The Music Gallery and York University present
History Series: York Archives Show And Tell
Curated and hosted by Pratishtha Kohli
Room 305 Scott Library, York University 4700 Keele St.
When the Music Gallery was located at the Church of St. George The Martyr, we waited patiently for the Line 1 Subway extension to be completed so that we shuttle up to York University, the home of our archives from 1976-2012. We’ve moved since then but at least the subway extension is complete and we are thrilled to finally collaborate with York for a show and tell of our photos, posters and recordings from days gone by. Representing decades of work, these archives are a living history of the development of the Music Gallery’s sound and mandate. This is the first time our archives have ever been available for public viewing.
Curator Pratishtha Kohli, one of the MG’s Artistic Associates, comments “The purpose of delving into the York University archives is to uncover the way in which the Music Gallery has contributed to the experimental, weird and wonderful music scene in Toronto. Through the course of the evening, I want to see the way in which programming, and programmers of the MG have challenged the norms of music that exist within Toronto’s art & music spaces. As we are well aware now, music is political and the creation of spaces and scenes are a reflection of the politics of the time. Has the MG always challenged the status quo? Was it a “boys club”, and what does that mean when looking at the time period in which it existed vs the times we live in now? Can the same standards even be applied?”
York University’s archivists have been extremely helpful in shaping this event, and as a bonus, they will generously be providing refreshments for the evening.
Longtime Artistic Director Jim Montgomery (1988-2006) to illuminate archives with context and his own memories.
Photo: General Idea, “P” Is For Poodle, co-presented by the Music Gallery, 1982.