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Description found in Archives

Date(s)

[ca. 1965]-1996

Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

1.01 m of textual records.
436 photographs.
4 buttons.
1 painting.
1 montage.
1 metal object.
842 audio cassettes.
251 audio reels.
7 compact discs.
8 audio discs.
99 videocassettes.
241 diskettes.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of records concerning Ben Mink's career as a performer, recording artist, composer, and producer, including: files pertaining to musical groups in which Mink performed and toured (including Murray McLauchlan and the Silver Tractors, FM, CANO, and k.d. lang); files concerning recording, film, and television projects involving Mink as a performer, composer, or producer (including projects by k.d. lang, the Barenaked Ladies, and Marie-Lynn Hammond); compositions by Mink or by others; personal and professional correspondence; promotional material, such as programmes, press kits, buttons, and a metal object; clippings and periodicals with references to Mink or to projects involving him; financial records concerning Mink and his company, Zavion Enterprises Inc.; scrapbooks; photographs of Mink and others (including: Murray McLauchlan, k.d. lang, and their groups; the groups Stringband, FM, Rush, and Prairie Oyster; Stompin' Tom Connors, Madonna, Deborah Harry, Bruce Springsteen, and Sting); painting by Gus [Van Sant] with an inscription to Mink; sound recordings (some on diskettes) and video recordings, predominantly of performances by Mink and other musicians.

Graphic (art)
90: Open
Textual records
18: Restricted
Access to financial records and royalty
statements is restricted during the lifetime of Ben Mink or until 21 December 2036 (whichever is later), nor are such records to be exhibited, reproduced, or published while under restriction.
Textual records: electronic
90: Open
Object
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
95: Open, no copying
Volume
from 11 to 14
90: Open
Moving images (video)
95: Open, no copying
Video
from 22 to 45
99: Closed pending processing
Moving images (video)
95: Open, no copying
Video
from 46 to 65
99: Closed pending processing
Moving images (video)
95: Open, no copying
Video
104
99: Closed pending processing
Moving images (video)
95: Open, no copying
Video
from 517 to 519
535
99: Closed pending processing
Moving images (video)
95: Open, no copying
Video
from 542 to 566
99: Closed pending processing
Sound recordings
95: Open, no copying
Sound recording
1
99: Closed pending processing
Sound recordings
95: Open, no copying
Sound recording
from 2 to 103
from 105 to 230
99: Closed pending processing
Sound recordings
95: Open, no copying
Sound recording
from 44 to 51
99: Closed pending processing
Sound recordings
95: Open, no copying
Sound recording
47
95: Open, no copying
Sound recordings
95: Open, no copying
Sound recording
155
99: Closed pending processing
Sound recordings
95: Open, no copying
Sound recording
from 342 to 348
99: Closed pending processing
Sound recordings
95: Open, no copying
Sound recording
from 383 to 557
99: Closed pending processing
Sound recordings
95: Open, no copying
Sound recording
from 564 to 565
568
99: Closed pending processing
Sound recordings
95: Open, no copying
Sound recording
from 641 to 649
99: Closed pending processing
Sound recordings
95: Open, no copying
Sound recording
from 641 to 649
99: Closed pending processing
Sound recordings
95: Open, no copying
Sound recording
from 1158 to 1164
99: Closed pending processing
Sound recordings
95: Open, no copying
Sound recording
from 1740 to 1745
1743A
99: Closed pending processing
Sound recordings
95: Open, no copying
Sound recording
from 1933 to 1959
2266
95: Open, no copying
Sound recordings
95: Open, no copying
Sound recording
from 3676 to 4074
99: Closed pending processing
Sound recordings
95: Open, no copying
Sound recording
from 5123 to 5156
99: Closed pending processing
Sound recordings
95: Open, no copying
Sound recording
from 6711 to 6857
99: Closed pending processing
Textual records
18: Restricted
Volume
from 1 to 5
18: Restricted
Textual records
18: Restricted
Volume
from 6 to 10
90: Open
Former archival reference no.

Terms of use

Any material in the fonds incorporating the image or voice of k.d. lang is not to be exhibited, reproduced, or published without the prior permission of k.d. lang. This condition is in effect during the lifetime of k.d. lang or until 21 December 2036 (whichever is later).

Multiple media Provisional description 90 (Electronic)
http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000002119.pdf

Biography / Administrative history

Composer and multi-instrumentalist born in the United States of America, Ben Mink moved to Toronto as a child. He became active in that city's popular music scene in the late 1960s, performing with the Blazing Zulus and with the rock/country group Mary Lou Horner, which became the house band at the Rock Pile. Mink toured and recorded in the 1970s and early 1980s with folk and rock groups such as Stringband, Murray McLauchlan and the Silver Tractors, FM, and CANO, and also performed at folk festivals, on television, and at other venues. Performing on guitar, mandolin, and violin (including electric instruments), Mink was influenced by Eastern European and Jewish folk music, a reflection of his parents' origins in Poland. In 1980 he released an album, Foreign Exchange, under his own name, although most of his recorded performances have been on recordings by other musicians. In 1985 he joined the band of country artist k.d. lang, and since then has collaborated as a performer, composer, and producer with lang on several tours, recordings, and television appearances. In addition to extensive film, television, and commercial work, Mink has also produced and/or performed on recordings by numerous other artists, a diverse group which includes the Barenaked Ladies, Meryn Cadell, Marie-Lynn Hammond, Dan Hill, Mendelson Joe, Prairie Oyster, Raffi, Rush, Jane Siberry, Sylvia Tyson, and Valdy. He is the recipient of numerous Canadian and international music industry awards.

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