The editors of MUSICultures are very pleased to announce the publication of their most recent issue (43-1). 

This issue is available to current members of the Canadian Society for Traditional Music here (non-members can freely access issues more than 3 years old): For membership/subscription information, please visit the website of the Canadian Society for Traditional Music: Or check your library for access. 

The contents of this issue include:


Applications are currently being accepted for the Joan Mitchell Travel Grant at the Laurier Archives, Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo Ontario.  The travel grant will support a graduate student or established scholar who wishes to travel to the Laurier Archives to conduct research.  For more information on the grant, please visit:  The application deadline is: December 2, 2016.

The Laurier Archives has recently opened a number of new archival collections documenting music in Canada including the papers of contralto Maureen Forrester, composer Alfred Kunz, the Royal Canadian College of Organists, and the new music society NUMUS.  The new collections build on our existing collections documenting sacred music in the Lutheran Church.
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MusCan Members:

Please join the MusCan Board of Directors in congratulating Dr. Harald Krebs (University of Victoria) on being elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

The following announcement was issued by Dr.  William Caplin for the Society for Music Theory:

I am pleased to announce that Harald Krebs, former president of SMT, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

The citation from the Society reads as follows:
"Harald Krebs is an internationally renowned music theorist. In his writings, he sheds light on neglected repertoires, such as the songs of 19th-century female composers and the late music of Robert Schumann. Particularly influential is his model of musical meter, created primarily for analysis of 17th- to 19th-century tonal music, but subsequently employed by numerous music theorists in the explication of diverse recent musics, including jazz, rock and techno.”

William E. Caplin, FRSC
James McGill Professor of Music Theory
Department of Music Research
Schulich School of Music
McGill University


The Canadian University Music Society and the SOCAN Foundation are pleased to announce that Gordon E. Smith is the recipient of the 2016 SOCAN Foundation/MusCan Award of Excellence for the Advancement of Research in Canadian Music.

The SOCAN Foundation/MusCan Award of Excellence recognizes, on an annual basis, a mature scholar who has established a nation-wide profile in the field of research into Canadian music and its composers. The winner’s dissemination of research results demonstrably increases aural and cultural understanding of Canadian music among other musical scholars and among musical performers. It also leads to increased understanding of Canadian music among the general public for music, or among members of a younger generation of future audiences and musicians. More information on the award itself is available on the MusCan website:

Gordon E. Smith holds a PhD in musicology from the University of Toronto and is professor of ethnomusicology and musicology in the Dan School of Drama and Music at Queen’s University. He was Director of the School of Music at Queen’s from 2003-2006, and more recently has served as Associate Dean and Vice-Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Science. He is currently the Interim Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science. Dr. Smith’s research focuses on historic and current issues of representation in Canadian ethnomusicology. He has published articles and reviews in various journals, including The Canadian University Music Review, World of Music, American Music, Ethnomusicology, The Yearbook for Traditional Music, Les Cahiers de la Société québécoise de la recherch en musique and The Canadian Journal for Traditional Music. He was also the Editor of the Canadian Journal for Traditional Music from 2000-2006, oversaw the journal’s transformation to a fully peer-reviewed publication, MUSICultures, in 2007, and was its Editor until 2011. He is co-editor of the book, Istvan Anhalt: Pathways and Memory (2001), and also of Folk Music, Traditional Music, Ethnomusicology: Canadian Perspectives, Past and Present (2007), Around and About Marius Barbeau: Modelling Twentieth-Century Culture (2008), and Musical Traditions, Culture and Contexts (2010). Most recently, Dr. Smith was guest editor of Perspectives, People, and Places: Essays in Honour of Carl Morey, a theme issue of Intersections (Canadian Journal of Music/Revue canadienne de musique), which was published in 2015. His current research is focused on music in Indigenous contexts, with particular emphasis on intergenerational connections around music, resurgence and healing in Mikmaq communities in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. 

The Canadian University Music Society gratefully acknowledges the generous financial support of the SOCAN Foundation in the awarding of this prize.     

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