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June Toronto In the Light, an […]




June Toronto In the Light, an extended-play recording of four songs by Sara Ellen Dunlop, was released as the first recording of Sara Ellen's Homemade Records, a label created by Dunlop (and her partner and business manager Shirley Anne Stonehouse) to distribute her own original music. Dunlop, who was born and raised in Alabama, became a legend in Toronto through her co-ownership (with Richard Kerr) of the Music Room and the Melody Room and as the driving force behind the band Mama Quilla. Her company, Sara Ellen's Music Ltd., was one of the earliest recording companies wholly owned and operated by women. Dunlop died of cancer in February 1978.

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Melody RoomMusic RoomToronto

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Richard KerrShirley Anne StonehouseSara Ellen Dunlop

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Grace Scott, "Music Reviews: Sara and Rita. Interview with Sara Ellen Dunlop," Other Woman 3 (October-November 1975): 24,"Music," Esprit 1 (October 1975): 6, 66;John Forbes, "Sara Ellen Dunlop: A Memory," Body Politic, no, 41 (1978), p, 16;