Arbutus is an artistic community based in Montreal. Beginning as a DIY loft space, Arbutus Records developed to cultivate and promote the bands associated with the space. Emphasis on friendship and collaboration within the scene has lead to an increasingly multimedia oriented endeavor, moving beyond a label to include film and literature.

Arbutus develops a scene and culture, with each member’s success contributing to the success of the whole. Individual talents combine for a stronger product and artistic identity. We are not bound by a particular aesthetic direction, but rather excel in the diversity created by this cross pollination. The artists involved are pointedly distinct from one another, and this range of individual input results as one of strongest qualities presented in the art.

We are not an archetypical record label, rather Arbutus is the vessel for a scene and artistic movement.