Following the release of last year’s Slush EP and the standalone single “Chest”, Toronto four-piece FRIGS today share “Doghead”, the first track to emerge…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.
After 15 years in the industry, Stars is almost a Canadian institution at this point, but getting there doesn’t come easy. Running on fumes,…Read More
We had a laugh talking albums with the very well versed Brendan Canning, a quick cameo by Kevin Drew and several members of Broken…Read More
It was a hard day for the music community and Canada as a whole when legendary singer Gord Downie passed away this October, so…Read More
Following the release of their fifth album Hug Of Thunder, Broken Social Scene have today released the video for single “Skyline.” Directed by Kevin…Read More
Ahead of the release of their sophomore album Fear/Nothing, Belle Game have dropped the new single “Low”. Fear/Nothing is a ten-track collection produced by…Read More
Leif Erikson have shared their new single “Real Stuff” from their self-titled, debut mini-album (which has also been confirmed for a release of August…Read More
After the recent release of Broken Social Scene’s latest release, Hug of Thunder, the band has released the video for the song “Vanity Pail…Read More
Belle Game have announce their new full-length Fear/Nothing, due for release on September 8, via Arts & Crafts. The album was Produced by Dave…Read More
Leif Erikson have premiered new single “Concrete & Steel”, taken from their self-titled, debut album which will be released August 25 via Arts &…Read More
Broken Social Scene are streaming their first new album in seven years ‘Hug Of Thunder’, in full online ahead of it’s release on Friday,…Read More
Broken Social Scene today released “Stay Happy,” the fourth song from their upcoming album Hug of Thunder. Led by the vocals of newcomer Ariel…Read More