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Western Front Society fonds
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New Music Program

This series consists of artist and project files, correspondence, grant and other funding applications, box office reports, festival files, records of visiting artists and artist residencies, artist and project files, and administrative records. Deborah “DB” Boyko was the Curator and Director/Curator of the New Music Program between 1990 and 2018, and much of the correspondence with funding entities and artists was directed to or sent by her. Concerts and events include jazz festivals (Fake Jazz, Du Maurier Jazz) and collaborations with the New Orchestra Workshop (NOW). The New Music Program also regularly offered student volunteer and work positions, coordinating with North Burnaby high schools.

Western Front Society fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1609
  • Fonds
  • 1971-2015

The fonds consists of administrative files including operating and project grants; correspondence; artist and project files relating to events, productions and exhibitions; and promotional and publicity materials. Some files include photographs and drawings.

The fonds have been arranged into nine series: general programming, administrative, exhibitions, Front Magazine, Luminous Sites, media arts and video program, new music, performance art, and publicity and promotional materials. As much as possible, the files are arranged as they were by the original curators and program administrators. Early records (1973-1983) for all the programs are grouped together. Video program files were separated starting in 1976 when the program began. Following 1983, the programs each had individual curators.

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Media Arts and Video Art Program

This series contains the records of the Media Arts and Video Art Program, including records from when the Media Arts Program was called the Video Program. Contents include administrative, funding, and grant application records (including operating grants), equipment purchasing records, artist files, project and organization files, and press clippings and promotional materials. The Western Front collaborated with many like-minded video organizations, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s, and catalogues of Western Front Video Program and later Media Arts and Video Art Program holdings are included. Project files include, but are not limited to, Telecommunications Art projects from 1982-1991, The World in 24 Hours (1982), Text, Bombs and Video Tape (1991), and Infermental VI, VII, and VIII. Also in this series are records pertaining to the Media Arts and Video Art Program’s relationship with Vancouver Community Television Association.

Performance Art Program

This series consists of general administrative records, correspondence between artists, guest curators, and Performance Art Program staff, grant and financial reporting files, and curatorial files from the Performance Art Program, including photographs, drawings, and files related to the Living Arts Performance Festival (1979). Eric Metcalfe, co-founder of the Western Front Society, was the Curator of the Performance Art Program from 1989-2001; he features prominently in correspondence between artists and the Performance Art Program. Project, performance, and artist descriptions, resumes, and guest curator files, including those for Natalie Loveless, are also included.

Publicity and Promotional Materials

This series consists of posters, brochures, press clippings, and press releases related to all other Western Front programs (Exhibitions, Media Arts and Video Art, New Music, and Performance Art). Western Front Anniversary (20th and 30th) and Block Party promotional materials are also included in this series.


This series consists of administrative files, grant and funding applications, correspondence, minutes, project information, and promotional materials mostly from 1983-2013. There is some material from the 1970s, as the general programming administration umbrella covered what became the individual Programs until the early 1980s, and the separation between general programming administrative records and administrative records for the Western Front as an organization were less distinct.

Project files include: Electronic Arts Festivals, Art Auctions, and other fundraising events, and the Art Fair. Operating grants and funding applications include correspondence with funding bodies and fully or partially filled out application forms. The Western Front regularly applied for funding from the Canada Council for the Arts (often shortened to CC in file titles), the BC Arts Council (BCAC), the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), the BC Lottery Corporation (BCLC), and the City of Vancouver. Special project and supplemental operating funding applications and grants also came from non-government sources, including the Hamber Foundation and Imperial Tobacco.

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