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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.

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The Happy Gang
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(Knock-knock-knock-knock) Who's there?

If you answered "It's the Happy Gang", you're old (okay, not that old) and you'll still want to catch ARSC award winner David Lennick's presentation on the popular radio show that ran for 22 years on CBC Radio, with excerpts from their broadcasts, stories, tales out of school, and some surprisingly hip (hep?) and jazzy performances from members of the gang. Come awwwwwwn in!


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Robert Crumb - Artist and Record Collector
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Harold will be presenting information on Robert Crumb, his art and music. Crumb is an obsessive collector of old blues and jazz 78s whose artwork has been featured on modern rock album covers, but he has nothing but disdain for modern rock and the musicians. The presentation will focus on some of his artwork related to the musicians he loves. During his presentation, Harold will also talk about the record program Crumb hosted, where he discussed and played some of the race records of the 30s.


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Vinyl Studio
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CAPS Mike DiCecco (VP) and Adam Mock (APN Editor) will team up to give a demonstration of a new computer program called Vinyl Studio. This amazing program is a record collector's dream! It allows the user to virtually eliminate pops, clicks, scratches and other surface noise without degrading the original sound. The program also has parameters built in to specifically address issues that arise with the copying of 78 RPM recordings.

Mike and Adam will highlight some of Vinyl Studio's many features: the hardware that is required, demonstrate step by step how the restoration process is performed and show how the end result can be uploaded to portable players such as MP3 players and IPods. We're sure you'll find the "before" and "after" comparisons to be fascinating and an excellent insight into a modern method of performing home audio restoration of vintage recordings.


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La Musique de la Belle Époque
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For most of us, the term "La Belle Époque" references a period of frivolity, unique to bohemian Paris. We imagine a turn-of-the-century café society where absinthe-soaked painters frolicked with dancing girls. We think of the Moulin Rouge, poster art and cobble-stoned alleys alive with cigarette smoke. These images are so iconic, they could only represent early 1900s Paris as we romanticize it today. Yet, it was also an era of technology in the throes of rapid expansion. Discoveries and developments of the day not only allowed people to express the era through paintings and poetry but also capture the voice for the first time. A few of Paris' many celebrated performers sang into the acoustic horn to make their own impressions of the era. During my presentation in February, we will hear some of those recordings and rediscover the era through something that was almost forgotten: the sounds of early twentieth century Paris through La Musique de la Belle Époque.


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Edison 2-Minute Wax Cylinders 1896-1912, Part 2
with Blain McCutchen and Paul Dodington

CAPS President, Blain McCutchen, will be continuing his discussion on the history of the two-minute Edison wax cylinders from 1896 to 1912, including manufacturing developments and listening to recordings from this era. An exciting time in history, from the early brown wax cylinder to high speed hard wax cylinders and the machines that entertained people.

Paul Dodington will demonstrate live recording on a brown wax cylinder and will play it back for everyone to hear.


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George Gershwin
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Long-time CAPS member Steven Gaber is researching a presentation on George Gershwin to follow his previous lectures on Bix Beiderbecke and Duke Ellington. His interests and expertise is more in the music of the acoustic/early electronic eras than in phonographic hardware. He has been a collector of 78 rpm records, primarily of the 1920s, since he bought his first and only Victor Talking Machine (VV-XI) at an antique shop under the 59th Street Bridge in NYC for $10 in 1964. The talk will be illustrated by photos and Gershwin songs and will discuss both his popular and classical compositions. As before, Keith Wright will assist with the technical aspects of the presentation.


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