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Arts & Crafts Records
AandC Logo.jpg
Founded 2002
Founder Jeffrey Remedios
Kevin Drew
Distributing label EMI Music Canada
Caroline Distribution
Genre Indie rock
Country of origin Canada
Location Toronto, Ontario
Official Website http://www.arts-crafts.ca

Arts & Crafts Productions is a Toronto-based independent artist services company, offering expertise as a record label, management firm, merchandiser, and music publisher both in Canada and internationally. Launched in 2002 with the release of Broken Social Scene’s critically acclaimed album, You Forgot It in People, Arts & Crafts has released forty-nine albums from twenty-six artists, earning twelve JUNO Awards along the way. Arts & Crafts is regularly touted as one of Canada’s most important record labels.[1]

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History

Arts & Crafts (also referred to as “A&C”) was launched as a music company in 2002 by friends, Jeffrey Remedios, a former Virgin Records executive and Kevin Drew, founder of flagship group Broken Social Scene (BSS). 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[2] 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[3] 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.[4]

Rolling Stone recently cited Remedios as a key insider reshaping the music biz for 2009 and beyond.[5]

Arts & Crafts Music (also known as GalleryAC Music) controls or administers the publishing rights to most of the music released by the Arts & Crafts label.

The "Toronto Music Scene"

Documented in the 2009 release of This Book Is Broken (House Of Anansi) The International media focus on Toronto based indie bands.

The Arts & Crafts esthetic

A design house, Arts & Crafts is well known for a consistent look and quality to all releases. Design and art are important to the company, and are taken as another medium of artistic expression that the label supports. A&C has been nominated for two JUNO Awards for Album Artwork of the year. In 2006 for Broken Social Scene: Broken Social Scene (Louise Upperton (Director/Designer); Christopher Mills, Kevin Drew, Justin Peroff (Illustrators)) and 2009 for Constantines: Kensington Heights” (Dallas Wherle, Robyn Kotyk and Alex Vs. Alex)).

Gold & Platinum Certifications

Stars Set Yourself On Fire

Country Certification Sales/shipments
Canada Gold[6] 50,000

Broken Social Scene You Forgot It In People

Country Certification Sales/shipments
Canada Gold[7] 50,000

Feist Let It Die

Country Certification Sales/shipments
Canada Platinum[8] 100,000

Feist The Reminder

Country Certification Sales/shipments
Canada 2X Platinum[9] 200,000

Awards and Accolades

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Juno Awards

The Juno Awards are presented by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Arts & Crafts artists have won a total of 12 Juno Awards over 6 years.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2003 Broken Social Scene You Forgot It in People Alternative Album of the Year Won
2004 Broken Social Scene "Stars and Sons" Video of the Year Nominated
Stars Heart Alternative Album of the Year Nominated
2005 Feist One Evening Video of the Year Nominated
Feist Let It Die Alternative Album of the Year Won
Feist New Artist Of The Year Won
Stars Set Yourself On Fire Alternative Album of the Year Nominated
2006 Broken Social Scene Broken Social Scene Alternative Album of the Year Won
CD/DVD Artwork Design of the Year Nominated
Feist Inside and Out Single of the Year Nominated
2008 Feist The Reminder Album of the Year Won
Pop Album of the Year Won
Feist 1,2,3,4 Single of the Year Won
Feist Songwriter of the Year Won
Feist Artist of the Year Won
2009 The Stills Oceans Will Rise Alternative Album of the Year Won
The Stills New Group Of The Year Won
Constantines Kensington Heights CD/DVD Artwork Design of the Year Nominated
Feist Juno Fan Choice Award Nominated
Feist Honey Honey Video of the Year Won

Polaris Music Prize

The Polaris Music Prize is awarded annually to the best full-length Canadian album based on artistic merit. Arts & Crafts have had three albums make the short list.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2006 Broken Social Scene Broken Social Scene Polaris Music Prize Nominated
2007 Feist The Reminder Polaris Music Prize Nominated
2008 Stars' In Our Bedroom After the War Polaris Music Prize Nominated

Canadian Music Awards

The Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards happen every March in Toronto as part of Canadian Music Week. [10]

Year Nominated work Award Result
2008 Arts & Crafts Independent Label of the Year Won
2009 Arts & Crafts Independent Label of the Year Won

Other Ventures

In 2008 Arts & Crafts opened Arts & Crafts México [11] and are recognized as the first independent music company to focus on the independent music market in México releasing albums by the A&C North American roster as well as being the Méxican home to a number of other successful artists such as Sonic Youth, Bright Eyes, M.Ward, Metric, and The Dears.

Artist roster

References

External links


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