Ray Cormier

An Inventory of His Papers at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Andrea Martin
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library
(May 2014)

Finding aid encoded by Andrea Martin (May 2014)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library

Creator:
Ray Cormier

Title:
Ray Cormier fonds

Dates:
1979-2006, predominant 1987-1997

Quantity:
99 Videocassettes; 2 film reels

Identification:
MSS 419 (A13-38)

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Biography of Ray Cormier

Ray Cormier was born and raised in Moncton, New Brunswick, and moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba in the 1980s. Cormier was a a one-man production unit, at times filling all the roles necessary to create and produce a video: actor, writer, musician, director, videographer, editor, producer, and broadcaster. Cormier produced commercials and instructional videos that had regional and national impact. He worked for a number of production companies based in Winnipeg - Rainbow Video Service, Video Promotions, Abilities Research Inc., and MidCanada Production Services Ltd. Corimer's clients included Fortune Group 2000, Foster Marks Advertising, Glen Hanson Media, Lank Beach Productions, Bayer Healthcare Division, Ontario Pharmacists Association, and Searle Pharmaceutical, and the Winnipeg Police Department. His commercials appeared on PBS, NBC, CKY-TV, CBC, Global-TV, CTV, Much Music, and A Channel. Ray Cormier died unexpectedly on May 2, 2007.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection consists of video recordings of Cormier's work on Betacam videocassettes and VHS videocassettes, as well as one 8 mm film reel, and one 2 inch professional film reel. The collection reconstructs Ray Cormier's professional career and provides research material on marketing techniques and strategies, consumer and societal trends, and wedding and birthday rituals for the dates covered.

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged into two series:

  • 1. Personal and Home Video
  • 2. Professional and Promotional Video

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Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on this material.

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Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply.

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Custodial History

The collection was donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by the Estate of Wendy Cormier in 2010.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

1. Personal and Home Video 1979-2006
BoxFolder
11 "The Wedding" starring Ray & Wendy September15 1979

8 mm film

2 Formula Racing England - Donington - John Jones touristing June 28 1987

Beta

3 "Nana & Papa" interviewed by their son Ken Gregg November 30 1987

Beta

4 "Runner" the movie that was shot in 10 hours; Colleens shower; home insurance Ray; 1987 marathon + 24 hour relay: kirby mission possible 1987

Beta

5 253 Lochview Road, Fall River, Nova Scotia: Macromedia Director Summer 1989

Beta

6 253 Lochview Road, Fall River, Nova Scotia Summer 1989

VHS

7 Buffalo BBQ, parade , awards, midway May 20 1991

VHS

8 Boeing classic Track + Field March 1993

VHS

9 Winnipeg related video #1 Bewick house, Jay morr home + off.; Albert's house; Fernando's house; Ray + Wendy's house [Video Letter?] 1993

VHS

10 Charleswood flooded for the 3rd time in 3 weeks. On Sunday, August 15th, 1993, this video was recorded! *Plus Wpg. Video letter to mom + dad in Moncton: Cormier tree me-Fred-geese. Sept. 27, 1994 August 15 1993; September 27, 1994

VHS

11 Video Letter from Winnipeg regarding progress of the "Cormier" Tree after 21 days in Winnipeg. Also the Acadian Flag, garden vegetables, Fred, Flowers still in bloom, son Ray, and Hundreds of Geese September 27 1994

VHS

12 Christmas from Winnipeg and Newfoundland to: Mr. & Mrs. J.A. Cormier 1994

VHS

13 Video letter from Winnipeg May 22 - May 28 1995

VHS

14 Video letter from Winnipeg May-December 1995

VHS

15 Video letter from Winnipeg June 17 - July 3 1995

VHS

16 Video letter from: Winnipeg to Moncton July - August 1995

VHS

17 Video letter to mom & dad from Ray & Wendy in Winnipeg August 11 - September 12 1995

VHS

18 Video Letter from Winnipeg September 26 - October 28 1995

VHS

19 Video Letters: October 31 - December 19 1995; April 1997 flood + sandbagging 1995, 1997

VHS

20 Special Video News Letter: To be viewed for the first time on Sunday, May 26 1996 with Roger, Camilla, Diane & Leandre (re: a special event) 1996

VHS

21 Video Letter: Nana's 97th birthday - Wendy feeding the deer - Freddy 21 years old May - June 1996

VHS

22 Video letter: hail in July 1996 Winnipeg July - September 1996

VHS

23 Video letters July - December 1996

VHS

24 Video letter from Winnipeg: Fall, nature scenery with ducks + wild geese. Nana feeding the seagulls October 1996

VHS

25 Video Letter: Feeding the deer and Christmas (in Winnipeg) November - December 1996

VHS

26 Video letter to Bill Clement Re: Farmers's water and Glenbush April 22 1997

VHS

27 Ray and Wendy's home (5 min.); Albert's Garden (5 min.) - Winnipeg Summer 1997
28 Winnipeg Homestead, Fall: Bunny, chipmunk, birds together; Wild animals; Wendy and birdfeeding; garden shed 1999

VHS

29 Untitled - Home Video: Decorating Christmas Tree December 17 1999
30 England #2 August 2000

Video Cassette

31 One day in Winnipeg: bunny and chipmunk/dyke/trees/chipmunk, wall October 7 2000

VHS

32 Fort Whyte, bison, teepees, geese, canadian + u.s. flags, backyard deer, Ray on drums, melt, sun, snow, baby deer intended for Lisa, wild indiginous fish to be added April 4th, 2002

VHS

33 Ray Cormier Tape 1: Buffalo Point deer; Assinaboine Park deer; Sundial and geese; bison; Nana ducks, deer; squirrel; deer; owl; Ray in edit suite; more geese April 2001

Video Cassette

34 Ray Cormier #2: Spring melt; water diamonds; Flags; Deer; Feeding Deer; bison; geese; teepee; Ray on drums April 2002

Video Casseette

35 Winnipeg flood and other visuals 2005

VHS

36 Manitoba Marathon Ben and Ray June 19 2005

VHS

37 Shaelyn andCasey's Wedding Day July 29 2006
38 China (i.e. video postcard)

VHS

39 Ray Cormier #3

Video Cassette

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2. Professional and Promotional Video 1988-2000
BoxFolder
21 Ray Cormier leaves CKY television after nearly 15 years. Party. 1988

VHS

2 Ray Cormier leaves CKY T.V. 1988

Beta

3 MITV - Ray Cormier - News 1988

VHS

4 Ray co-anchor 7 o'clock news December 14 1988

VHS

5 Last day at CKY August 1988; Boxer on Coventry; Ray Anchor December 14 1988, January 1989 1988-1989

Beta

6 New MITV tape: Ray C. anchor: promo-crime and show closers 1988-1989

VHS

7 Ray Cormier on late news, followed by 3 crime stoppers. Produced-directed and written by Ray July 20 1989

VHS

8 Ray: 7:00 news, noon hour, 11:00 PM news, MITV, late news August 25 1989

Beta

9 Ray Cormier - Promotional video: non-commercial use: Intro by Ray: crane, chopper, trucks. 1993

VHS

10 Winnipeg video #2 Jay morr video, Ray's promo video and commercials 1993

VHS

11 Parkside Ford Highway #2 September 24, 1997

VHS

12 Parkside Ford Shoot Tape #4 September 24 1997

VHS

13 Ray Cormier old master update promo December 1998

VHS

14 Ray Cormier: Year 2000 promo,Master October 18 1999

VHS

15 CKY TV - 2nd news item after Indian Posse gang of 12 - Follow up; Gerry's music video 2000

VHS

16 Ray Cormier talks to northern exposure; lake sunset

VHS

17 Ray - TV Commercial and action

VHS

18 Master Ray C. demo to Bill Bryant in California; drums at the head

VHS

19 Commercials & actions with benz & slate - promotional video for Ray Cormier

VHS

20 Promo (1) - Video promoting MidCan

VHS

21 Ray Cormier promotional video: TV commericals, corporate videos, action video

VHS

22 Ray Cormier's CTV News 1 audition

VHS

23 Ray Cormier promotional video [acting] -average master, action only

VHS

24 Ancient -Ray Cormier promotional video [acting] - with corporate excerpts

VHS

25 Ray's auditions CTV News one master

Beta

26 Ray Cormier's CTV News 1 audition

VHS

27 CTV news 1 - Dana Lewis Anchor

VHS

28 Ray Cormier - promotional video: master & action only

VHS

29 Ray Cormier promotional video: master (to California)

VHS

30 Profile of Ray Cormier

VHS

31 Ray and Gun Shoot

VHS

32 Lacy goes to sleep

VHS

33 Introduction to personal computers: video logic presnets an introduction to basic computers #1

VHS

34 USA Media demo tape

VHS

BoxFolder
31 6 PM news cuts

2 inch professional television film

2 Ray Cormier - promotional video [acting]

VHS

3 Ray Cormier promotional video action only - Master

VHS

4 Vision with Joel Barker

VHS

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