth Keyes
  24. Vibrations: Making Unorthodox Musical Instruments - David Sawyer
John Grayson
Meg Torwl collection
CA SVE MT · Collection · 1984 - 2013

The collection consists of a selection of Meg Torwl's artworks, and the documentation of her artworks, including video and audio, writings (poetry, scripts, and essays), performances, and drawings/paintings. It also includes publicity, biographies, resumes, and proposals. The collection also consists of materials of commemoration, written by people close to Meg following her passing, along with documentation of the 2013 BOLD Fest Woman of the Year Award, bestowed upon Meg posthumously. Finally, the collection includes photographs, primarily snapshots of Meg throughout her life along with her partner Adrienne Bradley. The collection is divided into 6 series:

  1. Media
  2. Documents
  3. Performance Documentation
  4. Drawings and Paintings
  5. Personal Binders
  6. Photographs

Further information about individual items can be found at:

Meg Torwl
Renegade Library collection
CA SVE RL · Collection · 1996-1998

This box is the residue of mail art activity undertaken by Lois Klassen, during the years 1996-1998. In keeping with the project theme, all of the items meet two criteria: the creators identified them as "books" ; and, their creation was enabled by some kind of "collaborative" process. Each book item is labeled with a catalogue number that corresponds to information about it in the box's index, as well as in the original exhibition catalogue. The books found within the box are:

  1. Cobaterate This - E.F. Higgins III (USA)
  2. Song to the Spirit - Ruggero Maggi (Italy), Marilyn Dammann (USA), Keiichi Nakamura (Japan)
  3. A Book of Seals - Dottie (USA), Shmuel (USA)
  4. With You - Keiichi Nakamura (Japan), 82 artists from various countries
  5. Fertilized Eggs - David Dellafiora (USA), Keiichi Nakamura (Japan)
  6. Mail Art Scenarios for Possible Futures - Sophia Martinou (Greece), 96 artists from various countries
  7. Summer Rites - Guido Vermeulen (Belgium), Marilyn Dammann (USA), Richard Campbell (USA), Liza Leyla (Belgium)
  8. Workball - Serge Segay (Russia), John M. Bennett (USA)
  9. [Untitled] - Alfio Fiorentino (Italy), Anna Boschi (Italy)
  10. We Challenge You to Top This! - A1 Waste Paper Co. (England), Art Nahpro (England)
  11. A Little Book of Words and Pictures - Dotty Seiter (USA), Shmuel (USA)
  12. Madonna & Child - Elaine Rounds (Canada), Lois Klassen (Canada)
  13. [Untitled] - Baron (USA), John M. Bennett (USA), Robin Crozier (England), Fran Rutkovsky (USA)
  14. PIPS 1/98: Engelbox - Claudia Putz (Germany), 38 contributing artists from various countries
  15. The Little Book of Fruits and Vegetables - Rhonda (USA), Shmuel (USA)
  16. [Untitled] - David Cole (USA), Lavona Sherarts (USA)
  17. Books on Fire: the Documentation of the Renegade Library - Lois Klassen (Canada). Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba (Canada)
  18. Bar Stool - David Dellafiora (Australia), 38 additional mail art contributors (Australia)
  19. 21 Tulipa - Magda Lagerwerf (Netherlands), various other mail art contributors
  20. No Panic - Dietmar Vollmer (Germany)
  21. [Untitled] - Emily Joe (USA)
  22. VIDAL - Shmuel (USA), Hugo Rene Vidal (Argentina)
  23. Só Objetos de Uso Pessoal / Only Personal Things - José Roberto Sechi (Brazil), 355 listed participants
  24. Assembling Magazines - Stephen Perkins (USA), numerous contributors of publications in "assembling" format
  25. Draw - Marian Butler (Canada), Sylvia Legris (Canada), Judy Bowyer (Canada), Dena Decter (Canada), Lois Klassen (Canada), Jean Klimack (Canada), Catherine MacDonald (Canada), Vida Simon (Canada)
Renegade Library
Gayblevision collection
CA SVE GBV · Collection · 1980 - 2017

The collection consists of episodes, specials, and much of the surviving raw footage from the 1980s TV series Gayblevision. The collection also contains writing and photographs documenting the history of Gayblevision. Gayblevision was Canada’s first TV series produced “by gay people for gay people”. It was broadcast on Vancouver Cable 10 through its West End Neighbourhood production centre (located in the West End Community Centre) between 1980 and 1986. Gayblevision is a priceless window into Vancouver’s LGBTQ communities during years of tremendous growth and upheaval, documenting the LGTBQ people, organizations, businesses and events that defined Vancouver West End’s Davie Village in the early 1980s. The series aired monthly on the first and third Tuesday of the month. In addition to regular episodes, Gayblevision also produced a series of in-depth specials.

The collection is divided into 3 series:

  1. Episodes and specials
  2. Textual records and graphic materials
  3. Oral histories
Terry Ketler fonds
CA SVE TK · Fonds · [197-] - 2015

Fonds consists of materials related arising from Terry Ketler's association with the Metro Media Society of Greater Vancouver (Metro Media), of which he was a founding member. Materials include photographs of Metro Media production activities (some in the form of contact sheets, some in the form of larger prints), a personal recollection of the history of Metro Media (written in 2015), and a summary of Metro Media's activities in 1971 and 1972. Also included in the fond are seven 1" video tapes, primarily documenting the Vancouver theatre company Savage Gods, and a Sony AVC-3400 DC 12V Portapac videorecorder.

Terry Ketler
Margaret Dragu fonds
Fonds · 1953-2017, predominant 1975-2000

Fonds consists of materials related to the life and career of Margaret Dragu, spanning her years as an artist in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. These materials include audio-visual recordings of her many performances, photographs related to both her art and her personal life, and textual records ranging from correspondence and financial statements to creative writing drafts and chapbooks. There is also a substantial amount of newspaper clippings, programs, promotional materials, and general ephemera. Records in this fonds also document her collaborations with artists and organizations such as Tom Dean, Susan Macpherson, Randy Gledhill, The Western Front, and Breakthrough Films.

Types of materials in this fonds include: printed documents and publications, photographs (printed and digital), photographic negatives and slides (35mm), moving image recordings (MiniDV, DVD, VHS, Betacam SP, 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic, 16mm film, 8mm film), and audio recordings (audio cassette tapes).

Margaret Dragu
Performance and Video Art
Series · ca. 1950-2017, predominate 1974-2000
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

Series consists of materials pertaining to Dragu’s performance art and video art, including her work as a dancer, choreographer, and actor. Records in this series include correspondence, photographs, performance programs, articles and reviews, press releases, ephemera, and other supporting documents related to the Dragu’s many exhibitions and performances. This series also consists of copies of Dragu’s video art and performance recordings. Video recordings of performances are available; a full media inventory is available on site.

Tom Dean
File · 1974-1983
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

File consists of materials related to a collaboration between Dragu and Tom Dean. There are photographs, correspondence, copies of reviews, and other records related to performances such as “Fear of Blue,” “Her Majesty,” and “Peripheries.”

Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

File includes a range of materials including photocopies of newspaper reviews, photocopies of photos, and articles related to stripping in Toronto and about Dragu’s performances and work as a self-identified stripper. Some of the performances related to records in this file include: “Sunset Strippers,” “The Beauty and the Beast Thing,” and “33 1/3 LP”.

Square Foot Real
File · 1992-2001
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

File consists of play bills and other documents related to “Square Foot Real” (1992). Other contents include photographs (including photos of Dragu and Jim Munro), newspaper reviews, event posters, press releases, photographic negatives. Some materials in this file are related to the book "Revelations" and advertisements for “From Burlesque to Performance”

Secret Kitchen
File · 1991-1997
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

File contains articles about “Secret Kitchen” in publications such as Kinesis (1991), Kinesis (1995), and the Richmond News (1997). (This performance was also called “My Secret Kitchen” and “Welcome to the Secret Kitchen”.) Other materials in this file include: ‘Women in View Festival’ (January 1995) program guide; materials from Margaret Dragu's artist-in-residence at Artspace Market Hall in Peterborough; articles about “Momz’ Radio” (radio show) and Mothers Talk Back (book Dragu co-edited); Vancouver Performance Poets (1991 publication associated with the Fringe Festival); and photocopied photos from newspapers depicting parenthood.

Memories of Paradise
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

File contains publications and press released related to “Memories of Paradise” (film, 1985) which was produced by Breakthrough Films and TV Ontario. There are notes written on lined, green cards as well as a Toronto Star article (1988) about a film collaboration Dragu was part of. Also included is a poster for Dragu's “I Vant To Be Alone” (film).

W/ Susan Swan
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

File contains photos, articles, and correspondence related to “Dancereading” (performance) at the 1985 National Book Festival with Susan Swan.

File · 1981-1985
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

File contains a range of materials including articles and photographs related to “Surfacing” (film), “Picnic In The Drift” (performance, 1981), and “Moral/passion”.

File · 1975-1992
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

File contains a range of materials, including: photographs of unspecified performances; articles about Dragu’s dance work; articles, posters, program guides, and other materials related to Dragu performances. Some of those performances were “Beauty and the Beast Thing,” “Bad Apples,” “Oh True, Oh Real, Oh Helpless Love,” “Easy Over,” “Mother Talk Back,” and “Cajun Burgers”. File also contains an advertisement for dance classes taught by Dragu and records related to a collaboration with Susan Macpherson in 1981.

Cleaning and Loving It
File · 2000
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

File contains photographs from Dragu’s “Cleaning and Love It” performance (2000) and also an article about the performance written up in the West End Review.

Walking Woman
File · 2002
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

File contains correspondence release forms, advertisements, financial documents, V-tape paperwork, reviews, and other records pertaining to “Walking Woman” (video/performance) and “The Art of Autobiography” (video).

I Want To Be Alone
File · 1988
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

File contains a range of materials related to the video “I Vant To Be Alone,” including: reviews, newspaper clippings, TV listing, and Festival of Festivals participant recognition.