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The Virtual Gramophone
Canadian Historical Sound Recordings


Welcome to the Library and Archives of Canada's Virtual Gramophone, a multimedia website devoted to the early days of Canadian recorded sound, providing an overview of the 78-rpm era in Canada.

The Virtual Gramophone database contains information and images for more than 15,000 78-rpm and cylinder recordings released in Canada, as well as foreign recordings featuring Canadian artists and/or compositions.

In addition to the database, there are biographies of prominent Canadian performers, short histories of Canadian record companies, background information on music styles and the recording technology of the time, and digital audio reproductions of selected recordings from Library and Archives Canada's collection.

This website is dedicated to Edward B. Moogk, pioneer Canadian discographer, author of Roll Back the Years (Ottawa: National Library of Canada, 1975) and the first Head of Recorded Sound Collection at the then National Library of Canada, (1972-1979).