Welcome to
the Soo Music Project

A LIVING ARCHIVE OF SAULT STE MARIE'S MUSICAL HISTORY.

Featured Resource

Sault Ste Marie Museum

What started out as a challenge to list the names of every band in Sault Ste. Marie and surrounding area, has grown into what you are reading right now... We call it an archive, or a directory, and sometimes "Shaun's little project".    


Since it began, a small but committed team of volunteers lead by Shaun Antler long time Artistic Director for the stage at ROTARYFEST, has worked hard to transform  three years of telephone conversations, hundreds of hours of internet research, and uncounted email messages into this still growing collection of multi-media portfolios.  However, it wasn't long into the project before something became obvious, this archive was no longer just a simple a list of band names.   

There are embeded audio players now, so you can listen to the music too.  There are also interactive member rosters with albums, articles, posters and videos to round out the musical directory.  Last March, with the help of the Indivision Network,  all the the data in Shaun's notes was uploaded to a publically accessible database, and as summer 2021 rolls around we are preparing for our first round of content editors, who will help us add to the multi-media collection.  

Our collaborators are invaluable, and we haven't even scratched the surface of what they have already contributed.  Some of them have been working on this stuff for years, and are dedicated to documenting things like  who recorded what, where things happened, listings of sound engineers, studios, backup singers, dates, and all the rest  ... it takes a long time, and we can't express enough, the credit they deserve. 

Whenever possible, we also encourage artists to manage their own content, by logging in and updating accounts for themselves.  Signing up for an account is easy.  Just click the profile link at the top of every page.   If you are someone currently named in the directory, or if you know someone who is named in the directory, just notify Shaun or Bill, we'll give you control over your profile(s).    You don't even have to be an artist to contribute.  Anyone can sign up to add multi-media to the archive.  We call this approach "community driven" content.    We need people who share a passion for writing good artist bios, or hunting down the right photos, or anything else that belongs to the Musical history of our area.    We know you are out there, contact us!

 There is still a lot to do, but we have only just begun.   We hope you enjoy what has been assembled so far. and have fun exploring the Sault's ever changing music scene - past and present.  

Currently, the database contains profiles for 2000+ bands and 100's of musicians.    Click the Hamburger in the top right corner to select the type of content you are looking for, or select the magnifying glass at the top of every page to search for  Individual artists, Bands, and Resources.   Even better, create your own account and submit content yourself. 

 Contact bill@indivision.ca, or santler@shaw.ca if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.

Featured Articles

Going Underground: A Brief History of Punk Rock in Small Town Canada

The book officially starts with a six and-a-half page story on the "first wave" of the local punk scene in the 1980s, along with Paolo's beginnings as a photographer. He goes into detail about how his love for photography blossomed, his first experiences
Author: Rob Figures
Published by: the Sault Metal Scene

Documenting the Sault's music history

Special event being held to launch the Soo Music Project's multi-media directory and present it to the Sault Ste. Marie Museum
Author: Chris Belsito
Published by: SooToday.com

Featured Bands & Ensembles

Amethyst
Hard Rock from Sault Ste Marie Ontario
since circa 1991
Black Dirt Road
from Sault Ste Marie Ontario
circa 1974 - circa 1976
The Vendettas
60s Pop/Rock from Sault Ste Marie Ontario
circa 1963 - circa 1967
DJ Seith
from Sault Ste Marie Ontario
Un-Available: Writing/Recording
Andy Chillman & the Chill Men
Folk/Blues/Celtic from Sault Ste Marie Ontario
Available for Shows/Gigs

Featured Musicians

Sheldon Jaaskelainen
Swamp country to classical from Sault Ste Marie Ontario
Mike Severin
Punk from Sault Ste Marie Ontario
Available for Shows/Gigs
Brad Example
from Sault Ste Marie Ontario
Available for Shows/Gigs
Al Wood
Chicago-style Blues/Jazz from Sault Ste Marie Ontario
Available for Shows/Gigs
Michael Yurich
Rock from Sault Ste Marie Ontario
Available for Shows/Gigs

Featured Resources

Coch's Corner
Photo by via Warren LeMay on Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/warrenlemay/2...
Open / Operational
LopLops Lounge
Open / Operational
Music City
Music Tourism has partnered with Destination Northern Ontario, the Sault Ste Mar...
99 Foster DR Sault Ste Marie Ontario
Open / Operational
Northern Superior Brewing Co.
Northern Superior Brewing Co. has been a part of the Sault Ste. Marie community ...
Open / Operational
ONNtv
Local TV is Back! ONNtv is one of the first local television stations in Canada...
Sault Ste Marie Ontario
Open / Operational

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Submit a Profile to the Directory

List an Individual Artist / Artisan / Musician

(Painter, Carver, Dancer, Writer etc)

List an Arts Ensemble

(Band / Choir /Dance Troupe, Theatre Troupe, Artist Collective etc.)

List an Organization / Resource / Space

(organization, business, venue etc)

News + Media

Add / Link a Video

Add a video, which will be linked to profiles, and appear in the video feed

Add / Link an Article

Add, or link to an article about content in the directory.

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