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Meetings
Canadian Antique Phonograph Society
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The Canadian Antique Phonograph Society meets on a regular basis, currently eight times a year between September and June. CAPS meetings attract more than 50 members and guests. Arrive early to peruse the auction tables.

Each meeting begins with a presentation of about one hour in duration by one of our members or a specially-invited speaker on one aspect or another of recorded-sound history. This is followed by a 20-minute social period where members exchange information about records, machines and parts, survey the auction tables and any set price sale items, or view one of the displays that members often set up. Facilities are also available for screening short videos during the meeting.

Following this is an auction of a wide variety of sound machines, recordings and music-related ephemera. Admission is $5 per person which pays for the meeting room and the refreshments. Guests are welcomed at our meetings. To participate in the auction, however, you must be a member.

Location:

Centennial College, Progress Campus
Markham Road exit off Highway 401
Toronto, Ontario

Room: B1-16      Entrance: Door 9
Parking: Lots 4 and 5
Date & Time: Sunday 1:00-5:00 pm

By transit:

From the Kennedy subway station, take the Scarborough RT.
Ride 4 stops to Scarborough Centre station.
Descend 2 levels to the bus platform level.
Up at far end, take the Progress 134 bus.
Get off at the first stop beyond Markham Road
       (announced as 921 Progress Ave).
The entrance walkway to Centennial College is straight ahead.

Presentations


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Duke Ellington
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Edward Kennedy Ellington was born in 1899, in Washington, D.C., at a time when the nation's capital was arguably the best place for an African-American child to live. The largest urban Negro community in the country maintained its own opera company, classical-music groups and literary societies; its segregated schools taught African history, stressed proper manners and speech, and were intent on producing students who were, in Ellington's phrase, "representative of a great and proud race". Ellington acquired the nickname "Duke" on the brink of adolescence and, whatever its source (accounts differ), it indicates the superior impression that the boy had already made, not an insignificant trait in an era when outstanding black musicians were known professionally as Bubber, Sonny, and Cootie. His compositions were a different kind of music, a new direction for that recent development, jazz.

We will hear about his early life, his musicians, his compositions and his earliest recordings made in the 1920s, even though his career continued well into the 1970s. As Don Lockwood said about himself in Singin' in the Rain, with Ellington, it was a life of "dignity, always dignity". Included will be nine Ellington compositions that have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.


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The Edison Kinetophone
with Arthur E. Zimmerman & Betty Minaker Pratt

We of CAPS tend to ignore the fact that Edison was a major producer of feature-length silent films before WW I. From 1910, his people also worked to perfect commercial sound films, the Kinetophones, with film and sound track "taken" simultaneously. Our research shows that, from some time in 1912, Edison's director of Kinetophones was sometime Canadian William Everett "Allen" Ramsay (1864-1931; see APN of Sept.-Oct. 2007), who also starred in three of these little "talkies". We have now tracked Ramsay's entire career, as vaudevillian, stage actor, film narrator and opera singer and are working at sorting out why he apparently left his stage career in 1911 to join the Edison film studios in the Bronx and at West Orange.

We will be showing a porton of the introductory film starring Ramsay himself plus two complete Kinetophones, and Edison's follow-through with Ramsay after the commercial failure of the Kinetophone Project.


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Phonograph Show and Tell
with Mike Bryan

A CAPS mainstay and one of our most popular presentations, once again CAPS members are invited to bring in something from their collections to demonstrate. Mike Bryan has already begun working on a theme for this year's event and will let members know in advance what he will be looking for. Thanks in advance to those who generously share items from their collections.


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Estate Planning and Dispersing a Collection
with Steve Stanton (Stanton's Antique Phonograph Auctions)

Stantonís Auctioneers is internationally known for selling antique phonographs, music boxes and automated music machines by auction since 1954. Steven Stanton has been in the business for the past 47 years and his presentation will focus on estate planning and how to plan for dispersing part or all of a collection. There will be ample opportunity for members to ask questions.


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Phonograph Videos
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Edison 2-Minute Wax Cylinders 1896-1912
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CAPS President, Blain will be discussing the history of the two-minute Edison wax cylinders from 1896 to 1912, including manufacturing developments and a chance to listen to recordings from this era. An exciting time from the early brown wax cylinders to the high-speed hard wax cylinders and the machines that entertained the people.

(This presentation was originally scheduled for the February 11 meeting, but due to a snowy weekend in Toronto and low meeting turnout, it was re-scheduled for the March meeting.)   


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Automatons
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One of CAPS Past Presidents and Auctioneer, Ed Moran has been collecting antiques of all kinds for many years. Among his interests are rare and highly sought-after automatons. His expertise in this area is well known and his presentation is sure to include some of the finest items from his collection. Members are encouraged to contact Ed if they have something that they would like to be included.


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Your Favourite Recording
with Steven O'Neill

We are very lucky to have such an organization through which members can discuss, learn and appreciate antique phonographs and gramophones. Whilst the meetings have well addressed the topic of the machines, perhaps itís time to face the music. In June, I will give a presentation on our membersí favourite recordings. Over the next couple of months, I will be contacting the members to discover what their desert island discs would be. Members can introduce their own record or, if they would prefer, I will speak on their behalf. Each record will be given a brief background description and biography of the performer and/or composer. Understandably, the formats will vary. I will bring an acoustic machine as well as an electric turntable for members who would prefer their treasured wax kept well away from the spike. There is no limit regarding era. From Abba to Zappa, we have our favourite recordings, though I expect no responses about either. If successful, perhaps this will be a regular topic of future presentations. To help with the organization of this, I would greatly appreciate if members could email me what they are bringing but this is not required. So dig into your collection and bring something to share. steveatcaps@gmail.com