Arts & Crafts Productions
Arts & Crafts Productions is a music-focused media and artist services company that offers information as an independent record label, management firm and publisher worldwide. It has earned 21 Juno Awards. Arts & Crafts has been called one of Canada's most important record labels. Arts & Crafts was launched as a music company in 2003 by friends Jeffrey Remedios & Daniel Cutler both former Virgin Records executives as well as Kevin Drew, who co-founded flagship group Broken Social Scene with Brendan Canning; the partnership was intended as a vehicle for self-release and artist management of Broken Social Scene's breakthrough album You Forgot It in People, the structure 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, 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 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 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 manufactured and distributed by issuing wide release as a digital download only 3 days following album completion. In 2009 Rolling Stone cited Remedios as a key insider reshaping the future of the music biz. On April 5, 2017, Caroline Distribution became the US distributor for the Arts & Crafts label in the US; the label was distributed by RED Distribution in the US.
EMI Music Canada distributed the label in Canada, when, in 2013, EMI Music Canada was merged into Universal Music Canada. Arts & Crafts Music controls or administers the publishing rights to much of the music released by the Arts & Crafts label. On 14 January 2013, Arts & Crafts announced it would be holding the Field Trip Arts & Crafts Music Festival to commemorate their ten-year anniversary. Signed on to headline are Arts & Crafts labelmates Broken Social Scene and Stars. Along with the festival celebration, Arts & Crafts will be releasing a rarities compilation titled, Arts & Crafts: 2003-2013; the compilation will be released as a double album or four LPs and will include selected rarities from across the Arts & Crafts catalog. A second compilation album, Arts & Crafts: X, was released in May and featured newly recorded collaborations between A&C artists; the 2009 release of This Book Is Broken documented the rise of Toronto indie bands, focusing on Broken Social Scene and the Arts & Crafts roster.
A design house, Arts & Crafts is well known for a consistent quality to all releases. Design and art are important to the company, are taken as another medium of artistic expression that the label supports. A&C has been nominated for five JUNO Awards for Album Artwork of the year. In 2006 for Broken Social Scene: Broken Social Scene, in 2009 for Constantines: Kensington Heights. In 2011, Peroff, Charles Spearin, Joe McKay, Jimmy Collins and Elisabeth Chicoine were awarded the Recording Package of the Year Juno for Broken Social Scene's Forgiveness Rock Record box set and in 2012 for Timber Timbre's Creep On Creepin' On and Feist's Metals both earned nominations in the category. In 2014, Arts & Crafts designers Kotyk and Petra Cuschieri won another Recording Package of the Year Juno Award for "Arts & Crafts: 2003-2013" 4x LP compilation album. Broken Social Scene Broken Social Scene Stars Set Yourself On Fire Broken Social Scene You Forgot It in People Feist Let It Die Feist The Reminder Feist Metals The Juno Awards are presented by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
The Polaris Music Prize is awarded annually to the best full-length Canadian album based on artistic merit. The Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards happen every March in Toronto as part of Canadian Music Week. In 2008 Arts & Crafts opened Arts & Crafts México and are recognized as the first independent music company to focus on the independent music market in Mexico, releasing albums by the A&C North American roster as well as being the Mexican home to a number of other successful artists such as Sonic Youth, Bright Eyes, M. Ward and The Dears. Official website Official website
Justin Peter Papadimitriou, family name changed to Peroff, is best known as the drummer for the Toronto based indie rock collective Broken Social Scene. He is a credited actor, appearing in the major motion picture How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and the Canadian television shows Straight Up and Our Hero. Peroff is a known DJ, spinning Broken Social Scene after parties worldwide and when stationed in his home town of Toronto, he fulfills bi-weekly and monthly DJ gigs at clubs and bars citywide. Peroff is an event promoter and artist manager, managing Toronto based producer / musician and Last Gang artist Harrison and Toronto based neo-soul singer / artist and film maker M. I. Blue. Broken Social Scene Official Website Justin Peroff on IMDb
Amy Millan is a Canadian indie rock singer and guitarist. She records and performs with the bands Stars and Broken Social Scene as well as having a successful solo career, her second solo album, Masters of the Burial, was released by Arts & Crafts Productions in September 2009. Amy Millan grew up in the Cabbagetown neighbourhood of Toronto, she attended high school at Jarvis Collegiate Institute, the Etobicoke School of the Arts where she studied drama alongside future Broken Social Scene bandmates Kevin Drew and Emily Haines. Millan and Haines formed the band Edith's Mission. Although short-lived, Edith's Mission did play a sold out show at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. After high school, Millan moved to Montreal for three years to attend Concordia University and gained experience as a solo performer by playing in coffee shops. Upon returning to Toronto, she formed the roots-rock band 16 Tons and wrote many of the songs that she would use to launch her solo career several years later. After the breakup of 16 Tons, Millan moved to Los Angeles.
While living there, her song with 16 Tons, "Bury Me," was added to the soundtrack of the film Drowning Mona. However, missing a city where walking was encouraged over driving, returned to Toronto. Stars was formed by Chris Seligman in New York City; the line-up subsequently grew to incorporate Evan Cranley, with whom Millan had played gigs while a member of 16 Tons. Feeling that Millan would be a good fit for the group, Cranley invited her to New York City to audition in December 1999. After receiving assurances that she would be involved in the songwriting process, Millan agreed to join the band; as much of their debut album had been recorded prior to her joining, Millan's involvement in 2001's Nightsongs was limited, although she did sing lead vocals on "Toxic Holiday". Desiring to return to Canada, but not wanting to move to Toronto, the band relocated to Montreal. Drummer Pat McGee was recruited as their fifth member prior to the release of their second album, Heart, in 2003. Millan's influence was more evident on this album, a number of the tracks were performed as duets between her and Torquil Campbell, establishing a style for which the band would become well known.
Stars' commercial breakthrough came with their 2004 album Set Yourself on Fire and the accompanying single "Ageless Beauty", which featured a lead vocal by Millan. Their fourth album, In Our Bedroom After the War, was released in 2007 and was followed by the EP Sad Robots the following year. In June 2010, they released The Five Ghosts. Although she did not contribute to Broken Social Scene's first two albums, due to scheduling conflicts for BSS members Emily Haines and Leslie Feist, she was asked by former classmate Kevin Drew to "be the girl" and sing with the band for the release concert of the band's second album, You Forgot It in People. From 2002 onward, Millan has performed in BSS alongside fellow Stars members Evan Cranley, Chris Seligman and Torquil Campbell, she appeared on their 2005 self-titled album and contributed vocals and writing to Kevin Drew's 2007 solo album Spirit If... as well as to Brendan Canning's 2008 solo album Something For All of Us. As in Stars, Amy sings with BSS but plays guitar and percussion during live shows.
Amy Millan released her debut solo album, Honey from the Tombs, in 2006. It consisted of songs written before 2000, from when Millan was a member of 16 Tons; the album title was inspired by a Tom Waits interview where he compared the release of older songs to the discovery of sweet honey buried in Egyptian tombs. The album was produced by Ian Blurton and musical contributors included Brendan Canning and Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene and Dan and Jenny Whiteley from Crazy Strings. In contrast to her work with Stars, Millan's solo work is influenced by country and folk music. Thematically, many of the songs deal with loss and loneliness, taking solace in alcohol is sung about numerous times. Millan's upbringing in Toronto provided the inspiration for the song "Wayward and Parliament", based on her time working in the coffee shop "Jet Fuel" on Parliament Street. Two videos were shot to promote Honey from the Tombs: "Skinny Boy" was directed by George Vale, "Baby I" was directed by Anthony Seck.
The songs "Losin' You" and "Baby I", were released as 7" singles in Europe. Millan toured extensively to support the album, playing dates in North America and Europe. Millan released her second album, Masters of the Burial, on September 8, 2009; the album is produced by Martin Kinack and musicians appearing include Evan Cranley and Jenny Whiteley, Leslie Feist and Liam O'Neil. The album features several cover songs, including some written by Death Cab for Cutie and Sarah Harmer. Millan is married to Stars bandmate Evan Cranley, their daughter, Delphine Rita Jane Cranley, was born on March 21, 2011. Millan gave birth to a son in 2017. For Amy Millan's work with Stars, see Stars discography. Amy Millan official website 2009 Amy Millan Interview at Bandega.com
Canadians are people identified with the country of Canada. This connection may be residential, historical or cultural. For most Canadians, several of these connections exist and are collectively the source of their being Canadian. Canada is a multilingual and multicultural society home to people of many different ethnic and national origins, with the majority of the population made up of Old World immigrants and their descendants. Following the initial period of French and the much larger British colonization, different waves of immigration and settlement of non-indigenous peoples took place over the course of nearly two centuries and continue today. Elements of Indigenous, French and more recent immigrant customs and religions have combined to form the culture of Canada, thus a Canadian identity. Canada has been influenced by its linguistic and economic neighbour—the United States. Canadian independence from the United Kingdom grew over the course of many years since the formation of the Canadian Confederation in 1867.
World War I and World War II in particular, gave rise to a desire among Canadians to have their country recognized as a fully-fledged sovereign state with a distinct citizenship. Legislative independence was established with the passage of the Statute of Westminster 1931, the Canadian Citizenship Act of 1946 took effect on January 1, 1947, full sovereignty was achieved with the patriation of the constitution in 1982. Canada's nationality law mirrored that of the United Kingdom. Legislation since the mid-20th century represents Canadians' commitment to multilateralism and socioeconomic development; as of 2010, Canadians make up only 0.5% of the world's total population, having relied upon immigration for population growth and social development. 41% of current Canadians are first- or second-generation immigrants, 20% of Canadian residents in the 2000s were not born in the country. Statistics Canada projects that, by 2031, nearly one-half of Canadians above the age of 15 will be foreign-born or have one foreign-born parent.
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The Chinese Immigration Act placed a head tax on all Chinese immigrants, in hopes of discouraging Chinese immigration after completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The population of Canada has risen, doubling every 40 years, since the establishment of the Canadian Confederation in 1867. In the mid-to-late 19th century, Canada had a policy of assisting immigrants from Europe, including an estimated 100,000 unwanted "Home Children" from Britain. Block settlement communities were established throughout western Canada between the late 19th and early 20th centuries; some were planned and others were spontaneously created by the settlers themselves. Canada was now receiving a large number of European immigrants, predominantly Italians, Scandinavians, Dutch and Ukrainians. Legislative restrictions on immigration that had favoured British and other European immigrants were a
Apostle of Hustle
Apostle of Hustle is a Canadian indie rock group, formed as a side project in 2001 by Andrew Whiteman. The band is more or less the brainchild of Andrew Whiteman, in such groups as Bourbon Tabernacle Choir, Que Vida and plays as the lead guitarist for the indie supergroup Broken Social Scene of Toronto, he released a solo effort titled Fear of Zen in 1995. After a two-month stay with his godmother's family in Cuba, where he learned to play the tres, a Cuban guitar, Whiteman returned to his native Toronto to resume writing and recording with Broken Social Scene. In the midst of making the Juno Award-winning You Forgot It in People, Whiteman couldn't escape the Spanish musical flavors of his time spent in El Barrio Santo Suarez, was invigorated about a possible music that did not yet exist. Knowing he wanted to create it, Whiteman took up residency at a local dive as Apostle Of Hustle, a quartet that includes Julian Brown, who tours with Feist, Whiteman's former girlfriend, BSS bandmate and his travel companion to Cuba.
The band played Cuban folk songs, as well as Tom Waits/PJ Harvey/Marc Ribot covers. Folkloric Feel was released on Arts & Crafts in late summer 2004; the follow-up to Folkloric Feel is National Anthem of Nowhere, released in Canada on February 6, 2007, the new album Eats Darkness was released on May 19, 2009. In an interview Whiteman said this new album is "about going through hard times and coming out the other end." Apostle of Hustle was featured as the X3 Artist of the month by Aux.tv, CBC Radio 3 and Exclaim! Magazine for June 2009. An Apostle of Hustle poster appeared in the seventh episode of the U. S. television series Skins. Lemon Tree Folkloric Feel National Anthem of Nowhere My Sword Hand's Anger U King Eats Darkness "National Anthem of Nowhere" "Cheap Like Sebastien" Music of Canada List of bands from Canada Canadian rock Apostle of Hustle at Arts & Crafts Apostle of Hustle at New Music Canada
Hug of Thunder
Hug of Thunder is the fifth studio album by Canadian indie rock musical collective Broken Social Scene. It was released by the Arts & Crafts record label on July 7, 2017. After declaring a hiatus in September 2011, Broken Social Scene performed at the Field Trip Arts & Crafts Music Festival in 2013 and a couple of festivals in 2015, the latter of which prompted band members Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning, Charles Spearin, Justin Peroff, Andrew Whiteman to discuss recording new material. "When we're working, we understand that there will be a lot more input, so we leave space in the music as we're writing it," Spearin said. "We would send out invitations for all the usual crew, say,'Hey, we're doing this again. Would you be interested in being part of this?'" In the end, 18 musicians were credited on Hug of Thunder. During sessions for the album, Leslie Feist conceived the idea for the title track, her first lead vocal on a Broken Social Scene song since 2006. Drew explained; that is our show. We’re trying to create that hug of thunder.
That sound. That embrace amongst the chaos." Hug of Thunder received positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 77, based on 28 reviews
Charles Spearin is a Canadian musician from Toronto, Ontario. He is a founding member of Do Make Say Think, KC Accidental and Broken Social Scene and contributes to Valley of the Giants. Spearin performs in a broad range of musical genres, his solo album The Happiness Project is a concept album and was released on February 14, 2009, on the Arts & Crafts Label. This album includes contributions from Do Make Say Think alumni Julie Penner, Kevin Drew, Ohad Benchetrit and Broken Social Scene alumni Leon Kingstone and Evan Cranley; the concept for the Happiness Project is influenced by his early life with a blind father and his own Buddhist studies. On April 17, 2010, Spearin won a Juno Award for the Best Contemporary Jazz Album for The Happiness Project, he lives with his wife and two small children in the Toronto neighbourhood of Seaton Village, the inspiration for The Happiness Project. The Happiness Project The Happiness Project official website 2009 Charles Spearin Interview at Bandega.com Everything Rock article Spearin interview Torontoist article