Today, Bernice released “St Lucia”, the band’s first single for Arts & Crafts. The project of Toronto-based vocalist/songwriter Robin Dann. Bernice’s sounds sounds have…Read More
Arts & Crafts (also referred to as “A&C”) was launched as a music company in 2003 by friends Jeffrey Remedios, a former Virgin Records executive and Kevin Drew, who co-founded flagship group Broken Social Scene (BSS) with Brendan Canning. The partnership was originally intended as a vehicle for self-release and artist management of Broken Social Scene’s breakthrough album You Forgot It in People, and the structure quickly formed as a platform to release albums and manage the careers of artists directly affiliated with members of Broken Social Scene. In addition to BSS albums the labels first releases were by Stars, Jason Collett, Feist, Apostle of Hustle and Valley of the Giants.
In 2005 The Most Serene Republic was the first band unrelated to Broken Social Scene to sign to Arts & Crafts and officially marked a shift of scope broader than the projects related to Broken Social Scene.
A&C began its foray into the digital music business launching GalleryAC.com in 2005, a boutique web store that offered digital downloads and Arts & Crafts related merchandise. They were one of the first labels to launch a digital download store.
In 2004, Remedios expanded the operation into Montreal basing himself out of the offices of DKD who later partnered to form Arts & Crafts International, releasing the gold selling album Set Yourself on Fire by Montreal based group, Stars.
Arts & Crafts were among the first labels to offer a strategy for combating advance music leaks by offering Stars follow-up album In Our Bedroom After the War for sale before promotional copies were ever manufactured and distributed by issuing wide release as a digital download only 3 days following album completion.
Japandroids, recently announced their new album last week, Near To The Wild Heart Of Life, the full-length is due out on January 27, via…Read More
This past August, Jacques Greene released his single “You Can’t Deny”, the first piece of music, that’s been two-and-a-half years in the making. The…Read More
A few months ago, LOWELL released “High Enough” – the debut song/video from her upcoming Part 1: PARIS YK EP, which is set to…Read More
Brendan Canning, founding member of Broken Social Scene, today announces his forthcoming solo album,Home Wrecking Years, to be released on August 12, 2016 via…Read More
Northern Transmissions recently spoke to Andy Shauf on the road—“in California, somewhere, I can’t remember what it’s called”—heading back to Canada from touring his…Read More
Northern Transmissions spoke to Andy Shauf on the road—“in California, somewhere, I can’t remember what it’s called”—heading back to Canada from touring his most…Read More
FRIGS have released their new Slush EP today on Arts & Crafts. After previously sharing a video for the EP’s first single, “God Hates…Read More
The debut EP from Toronto’s Frigs comes out Out June 10 via Arts & Crafts, ‘Slush’ sees the four-piece made up of Bria, Duncan,…Read More
We caught up with Mathieu Santos from the band Ra Ra Riot before a recent show. Matt sat down on with us on their…Read More
On May 20, Arts & Crafts WILL release singer-songwriter Andy Shauf’s album The Party. With The Party, Shauf creates a cast of memorable and…Read More
After multiple tours with Jacco Gardner and Mikal Cronin last year, Calvin Love is ready to hit the stage again. This time with Toronto…Read More