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Introducing... the Seven OIMA Archive Coordinators!

As part of our work developing the Ontario Independent Music Archive (OIMA), we’ve hired seven people from across the province to act as on-the-ground coordinators.

They'll be reaching out to current artists, tracking down older music and the musicians who made it, and obtaining permission to include some of that music on the website.

For the full list of Archive Coordinators and their contact information, click here.


L'ANREC aimerait accueillir Daniel Dumas, le nouveau coordinateur au soutien bilingue, à leur équipe! À partir de ce rôle, Daniel va assister les stations membres de l'ANREC à développer des ressources et contenu bilingue.

A young Franco-Ontarian from Hamilton, Ontario, Daniel studies Geography and Aboriginal Studies in both French and English at the University of Ottawa. This past year he became involved with his campus and community radio station CHUO 89.1 FM as a volunteer and contributor to the French morning show “Les Missions du Matin”.

Cet été, Daniel va se concentrer sur la production de contenu audio et écrit visant à mettre en profil des émissions et réalisateurs francophones. De plus, il va créer des ressources détaillant des outils et meilleures pratiques afin d'assister les stations de radio étudiante et communautaire à développer et attirer du contenu bilingue. Si vous avez des questions, commentaires, ou suggestions, veuillez lui rejoindre à ou bien au bureau de l'ANREC.

Bienvenue et bonne chance Daniel! Click on the title of this post for more information.

LAST WEEK TO APPLY: 2012 Community Radio Awards!

The 2012 NCRA/ANREC Community Radio Awards are here...but gone soon! The deadline for nominations is TUESDAY, MAY 15 at midnight, PT!

Since 1993 these Awards have honoured the amazing programming and people our sector has to offer and reflected the range and diversity of community radio across Canada.

Last year's winners included "Sound Ideas" a music show that compared Dvorak's "New World Symphony" to the Black-eyed Peas' "My Humps"; Special Events programming for the "Joe Strummer Day to Confront Poverty in Windsor-Detroit"; a documentary on the roots and influence of Aboriginal music on the East Coast; a syndicated daily series on Canadian history; an interview, in Farsi, with a rape victim from Evin Prison; and so much more.

For more information click on the title of this post or go to

Sounds Co-op Handbook: released!

Twelve years ago, CJLY-FM Kootenay Co-operative Radio flipped a switch and started broadcasting, neighbour to neighbour, within their community of more than 10,000 people.

Now, teaming up with the NCRA, they’ve produced a handbook to help other communities do the same.

The "Sounds Co-operative Handbook" was funded by a grant from the Co-operative Development Initiative and covers topics like forming a co-operative, how to start a not-for-profit community radio station from idea to first transmission, and profiles of the 15 co-operative community radio stations across Canada.

It also commemorates 2012 as the International Year of Co-operatives, declared by the United Nations.

For more information, click on the title of this post. To view the handbook, hear the first documentary, and for project updates, visit the project's freshly launched website, at

NCRC! June 12-17

This coming June 12-17, CFRC-FM will host the 31st National Campus and Community Radio Conference (NCRC) in Kingston, ON. CFRC-FM is based at Queen's University and was home of Canada's first campus radio broadcast, an electrical engineering experiment in 1922.

Come celebrate 90 years of amazing campus and community radio and prepare for a future of even more radio goodness. Community radio practitioners from across Canada will gather to exchange ideas on radio and grassroots media.

Workshops will cover production skills, media training, social and cultural issues awareness, technical radio know-how, community outreach and organization. There's something for the experienced c/c radio practitioner, the first-time volunteer, supporters and listeners.

For more information or to register, go to

Now hiring: Archive Co-ordinators!

The NCRA is hiring three (of the seven) Archive Coordinator positions for the Ontario Independent Music Archive (OIMA).

These positions are responsible for researching, contacting and obtaining copyright permission from independent artists past and present from their focus area and uploading the music to the OIMA website. It's part detective work, part community outreach and requires a love and knowledge of local independent music of multiple genres.

The categories being hired at this time are: (1) Aboriginal, (2) Northern Ontario, and (3) Francophone. For more information regarding the positions, click here.

New member: P.E. County-Community Radio!

Welcome to the folks at Prince Edward County Community Radio! They're joined as Developing Members of the NCRA but are eager to get a licence to serve their county in Southern Ontario, bordered by the Bay of Quinte. 

According to their website, the idea for a station has been bubbling since last Spring, followed by an official kick-off meeting last November 30, 2011. In that time they've already filed for incorporation, visited CKHA-FM in Haliburton, CJLX-FM in Belleville and CJAI-FM Amherst Island, had weekly Board meetings and released their first newsletter!

Some of what they've discussed in community meetings include:

  • The County already has its own unique identity, radio is another way to help it gain its voice.
  • Community ownership: by the County; for the County.
  • When listening to the station, people should feel “at home”.

They're planning their first fundraiser in March.

Announcing...the Ontario Independent Music Archive (OIMA)!

Independent music from across Ontario will have a home online, thanks to campus and community radio stations and a new organization with a dream to preserve Canadian musical history.

The Ontario Independent Music Archive (OIMA) will be 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.

OIMA is funded by a two-year, $224,500 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the site will go live late this year. A leading grant-maker in Canada, the Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, it builds healthy and vibrant communities.

The idea first came from Jonathan Martel, a music fan who was studying history through popular music, but who found that local independent music was often hard to get. He then reached out to Mario Circelli, former station manager at CHRW-FM, the campus-community radio station at the University of Western Ontario, in London. Together they formed the Music Association of Canada and approached the NCRA to partner. We're thrilled!

For more information, click on the title of this post.

Auf wiedersehen, goodbye!

Two NCRA Board members and long-time c/c radio colleagues are movin' on:

Irkar Beljaars was host of Native Solidarity News at CKUT-FM in Montreal. He twice served on the Board as an Aboriginal representative and one of the leaders of the Native Caucus, helped found and host Voices of our Nations, a day of Aboriginal-related programming out of CKUT-FM, and been nominated for an ImagineNATIVE award for his interview with Buffy Ste. Marie.

He leaves to work on a documentary and has also recently been promoted as the producer of Montreal’s Mike-FM Drive Home show, a long-time dream. Congratulations Irkar, continued luck and thanks for all your work!

Also Adam Fox, the former Station Manager, former Music Programming Director and former host of Biz Cas Fri at CJAM-FM in Windsor, ON (as well as NCRA Board member and devoted CRTC letter writer) has moved to Edmonton!

Adam is the new Content Director at CKUA-FM, Alberta's public radio network, while continuing to perform as Field Assembly.

In his time at CJAM-FM, Adam oversaw the station's move to a protected frequency, the consolidation of block programming, and helped coordinate NCRC 2008. He is already missed. Thanks for everything Adam!

Happy World Radio Day!

Sending its love a day before Valentine's, February 13, 2011 has been declared the first annual World Radio Day by UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization).

To celebrate you could visit the website, which includes 15 ways to celebrate (including helping spread the just-launched Community Media: A good practice handbook) and 10 quotes about radio, like this one from Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuchlan: “Radio affects most intimately, person-to-person, offering a world of unspoken communication between writer-speaker and the listener”.

Or you could listen to/play/broadcast the NCRA's commemoratory, exclamatory, public service announcement in English and French!