Music lovers understand that being fed album or band recommendations is pretty much a daily occurrence.
Because of this, there is another obvious way of grouping together music taste that gets overlooked at times: record labels. In many cases, many of the non-major labels in this country curate a lineup of artists that coexist with one another. Some labels have an overall feel, mood and attitude associated with them.
Without further ado, here are three Canadian labels to keep in mind of when seeking out new music.
Royal Mountain Records: Some of Canada’s most beloved gems are affiliated with this label. Hollerado, PUP, Mac DeMarco and more are signed by Royal Mountain. While it’s not the only independent Canadian label with quality rock and folk/singer songwriter music, it is certainly a prominent example.
Arts & Crafts Records: This label also bodes well for indie rock acts. However, it has a bit more of a diverse palate. Yes, you can find indie rock legends Broken Social Scene under this label, but Toronto jazz ambassadors BADBADNOTGOOD also reside with Arts & Crafts. More pop-leaning artists like Darcys can be found here too, meaning that this label is one for those with an eclectic taste for quality Canadian outputs.
Last Gang Records: Yet another diverse set of indie favourites (some you may be able to listen to on Radio Humber). The disco-tinged pop of Chromeo, anthemic rock of Arkells and garage-style grit of Death From Above can be found here. The caliber of projects that this label has helped push is staggering, and an essential mainstay on every Canadian music fan’s radar.
By: John Pattee