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The LABEL MAKERS: HAND DRAWN DRACULA

March 5th, 2015  |  by  |  published in The Label Makers | 1,583 Comments »

The LABEL MAKERS: HAND DRAWN DRACULA

In my opinion, the best record labels present an over-all, cohesive package. They symbolize the perfect marriage of music, visual design, and roster building that brings like-minded artists together in the way a team of superheroes band together to take on the world. Time and again, Toronto label Hand Drawn Dracula has proven itself as a […]

The LABEL MAKERS: SECRET CITY RECORDS

February 26th, 2015  |  by  |  published in The Label Makers | 1 Comment »

The LABEL MAKERS: SECRET CITY RECORDS

It sounds clichéd, but from its inception, Montreal’s Secret City Records has been all about the music. With a goal towards documenting “sounds that will endure”, they not only celebrate the finished product, but they acknowledge the artists and creators behind the music, and embrace the tides of change and innovation that inspire musicians working in the 21st century. […]

The LABEL MAKERS: CONSTELLATION RECORDS

January 15th, 2015  |  by  |  published in The Label Makers | Comments Off on The LABEL MAKERS: CONSTELLATION RECORDS

The LABEL MAKERS: CONSTELLATION RECORDS

Though they may never admit to having a brand or corporate image, Montreal’s Constellation Records has built a singularity in the music world, whether they intended to or not. Founded in 1997 by Ian Ilavsky and Don Wilkie, Constellation gathered and supported its local artistic community, as Wilkie stated in an interview in 2011: “We consciously chose to work […]

The LABEL MAKERS: INDOORSHOES MUSIC

November 6th, 2014  |  by  |  published in FEATURES, The Label Makers | Comments Off on The LABEL MAKERS: INDOORSHOES MUSIC

The LABEL MAKERS: INDOORSHOES MUSIC

“We put on shows.  We put out records.”  Two simple sentences form the core of IndoorShoes‘ mission statement, but anyone who’s ever tried to undertake even one of these tasks will attest that there’s anything simple about it. St. Catharines, Ontario, at the centre of the economically depressed (and some would say depressing) Niagara Region has seen a […]

The LABEL MAKERS: HEADLESS OWL RECORDS

September 10th, 2014  |  by  |  published in FEATURES, The Label Makers, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

The LABEL MAKERS: HEADLESS OWL RECORDS

Based in one-of-a-kind Whitehorse, Yukon, Headless Owl Records is a one-of-a-kind label whose mission statement reflects the distinctiveness of their hometown.  Founders/musicians Andrew Stratis, Kyle Cashen and Mathias Kom set out to make “Unique and exciting music you won’t find anywhere else”, by engaging artists in a way that serves them best rather than having the artist serve […]

The LABEL MAKERS: FLEMISH EYE

August 8th, 2014  |  by  |  published in The Label Makers | Comments Off on The LABEL MAKERS: FLEMISH EYE

The LABEL MAKERS: FLEMISH EYE

Once referred to as a “micro-indie” label, Calgary based Flemish Eye has built a steady reputation on a directive of championing and promoting homegrown talent. In its 10 years in business, Flemish Eye has built an eclectic roster (the cornerstone of which is Chad VanGaalen, a school friend of label founder Ian Russell) that’s expanded to […]

The LABEL MAKERS: BUZZ RECORDS

July 18th, 2014  |  by  |  published in FEATURES, The Label Makers | Comments Off on The LABEL MAKERS: BUZZ RECORDS

The LABEL MAKERS: BUZZ RECORDS

If it’s noise you’re after, then you best be bookmarking Buzz Records‘ web site and checking back frequently.  The Toronto-based label that sprang from underground music venue The Garage in 2011.  They’ve curated an impressive collection of cacophonies in just 36 months, and are having their best year yet: Odonis Odonis‘ Hard Boiled Soft Boiled was long listed […]

The LABEL MAKERS: PAPER BAG RECORDS

June 6th, 2014  |  by  |  published in The Label Makers | Comments Off on The LABEL MAKERS: PAPER BAG RECORDS

The LABEL MAKERS: PAPER BAG RECORDS

A lot of record labels have a love affair with the sound of music, but none embrace all the senses as fully as Toronto’s Paper Bag Records does.  Coming of age in the midst of the digital music revolution, Paper Bag ensured music fans never lost out on the pleasures of physically owning music by offering beautiful, limited […]

The LABEL MAKERS: YOU’VE CHANGED RECORDS

May 19th, 2014  |  by  |  published in The Label Makers | Comments Off on The LABEL MAKERS: YOU’VE CHANGED RECORDS

The LABEL MAKERS: YOU’VE CHANGED RECORDS

Barely out of short pants, Welland, ON-based You’ve Changed Records hasn’t, as its name suggests, undergone any massive transformation in its short history, aside from amassing a growing catalogue of records that challenge you to change how you define folk, rock, and roots music. Founded in 2009 by Steve Lambke (of Constantines and Baby Eagle), Daniel Romano, and Ian Kehoe […]

THE LABEL MAKERS: Arachnidiscs Recordings

March 14th, 2014  |  by  |  published in The Label Makers | Comments Off on THE LABEL MAKERS: Arachnidiscs Recordings

THE LABEL MAKERS:  Arachnidiscs Recordings

Vancouver Island, BC-born, Toronto, ON-based Arachnidiscs Recordings have been purveyors of what they call “music for and by weirdos” since 1999, releasing CD-Rs and cassettes by a myriad of musicians whose music skews as far from left of centre as you can get.  They are pretty adamant about their release choices, too: “We’re interested in misunderstood music. […]


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