Jim Lamarche – Bio – January 2018

Jim Lamarche is a communications/education advisor with a background in digital media & audio visual production (music and sound design), having recently graduated from a Web Design program at Herzing College and continuing as a post-secondary education counsellor in the greater Toronto area.

With 100,000+ hits/visitors over the past 9 years from all parts of the world – Jim Lamarche’s Media Arts Education – A Report Card, remains the quintessential source of information on the post-secondary Media Arts Education scene in Canada.  Beginning as a composer/engineer-producer, writer and education counsellor in Toronto, Jim has taught (instructor), guest lectured – visited/participated at all the schools in this report (from 1983 – 2016).  Jim provides clear, accurate “unspun” information – on how those wishing to pursue a career in the media arts field can proceed in a way that encourages the most viable options and opportunities.

“I look at it this way – if the world’s next Quentin Tarantino, Avril Lavigne or Trent Reznor/Daniel Lanois is reading this stuff, then none of it will matter one way or the other because information in a blog on the internet won’t change that kind of commitment.  I already know that many MAE readers decide against a career in Media Arts after taking this site in.  I think of it as me doing them a favour and saving them a lot of headaches, only because it requires a 100% commitment.  It’s all or nothing”.  JL

Starting out as a recording engineer/music/recording artist (A&M/Universal Music Group), Jim moved into Media Arts teaching/counselling (Ryerson University/International Academy of Design/Toronto Film School/Trebas Institute). Living in Punjab India in 2008, Jim traveled extensively while on tour for CIVC (Canadian Institute of Vocational Courses) based out of Mohali, education consulting in conjunction with Lambton College in Sarnia just before returning as an education consultant in Toronto to this day.



game change

India was a necessary departure/opportunity – living for 4 months up in the Punjab – brings it all into perspective.  “It was a game-changer” reflecting back … “one quickly realizes that there’s a lot more going on in the world than we here in North America can even begin to realize – and you really have to go there – to get it”.  Jim returned, working as a college recruiter whilst immersing himself in photoshop/blogging/writing and experimenting with audio/visual media resulting in this ongoing experiment that’s all new.   Growing up in Woodstock and going to school in London, Ontario; Jim soon found his calling in Toronto, living and working in various large format analog studios (Captain Audio, Kensington Sound, Eastern Sound, Amber Studio and Grant Avenue Studio – Hamilton), working his way up to becoming a full-time engineer where he continued to develop at the time working on his original compositions and recorded music productions during “down time”, exploring the creative sound process…

Getting no sleep and having no social life for years; his efforts were finally noticed by A&M/UMG and was signed to a five-year world-wide deal. He recorded two albums with the major label whilst continuing to hone his craft in various studios in the GTA as a freelance producer/engineer having worked with Australias “Split Enz”, Canada’s “Bruce Cockburn”, “Blood Sweat and Tears/David Clayton Thomas”, Linus Entertainments “By Divine Right”, Toronto progressive rock group “Cerafim” and the power pop band “Eleven:11″.  Jim has recorded 5 independent CDs (as artist); since A&M/UMG; “night parachuting” (1992), “spearmint lake” (1994), temple (1998), a collection of vintage remastered songs on “old friends” (2006) and his latest album, “temple redux” (2012) . Various tracks from “night parachuting” continue to receive airplay on Toronto’s CHUM-FM and CHFI (evening programming) , amongst dozens of other stations across Canada. One of his composition/recordings,  “ricepaper dancer” (night parachuting) was the opening and closing theme for the nationally syndicated radio show “Steps Ahead”, during the 90′s hosted by John Kares.

Jim has been nominated for a Juno Award as “Most Promising Male Vocalist” in 1985 (first ballot), and served as a Juno Award judge in the “Recording Engineer of the Year” category from 1992 – 1998, as well as having scored numerous national television commercials for various ad agencies, television shows, documentaries and corporate audio-visual productions. In 1999, Jim participated as composer/producer on the Genie award winning “Bingo”… voted “best animation short”, for the 3-D animation developers, Alias-Wavefront  … working closely with the academy award winning animation director, Chris Landreth.

Blogroll (above) Forum and Surveys is more education oriented stuff – pertinent to media arts education

BLOGSPOT:  http://jimlamarche.blogspot.ca/
OR IN THE SERIES:  http://www.jimlamarche.ca/music/
DISCOGRAPHY:  http://www.jimlamarche.ca/discography/