Jim Lamarche is a communications/education advisor and writer, 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 media composer in the greater Toronto area.
With 100,000+ hits/visitors over the past 10 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 most of the schools in this report (from 1983 – 2016). “It’s simply my wish to provide clear, accurate, un-spun 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”.
1986 Spiral Studio, Phoebe Street Toronto
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.
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 …
“I went back to school to learn how to build a website that was mine. A way to interact with it and make it better. Without a purpose there’s nothing”.
Getting no sleep and having no social life for years; his efforts were finally noticed by A&M/UMG in 1983 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.
Bio by Ingrid Müller (updated by Jim Lamarche)
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