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Description found in Archives

Bilingual equivalent

Date(s)

1971-2003

Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

3.21 m of textual records.
237 photographs : 220 prints; 11 slides; 6 negatives
300 audio reels.
54 audio cassettes.
17 audio discs.
200 videocassettes.
30 video reels.
6 film reels.
28 computer disks.
18 computer cartridges.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of records documenting the life and career of Raffi as a musician. Included are: fan mail and general correspondence; contracts; financial documents; reports; agendas; schedules; itineraries; programmes; promotional material; performance sheets; backstage passes; tickets; guest lists; invitation cards; manuscripts and annotated copies of musical works; lyrics; artwork and proofs for Raffi albums; certificates; notebooks; brochures; periodicals; press releases; newsletters; press clippings; photographs of Raffi and fans; sound and video recordings and films of works composed, arranged, and performed by Raffi, as well as interviews and news reports.

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Former archival reference no.

Multiple media Provisional description 90 (Electronic)
http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000002091.pdf

Biography / Administrative history

Born in 1948 as Raffi Cavoukian in Cairo, Egypt, to parents of Armenian origin, Raffi and his family came to Canada in 1958. A guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter, Raffi became active in the Toronto folk music scene in the early 1970s, and began performing for audiences of children in 1974. Raffi's first commercial recording was the adult-oriented Good Luck Boy (1975), which was followed the next year by the first of his many recordings intended for children, Singable Songs for the Very Young. Performing initially in schools and libraries in the province of Ontario, by the late 1970s Raffi's performances usually took place in concert halls. Since 1979 Raffi has focussed on children's music, and his career took on an international dimension with his first performances in the USA in 1981 and 1982. By the mid 1980s he was a leading children's performer in that country as well as in Canada. Raffi's recordings (albums and concert videos) have sold over 14 million copies in North America. From 1989 to 1994 Raffi devoted himself to environmental activism, and during this period his career in music was in inactive. An advocate and pioneer in the area of children's rights and well-being, Raffi has developed a philosophy known as child honouring, an approach which he applies to his music, his involvement in the music industry, and his other pursuits. He has eschewed commercial sponsorship, and has promoted the position that children's lives should be commercial-free. In addition to songbooks and picture books based on his songs (with sales of over 3 million copies), Raffi's print publications include his autobiography, The Life of a Children's Troubadour (1999), and with Sharna Olfman he is co-editor of Child Honouring: How to Turn This World Around (2006). He is the president of his own recording company, Troubadour Music, which has issued recordings by Raffi himself and by other artists. His honours and awards include the Order of Canada (1983), the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS; 1990), an environmentalism award from the United Nations (1992), a Special Achievement Award from the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN; 2000), the Order of British Columbia (2001), honorary degrees, and many music industry awards.

Additional information

Custodial history
Acquired in 2005 from Troubadour Music Inc.

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