Robert Williston

Founder, Director, Curator

Email: ryder@robertwilliston.com

I started this "Canadian Music Discovery Project" back in 1988, building a Canadian music database from my own personal collection of Canadian music. I had a bi-weekly radio show called The Peaking Canuck Show on CiTR in Vancouver, British Columbia from 1990-1992 and was trained by The Human Serviette. The show featured all-Canadian music spliced with 'Canadiana Mixing' - interesting snipits of Canadian historical audio soundbites. Since then I have never stopped this 'Canadiana Mixing' and the collecting of Canadian music. Some of this mixing will be featured in our 'Podcasts'. Over the years, the collection has grown to contain over 90,000 artifacts, in all it's varities, representing the largest private collection of Canadian music artifacts on earth. This project will make this important collection accessible. In 2009-10, I published 200 discographies of Canadian artists on www.itcamefromcanada.com. In 2010-11, I re-issued rare Canadian music including Artok, Borealis, Class Info, D'arcy Draper, Dr.Philter Banx, Folklords, Free Beer, Heavy Cruiser, Huckle, Neil Merryweather, Philip John Lewin, Stan Martin, Psycho, Everett Haughton, Dave Baker, Martin Wall, Hush, Ivar Avenue Reunion, Bill Bissett and the Mandan Massacre, Honey Novick, Luddites, John Lyle, David Sinclair, Kaos, Love Cyrkle, Sugar & Spice and many more. Since then I switched from re-issuing older titles to featuring them for play only on this site and pointing to artists own sites for purchase - now there are more than 400 artists featured here. Every day that I have worked on this project, I am humbled by its' breadth and greatness. I hope that musicians, Canadian music lovers, and other collectors of Canadian music and memorabilia will provide additional information to help bring this project to fruition.