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Four summer students for OIMA/AMIO!

Four summer students started work this week to increase the diversity and range of music on the Ontario Independent Music Archive (OIMA) and to produce a plain-language guide on music copyright issues for musicians, the public and campus/community radio stations and their volunteers.

Funded in large part by the Canada Summer Jobs program, we are thrilled to welcome Swadhi Thanabalasingam as the World Music Archive Coordinator, Emma Wolno and Andrew Kerr as Aboriginal Music Archive Coordinators, and Bonnie O'Sullivan as the Copyright Handbook Editor. Click on the title of this post for full bios for each of the new staff!

Pic, clockwise from top left: Andrew Kerr, Swadhi Thanabalasingam, Emma Wolno and Bonnie O'Sullivan. 

NOW HIRING! Summer Music and Copyright Positions

This July 15th to the end of August we have been given funding by Service Canada through the Canada Summer Jobs program to offer three summer positions for Canadian students, under the age of 30, who are returning full-time to school in September.

All three relate to the Ontario Independent Music Archive (www.oima-amio.ca) project, including an Aboriginal Music Archive Coordinator, a World Music Archive Coordinator and a Copyright Handbook Editor.

All three positions will work out of the main NCRA office in Ottawa. Click on the relevant links for more details. Application deadline: Friday, July 5th at midnight PT.

NCRC in Winnipeg! June 11-15

Ten years after they last hosted it and fifty years after the station started, CKUW-FM at the University of Winnipeg is hosting the National Campus and Community Radio Conference! This year is also the 32nd anniversary of the conference and the 27th anniversary of the NCRA.  Come help us celebrate all these milestones! 

In addition to a series of workshops helping stations build and strengthen their work as community-based organizations, there's  a day committed to exploring Equity in Radio, a panel discussion on the legacy of Indian Residential Schools and how c/c radio can help share survivors' stories, plans for a keynote speech by "Alternative Radio" host David Barsamian, the national awards gala with musical guest Al Andrusco and so much more!    

For more information and to register, go to the conference website.

DEADLINE THIS FRIDAY: NCRA Community Radio Awards!

The NCRA Board and staff are thrilled to announce the 2013 NCRA/ANREC Community Radio Awards: now celebrating 20 years!

Since 1993 the Awards have worked to honour the amazing programming, people and activities our sector has to offer and reflect the range and diversity of community radio across Canada, including categories for programming about music, Aboriginal affairs and culture, and third language shows.

Last year's winners included a broadcast live from the student protests in Montreal, a show featuring people Christmas caroling outside a prison to reach out to family members inside, thoughtful and hilarious segments from the show "Pioneer Radio" on the theme of "mortification", and poets at the local library in Haliburton, ON pondering their art.

This year's winners will receive national recognition at the NCRA Awards Gala at the National Campus and Community Radio Conference this June 11-15, hosted by CKUW-FM in Winnipeg, MB and on the NCRA/ANREC website. (There are also trophies and certificates, just saying.)

Full submission details can be found at www.ncra.ca/awards. The deadline to apply has been extended to Friday, May 31st at midnight Pacific Time. But that's still pretty soon! Good luck!

Red Jam Slam: Edmonton!

This Sunday, May 12 a number of Indigenous artists, performers and inter-generational survivors of Indian Residential Schools will come together at Edmonton's Canadian Native Friendship Centre to acknowledge and reconcile all Canadians to the legacy of Indian Residential Schools.

The event is called the "Resonating Reconciliation Red Jam Slam" and is presented by the Red Jam Slam Society, which has been putting on events since the 1990s featuring Aboriginal artists of all genres. It is co-presented by the NCRA as part of the "Resonating Reconciliation" project that engages community radio as a tool to promote reconciliation.

The event is from 1pm-7pm and the line-up includes hoop dancer and musician Dallas Arcand, Red Rokk with Rhythm Child and Miss Destiny, Shaun Anderson, Travis Dugas Bellerose, elder Taz Bouchier, poet Marilyn Dumont, Charlene Bearhead from Project of Heart, a presentation from the event Co-coordinator Carrie Lawrence, a media art piece by film-maker and the event's other Co-coordinator Donald Morin, and a panel of inter-generational Indian Residential survivors, moderated by the Jodi Stonehouse, host of "Acimowin" on local c/c station CJSR-FM. Catering by Native Delights.

For more details, check out the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/125249991006286/?fref=ts

Now hiring! Outreach Coordinator and Membership/Materials Coordinator

The NCRA is hiring two positions that use community radio as a means to help reconcile all Canadians with the lasting legacy of Indian Residential Schools. This project is called Resonating Reconciliation. 

The work was funded by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada 

The Outreach Coordinator position may be based in Vancouver or Ottawa and is a year-long contract of 28 hours a week. The full job description and details are here. The deadline to apply is Monday, March 11. 

The Membership and Project Materials Coordinator position will work out of the NCRA office in Ottawa and is a year-long contract of 35 hours a week. The full job description and details are here.  

For more information, click on the title of this post. This picture was taken during the first Resonating Reconciliation Red Jam Slam in Vancouver, on February 14 2013. For more information about that event, go here

Homelessness Marathon: Feb 20-21

The homelessness marathon is a 14-hour live national radio broadcast about homelessness, housing issues and poverty.

Now celebrating its 11th year, the marathon is a unique radio event that makes space for the voices of people effected by homelessness on the airwaves and is heard on over 30 campus and community radio stations across the country.

This year the Homelessness Marathon is taking place on Wednesday February 20th from 5pm ET to 7am ET on Thursday February 21st.

To confirm your station's participation in this year's Marathon or for other ways you can contribute and help out, contact marathon@ckut.ca or call 514-441-4041 ext. 6788.

To listen live or check out archives of past year's Marathons, go to www.ckut.ca/homeless or mediacoop.ca.

www.oima-amio.ca launches!

After a year of behind-the-scenes work the Ontario Independent Music Archive (OIMA) is ready to launch! Starting on Saturday, January 26th you can check it out at www.oima-amio.ca.

OIMA is an online bilingual repository for new and emerging musicians in all genres to post and share their work with the public.

It also collects, preserves and promotes older independent music from across the province that was originally produced in small batches on vinyl, cassette and CD, making it available to new audiences.

The NCRA is behind the creation of OIMA, along with our partners at the Music Association of Canada, and funded by a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, a leading grant-maker in Canada.

On Saturday, January 26th there will be a launch show in London, ON, featuring performances from local Eastern-European influenced folk act Olenka and the Autumn Lovers; hiphop act Treetop featuring Casper; NFG, the precursor to punk band 63 Monroe; and the electronic psychedelic duo Learning, the Band from Windsor. The facebook page for the show is here.

Then on Friday, February 1st we'll launch the site in Toronto, featuring Hamilton proto-punk pioneers Simply Saucer; Juno-nominated reggae legend and treasure trove of Toronto-Jamaican musical history Jay Douglas and the All Stars; Colombian-born, Toronto-based and rising star of the Alternative Latin scene Lido Pimienta; and new alt-country band The Highest Order. There will also be a book signing by Liz Worth, author of "Treat me like Dirt: An Oral History of Punk in Toronto and Beyond 1977-1981".The facebook page for the show is here.

The press release is attached. Please feel free to contact alan@ncra.ca or call 1-866-859-8086 for more information.

Regional Conferences!

The NCRA is putting on two regional conferences this fall, one for each side of the country!

From October 20-21, CFRO Vancouver Co-op Radio will host a BC regional, including sessions on creating news programming, an audacity tech workshop, audio art, interviewing musicians, social justice and co-operatives and more! And happily enough, this also happens to be Co-op Week! 

The schedule and registration form for the Vancouver Regional conference can be found here

And from October 26-28, CKJM-FM in Chéticamp, Nova Scotia will host a bilingual Atlantic Regional conference. It will include workshops on fundraising and radio bingo, recording local musicians, working with rural co-operatives and more! Conference schedule and registration form for this conference will be posted here soon. 

The conferences will be a great opportunity to see and learn from some amazing workshops and presentations, learn about co-operatives, and meet, discuss issues and get to know fellow community radio folk from across the region.

Both are part of the Sounds Co-operative project run by CJLY-FM in Nelson and the NCRA. This work was funded by the Co-operative Development Initiative.

For more information about the conferences contact shelley@ncra.ca. For more information about the project, go to www.soundscooperative.coop

Community radio to share legacy of Indian Residential Schools

When she was six, Gunargie O’Sullivan went to St. Michael's Indian Residential School in Alert Bay, British Columbia for one year, but never forgot it. Her mother had gone to St. Michael's too, but for a lot longer. Gunargie can’t forget that either. And she recognizes that without people participating in reconciliation, First Nations children are still at risk, just in different ways.

“If you are First Nations, you are in some way a product of Residential School," she says. "But the absence of our perspectives in the media is rampant, and that needs to change."

Gunargie has been using community radio to tell these stories. A new initiative, proposed by the NCRA, where Ms. O’Sullivan is a member of the Board of Directors and the head of the Native Caucus, will ensure she has some company in this important work.

The project, called “Resonating Reconciliation”, will fund 40 community radio stations across the country to each produce a 30-minute radio documentary on the legacy of Indian Residential Schools in their community, with additional funding to provide training to local Aboriginal volunteers.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada funded the work as part of the Commision’s mandate to acknowledge Residential School experiences, impacts and consequences and create a lasting historical record with a focus on the lived experiences of former students and their families.

For more information click on the title of this post.