Our History

 

This project is a personal project and life's passion of Robert Williston of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, to create an online encyclopedia of all Canadian music. Robert has spent more than 20,000 hours over a 30 year span to create and develop this website's content.

Citizenfreak.com honors a hometown Calgary band, the 49th Parallel, who recorded the cool single Citizen Freak in 1968.

Memberships are free. quarterly (or so emails) are sent to members. members can create and share playlists.

Most importantly, this website is about the artists, the music, and the country of Canada that has produced such an enormous quantity of excellent off-the-radar titles that so many collectors worldwide have been onto; but the Canadian general public still has not really caught onto - yet.... the music on this site should satisfy the more refined connoisseur of Canadian music, especially when spinning vinyl is not so convenient for a world on the go....like many things, good music improves with age....

This website will not sell advertising; there are no pop-ups; there is no government or corporate involvement. It is a site by the people of Canada and for the people of Canada and the world.

The Museum of Canadian Music is an online entity and will continue to grow it's presence. I have still only uploaded a small fraction of the total collection comprised of roughly one million Canadian songs collected.

In today's inter-connected world, large-scale brick and mortar music institutions are outdated and proving themselves to be no longer viable. They are costly, rely heavily on public debt, operate with negative returns, require a larger footprint, and have limited accessibility. This virtual museum costs $46 per month to operate, is managed by one person, and is a free service that can be accessed from anywhere in the world and on any computer or hand-held device.

This is the the History from the previous website - mocm.ca:

Introduction and Purpose:

The Museum of Canadian Music's home base is located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

We are Canada's first National Museum featuring Canadian music in all it's varieties. The purpose of the website is to collect, research, preserve, re-patriate, protect and promote Canadian music and culture.

The Museum was created to tell the story of Canada's magnificent cultural history, specifically relating to music and other sound recordings by Canadian artists.

As well as an encyclopedia and listening post for Canadian music of all genres and decades, the Museum provides artists and Canadian record labels with a free venue to promote, market and help to sell their music.

This website and database was created, designed and built by Robert Williston.

The 75 Canadian web radio stations was introduced here first and was the first of it's kind on the internet. The rooms and collections load the playlist in each room. There are now over a hundred playlists that continue to be augmented.

Background:

All work on this site is 100% volunteer and is not intended for profit.

The Museum of Canadian Music contains the largest private collection of Canadian music artifacts anywhere in the world. The physical collection includes approximately 90,000 items comprised of 33.3 LP's, CD's, 45 rpm singles, 78 rpm vinyl, 16" recordings, acetates, sheet music (specifically patriotic, war related, Canadiana, hockey, etc), books, magazines, posters, and general music Paraphernalia. This collection is likely the top four or five largest collections of Canadian music artifacts in existence, comparing the Canadian government and CBC archives (recently reduced/ dissolved). However, and importantly, much of this collection contains the rarest psychedelic, garage, punk and other rock related recordings, which likely is not present in other, larger government collections. Additionally, this collection contains near mint items that are unmarked and not mutilated. Much of the collection has been handpicked. Importantly, the Canadian government collections do contain thousands of items not included in this private collection.

We are currently digitizing the collection. Currently, the collection contains more than 250,000 files including media scans and electronic sound files.

A lot of the music featured here is rare and difficult to find - especially in good shape. Robert Williston, together with record dealers, writers, record labels and artists themselves are bringing the website aspect of this project to fruition.

Sound files are posted to enhance the experience of the visitor by exposing him or her to our expansive and rich Canadian culture. 

We encourage and welcome any Canadian artists that would like to have their music posted on this website. For our address, go to the 'About Us' - 'Contact Info' tabs. You can also send your digital music. Please contact ryder@robertwilliston.com.

If you are the owner of a sound recording that has been posted on this website and you do not want people to be able to hear the music here, kindly contact me and I will remove it.

  

Our History:

The Museum of Canadian Music was started in 2005.

The Museum of Canadian Music Trade mark was applied for in 2007 and The Entity was Trade Marked in February, 2009.

Robert Williston started cataloguing Canadian music in 1988. The project became a life’s passion to attempt to collect, catalogue and document every Canadian recording. That database has now grown to more than 51,000 titles. But you won't hear your top 40 commercial fare here - the music chosen here is more likely to appeal to the underground folks who are interested in hearing unique and interesting music and sounds, which likely never appealed to the corporate radio crowd.

The website went live on July 1, 2010.

 

Sales:

Please support Canadian music and buy music from the artist's preferred distributors.

We do not sell any digital media or allow downloads unless approved by the artist with the understanding that they pay their own license fees. Sound files are made available to be heard through the Fair Dealing provision in the Act.

This endeavour is not sponsored by any government or corporation. Canada is Canadian people.

 

Members and Traffic:

There are now more than 1,100 active members at August 5th, 2016.

There are more than 400 artists and bands that have agreed to share their music and stories on this website.

Website traffic currently exceeds 12,000 visitors and 42,000 pageviews per month.

Total pageviews since July 1, 2010 = 2,045,548

 

Enjoy your visit and thank-you for supporting music from Canada.

-Robert Williston