Sonic Democracy - The Unique Music Program of Timmins High and Its History
Earlier this week, we shouted out Sonic Democracy and their upcoming shows featuring the Queen Experience. For our blog post this week, we wanted to dive a little deeper into the music program that helped Populus Music come to be.
A Brief History
In 2011, Sonic Democracy began as a group with little equipment. Coming together under direction of Barry Promane, the band began performing fundraising gigs in order to raise money for their program. This was how much of the first couple of years of the program were spent, as they built up a full live show worth of equipment throughout that period.
Each year, Sonic Democracy grew to be larger and more elaborate in performance, and became progressively more known around the city of Timmins.
Since then, each year Sonic Democracy performs a year-end show in June, performing cover songs of all genres and decades. A typical Sonic show will feature the likes of Queen, Metallica, Pink Floyd, and more modern cuts such as the Killers or John Mayer.
In Recent Years…
I joined Sonic Democracy in the Spring of 2016 as a lighting technician. I was nervous but eager as I had developed a love of music throughout the semester prior (thanks to meeting Barry Promane upon entering Timmins High.)
It was in this year that the group began their development into a recording collective in addition to what they had always been. In collaboration with the TEMPO Educates Foundation, and Tahoe Resources, Sonic Democracy began the Music Business course. I did not join during this initial year, but this would be the course that would birth Populus Music, although I did not know it at the time.
The following year, I had the opportunity to join the Music Business course as a manager of Sonic Democracy. The three of us that took on that position for the next three years were the first of our kind for the group, and it was through this experience that the spark emerged that became my unbridled and unmatched passion for the music industry.
This course gave us hands-on experience recording in a professional studio, Coalition Music of Toronto, Ontario. As well as working with amazing industry professionals such as President of Canada's Music Incubator Vel Omazic, legendary touring and session guitarist Sean Kelly, and the rocking female duo of the Command Sisters.
Through these experiences, and working with these professionals, the idea of Populus Music came to fruition.
An anecdote: the first aspect of Populus Music to be born was the theme of purple, during a discussion on the topic of marketing and colour theory.
Throughout this time, Sonic Democracy released two full-length studio albums, the first self titled, the second entitled Crossroads & Dreamlands.
This group provided me with experiences unlike any other, and it is perhaps the sole reason why I am able to write these posts, and work with such great musicians as I do today.
If you haven't checked them out for yourself, be sure to check them out on Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube at the links below:
Be sure to stay tuned this week for a new episode of the On The Record podcast coming your way this weekend, with an all new special guest!