The publication of the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada (EMC) in 1981 stimulated a significant renewal of interest in Canadian music studies. The parallels that exist between Canadian and Irish musical culture suggest that the production of a similar encyclopedia of music in Ireland would likewise stimulate a long overdue assessment of the intrinsic development of music in Ireland and its contribution to the history of Irish ideas. EMC is available as a guide to the form and contents of such a reference work. /// La publication de l'Encyclopédie de la musique au Canada (EMC) en 1981 a stimulé un regain d'intéret significatif pour les études de la musique canadienne. Les parallèles qui existent entre la culture musicale canadienne et la culture musicale irlandaise suggè-rent que la réalisation d'une encyclopédie similaire de la musique en Irlande stimulerait aussi une évaluation longtemps attendue du développement intrinsèque de la musique en Irlande et la contribution qu'elle a apportée à l'histoire des idées irlandaises. L'EMC constitue un guide de la forme et du fond d'un tel ouvrage de référence.
The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies (CJIS) is the official scholarly publication of the Canadian Association for Irish Studies. Founded in 1974, it has been edited at the University of British Columbia, the University of Saskatchewan, Memorial University, Concordia University, and now at the University of Alberta. As the journal of record for Irish Studies in Canada, The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies / Revue canadienne d'études irlandaises seeks to publish important new work that deals with any aspect of the life of Ireland, and takes a particular interest in work that has a Canadian dimension. Publishing cutting-edge scholarly research is a top priority, but we also take very seriously the need to review all new books relevant to Irish Studies, and to publish writing that would be of general interest. CJIS/RCÉI seeks to be true to the traditions of Irish Studies, which has always been interdisciplinary in organisation and focussed on as wide a readership as possible, including those students of Ireland who are outside of the academic community.