Black Box Music
|Black Box Music|
|Founder||Ian Stanger & Jason Murray|
|Distributor(s)||Fontana North, Caroline/EMI|
|Country of origin||Canada|
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.
- Brighter Brightest (joint deal with MapleMusic)
- Classified (joint deal with Decon Records)
- Crash Parallel
- Kaiydo (joint deal with Half Life Records)
- Living With Lions (joint deal with Adeline Records)
- Of All Things
- Shad (joint deal with Decon Records)
- T. Sim
- The Glorious Sons
- The Provincial Archive
- The Wooden Sky
- Rosesdead (joint deal with One Day Savior Recordings)
- Summer Hero
- Ten Second Epic (joint deal with Hassle Records)
- The Fullblast (joint deal with Dine Alone Records)
- The Wolfnote
|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
|Ten Second Epic||MuchMusic Video Award||2007||Best Independent Video||Nominated|
|Ten Second Epic||Canadian Radio Music Award||2008||Rock||Nominated|
|Ten Second Epic||Canadian Independent Music Awards||2008||Rock Band of the Year||Nominated|
|Shad||Juno Award||2008||Rap Recording Of The Year||Nominated|
|Shad||Polaris Music Prize||2008||Short List||Nominated|
|Shad||CBC Radio 3 Bucky Award||2008||Collaboration Of The Year (w/Hey Ocean!)||Nominated|
|Video Of The Year (The Old Prince...)||Won|
|Sydney||Hamilton Music Award||2008||Emo Recording Of The Year||Won|
|Ten Second Epic||MuchMusic Video Award||2009||Best Rock Video||Nominated|
|Ten Second Epic||Juno Award||2010||Best New Group||Nominated|
|Shad||Juno Award||2011||Rap Recording Of The Year (TSOL)||Won|
|Ten Second Epic||Edmonton Music Awards||2012||Album of the Year||Nominated|
|Group of the Year||Won|
|Rock Album of the Year||Nominated|
- "New Music Videos | Watch Shows Online | Entertainment News & Celeb Gossip". MuchMusic.com. Retrieved 2011-08-14.
-  Archived February 23, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Polaris Music Prize". polarismusicprize.ca. Retrieved 2011-08-14.
- "CBC Radio 3". Radio3.cbc.ca. Retrieved 2011-08-14.
- "2011 Hamilton Music Awards". Hamiltonmusicawards.com. 2011-06-04. Retrieved 2011-08-14.
- "Access Winnipeg : 2010Juno Awards Nominees : NEW GROUP OF THE YEAR". Retrieved March 29, 2012.
- "JUNO Awards". Junoawards.ca. Retrieved 2011-08-14.
- "Edmonton Journal : Edmonton Music Awards". Retrieved May 2, 2012.