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Canadian Music Centre

Canadian Music Centre
Chalmers House in Toronto
Address Chalmers House
20 St Joseph St
Toronto ON M4Y 1J9
Location Calgary, Montreal, Sackville, Toronto, and Vancouver
Genre(s) Canadian music

The Canadian Music Centre holds Canada's largest collection of Canadian concert music. The CMC exists to promote the works of its Associate Composers in Canada and around the world. The Centre was founded in 1959 by a group of Canadian composers who saw a need to create a repository for Canadian music.

Initially the Centre focused on collecting and cataloguing serious musical works, developing a catalogue of music scores, copying and duplicating the music, and making them available for loan, both nationally and internationally. The Centre makes available on loan 18,000 scores and/or works by almost 700 Canadian contemporary music composers through its lending library.[1] The CMC sells more than 900 CD titles featuring music of its Associate Composers and other Canadian independent recording producers.

The Centre also offers an on-demand printing and binding service, music repertoire consultations, and is easily accessible through five regional centres across Canada, as well as through its website. The CMC also engages in a number of national outreach projects, is digitizing all its scores and works, conducts research, and administers several awards. The Ann Southam Audio Archive, administered by the CMC, holds the largest cumulative collection of recorded Canadian concert works in the world.

In 1981, the Centre established the Centrediscs recording label, the only label devoted entirely to Canadian concert music. The Centrediscs label has received numerous awards, including six JUNOs, an East Coast Music Award, six West Coast Music Awards, and two Grande Prix du Disque Canada. [2]

Today the organization includes a national office in Toronto and five regional centres (Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, and Sackville). The CMC regional branches include 837 Davie Street in Vancouver, the University of Calgary music library in Calgary, Chalmers House (20 St. Joseph Street) in Toronto, 416 McGill Street (an Old Montreal heritage site) in Montreal,[3] and at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick.


  1. ^ Wells, Paul (1 December 2008). "Our orchestral one-night stands". Macleans. Retrieved 15 December 2008. 
  2. ^ "History | Canadian Music Centre | Centre de Musique Canadienne". Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  3. ^ "Old Montréal - Special Attractions". Retrieved 2013-08-25. 

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