The Outreach Committee of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections
(ARSC) posts the following message.
--- 2020 ARSC CONFERENCE: MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA ---
Please join us for the 54th annual ARSC Conference, May 20-23, 2020, in
The conference program will take place at the Hotel Delta, located in
downtown Montreal near McGill University and Le Quartier des Spectacles, and
within walking distance of Old Montreal.
The pre-conference workshop, "Digital Audio Restoration," will be held on
Wednesday, May 20, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., in the Delta's Concerto Room.
A block of rooms has been reserved at special rates for ARSC conference
attendees. The ARSC conference rate applies to reservations from May 19
through May 23. Please note: The ARSC group online reservation link below
includes 3 days before and 3 days after the conference. These are not
officially part of the ARSC room block and are subject to availability. If
you receive an error message, please contact the hotel directly for
assistance. The deadline for reservations at the group rate is April 28.
After that date, reservations will be accepted on a space available basis at
the prevailing rate.
For more information about the hotel, room rates, and reservations:
Register early and save! In order to receive the early registration
discount, you must register for the conference by May 4. Registration
options are available for members and non-members. Online registration is
now available at:
A special fee waiver program is available for student members willing to
work at the registration desk for four hours during the conference.
Applications will be accepted beginning March 3 at noon Eastern Time. Learn
Please make sure you have a valid passport for travel to Canada! For further
information about passports and customs:
For further details about the conference:
For general information about the conference, contact Brenda Nelson-Strauss,
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To discuss or arrange sponsorship, exhibits, or advertising, contact Curtis
Peoples, Assistant Conference Manager:
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The preliminary conference schedule (subject to change) and abstracts can be
ARSC is dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings -- in
all genres of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods.
Reflecting this broad mission, the upcoming conference offers talks and
sessions that will appeal to both professionals and collectors.
Presenters include representatives from archives across North America and
Europe, as well as record collectors, dealers, audio engineers and
producers, academics, historians, and musicians.
This year's plenary sessions are:
- Celebrating 100 years of Radio Broadcasting in Montreal
- Capitol Quebec: The Montreal Branch of Capitol Records Canada in the
1960s and 1970s
- Archiving at the Margins: Tenzier and the Musics of the Quebec
- The Fonds Jean Trudel: Engaging with Community Partners to Preserve and
Disseminate Archival Field Recordings in Quebec
-- American Music:
- From Acadia to Arcadia: Cajun Music's Continuing Journey
- Scuffling Women Blues: Forgotten Female Blues Singers of the 1930s
- Len Spencer and the Rise of Minstrel Recordings
Don't forget: there will be an "Ask the Technical Committee" session on
Thursday evening, and the "Collectors' Roundtable" (open to the general
public) on Friday evening.
THURSDAY MCGILL TOUR AND RADIO EXHIBIT
On Thursday evening, the McGill University Schulich School of Music will
host tours of the Marvin Duchow Music Library, including the exhibit "Radio:
100 Years" curated by Alain Dufour in collaboration with Anja Borck of the
Emile Berliner Musee des Ondes. Tours of the new recording studios will also
FRIDAY FILM SCREENING
On Friday evening, Mark Cantor proudly presents "What's New," a program of
jazz and American popular music on film. This year's presentation takes its
title from the well-known composition by Bob Haggart, "What's New." The
screening will consist of films that are new to the Archive; recently
discovered, acquired, or restored; and, in almost all cases, totally new to
ARSC membership. The great majority of clips have been transferred from 35mm
and 16mm sound film. The quality will surpass anything that can be seen on
YouTube. While the presentation will focus on jazz, an attempt will be made
to share as many different genres as possible, including vaudeville, blues,
R&B, Western Swing, "Hot Hawaiian," and at least one Irish tenor. Featured
artists include Anita O'Day, "Hot Lips" Page, Isabella Patricola, Mel Torme,
Duke Ellington, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Gene Vincent's Red Caps, Ida Cox,
the Mills Cavalcade Orchestra, Phil Baker, Ray Whiteley and his Six Bar
Cowboys, Louis Armstrong, Miller and Lyles, Eubie Blake, Andy Iona, Willis
"Gator" Jackson, and many more!
"Digital Audio Restoration" is a full-day workshop on May 20, at the Delta
Hotel. Presented by the ARSC Technical and Education & Training committees,
the workshop will focus on audio repair and restoration using software-based
tools. The morning session will address specific tools for repair and
restoration. Techniques for addressing common problems encountered with both
legacy and modern audio formats will also be covered. Example audio files
will be provided. Workshop participants are encouraged to bring their
workstation and software of choice, so they can follow along with the
instructor and try techniques for themselves. The afternoon session will
consist of case studies of specific commercial and archival restoration
projects. Presenters will discuss their workflows and solutions to problems
they encountered. The day will conclude with a round-table discussion on
restoration topics. This workshop is appropriate for all skill levels and
will address topics suitable for collector, archivist, and professional
audio engineer. No previous experience necessary; limited to 50 attendees.
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CONFERENCE MENTORING PROGRAM
ARSC invites first-time conference attendees and conference veterans to
participate in the Conference Mentoring Program. The program pools newcomers
and long-time members (guides), based on their shared interests. Guides
provide newcomers with an orientation to the conference, the association,
and its participants in informal meetings over the course of the conference.
Only ARSC veterans who are committed to the mentoring program should
The conference will conclude on Saturday evening with the annual Awards
Banquet. Winners of the 2019 Awards for Excellence who are in attendance and
2020 Lifetime Achievement and Distinguished Service award recipients will be
honored. Finalists for the 2020 Awards for Excellence will be announced.
The Association for Recorded Sound Collections is a nonprofit organization
dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings -- in all genres
of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods. ARSC is unique in
bringing together private individuals and institutional professionals --
everyone with a serious interest in recorded sound.