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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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Observations on Recorded History
with David Lennick

Long-time member, David Lennick, has generously offered to once again entertain CAPS members with his unique brand of humour. David's extensive knowledge of records is unmatched and his interest in the oddities of recorded history has made for some of our most memorable presentations. David's voice is well known, having been on the air regularly since 1965 in private radio and as a CBC host in Toronto and nationally.


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Young Tom Edison
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Lifetime member, John Rutherford, will be connecting the dots for us as he discusses Thomas Edison. His thesis this time is as follows: If you want to create a hero, what better comparison could you find than Christ? The Mickey Rooney movie very cleverly takes us on a voyage from the Garden of Eden, where young Tom Edison is "devilish", through purging and chastisement, to miracle-working through prayer. And don't forget the goloshers! Don't they allow you to walk through water without you getting your feet wet? This is not a religious exegesis - it is a tribute to the creativity of film makers. Remember how the makers of "The Wizard of Oz" film improved immensely on the rambling Baum tale?


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The Life and Music of Bix Beiderbecke
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Leon Bismarck "Bix" Beiderbecke, born on the Mississippi River in Davenport, Iowa, in 1903 was, along with Louis Armstrong, the most prominent horn man of the Jazz Age. Self-taught and never able to effectively read music, Bix developed a lyrical style that was clean in tone. Bix played solos improvised on the melody more like a reed player. His exquisite tone did not vary much and while he swung, he swung very close to the ground-beat. Like many contemporaries, he wandered from band to band, gracing groups from the home-grown Wolverines to the great orchestras run by Jean Goldkette and Paul Whiteman. He and saxophonist Frankie Trumbauer often found themselves in the same recording studio with various lineups and their recording of "Singin' the Blues" (with guitarist Eddie Lang) was inarguably one of the finest recordings of their era and contains what is perhaps Bix's most admired 16-bar solo. Steven Gaber will highlight the life of this music legend in what is sure to be an informative presentation.


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Toy Phonographs and Related Ephemera
with Blain McCutchen

CAPS president, Blain McCutchen, will be hosting our popular Ephemera Show and Tell. Our hobby has a rich history of advertising and products that bring to life the impact that recorded music has had on our culture. Members who are uncomfortable speaking about their items need not worry as Blain will be happy to "show and tell" as part of his presentation. Members who have something they would like to show at this meeting are asked to contact Blain.


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Low turnout because of a heavy snowstorm,
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Early Recordings -
Goodnight Irene: How looking for the God particle collided with audio reproduction

with Keith Wright

CAPS member Keith Wright explores the science and history of bringing to life the earliest recordings to date. If time permits Mark Caruana-Dingli will also be showing video clips highlighting the early history of recording.


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Phonograph Show and Tell
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CAPS members are fortunate to have so many members with unique collections who are willing to share these machines at our Phonograph Show and Tell each year. There seems to be an endless variety of rare and not so rare phonographs and past-president Mike Bryan manages to always pull the event together and weave a thread through the assembled display. Members are encouraged to contact Mike if you have anything you would like to display.


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The Making of Thomas Edison
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David Dazer, manager of the Port Huron Edison Museum Depot, will be discussing the formative years of Thomas Edison, whose family moved to Port Huron when Edison was 7 years old. The museum is housed in the original 1858 Grand Trunk train depot that Tom Edison worked out of as a boy. The museum focuses on his major works, the phonograph, light bulb and motion pictures. David will also discuss Edison's electric pen and the world premiere of the 1940 movie "Young Tom Edison", which took place in downtown Port Huron.