Black Box Music

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Black Box Music
Founded 2003 (2003)
Founder Ian Stanger & Jason Murray
Distributor(s) Fontana North, Caroline/EMI
Country of origin Canada
Location Mississauga, Ontario
Official website

Black Box Music is an independent music and artist development company based out of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. The company, originally dubbed Black Box Recordings, began exclusively as a record label in 2003. It expanded to include booking and management services in recent years, prompting the brand change to Black Box Music in 2008. The Black Box Recordings brand still exists as the record label element of Black Box Music's full-service approach.

Note: Black Box Music is also the name of a record company founded in the UK 1994. It was acquired by Sanctuary, who were in turn bought by Universal Music then sold to BMG Rights Management. Although Black Box Music Ltd still exists as UK company no. 02920235, a subsidiary of BMG, it has been air-brushed as a brand name. However, many of its records (catalogue numbers BBMxxxx) are still on sale on both sides of the Atlantic as old new stock or as used, and are now being marketed as downloads under various labels/imprints reflecting their changing ownerships (and perhaps the confusion of vendors). The remainder of this article will consider only the 2003 Canadian label.


At the outset, the label was started with the goal of giving up and coming Canadian artists an opportunity to take their careers to the next level. Now five years and over fourteen releases later, it is widely regarded as one of the strongest independent Canadian labels in the country. Black Box Recordings is currently distributed by Fontana North in Canada.

As the label grew, so did BBR's involvement in the careers of their artists, which developed into the artist management element of the company. Over the years, the management initiatives have expanded to include other artists of varying styles and profiles who are not signed to the Black Box Recordings record label.

"We pride ourselves on working with honest, genuine artists from a vast array of styles and profiles. We are, at the heart, an artist development company set on giving hard working artists the best shot at making a career in the music industry." - Black Box Music Facebook.





Catalogue number Artist name Album name Release date
BBR001 The Fullblast Contagious Movement Theory March 6, 2004
BBR002 Rosesdead The Relationship Between Music & Numbers June 4, 2004
BBR003 The Wolfnote This Is the Getdown June 4, 2004
BBR004 The Wolfnote Sacred Bodies July 28, 2005
BBR005 Sydney Sydney September 27, 2005
BBR006 Rosesdead Stages March 28, 2006
BBR007 Summer Hero Soundcanvas August 5, 2006
BBR008 Ten Second Epic Count Yourself In October 10, 2006
BBR009 Living with Lions Dude Manor EP September 18, 2007
BBR010 Sydney When We Were Safe October 9, 2007
BBR011 Shad The Old Prince October 16, 2007
BBR012 The Wooden Sky When Lost at Sea February 26, 2008
BBR013 Living with Lions Make Your Mark June 17, 2008
BBR014 Ten Second Epic Hometown January 27, 2009
BBR015 The Wooden Sky If I Don't Come Home You'll Know I'm Gone August 25, 2009
BBR016 Northcote Borrowed Chords, Tired Eyes December 8, 2009
BBR017 Shad TSOL May 25, 2010
BBR018 Lisa Scinta The Bathroom Sessions EP August 17, 2010
BBR019 Crash Parallel Crash Parallel February 8, 2011
BBR020 Living With Lions Holy Shit May 17, 2011
BBR021 Shad iTunes Session March 1, 2011
BBR022 Northcote Gather No Dust April 19, 2011
BBR023 Brighter Brightest Right For Me August 9, 2011
BBR024 Lisa Scinta Naked EP August 10, 2011
BBR025 Ten Second Epic Better Off September 20, 2011
BBR026 The Wooden Sky City Of Light EP October 25, 2011
BBR027 The Wooden Sky Every Child A Daughter, Every Moon A Sun February 28, 2012
BBR028 SonReal and Rich Kidd The Closers October 16, 2012
BBR029 Livy Jeanne Under The Radar November 30, 2012
BBR030 DreamFace DreamFaceEP February 26, 2013
BBR031 Northcote Northcote May 7, 2013
BBR033 Lyon Indian Summer August 20, 2013
BBR034 Shad Flying Colours October 15, 2013
BBR035 Kayo S.L.A.V.E. September 10, 2013
BBR036 SonReal Everywhere We Go August 13, 2013
BBR037 Seas Fade Out Into The Night September 24, 2013
BBR038 The Glorious Sons Shapeless Art November 19, 2013
BBR040a The Provincial Archive Hide Like A Secret June 10, 2014
BBR040 The Provincial Archive It's All Shaken Wonder August 19, 2014

Awards and nominations[edit]

Artist Award Year Category Status
Ten Second Epic MuchMusic Video Award 2007 Best Independent Video[1] Nominated
Ten Second Epic Canadian Radio Music Award 2008 Rock[2] Nominated
Ten Second Epic Canadian Independent Music Awards 2008 Rock Band of the Year[3] Nominated
Shad Juno Award 2008 Rap Recording Of The Year[4] Nominated
Shad Polaris Music Prize 2008 Short List[5] Nominated
Shad CBC Radio 3 Bucky Award 2008 Collaboration Of The Year (w/Hey Ocean!)[6] Nominated
Video Of The Year (The Old Prince...)[6] Won
Sydney Hamilton Music Award 2008 Emo Recording Of The Year[7] Won
Ten Second Epic MuchMusic Video Award 2009 Best Rock Video[1] Nominated
Ten Second Epic Juno Award 2010 Best New Group[8] Nominated
Shad Juno Award 2011 Rap Recording Of The Year (TSOL)[9] Won
Ten Second Epic Edmonton Music Awards 2012 Album of the Year Nominated
Group of the Year[10] Won
Rock Album of the Year Nominated
People's Choice Nominated


  1. ^ a b "New Music Videos | Watch Shows Online | Entertainment News & Celeb Gossip". Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
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  3. ^ [1] Archived February 23, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
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  5. ^ "Polaris Music Prize". Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  6. ^ a b "CBC Radio 3". Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  7. ^ "2011 Hamilton Music Awards". 2011-06-04. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  8. ^ "Access Winnipeg : 2010Juno Awards Nominees : NEW GROUP OF THE YEAR". Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  9. ^ "JUNO Awards". Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  10. ^ "Edmonton Journal : Edmonton Music Awards". Retrieved May 2, 2012. 

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