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Library Demo Sessions


  • By Cory Crossman


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Library Demo Sessions

In recent years, London has earned a reputation for developing incredible music industry talents, specifically in the production and engineering fields. London Public Library is supporting the development of creative talent and skills in their community by providing free access to The LABS at Central Library. This hands-on area features a variety of multimedia tools for audio recording and photography and video projects, editing and design software, robotics, 3D printing and low-tech tools such as sewing machines. The Studio, located adjacent to the Media Lab, is a small but mighty room that enables anyone in our community to record their own music for free. In combination with small rehearsal spaces also located at the Central Library, The Music Office in partnership with Library London found the perfect opportunity to put these spaces and resources to the test through a song-writing and demo-recording pilot project.

In the Winter of 2019, the JUNOS London 2019 Host Committee, in partnership with The London Music Office, visited regional schools speaking about the power of music and its ability to create safe, accessible spaces for everyone. As part of this program, a Host City Music Exchange was set up helping connect other Ontario music communities to the 2019 JUNOS in London. This resulted in London artists visiting the communities of Mississauga, Kitchener and Windsor to meet with locals and perform. Each visit featured a showcase performance spanning genres and highlighting two London artists. Artists from different music scenes within London had the opportunity to play alongside one another and to get to know each other’s music better while visiting these communities. Through this program, the idea of collaborative, co-writing sessions emerged.

Fast forward to the summer of 2019…

The JUNOS have the entire city of London buzzing still. The London artists that participated in the JUNOS London Host City Music Exchange have now been grouped into pairs with the goal of writing and demoing a holiday song at the Central Library. Each pair spends the morning writing a song in the Central Library’s Music Practice Room. Over lunch, the artists and producer discuss the arrangements before heading into The Studio at Central Library to demo their song. The results: three awesome holiday songs!

Over the next three weeks, London Public Library and The London Music Office, in partnership with local artists, will proudly release three holiday songs to the public. Each song is a co-write that was written and demo recorded at London Public Library’s The Labs at Central Library with the assistance of Fanshawe graduate and Audio Engineer / Producer, Alex Emrich. Stay tuned for announcement and release details!

For more information on using the free resources at The Labs, visit: www.lpl.ca/thelabs or drop by the 2nd floor of Central Library whenever the Library is open to check out these cool spaces for making music and other creative projects.



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