From The Calgary Herald:
It was an idea brewing in the mind of CJSW station manager Myke Atkinson for a long time: a library to explore the varied Calgary music scene.
So the station approached the Calgary Public Library and, with the help of a $30,000 grant from the Calgary Foundation, built the Calgary Local Music Library. The mobile unit will travel to eight libraries over eight months and will house 200 CDs of notable local music, digital picture frames displaying historical Calgary music photos and posters, and a listening station, so people can sample before they borrow.
For those less knowledgeable but willing to learn, every CD includes a sticker with pertinent information about the artist, related bands and a short description of what the music sounds like. The library is sorted alphabetically rather than by genre or release date because, as Maguire explains, “we kind of wanted an element of chance when people are going through it.”
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CJSW 90.9 FM and Calgary Public Library have been working together to curate a collection of local Calgary music spanning the past 30 years up to the present day. This collection will be part of the Calgary Public Library’s permanent collection. It will tour 8 branches of The Calgary Library in a special display cart, with a concert launch event at each branch.
A tribute to the rich history of music in Calgary, The Calgary Local Music library aims to celebrate the artistry of local musicians in every genre. Seasoned listeners can explore nostalgic releases, and new listeners will be introduced to the rich, interwoven community of musicians in Calgary. Memorial Park will be the first branch to host the collection; we’re going to kick it off with an extra-special party.