Arts & Crafts Productions
|Arts & Crafts|
|Parent company||Arts & Crafts Productions|
|Distributor(s)||RED Distribution (US)
Universal Music Canada
|Country of origin||Canada|
Arts & Crafts Productions is a music-focused media and artist services company that offers information as an independent record label, management firm, merchandiser, and publisher worldwide. It has earned 21 JUNO Awards. Arts & Crafts has been called one of Canada's most important record labels.
Arts & Crafts (also referred to as "A&C") 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 (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.
Arts & Crafts Music (also known as GalleryAC 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, Feist, 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 "Toronto Music Scene"
The Arts & Crafts Aesthetic
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 five 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)), in 2009 for Constantines: Kensington Heights (Dallas Wherle, Robyn Kotyk and Alex Vs. Alex). In 2011, Kotyk, 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, Peroff, and Petra Cuschieri won another Recording Package of the Year Juno Award for "Arts & Crafts: 2003-2013" 4x LP compilation album.
Gold & Platinum Certifications
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
Awards and Accolades
|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||Recording Package of the Year||Nominated|
|Feist||Juno Fan Choice Award||Nominated|
|Feist, "Honey Honey"||Video of the Year||Won|
|2010||Amy Millan, Masters of the Burial||Adult Alternative Album of the Year||Nominated|
|Amy Millan, Masters of the Burial||Recording Package of the Year||Nominated|
|Bell Orchestre, As Seen Through Windows||Instrumental Album of the Year||Won|
|Charles Spearin, The Happiness Project||Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year||Won|
|The Most Serene Republic, "Heavens to Purgatory"||Video of the Year||Nominated|
|2011||Broken Social Scene, Forgiveness Rock Record||Alternative Album of the Year||Nominated|
|Broken Social Scene||Group of the Year||Nominated|
|Broken Social Scene, Forgiveness Rock Record||Recording Package of the Year||Won|
|Broken Social Scene, This Movie Is Broken||Music DVD of the Year||Nominated|
|Broken Social Scene, "Forced to Love"||Video of the Year||Nominated|
|Chilly Gonzales, Ivory Tower||Electronic Album of the Year||Nominated|
|2012||Dan Mangan, Oh Fortune||Alternative Album of the Year||Won|
|Dan Mangan||New Artist of the Year||Won|
|Dan Mangan||Songwriter of the Year||Nominated|
|Dan Mangan, "Rows of Houses"||Video of the Year||Nominated|
|Feist, Metals||Adult Alternative Album of the Year||Won|
|Feist||Artist of the Year||Won|
|Feist||Songwriter of the Year||Nominated|
|Feist, Look At What the Light Did Now||Music DVD of the Year||Won|
|Timber Timbre, Creep On Creepin' On||Alternative Album of the Year||Nominated|
|Timber Timbre, Creep On Creepin' On||Recording Package of the Year||Nominated|
|2013||Trust||Electronic Artist Of The Year||Nominated|
|Cold Specks||Breakthrough Artist of the Year||Nominated|
|2014||Arts & Crafts: 2003-2013||Recording Package of the Year||Won|
|Hayden, Us Alone||Adult Alternative Album of the Year||Nominated|
|The Darcys, Warring||Alternative Album of the Year||Nominated|
|2015||Timber Timbre, Hot Dreams||Alternative Album of the Year||Nominated|
|Timber Timbre, Hot Dreams||Recording Package Of The Year||Nominated|
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 eight albums make the short list.
|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|
|2010||Broken Social Scene, Forgiveness Rock Record||Polaris Music Prize||Nominated|
|2011||Timber Timbre, Creep On Creepin' On||Polaris Music Prize||Nominated|
|2012||Cold Specks, I Predict a Graceful Expulsion||Polaris Music Prize||Nominated|
|2012||Feist, Metals||Polaris Music Prize||Won|
|2014||Timber Timbre, Hot Dreams||Polaris Music Prize||Nominated|
|2015||Tobias Jesso Jr, Goon||Polaris Music Prize||Nominated|
Canadian Music Awards
|2008||Arts & Crafts||Independent Label of the Year||Won|
|2009||Arts & Crafts||Independent Label of the Year||Won|
|2011||Arts & Crafts||Independent Label of the Year||Won|
|2012||Arts & Crafts||Independent Label of the Year||Won|
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, Metric, and The Dears.
- Absolutely Free (Canada Only)
- The American Analog Set
- Andy Kim
- Aphasia (band)
- Apostle of Hustle
- Amy Millan
- Andy Shauf (Canada Only)
- Badbadnotgood (Canada Only)
- Bam Bam (Mexico Only)
- Bell Orchestre
- Black English (Canada Only)
- Bloc Party (Canada only)
- Broken Social Scene
- Calvin Love
- Carca (Mexico only)
- Chikita Violenta
- Cold Specks (Canada only)
- Jason Collett
- The Cribs (North America only)
- The Darcys
- The Dears (Currently Mexico only)
- Deer Tick (band) (Canada only)
- The Drums (Canada Only)
- Farao (Canada Only)
- Feist (Canada only)
- Fleet Foxes (Mexico only)
- Fucked Up (Canada only)
- Girls (Mexico only)
- Gord Downie, The Sadies, And The Conquering Sun
- Chilly Gonzales
- The Hidden Cameras
- In the Valley Below (Canada only)
- Jean-Michel Blais
- Tobias Jesso Jr (Canada Only)
- Los Campesinos! (North America only)
- Los Odio! (Mexico only)
- Dan Mangan
- Majical Cloudz (Canada Only)
- Mia Maestro
- Metric (Mexico only)
- Moby (Canada only)
- The Most Serene Republic
- Neon Indian (Mexico only)
- No Joy (Canada Only)
- Pavement (Mexico only)
- Julian Plenti (Mexico only)
- Ra Ra Riot (Canada only)
- Rey Pila
- Reuben and the Dark
- Röyksopp (Canada only)
- Jay Reatard (Mexico only)
- Sally Seltmann aka New Buffalo
- Samantha Savage Smith
- Charles Spearin
- Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
- Still Life Still
- Tei Shi
- The Stills
- Timber Timbre
- Valley of the Giants
- M. Ward (Mexico only)
- WIN WIN
- Yo La Tengo (Mexico only)
- Young Galaxy
- Zulu Winter (Canada & Mexico only)
- Experienced youth.
- Jennings, Nicholas (Spring 2006). "We are Family: Arts & Crafts". Words & Music. SOCAN. Archived from the original on 5 December 2008. Retrieved 1 January 2009. Article about the label's beginnings and its different approach to the music business.
- CRIA Gold & Platinum certifications for December 2006.
- "Stars Fight Album Leak, Release In Our Bedroom After the War On iTunes Immediately". Exclaim!. Retrieved 10 July 2007.
- "How to Save Rock & Roll". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 6 January 2009.
- Pelly, Jenn (26 February 2013). "Arts & Crafts Detail Retrospective Comp, With Broken Social Scene, Feist, Stars, Los Campesinos!, More". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 27 February 2013.
- "Arts & Crafts’ Jeffrey Remedios on Label's Tenth Anniversary, the ‘Nostalgia Vortex,' Stars' Pillow Cases". Billboard, 28 May 2013.
- CRIA Gold & Platinum certifications.
- CRIA Gold & Platinum certifications.
- CRIA Gold & Platinum certifications
- CRIA Gold & Platinum certifications Archived 7 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
- CMA 2011 Winners.
- "Toronto music label Arts & Crafts opens office in Mexico City". CBC News. 7 October 2008. Retrieved 1 January 2009.