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Case Study

Ray Condo's

Rock'N'Roll Party!

Marketing a Canadian Music Legend

Ray Condo's Rock'N'Roll Party!

After Ray died on April 15, 2004, the city of Vancouver declared his birthday on May 16 to be Ray Condo Day. This was in commemoration of his extensive contributions to the arts and culture scene of that city, one of many in which he lived and produced his work.

May 16 has been celebrated by his fans worldwide ever since. There are annual shows online, on the radio, and on stage.

In one of their last conversations, Ray spoke to Gayle of a planned tour to Europe and Australia that was expected to unfurl a banner year for his career. The tour was to feature his two most popular bands, The Hardrock Goners and The Ricochets. Ray urged Gayle to organize an exhibition of her photographs in Toronto to coincide with the launch of the tour.

He wasn't a person who sought fame for its own sake, or he would have achieved it. Still, it bothered Ray that his music had not achieved the recognition he felt it deserved. Over coffee, he expressed to Gayle his frustrations over this, and his concerns that poor health might prevent the fruition of years of hard work, just as it all seemed to be coming together. Gayle assured him that if anything went wrong, the various people who had been working with him towards this goal would continue to carry his work forward.

As it happened, Ray died mere days before the planned beginning of the tour. Since then, multiple compilations have been made of his music, an animated short was made about his music, a short film was produced of his paintings, and a documentary film is in production.

Ray Condo's Rock'N'Roll Party is Gayle Hurmuses contribution to this continuing effort.

Plan

The plan was for a book of photographs, with the goal of maintaining Ray’s legacy as a showman. The importance of creating the book was to create a visual memorial to his stage performances that could be held in hand.

A forward was written by Lily Frost, who had shared the stage with Ray many times and was in the new band he had been developing before he passed.

The crowdfunding campaign was used to produce the book and to help consolidate the audience for it into a Facebook page. It was also structured to create an opportunity for a posthumous press campaign to promote the music made by Ray Condo and the bands he worked with.

Ray Condo book & CD Banner

Execution

The Ray Condo-A-GoGo campaign followed every best practice of crowdfunding at that time. This led to it being featured on the front page of the IndieGoGo website.

Perks were designed to create maximum exposure for Ray. Postcards that could be kept on refrigerators, photographic pinback buttons, Tshirts with the book cover and the site URL, photographic prints,animation cels, a vintage press kit, and certificates of appreciation with a cartoon image of Ray bursting through the frame.

The book was promised to be 40 pages, but was delivered as 78 pages.

Ray Condo postcards ready to mail

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Goals

In 2014, there was a sentiment that Ray should have a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.

It’s still a good idea and this year, 2022, we are launching a new effort to help this happen.

Ray Condo Star Mockup

In the press

National & International coverage

The project included a very active publicity campaign to draw attention to Ray Condo Day, resulting in multiple local broadcast radio interviews across Canada featuring Ray’s music, two article in music specialty print magazines, one with an international audience, and a national story on the CBC News website

Results

The entire project is detailed at RayCondo.ca but can be summed up by this post:

The campaign is done, but there’s more to come!

Posted on (with relevant updates)
Rock-A-Billy Shake-Up Ray Condo Day, May 16, 2014 Poster
The Indiegogo portion of the Ray Condo-a-gogo campaign is done, but you can still order a book, tshirt, animation cel, and/or exhibition print here. I’m working on the book design starting Monday, November 4..

The goal is to have the book launch on May 16, 2014, which would have been Ray’s 64th birthday, and falls just 10 years after the anniversary of his death. NOTE this book launch happened in style. DJ Dave Faris and his partner Steve Good agreed to produce a Ray Condo Day celebration as part of their Roadhouse T.O. Rock-A-Billy Shake-Up series. They produced a stellar show attended by a capacity crowd.

If you are interested in knowing more about the book project, please read this excellent article on the CBC website, written by Teona Baetu.

I’m going to declare the campaign a success, even though it fell short of my full financial goal. The ultimate purpose of the book is to provide another vehicle to keep Ray Condo’s name visible and draw attention to his music and his art. To that degree, the campaign was an overwhelming success all things considered.

  1. Media coverage: One CBC feature news story, 2 radio interviews (CIUT, IndieCan…which was carried on Sirius), 2 radio show spotlights (WhatWave, BluzFM).
  2. Social media; 600 fans (961 now in 2022) in the Ray Condo’s Rock and Roll Party group, 78 funders in the Indiegogo campaign, and a featured position on the Indiegogo main page.
  3. The inspiration…even though the campaign falls short of the goal, it was wonderful to see how many friends and total strangers were supportive of the objective.
Thanks to everyone who contributed, shared the links, wrote notes of encouragement…and who generally believed in me and my integrity to complete the project.
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