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395 Wellington Street - the first stop on the Karsh Trail with two great exhibitions!

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OTTAWA, June 11, 2009 - Library and Archives Canada proudly launches two exhibitions Sound and Vision: Portraits of Musicians and Composers by Yousuf Karsh and Studio K: A Karsh Experience, as part of Festival Karsh, a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the legendary portrait photographer, Yousuf Karsh.

Sound and Vision features intimate photographic portraits of musicians, composers and performers including Dizzy Gillespie, Glenn Gould, Dave Brubeck and Joan Baez drawn from the 350,000 items in Library and Archives Canada's Karsh collection. Also on display are related works of art, personal letters, musical instruments and publications, along with signature recordings by the featured artists. The exhibition will run until January 10, 2010 at Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, in Ottawa.

"This harmonious convergence of sound and vision reflects the rich scope of archival and published collections at Library and Archives Canada" says guest curator Melissa Rombout.

Also at 395 Wellington Street, Studio K: A Karsh Experience invites families, school children and educators to discover Karsh's relationship with the theatre. Visitors can experiment with lights, costumes and cameras as they follow Karsh's lead in creating dramatic photographs, as he did of Ottawa stage productions and Hollywood stars. Studio K: A Karsh Experience will run until December 13, 2009. View his portraits of celebrities and put yourself in a picture!

"The drama of Karsh's photographs - his brilliant lighting and his expressive posing of his sitters - is a hallmark of his legendary style," said Dr. Lilly Koltun, Director General responsible for the portrait collection at Library and Archives Canada. "Everyone is very welcome to join us on June 15 at 7 p.m. at Library and Archives Canada, to help us lift the curtain on Karsh's unique stage presence!"

Both exhibitions are open daily at 395 Wellington Street from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. free of charge. Library and Archives Canada is the first stop on the Karsh Trail, part of Festival Karsh, a collaboration between the Canada Science and Technology Museum and the Portrait Gallery of Canada, a program of Library and Archives Canada.

For more information about the Karsh collection held at Library and Archives Canada, and Festival Karsh, visit and

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Jean-Philippe Deneault
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Library and Archives Canada
The mandate of Library and Archives Canada is to preserve the documentary heritage of Canada for the benefit of present and future generations and to be a source of enduring knowledge accessible to all, thereby contributing to the cultural, social and economic advancement of Canada. Library and Archives Canada also facilitates co-operation among communities involved in the acquisition, preservation and diffusion of knowledge, and serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions.

Portrait Gallery of Canada
The Portrait Gallery of Canada, a program of Library and Archives Canada, is dedicated to showcasing the men and women who have helped shape and continue to shape our country. Through exhibitions, collections and programming, the Portrait Gallery reflects the values which define Canada and which continue to provide an enduring basis for our country's vision of nationhood now, and into the future.

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