Cordova Bay Records

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Cordova Bay Records
Cordova Bay Records (logo).png
Parent company Cordova Bay Entertainment Group
Founded 1999 (1999)
Founder Michael Burke
Distributor(s) Fontana Distribution
Universal Music Canada
Genre Indie Various
Country of origin Canada
Location Victoria, British Columbia
Official website www.cordovabay.com

Cordova Bay Records is an independent record label located in Victoria, British Columbia. The label operates in conjunction with Cordova Bay Music Publishing under the parent company Cordova Bay Entertainment Group. Cordova Bay Records is a faithful supporter of independent music on the West Coast. The company was founded by Michael Burke in 1999[1] and touts itself as an "artist-oriented label", with a philosophy of forming partnerships with each artist to effectively promote their music to the world.[2] In its lifetime, Cordova Bay Records has released over 30 albums from 16 artists, who combined have earned 7 JUNO Award nominations, two gold singles, one platinum single, one double-platinum single, and a gold record.

History[edit]

Cordova Bay Entertainment Group was founded by Michael Burke, who grew up in the Toronto suburb of Don Mills during the 1960s. It was there that he attended classes with the likes of writer and musician Paul Quarrington, renowned double bassists Roberto Occhipinti[3] and Joel Quarrington, classical guitarist Norbert Kraft and pop singer Dan Hill. Later, Burke performed the role of manager for many of his talented friends, setting up gigs and acquiring studio time.

Burke also happened to be a tech wiz. In 1981, Burke quit his night job in the music business to spend the next two decades focusing on his career in computer technology, which turned out to be very lucrative. By 1998, Burke had moved to Victoria, British Columbia was ready to return to the music business and continue the career he had put on hold seventeen years earlier. By 1999, Cordova Bay Entertainment Group was up and running.

In its early years, Cordova Bay Records associated with Ragged Pup Records to put out albums by several artists on the Ragged Pup label,[4] including David Gogo, Bill Bourne, Wyckham Porteous, and Doug Cox. Later Cordova Bay Records acquired several Ragged Pup artists and released their albums on the Cordova Bay label.

Artists who had albums released by Cordova Bay Records between 1999 and 2005 include David Gogo, Wyckham Porteous, Bill Bourne, Tony Quarrington, Fan Tan Alley, Joe Hall,[5] and Jeffery Sez. For artists represented by Cordova Bay Records after 2005, see the section on Artists below.

Cordova Bay Entertainment Group also created a UK branch (Cordova Bay UK) that released albums in the United Kingdom, including Sam Roberts - Chemical City, Michael Kaeshammer - Tell You How I Feel and No Strings Attached, and The Puentes Brothers - Morumba Cubana. Cordova Bay UK also invested in renowned UK label, Fierce Panda Records, who are credited with releases by bands including Coldplay, Art Brut, The Blackout, Keane, Death Cab for Cutie, The Polyphonic Spree, Placebo, and Shitdisco, among many others.

In 2006, Cordova Bay Entertainment Group and Fierce Panda Records launched a Canadian branch of Fierce Panda, known as Fierce Panda Canada.[6][7] Fierce Panda Canada released albums by UK artists iLiKETRAiNS, My Architects, Capdown, Make Good Your Escape, and Shitdisco.

Gold & Platinum Certifications[edit]

State of Shock Too Pretty (Single)

Country Certification Sales/shipments
Canada Gold[8] 20,000

State of Shock Best I Ever Had (Single)

Country Certification Sales/shipments
Canada Platinum[9] 40,000

State of Shock Money Honey (Single)

Country Certification Sales/shipments
Canada 2X Platinum[10] 80,000

State of Shock Life, Love & Lies (Album)

Country Certification Sales/shipments
Canada Gold[11] 50,000

Raghav Fire (Single)

Country Certification Sales/shipments
Canada Gold[12] 40,000

Awards and Accolades[edit]

Juno Awards[edit]

The Juno Awards are presented by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Cordova Bay Records artists have been nominated for a total of 5 Juno Awards since 2003. Bill Bourne's album Sally's Dream was also nominated for an award in 1999 - it was released by Ragged Pup Records (later acquired by Cordova Bay Records).

Year Recipient Award Result
1999 Bill Bourne Sally's Dream Best Roots & Traditional Album: Solo Nominated
2003 David Gogo Live at Deer Lake Blues Album of the Year Nominated
2007 David Gogo Acoustic Blues Album of the Year Nominated
2008 State of Shock New Group of the Year Nominated
Bob Lanois Snake Road Instrumental Album of the Year Nominated
2011 Raghav So Much feat. Kardinal Offishall R&B/Soul Recording of the Year Nominated
2012 David Gogo Soul Bender Blues Album of the Year Nominated

Canadian Indie Awards[edit]

The INDIE Music Awards happen every March in Toronto as part of Canadian Music Week.[13]

Year Recipient Award Result
2008 State of Shock Money Honey Single of the Year Won
2008 David Gogo Acoustic Blues Album of the Year Nominated
2012 David Gogo Blues Artist of the Year Nominated
2012 Raghav Fire Single of the Year Nominated

Canadian Radio Music Awards[edit]

The Canadian Radio Music Awards are an annual series of awards presented by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters that are part of Canadian Music Week.[14]

Year Recipient Award Result
2008 State of Shock Money Honey Best New Group (ROCK) Won
State of Shock Money Honey Best New Group (CHR) Won
2011 Raghav So Much Dance/Urban/Rhythmic Nominated
2012 Raghav Fire CHR Nominated
Raghav Fire HOT AC Nominated

Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards[edit]

The Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards happen every March in Toronto as part of Canadian Music Week.[15]

Year Recipient Award Result
2009 Cordova Bay Records Canadian Independent Label of the Year Nominated

Western Canadian Music Awards[edit]

The Western Canadian Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony for music in the western portion of Canada, that originated in its current form in 2003. The awards are provided by the Western Canada Music Alliance, which consists of five Member groups from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, British Columbia and Yukon.

Year Recipient Award Result
2007 David Gogo Acoustic Outstanding Blues Recording Nominated
Bill Bourne Boon Tang Outstanding Roots Recording - Solo Nominated
2008 State of Shock Life, Love & Lies Outstanding Rock Recording Won
Wyckham Porteous 3 AM Outstanding Roots Recording - Solo Nominated

Maple Blues Awards[edit]

The Maple Blues Awards are Canada’s blues awards, "honouring the finest in Canadian blues". They are the only comprehensive national best in blues awards program. The program's goal is to promote blues music across Canada, and to recognize outstanding achievement. The Maple Blues Awards have been presented by the Toronto Blues Society since their inception in 1997.[16][17]

Year Recipient Award Result
2002 David Gogo Guitarist of the Year Won
2003 David Gogo Entertainer of the Year Nominated
David Gogo Electric Act of the Year Nominated
David Gogo Guitarist of the Year Nominated
David Gogo Songwriter of the Year Nominated
David Gogo Skeleton Key Recording of the Year Nominated
2004 David Gogo Entertainer of the Year Nominated
David Gogo Guitarist of the Year Won
2005 David Gogo Electric Act of the Year Nominated
2009 David Gogo Electric Act of the Year Nominated
2010 David Gogo Electric Act of the Year Nominated
2011 David Gogo Guitar Player of the Year Nominated
David Gogo Electric Act of the Year Nominated

Canadian Folk Music Awards[edit]

The Canadian Folk Music Awards are an annual music awards ceremony, presenting awards in a variety of categories for achievements in both traditional and contemporary folk music, and other roots music genres, by Canadian musicians.[18] The awards program was created in 2005 by a group of independent label representatives, folk music presenters, artists and enthusiasts, to celebrate and promote Canadian folk music.[19][20]

Year Recipient Award Result
2008 Wyckham Porteous 3 AM Contemporary Singer of the Year Nominated
Wyckham Porteous 3 AM English Songwriter of the Year Nominated
Wyckham Porteous 3 AM Solo Artist of the Year Nominated

West Coast Music Awards[edit]

The West Coast Music Awards were an annual music awards ceremony, presenting awards to musicians from British Columbia and the Yukon.[21] In 2003, the West Coast Music Awards combined with Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba to form the Western Canadian Music Awards.

Year Recipient Award Result
2000 David Gogo Musician of the Year Won
2002 Wyckham Porteous sexanddrinking Best Indie Release Nominated
Wyckham Porteous sexanddrinking Best Folk Release Nominated
Wyckham Porteous Musician of the Year Nominated

Artists[edit]

Affiliates[edit]

Cordova Bay Entertainment Group, Inc. consists of two main parts - Cordova Bay Records and Cordova Bay Music Publishing, and also includes Quarrington Worthy Music Publishing and Cordova Bay Music Publishing II.

The company also has equity involvement and partnerships with the following affiliates:

MapleCore Ltd.

Fierce Panda Records

Fierce Panda Canada

Cordova Bay UK Ltd

The Mobile Cartel

Infinity Mastering Facility

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