Anthem Records

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Anthem Records
Anthem records logo.jpg
Parent companyAnthem Entertainment (formerly Ole Media Management)
FounderRay Danniels
Vic Wilson
Distributor(s)Polydor (May 1977 – March 1978)
Capitol-EMI (March 1978 – October 1989)
CBS (later Sony) (October 1989 – October 1995)
MCA (now Universal) (October 1995 – present)
GenreHard rock,[1] alternative rock
Country of originCanada
LocationToronto, Ontario

Anthem Records is an independent record label based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The company was formed in May 1977 by Ray Danniels and Vic Wilson with initial recording artists Rush, Max Webster, Liverpool and A Foot in Coldwater. The three members of Rush, Geddy Lee, Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson became associate directors of Anthem.


The label's predecessor was Moon Records. Anthem was formed so that Rush would have more control of their work at home in Canada (their international deal with Mercury Records initially included Canada), and so other Canadian bands would have a home, as they could not get signed by the major labels' offices in Toronto or Montreal. Anthem's sister company is SRO Management, also run by Danniels and Wilson, overseeing flagship act Rush and other bands, on and off Anthem.

Lawrence Gowan had also recorded for the label before joining Styx in 1999.

In November 2015, Anthem was acquired by Ole Media Management.[2] In June 2019, Ole rebranded as Anthem.[3]


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  1. ^ Bowman, Durrell (2014). Experiencing Rush: A Listener's Companion. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 29. ISBN 978-1442231306. ...Rush's hybrid of heavy metal, hard rock, and progressive rock.
  2. ^ "Canada's ole launches label services division as it acquires Anthem". Music Business Worldwide. Nov 11, 2015. Retrieved Jan 27, 2021.
  3. ^ "Canadian Music Publisher ole Rebrands as Anthem Entertainment". Billboard. Retrieved Jan 27, 2021.

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